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Three Reasons Not to Panic About Oil Prices

In 2014, the United States became the world’s largest producer of oil, and Texas, of course, is the single biggest oil-producing state in the country. Over the past three years, production has nearly doubled to more than three million barrels a day, a volume not seen in this state since the late 1970s.


The Rise of Joe Straus

The news that Speaker Joe Straus has become the Vice Chair of the Republican Legislative Campaign should be the final nail in the coffin of Michael Quinn Sullivan and Empower Texans. Of course I know it won’t. But it should end any speculation that Straus has any political worries whatsoever; indeed, the opposite is true: Straus now has the chance to become a national figure.


Gambling In The Casino

One of the enduring idiosyncracies of Texas politics is that behavior that would easily raise concerns over corruption in many states is legal, normal, and even encouraged, as when legislators argue that their concurrent business interests give them expertise rather than conflicts of interests. 


How to Earn a Bum Steer Award


Our Bum Steer of the Year

This morning we released the cover of our January issue, which features our Bum Steer of the YearThe issue itself, which will be hitting newsstands and mailboxes in the next few days, includes a number of additional dishonorees—a real herd of clowns. 


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