Local Commentaries


We must serve the American people

The shameful government shutdown has ended and must never occur again. The lives of federal employees and their families are too important to have been turned upside down as they were during the 35 days when the government was held ...

Held hostage: End the madness now!

While furloughed government employees are turning to pawn shops to borrow money to pay their rents and mortgages, and others are standing in line at food banks for groceries to feed their families, the president of the United States continues ...

We shall protect your healthcare

The latest attack on vulnerable Americans who need assistance to ensure that they and their families have adequate and affordable health insurance comes not from the United States Congress, where the law providing such insurance was challenged more than 60 ...

Remembering President George H.W. Bush

At the funeral tribute for his late wife, Barbara, who died last April, former President George H.W. Bush sat pensively in his wheelchair near her casket,

New act could mean prison reform now

In the few remaining weeks of the 115th Congress, it is imperative that we witness the passage of legislation that will, among other things, overhaul the nation’s sentencing guidelines, and give judges the option of bypassing so-called mandatory minimum sentences ...

What a Democratic House must do

In the next Congress that convenes in January, it is my intention to seek the chairmanship of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, a panel on which I now sit as its ranking member.

The fight has just begun

The midterm elections are now over and unprecedented numbers of people in Texas and throughout the country cast their ballots for candidates of their choice. I am extremely grateful to all of those who voted to return me to Congress ...

Federal agencies unprepared: Government report shows DHHS scrambled to deal with separation of immigrant families

Federal agencies did not plan for the potential increase of children who were separated from their parents during “zero tolerance,” according to a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Will Waller Co. guard students’ voting rights?

For the second time this month, the eyes of Texas, and particularly voting rights advocates, have been drawn to the campus of Prairie View A&M University.

Communities of color would finally be represented in the U.S. Senate

Texas has the highest African American population in the country, but I’m one of only four Congressional Black Caucus members who represent the Lone Star State. While Ted Cruz knows nothing about supporting the diverse district I represent, Congressman and ...

Faith Johnson, Greg Abbott and Donald J. Trump

Not one time has my opponent in the race to become the next district attorney in Dallas County attempted to dissociate herself from those who back her campaign, particularly Texas Governor Greg Abbott and U.S. President Donald J. Trump.

Give Us the Ballot

On May 17, 1957, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the speech, Give Us the Ballot, during the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom gathering at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

‘Give Us the Ballot’

On May 17, 1957, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the speech, Give Us the Ballot, during the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom gathering at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The power of one

A humanitarian once said, “I cannot do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do something that I can do.” Everyone 18 or older can vote and each vote matters.

Civil Rights in Dallas at the State Fair ‘Dallas in the time of MLK’

This year, the State Fair of Texas has an exhibit, Dallas in the time of MLK, in the Hall of State that displays the highlights of the Civil Rights Movement in Dallas.