Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 4:00 pm
Jeffrey Boyd will become the newest Texas Supreme Court justice, an appointment that scrunches the foreheads of Rick Perry critics who think it odd that the governor would name his chief of staff to the state’s highest civil court.
It’s the latest brick in a wall Perry has been building for a dozen years — a period that has seen him appoint 224 Texans to state district and appeals court judgeships.
His hold on the executive branch is well documented and regularly noted; Perry has been in office long enough to twice go through the entire cycle of six-year executive appointments.
Children who are born with chronic illnesses like heart disease go through life visiting doctors and other specialists, and for these children and their families, day to day life can be draining.
Six-year-old Daniel Adair was born with congenital heart disease, a condition he will live with for the rest of his life. With the help of cardiologists and additional surgeries, Daniel will live a long fulfilling life, but this isn't the case for everyone.
Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 9:55 am
Despite Gov. Rick Perry’s firm opposition to a key tenet of federal health reform — expanding the state’s Medicaid program for those with low incomes — Texas Democrats remain optimistic that the 2013 legislative session can yield a deal that brings in billions in additional federal dollars.
It will be a tough sell: No Republican lawmakers have gone on record supporting the Medicaid expansion, which would add an estimated 1.8 million Texans onto the joint state-federal health plan by 2022.
But state Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, said fiscal conservatives have an incentive to reach an agreement “because the alternative is going to cost us much more economically and dig a much deeper hole in our budget.”