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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

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