Electoral College Protests

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks Wednesday in Washington at a rally in support of President Donald Trump.

Every biennial session of the Texas Legislature has its own personality. For the session that begins today, that personality will be shaped by an extraordinary set of issues and a bizarre political environment.

COVID-19 has never been stronger. Vaccines are available, but supplies lag behind demand, and federal and state government distribution has been amateurish and ineffective. The state economy has been scrambled by a pandemic-induced recession. The political world is reeling from the riot in the U.S. Capitol and the uneasy transition from Donald Trump to Joe Biden.

Ross Ramsey is executive editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. This analysis originated at texastribune.com. Contact Ramsey at rramsey@texastribune.org.

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