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September 16, 2014      5:10 PM

Stuck in Time: SBOE faces wave of opposition to new history books

The compromise the SBOE struck on social studies standards appears to have pleased no one

The State Board of Education on Tuesday took a full day to hear testimony, much of it unhappy, about what is in and out of the state’s social studies textbooks: religion; native culture; the Middle East conflict; and even the role of Moses in America’s founding.

The Texas Freedom Network put out a four-part series last week from a panel of history schools. The series, which reviewed history, geography and government textbooks had praise for a few – witness Edmentum’s balanced approach to US Government textbooks – but mostly criticize textbook publishers for slanting history in order to curry favor with the far right members on the State Board of Education.

Professor Edward Countryman of Southern Methodist University wrote that his heart went out to Texas history teachers.

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By Kimberly Reeves

September 16, 2014      5:04 PM

Press Releaseas: Ad wars, endorsements, gas leaks, fair pay and more

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September 16, 2014      4:39 PM

SpaceX and Boeing win $6.8 billion NASA contract for taking astronauts to space station

Huge boost for company making investments in South Texas

Though it was not immediately clear how it will impact the SpaceX development planned for South Texas, the company on Tuesday was one of two firms awarded a contract by NASA to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Boeing was the other company, which just yesterday was said to have defeated SpaceX for this contract. Turns out they both got it.

The contracts are worth a total of $6.8 billion. Boeing's share is $4.2 billion and SpaceX will receive $2.6 billion. SpaceX, of course, announced earlier this year it chose Brownsville as the future home of a commercial launch facility. The state pumped $15.3 million into that deal.

September 16, 2014      4:13 PM

Bingo coalition sues to block Racing Commission decision on historical racing

Bingo halls will “dry up virtually overnight if casino gambling is allowed…”

A second lawsuit has been filed to try to stop the Texas Racing Commission from moving ahead with approval of slot machine-like terminals that allow gamblers to bet on horse races that have already been run. The “historical racing” machines, as they are known, have become a flashpoint as conservative lawmakers and others rush to block them from operating at dog tracks and race tracks around Texas.

About two dozen organizations that run bingo halls across Texas filed suit in Travis County on Tuesday, arguing that a rule adopted by the commission violates the Texas Constitution, the Texas Racing Act, and the Administrative Procedures Act. The rule approved nearly unanimously by the commission, with only one member voting “no,” is set to take effect this month, opening the door for the machines.

This lawsuit is not unlike litigation filed in Tarrant County by Rep. Matt Krause, R-Ft Worth, which is under consideration by a judge who could rule as soon as today. Some legal experts, however, have said Tarrant County is the wrong venue and the proper place to file is in the county where state government is located, as this bingo coaltion has now done.

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By Scott Braddock

September 16, 2014      4:09 PM

Bearse: D*#ates are a Necessary Evil

From the right: QR’s conservative columnist argues the low number of gubernatorial debates is sufficient. “I don’t know the right number of d*#ates, except it should be somewhere between 0 and the inane number conducted by the Republican presidential candidates of 2012.”

Is this not the most boring election cycle in modern memory? If it weren’t for Wendy Davis’ television ads where she says Greg Abbott is for rapists, cancer and standardized tests, we would all be comatose by now. The candidates for U.S. Senate, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and Comptroller are all in the witness protection program. Who knew Dan Patrick could be so quiet for so long?

We do have our first gubernatorial d*#bate this week. As a survivor of Perry for President 1.0, I still get Vietnam flashbacks whenever someone says the word d*#bate. I will always remember where I was when I witnessed those 49 seconds of terror…under my desk, looking for phone numbers for the Letterman producer. The other night, former Alabama QB Greg McElroy was broadcasting the Aggie game against the Little Sisters of the Poor, and said only three people can call him Gregory, and then proceeded to list four. I had a panic attack.

The conventional wisdom for the gubernatorial d*#ate is that Abbott just wants to get by without any damage. No harm, no foul means he wins. There is some truth to that, though I think that is an over-simplification. This is the first time millions of Texans will see the main candidates for governor in an unscripted setting – well, sort of. I mean, Wendy Davis will be so scripted to say the word “insider” whenever possible it could lead to alcohol poisoning if you turn it into a drinking game. But there is always something the candidates don’t prepare for, which allows us to see them think on their feet. The point is not whether they can name the president of Mexico or the neighboring state governors (One Tough Monogram could not), but how they handle the unexpected. What do they emote on television? Are they cool under fire, too hot, robotic, warm, or drunk like Kinky seemed?

