Election Ethics 2018

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    Joe Straus

    Speaker’s parting shot: Straus arms his House loyalists

    Lame duck Speaker Joe Straus isn’t going quietly. The retiring House leader and his chief strategist, Gordon Johnson, are persuading deep-pocketed lobbyists to bankroll like-minded...
    The Texas Ethics Commission

    GOP Chairman: Inquiry into Speaker pledge ‘laughable’

    State Republican Party chairman James Dickey on Tuesday mocked an inquiry into a party pledge for House speaker. An anonymous legislator asked the state Ethics...
    Gov. Greg Abbott endorses Susanna Dokupil

    PAC backs Abbott’s move against ‘corrupt’ Rep. Sarah Davis

    A political action committee targeting “corrupt” Texas House leadership is applauding Gov. Greg Abbott’s move against Republican Rep. Sarah Davis. Abbott endorsed Susanna Dokupil, the...
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    Week in Review: New pressure in the House Speaker race and...

    This week on The Texas Monitor: mounting pressure in the House Speaker race from the GOP and the New Leadership PAC; Rep. Phil King...
    John Zerwas, Joe Farias

    Rep. Zerwas may be in crosshairs of PAC’s $100,000 ‘Dirty Dozen’...

    A “Dirty Dozen” Texas House Republicans are being targeted by campaign bounties of $100,000 or more in the 2018 elections. Among the yet-to-be-identified lawmakers reportedly...
    James Dickey

    GOP chairman calls on House candidates to honor the caucus

    The chairman of the Republican Party of Texas says state House members need to support their caucus in selecting a successor to retiring Speaker...
    Joe Straus, Mike Villarreal

    With Straus out, caucus considers Speaker selection rules change

    Seeking fresh leadership, Republicans in the Texas House will vote on new rules for selecting a successor to retiring Speaker Joe Straus. A report to...
    Joe Straus

    In the face of growing controversy, Straus steps down

    Confronted by increasing dissension in the Republican ranks, House Speaker Joe Straus announced on Wednesday that he is retiring. It was a stunning turn for...
    Joe Straus

    ‘Cyber-bullying’ PAC starts campaign wars over Straus

    Raising the stakes for next year’s Republican state House primaries, a new political action committee aims to pick off Speaker Joe Straus’ soldiers and...
    Greg Abbott and Joe Straus

    New PAC aims to topple Straus and his lieutenants in ‘corrupt’...

    A new Texas political action committee is turning up the heat on Speaker Joe Straus and calling for a House cleaning from the top...
    Gov. Greg Abbott

    Lawmakers accept $1.5 million while passing governor’s agenda

    At a time when the state's lawmakers are asked to continue making laws, most of them are also making money. During this summer's special session...
    Phil King

    Straus rival: Limit speaker’s term, free up legislation

    A lawmaker bidding to unseat Texas House Speaker Joe Straus wants to term-limit the speaker and committee chairmen. Rep. Phil King, R-Weatherford, proposes a three-term...
    Joe Straus

    No vote on Speaker race rules, members meet again in September

    A House Republican Caucus meeting Wednesday where the discussion centered around how to choose the next Speaker of the House broke up with no...
    Julie McCarty

    Grassroots count: Quorum of GOP members will be at Speaker meeting

    When the House Republican Caucus meets to discuss a plan to pick the next Speaker of the House, a quorum will be attending and...
    Joe Straus

    Will Texas House Speaker showdown kick off next week?

    The House Republican Caucus will meet next week to discuss — and possibly adopt — a plan to pick the next Speaker of the...

    Conservative Texas House members want GOP members to pick Speaker

    More than a dozen Republican House members asked in a letter on Thursday that their caucus chairman allow the Republican members of the House...