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The Other Obamacare Embarrassment

DAVE McNEELY
There is broad agreement that the glitch-filled rollout of Affordable Care Act enrollment was awful. Some have compared it to the botched response to Hurricane Katrina by the administration of President Obama’s predecessor, R...


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Texting While the Planet Burns

GRAYSON HARPER
Lately, I’ve noticed the silence around a growing cataclysm — the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. There’s a China syndrome, ongoing, that threatens the entire Pacific Ocean and could also result in a rad...



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Keystone Election Kops

Nov. 5 was just a warm-up for what could be a sad circus in enforcing the new voter ID law.
KEN WHEATCROFT-PARDUE
The new Texas voter ID law had one effect with which neither side can quibble. It got Fort Worth in the national news for something besides our weather or being forever and famously known as the place where former Baptist Sunda...


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The Field Narrows

Pauken’s out, and Davis is taking the fight to Abbott.
DAVE McNEELY
The presumption that the 2014 governor’s race is between Republican Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott and Democratic State Sen. Wendy Davis is just too tough to overcome. On Dec. 5 — four days before the filing deadline — Abbott’s...



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A Trip to the Park

A hero’s welcome greets a World Series champ in Texas.
CHRISTIAN MCPHATE
Edgar Regalado peers through the chain-link fence surrounding the new Bowie High School football stadium, hoping to catch a glimpse of his baseball hero. He’d been watching him all season, pitching for the Boston Red Sox as t...


Yes. Now, what to do?

Prop 6 …

… would waste billions on a flawed water plan.
GREG HARMAN
For a plan that purports to thoughtfully guide Texas through a crowded, thirsty future, the 2012 State Water Plan reads unsettlingly like a playbook from the last century: dams to divert already limp river flows, big pipes pump...



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Pray for Rain

But get serious about other plans, too, Sansom says.
DAVE McNEELY
There have always been fights over water in Texas. But as population increases and rain doesn’t, times are getting tighter and the fights more contentious. Rice farmers along the Gulf Coast complain about the water they’ve ...


People & Politics art design winner and Art Institute student Anthony Garcia

Best Of People & Politics 2013

FORT WORTH WEEKLY STAFF
Thing Tarrant County Needs Critic’s choice: Endowment fund for the Arts Council of Fort Worth Two years of budget battle losses have left local arts groups feeling increasingly hung out to dry by the Fort Worth City Council. ...



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Fiddling as the Sea Rises

Texas leaders are doing almost nothing to protect our coast.
GREG HARMAN
Five years ago, Hurricane Ike, one of the costliest storms in U.S. history, plowed into Galveston Bay, chewing through $29 billion in homes, businesses, roads, and bridges. It further punished the Texas economy to the tune of $...


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Abbott: Keep Talking

DAVE McNEELY
We predicted several weeks ago that Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott’s request for a special session to rubber-stamp a court’s interim redistricting maps would backfire. It already seems to be doing so. Abbott asked Gov. Rick Perry t...