The more things change, the more the governor campaigns.
On January 20, 2015, Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick were sworn in amid inauguration festivities intended to signal the beginning of a new era. Which it was: Their respective predecessors, Rick Perry and David Dewhurst, had dominated … Read More
At a dessert banquet for Jonathan Stickland, tea party funders convene for their biannual fleecing.
Texas House elections are fun to write about, and they’re crazy as hell. But their primary benefit seems to be their ability to get consultants paid. Read More
No statement from the Governor’s Mansion in the last year summoned as much bile in my well-worn throat as Abbott’s vociferous declarations that Texas would never be a home to the people fleeing Syria’s charred remains. In part, that’s because I read his letter while in Germany, where I was watching how Europe is coping with the crisis. Read More
The lieutenant governor's relationship with Ted Cruz hasn't always been this cozy.
Would it be rude to point out that Patrick backed poor David Dewhurst in the 2012 Senate election that catapulted Cruz to power? Or gauche to remember that the two sparred over issues of character, including a tense conversation on Patrick’s own radio show? Read More
If the Lone Star State doesn't want to be like the Golden State, we're really doing it wrong.
Texas badly underinvests in health care, education and infrastructure at a time of extreme growth. It seems that, like California, we’ll further restrict our ability to provide services at precisely the time we most need them, and we won’t realize for years how much damage we’re doing. Read More
Ending predatory lending is a 'big jigsaw with a lot of pieces,' but one model, developed in the Valley, may solve part of the puzzle.
Commercial payday loans can carry interest rates in excess of 400 percent and must be repaid within months or weeks, often causing financially troubled customers to refinance repeatedly, trapping them in a cycle of debt. In contrast, the Community Loan Center offers loans up to $1,000, with a repayment period of a year at 18 percent interest. Read More
If you haven’t voted yet today, don’t worry, you’re not alone! These constitutional amendment elections don’t garner much attention or excitement, but there are a few items on the ballot that are important, alongside the tweaks and rule changes that … Read More
Honestly, is there anyone less qualified to manage Medicaid than the Texas Legislature?
Few programs are as critical as Medicaid. Texas’ stewardship has been consistently ham-fisted, and yet lawmakers want more control. Maybe the feds should click those handcuffs a little tighter. Read More
Reagan is the ur-Republican, and when Cruz aspires to re-run the ‘80 election, he’s promising nothing less than the spiritual cleansing and rebirth of both America and the party. Read More