Citizens United, McCutcheon, and research studies from universities across the nation point to a tragic reality in our Democracy: Money ramps up the volume on speech. Money buys influence. Money buys admittance to the inner circle of government.
I always believed that Lubbock was sheltered from the political trends of our nation and the state of Texas.
I was wrong.
Tomorrow is April 8th, the American Association of University Women’s “Equal Pay Day”.
Symbolically, it’s the day when women’s earnings will finally catch up to men’s earnings from the previous year. Because of the gender pay gap, it takes women an extra three months of wages to make up that twenty-three percent difference.
At the present time, statistical evidence points to the sad reality that Texas does not practice equal pay.
That shaking you felt this morning wasn’t caused by fracking in a field near you, it was the eruption of stories reporting that Governor Rick Perry could face possible indictment for bribery, coercion, and abuse of official capacity.
If the saying, “You’re known by the company you keep” is true, then Texas is really in trouble.
Simply put, Greg Abbott’s alliances reveal his true character. It’s from these associations that Texans get a glimpse into the heart, mind and soul of Mr. Abbott. Little by little, his friends, his speeches, and his carefully choreographed political theater are peeling away the façade he created as Attorney General.
I was performing my obligatory morning reading and research and there it was...
The world-class conference, Globalization of Higher Education began today in Dallas. Obscured by other news coverage, this convocation of eclectic movers and shakers in politics, government, media, business and education is barely a blip on the media radar.
And that’s exactly how they want it.
At first, I thought it was merely the West Texas version of an Elvis sighting, but I was wrong.
Randy Neugebauer, District 19’s prodigal son, has come home this weekend. After months of sending a staff surrogate, claiming to be too busy to debate his primary opponents, May and Winn, Congressman Neugebauer arrived just in the nick of time to appear at the Lubbock County GOP Convention to beg for support.
If you’ve ever questioned why the disapproval rate for government and politics is in the 80’s, look no further than the creeping pall of corruption, the ethical lapses and personal self-interest which trumps community interest. We read, watch, and hear about every single day. We’ve become desensitized; we mistakenly believe it’s the cost of doing business and getting things done.
Beaten down and bleeding from the media spotlight of Abbott’s political sins, the Texas GOP quickly mounted an anemic response to bring Texas women back to their party. Will the newly-formed PAC and website, http://www.redstatewomen.com/ do the trick?