In the spring of 2016, a mutual friend introduced me to a former Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) employee. The ex-staffer had recently quit their job at the agency in part because of the way it treated small business … Read More
Too Big To Fine, Too Small To Fight Back Texas’ environmental agency targets small business owners for minor recordkeeping violations, while letting the corporate polluters off easy. by Naveena Sadasivam @NaveenaSivam February 21, 2018 لقراءة هذه القصة باللغة العربية، انقر … Read More
In a gerrymandered district that leans Republican, Democratic candidates are clashing over the best strategy to win without compromising progressive values.
At a recent Democratic candidate forum in Bandera, congressional hopefuls in south-central Texas’ 21st District were asked about border security. Joseph Kopser, a tech entrepreneur and Iraq War veteran, surprised some attendees with his answer. “It is not just a … Read More
In the Texas Legislature, Sexual Harassment Complaints are Rarely Filed, Haphazardly Maintained and Then Destroyed
Despite the Legislature’s reputation for sexism and sexual harassment, there are no official complaints on record in either chamber. What’s happening to allegations?
Late last year, amid a national reckoning over sexual misconduct in politics, media and entertainment, reports surfaced of a pervasive culture of sexual harassment at the Texas Capitol. The problem has been widespread and women appear to have such little … Read More
Senate Democrats vowed to give the Trump administration a fight over her nomination.
After a long and contentious U.S. Senate confirmation process, Kathleen Hartnett White has been kicked to the curb. White, it appears, has proven too extreme even for the Trump administration. More than 80 days after White was nominated, the White … Read More
The average temperature in Texas last year was 2.8 degrees Fahrenheit above average.
At least the summer wasn’t too brutal. Other than a merely somewhat-above-average summer, 2017 proved to be another record-breaking year of weather extremes in Texas. We hardly had a winter, with the warmest February on record. That month, 42 weather stations … Read More
The Texas House’s Sexual Harassment Training Video is Short, Legalistic and Will Likely Be Ineffective
Research shows that in order to be effective, sexual harassment training must be longer than four hours and involve face-to-face interaction.
After reports surfaced in November that women have for years endured sexual harassment in the Texas Capitol, leaders in the House promised, among other actions, to provide sexual harassment training to legislators and their staff. We’ve got the training, and … Read More
A new report finds that 38 utilities in Texas are supplying water with radium levels above the legal limit.
Water in the small Central Texas town of Brady has the highest radium levels in the state — almost double the legal limit set by the EPA, according to a new report. But Kim Lenoir, the city manager in charge … Read More
Anne Idsal, a 34-year-old Baylor graduate whose family has long worked in GOP politics, said she’s unsure of the extent that humans impact climate change.
When the Trump administration announced the appointment of Anne Idsal as the new regional EPA administrator, Adrian Shelley, the director of Public Citizen Texas, had just one thought: Who? “That name meant nothing to me,” said Shelley, who has worked … Read More