June 2010

Liberals Don’t Get It

Sometimes you just have to laugh at liberals. State Rep. Garnet Coleman has offered a side-by-side comparison of Texas Democratic Party and Texas Republican Party platforms on issues of his choosing. One side of his chart shows Democratic Party proposed government...

Obama EPA’s War on Big Bend?

Are your summer or fall travel plans finalized yet? If the Big Bend area is on your agenda, it looks like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants you to reconsider. Under new rules being considered, Big Bend may soon be listed as a high pollution area (or in...

Gambling On A Flawed Premise

Making its way around the state today is news about a new poll purporting to show Texans prefering slot machines as a means to bridge the projected budget shortfall. It’s a false choice, because the pollsters — apparently paid for by the gaming industry...

Bill White for Texas

. . . not! Excuse me, I meant to say TOO LIBERAL for Texas. The Texas Democrats gathered in Corpus Christi this past week for their state convention, and while I attended the Republican Party of Texas convention in Dallas earlier this month, I figured I should educate...

Working for Public Benefits… A Radical Idea?

People receiving extended unemployment benefits should be required to provide a public service while getting public assistance, so says Texas’ Workforce Commission chairman Tom Pauken. Predictably, critics, such as the Texas AFL-CIO, have blasted the idea. In a...

Are conservatives against “good” for Texas?

This past weekend’s Dallas Morning News carried a predictable, editorial which sadly reflects the views of many in our society who believe themselves to be educated but aren’t. Here’s the headline: “Challenges to Straus put ideology ahead of the state” and it starts...

The Importance of Redistricting

As we all know, the next legislative session will be consumed by redistricting, along with the biennial budget, a voter ID bill, a sonogram bill, a possible immigration debate, and a potential challenge to Joe Straus for the Speaker’s gavel. However,...

Jason Isaac BBQs some liberal

Since I commented on Speaker Straus’ headlining of a fundraiser for State Representative Patrick Rose, I have gotten to know his opponent, Jason Isaac, and the people of HD 45. Many people had told me that Jason was “the real deal,” someone who...

Transparency in Government Victory

This week transparency in government won a major victory when a judge ruled Grapevine’s City Council violated the Texas Open Meetings Act (TOMA) by hiring Fred Hill in a secret meeting. The Star-Telegram filed the lawsuit after they were denied a copy of the meeting...