State Capital Highlights

Court gives EPA thumbs down on pollution rule

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Aug. 21 declared illegal the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. While environmental groups, health activists and “clean air” industries supported the rule — an emissions-trading program adopted by the EPA a year ago — it was contested by the state of Texas, 14 […]

Texas Politics

Systems matter: What can happen without runoff elections

Most non-Missourians might never have heard of Todd Akin if – like Texas – Missouri required primary election runoffs when no one gets a majority. The 65-year-old congressman is the suddenly famous guy who has knocked the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan Republican presidential ticket way off its game plan, with a claim that the bodies of women who have been victim […]

Writer’s Roost

Texas county commissioners ‘top good ol’ boy’ group

Texas county commissioners are a whole ‘nother breed of folks. There has been a tale or two about that breed in this space before. Perhaps some further examples of the genre need an expanded description. As most Texans know, especially those in rural areas, county commissioners are a powerful force in local government thus a strong political influence as well. […]


What? Not on Labor Day!

Tilden Rodeo Sept 7 & 8

A 61 year south Texas tradition has made a change. The Tilden Lion Club’s 62nd annual Rodeo and Dance is NOT on Labor Day Weekend. The club felt a change was needed, so it has been moved to September 7 and 8, the weekend after Labor Day. This year organizers have also decided to go back to the traditional rodeo […]

City Council approves stop sign on North Main St.

Members of the Pleasanton City Council voted unanimously to place a stop sign in the 100 block of N. Main St. and have it facing south, at the Aug. 16 meeting. The council is comprised of Mayor Clinton J. Powell, Jimmy Magel (Dist. 1), Abraham Saenz (Dist. 2), Kathy Coronado (Dist. 3), J.R. Gallegos (Dist. 4), Roger G. Garza (Dist. […]

Coastal Bend College Board of Trustees approves 2012-13 budget

During the August 16, regular board meeting, Coastal Bend College Board of Trustees approved the 2012-2013 budget, the 2012-2013 salary scales and the submission of the appraisal roll. The board accepted the 2012-2013 budget of $26.5 million. Dr. Beatriz Espinoza, Coastal Bend College President, said that the college will implement cost savings measures in areas such as travel, supplies and […]


A flashback, do you remember when?

Well it’s time for football, hot chocolate, and bonfires. To go with the theme this week of opening football play for our surrounding schools, I have to share this tidbit about “Coach Hollywood”. Coach Hollywood is my brother who was chosen as one of very few coaches in the Houston area to participate in the NFPlay 60, a group of […]

The Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association seeks new president

Austin, Texas – Justin Furnace, president of the Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO), recently announced his resignation that became effective, August 12, 2012. “Because of his unique leadership, we are saddened to learn of Justin’s departure, but the entire Board wishes him well on his new venture,” commented David Martineau, chairman of TIPRO. “This is a critical […]