Three Years Out, Texas Lt. Governor Race Heating Up

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs waits for Gov. Rick Perry at the meeting of the state's Cash Management Committee on July 19, 2011.
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs waits for Gov. Rick Perry at the meeting of the state's Cash Management Committee on July 19, 2011.

 Three statewide elected officials have their eyes on the lieutenant governor’s job now that David Dewhurst is running for U.S. Senate. They admit it's early to be maneuvering for an election that’s almost three years away — but they admit it while pressing forward.

In Galveston, an Alternative to the "Ponzi Scheme"

Retired Galveston County Judge Ray Holbrook at his home in Santa Fe, Texas, on Sept. 12, 2011. A public official for 28 years, Holbrook led the effort to opt out of Social Security in 1981.
Retired Galveston County Judge Ray Holbrook at his home in Santa Fe, Texas, on Sept. 12, 2011. A public official for 28 years, Holbrook led the effort to opt out of Social Security in 1981.

Gov. Rick Perry calls Social Security a “Ponzi scheme” and says people ought to control their own retirement money. But if the social safety net created in 1935 were eliminated what might take its place? In Galveston, a possible answer.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 9/12/11

Aaronson on the rise in the state's unemployment rate, Aguilar on the push to mandate use of an electronic employment verification program, Galbraith on fears about the drought's impact on lake levels, Grissom on the latest in the Duane Buck case, Hamilton on the possible end of physics (academically speaking), Murphy updates our public employee pay app, Ramsey on David "Mitt" Dewhurst, Ramshaw on Rick Perry's campaign swing through Virginia and Iowa, Root on the deletion of gubernatorial emails and M. Smith on the teaching of safe sex where you'd least expect it: The best of our best content from Sept. 12-16, 2011.

Mike Leach: The TT Interview

Former Texas Tech football coach, Mike Leach - September 15, 2011.
Former Texas Tech football coach, Mike Leach - September 15, 2011.

The former Texas Tech football coach on his pending lawsuit against the university, how the state's doing at educating student athletes and what happens if the Big 12 falls apart.

Budget Woes, Calls for Efficiency Imperil Physics

Carlos Handy, Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics  at Texas Southern University, teach a Physics 2 class in Houston Wednesday, September 14, 2011.
Carlos Handy, Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics at Texas Southern University, teach a Physics 2 class in Houston Wednesday, September 14, 2011.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board wants to eliminate degree programs with low enrollment — like physics. Critics, including many professors, say that could do lasting harm to the state.