Ethics reform not swept under rug, but not sweeping either

00 It wasn’t the sweeping ethics reform that the watchdogs had in mind. But almost four years after Gov. Greg Abbott began prodding the Legislature to better police its own…

Legislature approves bill requiring disclosure of government contracts

00 Elected officials and high-ranking state officials in Texas will soon have to disclose their business relationships with governmental entities. The new requirement, part of Gov. Greg Abbott’s ethics reform…

Another top TABC honcho departing amid controversy

00 There’s been another departure from the upper echelons of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, which has been dogged by reports of extravagant spending, mismanagement and heavy-handed regulation. One of…

Major ethics reform remains viable in final days of session

00 Efforts to restrict the influence of major political donors and shine the light on so-called “dark money” are lying in the ash heap of dead proposals in the Texas…

Even in Texas, sometimes the billionaires lose

00 After famed billionaire Warren Buffett blew into town for hush-hush meetings with Gov. Greg Abbott and other top leaders, the skids appeared to be greased for a bill that…

Powerful Abbott appointee's lobbying sparks blowback in Legislature

00 When Gov. Greg Abbott tapped one of his top campaign donors to become chairman of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, he didn’t get a part-time appointee who would…

Bill stripping pensions from felon politicians advances

00 Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with comments from Sen. Van Taylor and the office of Gov. Greg Abbott. Moving a major piece of ethics reform toward the…

Tea Party leaders push back on GOP over fast-tracked "Buffett Bill"

00 Conservative activists are pushing back against Republican leaders who are fast-tracking the so-called “Buffett Bill,” which would let billionaire Warren Buffett hang onto his car dealerships in Texas but…

Controversial insurance bill moving in Legislature

00 Texas property owners could face new hurdles when they try to sue their insurer over storm claims under controversial legislation being cheered by groups seeking curbs on lawsuits but…

Ethics reform now includes keeping revolving door to lobby wide open

00 A major pillar of Texas ethics reform — stopping politicians from immediately becoming lobbyists when they leave office — appears to be crumbling in the final weeks of the…