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Five Days of Chub

by Reeve Hamilton | Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 0:00 CST
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The Republican from La Mancha

Another frustrating session for the Don Quixote of the Texas Senate.

Like any summer camp or high-school clique worth its salt, the Texas Senate produces a distinctive anthology of inside jokes. Of the many tedium-induced, knee-slapping nicknames concocted and whispered in the hallowed chamber—”Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Wisteria Lane,” “Sen. Tommy Williams, … Read More

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Bad Bills

Squashing Biobug Transparency Senate Bill 2556 Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Southside Place Texas is famous for boots, barbecue, and, more recently, biosafety labs, which research biological agents like anthrax and Ebola. Labs have cropped up in San Antonio, Houston, College Station, … Read More

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Understimulated

While other states use stimulus funds to think ahead, it's more of the same in Texas.

Sometimes you can tell a lot from a Web site. After the Feb. 17 passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, many states set up interactive, informative sites to open dialogue about creative ways to use their … Read More

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THE “I’M NOT THAT UGLY” ACT House Bill 478 Joe Heflin, D-Crosbyton Rep. Joe Heflin is tired of his opponents being mean to him during campaigns. So he’s authored a bill to make picking on him a civil offense punishable … Read More

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Be It Hereby Resolved

The Texas Legislature attempts to pay homage to George W. Bush.

When Rep. Charles “Doc” Anderson, a Waco Republican, brought House Concurrent Resolution 62 honoring former President George W. Bush to the floor in March, Rep. Lon Burnam, a Fort Worth Democrat, took immediate exception. Burnam, one the Legislature’s most unabashedly … Read More

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Nuking Democracy House Bill 2721 Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Van One hardship of building potentially hazardous, ecosystem-altering nuclear facilities is that people can sometimes be downright unwelcoming. Rep. Dan Flynn understands this. So he has proposed a bill that would keep … Read More

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Trimming the Grassroots Senate Bill 690 Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio Karen Hall’s knees still haven’t recovered from gathering signatures door-to-door for an amendment to Bryan’s city charter. “Democracy is a messy business,” she says, “but we like it.” Hall … Read More

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CROSSING THE LINE House Bill 1893 Rep. Joe Driver, R-Garland Joe Driver, a Republican state representative from Garland and concealed handgun license holder, takes umbrage at “an imaginary line” around college campuses inside of which he cannot pack heat. He’s … Read More

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ROUND ‘EM UP House Bills 254 & 261 Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler On Feb. 18, Texas Employers for Immigration Reform held a debate between Reps. Leo Berman, a Tyler Republican, and Rafael Anchia, a Dallas Democrat. Afterward, Harry Joe, an … Read More

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