In the face of extremism, Republican Speaker Joe Straus has set the standard for political courage, governing the House with a bipartisan spirit and tackling issues that should have no partisan label, such as infrastructure and the safety of foster children under state care.
This isn’t about decorum. I’m a sailor; I can take the salty language. This is about whether we sit idly or stand up in the face of ethnic scapegoating, racial profiling and abusing the power of the state to intimidate the less powerful.
Despite failed efforts to scale back the Hazlewood Act last session and the Supreme Court's validation of that benefit for veterans, there are whispers around the Capitol of renewed efforts to scale it back.