Full video of my 1/21 conversation with Glenn Hegar, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Topics discussed: oil prices, taxes, jobs and economic incentives.Full Story
At our 1/19 conversation, Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, explained why the border isn't secure, who's responsible, and what can be done about it.Full Story
At our 1/19 conversation, Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, explained why racial profiling is only a "perception" problem in Texas and how the agency is handling traffic stops these days.Full Story
At our 1/19 conversation, Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, talked about the Sandra Bland case and his decision to begin termination proceedings against Trooper Brian Encinia.Full Story
Full video of our 1/19 conversation with Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety. Topics discussed: guns, Sandra Bland, race and policing, and border security.Full Story
At our 12/9 symposium on cybersecurity and privacy, I talked about what the public sector can learn about cybersecurity from the private sector with John Dickson, a principal at Denim Group; Vic Diaz, assistant vice president for Cyber Security Operations at USAA; and Paul Williams, director of business operations at Rackspace Hosting.Full Story
At our 12/9 symposium on cybersecurity and privacy, I talked about the difficulty of keeping anything secret anymore — and whether that's a good thing — with Michelle Atchison, associate vice chancellor for federal relations for the University of Texas System, and Robert Chesney, associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Texas School of Law.
At our 12/9 symposium on cybersecurity and privacy, Edgar Walters talked about the risks and rewards of digitally accessible medical information with Suzanne Barber, director of the Center for Identity at the University of Texas at Austin; Nora Belcher, executive director for Texas E-Health Alliance; Deborah Peel, founder and chair of Patient Privacy Rights; and Sheila Stine, chief privacy officer for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.Full Story
At our 12/9 symposium on cybersecurity and privacy, Gregory White of the University of Texas at San Antonio talked about the cybersecurity of Texas cities with Chris Cook, a director of the Cyber Texas Foundation; Mary Dickerson, chief information security officer for the University of Houston; David LaPlante, chief information security officer for the City of Houston; and Hugh Miller, chief technology officer for the City of San Antonio.Full Story
At our 12/9 symposium on cybersecurity and privacy, I talked about the cybersecurity of state agencies and government entities with state Rep. Larry Gonzales, R-Round Rock; Todd Kimbriel, interim executive director of the Texas Department of Information Resources; Jesse Rivera, chief information security officer at the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts; and state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo.Full Story
At our 11/16 symposium on higher education, Matthew Watkins talked about higher ed access, affordability and diversity with Lisa Fielder, CEO of College Forward; Cynthia Teniente-Matson, president of Texas A&M University-San Antonio; Shirley Reed, president of South Texas College; and University of Texas System Regent Sara Martinez Tucker.
At our 11/16 symposium on higher education, I talked about the challenge of increasing higher ed outcomes with Chancellor Brian McCall of the Texas State University System; Elaine Mendoza, vice chair of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents; former University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers; and Wynn Rosser, CEO of the Greater Texas Foundation.
At our 11/16 higher education symposium, I talked to Ken Starr, the president and chancellor of Baylor University, about demographic change, campus carry, free speech, the intersection of a traditional culture with the modern world, and, of course, football.Full Story
At our 11/16 symposium on higher education, I talked about the pursuit of excellence with Southwestern University President Edward Burger; Paul Foster, the chairman of the University of Texas System Board of Regents; Woody Hunt, chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; and University of Texas at El Paso President Diana Natalicio.Full Story
At our 11/16 symposium on higher education, Baylor University President and Chancellor Ken Starr explained why the school would likely opt out of the state's new campus carry law.Full Story
On 11/13, I talked about the future of public education policy in Texas with state. Rep. Mary González, D-Clint; Lizzette González Reynolds of the Texas Education Agency; El Paso ISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera; and Eduardo Rodriguez of the Council on Regional Economic Expansion and Educational Development.Full Story
Full video of my 11/12 conversation with former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.Full Story
At our 10/29 conversation, Chief Justice Nathan Hecht of the Texas Supreme Court talked about the timing of a possible ruling on the state's appeal in the school finance lawsuit.Full Story