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Mrs. Young gets the credit

Mrs. Sharon Young was the Boswell High School Junior Class sponsor in 1974-1975. I was the Junior Class President. So, along with a merry band of Junior Class members, it was our responsibility to put on the Junior/Senior Prom. Mrs. … Continued

Remembering Dr. King

“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On April 4, 1968, the night Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, I was a 4th grader living in Vienna, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C.  … Continued

Tuesday’s on the phone to me…

This isn’t a normal Tuesday. It’s the beginning of the 84th Texas Legislative Session and it all kicked off at noon today. I was sworn in as a state senator for the fourth time. And I always keep a photo of … Continued

A Whole New Ball Game

This Wire was supposed to be the one where I bragged about Baylor winning the Cotton Bowl and complained about the College Football Playoff Selection Committee overlooking a team that clearly belonged in the playoffs. Uh, let’s just say I … Continued

Look what we found

We’ve moved offices in the Capitol to be a little bit closer to the Senate chamber and much closer to the men’s room. Come by and visit us in E1.804. In the process of cleaning out the old office, we … Continued


Tax cut fever has infected the Texas Capitol and the 84th Legislature is still more than a month away. We’ll enter this legislative session with billions in “extra” revenue and expectations for much more given the state’s growing economy. It’s … Continued

A Husky Agenda

I give up.  No need to fight a battle that can’t be won. I thought I could win for a while but that was just foolish. I’ll start the next legislative session “huskier” than I want to be.  I always … Continued

Back by Popular Demand…Grammy’s Cornbread Dressing

Two years ago, I shared the story of — and recipe for — my Grammy’s unforgettable cornbread dressing. It was a hit. So just in time for Thanksgiving, I give to you our family favorite. I’m re-running the complete part … Continued

Their Little Secret

Last Thursday, I got pretty sick.  No, I don’t think it was a physical reaction to Tuesday’selections, even though I’m just about the only person I voted for that won.  It was food poisoning.  I’m ok now, but it was bad … Continued

The Most Important Election You Haven’t Heard About

October 21, 2014  Early voting for the November 4th election started yesterday. Yeah, it’s finally here. And I’m a little disturbed by how much I like this stuff. Now that we can actually vote, let’s look at the whole Travis County ballot by the … Continued