Columns/Opinions

Wed
11
Feb

Can a regular Congress occur?

There is no single solution to Congress’s problems, but it’s hard to imagine Congress can get past its dysfunction without adopting the regular order.
 
 
Wed
11
Feb

Senate panel hears testimony on funding needs

AUSTIN — Last week, the Senate Finance Committee began groundwork for its budget- writing duties with public hearings on four consecutive days. Led by Chairwoman Jane Nelson, R-Grapevine, the 15-member panel heard testimony from the offices of the governor, comptroller and attorney general. Input also was received on state pension funds, courts and payments on state debt.
 
 
Wed
04
Feb

Texas honors Kyle as hero

By Brett Voss
 
Abbott encouraged “all Texans to pay tribute to the legacy of Chief Petty Officer Kyle, a great Texan and a true American hero.” And indeed, we all should. Kyle, the central character in the movie “American Sniper,” remains widely recognized for having made the highest number of confirmed kills in American military history.
 

 

Wed
04
Feb

Budget-writing process begins in Senate committee

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — On Jan. 28 the main work of the Texas Legislature started when the state budget-writing Senate Finance Committee met at the Capitol. Financial figures for the committee to use as a guide come from the 10-member Legislative Budget Board, a permanent joint committee of the House and Senate that develops budget and policy recommendations for appropriations
 

 

Wed
28
Jan

Texas’ original crooner roared to life in the 1920s

By Bartee Haile
 
Gene Austin, the original crooner whose recordings sold 86 million copies in the Twenties and Thirties, lost his battle with lung cancer on Jan. 24, 1972. The popular singer and prolific songwriter was born Lemeul Eugene Lucas in 1900 in the north Texas town of Gainesville.
 

 

Wed
28
Jan

Gov. Abbott, Lt. Gov. Patrick take oaths of office in Austin

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — January 20 was inauguration day for Gov. Greg Abbott, successor to Rick Perry, who completed a record-setting 14 years as governor. Abbott is the 48th governor of Texas. Abbott expressed gratitude to the people who elected him and promised to “promote policies that limit the growth of government, not the size of your dreams.”
 

 

Wed
21
Jan

Gov. Perry gives parting speech

As 2014 came to a close, many reflected on the year that was – the losses and the low points, the highlights and the memories. Surely, 2014 saw its share of tragedy and hardship here in Texas. We sadly witnessed senseless acts of violence, such as the shooting at Fort Hood in April, which took the lives of three service members, wounded 16, and rocked a community still healing from the attack that occurred only five years ago.
 
Wed
21
Jan

Perry gives parting speech as legistative session begins

By Ed Sterling

 

Gov. Rick Perry addressed a joint session of the House and Senate for the last time on Jan. 15, opening day of the 140-day regular session of the 84th Texas Legislature. Before recounting various aspects of the state’s performance during his record-breaking tenure as chief executive, Perry said, “I have come here to reflect on what we have done together, and to say farewell. But most of all, to tell you it has been the highest of honors to serve as your governor for the last 14 years.”
 
Wed
14
Jan

Proposal would put contracts under increased scrutiny

By Ed Sterling

Signaling his intent to promote transparency and accountability in the 84th Texas Legislature, House Speaker Joe Straus on Jan. 9 announced that in the coming weeks the House would release a budget proposal designed to strengthen oversight of state agency contracts. The Legislature convenes Jan. 13.
 
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Wed
14
Jan

Look forward by looking back

By Lee Hamilton
 
Yet before we get worked up about what’s to come, we need to take a hard look at the Congress that just ended and ask a different question: Why was it such an abject failure?
 

 

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