House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor went down to ignominious defeat in his Republican primary in Virginia last night, becoming the first sitting majority leader to lose a party primary in the position's history. In the upset's aftermath, two North Texas representatives -- Pete Sessi ... More >>
Ever since his failed bid to be the Republican Party's nominee for President in 2012, Governor Rick Perry has been busy selling the rest of the country on Texas' economic policies, particularly as they relate to job creation. Perry's message to businesses across the country has been clear: Move your ... More >>
Give Barack Obama some credit. Rather than simply barricade himself inside the mansions of a pair of elite lawyers to gladhand with deep-pocketed Democratic donors, as was the initial plan for his trip to Dallas this week, and rather than holing himself in some White House bunker and pray that the " ... More >>
Any old state controlled by aging Republicans can pass laws to dramatically restrict access to abortion. It's what you do when your state faces poverty, drought and a ton of other pressing issues that you'd rather not deal with. But making the anti-abortion laws stick is the real challenge. Texas is ... More >>
The Texas House just passed sweeping abortion restrictions. Once they pass the senate, the procedure will be banned 20 weeks post-fertilization, and all but five abortion providers in the state will be forced to close thanks to a medically unnecessary requirement that they meet the standards of ambu ... More >>
It's always been nearly impossible to compare prices between hospitals. For one, most people who find themselves in an emergency room don't have the leisure to shop around. Even if they do, where are they going to turn? Healthcare providers don't typically put their prices on billboards. The opacity ... More >>
The Texas Legislative Study Group is a caucus of around 50 Democratic representatives from the Texas House, and they're real buzzkills. The LSG keeps a full-time staff of policy analysts around, who almost every year since 2003 have released a report called "Texas on the Brink," detailing all the mo ... More >>
Congratulations, Texas! After a lot of hard work and many long nights, we're number one in the nation for repeat teen births. According to the Centers for Disease Control, which released a new report on April 2, in 2010, 22 percent of Texas teenagers aged 15-19 who gave birth were delivering their ... More >>
Maybe you're not a Yiddish speaker, but you need a handy illustration of the concept of "chutzpah." In Spanish: cojones. Or in English, if you insist: king-sized brass balls. If you need a real-world demonstration of this cross-cultural concept, you have only to look at how your state-level bureaucr ... More >>
Warren Fagadau, a Dallas ophthalmologist who has been involved in health insurance reform efforts in Texas, has a piece on the op-ed page of The Dallas Morning News today about the qualities our public hospital in Dallas should look for in its ongoing search for a new chief executive officer. His vi ... More >>
Buzz looks back on 2012 before the memories go where they belong: up in smoke.
Back in October, Richard Malouf, the Dallas dentist accused of massive Medicaid fraud, sued real estate blogger Candy Evans, who had published photos of the small waterpark that appeared to be under construction in his backyard. For good measure, he and his wife Leanne also sued WFAA and their rep ... More >>
In March 2011, after federal inspectors visited Keeneland Nursing and Rehab, a Weathorford nursing home, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a report detailing a laundry list of concerns. The report concluded that staff were medicating patients unnecessarily so they'd be easier to d ... More >>
Conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg has a new column out saying the presidential election was about our desire as a nation to become more European and by sad inference less American. Do you remember voting on that? I'm trying to think what the ballot language might have been. Proposition One (ink ... More >>
Last week, Richard Malouf, the Dallas dentist accused of massive Medicaid fraud, sued WFAA, Owen Wilson's mom and real estate blogger Candy Evans, accusing them all of libel, defamation, slander and invasion of privacy. Malouf and wife, Leanne, still in the midst of being investigated by the state ... More >>
Governor Rick Perry, it may shock you to learn, is not such a big fan of abortion. Perry vowed some time ago to create a new, Texas-run version of the Women's Health Program, one that would ban doctors from discussing or "promoting" abortion with their patients. It would also explicitly bar Planned ... More >>
Texas' game of women's health pingpong continues. A panel of judges from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a preliminary injunction yesterday that had allowed Planned Parenthood to remain in the Medicaid Women's Health Program. In other words, PP is out. Again. The nonprofit was boote ... More >>
It's a pretty basic equation: When the Obama administration does something, Governor Rick Perry's against it. When at all possible, his administration will refuse to implement in Texas whatever policy change the feds have made. Expanding Medicaid? He's not going to do it here, no matter how many mil ... More >>
Two years ago, Cortez Mills was hired by Texas Vascular Associates, a network of nine physicians and a half dozen clinics in Dallas and suburbs, to work in their medical office, where she had the sisyphean task of trying to wrangle reimbursement from Medicare and insurance companies. It didn't take ... More >>
