CAN’T TRUST IT: HOW RICK PERRY’S ACTIONS CONTRADICT HIS WORDS

I have found that explaining why more African-Americans are not card carrying members of the Republican Party to be one of the most difficult things I am called upon to explain. To the logical mind, it seems that the two are a perfect match. The Republican Party’s message of socially responsible individualism, hard work, and…

Top 10% of Community College Students

AUSTIN – State Representative Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) filed House Bill 3384 to grant the top 10% of community college students who achieve junior standing automatic acceptance at Texas public universities. The program would mirror the current top 10% admissions program for graduating Texas high school students. “Community college degree programs offer a critical opportunity at…

Capitol Report – 84th Legislature

Governor Abbott List Early Education as His Top Priority Earlier this year, The 84th Texas Legislature convened in Austin. For the first 60 days, the Texas Constitution prohibits bills from being considered by either the full House or Senate. During this time, members are busy setting up their offices, hiring staff, filing legislation and getting…

$55 MILLION PROJECT TO HARRIS COUNTY FOR THE FLOOD DAMAGE REDUCTION PROJECT

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee recently announced $55 million for the Greens Bayou Flood Damage Reduction Project, which will reduce flooding impacts in the 212-square mile Greens Bayou watershed. Following catastrophic flooding from Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 and major thunder storms in 2002, the Greenspoint District organized area leaders and businesses, and invited Harris County…

DOJ to investigate Texas’ Truancy Laws

Austin – Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) sent a letter to United States Attorney General Eric Holder requesting that the Department of Justice (DOJ) begin an investigation into racial disparities concerning the application of Texas’ truancy laws. In particular, Sen. Ellis drew attention to Fort Bend ISD, which is in his senatorial district. From his letter:…

Concerns with Predatory Lending

Austin – Representative Senfronia Thompson filed legislation to help prevent consumers from going into deeper financial debt while trying to pay off their payday or title loan. “In an attempt to curb the abuse some lenders commit against working class Texans, while not cutting off access to these loans that are needed from time to…

Stephen A. Smith’s Failed Attempt at Political Commentary

One of the most discussed issues in African-American political circles is a question regarding if Blacks should be as wedded to the Democratic Party as they have been for the past half-century. The latest public personality to address this situation is ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith. It would be gross understatement to posit that Smith fails…