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Thu
01
Dec

Texans pay through the nose for 1850 compromise

By Bartee Haile

In an angry editorial on Dec. 5, 1849, an influential Austin newspaper advocated a scorched-earth policy in response to the pending theft of New Mexico from the Lone Star State. “Rather than surrender to the usurpation of the General Government one inch of our blood bought territory,” fumed The State Gazette, “let every human habitation in Santa Fe be destroyed.”

 

 

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Thu
01
Dec

Texas African American History Memorial unveiled at Capitol

By Ed Sterling

 

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.

 

 

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Tue
22
Nov

Mexican rebel fought both sides for years

By Bartee Haile

 

Jose Maria Jesus Carbajal waited until the guards were fast asleep before calmly walking out of the Matamoros jail on the night of Nov. 28, 1835. The native Texan reached Goliad in time to sign the first statement of independent intent in the Lone Star rebellion. The Carbajal family tree was full of bold adventurers, whose exploits spanned two continents and three centuries. Antonio migrated to England and served as an advisor to Oliver Cromwell. Francisco and Luis conquered Peru and Mexico for God and king, while Geronimo was among the earliest settlers of San Antonio de Bexar.

 

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Tue
22
Nov

Bill filers jump to early start as legislative session nears

By Ed Sterling

 

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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Thu
17
Nov

Real leadership defined

By Dennis Phillips

 

The Hearne City Council could take a lesson from the Dallas Cowboys. After a very long Hearne City Council meeting I retreated to my home to digest the chaos that seems to define the “leadership” of Hearne. As a business in this City, in fact he oldest running business in Robertson County and the caretaker of the history that has defined Hearne it saddens me to sit and watch the dysfunction of our City Council.

 

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Thu
17
Nov

Trump victory turns eyes to possible cabinet nominees

By Ed Sterling

 

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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Thu
10
Nov

What will the mainstream media do now

By Dennis Phillips

 

About 6 weeks ago I had a phone conversation with the regional news director for a major television network. To keep my friend safe, I’m not going to name him or the network. The conversation went like this: D.P: - Hey partner, I was wondering, do you think that the mainstream media is reporting in a bias manner against Donald Trump?

 

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Thu
10
Nov

States, lawmakers file briefs in support of Texas’ voter ID law

By Ed Sterling

 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Sept. 23 filed a petition on behalf of the State of Texas, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate the Texas voter ID law. On Oct. 31, Paxton announced that a coalition of states and members of Congress had filed a friend-of-thecourt brief in the United States Supreme Court, in support of Texas’ voter identification law that passed in 2011 as Senate Bill 14.

 

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Thu
03
Nov

Career politicians and term limits

By Dennis Phillips

 

I have never been very fond of the moniker “Career Politician” and I have always been in favor of term limits. I know what your thinking, how can you have one and not the other. A career politician in my opinion is a person that has dedicated their career to serving others. Their “calling” is that of community service. I appreciate these people because there is nothing more satisfying than having a person in a position that truly cares about the people. 

 

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Thu
03
Nov

Officials urge state’s high court not to expand same-sex marriage ruling

By Ed Sterling

 

Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last week filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Texas Supreme Court over issues they say were not addressed in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case declaring same-sex marriage a fundamental right. The three officials asked the Texas Supreme Court to accept their view that Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2015 decision recognizing a right to same-sex marriage “does not resolve all constitutional issues relating same-sex marriage.” 

 

 

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