Regardless of the runoff outcome, in February a progressive Democratic senator will be sworn in to represent SD-6, with the only question being the extent to which that senator will start with stronger or weaker ties to the Austin lobby.
Along with the general incivility of the recent election, there was an increasingly inappropriate and misguided theme of attacking California. Our nation’s largest state was portrayed as a far-left enclave with a faltering economy, whose residents were either homeless or leaving the state in droves.
Unless there is a political price to pay for denying Texans their right to an open government, that government will be open only for special interests and the interests of the officeholders themselves, not for the Texas public. The rest of us will be cut out.
When people disagree, as we inevitably will, we can at least achieve greater understanding on all sides — liberal defenders of the transgender movement, conservative critics of those policies, and radical feminist critics of patriarchy — when we define terms the same way.
Rather than remaining preoccupied with whether President Trump is to blame for the problem of rising incidents of anti-Semitism and racism, let’s move beyond partisanship and emphasize that hatred — and finding ways to ameliorate it — should not be about politics.
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Texas Democrats who support Dennis Bonnen for Speaker of the House have lost sight of what the immigrant community and people of color who supported them need and want. We need politicians who will not apologize for our existence, who will stand with our values.
Irrigated agriculture is essential to growing our economy, farms and the future. Discover the significant strides farmers are making in water and natural resources conservation to benefit the lives of Texans. The initiative is a partnership between Texas Corn Producers and USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service in Texas. Water Grows… Let’s make it last!
This is a nation of immigrants, and many Americans can trace their ancestry back to a grandparent or great-grandparent who came here from another country, excited by the American promise that hard work would lead to success. Families like mine that have arrived more recently are no different.
The value provided by these unpaid family caregivers is greater than the entire Texas Medicaid program — federal and state spending combined.
Before the Legislature enacts a big statewide tax increase, which would harm hardworking families and businesses with no easily discernable benefits to students, lawmakers should ask the hard questions. Are we getting our money’s worth? Can we use our education funds more wisely? And are we focused on saving a system, or saving our kids?
Texas has made a name for itself in biotech by supporting premier academic medical centers, attracting research funding and welcoming investment by major pharmaceutical companies. Now it is time to take the next step with a smart state investment in biomedical research, paving the way for Texas to become a major hub in the vibrant biotechnology industry.