Congressman Michael McCaul visits the Texas Capitol for meetings with Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on border security on Feb. 18, 2015.
Congressman Michael McCaul visits the Texas Capitol for meetings with Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on border security on Feb. 18, 2015.

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul draws critics in bid to run Homeland Security under Trump

Some hardline illegal immigration opponents are increasingly arguing U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul does not have a strong enough record on the issue to run the Department of Homeland Security for President-elect Donald Trump.

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul draws critics in bid to run Homeland Security under Trump

Congressman Michael McCaul visits the Texas Capitol for meetings with Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on border security on Feb. 18, 2015.
Congressman Michael McCaul visits the Texas Capitol for meetings with Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on border security on Feb. 18, 2015.

Some hardline illegal immigration opponents are increasingly arguing U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul does not have a strong enough record on the issue to run the Department of Homeland Security for President-elect Donald Trump.

 

Lawmakers on board with emergency funding for child protection

New DFPS Commissioner Hank Whitman, a former Texas Ranger, testifies July 12, 2016 to the House Committee on Human Services about his plans to reform the agency, including having the regional commissioners reapply for their jobs.
New DFPS Commissioner Hank Whitman, a former Texas Ranger, testifies July 12, 2016 to the House Committee on Human Services about his plans to reform the agency, including having the regional commissioners reapply for their jobs.

If the Legislative Budget Board signs off, $150 million in emergency funds may be headed to the embattled Department of Family and Protective Services.

A conversation with Michael Young (video)

Full video of my 12/1 conversation with Michael Young, the president of Texas A&M University. Topics discussed: a white supremacist's visit to campus, the fate of undocumented students, graduation rates, enrollment growth, higher ed funding and, inevitably, football.

Child Protective Services funding gets final OK — with restrictions

Henry "Hank" Whitman, new head of the Dept. of Family and Protective Services, greets visitors to the House Committee on Human Services July 12, 2016 prior to his testimony on his vision for reform at the agency.
Henry "Hank" Whitman, new head of the Dept. of Family and Protective Services, greets visitors to the House Committee on Human Services July 12, 2016 prior to his testimony on his vision for reform at the agency.

A board of lawmakers has given final approval for $150 million in funding to help pull the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services out of its crisis mode — but there are strings attached. 

New in TribTalk: Fighting HIV/AIDS in Texas

Interstate 10 east of downtown in Houston, Dec. 6, 2011.
Interstate 10 east of downtown in Houston, Dec. 6, 2011.

As World AIDS Day is commemorated Dec. 1, health care providers, the public and policymakers in Texas must realize the virus is still invading neighborhoods at astonishing rates, write Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Legacy Community Health CEO Katy Caldwell.