Friday, November 21, 2014

Agency chooses politics over evidence | Last Word

In these days of political discord, it’s gratifying to smell the rare scent of unanimity.

According to the Express-News this week the mayors of all seven cities in neighboring Guadalupe County and the county commissioners from Guadalupe, Wilson and Gonzales counties all agree on one thing.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Upgrading historic Alamo Plaza | Nov. 14, 2014

Through the years more plans probably have been developed for improving the Alamo site than there were heroes who died there. But coming up with funds has typically faced odds as long as those faced by Travis and company. Now City Councilman Diego Bernal, who co-chairs the latest committee to come up with plans, says $22 million may be available. Hear what he says can be done.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Religious freedoms vs. religious rights | Last Word

State Sen. Donna Campbell, whose district includes a good portion of San Antonio, this week filed legislation aimed at passing an amendment to the state constitution protecting the religious rights of Texans.

The language is almost identical to legislation she filed two years ago.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Local and state impacts from election | Nov. 7, 2014

In our special after-election program, we’re joined by two political strategists, Christian Archer and Kelton Morgan, to analyze the local results of this week’s election. Then Evan Smith and Ross Ramsey with the Texas Tribune join us for a look at the statewide impact.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Wendy Davis’ infamous wheelchair ad | Last Word

Political campaigns are often not compatible with calm, rational discussion, so I decided to wait to take up the wheelchair topic.

Yes, I’m talking about Wendy Davis’ infamous wheelchair ad.

The ad caused a firestorm, and not exclusively from Abbott supporters.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Gallego and Hurd talk off air | Texas Week EXTRA

Congressional District 23 is the eight largest in the nation, stretching 500 miles from San Antonio to El Paso. Incumbent Democratic Congressman Pete Gallego and Republican challenger Will Hurd talked to Rick Casey about issues for 16 minutes. But a district as big as 23 needs more time for discussion. So here is a video presenting an additional 16 minutes of what they said off the air.

Hurd takes on Gallego | Oct. 24, 2014

Texas has 36 congressional districts, but the Legislature has drawn them so efficiently that only one is considered competitive in this election. As a result, that race has drawn millions in outside advertising. Republican challenger Will Hurd, a former CIA agent, is taking on freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego to represent District 23, which runs from San Antonio to El Paso.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Payday lender finds himself in court | Last Word

The Houston Chronicle reported this week that Gary Elkins has been charged with violating the city’s ordinance covering payday lenders.

Houston officials aren’t taking it personally.

They’re aware that Elkins has already been charged with the same offense in Dallas and San Antonio.

It’s not what you call a major crime.

Punishment doesn’t include prison or even jail. It maxes out at $500 a day per violation.

Two things make the story newsworthy.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wolff and Soules square off | Oct. 17, 2014

When Carlton Soules quit his seat on the San Antonio City Council to run against County Judge Nelson Wolff, the election was expected to be a referendum on VIA's controversial street car project, which Judge Wolff strongly supported. Since then, in the wake of a massive petition drive, Judge Wolff agreed to pull the plug. Soules has always said there are other issues. We meet with both candidates.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Time to shut down Texas Lotto | Last Word

Last week a legislative committee took up the question of whether Texas should abolish the state lottery.

If you haven’t been paying attention, the suggestion sounds outrageous.

Doesn’t the Lottery bring in billions of dollars and isn’t it a major source of funding for our public schools?

The answer is yes and no.