Eric Bearse is a speechwriter, political consultant and public relations specialist. He can be reached by e-mail at eric@ericbearse.com. His complete column can be found in today’s R&D Department.

By Eric Bearse

September 16, 2014      10:36 AM

New Abbott web ad: Unethical and Unfit for Texas

Ominous music paired with accusations Sen. Davis should have abstained from some Ft Worth City Council votes

September 15, 2014      6:37 PM

Three announce for Republican Party of Texas Chairman

“The race begins”

Even though the current chairman of the largest state Republican Party in the nation will stay in his position through at least December, battle lines are already forming over who will succeed him.

RPT Chairman Steve Munisteri confirmed to Quorum Report on Monday night that a trio of big names in their respective communities have all thrown their hats in the ring to replace him: Dallas County Republican Party Chairman Wade Emmert, former Harris County GOP Chair Jared Woodfill, and RPT Treasurer Tom Mechler are all now in the running.

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September 15, 2014      5:02 PM

Fight brews over state control of workers comp carrier of last resort

Sen. Fraser is angry: “I think this is a runaway train. What you’re doing is bad, bad policy. You were created by the state of Texas for a specific reason.”

Sen. Troy Fraser is so angry Texas Mutual Insurance wants to cut the cord of state control that he threatened to file legislation next session to bring the workers’ compensation carrier back under state control at a Monday Senate hearing.

This is not the first time Texas Mutual has asked to be freed from state strings in order to pursue outlying markets. The topic was raised last session, too. But Fraser created Texas Mutual and he remembers history. When the company was created by the state in 1991, no carrier would write policies in the Texas market.  

Richard Gergasko, president of Texas Mutual, has proposed an apportioned risk pool where Texas Mutual would remain a provider, but the risk of the marketplace would be spread proportionately among workers’ compensation carriers. Gergasko said spreading business beyond Texas borders posed no risk to the state, was supported by Texas Mutual competitors and would benefit shareholders.

“That’s a very interesting statement. You said it’s supported by your board of directors and it’s in the best interest of the company,” Fraser challenged from the dais. “Give me the good public policy reason why this should happen.”

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By Kimberly Reeves

September 15, 2014      4:59 PM

Press Releases: Awards, fact checks, endorsements and accusations of violent rhetoric

September 15, 2014      4:48 PM

Libertarian for Governor Kathie Glass web ad: Stop Obama

Argues that people who vote straight Republican have been duped: "Rick Perry didn't stop Obama when he could have. Greg Abbott won't either."

September 15, 2014      12:51 PM

Business leaders ask Texas lawmakers to crack down on "patent trolls"

States are just now starting to combat the problem that may be costing Texas businesses millions

Business leaders representing a variety of industries on Monday asked Texas senators to try to figure out a way to deal with what’s been described as a growing problem of so-called “patent trolls” who “extort” money from firms in pretty straightforward ways. While groups as diverse as Texans for Lawsuit Reform and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association agree there is clearly a problem, what’s much less clear is what, if anything, The Legislature can do about it.

A “patent troll” is a person or a company that claims to own a patent then tries to enforce it against accused infringers in an attempt to collect licensing fees. Since the “troll” doesn’t actually manufacture or supply the services in question, some have described what they’re doing as “economic rent-seeking.” During a hearing of the Senate State Affairs Committee, representatives from various industries described the ways in which this plays out.

For example, Texas Association of Realtors Chairman Dan Hatfield told lawmakers that some of his members have been either sued or threatened with lawsuits because they operate websites that include a search engine. An individual or company that claims to hold the patent on the type of search engine being used on a realtors’ website will claim that the realtor needs to pay a licensing fee to that patent holder, he said.  

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By Scott Braddock

September 15, 2014      7:19 AM

New Wendy Davis TV ad: Time Went By

Unleashes new attack; asks "what insider was Greg Abbott covering up for this time?" when he passed on investigating charges of sexual abuse at a state school

September 15, 2014      7:17 AM

New Greg Abbott TV ad: Working Texans Plan

Bashes California; says he'll work to keep Texas #1 in jobs

September 12, 2014      4:45 PM

Press release section: Kolkhorst endorsed; Battleground instructional video on vote by mail and more

September 12, 2014      4:42 PM

Stanford: Time for GOP to deal with Gohmert

From the left: "It’s time for Republicans to put Gohmert down in front of the cartoons with a juice box. We’ve got enough real problems in the world without making up fake ones."

