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The Right's Relentless War on Commuter Rail

September 2, 2016
Dream big, they say, but take account of decades of dashed dreams when it comes to cures for traffic.
Lone Star Rail

Nincompoopery, The Political Rise of the Ridiculous

August 22, 2016
Texas and the nation seem caught in the same kind of irrelevant nincompoopery
Donald Trump Loves Texas

Paying For the Suffering of Others: The Barbarism of Texas’ Medicaid Blockade

August 15, 2016
Texas Republicans Continue to Block the Way for Health Coverage for Millions
Greg Abbott

Hush, Hush, Thought I Heard Them Calling Your Name

August 11, 2016
The newest state hush money scandal, this one at AG’s child support division, should receive state, federal investigations.

Democrats’ positivity likely to win out over Trump ego

August 9, 2016
Whatever else might happen — and we’ve come to expect the unexpected — the themes set during the conventions will remain the focus of the campaigns.

Letting Putin's Russia Vote in American Elections

July 27, 2016
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and other Donald Trump supporters here are giving Russian President Vladimir Putin more power to decide our elections than voters they tried to disenfranchise with Voter ID.
Donald Trump Loves Russia

Texas Officials Antics After Abortion Ruling Are Beyond Belief

July 25, 2016
The Supreme Court ruled that the key provisions of 2013’s notorious House Bill 2 were unconstitutional.
Texas Republicans Abortion

Up Next, the Democratic Convention

July 22, 2016
In somewhat of a role reversal, expect the Democratic convention to be well-organized and well-managed, in contrast to the chaotic GOP gathering.
DNC unity

After Dallas, We Need Unity "With Actions and in Truth”

July 18, 2016
If Gov. Abbott's comments about unifying Texans are to be seen now or in the future as something besides empty, Abbott will have to act.
Dallas Unity

The SCOTUS Immigration Ruling - A Kafkaesque Conclusion to the Battle Over DAPA and DACA

June 27, 2016
This wasn’t about Constitutional principle. It was about a growing storm of bigotry and xenophobia washing over America and Europe.
Immigration SCOTUS ruling

Trump Tornado Might Trounce GOP in Texas

June 21, 2016
Get too close to Trump, and you're casting your fate to a dangerous wind.
Trump Tornado Might Trounce GOP in Texas

Children of the Damned? It’s the Adults Who Are Creepy, Not the Kids

June 13, 2016
A glance at the consequences of Texas policy reveals a certain fear and disdain for children among the state's Republican leadership.
Greg Abbott & Donald Trump

The Supreme Self-Regard of Texas Republican Leaders

June 10, 2016
Republicans dominate Texas state government. Consequently, they believe the state-level government is the supreme government, the feds and the locals be damned.
Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick, Ken Paxton

The Emergency Leave Scandal is Worse Than You Think

June 6, 2016
Attorney General Ken Paxton, Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller are among the culprits abusing the emergency leave provisions.
Greg Abbott, Ken Paxton, Sid Miller

Texas Agencies’ “Hush Money” Settlements May Not Bind Employees to Silence

June 3, 2016
Apparently, Ken Paxton, George P. Bush and others misused an obscure “emergency leave” provision to pay hush money to departing employees.
Hush Money

The Icky Bathroom Obsessions of the Right

May 27, 2016
Republican lawmakers are using transgender people as a scapegoat to draw attention away from the issues that matter.
The GOP's Icky Obsession with Bathrooms

The Texas Economy, Compared to What?

May 6, 2016
Former Gov. Rick Perry used to brag about “the Texas Miracle,” but Texas' economy is failing millions of Texans.