January 2013

House Chairs

House Chairs

House Speaker Joe Straus announced his committee chairs today, with little in the way of surprises. Not the least surprising was that this crop of committee chairs is slightly less fiscally responsible than the 2011 batch. Since the legislature is in session, it’s a...

Transparency in the Modern Age

Texas government, be it statewide or local, seems mired in a dilemma.  On the one hand, we have some tremendously transparent government entities (i.e., the city of Houston’s website was given an A- rating by Sunshine Review last year).  On the other, we have...
Football Folly

Football Folly

Winner of the “Most Frivolous Legislation Filed Yet” Award goes to Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rio Grande City). He wants to micro-manage college football schedules of Texas A&M and the University of Texas. Mr. Guillen is a pleasant and affable fellow. Like...
Donna Howard: Let Us Spend More!

Donna Howard: Let Us Spend More!

Cut Spending! While Texas’ statewide elected officials are leading the charge to cut spending, one Austin Democrat is trying to pass a bill to allow the Legislature to spend more of your money. State Rep. Donna Howard (D – Austin) is proposing a bill to increase the...