There are a lot of offensive ways to observe 9/11. A yoga studio near DC offered a 20% off sale (“9 + 11 = 20% OFF!”), and a sex toy company soberly tweeted remembrance of “those lost, & honor those still fighting for freedom.” But the most off-putting way to remember the terrorist attacks on 9/11 was by Rep. Louie Gohmert, who thinks of Sep. 11 as the anniversary of Benghazi, or as he says it, “BENGHAZI!!”

If this were a just world in which a person was judged by his merits and rose in life accordingly, Louie Gohmert would be relegated to writing the sorts of letters to the editor that are never published. He is a cranky man who needs no tin foil to achieve flights of self-assured delusion. He should be mowing lawns for a living and attending John Birch meetings in the evenings. But he’s from East Texas, so he’s a congressman.

It’s guys like Gohmert who have earned congress record-low approval ratings, lower even than colonoscopies, head lice, and root canals. Of course, liberals have their crazies, too. Go to any precinct meeting, and you’ll encounter earnest activists in bedazzled sweatshirts who will insist that George W. Bush allowed 9/11 to happen so that he could invade Iraq so Halliburton could get the oil to make Dick Cheney wealthier. But we don’t elect these people to congress.

Republican primary voters have decided to treat the United States House of Representatives like a tea party meeting and have turned the gavel over to folks like Gohmert, who believe—despite all documented evidence to the contrary—there remain legitimate questions about the president’s birthplace.

Check out the rest of Jason Stanford's column in today's R&D Department

By Jason Stanford

September 12, 2014      8:56 AM

New Abbott web ad: Healthy Texans

"A healthier tomorrow for more Texas families is within our reach."

September 11, 2014      6:23 PM

Following scandal, CPRIT is making slow progress

If lawmakers are satisfied with the agency’s progress, CPRIT would pull down $600 million in bonds for the next biennium

The Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas is making the slow, tenuous trek back to a fully functioning state agency after recanting, and reorganizing, after serious questions around conflicts of interest were raised two years ago.

CPRIT saw a storm of legislative concern back in 2012, but it was hard to tell from Thursday’s budget review before a small subset of the Legislative Budget Board. Wayne Roberts, the interim-turned-permanent-CEO who came to the organization after a stint at the University of Texas Health Science Center, was confident of his agency’s new direction.

A new oversight committee and a fully implemented overhaul of the organization were signs that CPRIT deserved another chance to handle its own accounts, Roberts said. 

“We hope that our rapid response to the audit and Senate Bill 149 indicates, not only in action but also in spirit, an ability to be trustworthy responsible stewards of public funds,” Roberts told a small panel of staffers.

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By Kimberly Reeves

September 11, 2014      6:22 PM

Press Releases: Remembering 9/11, border wait times, water infrastructure, lobby spending and more

September 11, 2014      6:21 PM

Texas schools losing ground to other states in business report on education

“If we’re not getting kids through the system, we probably need to ask about the value” of democratizing Advanced Placement

Texas schools continue to lose ground to other states in the biannual US Chamber of Commerce’s Leaders & Laggards report, dropping from the middle of the pack to a grade of “D” when compared to other states’ progress.

The Leaders & Laggards report, just like Education Week’s Quality Counts, varies the outcomes it measures in its reports, making multi-year comparisons difficult. And the report also reflects the chamber’s own policy preferences: broader options for school choice; policies that support high-demand careers; tougher teacher evaluations; and access to technology that provides instructional options.

“We use a bell curve for a real simple reason,” AEI researcher Rick Hess said of the results. “We’re not sure anybody knows what the right number of kids passing the NAEP should be. We could say every state should be passing AP tests at 100 percent, and then every state would have an ‘F.’ That doesn’t seem to bring a lot of effort to the conversation, so we compared each state to other states in the union.”

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By Kimberly Reeves

September 11, 2014      4:58 PM

Both sides prepare for rare hearing on a stay of ruling in abortion law case

Most motions to stop actions on a judge’s decision are automatic; Fifth Circuit is looking at other abortion laws in other states, too

A trio of federal judges on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday will consider the state’s motion to stay US District Judge Lee Yeakel’s decision to toss out key portions of the abortion law passed last session.

