Monday, May 23, 2016

Going after cyber bullies

An Alamo Heights student committed suicide last January after months of Internet taunts and insults – enough that law enforcement officials investigated the case as possible cyber bullying.

Last week, District Attorney Nico LaHood said no indictments would be sought because of a lack of evidence under current laws. State Sen. Jose Menendez says he wants to fix that in the next legislative session.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Transgenders using bathrooms is not the problem

This may surprise Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, but transgendered Texans have been using the bathrooms of their choice for a long time.

So how many assaults of innocent girls has this resulted in?

The Charlotte Observer, in the overheated state of North Carolina, recently conducted a thorough PolitiFact investigation into the question.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Two Democrats in runoff to challenge sheriff

Four years ago, Republican Susan Pamerleau won election as the first female sheriff in Bexar County. She had no opponent in the Republican primary. Now two Democrats are in a runoff to challenge Pamerleau in November.

Early voting begins Monday and election day is a week from Tuesday. Both Democrats are veteran law enforcement officers and they are here this week to talk about the race.

Friday, May 13, 2016

How Uber and Lyft blew it in Austin

I confess I was as surprised as anyone at Donald Trump winning the Republican presidential nomination.

Had I been a consultant to Bush or Cruz or any of the others in the herd that began the campaign last year I would have offered the conventional advice: Ignore the guy.

He’s going to step on his tongue once too often and disappear.

It seemed like such a safe prediction.

But my surprise at Trump’s success is tempered by the fact that I don’t regard myself as particularly knowledgable on national political dynamics.

I remind myself regularly that on election eve in 1980 I predicted Mondale over Reagan.

But after watching Texas politics for 50 years, I do think I understand its political currents.

So I was even more surprised this week when the citizens of Austin told ride sharing companies Uber and Lyft they could take a hike.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Candidates to fill McClendon’s House seat

When Ruth Jones McClendon took early retirement from her long-held state representative seat late last year due to health problems, six candidates threw their hats in the ring to replace her. Early voting starts soon for a run-off between two survivors — Barbara Gervin-Hawkins and Mario Salas. Hear from both about the issues in the campaign.