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With lawmakers coming to Austin with a $10.5 billion surplus, Texas homeowners were excited about the prospect of substantial property tax relief. While they eventually received what might be considered a down payment on tax relief, they narrowly staved off efforts by Republicans to increase taxes.

At the beginning of the 86th Texas Legislature, the Capitol was abuzz with comity and cheeriness. With House Speaker Joe Straus out of the way, conservatives believed their reforms could have greater success, and with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick striking a gentler tone, establishment lawmakers were hopeful they’d be able to ...

As the debate over conditions at Border Patrol facilities and how best to address the crisis continues, Southern Baptist pastor Jack Graham and his Texas church are ministering to both migrants and patrol agents.

“Many churches are engaged in ministry at the border. We are grateful to be a part of the effort to express hope and healing,” Graham said in a tweet Tuesday, acknowledging a recent media report about his church’s efforts.

On Friday, in a mission Graham billed “Operation Border Blessing,” Prestonwood Baptist Church delivered supplies to support ...

Several weeks ago, I was invited by White House staff to visit our southern border at McAllen, Texas, where federal agents are struggling to deal with a massive influx of poor and destitute human beings. They come in never-ending waves. Please believe me when I tell you that the media and leftist politicians have not been truthful about what is going on there. It is a human tragedy.

I promised the exhausted U.S. Custom and Border Patrol agents that I would go home and tell as many people as possible what I had seen "up close and personal." Today, I am attempting to fulfill that commitment. Approximately 5,500 people show up every day in districts organized along our southern U.S. border. McAllen is the site of only one of them, but it is the busiest and most besieged. The "refugees" arrive ...

Less than 72 hours after Houston's annual public expression of "Pride," Harris County's leadership took action some consider historic - a non-discrimination policy specifically protecting lesbian-gay-bisexual, and transgender employees. "The message it sends out is that we may be deep in the heart of Dixie, we may be in the reddest of red states, but we are sensitive, we are inclusive, and we want people to be who they are," said Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Precinct 1.

Opponents of the measure sited both the absence of grievances from current LGBTQ employees and the county attorney's belief that existing anti-harassment rules offer adequate protection without opening up a fresh avenue for lawsuits ...

Williamson County officials answered an important question this week: Will the county publicly promote high-risk sexual behavior on government property?

Earlier this month, two recently elected justices of the peace, KT Musselman and Stacy Hackenberg, requested permission from Williamson County to fly the LGBT rainbow flag for the remainder of the month at their public court buildings—right alongside the U.S. and Texas flags. With the request, Hackenberg was fulfilling her campaign promise to be a “progressive voice for Williamson County courts.”

... Hackenberg and Musselman approached the Williamson County Commissioners Court Tuesday to get a final decision on the flag, and prior to the meeting, County Judge Bill Gravell posted a poll on Facebook to get public input on the idea ...

Texas and its local governments would no longer be able to partner with abortion providers or their affiliates — even for services like sexual health education and pregnancy prevention initiatives — under a bill the Texas House passed in a preliminary vote late Friday after hours of emotional debate.

Senate Bill 22, which critics call the biggest threat to Planned Parenthood this legislative session, would forbid a government entity from transferring money to an abortion provider, even for services not related to the procedure. It would also bar a transfer of ...

On May 7, several areas in the region experienced widespread street flooding and some isolated structural flooding. The folks in Kingwood once again were hit hardest. There was widespread street and some structural flooding. Much the flooding was due to both the extraordinary amount of rainfall and poor maintenance by the City of its drainage infrastructure. But the worst concentration of structural flooding occurred in two subdivisions, Elm Grove and North Kingwood Forest and raises other significant issues about how new development affects flooding.

Recently a new development was started immediately to the north and west of these two subdivisions. Prior to the start of the development, the land was heavily wooded. Stormwater flowed from north to south and west to east through this property into ...

I promised myself I was going to get through the current legislative session without publicly renewing my standing concerns about the daily invocations that open House and Senate sessions.

And then Monday happened. It’s OK to break a promise to yourself, right?

I’ve noted (carped?) in the past (including a 2013 column about the obvious predominance of Christian invocations) that many of the prayers ignore the obvious reality that this is a government building and there are lots of folks in it ...

First Liberty Institute and attorneys with the law firm Baker Botts
today filed a lawsuit in Montgomery County District Court claiming the city of Magnolia
broke the law when city leaders singled out churches and non-profits with excessive
water fees. The churches represented in the petition are Magnolia Bible Church,
Magnolia’s First Baptist Church, and Believers Fellowship.

You can read the petition here.

Satan is determined to undermine men, destroy their God-given roles, and re-define the biblical definition of manhood because he wants to see the family unravel and society crumble, Pastor Tony Evans has warned.

“What we’re seeing, and will continue to see, is the decimation of the family, because the man is the foundation of the family, and the family is the foundation of society,” Evans, founder and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, told The Christian Post during a sit-down interview in Anaheim, California. “So, if we want to unravel the family and society, the best way is to get rid of men fulfilling their roles.”

“In Moses's day and in Jesus' day ...