Such a hearing is highly unusual. Such motions to stop the action on a judge’s decision typically are automatic at the appellate court level. With two additional abortion cases in the balance, speculation is that the court may be inclined to combine all three pending abortion cases before the court for an en banc hearing.

To those who follow the various abortion-related cases moving through the Fifth Circuit, the composition of the panel is as important as the filings. In this case, circuit judges Jerry Smith and Jennifer Elrod, both Republican appointees, are expected to favor the implementation of House Bill 2. Circuit Judge Stephen Higginson, appointed by Pres. Barack Obama, was on the panel that struck down the Mississippi law after a single abortion clinic was left in the state.

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By Kimberly Reeves

September 11, 2014      4:30 PM

Court ruling on historical racing is expected next week

Conservatives in a showdown with race tracks over the slot machine-like gambling

A state district judge in Tarrant County on Thursday indicated he may rule early next week after listening to two days of arguments on whether the Texas Racing Commission is overstepping its constitutional authority by approving what's called "historical racing." The ruling could come Wednesday at the latest, Judge David Evans told observers in the courtroom.

For those unfamiliar with it, "historical racing" terminals look like slot machines but they show a gambler a video of a previously-run horse race. The thing is, we are assured, betters can't know in advance who wins the races because all identifying marks have been digitally removed from the video. Ahh, technology.

About two weeks ago, the Racing Commission approved a rulemaking allowing for the machines. The representative for the Department of Public Safety on the commission was the lone “no” vote and argued that they agency was acting outside its authority. Rep. Dan Flynn-R Van, has asked Attorney General Greg Abbott for an opinion on this. The AG has yet to weigh in.

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By Scott Braddock

September 11, 2014      4:29 PM

The days of TWIA coverage may be numbered

Dewhurst has called for moving policies to commercial coverage; Insurance Council says “It’s not anything that’s going to happen overnight.”

The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, which has spent multiple sessions in turmoil, may be ready for the endangered species list after this week’s Senate Business & Commerce Committee meeting.

Insurance Commissioner Julie Rathgeber assured the Senate panel, led by Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, TWIA was in a far more stable fiscal position than it had been since Hurricane Ike, which almost bankrupted the state-run agency. And John Polak, general manager of TWIA, assured lawmakers the agency was solvent, prepared for a catastrophic storm, if one were to occur this hurricane season.

But that’s not where lawmakers wanted to go. Sen. Eddie Lucio, D-Brownsville, wanted specifics that TWIA’s claims with the Brownsville Independent School District, which date back to 2008, might actually be settled next month. And Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, questioned Polak closely on the Brownsville case, forcing him to admit the agency had spent $1 million to defend the case.

Whitmire could barely conceal his anger that an employee fired from TWIA for racist emails was now working at the Texas Department of Insurance in its customer service division.

Rathgeber was at a loss for words, saying she couldn’t fire the employee in question because she had violated no policies while at the insurance department. Whitmire, waving the emails in question discovered by Brownsville ISD’s attorney Steve Mostyn during discovery, was not satisfied with Rathgeber’s answer.

Eltife did keep the hearing moving, but the coup de gras was Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s last-minute appearance at the hearing. Dewhurst, who refused to be deposed during the Brownsville ISD case, suggested it might be time to end TWIA, an insurer of last resort for a quarter of a million policyholders along the coast.

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By Kimberly Reeves

September 11, 2014      10:51 AM

Abbott campaign files sworn complaint with the TEC over Davis book tour

Davis campaign says the whole thing is a “frivolous stunt” designed to distract from Davis’ personal story

Ratcheting things up a notch from Monday’s request for an opinion from the Texas Ethics Commission about Sen. Wendy Davis’ book tour, Attorney General Greg Abbott’s campaign manager on Thursday filed a sworn complaint with the TEC.

In the complaint, which the campaign publicized in a press release, Campaign Manager Wayne Hamilton said that Davis “converted political contributions to her personal use in violation of Election Code Section 253.035.”

The complaint also said that a trip to New York this week was paid for by Sen. Davis’ campaign but primarily devoted to promoting her recently-released memoir, the sales of which profit her personally.

This move comes after Hamilton on Monday asked the Ethics Commission to weigh in on the legality of the book tour as it relates to the promotion of Davis’ book in which she reveals two medically necessary abortions she had in the 1990’s. As you may know, Davis traveled to New York to promote the book on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC.

