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George W. Bush resigns as governor.
On December 21, 2000, George W. Bush resigned as governor of Texas. He addressed a group of friends and supporters in the Texas Senate chamber.
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Former TRRC member Victor Carrillo describes commission's oil industry focus.
Former Railroad Commissioner Victor Carrillo describes the commission's focus on the oil industry.
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Lt. governors talk about legislative focus of office.
A short video feature explores the legislative focus of the Texas Lieutenant Governor's office via interviews with former office holders.
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Barry McBee discusses assets of the governor's office.
Barry McBee, former assistant to Governor Rick Perry, discusses assets of the governor's office.
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Barry McBee discusses governors using the resources of office.
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Barry McBee argues that the governor's appointment powers are a critical asset.
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Former Perry Chief of Staff Barry McBee discusses Governor Rick Perry's record number of vetoes at the close of the 77th Session.
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Barry McBee analyzes the mixture of policy and politics in the governor's office.
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Ann Richards on surprises as governor
Former governor Ann Richards relates surprises in discovering that governors are expected to tend to other political actors.
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Ann Richards relates disappointments in her term as governor.
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Comptroller Combs describes the duties of the Comptroller.
Susan Combs, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, talks about the many duties of the Comptroller's office.
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Evan Smith on impact of Bush's pres. candidacy on state politics
Evan Smith, editor of Texas Monthly magazine, discusses the impact of Bush's presidential candidacy on state politics.
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Evan Smith discusses leadership styles of recent governors.
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Evan Smith discusses vetoes from a journalist's perspective.
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Evan Smith comments on Governor George W. Bush's political style.
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Former Chairman Michael Williams on energy and the Commission, April 20, 2006
Former Railroad Commission chairman Michael L. Williams discussion energy issues and the Commission at UT-Austin, April 20, 2006.
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Mark White describes the real power of governors.
Former governor Mark White describes the real power of governors.
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Mark White discusses the separation of powers in both American and Texas government.
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Mark White discusses his efforts to negotiate with the legislature.
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Mark White discusses his use of message power to promote an unpopular measure - the mandatory seatbelt law.
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Mark White reflects on message power and his effort to reach out to Texas voters.
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Features: The Executive Branch

Approval Ratings (October, 2008)
Approval Ratings (October, 2008)
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State Approval Ratings (Feb.-Mar. 2009)
State Approval Ratings (Feb.-Mar. 2009)
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Making the Cut: Qualifications
Making the Cut: Qualifications
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Characteristics: Texas Governors Since 1874
Characteristics: Texas Governors Since 1874
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Approval Rating Trends
Approval Rating Trends
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Compensation of Governors and President
Compensation of Governors and President
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Texas Governor: James E. Ferguson
Texas Governor: James E. Ferguson
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Who's Next?: Order of Succession
Who's Next?: Order of Succession
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Trying to Lead: Policy Powers of Executives
Trying to Lead: Policy Powers of Executives
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Spreading the Power Around
Spreading the Power Around
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Limits on governor's powers
Limits on governor's powers
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Gubernatorial appointee application form
Gubernatorial appointee application form
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Presidential appointee application form
Presidential appointee application form
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Vetoes: Texas Governors Since 1874
Vetoes: Texas Governors Since 1874
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Special sessions of the legislature
Special sessions of the legislature
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Powers of Number Two Executives
Powers of Number Two Executives
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Biographies: Lieutenant Governors Since 1874
Biographies: Lieutenant Governors Since 1874
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Public lands managed by General Land Office
Public lands managed by General Land Office
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