Higher education was a major issue for lawmakers this past session, particularly for those who felt University of Texas President Bill Powers was being micromanaged by the UT Board of Regents.

In Monday’s Capital Tonight, we spoke one-on-one with Powers himself. He talked about his goals for UT’s flagship campus, his hopes for the next legislative session and about working with the regents.


As one of the worst droughts in state history drags on, the state’s agriculture commissioner is urging Texans to take water conservation into their own hands. That means monitoring their water use and taking a serious look at Proposition 6. Commissioner Todd Staples, who is also running for lieutenant governor, admits neither will immediately solve the state’s water woes, but says it’s a good place to start.


The Senate is set to vote this week on a continuing resolution that would avoid a government shutdown on October 1. At issue is an attempt by some Republicans — led by Sen. Ted Cruz — to defund the Affordable Care Act.