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Stimulus $ tracking: does anyone care?

"A Houston Chronicle review of the federal government's distribution of $787 billion in economic stimulus money approved by Congress found that the highly touted Web site designed to let the public know how much of their tax money is going to their home congressional...

Cornyn and health care costs

In a recent op-ed (Statesman, October 14, 2009), Senator John Cornyn pointed to the most egregious subterfuge in the debate over the nationalization of health care. Sen. Cornyn wrote: "The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said it will cost $829 billion, but...

Small business big

Just received the new "Fiscal Notes" from the Texas Comptroller, which is this month highlighting the growth of small business in Texas. The number of self-employed Texans rose 2 percent last year, while self-employed Americans overall dropped 2 percent. There are...

Dewhurst’s Budget Offense

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst went on the offensive today, defending in the Austin American Statesman the budget crafted by lawmakers this year from attacks that it was balanced only with the help of federal stimulus dollars. Yes, the state used stimulus dollars as part of...

Why the silence on Prop. 1? Vote No.

It’s Texas constitutional amendment election time and there has been much talk about all but the most objectionable amendment: Proposition 1, which reads: "The constitutional amendment authorizing the financing, including through tax increment financing, of the...

Distorting Propositions 2, 3 & 5

Lots of emails are popping up around the state making ludicrous charges about the propositions on the Texas constitutional amendment election. Apparently some hope it's easier to peddle irrational fear than be bothered with reality. Facts are pesky things, and the...

Open Records vs. Free Speech?

An Austin American-Statesman story documented an interesting lawsuit being filed by Texas local government officials against Attorney General Greg Abbott and the state. The suit will allege that the state open meetings law violates elected officials' free speech...

Statesman Pulls A Hamstring

The Austin American Statesman endorsed the Baucus health care plan passed out the Senate Finance Committee earlier this week by a 14-9 vote. No news there. However, the Statesman leans on the rickety sawhorse that a federally-mandated health plan will fix the...

HB 2665 an affront to Liberty

A headline in the Beaumont Enterprise caused my Liberty alarm bells to ring and clearly it was the word “order” that immediately drew my attention. It read: Jefferson County orders rural addresses displayed. In the story we learn that “By Nov. 15, residents outside of...

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