Columns/Opinions

Thu
26
May

3 states seek clarity on federal transgender guidelines

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN — Attorneys General Ken Paxton of Texas, Patrick Morrissey of West Virginia and Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma are seeking clarification of the federal government’s guidelines regarding bathroom access and other issues involving transgender students. On May 13, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S.

 

Thu
19
May

High court rules school finance method is constitutional

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — The current method devised by the Texas Legislature in 2011 to fund public education does not violate the state constitution, the Texas Supreme Court unanimously ruled May 13. The lawsuit challenging the state’s education-funding method originally was brought in 2011 by more than 600 school districts identifying themselves collectively as the Texas Taxpayer and Student Fairness Coalition.
 
Thu
19
May

Life of pioneer family on West Texas frontier

By Bartee Haile
 
Richard Franklin Tankersley enlisted in an all-volunteer company of “minutemen” on May 24, 1858 and spent the next 60 days combing the West Texas countryside for hostiles. While he was making the frontier safe for neighbors and perfect strangers, his wife and six children -- alone and unprotected -- faced the constant threat of attack from the same Indians. Either the head of the household minimized the danger or never gave his loved ones’ predicament a second thought.
 
Thu
12
May

Cruz ends campaign, Perry endorses Trump for president

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, suspended his presidential campaign May 3 after losing Indiana’s GOP presidential primary to front-runner Donald Trump of New York. The Indiana loss mathematically eliminated Cruz from achieving the necessary delegate count to gain the nomination at the Republican Party National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18-21.
 
Thu
12
May

Flour salesman rises to pinnacle of Texas politics

By Bartee Haile
 
An entertaining and unquestionably eccentric era in Texas politics came to an end on May 11, 1969 with the death of former governor and U.S. Senator “Pappy” O’Daniel. A job offer from a Fort Worth milling company brought the 35 year old salesman to Texas in 1925. Three years later, a deal with a group of unemployed musicians put Wilbert Lee O’Daniel on the road to fame and fortune.
 
Thu
05
May

Supreme Court sends Voter ID case back to Fifth Circuit

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas’ voter identification law will remain in effect for now, but the U.S. Supreme Court has instructed a lower court to rule on its constitutionality before November’s election. On April 29 the Supreme Court temporarily upheld a stay granted by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Oct. 14. The stay has allowed the Texas law to remain in effect.

 

Thu
05
May

FISA Court’s rubber stamp of approval for government spying requests

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court was established in 1978 to provide a measure of oversight and due process for secret law enforcement agency requests for surveillance warrants against foreign spies and other suspects in the U.S. But information on the requests contained in a recent Justice Department memo suggests that the court is serving as little more than a rubber stamp for federal agencies. Of the nearly 3,000 requests made by the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to intercept communications, such as emails and phone calls, over the past two years — 1,379 in 2014 and 1,457 in 2015 — not a single one has been rejected by the FISA court.

 

Thu
28
Apr

Texas baseball great organizes black league

By Bartee Haile

 

Rube Foster’s American Giants played the Indianapolis ABC’s on May 2, 1920 in the first game of the new Negro National League founded by the baseball great from Texas. “White baseball has never seen anyone quite like Rube Foster,” a sports historian once wrote. “He was Christy Mathewson, John McGraw, Connie Mack, Al Spalding and Kenesaw Mountain Landis -- great pitcher, manager, owner, league organizer, czar -- all rolled into one.” 

 

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Thu
28
Apr

Abbott proclaims flooding disaster, adds more counties

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on April 18 declared a state of disaster for Austin, Bastrop, Colorado, Fort Bend, Grimes, Harris, Montgomery, Waller and Wharton counties. Those counties were hit with severe storms and flooding beginning April 17, requiring the aid of emergency responders over many days.

 

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Thu
21
Apr

SEC files charges naming Paxton in Servergy case

By Ed Sterling
 

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