Messing with Texas
Richard Parker, writing in Politico Magazine, offers his analysis of the situation in Texas:
When Gov. Greg Abbott won election in 2014, he said of his agenda: “We will celebrate the frontier spirit of rugged individualism.” Since then, …
As Flooding Continues in Houston, Texans Still Need Your Help
This is the last Jim-written Morning Jolt until September 8. I’ll see some of you on the National Review cruise this week.
Texas Still Needs Our Help
The outlook for Houston is mixed; every charity that was mobilizing to help …
Texas Democrats have a rich fantasy life.
“Dennis Quaid or Eva Longoria for Senate?” asked the Texas Standard, a liberal radio program based in Austin. “Tommy Lee Jones for governor?” Texas Democrats, the gentleman on the radio declared, are “looking …
University of Texas Sued — Again
The University of Texas has been sued, again, for its racially discriminatory undergraduate-admissions policy. This time, the claim has been brought in state court, and the allegation is that the policy violates the state constitution’s ban on such discrimination. It’s …
In Texas, a State Supreme Court Maintains Integrity, Despite Politics
The Texas Supreme Court has a unique structure, reflecting the state’s stubbornly independent-minded culture. Most state supreme courts have jurisdiction over civil and criminal cases and have seven (or fewer) members, who are appointed by the governor and face …
Pandemonium on Texas House Floor after Lawmaker Calls ICE on Sanctuary City Protesters
The Texas state House’s legislative session ended in disarray yesterday. Republican representative Matt Rinaldi announced that he had called Immigration and Customs Enforcement on protesters who held signs that read “I am illegal and here to stay,” and verbal …
The Texas legislature is considering a bill that would empower adoption agencies to act like adoption agencies rather than be pressed into service as soldiers in the culture wars. That this is controversial is instructive if dismaying.
The bill in …
Trump’s Wall Meets Texas’s Biggest National Park
‘And there, my friends,” declared our guide, gesturing out at a sprawling mountain view, “is where we will soon see The Great Wall of Trump.”
Everyone laughed. Then we stared. We were in West Texas, high in the Chinati Mountains — …
Fighting for the Falsely Accused
Former Fort Worth, Texas, police officer Brian Franklin is finally free. But he is still fighting to clear his name.
“I’ve been vindicated,” he told me in an interview last week, “but not yet exonerated.” Franklin served 21 years in …
A University of Texas Regent Takes His Job Too Seriously for the Administrators
University governance is usually a snooze because the trustees or regents who are supposed to oversee school operations mostly act like potted plants. Regents are expected to support the administration and enjoy the perks. But sometimes they don’t and that …
New Details in Senator Menendez’s Corruption Case
First, your Harvey update: Floodwaters led to a series of explosions in a chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, early this morning. Port Arthur is now underwater, and the death toll has risen to 37.
Now, making the clickthrough worthwhile: the prosecution …
Last week, Texas lawmakers returned to the state capitol in Austin at the behest of Governor Greg Abbott for a 30-day special legislative session that could make or break the Texas governor’s political career. Abbott has a laundry list …
Sorry, Profs — Your Worries about Guns on Campus Don’t Make the Law Invalid
Snowflake students? Yes, but we also have snowflake professors.
Last year, a law duly enacted in Texas made it legal for people who have concealed-carry permits to bring their weapons on the state’s college campuses. Naturally, a great deal of …
In Texas, a Mental-Health Measure That Left and Right Should Support
Here’s an issue on which liberals and conservatives agree: policing the mentally ill. The two sides may have arrived at that position through different underlying beliefs, but they got there. Here’s a problem: In Texas, a conservative legislature …
In Texas, Judges Waive Bail for the Indigent, Distorting the Constitution
The Constitution protects arrestees against “excessive bail.” This guarantee, however, has never been understood to provide indigents the right to a zero-dollar bail simply because they cannot afford more. That, however, is the clear import of in ODonnell v. Harris …
Federal Power Spins Its Ever-Growing Web
A blind spider creeping through America’s judicial thicket might be heading to the Supreme Court, which will have to decide if the contentment or even the survival of the Bone Cave Harvestman spider species, which lives only in two …
Justice Is Bigger Than Narrative
The story out of Balch Springs, Texas, is horrible. Based on the available evidence (always an important caveat), it began like countless stories in suburban America. A mom left town, and her son made the mistake that kids tend to …
A Misunderstood ‘Diversity’
A Houston scene: Three men at a high-end health club, two of them middle-aged, one of them a teenager. The older men wear bespoke button-down shirts with their jeans and high-dollar cowboy boots, while the younger man is still wearing …
Impromptus: The power of a hummingbird egg, &c.
It’s not every day that you see a hummingbird in the headlines. But I did a few days ago, when the Associated Press reported a story out of San Francisco:
A tiny unborn hummingbird is getting in the way …
Texas Ranchers Cry Foul as Government Eyes Their Land
Ken Aderholt holds the deed to 700 acres of land near the Red River, on the border between Texas and Oklahoma. The plot has been in his family since 1941, and he has paid all of his taxes on it. “It has …