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October 24, 2017
Drop off voters

Drop-Off Voting: Millennials, Gen X can flip Texas in 2018

There are tons of trends, both bad and good. Popped collars: bad. Giving up cars: good. Avocado toast: jury still out. But there is one trend that is assuredly bad and it's worth ending: drop-off voting. If you're in Texas then you are probably familiar...
October 20, 2017

2017 Statewide Constitutional Ballot Guide

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January 13, 2017

"Liberty and Justice for All" is not a tall tale

Ed. note: the following column was originally published in Quorum Report . Back in the 1980s, the Texas Capitol Press Corps produced the popular Gridiron Show, an annual ritual that raised money for scholarships and spoofed political figures. One bit in...
November 20, 2016
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Ending Medicare and Other Nightmares

Ed. Note: This column orginally appeared in the Quorum Report and is posted here with permission. So, this guy had a friend named Milton Friedman. Not Milton Friedman the crazy right-wing economist, just a nice fellow who happened to have the same name...
November 16, 2016

In Defense of Marching

All around the country, probably in your city, people are marching. Right now they are holding these demonstrations to show that many of Americans do not share the values of our President-Elect, but it could be another issue sometime soon. Along with the...
November 13, 2016

What Does the 2016 Election Mean for Texas?

Ed. note: the following column originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman‎. In his introduction of Hillary Clinton the morning after the election, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine quoted a post-Civil War Southerner from William Faulkner’s novel “Absalom,...
November 12, 2016

Our Democracy is Meant to Deny the Demagogues

Ed. note: the following column originally appeared in Quorum Report. Democracy is a form of government meant for humble people who are well aware that they make mistakes. That’s why we are called upon to regularly revisit our decisions at the voting booth...
October 31, 2016
Hillary Clinton could win Texas

Why Hillary Clinton Should Carry Texas

Ed. note: the following column originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman . Many Texans are asking a question that was unthinkable just a few months ago: Can Hillary Clinton carry Texas. The answer is: maybe. But it’s really the wrong question...
October 27, 2016
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Think Your Vote Doesn't Matter in Texas? Think Again.

This year Texas is experiencing record high voter registration as well as record breaking voter turnout . But every once in a while, you still hear someone say that they don't think their vote counts in Texas - but that couldn't be farther from the truth...
October 27, 2016

Clinton Now Polling Ahead of Obama Among Millennial Voters

During the primary the biggest hurdle for the Clinton campaign was gaining the millennial vote. And just one month ago, a poll found Clinton only led Trump by two points with likely voters ages 18-29 . Now a recent Harvard public opinion report shows...