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There Oughta Be a Law

We’re only about six months away from the next regular legislative session, which officially starts on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. It’s not too early to be thinking about potential legislation.  You know, laws to make the great State of Texas … Continued

Thumbs Up

Call it an occupational hazard. I shake a lot of hands. But for about a year now, my right thumb — my handshaking thumb — has been a mess. Some days it was frozen and wouldn’t bend. Other days, with … Continued

Watson Wire: Affordability and Fairness in Property Taxes

Everybody hates property taxes. Can I get a witness? Can I get an “Amen”? I thought so. We’re all frustrated. We can’t control our property values but we have to pay the tax bills that are based on those values. … Continued

Happy Graduation!

It’s graduation season. And I’ll bet you can feel it. Maybe your own child or loved one is finishing up school or moving on to new stage in their lives. Or maybe you’re reminiscing about your own graduation and what … Continued

It’s your Med School too — what are your hopes?

This is a special day.  And a happy one. Less than 18 months ago, Travis County voters passed Proposition 1. We voted to invest in and partner with — in a meaningful, personal way — a medical school that promised … Continued

Worried about your water? Remember your history.

I’ve been thinking a lot about water lately. A brutal drought will do that, I guess.  The economic and environmental devastation are bad enough. But the fights and fears over Austin’s water supply are making it worse.   So this … Continued

We Have a Winner

I wrapped up my first ever meme contest last week. I had a great time sponsoring it. The entries were terrific, and the audience participation was impressive. Way to go, everybody. First thing’s first: The winner of the #GetCovered Meme Contest is … Continued

Go, Like, Vote

If you’re just back from Spring Break, welcome back. If you were working the whole time, well, let’s be grumpy together. One way or another, I’ve got one more item for your to-do list today: The finalists in the #GetCovered Meme … Continued

You’ve Got Memes

Happy Spring Break, everybody. Whether you’re having a blast on South Padre Island, rocking out at South by Southwest, watching Disney Channel marathons with your out-of-school kids, or, y’know, working, I hope it’s a good one. I don’t mean to … Continued

Go Vote. Then Go Make a Meme.

So today’s Election Day. All of you who have been ignoring my pleas to go vote early, well, you’re just about out of time. Most places, the polls will be open tonight until 7. But in Travis County, due to … Continued