Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks with reporters Nov. 10, 2016, outside the White House. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters/Newscom)
Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper have teamed to recommend that Congress keep the Obamacare mandate requiring Americans to have health insurance, but allow states the flexibility to find something better in place of the health care law.
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State Rep. Pat Fallon, R-Frisco, is making it official: He is challenging state Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls.
“They just desperately want somebody new,” Fallon said of voters in Senate District 30, which Estes has represented since 2001. “It’s been 16 years — it’s going to be 18 years. They want a change. They don’t see him around.”
State House Rep. Pat Fallon officially announced his candidacy for Texas Senate District 30 Tuesday in an interview with Weatherford Democrat news staff and criticized his opponent, incumbent Craig Estes, as “an absentee landlord.”
“Where have you been? You’ve been an absentee landlord. You’ve been asleep at the switch,” Fallon said of Estes’s 17 years in the Senate. “If you haven’t been around for years and you suddenly start showing up because you’re in a contested primary, people are going to see through it. It’s very transparent. He has squandered his incumbency because he has not been anywhere. At forums, I’m going to look him right in the eye and ask him: ‘Where have you been?’”
During the interview at the Democrat office, Fallon confirmed for the first time that he will challenge Estes in next March’s Republican primary after saying for weeks in appearances during appearances in the senate district, which includes Parker County, that he “probably” will do so.
Messages to Estes requesting comment were not returned by deadline Tuesday.
Nursing home residents trapped in wheelchairs with floodwaters rising to their waists—the photo of Hurricane Harvey everyone’s seen. But even where the weather’s fine, nursing home residents are in peril. An alert issued Monday by the inspector general for the federal Department of Health and Human Services calls for urgent action. It cites incidents in 33 states where nursing home residents were rushed to emergency rooms because of rape, broken bones and severe neglect. The IG warned families to “visit your loved ones often” and “report potential cases of abuse or neglect to your local police.”
After three days of Hurricane Harvey, the message emerging from Houston and the Texas coast is not one of chaos and destruction, but of collective strength, as Americans help each other survive through the worst of circumstances.
For once, cable news is not dominated by talking heads shouting at each other, but by images of volunteers, black and white, arriving in flat-bottomed boats to rescue neighbors from flooded buildings. Journalists are helping to direct emergency crews to save stranded drivers rather than encouraging enraged mobs to riot against the police.
And President Donald Trump, attacked for weeks for allegedly dividing the nation, is drawing attention to its unity.
Do we think the mayor is showing his true colors? He apparently has so little regard for the citizens of Weatherford that he insults them, from the dais, in a city council meeting. His petulant comments are like a child that is afraid of not getting his way. The mayor obviously thinks the citizens are idiots, incapable of making their own decisions. He definitely “drank the Koolaid” when elected Mayor and is now convinced the citizens can’t possibly know what’s good for them.
Tensions between the City of Weatherford and Zion Hill residents boiled over Tuesday night during a regular city council meeting, causing Mayor Craig Swancy to briefly order the city council chamber emptied.
Facing dozens of Zion Hill residents Tuesday night, Swancy minutes after the meeting began shut down attempts by the group to address council members on the proposed annexation.