Fear vs. principle in the Texas Legislature

The 2019 Texas Legislative session was driven at least as much by fear as by principle. Without question, the surprisingly close 2018 election results for Republican statewide officials — and losses of 12 Republican House seats and two Senate seats — sent shock waves throughout the Texas Capitol.

Texans’ faint praise for the Legislature could get swamped by national politics

Judgments about the actual policy achievements of the 86th necessarily await their implementation and evidence of sustainability. In the meantime, legislative incumbents will hope to bask in the faint praise they earned in 2019, while worrying that they might well be drowned out in another election year defined by the deafening volume of chaotic national politics. 

Texas misses chance to prevent overdose deaths

Individuals who suffer accidental opioid overdoses are more likely to receive lifesaving intervention from a fellow drug user. But Texas' lack of Good Samaritan laws means the people in the best position to save lives still face the threat of prison sentences in exchange for their good deeds.

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