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In Texas Legislature, winners, losers abound after 170 days of lawmaking
Austin American-Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Texas Legislature's adjournment Wednesday proved acrimonious, with lawmakers pointing fingers at one another over their 170 days of legislating under the Pink Dome. By Thursday, people on both sides of an assortment of issues began spinning the results of Texas' 82nd biennial festival of lawmaking, politicking, arguing, cajoling and speechifying. Winners and losers abound. More

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Case-Shiller: Home prices in 20 US cities fall by most in 17 months
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Home prices decreased in the year ended April by the most in 17 months, showing the housing market remains an obstacle for the U.S. recovery. The S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values in 20 cities fell 4 percent from April 2010, the biggest drop since November 2009, the group said today in New York. From March to April, prices fell 0.1 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis, the smallest decline since July 2010. More

State's top leaders walk off as winners
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They got their bumper sticker message. While public school teachers, higher education officials, physicians' organizations and advocates for the poor may deem the 82nd Texas Legislature a disaster, the state's top three leaders walk away from the just completed 170-day marathon as clear winners. They achieved a sales pitch for their next campaigns that easily can be read and understood at the average traffic stop: A balanced budget, no new taxes. More

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Editorial: Windstorm changes must help Texas consumers
Beaumont Enterprise    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It took a special session to do it, but the Legislature finally overhauled the state's creaky windstorm insurance program. Now those same legislators and other state officials must monitor the revamped agency to see that it delivers the improvements needed. The biggest change requires mediation before lawsuits for homeowners who disagree with the windstorm agency about payments after claims. This revision was needed because too many cases were ending up in our already clogged courts and thus keeping many property owners in limbo for months or years. More

Opinion: A suicidal circular firing squad
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We all knew it was going to be a nasty session. How could it be avoided while facing a monumental deficit and no new sources of cash, and the only two pots of money big enough to impact the shortfall involve education for children, medical care for the poor and nursing home care for the middle class? But in the end, the nastiness did not come from the severe budget cuts. It came from a couple of mostly symbolic sideshows. More

Editorial: Texans can't afford not to conserve water
Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Every large body of water in the state of Texas was crafted by engineers and man-made dams with the exception of Caddo Lake in East Texas. The lakes were created as surface holding tanks for water needed to quench the thirsts of parched Texans and power the engines of industry as well as for flood control. Many, like Lake Arlington, are important for hydroelectric production. They are also recreational assets for water sport enthusiasts, anglers, boaters and others. More

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Texas governor wages own battle along border
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The federal government claims the southwest border is more secure than it's ever been. There are more agents and barriers, more choppers, drones, sensors and hi-tech cameras than ever before. Yet, state officials in Texas maintain the illegal flow of people and drugs is worse than ever — proof, they say, the border is out of control. To back up his rhetoric, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has declared his own war on the traffickers. More

Perry backers scope out Iowa straw poll
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Some of the people who want Gov. Rick Perry to run for president want to establish a presence at the Ames Straw Poll on Aug. 13, the Des Moines Register reports. Bob Schuman, an organizer with Americans for Rick Perry, told the newspaper: "We intend to have some kind of impact at the straw poll. We just don't know what that is yet, but we're working on it." More
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