The Power of the Texas Governor

Publisher : University of Texas Press
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ISBN : 0292778368
Pages : 184 pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (292 users)

Download or read book The Power of the Texas Governor written by Brian McCall and published by University of Texas Press. This book was released on 2010-01-01 with total page 184 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: George W. Bush called it "the best job in the world," yet many would argue that the Texas governorship is a weak office. Given few enumerated powers by the Texas Constitution, the governor must build a successful relationship with the state legislature—sometimes led by a powerful lieutenant governor or speaker of the opposing party—to advance his or her policy agenda. Yet despite the limitations on the office and the power of the legislative branch, many governors have had a significant impact on major aspects of Texas's public life—government, economic development, education, and insurance reform among them. How do Texas governors gain the power to govern effectively? The Power of the Texas Governor takes a fresh look at the state's chief executives, from John Connally to George W. Bush, to discover how various governors have overcome the institutional limitations of the office. Delving into the governors' election campaigns and successes and failures in office, Brian McCall makes a convincing case that the strength of a governor's personality—in particular, his or her highly developed social skills—can translate into real political power. He shows, for example, how governors such as Ann Richards and George W. Bush forged personal relationships with individual legislators to achieve their policy goals. Filled with revealing insights and anecdotes from key players in each administration, The Power of the Texas Governor offers new perspectives on leadership and valuable lessons on the use of power.

The Power of the Texas Governor

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ISBN : 9781477310182
Pages : 184 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (31 users)

Download or read book The Power of the Texas Governor written by Brian McCall and published by . This book was released on 2015-11-15 with total page 184 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: George W. Bush called it "the best job in the world," yet many would argue that the Texas governorship is a weak office. Given few enumerated powers by the Texas Constitution, the governor must build a successful relationship with the state legislature—sometimes led by a powerful lieutenant governor or speaker of the opposing party—to advance his or her policy agenda. Yet despite the limitations on the office and the power of the legislative branch, many governors have had a significant impact on major aspects of Texas's public life—government, economic development, education, and insurance reform among them. How do Texas governors gain the power to govern effectively? The Power of the Texas Governortakes a fresh look at the state's chief executives, from John Connally to George W. Bush, to discover how various governors have overcome the institutional limitations of the office. Delving into the governors' election campaigns and successes and failures in office, Brian McCall makes a convincing case that the strength of a governor's personality—in particular, his or her highly developed social skills—can translate into real political power. He shows, for example, how governors such as Ann Richards and George W. Bush forged personal relationships with individual legislators to achieve their policy goals. Filled with revealing insights and anecdotes from key players in each administration,The Power of the Texas Governor offers new perspectives on leadership and valuable lessons on the use of power.

Impeached

Publisher : Texas A&M University Press
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ISBN : 162349527X
Pages : 208 pages
Rating Book: 4.2/5 (623 users)

Download or read book Impeached written by Jessica Brannon-Wranosky and published by Texas A&M University Press. This book was released on 2017-03-17 with total page 208 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In 1917, barely into his second term as governor of Texas, James E. Ferguson was impeached, convicted, and removed from office. Impeached provides a new examination of the rise and fall of Ferguson’s political fortunes, offering a focused look at how battles over economic class, academic freedom, women’s enfranchisement, and concentrated political power came to be directed toward one politician. Jessica Brannon-Wranosky and Bruce A. Glasrud have brought together top scholars to shine a light on this unique chapter in Texas history. An overview by John R. Lundberg offers a comprehensive survey of the impeachment process. Kay Reed Arnold then follows the Ferguson story into the halls of academia at the University of Texas—which Ferguson threatened to close—sparking a fierce response by faculty, alumni, students, and, especially, the Women’s Committee for Good Government. Rachel M. Gunter further places the Ferguson impeachment in the context of the suffrage movement. Leah LaGrone Ochoa then explores Ferguson’s hot-and-cold relationship with the Texas press, and Mark Stanley examines the impact of the impeachment on Texas politics in the decades that followed. Jessica Brannon-Wranosky concludes with an assessment of the historical memory of Ferguson's impeachment throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Impeached: The Removal of Texas Governor James E. Ferguson reveals how power ebbed and flowed in twentieth-century Texas and includes several annotated primary documents critical to understanding the Ferguson impeachment.

