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If news reports concerning the past regular session and the special session are accurate, it could be that our state senate is losing not only its independence, but also its credibility. It seems from outside appearance it is becoming more of a rubber stamp for the desires of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Gov. Greg Abbott.

From many years of observation as well as my years in the Senate, I know the Senate was once fiercely independent and jealous of any erosion of senatorial power or political stroke. In recent sessions, it seems this tradition of the Senate has faded away.

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Sometime back, I happened to be in the company of a CEO of a large, national food store chain. During our conversation, he spoke of the fight that was going on for majority control of the stock in the company. He had previously told me the corporation teetered on the brink of bankruptcy.

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The recent Legislature expanded the times and places Texans can be armed. In the near future, all persons with a concealed gun permit will be authorized to openly display their weapons almost anywhere in the state of Texas. The process for receiving gun permits in Texas pretty well educates the would-be license holder on the circumstances that allow for use of one’s weapon. 

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I have a very vivid memory of growing up under the tutelage of a strict, Baptist mother. Our family week included Sunday morning and evening church, Wednesday night prayer meeting, occasional revival services, and various other special events at the church. It also included daily Bible readings during; I read the “Good Book” cover to cover at least two times, even plowing through the early chapters containing all of the begats. 

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Recently the AARP, probably the largest advocacy group for senior citizens, declared Texas as having the worst nursing homes in the United States. There are several reasons, most of which are strictly political. The stubborn refusal of our leadership to accept the billions of dollars offered by the federal government to provide adequate healthcare for our citizens is probably the biggest reason.

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