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It’s September, and that means football season in Texas is back in full swing. Like so many of you, I relish spending my Friday nights this time of year under the bright lights of a football stadium, munching on a box of popcorn and supporting our East Texas schools. From the band to the drill team, from the cheerleaders to the football players, I love the way this timeless tradition brings students, parents, grandparents, and residents of a community together to support both their team and each other. Additionally, we’ve got students across our region participating in fall extracurricular activities such as volleyball and cross country, with basketball and soccer just around the corner. Whatever your fancy, I hope that you get to spend some time over the next few months supporting our students and showing your community pride. more
We celebrate many national holidays. We remember presidents, social leaders, Veterans, Labor and Memorial Days, our Independence from England and others. There is one day that passes without notice: Constitution Day. more
I saw something really cool last week on election day: a room full of people interested in the local election results. There even were children in the room, which bodes well — at least … more
Is the bulging field of Democrats seeking the 2020 presidential nomination a sign of strength? Or is it a troubling indication that wresting the presidency from Donald Trump won't be as easy as it ought to be? more
Response is right, but raises questions You can’t turn on a television or log into a news or social site anymore without hearing of some new person of influence being fired or accused of sexual … more
A poll nestled between the end of a Texas legislative session and the beginning of what promises to be a tumultuous 2020 election has just the right blend of what happened and what’s next — along with a look at what Texas voters are thinking about. With that setup, here are some talking points from the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll we rolled out this week: more
There’s lots of turmoil in the world and even our country today. A lot of that I’ve even touched on here. You know, there’s the nonsense with the latest election, especially in Florida. … more
In a move that should probably come as no surprise to anyone, a federal judge — in California, go figure — has decided that the President of the United States cannot perform his duties. At … more
“This ain’t the Garden of Eden. There ain’t no Heaven above … And things ain’t what they used to be …” — Blue Öyster Cult, “This Ain’t the Summer of Love” I was … more
I’ve become more and more critical of my profession lately, in case you haven’t noticed, what with my weekly Headline of Note feature. That criticism, while mostly designed to elicit a … more
President Trump and every declared candidate for the Presidency want to lower drug costs. And, surprise, it's the President who has made a bold move towards a workable free market solution. more
While public education reform and property tax relief have been the focus of the Texas House from the very beginning of the 86th Legislative Session, this week my colleagues and I finally had the opportunity to bring House Bill 3 to the floor for a vote. I'm pleased to report that after hours of debate, the Texas House overwhelmingly passed this historic piece of legislation that will benefit every student, teacher, and property owner in Texas! more
Looking at the news lately brings out the exasperation in me. Just when I think people might finally get over the almost two-year-long tantrum over President Trump being elected, new things crop … more
Here’s a new conundrum for Republican politicians at the top of the ballot in Texas: November. more
Alert! Alert! This is a test. This is only a test. A test of the Congressional Re- Arrival Warning System. Residents of the District of Colombia should remain on the lookout for male and female politicians walking the streets disguised as normal citizens. Although expert at camouflage, they can be recognized, notably by the crisp lines of their plumage, consisting mostly of dark business suits, but also by the incessant habit of spending every waking hour dialing district donors for dark dirty dollars. more
It’s pretty much a given that non-presidential elections will generate little interest, unless it’s in a small venue with a hot local issue or a contentious city council race to spice things … more
Bear with me here, as I’m going to stitch together what may be some seemingly unrelated events. The first of these is the unfathomable tragedy perpetuated by United Airlines on Kokito the … more
On a hot Summer day in July 1776, members of the Second Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia to boldly declare that the thirteen American colonies would no longer be subject to the monarch of Britain. The ratification of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th is still celebrated today, over 200 years later, just as John Adams envisioned so many years ago --"It will be celebrated with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other." more
Cutting taxes — as opposed to restraining the growth in future tax increases or swapping a reduction in property taxes for an increase in the state sales tax — appears to be a nearly insurmountable obstacle. more
MIAMI — On the first question of the first Democratic presidential primary debate, Beto O'Rourke got dinged by moderators for not giving a straight answer. more
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