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Property taxes are higher in Texas than in all but a handful of other states. Voters know that, and when voters are interested, so are the people who depend on those voters for political … more
In a year when the Texas Legislature just wouldn’t go home — a year marked by a 140-day regular legislative session and three 30-day special sessions — lawmakers gave candidates and … more
The jobs report from the federal government covering September employment had some bad news and, so to speak, some better news. The report, issued Oct. 8 by the Bureau of Labor … more
Democrats won’t be rallying voters with claims they can flip control of the Texas Legislature in the general election a year from now. The redistricting maps nearing approval in … more
Say what you wish about the COVID-19 vaccines — and their safety and efficacy against the disease are established facts — their ability to turn Republican politicians batty is … more
The governor of Texas is mandating against mandates — resuming the kinds of top-down restrictions on private businesses that got him in trouble with a Dallas hair salon owner in 2020. You … more
The federal judge who temporarily blocked enforcement of the new abortion restrictions in Texas said state lawmakers knew the law was unconstitutional and wrote it to try to prevent the federal … more
Motorists zipping down State Road in Lancaster this week could be forgiven for thinking they’d passed through some kind of time warp back to the 1970s when they got to the Kellogg’s … more
There's something unquestionably alluring about claiming religious exemptions from government mandates and employer policies. For one thing, religious beliefs are almost impossible to disprove. … more
As is widely known by now, the anti-abortion law that took effect in Texas last month set a new standard for malicious attacks on women's reproductive health rights. But it's a fair bet that the … more
State government in Texas is more of a slapdash operation than our high school civics teachers prepared us for. Some of the people working in and around the Texas Capitol definitely know what … more
Back when my kids were little and I was always schlepping them hither and yon, they’d squabble in the back seat at ever-increasing decibels until I would inevitably unleash my most fervent … more
It’s been nearly a month since our country’s cruelest abortion ban went into effect. As of midnight Sept. 1, most Texans seeking abortion care have been left powerless and afraid. … more
President Joe Biden has repeatedly promised that his massive tax increases won’t hit people earning less than $400,000. Biden even put his family honor on the line, tweeting: “I give … more
In a state where more than 60% of the residents are people of color, the Texas Legislature is proposing maps where white people have voting majorities in 50% of the congressional … more
One by one, in the most profoundly personal ways, they told us what the depraved violence of June 28, 2018 had cost them. One by one, relatives of the Capital Gazette shooting victims described … more
Is there a federal official more out of step with the purposes of his agency than Postmaster General Louis DeJoy? Sorry, that’s a rhetorical question, because everyone knows the answer: Of … more
“Too many lives have been lost. Families, communities and nations have been devastated. … Our marathon effort has been a success, but the last mile may be the most difficult … more
Temple University professor and political commentator Marc Lamont Hill summed up the biggest issue with the country's approach to foreign policy shortly after the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan. … more
When society seeks to influence behavior, is it better to pay people to act a certain way, or to penalize them if they don’t? The pandemic and the urgent need for COVID-19 vaccinations brings the … more
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