Friday, April 11, 2014

Joe Alderete was a pioneer | Last Word



In a few weeks, members of City Council will be asked to honor former Councilman Joe Alderete by naming the tennis center at Woodlawn Lake after him.

Councilman Cris Medina is pushing the honor, at the unabashed urging of Joe and his wife, Chris.

I’m against the idea, but not because Joe isn’t deserving.  I just think it’s the wrong award.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Friction Over Alamo Colleges Change | April 4, 2014



Alamo Colleges is about to replace a humanities course with a learning framework focusing on leadership strategies, including those outlined in Stephen R. Covey's book, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People."

The presidents of all five colleges in the system oppose the change, but the chancellor says it is part of a broader effort to align students' education with workforce needs.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Dan Patrick's Big Strick | Last Word



I learned in college government classes many years ago that the lieutenant governor of Texas was more powerful than the governor.

Any college professor who still teaches that notion hasn’t been paying attention.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Can We Land Tesla "GigaFactory" | March 28, 2014

Rick Casey leads a discussion on how San Antonio may be in a great position to acquire a $5 billion Tesla Motors "GigaFactory" ... an economic coup that could rival the arrival of Toyota. The GigaFactory, with up to 6,500 workers, would produce high-tech batteries for Tesla's electric vehicles. San Antonio has some sales points, but there are also some serious obstacles.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Nugent and Friedman Making Noise | Last Word



Not since Depression-era Gov. Pappy O’Daniel has a musician given Texas political pundits so much to sing about.

This week we have two political musicians in the news.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Investigation in Court Bribery | March 21, 2014



The first shoe has dropped in a bribery scandal at the Bexar County Courthouse. Lawyer Al Acevedo pleaded guilty in federal court to bribing District Judge Angus McGinty. McGinty resigned from the bench but has yet to be indicted. Meanwhile, sources tell reporters that the investigation is sweeping far wider than McGinty's court. Rick Casey is joined by those close to the investigation.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Court to Review Tom Delay's Case | Last Word



Tom Delay is back in trouble.

Do you remember Tom Delay?

I don’t blame you if you don’t. Maybe you don’t watch Dancing with the Stars.

It’s been nearly 10 years since the once powerful congressional Republican whip was indicted on money laundering charges involving a political action committee he had set up.

It took six years for prosecutors to win a conviction and a sentence of three years in prison.

But last September, a state appeals court in Austin overturned the conviction.

Two Republican justices voted to overturn the conviction, a Democratic justice to uphold it.

This week the Court of Criminal Appeals, Texas’ highest court for criminal matters, agreed to review the Austin court’s decision.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Appeal | March 14, 2014



San Antonio U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia has ruled that Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed an appeal. The lawsuit was brought by two Plano men who want to get married, and two Austin women who want Texas to recognize their out-of-state marriage. Plaintiffs Mark Phariss and Victor Holmes discuss their case.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Follow-up on Tuesday's Elections | March 7, 2014



There are a lot of lessons to be learned from Tuesday's elections, and we're here to learn them. Evan Smith, Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Tribune will join Rick Casey with a wrap up of statewide races. Express-News columnists Brian Chasnoff and Gilbert Garcia will weigh in on the impact of local contests.

Friday, March 14, 2014

One's Conflict is Another's Expertise | Last Word



Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is taking flak these days for her legal work.

She should seek counsel from San Antonio mayor and fellow Harvard Law School grad Julian Castro on what to do about it – though she might not like his advice.