Monthly Archives: May 2007

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 …

Eminent Disaster

On late Sunday afternoons, when shadows grow long in the Segundo Barrio, the crowds finally begin to thin on El Paso and Stanton streets. Cashiers sit patiently on high stools, watching shoppers navigate seas of brilliantly colored merchandise. After pesos …

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 …

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 …

Political Intelligence

Life Blood of Hyperbole In a committee hearing that lasted until after 5 a.m., opponents demonized embryonic stem cell research by likening it to everything from Planned Parenthood (the horror!) to ruthless scientific experiments done in Nazi concentration camps. Supporters …

Editorial

They must be a very neat, organized people, these Republicans. We gather that they carry two forms of identification each at all times and keep their voter registration cards in those nifty little wallets that hang from your neck. In …

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