Transportation Issues Require Hard Work, Persistence and Leadership

Transportation issues are complex. They require hard work, persistence and leadership. Building roads is expensive, so the first step in solving transportation issues is finding the funding to ensure that projects are started and completed.

Democrat Joe Pickett was appointed Chairman of the House Transportation Committee by a Republican Speaker of the House in January 2015, after demonstrating an ability to get things done. During the 2013 Legislative Session Representative Pickett developed legislation that paved the way for …

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Groundwater Conservation Districts Ensure a Vital Resource is Fairly and Responsibly Distributed

Under Texas law, the “rule of capture” allows landowners to pump and use the water beneath their property without limitation. Landowners don’t own the groundwater, but they can “capture” all the water that is available under their land without regard to the effect it has on neighboring wells. When someone can afford to drill a large well with a big pump, it becomes clear that the “rule of capture” benefits those few who can afford to do so, and leaves the smaller neighboring …

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Gerrymandering, Competition, & Cronyism in the Texas Legislature

 

By: Ana Jordan

for Burnt Orange Report on OCTOBER 14, 2016

Editor’s Note: Ana Jordan is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in House District 47. She has made the fight against partisan gerrymandering a centerpiece of her campaign. In this guest post, she explains how gerrymandering has reduced electoral competition and led to entrenched corruption, both within HD 47 and throughout the Texas Legislature.

Ever since I worked in the Texas Legislature in 1991, I have been interested in …

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Supreme Court Rules Virginia Congressmen Have No Standing In Redistricting Appeal

Supreme Court Rules Virginia Congressmen Have No Standing In Redistricting Appeal

On May 23, 2016, in Wittman v. Personhuballah (14-1504), the United States Supreme Court dismissed an appeal filed by 10 Virginia Republican Congressman who were unhappy about a lower court ruling that threw out a 2013 Congressional Redistricing Map in Virgina favoring Republicans (8 out of 11) as an unconstitutional racial gerrymander. The lower court held that race had been a predominant factor in drawing Congressional District (“CD”) 3, which was represented by a Democratic Congressman, because the map drawers packed all of …

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Abbott should fix Texas’ problems before amending U.S. Constitution

Abbott should fix Texas’ problems before amending U.S. Constitution

by Ana Jordan, for TribTalk.org
Jan. 27, 2016

I read with unease Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to ask the Texas Legislature, when it meets in 2017, to approve a convention of states for the purpose of amending our U.S. Constitution. It alarmed me, not just because Abbott believes we should alter the most important document in America’s 240-year history but also because he intends to initiate the amendment process by going through a Texas Legislature that was elected by less than a …

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