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I would like to take this opportunity to say how proud I am to live in a town that has a county fair like the Madison County Fair! more
With so much going on at your State Capitol this week, I thought it best to jump right into our legislative update… more
While public education reform and property tax relief have been the focus of the Texas House from the very beginning of the 86th Legislative Session, this week my colleagues and I finally had the opportunity to bring House Bill 3 to the floor for a vote. I'm pleased to report that after hours of debate, the Texas House overwhelmingly passed this historic piece of legislation that will benefit every student, teacher, and property owner in Texas! more
President Trump and every declared candidate for the Presidency want to lower drug costs. And, surprise, it's the President who has made a bold move towards a workable free market solution. more
Sometimes when I read something in a newspaper or magazine, I look at the bottom of the article, to see whether or not there is a tag line that reads “Ad paid for by….”. This is one of those times! more
With every legislative session, there comes a whole host of new ideas, opportunities, and priorities. Given the unique challenges facing each member’s district and the thousands of proposals to address our state's most pressing issues, it's sometimes difficult to determine which issues will rise to the top of the heap. One of the best barometers for the priorities that will define each legislative session can be found in the only bill that the Legislature is constitutionally required to pass -- the state’s biennial budget. more
Spring has officially arrived and so has county fair season! Like many of you, I love spending time at our county fairs supporting our youth and visiting with friends and neighbors from parts near and far. These events build such a sense of community and provide a unique opportunity to observe the hard work of so many of our youth as they bring their projects and talents to the fair. Also, I hope you’ve noticed the wildflowers starting to dot the landscape along our highways. It’s a great time to be out and about in East Texas! With that, here's the latest update from your State Capitol. . . more
Banding together for protection and common welfare was one of the earliest signs of civilization. Oftentimes, individuals would be required to dedicate some of their land for common use. We find this dynamic play out when governments authorize private entities to use eminent domain proceedings to develop transportation corridors, such as highways, electric transmission lines, oil and gas pipelines, or yes, railroads. more
With many schools on Spring Break, it was great seeing so many young people visiting their Texas Capitol. I recently had the privilege of keynoting an address to a dedicated group of 4-H students who … more
This past week was a frenzy with the bill filing deadline looming on March 8th and lawmakers working feverishly to get their bills in the hopper before the cut-off date. more
As I often say in this column, I love seeing folks visit their State Capitol during the session. This past week I once again had the pleasure of welcoming a number of constituents, including a group from Leon County who made their way to Austin for their first ever Leon County Day at the Capitol. more
The level of discourse in this country has continued to slide into a dark and terrible place. I only mention this because it’s true. Not only do we not speak civilly on just about any topic, … more
I’ve been following with interest a proposal by the freshman (sorry, freshwoman, wouldn’t want to misgender) representative from the Bronx (by way of Westchester), N.Y., called the Green New … more
President Trump, by all reports (except for the terminally liberal suffering some sort of derangement syndrome), knocked it out of the park with his State of the Union address. Still and all, … more
To the Editor: One day last week, I was listening as my husband watched one of his favorite Western movies on our television. An ordinary Western, good vs. evil. As I listened, I realized that … more
May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you. Then the earth will yield its harvests, and God, our God, will richly bless us. Yes, God will bless us, and people all over … more
“This ain’t the Garden of Eden. There ain’t no Heaven above … And things ain’t what they used to be …” — Blue Öyster Cult, “This Ain’t the Summer of Love” I was … more
Text of the speech given to the combined U.S. House and Senate chambers, on the State of the Union, as delivered by me: Madame Speaker, Members of the House and Senate, distinguished guests, … more
I remember full well the Disney shows on Sunday that focused on technology and progress. I also read quite a bit about the world being promised flying cars by this time, although to be honest, … more
A conversation last week with a coworker reminded me of one of the chief problems I have with “social justice” and political correctness, and the fact that both are ramping up to hitherto … more
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