Texas legislature online
As the name says, this is where you find information regarding who represents you, committee membership, rules, bills that have been filed, and legislative calendars for the day.
Legislative budget board
The Legislative Budget Board (LBB) is a permanent joint committee of the Texas Legislature that develops budget and policy recommendations for legislative appropriations, completes fiscal analyses for proposed legislation, and conducts evaluations and reviews to improve the efficiency and performance of state and local operations. Find all your state budget documents and studies right here in one place. It's a big state ya'll.
Texas State Directory
Both printed and online resources available for obtaining contact information and bios on everyone who works at the Capitol or in leadership at state agencies.
the texas tribune
The Texas Tribune and its destination website were launched in November 2009 and have been going strong ever since. I love their live streaming of interviews, free events at the Austin Club and the invaluable directories on public officials - in addition to the great news.
I subscribe to all of their newsletters that are relevant to my work and am personally a financial supporter or "member" of the Texas Tribune.
I also encourage anyone looking to get a better understanding of current issues but also the general PROCESS at the Capitol (I’m still learning!) to watch the Texas Tribune’s You Tube Channel. Specifically their Under the Dome series breaks down the who what where and why (when possible!) at the big pink dome. I love the episode about the staffers behind the members and how committee assignments are made.
The quorum report
This legislative information site requires a paid subscription, but when I was living in Wisconsin and found out that I'd be moving to Texas I found this site through Google and I immediately subscribed. It was worth every penny of the $360, and made me feel like part of the action from the other side of the country.
The Quorum Report offers live updates throughout the day of breaking intel, behind the scenes stories and other information that can only be gathered from walking the halls of the Texas Legislature.
Capitol Inside also requires a paid subscription at $250 a year. I began subscribing to Capitol Inside during my campaign days and found it very helpful for getting the lay of the land during primary season in Texas politics. You'll get some insider campaign gossip, press releases and access to rankings of top lobbyists and campaign firms in the state. No my name isn't on that top lobbying list yet!
The go-to resource for sourcing Texas jobs in advocacy, information and public administration. Christine's list is a paid subscription but vital to anyone looking to find a job in Texas politics or advocacy - especially if you have no idea where to start.
Legislative Reference Library
The legislative reference library is a great drop zone for the news of the day. I am signed up for the old school clips that go out every day, but if you're more modern and want to scroll clickable links for the news of the day, visit this web page on the regular.
HOUSTON and HARRIS COUNTY POLITICS
Big Jolly Politics (conservative perspective)
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