For someone who has taught college students for more than 30 years, it is troubling to see how the current mindlessness of narrow-minded politicians and bean-counting college administrators threatens to undermine the long established and productive foundation of higher education.
Texas is a vast, nation-sized state. For there to be any hope for beneficial change in Texas, multiple groups must work with one another to get their message out to the voters. Change in Texas won't come overnight or through the actions of only one organization.
I previewed the highly-anticipated findings of the "Growth and Opportunity" project by the GOP. It is estimated that 71 percent of Latinos, 73 percent of Asians and 93 percent of African-Americans voted for President Obama last November.
My state has always been a larger than life, much caricatured place, and most Texans take it all in good humor. Texas' problem, though, is that over the last decade, the state and its leaders have taken a dark turn. Texas has been pulled so far to the right that reasonable voices are seldom heard.
The Perry Principle is simple to state: If a law, policy, or idea does not in any manner provide benefit to the businesses and personal welfare of Rick Perry's political donors, it is to be avoided.
Monday marked the beginning of arguably the biggest trial of this century, as the U.S. Department of Justice went to court with global oil giant, BP. With money most likely on the way to states, and needs still so acute, the question is, how to invest it most effectively.
These are hard times in the humanities and social sciences, times made much worse -- at least in the world of the media -- by the latest anthropological flare-up over the publication of Napoleon Chagnon's new memoir, Noble Savages.
Many readers have asked to be warned when Mercury goes retrograde. They want to avoid the kind of mental mistake that cost Governor Perry his presidential nomination.
If you were expecting Florida GOP Gov. Rick Scott's huge about-face on health care reform's Medicaid expansion to inspire other stalwart Obamacare opp...
Increasing the percentage of kids you move through high school from 75.4 percent to 86 percent is big news, no matter what the ranking. How did he accomplish this marvelous feat?
As of last month, 86 percent of Texas school boards representing 91 percent of the state's 5 million public school students had adopted resolutions opposing high-stakes testing.
Let's take a closer look at California versus Texas. What does Texas have that Californians want? Cheaper housing, more jobs, and lower taxes.
Since 1968, the state has now lost six straight lawsuits brought by school districts that have argued successfully that their funding is unconstitutionally inadequate and unequal.
Does Brown want to fence with Perry in such a way as to help him with his right-wing Republican base and hurt him with moderate voters? Is he just messing about? Does he want to have some fun at the expense of a relatively unarmed man?
While Republican governors like Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Rick Perry of Texas play games with people's lives to throw red meat to the extremists in their party, Kasich and the a growing number of GOP governors put the needs of their state before their political party.
If you believe that the Electoral College system needs to be changed from a winner-take-all system to some sort of proportional or district-based representation, all in the name of democracy of course, the place to make that happen is Texas and the time is now.