The Secretary of State’s Elections Division on Oct. 31 posted early voting turnouts for each of the state’s 15 highest-population counties: Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, Bexar, Travis, Collin, Denton, El Paso, Fort Bend, Hidalgo, Montgomery, Williamson, Galveston, Nueces and Cameron.
Of the 8,978,313 registered voters in those counties, 1,715,731 voted early in person or by mail. That’s a 19.11 percent cumulative early voting percentage. To compare with the last midterm election, in 2010, the cumulative early voting total for those 15 counties was 1,731,589 ballots cast out of 8,339,034 registered voters, or 20.76 percent of the total.… Read the rest
Are you as tired as I of the negativity and hyperbole of the election season? Thankfully, we can soon move on to what’s next. Something that amazes me is how those who come in second (a much nicer term than “losers”) congratulate and commit to work with those whom they have spent the past months vilifying. I guess they are hoping that their controversial and accusatory statements will be forgotten and they will still have a place at the table.… Read the rest
It was like any other late Sunday night: I was eating in my favorite chair, watching British comedies on PBS.
Historically, TV and eating go together in my family.
While we were far from independently wealthy, my dad made sure of two things: We always ate good and we always had a decent TV.
(Well, actually, Dad made sure of three things: “Don’t stand in front of the TV when the Cowboys were on.”)… Read the rest
I recently enjoyed a brief conversation with a “seasoned” pastor, in which we acknowledged our common experience of needing to be wise in how we budget our energy at this stage in life. We can’t do everything we did when we were young bucks in the ministry.
Our experience is not unique to pastors. It is probably true of every person in leadership, but the life of a pastor is what I know best.… Read the rest
While I was doing intensive research on the military in Fort Worth for my book Arsenal of Defense, I faithfully attended meetings of a local B-36 Peacemaker Association. A few years ago some members of the group- – retired aircraft workers from General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin) and from Carswell, Air Force Base (now the Naval Air Station Fort Worth) – donated nearly 50,000 work hours and restored a B-36 airplane.… Read the rest
Polls continued to show Republican candidates ahead in top-of-ballot races as Texas moved closer to the Oct. 31 early voting deadline before Election Day, Nov. 4.
Political campaigns continued to work feverishly across Texas, knocking on doors, holding rallies, robocalling, planting signs, flooding mailboxes and barraging email accounts.
Gubernatorial candidates state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, and Republican state Attorney General Greg Abbott, with their multi-million dollar advertising budgets, redoubled their appeals to television viewers. Abbott, ahead in the fundraising competition to fuel their respective campaigns in the closing days, and Davis were to report their campaign cash on hand totals to the Texas Ethics Commission on Oct.… Read the rest
Sometimes an event occurs that can rattle the foundations of small towns.
That’s what has happened with the eight-year sentence given to Travis Reed, a captain in the Briar Fire Department.
Originally arrested two years ago, Reed was convicted of indecency with a child on Oct. 17. He becomes eligible for parole in four years.
But the Briar Fire Department isn’t the only organization dazed by the verdict.… Read the rest
I thought that the only book written by a woman about a mid-19th century crossing along the Santa Fe Trail was Susan Magoffin’s in 1846-47, which I read years ago. A friend recently gave me a book called Land of Enchantment Memoirs of Marian Russell along the Santa Fe Trail.
Although first published in 1954, and reprinted in 1981, I had never seen it. I love stories written by real people who experienced adventures in the West first hand.… Read the rest
Sometimes you meet someone who really lived life.
That was David Brown, who died of pancreatic cancer and was buried Oct. 20.
His life, in only 67 years, was a template for everyone: Do good.
The first of many ways he contributed to the world came in the Army where he was a paratrooper.
David joined as a lieutenant after he graduated from TCU.
From there, he became a member of the Weatherford Fire Department, rising to the rank of captain and serving decades.… Read the rest
With early voting in Texas only days away, the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 18 let stand a U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals order, thereby allowing Texas’ 2011 voter identification law to remain in force for the time being.
Civil rights plaintiffs in Veasey et al. v. Perry et al. sought to have portions of the law declared unenforceable on constitutional grounds. In a Corpus Christi federal courtroom, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos struck down the law and ordered the state to return to election law practices in place before the Legislature passed the law in 2011.… Read the rest