The demise of "sanctuary cities" legislation
The Texas Legislature did not pass legislation to ban and prevent the existence of "sanctuary cities" for undocumented immigrants in Texas during the 2011 May-June special session. Political science fellow Mark P. Jones examines whether the demise of this legislation was the Republican leadership's preferred outcome.
Mark P. Jones June 30, 2011
Death of "sanctuary cities" bill: A strategic victory for Gov. Perry
House Bill 12, the "sanctuary cities" bill that would have effectively banned cities providing safe have to illegal immigrants in Texas, died in the Senate's Transportation and Homeland Security Committee in May of 2011. Political science fellow Mark P. Jones explains how Gov. Rick Perry managed to promote the agenda of the conservative wing of the Republican Party without diminishing his support among Hispanics.
Mark P. Jones May 20, 2011
Baker Institute Special Feature: A four-minute video on "Japan: The Aftermath"
Watch a short video about understanding the nuclear tragedy in Japan, featuring fellows and scholars from the Science and Technology Policy Program and the Baker Institute Energy Forum.
April 18, 2011
Why Houston won't send a Hispanic to Congress
The 2010 Census data indicates that more than one-third of the Houston metropolitan region is Hispanic; however, the creation of a second Hispanic-majority district is unlikely. Political science fellow Mark P. Jones offers four reasons why redistricting will not yield a new Hispanic-majority district.
Mark P. Jones February 18, 2011
Texas House speaker candidates at different ends of liberal-conservative spectrum
On Jan. 11 the Texas House of Representatives will elect a new Texas House speaker. Political science fellow Mark Jones compares prospective candidates along an ideological liberal-conservative spectrum.
Mark P. Jones January 6, 2011
Democrats' stealth influence in the Texas House
In 2003 and 2009, the Texas House of Representatives had a Republican majority and a Republican speaker. In this blog post, political science fellow Mark P. Jones presents critical distinctions between the 2003 and 2009 House leadership.
Mark P. Jones August 24, 2010
Rise of Partisan Polarization in the Texas House
In this blog post, political science fellow Mark P. Jones documents the widening ideological gap between members of the Democratic and Republican delegations in the Texas House of Representatives over the past four decades.
Mark P. Jones July 15, 2010