Our How It Works series simplifies the often-confusing world of state politics and campaign finance.
Transparency USA | 06/19/2019

The 86th Session of the Texas Legislature ended on May 27, 2019. As politicians begin to jockey for position going into the next election season, what’s the first thing to watch? Money, of course. Here’s How It Works: Texas politics generally follows a two year cycle, with two components to each cycle. First comes the …

Transparency USA | 05/21/2019

Texas Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen apparently struck a deal with House Democrats to use the Calendars Committee to kill several conservative bills, as reported today by The Dallas Morning News. Using the Texas House Calendars Committee as a way to “kill” a bill or prevent it from coming to a vote before all …

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Tracy Marshall | 04/16/2019

This week we close out our series on the Myths about Money in Politics by debunking the most insidious myth of all — that your money, time, and vote don’t matter. With constant political chatter about dark money swirling around and rumors of billionaires buying elections, it’s hard to believe that a simple contribution to …

Transparency USA | 04/10/2019

Last week we gave you an overview of how a bill becomes law in Texas. Now that you know how the process works, here’s a status update on some important bills as they make their way through the legislative gauntlet in Austin. Why It’s Important: It’s important to understand how the system works because lawmakers …

Tracy Marshall | 03/26/2019

There’s a lot of talk about Texas’ Big Three — Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and new Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen. Considered the three most powerful politicians in Austin, and all conservative Republicans, they made headlines when they declared in January that they would be working as a team to reform …