Understanding the Texas Constitution

Publisher : The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
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ISBN : 1477745416
Pages : 32 pages
Rating Book: 4.7/5 (477 users)

Download or read book Understanding the Texas Constitution written by Jason Steinagle and published by The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc. This book was released on 2014-01-01 with total page 32 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Texas Constitution is one of the longest and most complex state constitutions in the United States, and this book gives readers a clear and thorough path to understanding its most important points. The history of this document, as well as its similarities to the U.S. Constitution, are explored in detail. From checks and balances to the rights of individuals, the text outlines important principles of how constitutions function in both Texas and the United States as a whole. Graphic organizers, informative sidebars, relevant images, and a glossary assist readers in their understanding of the text.

Texas School Finance Reform

Publisher : Intercultural Development Research Association (Idra)
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Pages : 386 pages
Rating Book: 4.S/5 ( users)

Download or read book Texas School Finance Reform written by José Angel Cárdenas and published by Intercultural Development Research Association (Idra). This book was released on 1997 with total page 386 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A master story-teller, Dr. Jose A. Cardenas, offers us an insider's view of the 28-year history of school finance in Texas. Dr. Cardenas is the founder & director emeritus of IDRA & is the only person who has been actively involved in the entire school finance reform effort since the early days of the RODRIGUEZ VS. SAN ANTONIO ISD litigation when he was superintendent of the Edgewood Independent School District. More than a history, this book provides a blueprint for persons interested in bringing about future reform in schools & other social institutions. Beginning with a description of the Texas system in 1950, the account covers court cases, legislation, & advocacy efforts & concludes with the status & future of school finance reform. Personal vignettes sprinkled throughout offer glimpses of those special untold moments that impacted history. Much of this volume - including the myths of school finance & lessons learned - relate to reform efforts in other states as well. Dr. James A. Kelly, president of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, provides a foreword, "Fighting the Good Fight," describing Dr. Cardenas as a trailblazer & pioneer. (ISBN 1-878550-63-2; 1997; 387 pages; hardback) Distributed exclusively by the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA); 210-684-8180; FAX: 210-684-5389; E-mail: [email protected]; URL: www.idra.org.

Final Report on the Provision of Electric Power in Texas

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Pages : 44 pages
Rating Book: 4.7/5 (77 users)

Download or read book Final Report on the Provision of Electric Power in Texas written by Texas. Governor's Energy Advisory Council. Forecasting and Policy Analysis Division and published by . This book was released on 1977 with total page 44 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

Lone Star Politics

Publisher : CQ Press
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ISBN : 1506373615
Pages : 592 pages
Rating Book: 4.0/5 (56 users)

Download or read book Lone Star Politics written by Ken Collier and published by CQ Press. This book was released on 2016-12-01 with total page 592 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In Texas, myth often clashes with the reality of everyday governance. The Nacogdoches author team (Ken Collier, Steven Galatas, & Julie Harrelson-Stephens) of Lone Star Politics explores the state’s rich political tradition and explains who gets what, and how by setting Texas in context with other states’ constitutions, policymaking, electoral practices, and institutions. Critical thinking questions and unvarnished “Winners and Losers” discussions guide students toward understanding Texas government. This Fifth Edition expands its coverage of civil rights in the state, and includes the contemporary issues that highlight the push and pull between federal, state, and local governments.

The Legislative Branch of State Government

Publisher : ABC-CLIO
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ISBN : 1851097619
Pages : 491 pages
Rating Book: 4.5/5 (851 users)

Download or read book The Legislative Branch of State Government written by Thomas H. Little and published by ABC-CLIO. This book was released on 2006 with total page 491 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Describes the powers and responsibilities, structure and process, people who serve, and politics of the legislative branch of state government.