The scuffle between Texas and the feds over women's healthcare was supposed to get real tomorrow, when Planned Parenthood was scheduled to be barred from being a provider for the state's Medicaid Women's Health Program. But earlier today, Federal District Judge Lee Yeakel granted the non-profit its ... More >>
In this last legislative session, the one that turned out to be pretty terrible for both abortion providers and family planning clinics, Arlington state Representative Bill Zedler had a dream. That dream, as we told you about at the time, was to require women and their doctors fill out and submit to ... More >>
For the past few days, several corners of the Internet have been all a-flutter over a recent piece on Forbes.com by a man named Ryan Holiday, who describes himself as a "strategist for big authors and big brands." Holiday apparently had tried to arrange a donation of $500,000 from one of his clien ... More >>
Yesterday I wrote up sort of a half-assed blog post. It was mostly just a short clip of Rick Perry chatting with Steve Doocy from Fox & Friends about the evil feds, the nobility of the 10th Amendment and his overall job satisfaction. At the end of the clip in question, Perry suddenly said to Doocy, ... More >>
Pro-life groups in Texas are in an awkward position these days, as the Medicaid Women's Health Program fights for its life. On one hand, they celebrate anything that they perceive as a blow to Planned Parenthood (which Catholic Pro-Life Committee of North Texas Executive Director Karen Garnett once ... More >>
In courthouses across the country, lawyers are fighting for strippers' rights -- and winning. But dancers are worried the lawsuits will cut into their cash flow.
Lost Boys: New child-sex-trafficking research demolishes the stereotype of the underage sex worker.
Now this is something I could really kick myself for. I can take being wrong. It's one thing to be accused of being too Pollyanna. (Not sure that has actually ever happened.) But the one thing I cannot forgive in myself is not being negative enough. That just should not been happening. That' ... More >>
Bob DeuellThe state Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted yesterday in favor of a bill that would renew the Women's Health Program, a Medicaid-funded program that provides basic women's health care. It was set to expire this year unless the Lege took action, but now that it has the ... More >>
Ron AndersonLast week, Dallas Morning News Deputy Managing Editor Maud Beelman penned a piece for Harvard's Nieman Watchdog in which she explained the paper's yearlong investigation into the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Memorial Hospital -- two heretofore "sacred c ... More >>
Homeland Security AffairsAttorney Lew Lefko, a partner in Renaissance Tower-based Winstead PC, has worked in some aspect of the health-care profession for most of his career. Hence his appearance on GlobeSt.com this morning, where he tells Jennifer Duell Popovec that Texas stands to gain plenty f ... More >>
Dr. Larry Gentilello, seen here in a 2005 UT Southwestern photo Three years ago, Dr. Larry Gentilello was chair of the Division of Burn, Trauma and Critical Care at UT Southwestern Medical Center. But, just like that, he was stripped of his position: Gentilello became aware of the fact trauma res ... More >>
Getting her son out of state care was only the beginning of one mother's troubles
Critics blame poisons from the tie plant for severe birth defects
Native-born and immigrant both get bled at Swift's beef plant
In a new Newsweek piece that, for whatever reason, isn't online, the mag's contributing editor Ellis Cose takes issue with Texas State Representative Leo Berman's proposed legislation that would deny benefits to U.S.-born children of "illegal aliens." (That's Berman's phrase, not Cose's.) That'd be ... More >>
Today, the state's Health and Human Services Commission will be releasing a report titled Hurricane Katrina Evacuees in Texas--"a comprehensive effort to collect data on the number of Katrina evacuees still in Texas, their plans to remain or not remain in the state, and their need for services as th ... More >>
Buzz gets his jollies keeping tabs on 2005's naughty and nice guys. OK, mostly naughty.
Plus: Green Seeks Greene
Feds allege scam artists bilked Medicare for millions
Trinity Works says it helps poor people find housing and jobs. But an Observer investigation reveals questionable policies that do little except ensure its clients never leave.
Ants claimed two victims at a troubled Flower Mound nursing home
Mute and immobile, Alice Joy Taylor couldn't cry out when fire ants attacked her in her nursing-home bed, but would anyone have heard her if she did?
When Dan Morales brokered Texas' $17.3 billion tobacco settlement, he blew away Governor Bush. He also made sure his friends got a few puffs.
The Cold War over, defense giant Lockheed Martin mines another government program for profit -- the war on poverty
U.S. Attorney Paul Coggins loves feeding his name to the papers. But what's he done that's news?
An illegal immigrant mother battles against bureaucracy to stay near her ailing daughter
Huge and helpless, schizophrenic and hypertensive, Sammy Allen has fallen between the administrative cracks of a local mental health system that can't seem to get its ACT together
Rappaport gets a little cranky, a little crotchety, and a whole lotta grumpy