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By Scott Braddock

September 10, 2014      6:08 PM

HK: Unlike previous Democratic gubernatorial candidates, Davis has a second act

While it may not ultimately matter, for the moment Davis steals the narrative and reframes the race

Missed in all of the reaction over the Wendy Davis revelations of medically necessary abortions in the 1990’s is that she is the first Democratic gubernatorial candidate to actually have a second act in the face-off with her Republican opponent.

For all practical purposes, the Greg Abbott Campaign is Rick Perry redux.  It is largely the same cast of consultants, the same avoidance of editorial boards, meaningful debates, press scrums or events open to the public. If past is prelude, the campaign should be expected to land a couple of TV ad haymakers on their opponent in the run-up to early voting.

It may well be that the first intended knock-out punch was the enormously inspirational ad of Abbott overcoming adversity by training in his wheel chair in a parking lot.  Some have called it the best political ad of the season.  And it may well be that the plan for this campaign against a female candidate was to be inspirational rather than adversarial.

But if this campaign is RP redux, inspiration alone would be out of character.

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By Harvey Kronberg

September 10, 2014      6:07 PM

Social studies textbook fight looms at SBOE

Freedom Network argues the board should make changes because of factual errors

If history is any lesson, the Texas Freedom Network is unlikely to make much headway next week getting changes made to social studies textbooks.

The State Board of Education does have a review process for textbooks, and it does fine publishers who make factual errors, but rarely has it made the kind of changes the Texas Freedom Network wants to see, especially when those changes appear to be in line with the standards the board passed in 2010.

“In all fairness, it’s clear that the publishers struggled with these flawed standards and still managed to do a good job in some areas,” Texas Freedom Network president Kathy Miller said Wednesday. “On the other hand, a number of textbook passages essentially reflect the ideological beliefs of politicians on the state board rather than sound scholarship and factual history.”

Miller made her views of the textbook review process known in an opinion piece published in the Houston Chronicle’s Outlook section. To be fair, both conservatives and liberals made spectacular theater out of the setting of the standards four years ago, with ongoing coverage on Fox News so slanted the Texas Education Agency was eventually forced to correct their errors.

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September 10, 2014      4:50 PM

Press Releases: Another textbook fight, reactions to West Texas special election, a voter's guide and more

September 10, 2014      4:03 PM

Grusendorf: Judge Dietz Erred –- Money alone is no solution

Supremes overturned him on two of three major conclusions in 2006 and are likely to do so again

Having sat through the both of the recent school finance trials I gained great respect for the intellect of Judge Dietz. However, he gravely missed the mark in his recent school finance ruling. The likelihood of his decision standing on appeal is slim. Just as the Texas Supreme Court ignored most of his findings of fact in the last round of school finance litigation, they will likely do so again.

In 2006 the high court overturned Judge Dietz on both big issues -adequacy and equity. They only allowed districts a minor victory on the state property tax issue thereby enabling them to recover legal fees. The Texas Supreme Court refused to tell the legislature they had to spend more money on education.

On February 4, 2013 Judge Dietz said from the bench that he and I come from the opposite ends of the political spectrum. Since I’m very conservative, the Judge obviously considers himself to be very liberal. Having heard all the same evidence as the Judge, I have a very different interpretation of the evidence in this case. In my opinion, the state presented a compelling case on both the adequacy and equity issues. Further, from my perspective the evidence was overwhelming regarding the efficiency issue –which the Judge refused to give serious consideration.

The rest of Kent Grusendorf's column can be found in today's R&D Department.

By Kent Grusendorf

September 10, 2014      2:10 PM

Cruz moves key staff to campaign operations

Chip Roy to become chief political adviser to Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is making moves to strengthen his campaign staff – moving his Senate office Chief of Staff Chip Roy over to the political arm of his operation.

Roy, who has worked for Gov. Perry in the past, will transition from his duties in the Senate office to becoming senior political adviser for Cruz, the Senate office said in a statement. That release from Cruz's office said, in part:

Paul Teller, who has served as the Senator’s deputy chief of staff since January 2014, will become chief of staff. And James Christoferson, who served as deputy chief of staff for Cruz’s predecessor, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, will become deputy chief of staff for operations, working alongside Nick Muzin, Sen. Cruz’s current senior advisor and deputy chief of staff for strategy.”

