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12
Mar

Federal court rules on same-sex marriage

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — Texas’ March 4 primary night returns confirmed Greg Abbott and Wendy R. Davis as nominees for governor. Abbott, current state attorney general, got 91.5 percent of the statewide vote in the GOP primary. Davis, a state senator from Fort Worth, got 79 percent in the Democratic primary. “Ray” Madrigal of Corpus Christi got 21 percent.
 

 

Wed
05
Mar

Federal court rules on same-sex marriage

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — In the final week before Tuesday, March 4, Primary Election Day, candidates put on final pushes in hopes of getting enough votes to be their party’s nominee for the general election in November. A ruling by a San Antonio federal court on Feb. 26 moved a hot-button issue front and center, giving candidates a last-minute opportunity to delineate their stand.
 
Wed
05
Mar

It’s time for Americans to lead with friendly trust, enemy fear

Roger Williams U.S. Representative - Texas District 25.

The Washington Post summed it up best when it said President Obama’s foreign policy is based more on how he thinks the world should work rather than reality. With self-imposed ‘red lines’, empty threats to foreign dictators in Syria, Russia and Venezuela, and a fantasy-based worldview, it’s no wonder our allies hardly trust us and our enemies do not fear us. Russian President Vladimir Putin has long disdained the United States and the West in general. His foreign policy stems from Russia’s imperatives of being a nuclear and global superpower.
 
Wed
26
Feb

There’s an alternative to the Imperial Presidency

Lee Hamilton Former Congressman.

The march toward presidential unilateralism, whether the president is a Democrat or a Republican, dangerously undercuts our constitutional system.
In his State of the Union speech to Congress last month, President Obama drew widespread attention for pledging to use his executive authority to advance his priorities. He insisted he intends to act with or without Congress, and listed well over a dozen actions he plans to take by executive order. “Wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families,” he said, “that’s what I’m going to do.”
 
Wed
26
Feb

Law clarifies where electioneering may occur

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — Questions over where you may stand, what you can say and when you can say it arise here and there around Texas at election time. A new law to solve such issues is on the books. House Bill 259, which took effect when Gov. Rick Perry signed it into law on June 14, 2013, allows political speech outside of the 100-foot zone at public buildings where election polls are located.
 
Wed
19
Feb

Obama’s call for year of action requires more than words

By Roger Williams.

A recent U.S. Department of Labor report revealed that almost 11.3 million adults have dropped out of the labor force under the Obama administration, while total employment has grown by just 2.4 million. That means there are almost five new workforce dropouts for every new employee. When you take into consideration that less than 68 percent of the entire adult population is participating in the labor market, these numbers just don’t support President Obama’s claim in his State of the Union address that we have “the lowest unemployment rate in over five years.”
 
Wed
19
Feb

Candidates show differences as primaries approach

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — Counting down to Primary Election Day on March 4, Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis remain the presumptive frontrunners for governor in their respective party races. For lieutenant governor, state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio stands alone as the Democrat vying for that powerful office, while Republican primary voters will have a field of four candidates to choose from in that race: incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst; Jerry Patterson, land commissioner; Todd Staples, agriculture commissioner; or Dan Patrick, chair of the state Senate Committee on Education.
 
Wed
12
Feb

Permanent school fund reaches new record value

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas’ 160-year-old Permanent School Fund had grown to $29 billion, a record high value, in December 2013, the Texas Education Agency reported Feb. 6. The fund was created by the state in 1854 with a $2 million investment. Last year was a good one. In fiscal year 2013, which ended Aug. 31, the fund earned a return of 10.16 percent — the highest return earned by any major state of Texas investment fund. Recent strong returns also made the Permanent School Fund the best performing major state fund over a three-year period ending on Aug. 31, 2013, with a return of 11.07 percent.
 
Wed
12
Feb

Balancing liberty & security: A never-ending challenge

The challenge for Congress and the courts is to put in place a rigorous and sustained oversight system to prevent abuse of the capabilities the NSA has been given. Every few days, we learn yet one more way in which government’s expanded surveillance powers intrude upon our privacy and civil liberties. Last week, it was the revelation that spy agencies in the U.S. and Britain have been snagging personal data from the users of mobile phone apps. Before that came news that the NSA was tracking our social connections; that it was delving into our contact lists; that it was logging our telephone calls; and that it had figured out how to conduct surveillance on some 100,000 computers around the world. It appears the agency can do anything it wants when it comes to collecting information on pretty much anyone it wants.
 
Tue
04
Feb

Obama’s State of the Union: My way or the highway

By Brett Voss Publisher.

After watching the State of the Union address last week, it became painfully clear President Barack Obama thinks father knows best. Seeking to energize his sluggish second term, Obama vowed last Tuesday night to sidestep Congress “whenever and wherever” necessary to narrow economic disparities between rich and poor. In other words, he remains bent on putting the spoiled step kids in their place.
 

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