Posts Tagged ‘state’

Wendy Davis stuck her neck out for schoolkids.

And got her district Chopped Up.
DAN McGRAW
It was the last Sunday in May, last day of this year’s regular session of the Texas Legislature, and State Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth had some hard thinking to do. Republicans had been wrangling over budget cuts for month...


All the News Money Can Buy

Static
This week’s cover story examines the embattled newspaper industry and ponders whether two things — paywalls and iPads — might save the day. Most readers, up to now, haven’t been willing to pay for online news, when so m...



Cutting the Economy to Ribbons

Rick Perry says a no-new-taxes budget is good for business in Texas – but is it?
GAYLE REAVES
Gov. Rick Perry’s press releases have been practically bursting with pride lately, as a Texas Legislature with a heavy Republican majority has passed bill after bill dear to his heart and political aspirations –– especial...


Who Framed The Duke?

The Tea Party is either the beneficiary of Conspiracy in the Heartland – or the joke.
JIMMY FOWLER
Political conspiracy theories in America have been around since the colonists fought loony old King George III for independence. Although both the conservative and liberal fringes of the United States have historically been cap...



Texas Biennial: Austin Bias?

The show mostly takes place in Austin and features a lot of Austin artists – why?
ANTHONY MARIANI
Austin is a lot of things: state capital, Live Music Capital of the Universe ®, home of the second most important football team in the state, hippie playground. But Austin has never really been an art town –– at least comp...


Nine Lives for the Trans-Texas Corridor?

Static
As predicted months ago by Static, the Trans-Texas Corridor has more lives than a cat and simply refuses to go away. Governor Slick Rick Perry’s wet-dream to cut our state into huge pieces that would divide cities, towns, far...



Dangerous Dis-Connects

A faulty computer program is making Fort Worth school district nurses’ jobs next to impossible.
BETTY BRINK
Pertussis, the deadly whooping cough that killed thousands of children in the early part of the 20th century, is making a comeback in Tarrant County and across the nation, and no one is quite sure why. But the disease is preven...


The Emperor’s New Budget

Maybe Perry’s school didn’t have money to teach math.
DAVE McNEELY
It’s time for the state to tighten its belt, wrote Talmadge Heflin, former chair of the Appropriations Committee of the Texas House of Representatives, back in February.



Drilling for Hardware

Static
OK, it’s not the Pulitzer Prize or the Nobel, but Fort Worth Weekly is honored to receive this year’s Environmental Reporting Award given by the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club. The group hands out about a dozen statew...


The Deficit Monster

How did Texas get so far down in this financial hole?
STORY BY VINCE LEIBOWITZ PHOTOS BY JOHN OEFFINGER
In 2006, Texas had a multi-billion-dollar budget surplus. Under state court order — yet again — to come up with a school finance system that would provide decent funding for poor districts without unduly robbing from rich o...