The legislature is preparing to meet again next week.
It happens every other year, and for 140 days, the business of Texas is supposed to be done.
Now, too often, politics carries over from the campaign season to the governing season.
But the 83rd session of the legislature has some tough issues to face, the biggest being education.
But until the current lawsuits by school districts are finally settled, education money will still be scarce.
Then there’s water.
Most officials agree, we are approaching crisis levels and the issue will have to be addressed.
Finally, what are the odds that Joe Straus is not elected Speaker of the House again?
Most observers think the challenges of Representative David Simpson and Bryan Hughes will ultimately fail.