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Three groups involved in legislative efforts to drastically limit abortion rights to the extent that the Roe v. Wade decision will allow are back on the battle lines in Austin this week, but their opponent is not Planned Parenthood or NARAL.

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Some bad ideas never seem to go away, especially in the Texas Legislature. That is certainly the case with the voucher movement to divert taxpayer dollars to private or religious schools. It is a tough sell to a majority of legislators – and the citizens they represent – at a time when public education funding in this state is on the chopping block in every session.

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Boeing Boeing photo by Aaron Srader

There is an old show business adage about the aging actor on his deathbed who was visited in the hospital by a friend who sympathized, “It must be difficult what you’re going through.”

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An item on the meeting agenda for the board of directors of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) raised more than a few eyebrows in Austin this week and was seen as cause for potential concern for coastal residents.

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Some 3,000 teachers converged on the state capitol on March 11 from all across Texas to lobby their legislators to restore school funding and talk about issues like high-stakes testing, private-school vouchers, and teacher pensions. The Texas American Federation of Teachers sponsored the rally as AFT members from Brownsville to the Panhandle, from deep East Texas to far West Texas, spent the better part of the day visiting their area lawmakers one by one to make the case for public education.

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