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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
We are going to see a contrast in leadership styles as Obama leaves office and Trump steps up. This got me thinking about how leadership looks in our families, in our community, and in our nation. Having interviewed countless leaders in our region, I am convinced that good leaders have certain qualities that set them apart from poor leaders. A glance at God’s nature informs us that good leaders initiate. more
We have all been watching with fascination the changing of the guard in the White House. This transition of people and philosophies begs the question, what does real leadership look like? more
Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were filled with family and good food. The next time you hear from me we will have begun the 85th Legislative Session, which is set to last 140 days during odd-numbered years. During this time, the Texas Legislature must pass a two-year budget as well as to address existing laws and consider new legislation. It has been an honor to serve as your state Senator since 2007, and I look forward to this next year and working together to make a difference for our state. more
I can’t be the only word nerd out there. For instance, did you know the basic word for fel-lowship in the New Testament, koinonia, gets translated as companion, communion, partner, par-taker, distribute, commune, and last but not least, communicate? Okay, before you yawn, let me give you some ideas about why this matters to us all. more
I don’t know what to get Lucy for Christmas. She’s just a dog, right? Lucy is our Border Colley, the faithful companion we got our son when his big sisters went off to college. William was … more
I never knew how important listening was until I finally gave up talking. I am a firm believer that all perspectives are valuable, even the ones I disagree with, but there came a moment in our marriage where my perspective just wasn’t worth defending anymore. It seemed every conversation turned into an argument. Our marital GPS was way out of whack and I didn’t have the skills to reroute our journey. more
Christmas has been a favorite holiday of mine since I was a young boy. Of course, I was lucky to grow up in a toy factory where my father, Talley Nichols, manufactured toy cap guns. As you gather with friends and family during this Christmas season, I wish you a very Merry Christmas from my family to yours. Here are five things happening around your state this month: more
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