Keyword: Texas Legislature

The Numbers Behind the Local Control Debate

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

Critics have called some Republicans' swift turn against local control an opportunistic reaction to the Denton fracking ban. But the pushback has a foundation in public opinion.

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The Geography of Committee Assignments in the Texas Legislature

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

A map of the districts whose House members received committee chairs last week provides an interesting birds-eye view of influence in the chamber, especially within the Republican caucus.  

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From Smooth Sailing to Traffic Jam

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

The regular Texas legislative session was notable for bipartisan coalitions and harmony. The special sessions have been notable for partisan battles and stalemates. To understand what's going on, just look at the voters.

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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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Public Opinion and the Budget

| By: Jim Henson, PhD

So far, the Legislature has been writing a budget for a state in a center-right position on the political spectrum. As debate opens in the House, can the leadership hold off challenges, particularly from the right?

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Water Not Floating to Top With Texas Voters

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

Despite water’s saturation of the political priority list, the public still appears ambivalent about Texas’ water needs and out of step with state legislators on how to pay for it, according to the latest UT/Texas Tribune Poll.

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Lawmakers Fret About Water, but the Public Doesn't

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

Water has emerged as the top infrastructure issue before the 83rd Legislature — an issue that appears to be more important to lawmakers than to most of the people they represent.

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