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Here comes trouble

“The best thing an elected official can say when it comes to water is nothing.” That’s some unsolicited advice I received recently. And it’s good counsel. So, as I get ready to ignore it (as I have so many times … Continued

Simmering frogs

School’s back. That means Cooper Watson is at Baylor for his sophomore year. He’s doing great. He finished his freshman year with, among other high grades, A’s in two chemistry classes, two calculus classes, two engineering classes and physics, landing … Continued

We’re getting it done — another great day in Austin, Texas

In 2011, I challenged our community to transform healthcare and our economy by laying out 10 goals we would need to accomplish in 10 years –10-in-10 – to achieve that transformation. Just three years later, the progress toward 10-in-10 has been … Continued

Pirates Love Ice Cream

I just returned from the 74th Annual Black Hills Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota.  I rode my motorcycle all the way up there and all the way back.  Counting Texas, I covered eight states and over 2900 miles. In Ogallala, Nebraska, I … Continued

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