Texas House of Reps

Texas Open Carry Goes to Conference Committee

While HB 910, the Texas open carry bill, is certainly not dead, it’s future was placed into uncertainty by a bit of maneuvering on what has been called the “Dutton Amendment”, which would prohibit police from stopping someone openly carrying a handgun to ask for their permit. As a general rule, police must have reasonable… Read more »

flood

Recovering From The Flood

While my wife and I were very fortunate to not suffer any flood damage, there are many people who have lost lives or suffered property damage due to the flooding that spread across Texas on Monday and Tuesday.  As we always do when weather related events like this occur, Texans everywhere are taking surveying the… Read more »

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Alabama Proposes to Eliminate Marriage Licenses

I have long wondered how we got to the point where the state “authorizes” a cleric to perform a marriage.  For many, marriage has a religious connotation – for many Christians, it is either sacramental in nature or a sacrament itself. For others, marriage is a contractual relationship between two people.  Historically, this was primarily… Read more »

memorial day

The Solemn Meaning of Memorial Day

On this day, we remember all members of the United States Armed Forces that sacrificed their lives for our country.  This makes it quite distinct from Veterans Day, which is set aside to remember everyone, living or deceased, that have served in this country’s military. The sacrifice of one’s life for his or her fellow… Read more »

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Is Bernie Sanders’ Free College Proposal Feasible?

I happened to watch Fareed Zakaria GPS on CNN this morning (apparently Meet the Press was pre-empted locally in Houston by various sporting events) and caught a story about a proposal from Vermont Senator and Democratic candidate for President Bernie Sanders to provide a free college education to all.  Sounds great, right?  No more student… Read more »

Open Carry Close to Reality in Texas

The Texas Senate last night passed a modified version of a House bill that allows for the open carry of handguns in Texas.  A review of House Bill 910 reveals that this is achieved in a relatively simple manner – just remove references to “concealed” handguns in most statutes, provide for training specifically in the… Read more »

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Weakened Local Control in Texas

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, one element of Catholic social justice theory that I find very instructive is subsidiarity.  If you’re interested in reading more about subsidiarity, here is a good primer.  On the other hand, for the more visually inclined, here is a good short video on the concept: In Texas, with… Read more »

I hate tea

Parties Hocking Divisive Wares

  Yes, I realize these sorts of things are popular with the partisan crowds, but these do nothing to invite centrists or independents into the fold.  Where’s the leadership here? For once, I’d like to see one of the two major parties take a stand and say, “Yes, we realize we can raise a ton… Read more »

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The U.S. Senate as Centrist Outpost

One of my major pet peeves about U.S. politics has long been the power of legislatures to set district boundaries for U.S. House districts and state legislative districts.  Essentially, the party in power at the time of redistricting gets the added bonus of further entrenching their own power.  The subject of redistricting deserves its own… Read more »

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My Catholic Faith and My Politics

Prior to attending the University of St. Thomas in Houston, I knew very little about the Catholic faith.  I recall the first time I met someone I knew to be Catholic in elementary school, and wondered “If they’re Roman, how did they get here?”  My knowledge of Catholicism didn’t expand much beyond that point through… Read more »

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  • Texas House of Reps

    Texas Open Carry Goes to Conference Committee

    While HB 910, the Texas open carry bill, is certainly not dead, it’s future was placed into uncertainty by a bit of maneuvering on what has been called the “Dutton Amendment”, which would prohibit police from stopping someone openly carrying a handgun to ask for their permit. As a general rule, police must have reasonable… Read more »

  • flood

    Recovering From The Flood

    While my wife and I were very fortunate to not suffer any flood damage, there are many people who have lost lives or suffered property damage due to the flooding that spread across Texas on Monday and Tuesday.  As we always do when weather related events like this occur, Texans everywhere are taking surveying the… Read more »

  • 6397849549_e512e3fb07_o (1)

    Alabama Proposes to Eliminate Marriage Licenses

    I have long wondered how we got to the point where the state “authorizes” a cleric to perform a marriage.  For many, marriage has a religious connotation – for many Christians, it is either sacramental in nature or a sacrament itself. For others, marriage is a contractual relationship between two people.  Historically, this was primarily… Read more »

  • memorial day

    The Solemn Meaning of Memorial Day

    On this day, we remember all members of the United States Armed Forces that sacrificed their lives for our country.  This makes it quite distinct from Veterans Day, which is set aside to remember everyone, living or deceased, that have served in this country’s military. The sacrifice of one’s life for his or her fellow… Read more »

  • 16307452547_40cc3337ea_k

    Is Bernie Sanders’ Free College Proposal Feasible?

    I happened to watch Fareed Zakaria GPS on CNN this morning (apparently Meet the Press was pre-empted locally in Houston by various sporting events) and caught a story about a proposal from Vermont Senator and Democratic candidate for President Bernie Sanders to provide a free college education to all.  Sounds great, right?  No more student… Read more »

  • Open Carry Close to Reality in Texas

    The Texas Senate last night passed a modified version of a House bill that allows for the open carry of handguns in Texas.  A review of House Bill 910 reveals that this is achieved in a relatively simple manner – just remove references to “concealed” handguns in most statutes, provide for training specifically in the… Read more »

  • publicherald_oklahoma_fracking_aljazeera

    Weakened Local Control in Texas

    As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, one element of Catholic social justice theory that I find very instructive is subsidiarity.  If you’re interested in reading more about subsidiarity, here is a good primer.  On the other hand, for the more visually inclined, here is a good short video on the concept: In Texas, with… Read more »

  • I hate tea

    Parties Hocking Divisive Wares

      Yes, I realize these sorts of things are popular with the partisan crowds, but these do nothing to invite centrists or independents into the fold.  Where’s the leadership here? For once, I’d like to see one of the two major parties take a stand and say, “Yes, we realize we can raise a ton… Read more »

  • US_Senate_Chamber_c1873

    The U.S. Senate as Centrist Outpost

    One of my major pet peeves about U.S. politics has long been the power of legislatures to set district boundaries for U.S. House districts and state legislative districts.  Essentially, the party in power at the time of redistricting gets the added bonus of further entrenching their own power.  The subject of redistricting deserves its own… Read more »