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10
Mar

Cruz, Clinton emerge as winners in Texas primaries

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — March 1 Super Tuesday election returns posted by the Texas Secretary of State’s Elections Division show 2.8 million (about 20 percent) of the state’s 14.2 million registered voters cast a ballot in the Republican Party Presidential Primary.  

 

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Thu
10
Mar

This is about the people

Donald Trump is not the biggest story of this election season. At the heart of this remarkable period in American politics are the angry and disgruntled Americans who provide the fuel for Trump. He, in turn, energizes his supporters, creating a sort of political feedback loop that shows no signs of diminishing.  

 

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Thu
03
Mar

Court dismisses indictment against former governor

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — Former Gov. Rick Perry is no longer facing criminal charges. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Feb. 24 ordered the dismissal of a 2014 felony indictment of Perry by a Travis County grand jury.
 
Thu
03
Mar

Stop saying Trump can’t win

It’s been a media mantra since Donald Trump began campaigning last summer: He can’t possibly become president. It’s time that everyone realized that yes, he can.
 
Thu
25
Feb

University president sets campus carry policies

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — University of Texas at Austin President Gregory L. Fenves has adopted policies to implement Senate Bill 11, the campus handgun carry law that goes into effect on Aug. 1. Fenves adopted 25 policy recommendations developed by the 19-member Campus Carry Working Group that he appointed in 2015.
 
Thu
25
Feb

From Comanche warrior to whites’ favorite Indian

By Bartee Haile
 
Quanah Parker, the last Comanche chief, was buried beside his famous white mother on Feb. 25, 1911. A few days after surrendering at Fort Sill in the spring of 1875, the battle-scarred leader of the Quahada Comanches just happened to tell Col.
 
Thu
18
Feb

Supreme Court halts EPA pollution abatement rule

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Feb. 9 heralded the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 order that put on hold a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule requiring power producers to cut back on the release of pollutants emitted mainly from coal-burning operations.  

 

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Thu
18
Feb

Obama’s wishful budget can’t be taken seriously

When President Obama submitted his proposed budget one year ago, he claimed that he wanted to do away with the “mindless austerity” of the sequestration, which had provided some measure of limitation on government spending. Then in December, 

 

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Thu
11
Feb

More companies flee government greed

Maybe they're looking for leprechauns. More U.S. corporations are moving their headquarters overseas, in particular, to Ireland. The latest to depart is car parts supplier Johnson Controls, a global company whose Johnson Controls Cypress office in Orange County offers services including fire security and energy efficiency solutions. Reported the New York Times, "Johnson Controls said Monday it was renouncing its United States corporate citizenship by selling itself to Tyco International, based in Ireland, a deal struck in large part to reduce its tax bill, which it said should drop by about $150 million annually."

Thu
11
Feb

Governor, congressman seek details on border security cuts

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, DMcAllen, are asking U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson for detailed information regarding border security cuts. Of particular interest to Abbott and Cuellar is the federal agency’s decision to cut resources for aerial-based border security support in a program known as Operation Phalanx.

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