The Golden Hammer rates 87th Texas Legislature: The “Big Five” Votes in both Senate, House

The Golden Hammer rates 87th Texas Legislature: The “Big Five” Votes in both Senate, House

Image: Only six (6) of the one hundred and eighty-one (181) members of the Texas Legislature received perfect scores for the “Big Five” votes during the Texas Legislature. All of them were members of the Texas House of Representatives, including Steve Toth, Republican of The Woodlands, who enjoyed a remarkably productive and successful sesssion despite […]

Mediocre 87th Texas Legislature gavels to close; special session coming

Mediocre 87th Texas Legislature gavels to close; special session coming

Image: An almost empty Texas House of Representatives shown at mid-day on Monday, May 31, 2021, perfectly symbolizes the mediocre 87th Texas Legislature. The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Austin, June 1 – The 87th Texas Legislature gaveled to a close yesterday, Monday, May 31, 2021, with a mediocre Legislative Session at best. Although the ultra-liberal New […]

Legislature brings end to Texas’ Rule Against Perpetuities to allow Texas trust institutions to compete in national marketplace

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Austin, May 11 – The Texas Senate passed Texas’ repeal of the Rule Against Perpetuities to allow Texas trust institutions to compete more successfully in the national marketplace for trust business. The legislation to repeal the ancient property rule, which originated in Great Britain in 1682, came as a result […]

Creighton leads Texas Senate towards passage of priority issues

Creighton leads Texas Senate towards passage of priority issues

Image: Texas Senator Brandon Creighton, Republican of Conroe. The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe and Austin, February 4 – Texas State Senator Brandon Creighton, Republican of Conroe, has focused on passage of priority issues during the 87th Texas Legislative Session, including several of the Republican Party of Texas Legislative Priorities. Creighton sat down with The Golden […]

States eye allowing concealed carry of guns without a permit

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Austin and Salt Lake City, January 25 — Republican lawmakers in several more states want to loosen gun restrictions by allowing people to carry concealed firearms without having to get a permit, continuing a trend that gun control advocates call dangerous. The most prominent proposal came from Texas State Senator […]

Despite AG Paxton’s admonishments about First Amendment rights, Texas House moves to limit citizen information about 87th Legislature in two key votes

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Austin, January 15 – Despite the efforts of conservative Republican State Representatives and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a coalition of liberal Republicans and Democrats defeated a number of procedural votes to make Texas House of Representatives proceedings more open to the public, despite the Chinese Coronavirus, during the 87th […]

Most expect little from 87th Legislative Session, which opens today

Most expect little from 87th Legislative Session, which opens today

Image: The Capitol of the State of Texas in Austin. The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Austin and Montgomery County, January 12 – Texas citizens have low expectations for the 87th Session of the Texas Legislature which opens today. The opening day ceremonies will begin with a high dose of fear among the elected representatives. Lieutenant Governor […]

Governor goes into hiding during COVID-19 crisis, as former State Representative Keough confirms during Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Austin and Conroe, September 9 – Since March 28, 2020, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has exercised almost dictatorial powers supposedly to respond to the COVID-19, or Chinese Coronavirus, “disaster,” which Abbott has repeatedly declared under federal and state law. Abbott has shut down businesses, restricted restaurants and hair salons, for a […]

Facing Legislative “Sunset”, San Jacinto River Authority must explain why it has ignored core duty of “flood control”

Facing Legislative “Sunset”, San Jacinto River Authority must explain why it has ignored core duty of “flood control”

Image: Cover page of the San Jacinto River Authority’s Master Plan in 1957. Somehow, they’ve forgotten their core duty of “flood control” since then. The Golden Hammer  Staff Reports Conroe, November 29 – As the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) faces “sunset review” before the Texas Legislature in 2021, SJRA must explain why it has […]

Montgomery County Commissioner Riley’s “Gun Sanctuary Resolution” good, but small, first step towards protecting gun rights, still requires Texas Legislature

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Montgomery County, November 17 – Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley has offered a “Resolution Declaring Montgomery County, Texas, a Gun Sanctuary County” as a proclamation for consideration during the Tuesday, November 19, 2019, Commissioners Court meeting. The resolution, which Riley himself clearly didn’t draft and which, in a […]