Friday, April 17, 2015

Whose taxes should we cut? | Last Word

Here’s a headline for you: Class warfare breaks out in Texas Legislature.

Okay, “warfare” may be a bit of a stretch.

Class skirmish might be better, only because the stakes aren’t very high.

And it’s not between Democrats and Republicans.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Is Legislature waging war on cities? | April 10, 2015

Bills under serious consideration this year would take away the power of cities to regulate developers, payday lenders, frackers and ride-sharing companies. One bill would also impinge on the city's ability to generate revenue. Another would strip cities of their right to enact legislation without permission from the attorney general. Find out more on Texas Week.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Mayor erred on proposed resolution | Last Word

A story in the Houston Chronicle this week offered powerful evidence that Mayor Ivy Taylor is correct on one of the most contentious issues in the mayor’s race.

The story is about Uber driver Duncan Burton, who sits in the Harris County jail accused of raping one of his passengers.

It also points to an error she made.

San Antonio Mayoral Forum | April 3, 2015

The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce hosts a Mayoral Forum featuring Tommy Adkisson, Ivy R. Taylor, Leticia Van de Putte and Mike Villarreal in the KLRN Studio. The forum is moderated by Rick Casey and is being broadcasted as a one-hour Texas Week special.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

State wants to take Alamo library | March 27, 2015

A lawsuit filed by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas claims the General Land Office, along with its commissioner, George P. Bush, is trying to unlawfully take away the Alamo library collection that the group says is private property. The move comes after the Land Office decided to take a new direction in the management of the Alamo.

Friday, March 27, 2015

A good pick for the U.S. Supreme Court | Last Word

I generally avoid offering assistance to U.S. presidents.

Thousands of reporters, pundits and politicians in Washington perform that patriotic function.

But there is one area in which President Obama may need help.

The issue concerns the possibility that an opening may occur on the U.S. Supreme Court before he leaves office. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

How war against cancer is going | March 20, 2015

In our lifetime, one in two men, one in three women and one in 300 children will get some form of cancer.

Filmmaker Ken Burns has joined the war on cancer with a new project airing March 30 on KLRN, called "Cancer, the Emperor of all Maladies." Join Rick Casey as he welcomes the director of the Cancer Therapy & Research Center, Dr. Ian Thompson, to hear how the war against cancer is going.

Friday, March 20, 2015

The time a congressman punched man | Last Word

This week the Texas Senate’s State Affairs Committee approved a bill it says is designed to take politics out of the prosecution of politicians charged with corruption.

More likely, it is designed to take prosecutions out of political corruption.

The solution, says Sen. Joan Huffman, a former Houston judge who authored the bill, is to have the alleged miscreants tried in their hometowns.

I have a funny story to tell you about that, but first a bit of background.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Keeping students out of the courts | March 13, 2015

Texas prosecutes more than 100,000 students a year for truancy, twice as many as the 49 other states combined, according to a recent study. But an effort under way in San Antonio aims to divert students before they are brought into court, avoiding both hefty fines and criminal records.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Man's execution could haunt Perry | Last Word

In his quest to become president, former Gov. Rick Perry must vanquish the phantom of the cabinet department he wanted to kill – but couldn’t remember.

That was his legendary “oops!” moment.

A story in this week’s Washington Post raises the very real possibility he may have to deal with another ghost – the ghost of Cameron Todd Willingham.

Willingham is the Corsicana man who was executed in 2004 for killing his three children by setting his house on fire while they slept.

Perry’s record as governor is tightly intertwined with the Willingham saga.

A month before Willingham’s execution, Perry was sent a report by an Austin-based scientist and arson expert.

The expert, Dr. Gerald Hurst, had reviewed the evidence and the testimony presented at trial by arson investigators.

He concluded that despite the confidant testimony of two arson investigators – one local and one from the state fire marshal’s office – there was no evidence that the tragic fire was caused by arson.