Scot Lehigh: Texas pols should live up to their inspiring rhetoric

It may be an impolitic point to make at this meteorological moment, but sometimes bluntness helps clear the conceptual clouds. So here goes: The rhetoric around the Texas disaster relief effort is inspiring, but shouldn't political leaders' professed concern about their fellow citizens transcend national emergencies? Or to put it another way, why don't President Trump and the leading politicians of Texas practice what they preach? This week, Greg Abbott, Texas's governor, spoke movingly about the spirit of generosity and community on display in the Houston area's Dunkirk-like response to this natural disaster.

Former Texas Gov. Mark White dead at 77 Read Story Kirby Wilson, Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune

Mark White, a Democrat who served as the governor of Texas from 1983 to 1987, has died at the age of 77. During his time in office, White's most notable achievements came in education reform. In 1984, he signed landmark legislation that included the famous "no-pass, no play" law that said students must pass their classes to be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities.

Greg Abbott Picked a Twitter Fight With “Faithless Elector” Chris Suprun


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Donald Trump's tagline on The Apprentice , the NBC reality show that helped maintain the real estate magnate's profile as he entered the political arena, was a natural fit. It was the sort of thing that sounded authentic coming from Trump.

Senators complain CPS still hasna t checked on 500 kids, demand plan for raising caseworkers’ pay

State senators on Wednesday vented anger over Child Protective Services' continuing failure to check on thousands of potentially vulnerable children. The lawmakers pressed Gov. Greg Abbott's CPS overseer to promise to rapidly submit a plan for immediately laying eyes on more than 500 children who the agency says are "at highest risk of being abused or neglected" but haven't been visited.