There was a lot of money riding on today’s hearings in the Senate’s Education Committee, not to mention the future of 5,151,925 public school students in Texas.
Four bills, three of which were discussed today, represent just how powerful educational corporations have become and how influential they are in Tea Party Republican circles. They donate heavily to conservative campaigns with the full expectation of bending the will of Texas legislators.
There’s a game taking place in Texas. It may not be basketball, but it is madness. So far, there are few winners in this game, except for Republican legislators and the industries who buy them. In almost every piece of legislation passed so far, the citizens of Texas are clearly the losers. Given the consistent vote counts of 20-11, divided right down party lines, it looks as if Texans will continue to be the losers.
That earth-shaking you felt on Monday wasn’t from a nearby fracking site, it was the outrage of Americans in response to the news of an open letter to Iran from 47 Republican Senators in the middle of sensitive negotiations about nuclear weapons.
I’m not surprised at all at the results of the new UT-Texas Tribune political poll, but you need to read it for yourself.
I work with young adults, so I’ve always regarded campus carry from an emotional and safety standpoint, but we all need to realize that campus carry will enact a tremendously high fiscal cost.
Ugly stories about the cruelties inflicted upon other human beings keeps me awake at night, especially when it affects children. Day after day, the tragic narratives involving religious and racial hatred roll out in rapid succession. H.S.P.’s (highly sensitive people) feel beaten up by these stories, but eventually sadness turns to anger at the perpetrators who vent their proud ignorance upon the innocent
Within hours, the culmination of closed-mindedness and undeserved controversy will finally meet its target. Like it or not, Angela Yvonne Davis, political activist, feminist, scholar, author, counter-culture icon of the sixties, public intellectual, and author of nine books will be speaking at Texas Tech.
Fueled by a Lubbock conservative radio talk show host who thrives on cueing the outrage to increase his listenership, Texas Tech Republicans began a petition to stop Dr. Davis from speaking.
Another year passes and another February is before us. February is Black History Month and we know more about Black History than we did the year before because of the stories and celebrations of 2014.
It’s a huge disservice to relegate black history to a single month (or any other history, for that matter) because our past is so rich with personal narratives and didactic lessons…not only about the past, but the future…that is, if we slow down long enough to absorb those lessons.
It was never my intention to write about the Chris Kyle polemic. I abhor the public’s historically-ignorant habit of blurring the line between reality and entertainment.
The 84th is spitting out legislation at an astounding rate lately, but it’s not a difficult task when you’re a one-party state. The only problem is that a one-party state creates one-sided legislation as well.
In the past, Texans could expect a smattering of purple legislation to offset the pain of austerity and conservatism, but all bets are off this session.