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In our poisoned political era, our preferences decide our facts

October 8, 2018
Humans have many wonderful qualities. “Perfectly rational” is not among them.
Brett Kavanaugh

We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat

October 1, 2018
Is American democracy strong enough to survive its demons?
Jaws and the current state of America

Helen Keller’s smile: On the State Board of Education's textbook antics

October 1, 2018
The Texas State Board of Education recently decided what historical figures should be excluded or included in textbooks.
Textbook creation in a post-truth era

The sad ABCs of the Texas’ A-F school ratings

August 28, 2018
The leadership of the Republican Party in Texas and around the country is hell-bent on ending public education as we know it and replacing it with private corporations that will get rich on our tax dollars while educating fewer of our children.

We will repudiate the darkness in 2018

July 27, 2018
Some conservatives are fine Putin’s subversion of our democracy as long as it serves their own power, but most Texans and Americans will repudiate the darkness in 2018.
Texas Will Revoke The Darkness

The Path Where Kavanaugh and the Supreme Court Will Take Us

July 23, 2018
So, under a Trump-packed court, America might look something like Putin’s Russia looks today.

Five Fast Facts on Trump's Kidnapping of Immigrant Children

June 19, 2018
The Trump administration is pushing around a lot of lies and misinformation about their "zero tolerance" and family separation policies.
Keep Families Together Progress Texas

Silence of the Wolves

June 18, 2018
Donald Trump has begun a policy of kidnapping immigrant children from their mothers and fathers and placing them in internment camps. In Texas.
Trump Concentration Camp Children Immigrants Texas

Saving lives is the main political mission

June 5, 2018
Health care. Education. Jobs. Honest government. Don’t starve the kids or leave them targets of madmen with guns. Don’t abandon pregnant women. Treat all humans with dignity and respect.

2018 May Be the Beginning of "Sooner" for Texas Democrats

June 5, 2018
The 2018 general election is, above all else, a referendum on the future of democracy — or whether American democracy even has a future.
2018 May Be the Beginning of "Sooner" for Texas Democrats

A Story to Undo Trump

May 21, 2018
Democrats should learn the lessons of rival TV networks efforts to beat Dallas and J.R. Ewing in the ratings. Tell a completely different story.

When Will Texas Finally Outsmart Its Transportation Trolls?

May 21, 2018
The leadership in Texas and the nation is paralyzed, afraid to raise taxes to build the necessary transportation infrastructure.
When Will Texas Finally Outsmart Its Transportation Trolls?

It’s a dog-eat-dog world for paid sick leave in Austin

May 17, 2018
Hourly workers struggle from paycheck to paycheck without breaks — unless they’re sick too long; then, they’re fired.
Austin Paid Sick Policy

“No More Cane on the Brazos” or Affordable Housing in Austin

April 24, 2018
The local affordability crisis is part of the national inequality crisis.
no more affordable housing in Austin

If you think the public schools won't go away, think again.

April 6, 2018
All the laws and all the court orders in our state’s inglorious history have failed to fix school finance

Empty thoughts, empty prayers

March 23, 2018
Glenn W. Smith turns to Austin songwriter Chip Dolan to ask why politicians offer only empty thoughts and empty prayers to victims of mass gun violence.

Democrats Shook Up the Texas Primaries. Now Finish the Job.

March 12, 2018
There are signs that Democratic candidates, voters, activists and operatives are ahead of the curve on this.
Democrats shook up the Texas primaries.

Back from the Grave

March 12, 2018
The Right’s fear tactics are now more motivating Democrats rather than intimidating them.
Back from the Grave Texas Democrats

We know who Trump is, but Who are we?

March 5, 2018
The urgent questions facing us, then, are not about Trump’s next report card. They are about our next report cards.

Guns & Politics, The Great American Misfire

February 16, 2018
Money has stifled a meaningful conversation on guns in American life, and on other issues as well.