Governor Rick Perry signed a bill into law today that will require people applying for unemployment benefits to submit to a drug test, if their responses to a screening questionnaire indicate possible drug use, the Texas Tribune reports. (Those questions will likely include: "Which Cheech and Chong ... More >>
Is it too soon and maybe even bad luck to say this out loud? Is it even possible that Governor Oops could be over? I'm knocking on wood, tossing salt over my shoulder, making the sign of the cross with my index fingers and looking for garlic in the kitchen as I speak, I promise.
But yesterday cons ... More >>
Texas Central Railway's plan, announced almost a year ago now, to build a high-speed rail line linking Houston and North Texas has hit a not altogether unexpected complication: inter-city squabbling over where the bullet train will stop.
In Mobility 2035, its long-term vision for transportation in ... More >>
With the recent recession came a corresponding boom at two-year colleges as students sought to gain marketable job skills without shelling out big bucks to attend costlier four-year institutions.
That boom is now over, and the numbers in Texas are bearing that out. Between fall 2011 and fall 2012, ... More >>
It's the most wonderful time of the year: There's still some very stale, deeply discounted Halloween candy kicking around the aisles at CVS, Christmas music has suddenly overtaken your dentist's office, and Texas legislators have begun pre-filing bills for the upcoming legislative session.
The ses ... More >>
As previously noted on several occasions, last year the Texas legislature passed a law that allows home bakers to legally sell their goods from home under some very specific guidelines (Senate Bill 81). And each time I type out another article about this issue, I think, "Well, that should do it." It ... More >>
As we've noted before, Senate Bill 7, the omnibus health care bill penned by Flower Mound's Jane Nelson that just passed the Texas House and Senate, is awfully concerned with abortion -- namely, making it as hard as possible for anyone to get one. Now, the bill is heading for Governor Rick Perry' ... More >>
From the rapidly spreading "Fracking Song" from ProPublica and Studio 20 NYU.In these final days of the 82nd Texas Legislature, lawmakers in Austin are throwing support behind Eastlake Rep. Jim Keffer's bill that'd require drillers to report the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing at each of t ... More >>
DISD trustee Carla RangerThree years ago, or shortly before the Dallas Independent School District introduced its "effort-based" grading policy, the school board reminded teachers: They were not to give students a grade lower than a 50 for any one grading period. As the great Kent Fischer noted, ... More >>
Guess this will be the last time we run this photo of Shanda Perkins.Scott Henson at Grits for Breakfast sent Unfair Park a note to point out this "amazing" development from yesterday: Burleson's Shanda Perkins bid to become a member of the state's Board of Pardons and Paroles was killed dead in the ... More >>
About an hour ago, I called the Senate Committee on Nominations to find out how Shanda Perkins's Board of Pardons and Paroles confirmation hearing went this afternoon. Shortly after that, I received a call from Beth Shields, communications director for state Sen. Mike Jackson, the Republican from La ... More >>
Probably not exactly what Senator Jane Nelson has in mind, but close enoughThis week, state Sen. Jane Nelson, a Republican from Flower Mound, introduced legislation to combat childhood obesity by requiring more P.E. time for school-age children. S.B. 890 was one of three pieces of legislation she in ... More >>
How does this fat tub of lard get off the ground? Only the Texas Health Institute knows for sure.Yet another "warning" was issued last week about obesity in America, this time zeroing in on Texan waistlines in a report authored by a demographer named Karl Eschbach, sponsored by the Texas Heal ... More >>