The Library is continually adding new books to its collection. Below are the titles from our December 2019 New & Noteworthy list

Check out and delivery of New & Noteworthy titles is available to legislative staff in Capitol and District offices. To arrange check out and delivery of any of these items, you can submit an online request through the New & Noteworthy page on our website, contact the library at 512-463-1252, or use our PDF request form.


1. Biscuits, the Dole, and Nodding Donkeys: Texas Politics, 1929-1932
By Norman D. Brown
Continues the story of Texas politics that the author described in his acclaimed book, Hood, Bonnet, and Little Brown Jug: Texas Politics, 1921 - 1928. Provides a tour of the Texas political landscape during the Great Depression, using the "colorful" political leaders and their backroom deals as a framework for exploring the dominant issues of the early 1930s. Addresses the tension between the federal government and Texas, problems with the state's oil-based economy, and the changing political parties.
University of Texas Press, 2019, 448 pages
976.406 B814B 2019



2. Conflict and Cooperation: Reflections on the New Deal in Texas
By Milton S. Jordan, George Cooper, editors
Collects essays illustrating the enduring positive effects of New Deal projects and programs in Texas. Considers the impact of New Deal programs on the visual arts and state parks, as well as on different demographic groups, such as women and African Americans.
Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2019, 154 pages
976.4 J765C 2019



3. Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory that Changed American History
By Brian Kilmeade
Presents a concise, well-researched account of the Texas Revolution, offering insight into the individuals involved and the historical setting. Includes illustrations, maps, notes, and an extensive bibliography.
Sentinel, 2019, 272 pages
976.4 K558S 2019



4. Texas Ethics Laws: An Annotated Guide to Lobby and Campaign Finance Laws in Texas
By Andrew Cates
Provides text of the most frequently cited Texas campaign finance and lobby laws along with pertinent primary and secondary sources that illustrate the statutes' applications. Features cross-references to Texas Ethics Commission rules and summaries of numerous Ethics Commission Opinions. Includes relevant Attorney General opinions, case law, and practice notes.
Independently published, 2019, 520 pages
328.33 C283T 2019



5. Color Coded: Party Politics in the American West, 1950-2016
By Walter T.K. Nugent
Examines political party allegiance and voting trends for nineteen states in the American West between 1950 and 2016. Considers demographic, economic, and social change, as well as key personalities and issues that have shaped each state's political history. Discusses states with notable shifts, states that have remained reliably devoted to one party, and states that have not been consistently blue or red. Includes chapters on Texas, Oklahoma, California, and Oregon, and an appendix with election returns for the years and states discussed.
University of Oklahoma Press, 2018, 374 pages
324.2730978 N896C 2018



6. New, Renamed, and Abolished State Government Entities, 86th Legislature
By Texas Legislative Council
Highlights state government agencies, interagency panels, advisory committees, and other state governmental entities created, restructured, or eliminated by legislation enacted in the 86th Legislature. Provides information about each entity, including the bill number and specific bill sections that contain provisions pertaining to the entity, effective dates, powers and duties of the entity or whether certain functions were transferred to another entity, membership information, and Sunset or expiration dates.
Texas Legislative Council, 2019, 71 pages
Online at:
L1400.8 N42 2019



7. Summary of Enactments: 86th Legislature
By Texas Legislative Council
Provides summaries of bills and joint resolutions passed by the Texas Legislature in 2019, arranged by subject. Includes bill number, author, sponsor, effective date, and governor's vetoes.
Texas Legislative Council, 2019, 354 pages
Online at:
L1400.7 AC27 2019