Columns/Opinions

Fri
17
Apr

Two Democrat presidents; two different outcomes

By Dennis Phillips

 

In 1962, the United States and President John Kennedy faced the threat of mid-range Russian ballistic missiles being built on the island of Cuba. This threat was real, and many Miami residents along with the rest of the Southern United States rehearsed bomb drills at schools and workplaces. Shelters were built, provisions were stocked and the United States came within just days of a real cold war heating up.

 

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Fri
17
Apr

Senate approves bill to remake Public Integrity Unit

By Ed Sterling

 

Statewide authority to investigate and prosecute public corruption would be moved out of the Travis County District Attorney’s Office under Senate Bill 10, legislation approved by the Senate on April 9. Sen. Joan Huffman, chair of the Senate State Affairs Committee, wrote the legislation under which the Texas Rangers, a division of the Department of Public Safety, would reestablish and support the state’s Public Integrity Unit and assume the initial investigatory role when a complaint is filed against a public official. Cases would be prosecuted in the county where a public official resides.
 
Fri
10
Apr

Water ruling cuts state’s power in droughts

by Jim Malewitz

The Texas Tribune
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with a statement from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. A state appeals court has sided with farmers, ranchers and other longstanding water rights holders in a Brazos River case with widespread implications for future water battles in drought-prone Texas.

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Fri
10
Apr

House passes state budget after long debate

By Ed Sterling

After 17 hours of floor debate and hundreds of amendments considered, the Texas House of Representatives on April 1 passed House Bill 1, a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 that appropriates $209.8 billion. The vote was 141 in favor to 5 against, with nay votes cast by Reps. David Simpson, R-Longview; Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler; freshman Matt Rinaldi, RIrving; freshman Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington; and freshman Molly White, RBelton.

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Fri
03
Apr

House, Senate continue with primary task: adopting budget

The House Appropriations Committee on March 24 unanimously approved the General Appropriations Act (House Bill 1) — the first hurdle toward passing a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.
 
Fri
03
Apr

For military personel it’s all cut and dry

The U.S. Military lives by a set of specific laws that apply to all members. This set of laws is called the Uniform Code of Military Justice and it is pretty cut and dry. As an officer, or enlisted you are taught these laws in boot camp, you live these
laws and for many, continue to live these laws long after your service is complete.
 
Fri
27
Mar

House passes human trafficking, border security bills

Bills to address the illegal importation and exploitation of persons and to protect the state’s border with Mexico moved through the Texas House last week. They were the first major statewide legislation to be approved by the body since Jan. 13, the opening day of the 140-day session.   
 
Fri
27
Mar

Spring is in the air

The smell of fresh cut grass permeates the air. The sounds of mowers and children playing can be heard in the background. But, you can still hear the quiet gurgling of the new water fountain in the fish pond at Ruben Gomez Eastside Park.  
 
Fri
20
Mar

Lawmakers seek to control elements of state spending

Debates over the Texas House and Senate versions of the state budget lie ahead, and movement toward setting budget controls to blend into a final, agreedupon budget for 2016-2017 emerged in low-numbered bills filed last week
 
Fri
20
Mar

Rail Safety is for everyone

The Hearne Chamber has purchased several new shovels for use at future groundbreakings. Hearne’s Ace Hardware was kind enough to paint them gold before delivering them to the chamber.
 

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