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12
Dec
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Texas Press Association

Capital Highlights

Governor proclaims results in constitutional amendment election

AUSTIN — Before voterapproved amendments to the Texas Constitution are set in stone, it is the governor’s duty to publicly proclaim the results of the election.

On Dec. 4, Gov. Greg Abbott posted such a proclamation, having first certified the tabulation prepared by the Texas secretary of state, the state’s chief election officer.

In his proclamation, Abbott listed the nine of 10 proposed amendments that passed in the Nov. 5 constitutional amendment election. The one that did not pass, and therefore not included in the proclamation, was Proposition 1, the proposed constitutional amendment allowing a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.

Thu
12
Dec
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Views from Around the Panhandle

For those of you familiar with Steven Wright, these sayings of his will make you laugh. He is a comedian who has been around for years and is famous for his deep, monotone, deadpan comedic style.

So if you haven’t ever heard him speak, just imagine someone with a deep, apathetic voice as you go over these. They are too funny not to share.

The Quotes of Steven Wright

1. I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.

2. Borrow money from pessimists—they don’t expect it back.

 

 

 

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12
Dec
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Outrageous Outrage

by Jackie Gingrich Cushman

In today's narrative-driven, social media-focused world, it's easy to slip into outrageous outrage. Let's take last week's social media commotion over a Peloton commercial that, according to Bloomberg News reporter Joshua Fineman, led to a drop in stock price.

The commercial, titled "The Gift That Gives Back," begins with a woman walking into a living room with a young child. It's Christmas morning, and she received a Peloton, the stationary bicycle that starts at $2,245. The 30-second advertisement shows snippets of a video diary created by the woman over the course of the following year.

Thu
28
Nov
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A Welcome Pause…

A Welcome Pause…

The Idle American

It is a simple request, embodied in a one-syllable, five-letter word. Yet, it is potentially sobering, whether perused by an individual, or considered by an entire nation, or even the world.

Whoever penned it likely had no clue that its message should be implemented beyond the walls of Chick-fil-A to a world spinning insanely fast, with little thought to abrupt stops that could occur at any moment.

Maybe, just maybe, the word on a sign posted before one reaches the counter for ordering could have farreaching results. Atop a stanchion for patrons next in line to order is the modest request: “PAUSE.”…

 

 

 

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Thu
28
Nov
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Thankful for Inefficiencies

The political world is mired in must-watch political impeachment theater in Washington, with a second focus on last week's Democratic presidential primary debate in Atlanta.

But with those two sideshows going, the world continues to spin. People get up and go to work; students go to school; mothers and fathers care for their children; people go to church and volunteer in their communities. This has led me to think about the incredible resilience of our government, and how thankful I am that I was born in our great nation.

Thu
28
Nov
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Capitol Highlights

Capitol Highlights

Texas Press Association

State’s chief election officer works to head

off election

misinformation

AUSTIN — Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs announced ahead of the 2020 primary and general elections that her office will join fellow members of the National Association of Secretaries of State in #Trusted Info2020, a social mediabased education effort to prevent misinformation.

Hughs encouraged Texans to look to their state and local elections officials as the trusted sources of election information. “The upcoming 2020 elections will be historic and unlike any before,” said Hughs.

 

 

 

 

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Sun
24
Nov
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An Imperfect World…

The Idle American

This would be a terrible time for the meek to inherit the earth.

However, it would be a sobering time to acknowledge that TV revenue to major university football programs has greatly changed views on what intercollegiate athletics are supposed to be.

It would be great if our nation were swept by a burning desire to claim the oftquoted line penned by the late Grantland Rice a full century ago….

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Dubbed “the dean of American sportswriters,” Rice isn’t mentioned much these days. His words once viewed as immortal, but generally are disregarded these days. You probably remember the poem. If you don’t—or if you need a poetic refresher—his words were these:

“For when the One great scorer comes, to mark against your name, He writes not that you won or lost, but how you played the game.”…

 

Sun
24
Nov
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Climate Myths

"How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood!" insisted teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg at the United Nations. "We are in the beginning of a mass extinction!" Many people say that we're destroying the Earth. It all sounds so scary. But I've been a consumer reporter for years, and I've covered so many scares: plague, famine, overpopulation, SARS, West Nile virus, bird flu, radiation from cellphones, flesh-eating bacteria, killer bees, etc. The list of terrible things that were going to get us is very long. Yet we live longer than ever. Now I'm told global warming is different. The Earth's average temperature is rising. It's risen 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880. The U.N. predicts it will rise another 2 to 5 degrees this century. If that happens, that will create problems. But does that justify what's being said? "We have 12 years to act!" says Joe Biden. "The world is going to end in 12 years if we don't address climate change!" adds Rep.

Thu
21
Nov
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Will Democrats in 2020 Again 'Fall in Love'?

There are large historical differences between America's two major political parties in how they choose their presidential nominees.

Consider this: Since 1952, there have been 11 presidential elections where there wasn't a Republican president running for reelection. In 10 of those 11, the Republican candidate who led in the major polls in the year before the election went on to win the presidential nomination.

The lone exception -- ironically, given today's headlines -- was former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani who inexplicably chose to skip the first 2008 tests in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina to stumble into Florida and withdraw from the race.

Another tradition of GOP voters (which they disregarded in 2016 when nominating now-President Donald Trump) has been to nominate the candidate whose "turn it was."

 

 

 

 

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21
Nov
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Texas Press Association

Texas Press Association Capital Highlights

Federal funds to

assist county in buying out flood-prone

properties

AUSTIN — Land Commissioner George P. Bush on Nov. 14 announced the Texas General Land Office’s approval of $21,155,575 in Hurricane Harvey funds for Fort Bend County to conduct a buyout program.

In the late summer of 2017, record-heavy rainfall brought by Hurricane Harvey catastrophically flooded streets and homes. Fort Bend County will use the funds to conduct a buyout program targeting approximately 100 homes most vulnerable to flooding.

The funds come from a much larger pool of federal assistance. Bush was appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to lead Hurricane Harvey housing recovery efforts funded by $5.7 billion in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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