Progressive Views: Coming Soon: the March Primary Election

Author relates excellence of the staff at the Kendall County Elections Office and how residents can rest assured their vote will be recorded and counted accurately, then discusses the candidates to be voted on in the March 2024 primary. Article also describes Texas' open primary. Early voting begins February 20 and runs through March 1. Early voting is held at the KCEO office on Fawn Valley. Election Day is Tuesday, March 5.

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Progressive Views: What is One Water?

Kendall County has been in the grip (and still is) of an Exceptional Drought—the highest level. Several local initiatives provide information on water in all its forms. The Texas Legislature has made it nearly impossible for counties to regulate development in unincorporated areas of the county. Pressure must be put on state reps to give cities and counties ore authority to regulate development, not less.

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Progressive Views: Say “No” to School Vouchers Again

School vouchers will divert your tax money into private schools and subsidize wealthier people sending their kids to elitist schools. The governor’s school voucher plan defunds public schools, funds private and religious schools, funnels dollars away from struggling schools, and widens the education inequality gap.

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Progressive Views: The Grid Ain’t Fixed

The record-setting temperatures this summer stressed the grid nearly to the breaking point several times. ERCOT, the agency responsible for operating the power grid, issued several “conservation alerts” over the past three months, with one episode of “emergency operations” that warned of possible rolling blackouts. Fortunately, the grid remained operational and no blackouts were needed, but it was a close run thing.

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Progressive Views: More Direct Flights to SAT, Please

Getting a direct flight from the San Antonio Airport (SAT) to Reagan National in DC is a “massive priority”, says Ted Cruz, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The main obstacles to a direct flight are FAA rules that restrict the number of flights into Reagan and the distance of the flight.

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Progressive Views: Hot Enough for You? Climate Change is Here

The average temperature across the U.S. in July 2023 was 2.1 degrees above normal, “with July 2023 ranking as the 11th-hottest July in the 129-year climate record.” NOAA also said that “July 3, 4 and 5 all consecutively broke records as the Earth’s hottest day since scientists began recording in 1979.” Despite warming temperatures, “Leading energy companies are intent on…expanding fossil fuel production and insisting that there is no alternative. While governments will need to lead the way to making significant adjustments to mitigate climate change, we can all make personal changes to reduce our environmental impact.

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Progressive Views: Make Voting Easier, Not Harder
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Progressive Views: Make Voting Easier, Not Harder

The Texas Legislature closed its regular session this year without passing measures that would make voting in Texas easier. Texas ranks 46th in “ease of voting,” according to a study in the “Election Law Journal.” Four ways to address are" online voter registration, no-excuse absentee voting, mail-in ballot application simplification, and accept more kinds of photo IDs.

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Progressive Views: The 88th TxLege Is A Wrap (Sort Of)
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Progressive Views: The 88th TxLege Is A Wrap (Sort Of)

Article discusses the results of the 88th Texas Legislature with school vouchers still unpassed and HB 12 and HB 2390 as victories and disappointments such as HB 2744 and HB 3995. Governor Abbott has vowed to call multiple special sessions to pass many critical items. KCDP plans to keep a close eye on bills introduced in these sessions.

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Progressive Views: Two TxLege Bills to Oppose
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Progressive Views: Two TxLege Bills to Oppose

SB. 990 would eliminate the very popular countywide voting program, which allows a voter to vote at any polling place in the county in which they’re registered. HB 2127 would bar cities and counties from regulating entire industries and professions already controlled by eight state codes (Agriculture, Business & Commerce, Finance, Insurance, Labor, Natural Resources, Occupations, and Property). It's another blatant attack on the power of cities and counties to govern their own residents.

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Progressive Views: Support HB 3995/Upcoming Election

The bill protects our military readiness and military operations at Joint Base San Antonio--Camp Bullis, which is essential to protect the nation. These local control provisions are necessary to accomplish the mission to protect Camp Bullis. Residents of City of Boerne (CoB) and City of Fair Oaks Ranch (FOR) have a municipal election on the horizon. Early voting starts this Monday. Election Day is Saturday, May 6.

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