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Wed
20
Feb
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Safety is top priority of oil and gas industry

By TODD STAPLES

TEXAS OIL & GAS ASSOCIATION

Texas oil and natural gas companies are fueling our lives and funding our state and local budgets. From production to pipelines, to refineries and ports, new technologies and innovations allow for safer, more efficient, and less impactful energy production, all while employing hundreds of thousands of Texans in good-paying jobs and providing funding for our schools, roads and first responders.

The industry’s success is the reason our state’s Rainy Day Fund is predicted to be a record-setting $15.4 billion. It’s the reason our Permanent School Fund is the largest educational endowment in the nation. And it’s the reason the Texas Department of Transportation has billions of newly generated dollars to invest in transportation infrastructure across the state.

Wed
20
Feb
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Here And There

By LEE PITTS

IT’S THE PITTS

I’ve been in every state but feel most at home on the left side of the Mississippi. I’ve climbed all over the 17 western states, floated the Rogue, rode horseback on the Borderlands, know how to pronounce the capital of South Dakota, visited Cabelas in Nebraska, watched a rodeo in the Astrodome and the first World Series game ever in Kansas City. I froze my butt off in Aberdeen, been to a 4th of July rodeo in Prescott and the parade in Cayucos. I’ve never been to the Egyptian Pyramids but I’ve been to the one in Las Vegas where I also visited Paris and Venice, albeit with slot machines ringing.

Wed
13
Feb
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Governor gives lawmakers list of emergency items to tackle

 

By Ed Sterling

STATE CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott named as his emergency priorities education reform, teacher pay, school safety, property tax reform, mental health services and disaster response in his Feb. 5 “State of the State” address to a joint session of the Texas Legislature.

The House and Senate may schedule committee hearings on bills related to items on the governor’s priority list before the 60th day of the legislative session, which hits on March 8. Consideration of all other legislation must wait until after that date, except for House Bill 2 and Senate Bill 2 — the state budget — which is already in the works.

Abbott gave lawmakers something to cheer about when he said, “When you combine our legislative accomplishments with our record-breaking prosperity, you have elevated Texas to rarified status and I am proud to tell you that the state of Texas has never been better.”

 

Wed
13
Feb
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Women’s Suffer-Age

By LEE PITTS

IT’S THE PITTS

If I was a woman I’d be a radical feminist and darn tired of sick jokes like, “My wife ran off with my best friend and I miss him.” Or, “women have smaller feet so they can stand closer to the sink,” or a sign on the door of a hardware store, “Gone to wife’s funeral. Back in half an hour.”

Women have long been oppressed. In the 1400s a man was allowed to beat his wife as long as the stick he used was smaller in circumference than his thumb. That’s where we get the phrase, “as a rule of thumb.” And listen to Napoleon Bonaparte’s feelings about the fairer sex: “Nature intended women to be our slaves... they are our property; we are not theirs. They belong to us, just as a tree that bears fruit belongs to a gardener. What a mad idea to demand equality for women! Women are nothing but machines for producing children.”

Wed
06
Feb
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Texans need to be vigilant against human trafficking

By RAILROAD COMMISSIONER

 

RAILROAD COMMISSIONER

Border security is getting much needed attention right now to ensure law enforcement has the tools they need to stop human and drug traffickers. But these problems don’t stop at the border and often victims of trafficking aren’t limited to those smuggled into this county.

Human trafficking is modern day slavery and reports of sexual assault and labor abuse crimes can be seen across Texas. We have a duty as Texans to be vigilant and help law enforcement to stop this terrible crime.

Wed
30
Jan
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Committee work begins

PETE’S PERIÓDICO

We are now a few weeks into the 86th Legislative Session. Governor Greg Abbott and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick have been officially inaugurated for second terms, hundreds of bills have been filed, and even more visitors have come through my office. And, perhaps most significantly, Senators were assigned to Senate committees.

Wed
30
Jan
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Your right to know: New bill would keep government deals open to the public

GUEST EDITORIAL

HE BROWNSVILLE HERALD

The message of the First Amendment to our Constitution is clear: The people of this country have a basic right to know what their elected officials are doing, and how their tax dollars are being spent. Unfortunately, legislation and court decisions over the years have enabled government officials to violate those principles.

Among the thousands of proposed new laws that the 86th Texas Legislature will consider this year will be bills for and against open government and the public’s right to know what they’re paying for.

One of the most critical, and highest-profile, bills in this session is House Bill 81 filed by State Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, that would require government bodies to release information regarding how much they spent on parades, festivals and other entertainment events.

Wed
23
Jan
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Fighting to secure our border: each mile faces unique geographical, technological challenges

By WILL HURD

HURD ON THE HILL

Every week meeting with folks across 29 counties of the 23rd District of Texas, securing our border and fixing our broken immigration system are frequent topics of conversation. That’s because the border is our backyard, and what happens impacts the daily lives of families across TX-23.

Wed
23
Jan
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State’s top elected officials take oaths of office at inauguration

By By Ed Sterling

STATE CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

AUSTIN — Public officials and private citizens gathered at the south steps of the state Capitol on Jan. 15 to for a day’s worth of inaugural events, most notably the administering of oaths of office to Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who were reelected to four-year terms in November.

In his inaugural address, Gov. Abbott predicted the 86th regular session of the Texas Legislature, which convened on Jan. 8, would be “transformative.” He said that with the help of Lt. Gov. Patrick and newly elected House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, leadership would “usher in a new era for children, teachers and taxpayers.”

Wed
16
Jan
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Turning around a slow January, start fresh and new

By ALEJANDRO CATAÑON

BUSINESS TIPS

Most businesses are coming off a busy final quarter (October – December). Everyone in the retail and service industry can agree that the last three months of every year are typically good for business.

Customers are out shopping and eating/drinking with family and friends. It’s a festive time and one that businesses capitalize on.

However, unless your business is in the health industry (helping people achieve their new year’s resolution) January tends to be one of the slowest months of the year.

 

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