Texas Politics

Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 1317553357
Pages : 310 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (317 users)

Download or read book Texas Politics written by Cal Jillson and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2015-07-30 with total page 310 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The fifth edition of this popular text is now expanded and updated to better fit the needs of a stand-alone Texas Politics course. Jillson continues to approach the politics of the Lone Star State from historical, developmental, and analytical perspectives, while giving students the most even-handed, readable, and engaging description of Texas politics available today. Throughout the book students are encouraged to connect the origins and development of government and politics in Texas--from the Texas Constitution, to party competition, to the role and powers of the Governor--to its current day practice and the alternatives possible through change and reform. This text helps instructors prepare their students to master the origin and development of the Texas Constitution, the structure and powers of state and local government in Texas, how Texas fits into the U.S. federal system, as well as political participation, the electoral process, and public policy in Texas. Texas Politics offers instructors and students an unmatched range of pedagogical aids and tools. Each chapter opens with an engaging vignette and a series of focus questions to orient readers to the learning objectives at hand and concludes with a chapter summary, a list of key terms, review questions, suggested readings, and web resources. Key terms are bolded in the text, listed at the end of the chapter, and included in a glossary at the end of the book. Each chapter includes "Let's Compare" boxes to help students see how Texas sits alongside other states, and "Pro & Con" boxes to bring conflicting political views into sharper focus. Tables, figures, and photos throughout highlight the major ideas, issues, individuals, and institutions discussed.

The Chief Executive In Texas

Publisher : University of Texas Press
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ISBN : 0292767684
Pages : 420 pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (292 users)

Download or read book The Chief Executive In Texas written by Fred Gantt, Jr. and published by University of Texas Press. This book was released on 2014-08-19 with total page 420 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "A Texas governor has only two happy days: the day he is inaugurated and the day he retires." So spoke Joseph D. Sayers at the beginning of the twentieth century. Now, in an analysis of the Texas governorship by Fred Gantt, Jr., the reader learns why Governor Sayers' remark remains true many years after it was uttered: the office has come to be so demanding that the reader may ask why anyone would want it. Price Daniel described a typical day: "The governor's job is a night-and-day job; I usually get up in the morning about seven and start answering the telephone, and then look over the mail that has come in late the day before. I sign mail before going over to the office and then have interviews most of the day. . . . In the evening at the Mansion I take calls and messages until late in the night." The Chief Executive in Texas is much more than a book full of interesting facts: It is a discerning political commentary built on a broad historical foundation that places events and persons in a perspective perhaps not previously considered by the reader. The office of chief executive in other states also is explored, as well as the decline and rise of executive power as it has been limited in various constitutions in Texas and as it has developed through custom. The account of the governor's relationship with the Legislature is historically valuable. Especially interesting to many readers will be the discussions of the political roles of individual Texas governors, whose ranks include "Ma" and "Pa" Ferguson and "Pappy" O'Daniel. These studies are personally revealing, and they attest that polities in Texas apparently can never be dull.

The Governors' Stake

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ISBN : 9781571687739
Pages : 252 pages
Rating Book: 4.8/5 (687 users)

Download or read book The Governors' Stake written by Dede Weldon Casad and published by . This book was released on 2003-04-01 with total page 252 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In their early years, one was a country lawyer, the other a Texas Ranger; during the Civil War, one was a captain, the other a general, in the Confederate Army; during Reconstruction, one was a judge, the other a sheriff and state senator. Both served as Texas governor, after which Richard Coke went to the U.S. Senate and Lawrence Sullivan Ross became the first president of Texas A&M. This joint biography coincides with the story of Texas' coming of age. Because both governors rose to power during such a crucial time, their contributions helped shape Texas.