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September 9, 2014      9:26 PM

Charles Perry declares victory in special Texas Senate election

No runoff necessary as Perry pulls 53 percent

With 85 percent of precincts reporting in Senate District 28, Rep. Charles Perry’s campaign declared victory in the special election to succeed former Sen. Robert Duncan on Tuesday night.

His chief opponent, former Texas Tech System Vice Chancellor Jodey Arrington, one of Perry’s fellow Republicans, got right around 30 percent. There were six candidates in the race, including one Democrat.

“I’m just really proud of our team,” Perry’s spokesman Jordan Berry told QR. He thanked groups like Texans for Lawsuit Reform, Texas Right to Life, and the Young Conservatives of Texas for “being the very first people to stand up and say 'we are with you' and help us see the race through.”

September 9, 2014      8:05 PM

Texas Senate special election update: Perry leads Arrington 54% to 30% with 32 % of precincts reporting

September 9, 2014      7:20 PM

West Texas special election: Charles Perry leads with 60% in early returns

Jodey Arrington has 20% in early vote for Sen. Duncan's former seat in the Texas Senate

September 9, 2014      5:13 PM

Dewhurst calls for phasing out Texas Windstorm Insurance Association

Tells Senate B&C the $77 billion liability too heavy to carry going forward

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on Tuesday told the Senate Business and Commerce Committee, under its new chairman Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, that the state should phase out and end the insurer of last resort for property owners along the Gulf Coast.

After making a surprise appearance at the committee’s hearing today, he issued this statement to the press about the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association

"I'm sure most Texans have no idea the State of Texas not only has windstorm liability of up to $77 billion, but, worse, has become a direct competitor to private-sector insurance companies, disrupting market-driven pricing and undermining TWIA’s financial health.  Should Texas, God forbid, endure two targeted Category 5 hurricanes in a single year, the impact on the state budget from claims on TWIA’s $77 billion in coverage could be devastating.  I've charged the Senate Business & Commerce Committee to consider options to address TWIA, which could include phasing it out. I encourage the Senators to explore ways to carefully move Texas coastal policy holders to commercial insurance carriers over time, thus avoiding a rate shock and reducing the risk of a massive financial tsunami to Texas taxpayers."

September 9, 2014      5:03 PM

Press Releases: Taxpayer rights, Perry in Beijing, endorsements, appointments and more

September 9, 2014      4:18 PM

Bearse: Wordplay

From the right: Language frames debate; enhances chances of success or failure

I am fascinated by the use of language in politics. The framing of issues often determines the winner of a debate at the outset.

Take the issue of abortion. The reason Wendy Davis has never recovered politically from her abortion filibuster is she fought on turf where she couldn’t win. Outside of San Francisco and New York, most Americans oppose late-term abortions. In winning the public relations battle at the time -- becoming the national darling of the leftist intelligentsia -- she set herself up to lose the political war. She was arguing on the wrong turf.

Perhaps we know more today than we did back then, after the revelation about her own heartbreaking experiences. What would have offered a more compelling reason at the time of the filibuster – the trauma of whether to give birth to a child with a severe brain abnormality -- was shelved for an ideological argument. Which brings us to an important rule: while people can argue with your politics or ideology, they can’t argue with your own personal experience.

Rule #2 seems to be men can’t take part in the debate about abortion. The fact every man has passed through the female uterus apparently gives us no standing. But I’m not here to argue about abortion. I’m interested in the framing, and the words used by both sides.

Check out the rest of Eric Bearse's column in today's R&D Department.

By Eric Bearse

September 9, 2014      9:02 AM

Round 2: SBOE conservatives take another swing at Advanced Placement course

Resolution instructs College Board to rewrite its "anti-American revisionist history"

The culture wars at the State Board of Education seem to be starting anew after Board Member Ken Mercer placed a resolution on next week’s State Board of Education agenda calling on the College Board to rewrite its new Advanced Placement US History curriculum because negative anti-American bias out of step with recent standards set by the Texas state board.

The College Board, including a Texas US history teacher on the national writing team, addressed the State Board of Education at its July meeting, noting the many elements noted to be missing from the old and new curriculum were left up to the teachers to insert into their own lectures. 

That did not please Mercer, who has been the most vocal opponent of the course.

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By Kimberly Reeves

September 9, 2014      8:58 AM

New Abbott web ad: Forgetting To Be Ethical

Renews attacks on Sen. Davis for "public privateering" and other accusations about her legal work