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Bad luck saved us from worse luck during Texas legislative session

May 28, 2019
While Republican leaders pat themselves on the back, their achievements have more in common with 19th Century phony patent medicines than 21st Century solutions.
Luck and the Texas Legislature

The state aims to take self-government away

May 6, 2019
Conservatives have declared war on cities, counties, and school districts.
Texas Local Control

In pipeline politics, love of the land is a shared value

April 23, 2019
The “Permian Highway Pipeline” is set to cut through the Texas Hill Country.
Permian Highway Pipeline Texas

It's Texas Republicans who want to "California" Texas

April 9, 2019
Don't forget: Property taxes have soared because these same Republicans turned their backs on school funding.
Don't California my Texas

In political arena, we need to set hatred aside. Justice requires it.

March 25, 2019
We should remind ourselves that there are consequences to our political words and actions.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

At time of ITC fire and chemical spill, state Republicans move to protect the firm and other polluters

March 25, 2019
Ken Paxton is behind bad bills that would limit local governments’ ability to hold polluters accountable.
Houston chemical fire

Nothing good can happen when governments keep secrets

March 12, 2019
A government’s secret chambers are like airline’s first-class cabins, and democracies should not have first-class cabins.
Open Meetings Texas

Focusing on individuals, paid sick leave makes sense

February 25, 2019
Current arguments against paid sick leave don't include the faces of actual employees.
Paid Sick Austin

Denying voting rights to eligible citizens is just wrong

February 11, 2019
Trump supporters like Abbott, Patrick, Paxton, Cruz, and Cornyn have yet to oppose Trump’s bigoted speech and acts.
Trump and Texas Republicans - Voter Suppression

Mitch McConnell’s confession: Why the GOP attacks voting rights

February 6, 2019
The Democratic voting rights bill would end aggressive voter purging like Texas GOP leaders are attempting right now.
Texas Voter Suppression

Fund the schools but cut the strings

January 28, 2019
Texas Legislators need to adequately fund Texas schools
Texas School Funding

Walls around local governments: GOP leaders move to end local control

January 14, 2019
Republicans aim to wall off progressive centers across Texas.
Local Control

Texas runs a short-change con on schools, local government

December 10, 2018
The state continues to spend less on schools, to the detriment of Texas children.
M. Scott Byers cartoon

Out of the midterms, a new feeling of togetherness

November 19, 2018
Democracy demands that we hold open the door for one another.
Ballot Box

Voters have a chance to protect America's Tree of Life

November 5, 2018
Faith leaders gather to condemn hatred, bigotry and oppression.
Tree of Life

O’Rourke was right to speak out on racism

October 16, 2018
Beto O’Rourke was right to speak up, and we should all welcome an open-hearted, eyes-wide-open, public conversation regarding our racial divides.
What could've been said.

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

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

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