Columns/Opinions

Wed
30
Dec

Republicans were once their own worst enemy

By Bartee Haile

The longest and one of the most suspicious recounts in Lone Star electoral history continued through Christmas 1928 with the lead of Rep. Harry Wurzbach, the only GOP member of the Texas delegation, growing smaller by the day. 

Wed
30
Dec

New ‘open carry’ legislation takes effect on Jan. 1

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — The coming of the 2016 brings heightened interest statewide in two new laws in particular that were passed by the 84th Texas Legislature in June 2015. 

Wed
23
Dec

Austin celebrates grand opening of historic hotel

By Bartee Haile

The excited citizens of the capital city took to the streets on Dec. 20, 1886 to celebrate the grand opening of Austin’s first first-class hotel, the Driskill. 

Wed
23
Dec

Governor takes action to stem illegal border crossings

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Quoting U.S. Border Patrol data regarding illegal border crossings, Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 15 said the number of apprehensions through October and November “are on average two to three times higher than last year.” 

 

Wed
16
Dec

Good news & bad

By Dr. Genie Ellis

A few years ago, the holiday season began for us with some moderately bad news followed by good. A Saturday morning check of the property revealed a major fence break. This wasn’t your typical “old, rotten wire” break or “big, heavy, determined cow when the grass is greener on the other side” break. 

 

Wed
16
Dec

Abbott backs Cruz’s filing of legislation on refugees

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott was in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 8 to participate in a news conference with U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who rolled out his proposed State Refugee Security Act.

 

Wed
09
Dec

Bloody murder in a small-town bank

By Bartee Haile

On their third ballot of the busy morning of Dec. 2, 1916, the Waco jurors unanimously agreed on what to do with the small-town banker with the blood of a state official on his hands. For years T.R. Watson and two of his sons, Ed the vice-president and W.R. the cashier, had run the Farmers & Merchants State Bank in Teague like their own private piggy bank. As the latest generation of a respected family with deep roots in the Central Texas town, they were regarded as above reproach by their friends, neighbors and depositors.

Wed
09
Dec

Paxton amends approach to refugee resettlement

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Dec. 4 withdrew his request for a temporary restraining order to put a hold on the federal government’s plan to relocate Syrian refugee families in Texas. Paxton, as the state’s chief law enforcement officer, initiated the court action on behalf of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the state agency potentially most involved with the resettlement process.

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Wed
02
Dec

Disaster-stricken counties to receive federal aid

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — President Barack Obama on Nov. 25 ordered federal disaster aid to supplement Texas state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding during the period of Oct. 22-31. President Obama’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Bastrop, Brazoria, Caldwell, Comal, Galveston, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Hays, Hidalgo, Liberty, Navarro, Travis, Willacy and Wilson.  

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Wed
02
Dec

Reps need to spend more time on Capitol Hill

By Lee Hamilton

Members of Congress work hard, but they do not work hard at legislating. They work hard at constituent relations and raising money and campaigning. Legislating takes a five-day week, not the three they put in at the moment.

When Paul Ryan became House Speaker a few weeks ago, he made it clear that he has no intention of spending too much time in Washington. His wife and children are in Wisconsin, he pointed out, and he plans to commute, as he’s done since he got elected to Congress. “I just work here,” he told CNN, “I don’t live here.”

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