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01
Jul

Self-styled ‘shootist’ dies under wagon wheels

By Bartee Haile
Clay Allison, the two-gun time bomb who called himself a “shootist,” died on Jun. 30, 1887 not from a bullet but under the wheels of his own wagon. There were two Clay Allisons. One was a respectable rancher, whose character and courage attracted friends and admirers wherever he went. But after a few stiff drinks, his dark side emerged, and Allison became the frontier menace described as “hell turned loose” that killed at the drop of a hat.   
Wed
01
Jul

Officials react to decision on federal health care law

By Ed Sterling
AUSTIN — Pursuant to a 6-3 decision by the United States Supreme Court on June 25, health insurance policies will stay on course for Texans who secured coverage through a federally facilitated exchange under the U.S. Affordable Care Act. The high court, in ruling gainst the plaintiffs in the case King v. Burwell, upheld the constitutionality of a federal tax credit that pays a portion of the cost of a policy.   
Wed
24
Jun

Governor makes final decisions on bills passed

AUSTIN — Governor Greg Abbott on June 20 completedthe task of reviewing  all bills that were passed by the Texas Legislature. Hehad until midnight on June 21 to get the job done. Of the 6,276 bills filed by the House and Senate during the Legislature’s 84th regular session that ended June 1, some 1,323 were passed by both bodies and therefore earned a trip to the governor’soffice for final scrutiny.  Of those bills, Abbott signed1,202 into law, let 162 become law without his signature  and vetoed 41  

 

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Wed
24
Jun

Anything left?

.  I’m trying hard to convince myself that food – and eating –  eedn’t be “fun.” I’m using this psychologicalploy as a new weapon  n my relatively recent battle against unwanted weight. Specifically I’m attempting to cut all white sugar from my diet. This won’t be easy, especially for a person accustomed to eating anything she wanted for much of her life and never gaining anounce. Skinny kids yield stubborn adults when middle age creeps up – yet another example of the “Life Is Not Fair” principle  

 

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Wed
10
Jun

Governor decides fate of bills passed by Legislature

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — Governor Greg Abbott has until June 21 to give bills recently passed by the Texas Legislature his final consideration before signing them, letting them take effect without his signature or vetoing them. By June 1, the last day of the Legislature’s 84th regular session, some 819 House bills and 504 Senate bills earned final passage, plus two House Joint Resolutions and five Senate Joint Resolutions.
 

 

Wed
10
Jun

Together, we will push forward

By Roger Williams
 
Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, we were delivered what we so desperately needed but far too much in far too short of time. In a cruel twist of fate, Texas is now recovering from the worst flooding in recent history. The last few weeks have been marked by death, destruction and disbelief. Loved ones have been lost. Houses, belongings and memories have been washed away.
 

 

Wed
03
Jun

Congress: What war powers?

If we are going to send U.S. forces into dangerous places, they need to go in with the public backing that comes from a formal authorization hammered out in Congress. A few weeks ago, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia made a small splash in the press when he took Congress to task for failing to authorize our nation’s ongoing war against Islamic militants.
 
Wed
27
May

Tax relief package jointly announced

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus on May 21 jointly announced a $3.8 billion tax relief package for Texas businesses and homeowners.
 

 

Wed
27
May

Honoring generations of Texas heroes

By John Cornyn
 
On Memorial Day, we honor the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our land of liberty. We pay tribute to a long list of American heroes—from those who fought and died to win our independence, to those who stormed the beaches at Normandy and the South Pacific to liberate millions from tyranny.
 

 

Wed
20
May

State budget remains focus during last days of session

AUSTIN — June 1 is the last day of the 84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature. From now until then is all the time that remains for the House and Senate to decide if they’re going to agree on a 2016-2017 state budget. Both chambers could be ordered to meet around the clock until an agreed-upon budget is passed, if HouseSpeaker Joe Straus and/or Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick deem  it necessary or worthwhile. Any proposed agreement would originate in a House Bill 1 conference committee composed of five House members.

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