Bob Bullock: God Bless Texas [NOOK Book]

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Renowned for his fierce devotion to the people of Texas-as well as his equally fierce rages and unpredictable temper-Bob Bullock was the most powerful political figure in Texas at the end of the twentieth century. First elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1956, Bullock held several key statewide posts before capturing the lieutenant governor's office in 1990. Though nominally the state's number two official, Bullock in fact became Texas's top power broker, wielding tremendous influence over the ...
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Bob Bullock: God Bless Texas

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Renowned for his fierce devotion to the people of Texas-as well as his equally fierce rages and unpredictable temper-Bob Bullock was the most powerful political figure in Texas at the end of the twentieth century. First elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1956, Bullock held several key statewide posts before capturing the lieutenant governor's office in 1990. Though nominally the state's number two official, Bullock in fact became Texas's top power broker, wielding tremendous influence over the legislative agenda and state budget through the 1990s while also mentoring and supporting a future president-George W. Bush. In this lively, yet thoroughly researched biography, award-winning journalists Dave McNeely and Jim Henderson craft a well-rounded portrait of Bob Bullock, underscoring both his political adroitness and his personal demons. They trace Bullock's rise through state government as Assistant Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Comptroller, and Lieutenant Governor, showing how he increased the power of every office he held. The authors spotlight Bullock's substantial achievements, which included hiring an unprecedented number of women and minorities, instituting a performance review to increase the efficiency of state agencies, restructuring the public school funding system, and creating the state's first water conservation and management plan.
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Austin American-Statesman’s Out & About blog - Michael Barnes
Dave McNeelyandJim Henderson's 2008 Bob Bullock: God Bless Texas tries harder to project an aura of journalistic objectivity portraying the volcanic late lieutenant governor. McNeely, former longtime political reporter for the Austin American-Statesman, even refers to himself in the third person. Yet that studied sheen of objectivity does not undercut the authors' prodigious research or crackerjack narrative style. They tell it like it is.
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Meet the Author

DAVE MCNEELY is the dean of the Texas Capitol press corps. A political writer for the Austin American-Statesman for twenty-six years, he continues to write a syndicated political column for Texas newspapers.

JIM HENDERSON is currently a freelance writer. He has been a reporter for the Houston Chronicle and the Dallas Times-Herald.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: Personal Privilege     ix
Introduction: "The Largest Texan"     1
The Usual Suspect     11
Political Baptism by Garden Hose     20
In the Orbit of Power     27
With Friends Like These     35
The Path Back to Politics     44
"Just a Washed-Up Lobbyist"     54
A Turning Point in History     61
Spoiling for a Fight     70
Busted by the Senate     79
Texas Gets a New Tax Collector     87
Bullock's Raiders     96
A Bullock in a China Closet     106
Whiskey, Women, Airplanes, and Guns     116
No More Mister Nice Guy     124
The Grand Jury and the FBI     134
Drunk School and Beyond     145
The Tax Man Cometh     155
No Groundswell for "Governor" Bullock     165
The Oil Bust     174
Eyes on the Lieutenant Governor's Office     183
King Kong's Already in the Race     193
I'm in Charge Here     206
Ann Richards: Friend or Enemy?     216
Second Session Is a Charm     226
Here Will Lie Bob Bullock     236
George W. Arrives on the Scene     246
You've Got to Kiss Me First     257
The Long Drum Roll     267
Epilogue     278
Notes     282
Index     301
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