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Tue
16
May
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Legislative session in the final stretch

By STATE SENATOR'S OP ED CARLOS L. URESTI

One month to go in the 85th Legislative Session. Both the Texas House and the Senate are sending our final bills over to the other side before taking up the bills of the opposite chamber, only to meet in the middle on the Governor’s desk by Sine Die, which falls on Monday, May 29 this year.

At this point in session there are many competing interests, jockeying to pass last minute legislative priorities or to shore up funding in the budget. The budget is in conference committee, where the differences between the House and Senate budgets are being ironed out.

 

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Tue
09
May
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A sector by sector approach to border security

By WILL HURD

The privilege of representing the 23rd Congressional District of Texas is something I do not take lightly, and I work hard each day to ensure that my votes in Washington reflect the views and best interests of my constituents. I represent more than 800 miles of U.S.-Mexico border, more than any other Member of Congress. La Frontera forms a unique social and economic connection throughout the district. From El Paso to Del Rio and on to Eagle Pass, each section of the border faces unique geographical, technological and cultural challenges that must be addressed separately

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Tue
09
May
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Mother's Day times two

By MELISSA PERNER

It’s quiet. Yes, I said “the q word,” but I am enjoying the sound of two mobiles playing lullabies that I have had memorized for months.

No longer are these “musical toys” annoying, but quite soothing as I know its bedtime and my two children are sleeping sounding.

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Tue
02
May
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How To Load A Horse

By LEE PITTS

Here is the correct way to load a horse.

1. First, catch your horse. Using apples, carrots and sweet talk, draw it near. When it's eating out of your hand rub its neck and attempt to put the lead rope around its neck. After this doesn't work place a bucket full of sweetmix on the ground and when the horse comes within your range, rope it. When that fails just have the wife catch your nag for you. It works every time.

2. Lead you horse to the loading area. When it spies the hated horse trailer it may rear on his hind legs and jerk the lead rope from your hand. If so, repeat step one.

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Tue
02
May
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GOP majority pushes ‘sanctuary city’ bill to passage in Texas House

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — During his “State of the State” address on Jan. 31, Governor Greg Abbott declared legislation banning so-called “sanctuary cities” to be one of his top priorities and an emergency item, saying: “Elected officials don’t get to pick and choose which laws they obey.”

In 2011, when Rick Perry was governor, he made the original call for such a ban. Last week, after more than a dozen hours of spirited floor debate and parliamentary maneuvers, the Texas House approved legislation banning so-called sanctuary cities.

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Tue
25
Apr
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House passes legislation to reform school finance law

By Ed Sterling | Texas Press Association

AUSTIN — The Texas House of Representatives on April 19 approved school finance legislation that would reduce the amount of local tax dollars that property-rich school districts are required to share with other school districts under the so-called “Robin Hood” process. House Bill 21 by House Public Education Committee Chair Dan Huberty, R-Houston, passed on a vote of 134-16. It would increase per-student state funding for most school districts and charter schools and would adjust formulas used to calculate how much funding the state sends to school districts.

House Speaker Joe Straus, who designated school finance reform a top priority for lawmakers to address in the 85th session of the Texas Legislature, lauded the passage of HB 21. “Texas public schools are doing a good job and House Bill 21 will make them even better,” Straus said. “

 

Tue
25
Apr
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Big data abound in protecting Texas children

By CARLOS L. URESTI

When it comes to making policy decisions around the Capitol, Big Data, defined as large data sets that can be analyzed for a host of patterns and trends, is driving many of the narratives. As a longtime advocate for our abused and neglected children, I pay special attention to data collected on child abuse allegations,

Tue
18
Apr
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Bad stuff in Austin...House bills would stifle press coverage, free speech

By FRED HARTMAN

The House State Affairs Committee heard testimony on two bills last week that would dismantle the reporter’s shield law and make it more difficult for news organizations to defend defamation lawsuits.

Media outlets are up in arms about the bills sponsored by state Rep. Ken King, R-Canadian, and legal experts testified during the hearing that both measures are unconstitutional.

 

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Tue
18
Apr
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Federal judge says again, Texas voter ID law is discriminatory

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi on April 10 ruled the State of Texas has failed to prove that the voter identification law was not written with discriminatory intent and purpose.

The ruling came in response to a charge by the New Orleans-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit that Judge Ramos re-examine the evidence and her 2015 findings in Veasey et al., plaintiffs, v. Greg Abbott et al., defendants.

 

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Tue
11
Apr
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Let's Think About This

By LEE PITTS

If you thought living next to Ted Turner's buffalo was bad just wait until you hear this. According to a report on CNN and a story written in Newser by Arden Dier, scientists are trying to revive what was once the largest land mammal in Europe for over 250,000 years. It's called an Auroch but there's only one problem: it was last seen grazing in a Polish forest in 1627.

Supposedly, the reason the mad scientists want to bring back the extinct Auroch is because many areas in Europe are becoming barren, probably because they kicked the cattle and sheep off.

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