Daily Archives: January 5, 2009

What might we expect with Straus?

So let’s assume that nothing crazy happens, and that Rep. John Smithee – or as Rep. Leo Berman would call him, Rep. John What’s-His-Name – can’t peel away enough of Rep. Joe Straus’ supporters (now up to 94, make that … Continue reading Continue reading

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Five years of the Main Street Line

Christof notes that with the arrival of the new year, the Main Street Line has reached its fifth birthday. Today, by every measure, the Main Street Line is a huge success: It carries 40,000 people on an average weekday. That’s … Continue reading Continue reading

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Sheriff Garcia asks for more recruits

Yes, Sheriff Adrian Garcia. Not Sheriff-elect any more, as he’s been officially sworn in now, and a new era is underway. Harris County needs more “boots on the ground” to arrest criminals, prevent crime and help residents of its far-flung … Continue reading

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The “scourge” of straight-ticket voting

I continue to be surprised at how much attention the “issue” of straight ticket voting has received since November. [I]n the legislative session starting Jan. 13, Republican state Sen. Jeff Wentworth of San Antonio plans a second run at deleting … Continue reading Continue reading

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College issues

Once we finally do get past the Speaker’s race, various college-related issues will be on the agenda for the Lege. [E]xpect lots of debate about freezing tuition when the Legislature convenes in mid-January. But with dozens of bills dealing with … Continue reading Continue reading

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