The young man’s name was Juan. He was seated across from me in the airport terminal in Harlingen,Texas. Harlingen is a city in the Rio Grande Valley, along the Texas southern border. Once upon a time, Ronald Reagan stoked the...
Every legislative session is different. With such a big state, we never know what challenges we will have to address. This past session, addressing the impact the coronavirus pandemic had on our economy, our schools, our healthcare system, and...
A year ago, the economy had begun to stabilize after two months of cataclysmic decline due to COVID-19 and the massive response. Almost overnight, millions of jobs disappeared, and an economy in the midst of a record-shattering expansion suddenly...
Bipartisanship is a rare occurrence in Washington, D.C. these days. Listening to cable news or opening Twitter, you’d wonder if anyone can ever agree on anything.   That’s what makes the broad consensus to address methane pollution so remarkable. Major...
Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently held a press conference to announce his plans for the State of Texas to build a physical border wall with state taxpayer dollars. He also indicated a new approach to charge immigrants and asylum...
This week we all welcomed our new mayor, Javier Villalobos, as he assumed the mantle of responsibility for our city. While the race for the mayorship has ended, unlike other races, now the work begins. When you run a marathon,...
This week, Vice President Kamala Harris visited Guatemala and Mexico in her first trip abroad. The diplomatic visit came on the heels of Mexico’s largest election in history, widely seen as a referendum of the first half of López Obrador’s...
Professional growth is the cornerstone of the college experience. For college students developing their skills through internships, professional growth often relies on the employer’s capacity to provide comprehensive experiences involving networking and leadership development. At the College Scholarship Leadership Access...
On Monday, the Texas Legislature adjourned the 87th Regular Session. Since we only meet for 140 days every-odd numbered year there are always many issues to address.  We started this session in January to address the impact the Coronavirus pandemic...
The recent legislative session will not soon be forgotten. The focus was perpetually on anything but initiatives required to move Texas forward. Some high profile measures stalled but will no doubt resurface; others passed. Whether it was making voting more...

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