February 2010

The Revolving Door of Healthcare Reform

As the healthcare reform world turns we see another rendition to the ever evolving proposals from Washington. This time it comes from the White House in the form of the regulation of premium levels. Although premium levels are certainly a concern, addressing high...

Kleberg’s Obama Factor

What to make of a GOP candidate who openly supported Barack Obama for president in 2008? Now, several Republican candidates this cycle admit to having voted in the 2008 Democratic Primary. They were engaging in the Rush Limbaugh-inspired “Operation Chaos”...

Par For Straus’ Course

As of last week Texans can take pride in a new select committee. Speaker Straus created the House Select Committee on Transportation to highlight the need for increased transparency and accountability in Texas transportation and to analyze current and future...

William Travis’ Letter

On Feb. 24, 1836, after 24 hours of cannon bombardment, William Travis penned a letter from inside the Alamo addressed to all Texans and Americans. In it he, pledged to “never surrender or retreat.” The Alamo fell to Santa Anna’s forces on March 6,...

Ahead of HD 105 General

Democrat operatives continue to have high hopes for winning in House District 105. While contributors to the Texas Tribune and party insiders respectively speculate and fantasize about HD 105 slipping from the grasp of the GOP they avoid addressing the failed attempt...

Real Local Control

Despite the assertions of a liberal Austin American Statesman columnist, what has killed California has been their excessive spending, over-regulation and oppressive tax structure. Letting voters keep big spenders out of their wallets is what Texas needs to avoid...

Commit the Crime Avoid the Time

Attention Dallas area thieves, drug dealers and murderers: now through Sunday you will have ample opportunity to perform your crime of choice. Law enforcement officials in Dallas will be undergoing another revenue enhancement, i.e. seat belt check, with a special...

Gassing Up Perry

Earlier today Texas Gov. Rick Perry was on a radio show in Lubbock where he listed “raising the gas tax” as among the options lawmakers might consider when it comes to building roads. That’s a very bad option, as Perry himself has said in recent...
Grandview Sees It Right

Grandview Sees It Right

Talk about putting your wallet where your mouth is. The city council of Grandview has turned down a half-million-dollar federal earmark secured by Democratic Rep. Chet Edwards, saying such earmarks represent “irresponsible pork-barrel politics.” The money...