Monthly Archives: May 2007

Being Warren Chisum

Nervous tremors were evident when the announcement came that state Rep. Warren Chisum would take the helm of the House Appropriations Committee this session. The Republican from Pampa—author of the state’s gay marriage ban and an adept at using House …

An Ounce of Dissension

On a gray March day, 250 rambunctious nurses wearing rose-colored smocks and waving blue picket signs marched up Congress Avenue. They ascended the Capitol steps in sneakers, clogs, and high heels, determined to cajole legislators into supporting a bill that …

Celebrating Harry’s Dream

Collecting the Imagination:The First Fifty Years of the Ransom Center When Harry Ransom founded the Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin in 1957, he was determined to fashion a world-class research archive that he hoped would …

Long Past Enough

¡Ya Basta! Every day in Mexico there are an estimated 10 kidnappings. ¡Ya Basta! is an intimate documentary that captures the harrowing stories of six. It’s also a film about an antiquated judicial system incapable of dealing with a sudden …

Capitol Offense

It hasn’t been a good month for Albert Hawkins, and yet it appears he will retain his job. In a two-week span in April, the embattled state health commissioner saw two of his agency’s most visible projects-a ballyhooed experiment with …

Capitol Offense

On April 12, the Observer posted “The Governor’s Database” on the Web. The story detailed how Gov. Rick Perry, through his Office of Homeland Security, is compiling a massive database on Texans. A little more than an hour later, Laredo …

Jim Hightower

When George Romney ran for president in 1968, he opposed the war in Vietnam. When it came out that he’d earlier supported the war, the Republican governor of Michigan blamed the contradiction on having been “brainwashed.” Another presidential hopeful at …

Bad Bills

Little Brother’s Watching, Too House Bill 357 Rep. Debbie Riddle (R-Tomball) It’s the new brand of openness in government-making more details about what you do openly available to more of the government. House Bill 357, by Tomball Republican Rep. Debbie …

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