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Sunday 05/31/2015
Capitol update: Disaster recovery, finalizing the budget
Posted: May 31, 2015 - 6:00 am

At midnight on June 1, the 84th regular session of the Texas Legislature will gavel to a close. A great deal of activity has taken place over the past two weeks, with both the House and Senate passing important legislation before the approaching deadline.

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Sunday 05/17/2015
VanDeaver’s overview on upcoming legislation
Posted: May 17, 2015 - 6:30 am

Two weeks remain in our regular session of the Texas Legislature. This update presents an overview of important legislation supporting area junior colleges and universities, improving K-12 public education and protecting human life.

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Sunday 05/03/2015
Tax cuts, budget transparency and public education
Posted: May 03, 2015 - 6:30 am

We are entering the home stretch at the Texas Capitol. The House continues to pass several important bills, while others work their way through the legislative process. Over the past two weeks, the House passed a landmark tax cut package, enacted new transparency measures for the budgeting process, and we continue to make progress on education reform bills.

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Wednesday 04/29/2015
Autism is a journey like any other
Posted: April 29, 2015 - 10:47 am

We don’t know how strong we are until being strong is all we have.

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Wednesday 04/22/2015
What does the summer blockbuster season look like?
Posted: April 22, 2015 - 11:28 am

The 2015 “Summer Blockbuster” season started early this year with the March release of “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” and “Furious 7” in April. But look what’s headed your way. They may not win any Oscars, but they hold lots of promise for a healthy box office.

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Monday 04/20/2015
Tax cut plans, the Second Amendment and public education
Posted: April 20, 2015 - 11:22 am

As we enter the final six weeks of the 84th Texas Legislature, the House is in full swing. The big news over the past two weeks has been a proposed tax cut plan and Governor Greg Abbott’s pre-K plan, and the House is considering legislation to protect the Second Amendment and reform our state’s school finance system.

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Sunday 04/05/2015
A conservative state budget and improving public education
Posted: April 05, 2015 - 6:00 am

I hope you and your family share a joyful Easter holiday and safe travels. Pam and I will enjoy spending the weekend with our daughters before I return to Austin to resume work at the capitol. Several important developments took place over the past two weeks in Austin.

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Tuesday 03/10/2015
Sibling rivalry. Oh, brother!
Posted: March 10, 2015 - 9:51 am

Sibling rivalry has never been a matter of concern for me or for my “older” brother, Fred.

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Friday 02/20/2015
History not just a month
Posted: February 20, 2015 - 11:59 am

Black people don’t have a history separate from other races.  There is no such thing as black history. If it occurred in America, it’s American history.

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Friday 02/13/2015
Finish what they started
Posted: February 13, 2015 - 12:01 pm

An old man traveling a lone highway, came at evening, cold and gray, to a chasm vast and deep and wide. Through which was flowing a sullen tide. The old man crossed in the twilight dim, for the sullen stream held no fears for him. But he turned when he reached the other side, and builded a bridge to span the tide.

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