Category: Commentary

Is Texas becoming a safer state or a police state?

Are local police forces becoming militarized? That’s a concern expressed Tuesday before the Arlington City Council with regard to this weekend’s regional distaster drill which some are terming “militarization of the police.” The Star Telegram reported: A group of 25 people angrily left the City Council chambers Tuesday night after voicing objections to this weekend’s Keep Reading…


Texas AG to Bell County Attorney: Release Grisham police dashcam video, audio or file suit

With an Oct. 29 Open Records Letter Ruling issued by the Texas Attorney General’s Office ordering the office of Bell County Attorney Jim Nichols to release “the dash cam video and 911 call pertaining to the arrest of a named individual,” a new dilemma and increased taxpayer expense appears at hand in the county’s “right Keep Reading…


Brazoria County, Travis County: Comparing and contrasting two drunk driving tales (TX)

Upon being arrested by Houston police on a driving while intoxicated charge, a Brazoria County prosecutor has resigned. This development becomes especially notable as controversy continues related to the April drunk driving arrest of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg and four months later that of Assistant District Attorney Brandon Grunewald. Michael A. Abner, 30, Keep Reading…


Big in Texas: local government spending, football, local government football spending

Texas is known for big things and that includes public spending. Complain all you want about Washington D.C. and the federal government’s always insatiable appetite for debt accumulation and more tax dollars. With $322 billion in local government debt here in our own backyards, Texans can have our own special brand of confidence that the Keep Reading…


University of Texas offers Obamacare graduate course

Past being regular recipients of public policy skepticism, state higher education programs and Obamacare are finding new commonality as the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs is offering a course Enrolling in Health Insurance Through the Affordable Care Act: An Austin Case Study. The LBJ School of Public Affairs is a graduate school at Keep Reading…

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