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I guess folks who promote anarchy think when the rioting is done, they will somehow survive and rise to the top, getting to be the new leaders. I wonder what they think will happen to their families as rioting and demonstrations take over neighborhoods. Of course, when I read that rioters are being bussed in it makes more sense. Why worry about the safety and well-being of local families when your family is safely across the country? Such was the case in Ferguson, Missouri two years ago where I had the chance to speak to many local folks as those events happened. It always strikes me as foolishness whenever I stumble across modern philosophies which promote anarchy. more
March is a busy month in the Capitol as many families, students and teachers make their way to Austin for spring break. We enjoy seeing everyone, but there is, of course, no spring break for legislators as final bills are filed and committee agendas are full of potential legislation. Here are five things happening at your Capitol this week: more
Last month, I stood in the middle of the circle of desks at the State Board of Education taking the oath of office. As I was standing there, repeating my oath being administered by Senator Larry Taylor, I asked myself, “How did I end up here?” more
This Sunday begins daylight savings time. The Legislature is taking this very literally as we ‘spring forward’ into high gear with committee hearings and moving bills off the Senate floor. … more
As Trump ramps up his agenda and our Supreme Court continues to age, there will be an ongoing discussion of Supreme Court appointees. Abortion is bound to be a significant point of contention. I … more
Thinking about Texas Independence made me wonder how many American Revolution veterans made it to East Texas. Between the American Revolution in 1776 and the Texas Republic in 1836 there’s only 60 years. Its possible a child during the American Revolution could migrate to Texas by the time Texas declared independence from Mexico. Of course, factoring in the longevity in 1836 was only 37 years, according to http://www.legacy.com, it would take a miracle. more
Almost two months into the legislative session, the Legislature is approaching the first of many deadlines, including the last day to file most bills. As of this writing, more than 1,500 bills are filed in the Senate and more than 3,000 have been filed in the House. I expect these numbers will continue to increase during this last week of filing. more
My heart melts when I hear single moms talking about raising their sons. I also know dads who are charged with raising their sons alone. In both cases the greatest challenge is to demonstrate how to treat women respectfully so sons can have successful marriages. The great news is any parent can raise sons who lead in marriage and lead in life. more
We recently observed Presidents' Day. George Washington, who is also known as the "Father of our Country", is one that I admire the most. Through his skills, leadership and longing to live in a country of free people, he helped lay the foundation for our country's future by building a lasting democratic institution. These principles have stood the test of time and guide every decision I make as I represent you in the Texas Senate. Here are five things happening at your Capitol this week: more
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