February 2016

Is Straus Sunk?

Is Straus Sunk?

One should never attempt to engage in political prognostication, and Tuesday evening we’ll know the primary fate of candidates from the highest office to the last on the ballot. Yet no one has more to lose on March 1st than San Antonio State Rep. Joe Straus, the...
The Labor Union Manifesto

The Labor Union Manifesto

Houston’s chapter of AFSCME has spent time, money, and effort advocating for increased minimum wages, guaranteed raises, and political candidates who vow to do their bidding. Union platforms are made to make members feel that they are the union. When challenged,...

Travis’ Example (Texas Minute)

On February 24, 1836, William Travis sent a letter from the besieged Alamo. He reported that more than a thousand soldiers under Santa Anna had him surrounded. Travis didn’t consider surrender to be an option, and wrote that he was prepared to “die like a...
Turner’s Fiscal Reforms

Turner’s Fiscal Reforms

During his inauguration and since, Mayor Sylvester Turner has repeated the phrase “shared sacrifice” when talking about closing the upcoming budget gap. While the administration is still developing the minute details, we finally have an idea of what form that “shared...