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As another president attempts to dazzle Americans with his first 100 days, we can rejoice that we still live in the best demonstration of freedom and citizen self-government in the world. The challenge for American voters is to not be fooled by foolishness, no matter from which side of the aisle it originates. There’s so much foolishness to go around. more
The Speaker of the House recently announced member assignments for House committees. Now that both chambers have their organizational processes in place and bills are being referred, we are getting down to business. Here are five things happening at your Capitol this week: 1. Convention of States more
I have a confession. My second favorite thing about Black History Month is the hat. It’s superficial, I know, but I finally found an excuse to wear the kind of hats I remember from my childhood when all women wore hats to church on Easter Sunday. more
While we see hundreds of visitors every week at the Texas Capitol, this week the Sweetwater Jaycees featured a little more unusual guest, the rattlesnake, in the open rotunda of the Capitol. They come to raise awareness of their annual rattlesnake round up, which started as a way to help local ranchers prevent problems for themselves and their livestock. While I did not visit these snakes, I believe some of my staff got up close and personal with them. more
I ordered my Valentine’s Day cards. Hopefully, they will get mailed before Easter. more
This week marks the end of the first month of the legislative session. Senate committees are beginning to hold hearings and the Capitol is buzzing with constituent groups and association visits. more
We take care of so many other people, sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves. Last week I shared a list of ways to care for your inner person when you are alone. This week our focus is on caring for ourselves while we are with others. more
This week, the Lieutenant Governor began referring bills to committee and we will soon begin to hear them in committee. The legislative process kills more bills than it passes, which I consider a good thing. Only the best legislation which has had significant public input and survived the hearing process should become law. more
Older women used to tell me to “take care of myself” as I was caring for my adorable toddlers. What in the world does that mean, I thought at the time. Even if I knew how to take care of myself, when would I find the time? For practical purposes of column space, I want to think first about the way we take care of ourselves privately. What are some practical things any one can do to refresh our own heart? more
Here in Austin, the Legislature has ended our second week of session. We are off the starting block and continue to pick up the pace for the long race ahead. During this time, as more bills are filed and the members have a chance to meet with each other, many of the issues which will define the course of the coming months begin to appear. more
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