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The Dems Strike Out . . . Again

On the Sunday morning before the November 5 election–near the finish of his second unsuccessful run for lieutenant governor–John Sharp attended services at the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio. The designated Anglo on the Democratic “dream team” ticket, Sharp is … Read More

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Editorial

Save the Airwaves

During the final gubernatorial debate, a reporter questioned Democratic candidate Tony Sanchez’s profligate campaign spending. (As of October 28, Sanchez had spent $63.3 million, the bulk of which went to television advertising.) Before defending himself, Sanchez noted half-jokingly that panelist … Read More

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Lamar’s Alien Agenda

Why is Mr. Smith Still in Washington?

Democrat John Courage has a problem. He’s locked in a battle with a phantom, and time is running out. The school teacher with the remarkable last name has set himself the difficult task of unseating Rep. Lamar Smith, a Republican … Read More

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Editorial

Poll Pollution

Two polls on the U.S. Senate race in Texas were released in the final weeks of September. The first, conducted by the University of Houston Center for Public Policy and Rice University School of Social Sciences, put Republican candidate John … Read More

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Editorial

Here Come the Cutbacks

“One of the more pernicious lies is that there is no money,” says Rev. Gerald Britt, a Dallas pastor who is one of the leaders of the Texas Industrial Areas Foundation. It was September 6, two days before the group … Read More

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Katy Bar the Back Door

On August 6, with the support of Senate Democrats, President Bush gave himself Fast Track authority. Plans for complex trade agreements with foreign governments are in place. When completed, these massive and intricate trade deals will be presented to Congress … Read More

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Test Case

Hard Lessons from the TAAS

In August, children across Texas returned to school to find a true terror added to their normal back-to-school jitters. It’s called the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test. The TAKS is the latest iteration of the state’s standardized test, … Read More

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Trouble at Porvenir Crossing

What Happens When Soldiers Become Witnesses for the Prosecution?

Last month a bipartisan group of 62 congressmen calling themselves the Immigration Reform Caucus demanded President Bush militarize the U.S. border. The representatives want the president to deploy as many as 20,000 federal troops. As a pretext, they offered the … Read More

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Elephant Wars

The Christian Right Flexes Its Muscle at the Republican Convention

The 2002 Texas Republican Party platform depicts a twilight looking-glass world. It’s a place beset by enemies, where the purity of the culture, under constant siege, must be protected from threats both internal and external. Congress is urged “to deploy … Read More

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