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A Voting Gauntlet

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So the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday on a tiny Texas case that could have huge implications across the country. A little municipal utility district wanted to be able to “opt out” of part of the Voting Rights Act t...


A Texan Walks into a Bar … (Coughing)

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Sometimes it seems like the only reason to keep living in Texas is that it’s so exciting to think about how we could improve things around here. Take the press release that came in a little while back, reporting rather br...



After the Shrub is Gone

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Remember when war protests down in Crawford were as common as George W. Bush mispronouncing words like “nucular” and “subliminibal?” Now two of those protesters have been vindicated after a three-and-a-h...


After the Storm I

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Trying to decipher what happens in the closing days of the Texas Legislature is like being picked up by a tornado and dropped in a pile of debris. It takes you days to figure out where you landed, what happened to your wallet, ...



Remedial Reading for Mayors

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Last week, Fort Worth fired its man in charge of handling funds for inner-city housing – mostly money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Housing Director Jerome Walker was canned, in part, because ...


Guns, Shields, Pigs

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Laura Elizabeth Morales, writing recently for the Texas Insider political web site, bemoaned the fact that a bill that would allow concealed weapons on college campuses (“Target: Campus,” May 6, 2009) was not going ...



Imminent Action on Eminent Domain?

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Lock up the valuables. After ambling along for a couple of months, the Texas Legislature is entering the final, frenzied weeks of its biennial session. Major bills are going to go down in flames. Bad bills are going to pass alm...


Politics for Poly

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Democratic State Rep. Marc Veasey may have given a much-needed boost to beleaguered Polytechnic High School. An amendment he added to the omnibus education reform bill just passed by the Texas House bars the state education com...



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When the city of Fort Worth closed Heritage Park about two and a half years ago, it was done quickly and quietly and without much explanation. Council and park board members were told that the issue was about “public safe...


Sunshine, Coming and Going

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For some reason, it’s always a dark and stormy night when the Fort Worth pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists hands out its awards. Maybe it’s because the local SPJ group created its First Amendmen...