Back to school

With the first day of school just around the corner, it's a good time to talk about the importance of public education in our state as well as the related issues and challenges we must address to improve the way we fund our schools, retain our teachers and keep kids safe. School Safety As the new school year begins, the issue of school safety will be on the forefront of the minds of many parents, students, teachers and administrators. Earlier this week, I was asked by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram to share my thoug

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Another week, another HHSC contracting scandal

Recently, the State Auditor ¹ released a new report highlighting more contracting issues at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). This

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What it means to be an American.

Today we celebrate our country's independence and the freedoms that make our nation the greatest in the world. We hope you're able to enjoy today's festivities, parades and fireworks and spend quality time with friends and family! As we celebrate today, let us remember the brave women and men in our Armed Forces who put themselves in harm's way to protect our freedom. We owe them a debt of gratitude today and every day. Let us also reflect on who we are as a country, and

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SCOTUS upholds racial gerrymandering in Texas.

The Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling yesterday that rubber stamped Texas Republicans’ discriminatory redistricting maps. I am disappointed -- now we’re stuck with legislative maps that diminish the voices of our Hispanic and African American communities. Texans are growing tired of a rigged system that is meant to benefit one party at the expense of the voters. So if the Supreme Court won’t step in to protect our sacred right to vote, then we must double down on our efforts to elect strong candidates up and down

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Too little, Too late

As you may have heard, the Trump Administration finally changed their policy of separating parents and children at the US-Mexico border after a massive public outcry. But this is too little too late. The damage has already been done for so many children and families! The new executive order is still extremely limited, and it isn't clear at all how children already separated from their parents will be reunited. It also does nothing

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