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.
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.”
Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 4:56 pm
The new Perot Museum of Science and Nature is tough to avoid in these parts, with its opening Saturday and the weeks of coverage leading up to the big debut. But one of the coolest products just arrived: a time-lapse video showing the construction of architect Thom Mayne's landmark building.
Big expectations for new Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. The story of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and the Alamo continues to play itself out with the latest revelations by the Texas Attorney General's report. Finally, the Texas Supreme Court issues an order for fast tracking divorce paperwork in Texas.
If you would like a divorce, but want to avoid the mess, a few new simple forms could be the walking papers you’ve been looking for. The Texas Supreme Court is trying to make it easier by approving divorce forms that don’t need a lawyer.
The new forms can only be used when the divorce is uncontested and the couple doesn't have child custody issues to settle or property to divide.
The Texas Legislature is preparing to convene once again in Austin, and this session there are going to be some hi-tech improvements. Texas House Parliamentarian Chris Griesel said the electronic devices are now popping up in the state legislature.
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas are responding with a polite volley of apologies while saying they want to focus on the future.
After a two-year investigation into the operations of the Alamo, the Texas Attorney General's Office called into question the stewardship of the popular Texan shrine – citing mismanagement, neglect and even criminal misconduct by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
Re-broadcast from June 22, 2012: In a state as big as Texas, there are some serious questions about how to provide this vital resource to the over 25 million people who live here. Our state thinks of itself as strong and independent, often distancing itself (with the help of state lawmakers) from the federal government, but how much of Texas has crept into national politics?