As Barack Obama spoke to the country about the need for common-sense gun safety in his second inaugural address today, Texas Republican leaders are leading from behind -- in the polls, at least.
For a state often stereotyped in the media as having a significant number of quasi-state nationalists, it turns out that the population centers of Texas are actually anchored in rational understanding of America's gun problem.
Ed Reform Coming To Iowa? Iowa Gov. Terry Brandstad is planning a big, $187 million push on education this year, reports KCRG. "We have many good schools with committed educators, but they are stuck in a system designed for the 20th century, not the 21st century. I am ready to invest significant resources into these educational reforms, which truly have the power to dramatically raise achievement," Branstad said. "I do not believe we should spend even one minute discussing additional resources to prop up our current educational structure until we have first agreed on the reforms our children need."
As Governor Rick Perry was preparing to run for the GOP presidential nomination, he pushed the legislature to approve a $5.4 billion budget cut in Texas education. His transparent goal was political, and simply to build upon a no tax reputation, which, unsurprisingly, came at the expense of school children.
Gail Collins says her fascination with Texas began when she heard Gov. Rick Perry deliver an Alamo-like speech at a 2009 Tea Party rally. "We didn't like oppression then; we don't like oppression now," he roared. The problem was, "this was a rally about the stimulus package."
Six years ago, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas was founded. Voters funded the institute with $3 billion over 10 years. People were hopeful. But that's a lot of money. Greed and politics were drawn to the fund.
We've all known a kid who upon losing a board game would freak out, hurl the game across the room and storm off while shouting something like, "This game sucks anyway!" It's no surprise the Republicans are doing exactly that.
In Texas, we pay welfare moms with three kids $260 a month. In other words, our welfare moms don't have enough money to buy drugs or enough time to take them. But don't worry, Rick Perry has a solution for a problem that doesn't exist.
America woke up last Wednesday to find its government essentially unchanged. After a campaign season that lasted for almost a year and a half and cam...
If he would just allow Medicaid expansion, he would be well on his way to his goal. As for the one million Floridians who would otherwise no longer be uninsured -- well, you're up Coconut Creek without a fan boat.
Keeping foreign workers in-limbo without offering the protections or rights that come along with U.S. citizenship is not a solution for foreign workers and it does a disservice to U.S. workers too.
The Tea Party has pushed Texas politics so far to the right that bipartisanship now means the right wing cooperating with the far-right wing. In thei...
By the time we reach Nov. 6, more money will have been spent on TV advertising during this election than ever before. From the fiercely competitive GO...
This is the worst testing scandal to come along under the high-stakes testing regime that rules our schools, but we have no right to act surprised. What happened in El Paso is not an aberration but an inevitable consequence of high-stakes standardized testing.
Our process of making decisions that involve our faith and our civic life is flawed almost beyond repair, and our focus on what we consider Christian issues instead of on doing politics in a Christian fashion has brought us to this point of division.
The very rich are different from us. For one, their Etch A Sketches are better. The handheld toy I played with as a boy must be tiny compared to whatever Romney used to reinvent himself in the Denver debate.