In explaining how no one person in the Legislature deserves credit for passage of the big school finance and property tax plan this year, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick inadvertently summed up the problem we at Texas Monthly had in choosing the Best and Worst Legislators: “This was a session of no individual standing out or standing up.” If every legislative session has its own personality, its own flavor, then the 86th Legislature of 2019 was less juicy brisket and more rice cake—dull, tasteless, and allegedly good for you. Sure, lawmakers reformed the way public schools are financed while reining in the growth of property taxes, but it was perhaps less filling than advertised. Because lawmakers paid for the $11.5 billion package with a current budget surplus, they will have to find new funds again in the next legislative session. The whole thing could unravel if the economy goes south. A normal legislative session is a three-tiered cake. At the top, there’s a … [Read more...] about 2019: The Best and Worst Legislators
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index U.S. Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper U.S. | University of Alabama Returns Largest-Ever Gift to Donor Advertisement Supported by Tensions had publicly bubbled up in recent weeks, with Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. reportedly dictating how he wanted his $21.5 million donation spent. ByRichard Fausset June 7, 2019 Nine months ago, a Florida real estate mogul’s pledge to donate $26.5 million to the University of Alabama — the most generous gift in the school’s 188-year history — was announced with great enthusiasm and fanfare. On Friday, the money he had given so far — some $21.5 million — was unceremoniously returned via wire transfer and a campus work crew was removing the businessman’s name from the law school that had been named in his honor. The unanimous vote Friday morning by the board of trustees to return … [Read more...] about University of Alabama Returns Largest-Ever Gift to Donor
David Choi, provided by Published 9:24 am EDT, Monday, April 1, 2019 Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Project Angel Food/AP Who is Marianne Williamson? Current job: Bestselling book author, spiritual lecturer Age: 66 Family: Williamson was briefly married and has one daughter, India Emmanuelle. Hometown: Houston, Texas Political party: Democratic Previous jobs: Lecturer on matters of spirituality; meals-on-wheels Project Angel Food founder; AIDS awareness activist; author of numerous bestselling books, frequent guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Who is Marianne Williamson's direct competition for the nomination? Based on a recurring series of national surveys we conduct, we can figure out who the other candidates competing in Marianne Williamson's lane are, and who the broader opponents are within the party. Even after weeks of polling, we're really not near the sample size of Marianne Williamson name recognition where we'd be confident interpreting her performance and … [Read more...] about Marianne Williamson is running for president in 2020. Here’s everything we know about the candidate and how she stacks up against the competition.
Sunday, December 30, 2018 Women's rights and criminalizing miscarriage in Arkansas Posted By Max Brantley on Sun, Dec 30, 2018 at 9:25 AM click to enlarge RIGHTS CHALLENGED: An Arkansas case leads a series of essays on the subject in the New York Times. The New York Times editorial board has publisheda series of essays on women's medical rights and the fallout on women from the anti-abortion movements efforts to establish "personhood" at conception. An Arkansas case leads the package of articles. It concerns the pending prosecution of a Cross County woman, mother of three, who panicked after miscarrying twins and left their remains in a suitcase on a county road. She turned herself in and now faces two felony charges of abuse of a corpse, a crime that carries a three-year minimum sentence. Writes the Times: Few reasonable people could read the statute under which Keysheonna Reed is charged and not believe she is guilty of violating it — “A person commits … [Read more...] about Women’s rights and criminalizing miscarriage in Arkansas
The United States Federal Trade Commission has pledged to explore apparent "endemic" loot boxes in the video games industry, following a potential connection to child gambling. Earlier today at a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing, FTC chairman Joe Simons told the Hassan that he would be looking into the matter in an official capacity, per a report from Polygon. In a recent Congressional oversight committee hearing, Hassan once again brought up the topic of loot boxes. Now we may get some resolution to the question of "Are loot boxes a gateway to gambling?" here in the States. In her speech, Hassan talks about how regulatory bodies in other countries such as Belgium have taken steps to regulate loot boxes due to their "close link to gambling".The inquiry is mostly focused on the dangers facing children, rather than the ethical side of the argument.Why parents would sign off on these loot box purchases wasn't made clear. Critics of loot boxes fear that it's a predatory practice that … [Read more...] about FTC To Investigate Predatory Loot Box Practices Sweeping Gaming Industry