171 years in, the Texas Legislature keeps it quirky (TribTalk)

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The meeting of the 85th Texas Legislature is nearly upon us. We’ve had 84 sessions (some featuring multiple meetings) of this august body in the 171 years since the first session as a state and, like so many events, history continues to repeat itself. Many political themes we’ll see over the coming months are as historic as the Capitol’s pink dome: disputes between the chambers, intra-party squabbles, the waft of corruption and the race against the ever forward-marching legislative calendar.

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