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Maybe Marianne Williamson is The Texan. That title is contested, most recently wrested from Beto O’Rourke of El Paso and San Antonio’s Julián Castro. Lots of people think those are the only two Texans in the hunt for the Democratic Party’s presidential 2020 nomination. 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
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
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
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
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
With the Legislative Session in the rearview mirror, I'll be returning to a bi-weekly column schedule to provide periodic updates on what's happening around the state and in the district. Though the heavy legislative lifting behind us, it's never too early to start preparing for the 87th Legislative Session, which will not begin until January of 2021. With that in mind, I want to encourage you to continue contacting my office with your thoughts on ways that we can work to address issues that matter to you in the future. more
Public officials have to keep their snark on a leash — to an extent that would make many of us squirm. more
Historically, cell phone networks were built-out in urban areas and along significant highways. more
When longtime U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy died in 2009, an irreverent Texas political consultant predicted the people who raise money for the two major political parties would miss the famous Massachusetts Democrat. Democrats loved him and touted him as a champion in their appeals, while Republicans hated him and touted him as a formidable opponent in theirs, the consultant said. “There goes the first paragraph of everyone’s fundraising letter.” more
By the time you read this column, the Texas House will have adjourned Sine Die (meaning without assigning a day for a further meeting), closing the curtain on the 86th Legislative Session. While in previous sessions, legislators returned home with the looming possibility of a special session, Governor Abbott has indicated that given the productive nature of this session, no special session will be called. It has truly been an honor to serve as your Representative this session, and I look forward to spending more time in the district giving updates on the progress we've made, and also having conversations about issues that need to be addressed during the 87th Legislative Session. Until then, please know that both our Capitol and district offices will still be available to assist you with any issues or concerns you might have at the state or local level. more
The Golden State Warriors held onto their NBA title for at least another game on Monday with a 106-105 victory over the Raptors in Toronto. more
I have supported the east-west corridor project on US 190 since 1998. TxDOT has done a very good job in providing us with the environmental assessment and an opportunity to comment on it. more
By the time you read this column, the Texas House will have adjourned Sine Die (meaning without assigning a day for a further meeting), closing the curtain on the 86th Legislative Session. While in previous sessions, legislators returned home with the looming possibility of a special session, Governor Abbott has indicated that given the productive nature of this session, no special session will be called. more
This is a sad day in the history of governance in Texas.Saturday night, in less than an hour's time,  both houses of the Texas Legislature overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the property … more
As students from around the state wrap up the school year, I especially want to congratulate all of the graduating high school seniors in House District 57 for their hard work and dedication throughout their educational career. Whether these students continue their education at the college level or choose to start a new journey in our state's thriving workforce, I wish all of our recent graduates the very best as they embark on this exciting new chapter in their lives. more
Twenty-two years. That’s how long the promise or threat (whichever side of the centerline you stand on) has been hanging over this little rural community. Since 1997, we have lived with the uncertainty of the future of the SH 21 widening project – which property would be impacted, whether or not the project would ever see the light of day, whether we can sell our property or build on it knowing it could well be in a future right-of-way taking --- dividing our community and perhaps sounding the death knell for North Zulch. more
Woop Heeee! Raney Lane makes us all proud! The city, county and school district worked together to get the job done. Many thanks. more
As the final week of the 86th Legislative Session approaches, I want to take a moment to thank everyone who has contacted our office over the last several months. Whether you have called my capitol or district office, sent an email or letter, or even taken the time to come to Austin for a visit, I want you to know how much I value and appreciate your input. Without your feedback, I would not be able to represent my district in a way that represents our common values. It is the honor of a lifetime, and one that I do not take lightly, to represent such a great community of people and I'm humbled to have been blessed with such an incredible opportunity to serve as your Representative. more
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