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Dewhurst Could Pick Up Tab for Senate Meltdown

| By: Jim Henson, PhD and Joshua Blank, PhD

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst currently enjoys the unenviable status of being the least popular of the major statewide Republican elected officials in Texas, according to an analysis of his approval numbers and standing in election matchups. 

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Public Opinion on Same-Sex Marriage

| By: Jim Henson, PhD and Joshua Blank, PhD

A trend of increasing support for some sort of legal recognition of same-sex relationships in both Texas and the country presents Republican politicians with a familiar dilemma.

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Keywords: Gay Marriage

How Public Opinion Fueled the Senate's Abortion Fight

| By: Joshua Blank, PhD and Jim Henson, PhD

While much attention has been paid to the political conflict on the floor of the Texas Senate last week, the subtleties of public opinion on abortion in Texas framed the clash in the upper chamber.

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Does Texas Still Burn for Perry?

| By: Joshua Blank, PhD and Jim Henson, PhD

While Gov. Rick Perry’s standing among Texans remains stronger than most of his “oops”-focused critics recognize, he can no longer count on the level of support he enjoyed among the state's conservatives four years ago.

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Budget Endgames and Public Opinion

| By: Jim Henson, PhD and Joshua Blank, PhD

The public doesn't closely follow legislative debates over the budget, but sometimes those budget debates line up pretty accurately with public opinion.

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Texans’ Dueling Attitudes on Guns

| By: Joshua Blank, PhD and Jim Henson, PhD

Texas provides a looking-glass view of the national picture on the issue of guns — though with its own Texas flavor, of course. 

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Keywords: Gun Control

Texas' Date With Immigration Reform

| By: Joshua Blank, PhD and Jim Henson, PhD

As many GOP leaders argue that passing comprehensive immigration reform is in the GOP’s best interest, some data suggests that the long-term interest of party strategists and the short-term self-interest of members of Congress are not necessarily in sync.

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Keywords: Immigration

Planned Parenthood and Women's Health

| By: Joshua Blank, PhD and Jim Henson, PhD

The marginalization of Planned Parenthood probably makes the discussion of women’s health care less contentious — among Republicans, anyway.

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Keywords: Abortion

Public Opinion Creates Rough Sailing for Water Policy

| By: Jim Henson, PhD

The rough seas that sank the Texas House's attempt to fund the state water plan on Monday night with a $2 billion draw on the Rainy Day Fund highlighted the limits of consensus on both how to pay for water development and whether it's a top priority. 

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Keywords: Budget and Taxes, Water

A Seat for the Tea Party

| By: Joshua Blank, PhD and Jim Henson, PhD

Sentiment for the Tea Party remains strong within the GOP, but what started as an insurgent group is becoming just another — albeit important — part of the Republican Party in Texas.

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