Bob Daemmrich

The Brief: March 4, 2015

Senate budget writers in the middle of what they are describing as "Tax Relief Week" expressed remorse en masse at having created the business margins tax in 2006.

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

The Brief: Feb. 19, 2014

News reports on Tuesday evening that the famously tough-on-immigration lite guv candidate Dan Patrick employed undocumented immigrants at his sports bar in the 1980s had a couple of his rivals condemning him and Patrick complaining of dirty politics.

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Bob Daemmrich

The Brief: Feb. 7, 2014

The rise of anti-immigrant rhetoric in the GOP lieutenant governor's race — and personified by state Sen. Dan Patrick — is angering several Hispanic party leaders to the point where one of them is considering voting for a Democrat in the general election.

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Ben Philpott

The Brief: Feb. 6, 2014

Chris Christie is coming to Texas on Thursday and with a large target on his back placed there by Democrats.

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

The Brief: Jan. 21, 2014

The focus on Tuesday returns to District Judge John Dietz's courtroom, where the next chapter in the legal challenge to the state's school finance system commences.

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State lawmakers on the Sunset Advisory Commission make final remarks after the panel unanimously approves changes to the Division of Workers' Compensation's medical quality review process.

After Sunset

Sunset Advisory Commissioners unanimously approved a series of changes to the troubled Division of Workers' Compensation at the Texas Department of Insurance on Tuesday, but not before aggressively rewriting the Sunset staff's original recommendations to improve the division's medical quality review process.

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Graphic by Bob Daemmrich, Caleb Miller

Workers' Comp: What's Next?

Lawmakers are pledging to take a closer look at the Texas Department of Insurance’s Division of Workers' Compensation in light of allegations by former employees that their higher-ups failed to sanction or remove dozens of doctors accused of overmedicating patients and overbilling insurers. The chairman of the House panel that oversees workers' compensation says he's planning a hearing on the matter this summer, and the chair of the Sunset Advisory Commission plans to question the division's commissioner at a public hearing next week.

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