The American Chronicles – Ep. 042 – Questions on the Texas Bullet Train


Texas Central Partners, LLC is a private company developing a new high-speed passenger rail system that if completed, will connect Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston using technology that will - according to their website - "provide a travel time of less than 90 minutes." The project is currently being proposed to various groups around the state (including … Continue reading The American Chronicles – Ep. 042 – Questions on the Texas Bullet Train

Judicial Misrule on Texas Voter ID


Federal judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos - on a mission to "persist" perhaps - ruled last week that Texas' voter ID law not only discriminates against minorities and/or the poor and/or the "disenfranchised" - but does so intentionally. That the judge was appointed by former President Barack Obama probably has nothing at all to do with her myopic … Continue reading Judicial Misrule on Texas Voter ID

VIDEO – Congressman John Culberson (TX CD-7) Town Hall – Mar. 25, 2017


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5xFIRwd4bE What does The Left look like? For evidence, watch this video of the Constituent Town Hall hosted by Representative John Culberson (R-TX CD-7) at Spring Branch Middle School in Houston, Texas on Saturday, 03/25/17. This is an unvarnished, unedited view of the growing threat leftism presents to the Republic. What can be said of … Continue reading VIDEO – Congressman John Culberson (TX CD-7) Town Hall – Mar. 25, 2017

The American Chronicles – Ep. 033 – Dr. Richard Haass of CFR on “A World in Disarray”


Dr. Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations spoke with members of the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston on February 16, 2017, offering a profound and timely examination of a world increasingly defined by disorder as a new administration takes office and as President Obama's foreign policy legacy is assessed and discussed. Dr. … Continue reading The American Chronicles – Ep. 033 – Dr. Richard Haass of CFR on “A World in Disarray”

VIDEO – Harris County Precinct Chair 2017 Legislative Workshop


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrevMiChvqM On Saturday, February 4, 2017, Texas State Senator Paul Bettencourt sponsored a Precinct Chair Legislative Workshop for Harris County Precinct Chairs with updates from the Texas Senate from Bettencourt and Texas House Updates from State Representatives. HCRP Chair Paul Simpson talked about the work underway at the county level. Bettencourt addressed Property Tax Legislation, State Representative Dwayne … Continue reading VIDEO – Harris County Precinct Chair 2017 Legislative Workshop

The American Chronicles – Ep. 032 – Republican Precinct Chair 2017 Legislative Workshop


On Saturday, February 4, 2017, Texas State Senator Paul Bettencourt sponsored a Precinct Chair Legislative Workshop for Harris County Precinct Chairs with updates from the Texas Senate from Bettencourt and Texas House Updates from State Representatives. HCRP Chair Paul Simpson talked about the work underway at the county level. Bettencourt addressed Property Tax Legislation, State Representative Dwayne Bohac … Continue reading The American Chronicles – Ep. 032 – Republican Precinct Chair 2017 Legislative Workshop

VIDEO – Harris County Republican Party Executive Committee Meeting – Feb. 06, 2017


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNEMh0t5YlM&feature=youtu.be The members of the Harris County Republican Party met for the quarterly Executive Committee meeting on February 6, 2017, as the precinct chairs discussed the outcome of the 2016 election, reviewed committee reports, approved new precinct chairs and debated and voted on resolutions. The meeting was held at the party headquarters.

The American Chronicles – Ep. 031 – Steven L. Hayes of Americans For Fair Taxation


As America’s debt continues to grow, and American workers shoulder more of the burden of neverending fiscal irresponsibility, Americans For Fair Taxation - a US political advocacy group dedicated to fundamental tax code replacement - has led the way in advocacy and activism. As Chairman and President of Americans For Fair Taxation, Steven L. Hayes … Continue reading The American Chronicles – Ep. 031 – Steven L. Hayes of Americans For Fair Taxation

The American Chronicles – Ep. 030 – Harris County GOP & the Trump Inauguration


In celebration of a day long awaited - January 20, 2017 – the Harris County Republican Party held a watch party to observe and celebrate the Inauguration of President Donald J. Trump at Ninfa’s - a Houston institution for TexMex. I spoke with former Judge Clyde Leuchtag, County Chair Paul Simpson, and Houston Young Republican … Continue reading The American Chronicles – Ep. 030 – Harris County GOP & the Trump Inauguration

The American Chronicles – Ep. 029 – Peggy Venable and Aaron Smith on School Choice


While education reform is seemingly a constant agenda item for the Texas Legislature, during this session it has taken on a new shape as School Choice. Republicans, led by Texas Lieutenant Gov. Dan Patrick, are taking on the challenge of expanding school choice to all. Two people working on the front lines to help implement … Continue reading The American Chronicles – Ep. 029 – Peggy Venable and Aaron Smith on School Choice

