Two Flood Bills Died in Legislature

Two bills were introduced in the last Legislative session to study flooding in the Houston region.  Both died in committee. SB1269 was authored by State Senator Boris Miles and co-sponsored by Senators John Whitmire and Sylvia Garcia.  The bill would have authorized...
The DACA Dilemma

The DACA Dilemma

In Charles Dickens’ classic, Oliver Twist, when Mr. Bumble is told that the law presumes he controls his wife’s actions, declares that “the law is an ass.”  Similarly, the current law which provides that children who are brought to this country illegally by their...

Initial Thoughts on Harvey

     Because of the work I did on hurricane response after Hurricane Rita, I have gotten a number of calls from the media about Harvey. The initial calls were asking about whether Mayor Turner and County Judge Ed Emmett had made the right call by not ordering a...

What is a Sanctuary City?

     Today’s world of 24-hour, partisan-slaved cable networks and an ideologically re-enforcing blogosphere is dominated by catch phrases that frequently create more obfuscation than illumination.  The term “sanctuary city” is exactly such a catch...