Gov. Bob Bullock and Press Secretary Mike Hailey - Texas
Senate Photo 1997
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Hailey is an award-winning writer and editor who has been in and
around Texas government and politics for more than 20 years. Hailey
earned a reputation as one of the leading journalists in the state
while covering the Texas Capitol for the Austin American-Statesman
and The Houston Post. Hailey has been named one of the best state Capitol reporters in the nation by the Washington Post in his role as the editor and publish of Capitol
Hailey joined the Capitol press corps
in early 1984 in time to cover the summer special session that
produced the historic public education reforms in House Bill 72.
Hailey's first experience on the statewide campaign trail came
later that year when he was assigned to travel with Democrat Lloyd
Doggett in his race for the U.S. Senate against Republican Phil
Gramm. The Austin newspaper turned to Hailey to cover the state
budget crisis that led to a record tax bill in 1987 - and by 1990
he was in the thick of the wildest governor's race ever while
traveling first with Ann Richards and then with Clayton Williams
until they crossed the finish line.
Hailey crossed the line to the "dark
side" when Bob Bullock summoned him back to be his press
secretary in the lieutenant governor's office in the wake of the
Post's sudden demise one day in 1995. Hailey was on board for
the last three years of Bullock's legendary career and his final
regular session, which revolved on then-Governor George W. Bush's
push for property tax reform.
Hailey spent the next three years at the
Texas Democratic Party, rebuilding the communications office from
the ashes with a successful plan aimed at revitalizing the state
party's image and boosting its visibility across the state and
the nation. He designed an elections media strategy that put the
so-called Dream Ticket in position to gain national acclaim before
falling victim to Rick Perry and the Republicans in 2002.
Two months after that election, Hailey
rolled the dice on a creative vision and created Capitol Inside,
which made its debut online in January 2003. He declared from
the outset that the newsletter would be a non-partisan source
of news and information that would be fun to read and explore
and valuable to insiders as a professional resource and tool.
The venture exceeded all expectations from the start - and now
Hailey's proud to say that the subscriber base mirrors the percentages
that Republicans and Democrats have in the Texas Legislature and
the state's delegation to Congress as well.