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Hey wait a minute this can only mean one thing. That the end of days has arrived? No, that pay day lenders are cutting in on the oligarch’s stash and well what’s a lapdog legislature to do? Stomp their collective feet and pound their fists? Give those usurious lenders a good tongue lashing? Naaahh, just pass another law. So what exactly do these lapdogs want? This is completely uncharacteristic.That means they want something. That’s a promise.
As an industry, when you’ve got Tom Craddick, consumer groups, the Midland County District Attorney and Bible-quoting Baptists arrayed against you, most likely you’re facing a serious come-to-Jesus moment.
The Payday Lenders’ Come-to-Jesus Moment
A strange-bedfellows coalition goes after predatory lenders
As an industry, when you’ve got Tom Craddick, consumer groups, the Midland County District Attorney and Bible-quoting Baptists arrayed against you, most likely you’re facing a serious come-to-Jesus moment. Today, a House committee heard hours of impassioned testimony in favor of legislation that would curb Texas’ Wild West payday and auto-title lending business. As Melissa del Bosque has documented, payday lenders in Texas are virtually unregulated and frequently lock consumers into a cycle of debt. Craddick’s bill, along with three other identical bills, would close a loophole that allows payday lenders to register as consumer credit organizations (CSOs) and escape regulation.
Senate Task Force to Find $5 Billion Underway
The Senate Finance subcommittee on Fiscal Matters is a little like a legislative special ops team—a select group of senators tasked with a single mission: To somehow find $5 billion in additional budget savings and non-tax revenue to help assuage the state’s $27 billion budget shortfall.
I used to think that being a state representative or state senator meant something—was something to be proud of. Turns out I was wrong.
From Texas Red: a cratered landscape of prisons, deplorable apartheid public education, lack of healthcare and politicians and majority population intent on keeping it that way…
Anger, shock over cross burning in Calif community
LOS ANGELES – Anger and shock have penetrated a prosperous, mostly white Central California community where an 11-foot cross was stolen from a church and set on fire next to the home of a black family.
Tacos and tiaras: Is former Miss S.A. beauty queen fit for crown?
Domonique says she was uncrowned unlawfully on bogus charges of insubordination.
“And then when she didn’t quit eating the tacos, the picture was so bad the whole world knew the dress didn’t fit,” said Domonique’s attorney, Luis Vera Jr. “Yet there’s the whole dress, not just the shirt, the whole dress that didn’t fit. That’s what started this whole firestorm.”
Contributing Writer Char Miller looks at a recent book on Austin’s environmental movement.
A new book looks at Austin’s environmental movement.
Cities are tough to nail down. They are a jumble of kinetic streetscapes and energetic neighborhoods, of landscapes open (blockfaces) and closed (cul-de-sacs), held together, however tenuously, by something we dub the city’s limits. Yet this identifiable boundary is about the only thing that is unambiguous. Because to step into an urban ecology–call it Austin–is to confront its indefinable logic, its high-speed blur. And then add to this kaleidoscopic rush the shifting images and overlapping meanings which individuals hold of such a place and their place within it. To talk about Austin then is to speak as well of “Austin,” a landscape occupied and imagined, comprehensible and weird; one defined by a tissue of associations that are as palpable and felt as they are ephemeral. So how make plain these visible and invisible components? How make legible that which is dynamic? How hold Austin inside the covers of a book?
Once there was a time when this nation’s majority population though not homogenous acted as if it were. That’s changing. Christmas and Easter long suffered by members of minority religions and believers may soon see new holidays added to the national agenda
Justice Department sues on behalf of Muslim teacher, triggering debate
The lawsuit, filed in December, may well test the boundaries of how far employers must go to accommodate workers’ religious practices — a key issue as the nation grows more multicultural and the Muslim population increases. But it is also raising legal questions. Experts say the government might have difficulty prevailing because the 19-day leave Khan requested goes beyond what courts have considered.
Hard as it may be for compassionate conservative chrisitians to understand there is another way, perhaps a better way…
Michael Moore Goes to Norway & Visits a Prison of the Future
Once-homeless woman helps San Antonians stand up again
Slavery by Another Name
Illusions of Justice
The Rope, the Chair, and the Needle: Capital Punishment in Texas, 1923-1990
“However, James W. Marquart, Sheldon Ekland-Olson, and Jonathan R. Sorensen offer a more complex thesis. In their book, The Rope, the Chair, and the Needle: Capital Punishment in Texas, 1923-1990, they argue that Texas’ execution rate reflects the Southern “cultural tradition of exclusion,” and that “[s]uch exclusion was a basic element of the legacy of slavery.”
Texas Is “On the Brink,” Legislative Study Group Says
Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson
State of the Judiciary