May 2010 [PAGE: 2]

NW Texas influence in the House & hypocrisy

It would be hilarious if it were not so irritating and costly to West Texas: Once again, even after primary elections have passed, we find the opinion page at the Lubbock Mudslide filled with lament about how the area will suffer by having three freshman state reps....

Trailer for Sale or Rent

This week, the Texas AFL-CIO held a press conference to offer Gov. Rick Perry, and the First Lady of Texas, use of a “single-wide” manufactured home they had hauled to their parking lot and placed on cinder blocks in downtown Austin. While reasonable...

What’s so wrong with Patrick Rose

Despite recent claims to the contrary, HD 45 erstwhile Democratic representative is no friend to Texas taxpayers or Texas business. And yes, it’s true – Speaker Joe Straus, a Republican from San Antonio, lent his name and presence to a fundraiser for Rose...

Texas School Spending Tops $11k Per Pupil

As we close out this school year, taxpayers may wonder want kind of bang we’re getting for our educational buck. Texans now spend more than $11,000 per year on public education – with less than half going toward instructional expenses. In the 2008-2009 school...

David Sibley: Dances With Democrats?

Former Republican state Sen. David Sibley is in a runoff election to get back his old job in the Texas Senate. But there’s a problem. After he left office in 2003, to become a lobbyist, he made a habit of contributing to very liberal Democrats. It’s not...

Casino Gambling: A State Budget Elixir?

In what The Houston Chronicle described as an “unusual appearance,” Texas’ House Speaker, Joe Straus (R-San Antonio), gave public guidance to the Appropriations Committee last week to prepare a “no-new-taxes” state budget. This was welcomed...