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Lawmakers start to talk about tax cuts

By Peggy Fikac

Houston Chronicle

May 5, 2015

House Speaker Joe Straus, meanwhile, referred Senate tax bills to his chamber’s Ways and Means Committee, allowing members to begin considering them.Senate leaders also are highlighting a bill to require 60 percent of local government board members to agree in order to approve an increase in property tax revenue.Patrick, who leads the Senate, has said he won’t support a state budget unless there also is property tax relief.The team chosen by Patrick includes Sen. Paul Bettencourt, a Houston R … Read More

Senate, House make tax-cut moves

By Peggy Fikac

Houston Chronicle

May 5, 2015

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick picked a team of senators to negotiate unofficially with the House on tax cuts Tuesday, while the House referred Senate tax bills to a committee. Could this mean a break in the logjam? … Read More

Does Congress know we're at war?

By Doyle McManus

Los Angeles Times

May 5, 2015

When President Obama announced nine months ago that the United States was going to war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Congress reached an unusual near-consensus on two big points: Entering the fight was a good idea, but it was also important that the legislative branch formally authorize... … Read More

God Save the Queen - She Is Unique

By Llewelly King

Huffington Post

May 5, 2015

She is the best-known woman in the world, and she has been since 1952 when Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, at age 25, became Queen Elizabeth II. Although she has a huge list of titles, she is to most people simply The Queen. … Read More

Finance Chair: Senate team ready to talk on taxes

By Peggy Fikac

Houston Chronicle

May 5, 2015

 Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has picked a team of senators to negotiate unofficially with the House on tax cuts, Senate Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson said Tuesday. Nelson, a Flower Mound Republican who will head the Senate group, said in an interview that Patrick "wants us to start negotiating." The House and Senate have been stuck on the issue of tax cuts. … Read More

Nuclear Power Under Threat

By Llewelly King

Huffington Post

May 5, 2015

The nuclear power industry should be enjoying a boom, reveling in its extraordinary safety record and the fact that it is a carbon-free way to make electricity. But all is not well in atom land. In fact, things are dismal. Only five nuclear plants are under construction, and they are having birth pains as schedules slip and costs rise. … Read More

Campaigns amid the ashes of unrest

By Clarence Page

May 5, 2015

Riots can bring out the best in politicians — and the worst. … Read More

David Gergen on the Republican Senators’ Letter to Iran

By David Gergen

davidgergen.com

May 5, 2015

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David Gergen on the Paris March Blunder

By David Gergen

davidgergen.com

May 5, 2015

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Gergen: Is this a short term GOP win?

By David Gergen

davidgergen.com

May 5, 2015

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