Broken But Unbowed

Publisher : Simon and Schuster
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ISBN : 1501144944
Pages : 288 pages
Rating Book: 4.0/5 (51 users)

Download or read book Broken But Unbowed written by Greg Abbott and published by Simon and Schuster. This book was released on 2016-05-17 with total page 288 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From Governor Greg Abbott—Texas governor and rising star in the Republican Party and one of the first prominent politicians to govern from a wheelchair—comes this deeply personal and inspiring life story and a plan to restore America to greatness in what Newt Gingrich calls a “bold and compelling” read. Greg Abbott lost his ability to walk when a huge oak tree crashed down on his back, fracturing vertebrae into his spinal cord, leaving him forever paralyzed. At twenty-six years old, he felt that the future he had dreamed of was gone. But he soon realized that our lives are not defined by our challenges, but by how we respond to them. He went on to overcome his paralytic limitations to become the longest-serving attorney general in Texas history and now governor, all while in a wheelchair. Greg Abbott waged a record number of legal challenges against the federal government that has come unhinged from the Constitution. He also led legal battles to defend the Second Amendment, the Tenth Amendment, and religious liberty. He personally appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court to defend the Ten Commandments monument on the Texas Capitol Grounds—and won. Through these fights he realized that his personal story held an important parallel to America’s current challenges. The Constitution that forms the foundation of our country has been broken, but the people of this nation remain determined to achieve American greatness. Abbott explains that it is up to us to restore America to its rightful luster and power in the world, emerging triumphant from our stumbles. In Broken but Unbowed, Governor Abbott describes firsthand what it was like to be on the frontlines of the historic fights that have refined the Constitution and the lessons he’s learned along the way, offering solutions that will bring us back a government that lives up to the American Dream.

Texas Politics

Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 1135015465
Pages : 336 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (135 users)

Download or read book Texas Politics written by Cal Jillson and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2013-07-24 with total page 336 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The fourth edition of this popular text is now expanded to better fit the needs of a standalone Texas Politics course. Jillson continues to approach the politics of the Lone Star State from historical, developmental, and analytical perspectives, while giving students the most even-handed, readable, and engaging description of Texas politics available today. Throughout the book students are encouraged to connect the origins and development of government and politics in Texas--from the Texas Constitution, to party competition, to the role and powers of the Governor--to its current day practice and the alternatives possible through change and reform. This text helps instructors prepare their students to master the origin and development of the Texas Constitution, the structure and powers of state and local government in Texas, how Texas fits into the U.S. federal system, as well as political participation, the electoral process, and public policy in Texas. Texas Politics offers instructors and students an unmatched range of pedagogical aids and tools. Each chapter opens with an engaging vignette and a series of focus questions to orient readers to the learning objectives at hand and concludes with a chapter summary, a list of key terms, review questions, suggested readings, and web resources. Key terms are bolded in the text, listed at the end of the chapter, and included in a glossary at the end of the book. Each chapter includes "Let's Compare" boxes to help students see how Texas sits alongside other states, and "Pro & Con" boxes to bring conflicting political views into sharper focus. Tables, figures, and photos throughout highlight the major ideas, issues, individuals, and institutions discussed.

The Lieutenant Governor--the Office and Its Powers

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Pages : 68 pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (39 users)

Download or read book The Lieutenant Governor--the Office and Its Powers written by and published by . This book was released on 1987 with total page 68 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

Government and Politics of Texas

Publisher : McGraw-Hill Humanities Social
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ISBN : 9780072871616
Pages : 264 pages
Rating Book: 4.7/5 (871 users)

Download or read book Government and Politics of Texas written by Gary M. Halter and published by McGraw-Hill Humanities Social. This book was released on 2003-05-16 with total page 264 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: By examining and comparing the Lone Star state to the rest of the nation, this text offers a broad understanding of the differences that make Texas unique. In this text, you will find: updated Texas election issues, an exploration of the historical and cultural development of Texas; discussion of the changing nature of government and politics in Texas, and in the U.S. that ties theory to the real world; Highlight boxes featuring lively anecdotes and every chapter now includes Internet resources. Brief (260 pages) and economical, this text will compliment any other material in American Government course. A Test Bank is available to instructors by emailing: [email protected]