Commentary

Wed
12
Apr

State Capital HIGHLIGHTS

AUSTIN — After more than 15 hours of floor debate, the Texas House of Representatives on April 7 approved a balanced, $218 billion, state budget for fiscal years 2018-2019. During the debate, state representatives proposed some 378 amendments to the House version of Senate Bill 1, although many were tabled or withdrawn. The House version of the proposed budget must now undergo the scrutiny of the Senate, which passed its own $218 billion version on March 28. Members of the House and Senate will meet in a conference committee to reconcile differences in the two versions and finalize a budget that then can be sent to Gov.

Sat
08
Apr

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

I’ve shared with you my ongoing walk with Christ.

It hasn’t been easy, but, in all honesty, I’m not where I need to be, but, more importantly, I’m not where I used to be.

Which for me, is where I want, and need to be at this point in my life.

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Sat
08
Apr

Governor welcomes Justice Department’s sanctuary cities announcement

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on March 27 praised an announcement by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the Department of Justice will withhold and take back federal funds from cities that do not comply with federal immigration laws and enforcement directives.

“Texas joins the Trump administration in its commitment to end sanctuary cities and I look forward to signing legislation that bans these dangerous policies in Texas once and for all,” Abbott said. Senate Bill 4, legislation to prohibit sanctuary city policies in Texas, was passed by the Senate on Feb. 8. It was heard in the House State Affairs Committee on March 15, but has not been scheduled for a committee vote.

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Wed
05
Apr

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

Well, we survived the weekend with no Jessica!

It was tough, but we made it.

Clarissa waited to get really sick Friday afternoon while I was stuck inside the courtroom covering a trial.

Thank God I have great co-workers who took care of her and made sure she was okay while I was gone.

I call them co-workers, but these people are more like family.

 

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Sat
01
Apr

Senate panel OKs budget for upcoming two-year period

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — A state budget for fiscal years 2018-2019 cleared the first in a series of hurdles when the Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved committee substitute Senate Bill 1 on March 22.

The legislation next moves to the full Senate for consideration. “This budget remains a work in progress, but we will continue our work to make the most of every dollar, meet our priority needs and keep Texas moving in the right direction,” said Senate Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson, RFlower Mound. “This committee left no stone unturned looking for savings, examining our budget drivers and looking for ways to make smarter use of our limited resources.”

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Sat
01
Apr

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales  

Once again, my Dad skill were put to the test this week.

And it was okay with me.

You see, the wife, my love, Jessica, went on Women’s Walk this week at the Amherst Christian Retreat Center.

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Wed
22
Mar

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

Last week, I took a break.

A much needed break.

It was the first time I had ever taken some vacation days during Spring Break.

The reason why?

My kids.

Don’t ask me why, but a couple of weeks ago, it hit me. Emma walked into the room, and the features on her face seemed to be different.

She was growing. I stared at her for a moment and realized my little ones were growing up.

After staring at Emma, I took long looks at Diego and Clarissa and came to the same conclusion...they are growing, fast.

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Sat
18
Mar

Teachers and Honor Rolls…

By Dr. Don Newbury

Teachers and Honor Rolls…

I face Old Glory, hand over heart, extending respect to educators wherever they serve, and at whatever “frazzle” level they are. Hopefully, their heads are above water in the “tides of March,” or victims of “ides” attributed to the same month.

Some are smiling at the prospect of spring break coming soon. And there are sniffles from the noses of others who have just finished this respite. Reality sets in as countdowns begin toward the school year’s end.

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Wed
15
Mar

A Cup of Joe...

By Joe Gonzales

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve churned out a “Cup of Joe” column for the Lamb County Leader-News!

I’d like you to believe that I’ve been so busy I just haven’t had the time to write one.

Like I said, I’d like you to believe that.

Okay, I’ve been a little busy, to be honest. But I should have made the time.

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Wed
15
Mar

Federal court panel rules against Texas redistricting plan

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Three of Texas’ 36 congressional districts are unconstitutional because of racial or political gerrymandering, a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas ruled on March 10.

The judges ruled 2-1 that the districts’ boundaries, drawn by the Texas Legislature in 2011 and 2013, violate the U.S. Constitution.

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