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Texas National Guard Won’t Process Benefits For Married Same-Sex Couples

Today’s the first day that same-sex couples can apply for benefits from the military. But the head of the Texas National Guard says that because the Texas Constitution defines marriage as between one man and one woman only, his agency can’t process applications. He’s directed same-sex couples to go to federally run bases to file. […]

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Leading Off: 8/12/13

Did Rawlings Put Pension Fund Over Politics With Recent Board Shake Up? Rudy Bush writes about how the changes Mayor Mike Rawlings made to the police and fire pension system’s board of trustees don’t jibe with the conventional city council wisdom that you make sure you have eight allies’ votes in your pocket at all […]

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Leading Off (7/15/13)

Will Greg Abbott Be the Next Texas Governor? Apparently big political announcements in Texas need to occur within a certain distance of the Alamo. After last week’s Rick Perry announcement in San Antonio that he would not run for governor again, Attorney General Greg Abbott told a crowd of supporters in San Antonio that he […]

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Can We Finally Get Rid of Dallas ISD Single-Member Districts?

The Supreme Court’s overturning of the key provision of the Voting Rights Act may present a real opportunity for the long-suffering Dallas ISD. Our response to it should be an enthusiastic LET’S GO!! Single-member districts were ordered by the Legislature in 1973 in response to the Act. Since that time, the dysfunction of the board […]

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Leading Off (6/21/13)

Mike Miles Loses 2 More Top Dallas ISD Administrators. That makes six cabinet-level staff members who’ve left the school district since Miles became superintendent last July. These latest departures are further reason for concern, say his critics, like L. McDonald “Don” Williams. “If you bring in your own leadership team and they are going, you’re not a […]

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Insurer to Charity: Oh, You Meant Rain at the Party?

Last September’s Cattle Baron’s Ball was notable for several reasons. The big outdoor bash at Southfork Ranch in Parker marked one of the last public appearances by the late Larry “J.R.” Hagman. The annual charity event raised nearly $4 million for the American Cancer Society and its cancer-research efforts. The blowout also took place during […]

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Ryan Romo, the Highland Park Student Who Sued the Girl Who Accused Him of Rape, is Now Being Countersued For That Alleged Rape

You’ll remember that last fall an 18-year-old Highland Park High School student named Ryan Romo was charged with raping a fellow student after a concert. The grand jury declined to indict him. Then Romo’s family sued the accuser for defamation. Today we learn that accuser, a 16-year-old at the time of the alleged crime and […]

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