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Listening strategically requires thoughtful discipline. “No one knows who is listening, say nothing you would not wish put in the newspapers,” said the wise scholar, Charles Spurgeon, www.brainyquote.com. If only we all lived by that motto. Unfortunately, folks say all kind of weird stuff and expect us to understand. Some of those folks might be living in our house. Maybe we even gave birth to them. more
While preparing your taxes this month, Texans can be thankful we are one of only seven states with no state income tax. Lower taxes and efficient government are just a few things which makes Texas a great place to live, own a business and raise a family. Here are five things happening at your Capitol this week: more
In March, Texans celebrate Independence Day. Many Texans know the oil industry is a patriotic bunch of folks, but sometimes we forget how much the energy producers of this country contribute to our nation’s security. In honor of all the amazing Texans that have gone before us, I am saluting an East Texan I admire in one of our favorite Texas traditions, the oil industry. Marilyn Wood Trolinger’s family goes back four 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. more
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
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