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Videos: The Legislative Branch

Senator Kirk Watson on getting involved in politics.
State Senator Kirk Watson discusses how he got involved in politics and how it led him to the Texas Senate.
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State Representative Todd Hunter discusses how he got involved in politics
State Representative Todd Hunter discusses how he got involved in politics and how it led him to the Texas House of Representatives.
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State Senator Kel Seliger on how he got involved in politics.
State Senator Kel Seliger discusses how he got involved in politics and how it led him to the Texas Senate.
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State Senator Wendy Davis discusses hows she got involved in politics.
State Senator Wendy Davis discusses how she got involved in politics and how it led her to the Texas Senate.
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Trey Martinez Fischer on getting started in politics.
Trey Martinez Fischer on how he got involved in politics.
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Trey Martinez Fischer describes the role of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus.
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Bill Hammond on getting started in politics.
Bill Hammond, President and CEO of the Texas Association of Business, discusses how he got involved in politics.
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Sen. Averitt on the difficulty of the legislative process & lobbyists.
Former State Senator Kip Averitt shares his view of the role of lobbyists in the legislative process
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Former State Senator Kip Averitt discusses regional interests in the legislative process
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Ben Barnes on being elected speaker
Ben Barnes comments on being selected Speaker of the Texas House.
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Dan Branch talks about how to build a consensus on issues.
State Representative Dan Branch (R-Dallas) talks about how members build a consensus on difficult legislative issues.
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Norma Chavez talks about decriminalizing gambling on Indian tribal land
Former State Representative Norma Chavez attempted to pass a bill decriminalizing gambling on Indian tribal land
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Intern and staff views of legislative activities
Interviews with interns and staff provide a ground level view of how legislative offices perform their functions.
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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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Jack Gullahorn discusses the importance of interest groups and lobbyists.
Jack Gullahorn discusses the postive role of the lobbyists and interest groups
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Barry McBee discusses vetoes.
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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Geanie Morrison on being a committee chair
State Representative Geanie Morrison (R-Victoria) comments on the perspective of committee chair in the legislative process.
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State Representative Geanie Morrison (R-Victoria) describes the legislative process.
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Patrick Rose remarks on redistricting as election factor
State Representative Patrick Rose (D-Dripping Springs) remarks on how redistricting in 2001 affected his decision to run for office.
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Redistricting: Bill Ratliff and Pete Laney, recorded February 21, 2006
Former Lieutenant Governor and Senator Bill Ratliff and Speaker of the House Pete Laney discuss redistricting. Recorded February 21, 2006.
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Craig Washington describes the difference between the House and Senate in Texas.
Craig Washington on the differences between the Texas Senate and the House.
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Craig Washington discusses the politics of selecting a Speaker of the House in the Texas Legislature, drawing on his experience in the early 1970s.
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Features: The Legislative Branch

Special sessions of the legislature
Special sessions of the legislature
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Legislative salaries and staff
Legislative salaries and staff
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Legislature Age Profile
Legislature Age Profile
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Caucuses illustrate changes in legislature
Caucuses illustrate changes in legislature
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Parties in the Texas Legislature
Parties in the Texas Legislature
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Gender in the Texas Legislature
Gender in the Texas Legislature
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Race in the Texas Legislature
Race in the Texas Legislature
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Incumbency in Texas Leg. and U.S. Congress
Incumbency in Texas Leg. and U.S. Congress
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Legislature age and occupation profiles
Legislature age and occupation profiles
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Constitutional redistricting provisions
Constitutional redistricting provisions
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Texas State House Districts, 2003-2012
Texas State House Districts, 2003-2012
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US House Districts in Texas, 2004-2012
US House Districts in Texas, 2004-2012
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Texas State Senate Districts, 2003-2012
Texas State Senate Districts, 2003-2012
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Redistricting Texas style: a case study
Redistricting Texas style: a case study
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Methods for manipulating district lines
Methods for manipulating district lines
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Redistricting and civil rights
Redistricting and civil rights
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Support for Independent Redistricting Commission (February 2012)
Support for Independent Redistricting Commission (February 2012)
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82nd Legislature Summary
82nd Legislature Summary
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Sunset review schedule through 2015
Sunset review schedule through 2015
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Biographies: Lieutenant Governors Since 1874
Biographies: Lieutenant Governors Since 1874
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Slide show:  Joe Straus Press Conference, January 5, 2009
Slide show: Joe Straus Press Conference, January 5, 2009
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Biographies: Speakers of the House Since 1874
Biographies: Speakers of the House Since 1874
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Committees of the 83rd Legislature
Committees of the 83rd Legislature
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Committee chair campaign warchests
Committee chair campaign warchests
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How a bill becomes a law ... or not
How a bill becomes a law ... or not
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Bills signed and vetoed by recent governors
Bills signed and vetoed by recent governors
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Referendum and recall in the states
Referendum and recall in the states
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