Friday, February 27, 2015

Pay council members a decent salary | Last Word



So it looks like we San Antonians are going to decide whether we will give our mayor and City Council members a raise - from the weekly insult of $20 they now get.

The council members for the nation’s seventh largest city would make almost as much as the mayor’s secretaries.

The mayor would make almost as much as an account executive at the city’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Feb. 20, 2015 | Implications from latest runoffs



San Antonio has a new state senator and a new state representative, and there’s still one more special election needed to complete our local legislative team. Meanwhile, 12 people have signed up to run for mayor of San Antonio, virtually assuring there will be another runoff election in our future. Political consultants Christian Archer and Kelton Morgan join us.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Texas shifting on vaccinations | Last Word

Liberals have long said the state prayer of Texas should be, “Thank God for Mississippi.”

The reason: In many categories of liberals’ concern, Mississippi is what stood in the way of Texas ranking last.

But when it comes to the currently hot issue of childhood vaccinations, Mississippi is at the head of the class.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Efforts mounted to keep Uber here | Feb. 13, 2015



Popular ride-sharing company Uber says it will cease operations here March 1 unless the city changes a new ordinance.

Mayor Ivy Taylor and some other council members have, in effect, suggested they not let the door hit them on the backside. But efforts – led by business leaders, two new council members and County Judge Nelson Wolff – are being mounted to halt enforcement of the new regulations.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Texas runoff harks back to 1-party state | Last Word



The wild and woolly race for Leticia Van de Putte’s seat in the Texas Senate is both a throwback to Lone Star days of old and a Texas test of a new election reform in California.

Because this is a special election, the first round was not a pair of separate primaries for Democrats and Republicans.

It was, in effect, an “open primary,” open to Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens and even Whigs.

But this particular race is in a district that leans Democrat.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Issues in Texas Senate seat runoff | Feb. 6, 2015



On Monday, San Antonio voters will begin heading to the polls once again. That’s when early voting begins for the Texas House and Texas Senate seats. Rick Casey discusses issues with the two Senate candidates – state representatives Trey Martinez Fischer and Jose Menendez.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Open carrying of handguns on fast track | Last Word



The open carrying of handguns in Texas is now on the fast track, at least in the state Senate.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was whacked upside the head last week when he suggested there weren’t enough votes in the Senate.

The folks who want to take us back to frontier days branded Patrick a traitor for being so passive in his pursuit of well-armed liberty.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Texas House seat 123 runoff election | Jan. 30, 2015



With Republican Nunzio Previtera facing Democrat Diego Bernal in a runoff election Feb. 17, to see who will fill Texas House seat 123, we take a look at the issues.

Friday, January 30, 2015

A Super Bowl controversy | Last Word



The controversy at the only Super Bowl I ever attended, in 2004, had nothing to do with deflated balls.

It involved singer Janet Jackson’s breast.

You remember the most famous “wardrobe malfunction” in sports history.

It was when Justin Timberlake tore Jackson’s dress, exposing even more of her than NFL cheerleaders show.

Except to call it a “malfunction” is suspect.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

New DA's triumphs, controversies | Jan. 23, 2015



New District Attorney Nico LaHood has convinced a unanimous Commissioners Court to give him $1.4 million to hire 13 more staff attorneys and announced he is considering a policy change that would make life a little easier for marijuana smokers and others charged with low-level crimes. This week, LaHood joins Rick Casey to discuss plans.