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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
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
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