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Having survived a re-election scare, for Sen. Kel Seliger it's now time to focus on issues the Texas Legislature is likely to tackle when it's back in session in January.
It has been five and a half years since Hurricane Ike pounded the Gulf Coast, killing dozens of people, pushing homes off their slabs and inflicting tens of billions of dollars in damage.
Right now, the lieutenant governor is fighting for his political life as he prepares for a run-off in May. David Dewhurst came in a distant second to State Senator Dan Patrick.
With the primary elections taking place this past Tuesday, it seemed fitting to begin our weekly playlist of songs inspired by Texas politics and policy news with Radiohead's "Electioneering."
Sen. Rand Paul may have won the straw poll, but second-runner up Sen. Ted Cruz won the biggest endorsement on the final night of the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, confer with staff.
An email from a lobbyist at one of the state's largest law firms suggests there may be efforts underway to persuade three second-place Republican primary finishers to withdraw from the May runoffs.
I attended a few election night watch parties Tuesday, both for statewide and local candidates.
In Texas, the lieutenant governor is almost as powerful as the governor, serving at the head of the state Senate, which requires 21 out of 31 votes to bring anything to the floor.
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As expected, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott won the GOP primary and State Senator Wendy Davis will represent the Democrats.
Sen. Dan Patrick probably has the upper hand as he heads into a runoff for lieutenant governor with incumbent David Dewhurst - at least, with the fraction of Texas Republicans who decide such races.
Republicans have voted for tried-and-true incumbents and fire-breathing conservatives, while Democrats have learned they still have a lot of building to do if they hope to compete in November.
A couple of weeks ago, during a rare moment while I was in my living room and not watching Friday Night Lights on Netflix and/or asleep on the couch, I happened across an attack ad from prospective lieutenant governor Dan Patrick.