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A Seat for the Tea Party

A Seat for the Tea Party | Texas Politics Now | Scoop.it
The emergence of a broad center-right policy consensus in both chambers of the Texas Legislature, at least regarding the budget, has led to suggestions that the influence of the Tea Party movement in Texas politics is waning. But public opinion regarding the Tea Party suggest a more complex situation. At the very least, reports of the Tea Party’s demise are premature as the label still claims a good expanse of the cognitive real estate of Texas voters — most importantly, among Republicans. But the Tea Party has also become a more predictable part of the political universe — and as predictability has increased, fear and intimidation have waned. The Tea Party can no longer claim the sexy outsider status of an insurgency. It has repeated the journey of many outside agitators in the American two-party system, which since the 19th Century has specialized in incorporating and de-fanging dissident movements. The insurgents of 2009-10 are now well on their way to becoming another constituency nestled within the GOP. The self-styled revolution has not taken power; rather, it has settled for seats at the table.
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State education board urges no vote on private school vouchers, tax credits

State education board urges no vote on private school vouchers, tax credits | Texas Politics Now | Scoop.it
The State Board of Education on Friday added its objections to legislation now pending in the Senate that would allow students in low-performing public schools to switch to private or religious schools at state expense.
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A third of the immigrants released were being held in lockups in Texas

A third of the immigrants released were being held in lockups in Texas | Texas Politics Now | Scoop.it
More than a third of the immigrant detainees freed under a controversial federal cost-cutting measure last month came from facilities in Texas, the nation's top immigration official told a congressional panel Tuesday.
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Senate: Let voters decide term limits for statewide officeholders

Senate: Let voters decide term limits for statewide officeholders | Texas Politics Now | Scoop.it
By a vote of 27-4, the Texas Senate Tuesday afternoon approved a measure that will allow voters to decide whether to limit statewide officeholders — including the governor — to two consecutive terms.
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Texas House committee hearing focuses on guns at colleges | Texas Legislature | News fro...

Texas House committee hearing focuses on guns at colleges | Texas Legislature | News fro... | Texas Politics Now | Scoop.it
The Legislature revisits campus carry after a series of deadly attacks.
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Perry Stuns Lawmakers by Urging House to Bust Spending Cap, by Aman Batheja

Perry Stuns Lawmakers by Urging House to Bust Spending Cap, by Aman Batheja | Texas Politics Now | Scoop.it
UPDATE: Gov. Rick Perry told House Republicans in a private meeting this week that he could support a budget that breaks the state's constitutional spending cap, according to several attendees. But many are still wary of doing so.
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UT System Votes for External Review of Law School Foundation, by Reeve Hamilton

UT System Votes for External Review of Law School Foundation, by Reeve Hamilton | Texas Politics Now | Scoop.it
In a tense meeting Wednesday, University of Texas System regents voted to seek an external review of the University of Texas at Austin's relationship with the University of Texas Law School Foundation.
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Abbott Backs Bill Requiring DNA Testing in Death Penalty Cases, by Maurice Chammah

Abbott Backs Bill Requiring DNA Testing in Death Penalty Cases, by Maurice Chammah | Texas Politics Now | Scoop.it
Attorney General Greg Abbott is supporting a bill by state Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, that would require DNA testing of "all biological evidence" in cases where prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
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Panel debates gun training for teachers | Texas Legislature | News from Fort Worth, Dall...

The Senate Education Committee leaves the bill pending to study its costs.
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