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June 2015 [PAGE: 2]

Byron’s Very Bad, No Good Session

Byron’s Very Bad, No Good Session

Certain perks are supposed to come with being one of the most powerful members of the Texas House – most notably, passing your district’s legislative priorities. Yet on that count, State Rep. Byron Cook of Corsicana failed his constituents miserably. Only one measure...
Houston Reforms

Houston Reforms

With the first three Houston mayoral debates completed, campaign rhetoric revolving around municipal reforms is heating up. Two ideas in particular warrant a deeper look—one directed at Houston’s crime lab known as the Houston Forensic Science Center (HFSC), and...
Taking Credit for Gutting Tax Cuts

Taking Credit for Gutting Tax Cuts

House Republicans are retrospectively arriving at a sweeping consensus—not enough was done to curb property tax increases. But if members supporting the coalition government of liberal House Republicans and Democrats had their way, Texans would pay even more. That’s...
Straus’ Revisionist History

Straus’ Revisionist History

In a recent interview, liberal House Speaker Joe Straus was asked to respond to allegations from many, including Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, that conservative bills went to House Calendars only to die without a vote. Citing the example of SB 1968 by State Sen. Joan Huffman...
Ken Gagliano: Proud Texan, Born in Chicago

Ken Gagliano: Proud Texan, Born in Chicago

Fourteen years ago, Ken Gagliano moved to Plano, Texas, where he has experienced a life far different from Chicago, Illinois, where he was raised. Gagliano grew up in a “Teamsters household.” Although his parents earned a modest living, they were able to send him to a...
House Tax Revision

House Tax Revision

In the days since the legislative session ended, House Speaker Joe Straus and his coalition government of Democrats and liberal Republicans has been bragging about passing the very tax cuts they had opposed. “We cut taxes,” Straus bragged in a statement issued by his...