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Abbott Taken to Task on Texas’ Unreliable Power Grid

Abbott Taken to Task on Texas’ Unreliable Power Grid

Gov. Greg Abbott was scorched last week after claiming Texas’ power grid was “better today than it’s ever been.” A Forbes opinion piece points out the grid needs attention, corroborating policy experts’ previous statements that more reliable thermal power is needed,...
Have Texas’ Power Problems Been Fixed?

Have Texas’ Power Problems Been Fixed?

Despite Gov. Greg Abbott signing legislation in response to the February blackouts, concerns have emerged about Texas’ power grid this summer. Texas Scorecard spoke with three of the state’s energy experts about the possibility of future blackouts, what the Texas...
Could Lawmakers Have Prevented Texas’ Blackouts?

Could Lawmakers Have Prevented Texas’ Blackouts?

According to a public policy expert, a series of legislative decisions, combined with actions the day of the cold winter snap, led to the current crisis sweeping the state. For days, millions of Texans have been freezing due to rolling blackouts, prompting a public...
Former Cruz Staffer Announces Congressional Run

Former Cruz Staffer Announces Congressional Run

Chip Roy, former chief of staff to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, announced his campaign for Congress Wednesday morning. Roy is running to represent Texas’ 21st Congressional District and is attempting to replace U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R–San Antonio), who is retiring after 16...
Killing Abbott’s Agenda

Killing Abbott’s Agenda

A quick visit to the Texas Capitol yielded some interesting news today, with lawmakers saying that House Speaker Joe Straus’ key lieutenants are whipping Republicans against the special session agenda of the governor. Specifically, State Reps. Chris Paddie (R-Center)...
Too Much Not Done

Too Much Not Done

On the 140th day of the legislative session, the last day for work to be completed under Texas’ constitution, we generally start gearing up for the release of the Fiscal Responsibility Index, which measures lawmakers’ records on fiscal and governance issues. Not this...
House Failure

House Failure

With just hours left in the 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature, lawmakers will be heading home with tales of their governing prowess. For members of the Texas House, that’s exactly what it will be: tall tales. The House failed to deliver on key reforms...
Top Ten Budget Amendments

Top Ten Budget Amendments

Forcing the State to Live Within Its Means (Page 411) Authored by State Rep. Mike Lang (R–Granbury), this amendment would protect the Economic Stabilization Fund (also known as the Rainy Day Fund) by cutting the budget across the board by a small percentage. The Rainy...
House Committee Assignments: The Losers

House Committee Assignments: The Losers

As mentioned yesterday, last week’s unveiling of committee assignments by House Speaker Joe Straus provided cause for celebration for some lawmakers. But just as some were heavily rewarded, others were deliberately snubbed. Here’s Texas Scorecard’s ranking of the...
Bye-Bye, Boehner!

Bye-Bye, Boehner!

Faced with conservatives increasingly upset by his lackadaisical approach to dealing with the Obama Administration, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) abruptly announced on Friday his resignation as speaker and from Congress. In a press conference, Boehner said...
Audit: Major Events ‘Slush’ Fund

Audit: Major Events ‘Slush’ Fund

An audit released last Thursday by the Office of State Auditor John Keel details some major accountability problems with the Major Events Trust Fund (METF) from its creation in 2003 to this year. Though not exactly shocking, the audit identified key weaknesses with...