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Tue
13
Dec
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Former rebel general returns Grant’s favor

By Bartee Haile

Puzzled as he was by the odd request, President Jefferson Davis gladly gave a Texas general the toughest job in the Confederacy on Dec. 11, 1863. As a member of the West Point class of 1846, Samuel Bell Maxey roomed with Thomas Jonathan Jackson, who went on to become the legendary “Stonewall.” Another close friend at the academy was a hard-drinking cadet, who kept his nose buried in novels rather than textbooks, named Ulysses S. Grant.

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Tue
13
Dec
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Abbott nominates racing chair as secretary of state

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Rolando Pablos of El Paso to succeed Secretary of State Carlos Cascos, effective Jan. 5. Pablos has served as chair of the Texas Racing Commission, the state agency that regulates pari-mutuel racing, since December 2015.

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Tue
06
Dec
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Board sets state funding limit for next budget

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas lawmakers will have just under $100 billion to use for the non-constitutional spending portion of state budget for fiscal years 2018-2019.

The 10-member Legislative Budget Board, which is charged with adopting a spending limit, met on Dec. 1 and accepted the figure of $99.897 billion recommended by Ursula Parks, director of the LBB. The amount is based on a projected growth rate of 8 percent in the state’s economy. The current 2016-2017 state budget for “non-dedicated” appropriations — funding that’s not mandated by the state constitution — is $92.5 billion.

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Tue
06
Dec
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Thanksgiving in Texas: America’s first feast

By John Cornyn

During Thanksgiving, the story of buckle-hatted pilgrims breaking bread with Native Americans in Plymouth, Mass. was being told all across America.

That is, except for here in the Lone Star State, where some Texans swear we did it first.

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Tue
29
Nov
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Capitol unveils African American History Memorial

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — A crowd of citizens and dignitaries gathered on the south lawn of the state Capitol on Nov. 19 to witness the unveiling of the Texas African American History Memorial. The 32-foot-wide, 27-foot-tall bronze monument by sculptor Ed Dwight features images of African-Americans in Texas from modern times going back nearly 500 years. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, a former long-time member of the Texas House of Representatives, spoke at the event.

 

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Tue
29
Nov
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Claims to first Thanksgiving

By Mike Cox

On April 30, 1598, members of Juan de Onate’s expedition had every right to be thankful. For 50 days, Onate’s 500-person entrada had endured the Chihuahuan Desert. It rained almost constantly during the first seven days of their trek north from Mexico. Then the desert returned to normal and the expedition soon began suffering from lack of water. Forty-five days into the trip, the Spaniards ran out of both water and food.

 

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Wed
23
Nov
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Texan’s Nazi warning fell on deaf ears

By Bartee Haile

Globe-trotting newspaper reporter Hubert Renfro Knickerbocker spoke at Southern Methodist University in Dallas on Nov. 20, 1941, but as usual his prowar message fell on deaf and hostile ears.

For years the award-winning journalist had implored the public to take a hard second look at Adolph Hitler and the threat fascism posed to democracy around the world. But he was drowned out by the greatest American hero of the century, who emphatically insisted that events in Europe did not concern this country.

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Wed
23
Nov
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Bill filers jump to early start as legislative session nears

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Just a few of Texas’ 31 Senate members and 150 House members filed a total of 523 pieces of legislation on Nov. 14, the first day lawmakers could submit legislation for the coming session.

The 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature is scheduled to convene on the second Tuesday in January, that is, Jan. 10, at noon. Final adjournment — 140 days later — is set for the last Monday in May, that is, May 29.

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Tue
15
Nov
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A young Johnny Reb’s letter sent back home

By Bartee Haile

 

“I long for a little excitement,” a Confederate private wrote to the folks back home in Texas on Nov. 11, 1864, “and a battle is the only thing that can satisfy me.” To hear historians tell it, the War Between the States was a giant chess game played by gentleman generals. But the soldiers, who fought and died in America’s bloodiest conflict, were men, not faceless board pieces, with families, hopes and dreams and each had his own story to tell.

 

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Tue
15
Nov
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Trump victory turns eyes to possible cabinet nominees

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN — Republican Donald J. Trump, on his way to winning the presidential election on Nov. 8, won the vote in Texas with 4,651,955 votes, or 52.39 percent of the 8,878,152 votes cast. Some 2,842,553 votes, or 43 percent, were cast by Texans for former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, in the race for the White House.

 

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