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Lone Star Lilliput

Mark Pulliam May 16, 2017, 3:00pm

Complacent Texas taxpayers have become captives of their rent-seeking civil servants.

Texas AFT reaches settlement with TEA commissioner on teacher evaluation requirements

David Yates May 3, 2017, 3:12pm

AUSTIN – Because of a recent settlement, there will be no mandate to use STAAR test scores or “value added” in teacher evaluation systems. Texas AFT filed suit one year ago to challenge the authority of the Texas commissioner of education—Mike Morath—to dictate how to measure student performance for the purpose of teacher appraisals.

Abbott signs anti-BDS legislation into law, action signals Texas’ support for Israel

David Yates May 2, 2017, 10:46am

AUSTIN – On May 2, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law House Bill 89, known as the Anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestments, and Sanctions) bill, which prohibits all state agencies from contracting with, and certain public funds from investing in, companies that boycott Israel.

Keep your hands off the cap, Gene Wu

The SE Texas Record May 2, 2017, 10:17am

Two weeks ago, we opined, only half-jokingly, that one of the biggest differences between conservatives and liberals – and between Republicans and Democrats – is that the former look for things that are broken, so they can fix them, and the latter do the opposite.

Texas House names building in Capitol Complex to honor president George H. W. Bush.

David Yates May 1, 2017, 1:43pm

AUSTIN - The Texas House of Representatives on Thursday voted overwhelmingly in favor of HCR 141, by Representative Jim Murphy (Houston) directing the Texas Facilities Commission to name a building at 1801 Congress Avenue after the 41st President of the United States, George H.

Blended learning in a 21st-century classroom

State Sen. Larry Taylor May 1, 2017, 1:36pm

In the early 1980s, students in a high school classroom banged away at IBM Selectric typewriters while a few others across the hall shared time on a Commodore 64 personal computer.

Hail yes, lawsuit reform protects consumers

Hazel Meaux Apr. 27, 2017, 11:09am

First, we get hit with high-intensity storms that pummeled parts of our state in previous weeks with large hail. Next, we get soaked by storm-chasing personal injury lawyers looking to line their pockets. Texas is taking a pounding, and it’s time for the Texas Legislature to do their part to stop it. Since we can’t control the weather, let’s tackle abusive hail storm lawsuits and enact smart reforms.

Bill seeking to inflate Texas’ med-mal cap first of its kind

David Yates Apr. 24, 2017, 2:56pm

AUSTIN – Since the courts were apparently no help, those wishing to inflate Texas’ medical malpractice cap on non-economic damages are now turning to the state legislature.

3-D Mammography: A Technology Texas Women Deserve

Dr. Stephen Rose Apr. 4, 2017, 11:39am

A new bill in front of the Texas State Legislature would change women’s lives, drastically.

Groups awaiting latest decision regarding the long-contested voter photo ID law

Tricia Erickson Mar. 16, 2017, 8:50am

AUSTIN – Groups and individuals suing the state recently presented evidence in a hearing to determine whether or not the voting ID law, also known as SB 14, was enacted in 2011 with discriminatory intent.

'There are no wrongful births.'

The SE Texas Record Mar. 6, 2017, 5:39pm

When does an infant in the womb become a potential burden?

Let's keep Texas exceptional!

The SE Texas Record Feb. 21, 2017, 11:53am

When he succeeded Rick Perry as governor, Greg Abbott promised to perpetuate his positive policies of “lower taxes, less regulation, and more job creation.” “Texas will continue to be a pro-business state because of legislative reforms,” he said at the time, at a meeting with Texas congressional leaders from the Greater Houston area.

Barratry charge surfaces in Hidalgo County, hail lawyer accused of using contractors to secure agreement

David Yates Feb. 10, 2017, 1:32pm

HIDALGO COUNTY – A Mission physician recently hit an area lawyer with a barratry lawsuit, accusing the hail attorney of obtaining a contingency fee agreement through soliciting contractors – contractors who allegedly left the doctor’s commercial property in shambles once the money ran dry.

Best Lawyers names Chip Ferguson ‘Lawyer of the Year’

David Yates Jan. 26, 2017, 12:00pm

BEAUMONT – Attorney Paul ‘Chip’ Ferguson has been named “Lawyer of the Year” in Plaintiffs’ Product Liability Law by Best Lawyers.

Racial Quotas at the Texas Bar Are Illegal and Unwise

Mark Pulliam Dec. 29, 2016, 11:51am

No white males need apply for an opening on the state bar’s board. Those seats are reserved for minorities.

Tyler attorneys offer free injury claim self-help book

Mike Helenthal Nov. 9, 2016, 11:36am

TYLER – Two local attorneys say they have received significant responses to their offer of a free book they wrote and published last year called “Tips for Handling Your Own Minor Injury Claim.”

Appeal possible against injunction barring transgender students from using bathroom of preference

Dawn Geske Nov. 8, 2016, 11:37am

AUSTIN – A national injunction put in place in August prohibiting transgender students from using the bathroom that they identify likely will be appealed.

Texas AG challenges sex change procedure rule change

Mike Helenthal Sep. 16, 2016, 9:10am

WICHITA FALLS -- The state of Texas has filed a federal complaint on behalf of religiously affiliated healthcare providers and four states regarding a rule change in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that forces them to offer specific services to patients seeking sex change procedures.

Competing attorneys trade claims of unethical conduct in barratry statute battle

Carrie Salls Aug. 19, 2016, 9:03am

HOUSTON – Two Texas brothers, the subject of a lawsuit alleging violations of the state’s criminal barratry statute, claim the plaintiffs have ties to a competitor who directed them to make phone calls in an effort to secretly record alleged violations.

Texas voter ID changes address minorities' access issues

Carrie Salls Aug. 16, 2016, 10:34am

AUSTIN – A federal district court entered an order to ease Texas’s strict photo identification law and allow voters without ID to cast a regular ballot this November.