The American Chronicles – Ep. 028 – Autry Pruitt


Autry Pruitt is the author of Planes, Steak, and Water: Defending Donald J. Trump (available at BelieveDonald.com), and worked as a Trump Campaign surrogate during the election cycle. He is a board member of Americans for Fair Taxation (FairTax.org), and he hosts his own radio show on the Red State Radio Network. He joined the show … Continue reading The American Chronicles – Ep. 028 – Autry Pruitt

The American Chronicles – Ep. 027 – Col. Rob Maness of GatorPAC


Rob Maness is a former candidate for the United States Senate from Louisiana, and a retired Colonel with a record of service to the nation of more than 32 years. He is currently the owner of Iron Liberty Group, and Chairman of GatorPAC, a group that works to educate political activists on effective ways to … Continue reading The American Chronicles – Ep. 027 – Col. Rob Maness of GatorPAC

Review – Houston Grand Opera’s production of Heggie’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’


What happens when you take a 1946 film classic as inspiration, and add vibrant color, lush music, breathtaking performers and an awe-inspiring stage? You get Houston Grand Opera's production of Jake Heggie's It’s a Wonderful Life. More than just a feast for the eyes, Wonderful takes on the story presented by Capra's original film and breathes … Continue reading Review – Houston Grand Opera’s production of Heggie’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

The American Chronicles – Ep. 025 – Keeping Faith in the Electoral College


Every four years, after the General Election, the states convene a meeting of the members of the Electoral College to formally elect the President of the United States. Under normal circumstances, those Electors merely affirm the popular vote as determined by citizens. However, every so often, a “Faithless Elector” confronts the moral challenge of casting … Continue reading The American Chronicles – Ep. 025 – Keeping Faith in the Electoral College

Review – Houston Ballet’s production of Stanton Welch’s ‘Nutcracker’ is beautiful tour de force


The stage of the Wortham Theater Center plays host to an amazing new production which steps into the giant footprints left by the vaunted Ben Stevenson production of 'The Nutcracker' that not only holds its own, but is sure to become a new favorite for years to come. Houston Ballet's production of Stanton Welch's 'Nutcracker' is … Continue reading Review – Houston Ballet’s production of Stanton Welch’s ‘Nutcracker’ is beautiful tour de force

The American Chronicles – Ep. 024 – Harris County Sheriff-Elect Ed Gonzalez


Harris County Sheriff-Elect Ed Gonzalez served a total of 18 years in the Houston Police Department, and retired as a sergeant in 2009. He was then elected to represent District H on Houston City Council and served until 2015, when term limits ended his tenure. He takes office as Sheriff on January 1, 2017, but … Continue reading The American Chronicles – Ep. 024 – Harris County Sheriff-Elect Ed Gonzalez

The American Chronicles – Ep. 023 – Judge Linda Garcia, County Criminal Court at Law 16


Judge Linda Garcia was unanimously appointed by Harris County Commissioners Court as judge of the newly-created Harris County Criminal Court at Law No. 16 in December 2015 and took the bench on January 4, 2016. She is running to keep her seat on the bench. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Garcia was a prosecutor … Continue reading The American Chronicles – Ep. 023 – Judge Linda Garcia, County Criminal Court at Law 16

Twitter Poll – 11/03/16 – Should Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Call a Special Session for Education Reform?


This poll ran on Twitter over a period of 24 hours. https://twitter.com/VladDavidiuk/status/794192026870824960 Only 17 votes were tallied, but the results were illuminating nonetheless. 94% of respondents agreed that Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick should call a Special Session of the State Legislature to address Education Reform. The questions for Texas Legislative Republicans become: How can we … Continue reading Twitter Poll – 11/03/16 – Should Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Call a Special Session for Education Reform?

Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ Visit To Houston


Anthony Bourdain and his CNN show, Parts Unknown filmed an episode in Houston (with a brief trip out to Palacios, which aired Sunday (10/30) night. Part of the episode can be watched on CNN's site, here. He had lunch at Kaiser Lashkari’s Himalaya, took the field with the Houston Indian Cricket Club. watched, starstruck as Masala … Continue reading Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ Visit To Houston

VIDEO – Sheila Jackson Lee and Jolanda Jones Appear to Violate Election Law


In this video provided to me by the source ( @10MinOfBias ) at the scene who documented what could only be described as clearly potential criminal activity, Democrat Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas CD-18) and HISD Position IV Trustee, Jolanda Jones appear to be flagrantly and clearly violating election law on Monday 10/24/16 at the polling station … Continue reading VIDEO – Sheila Jackson Lee and Jolanda Jones Appear to Violate Election Law

The American Chronicles – Ep. 022 – Devon Anderson for Harris County District Attorney


Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson, the embattled Republican incumbent, is campaigning to retain her office while also tackling numerous challenges. Appointed by Governor Rick Perry in 2013, she beat back a challenge from Democrat Kim Ogg in 2014 to win the office outright, but faces Ogg in a rematch in November's election. Anderson joined the show to … Continue reading The American Chronicles – Ep. 022 – Devon Anderson for Harris County District Attorney

The American Chronicles – Ep. 021 – Kim Ogg for Harris County District Attorney


Kim Ogg is the Democratic nominee challenging Republican incumbent Devon Anderson to become the Harris County District Attorney. Two years ago in 2014, she challenged Anderson and fell short in the election. This time, Ogg says she's running against Devon Anderson's record, and is offering herself to county residents as an alternative choice for the DA's Office. … Continue reading The American Chronicles – Ep. 021 – Kim Ogg for Harris County District Attorney

The American Chronicles – Ep. 020 – TPPF’s Michael Haugen on Civil Asset Forfeiture


Civil asset forfeiture laws allow police to seize — and then keep or sell — any property they allege is involved in a crime. Owners do not even need to be arrested or convicted of a crime for their cash, cars, or even real estate to be taken away permanently by the government. With his … Continue reading The American Chronicles – Ep. 020 – TPPF’s Michael Haugen on Civil Asset Forfeiture

Houston Matters August 12, 2016 – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Slumping Home Sales and The Heights Gets Booze


Lisa Falkenberg, Fred Goodall, and I joined Craig Cohen to discuss several very interesting topics this week on Houston Public Media's show Houston Matters, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: First, the Houston Association of Realtors announced area home sales fell 8.8 percent last month; the largest decline in several months. This is a sign of a slumping economy, … Continue reading Houston Matters August 12, 2016 – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Slumping Home Sales and The Heights Gets Booze

The American Chronicles – Ep. 019 – Cato’s Michael D. Tanner on Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt, and the Entitlement Crisis


Our growing national debt has dropped out of the headlines recently—but that doesn’t mean that the problem has gone away. The national debt recently topped $18.8 trillion, and is projected to reach $27 trillion by 2024. Worse yet, if you include the unfunded liabilities of Social Security and Medicare, the U.S. real indebtedness exceeds $83 … Continue reading The American Chronicles – Ep. 019 – Cato’s Michael D. Tanner on Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt, and the Entitlement Crisis

Houston Matters July 15, 2016 – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Report destroys myth of police brutality, coastal advisory group, G.W. Bush sways


Lisa Falkenberg, Monica Richart, and I joined Craig Cohen to discuss several very interesting topics this week on Houston Public Media's show Houston Matters, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: First, a counter-intuitive finding about bias in deadly police shootings; next, 14 of the 15 members of the Land Commissioner’s coastal resiliency advisory group representing government or business; finally, former … Continue reading Houston Matters July 15, 2016 – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Report destroys myth of police brutality, coastal advisory group, G.W. Bush sways

Ted Cruz address to delegates of the 2016 Republican Convention *Video & Transcript*


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDhqM9ZnVmI Thank you, and God bless each and every one of you. Heidi and I are so honored to join you here in Cleveland where LeBron James just lead an incredible comeback victory, and I am convinced America is going to come back too. I want to congratulate Donald Trump on winning the nomination last … Continue reading Ted Cruz address to delegates of the 2016 Republican Convention *Video & Transcript*

The American Chronicles – Ep. 018 – Floor Fight at the Republican National Convention


An attempt to get the Republican National Committee to allow a roll call vote on the Rules Report from the floor of the National Convention exploded into controversy on day 1 of the RNC in Cleveland, as Trump supporters and surrogates worked with the RNC to quash the effort, ensuring the changes they had rammed … Continue reading The American Chronicles – Ep. 018 – Floor Fight at the Republican National Convention

America: Leaderless, Angry, Divided and Broken-hearted


Thursday night, July 8, 2016. Dallas. 12 officers shot, 5 killed, 7 wounded. Via the L.A. Times: Police used a “bomb robot” early Friday to kill a gunman after five police officers were killed and seven others wounded in downtown Dallas during a protest over recent police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana, officials said. “We cornered one … Continue reading America: Leaderless, Angry, Divided and Broken-hearted

Houston Matters June 17, 2016 – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Trebor Gordon, Dan Patrick Tweets, and Waterpark Shenanigans


Lisa Falkenberg, Fred Goodall, and I joined Craig Cohen to discuss several very interesting topics this week on Houston Public Media's show Houston Matters, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: First, Houston City Council Member Mike Knox dismissed a staffer who was criticized last month for raising concerns at the HCRP Executive Committee meeting about Syed Ali - a … Continue reading Houston Matters June 17, 2016 – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Trebor Gordon, Dan Patrick Tweets, and Waterpark Shenanigans