Twenty years ago, our country came together to grieve, assess, and prepare what we all knew would be a new path for the United States and the world.

The horror we witnessed delivered a fleeting moment of national solidarity, compassion, and self-examination.

Since then, louder voices and lesser nature have…

I rarely focus on municipal politics here, preferring to focus on the trends that are driving our electorate either (1) forward or (2) apart. When you examine local politics too closely, it’s sometimes too easy to mis-identify a neighbor as a threat.

Last weekend, Austin held its regular bi-annual May…

Like many places around the country, the Texas Legislature continues to fuel an increasingly hyper-partisan discussion on the state of politics and governance in the Lone Star State.

I won’t go so far as to say it’s a strategy, but the noise certainly draws attention away from recent (and long…

In one of the more bizarre moments during the election security debate currently underway in Texas, Governor Abbott said that Texas business interests ‘need to stay out of politics.’


Senator Mitch McConnell said the same thing to business leaders last week: “Stay out of politics.”


Political interests are…

From November 3 to January 6 to January 20 to today, we’ve watched election security evolve to become the biggest wedge issue of them all.

Last week, I expressed my disappointment in the Texas Legislature’s focus on revising election laws in what appear to be attempts to put a thumb on the scales of American democracy.

The response was incredible but also reinforced a troubling reality.

A couple of examples which illustrate the point follow…

Across the country, hyper-partisan strategists are writing restrictive voting laws to restore confidence in a secure electoral system that they themselves fabricated a narrative to undermine. Up is down, down is up, fairness is slipping off the board, and exhausted voters are expected to let it slide.

Relativity, M. C. Escher

In 2017, I…

The disaster that followed the cold weather in Texas was preventable and predicted. Join the discussion.

Many of us witnessed, up close and personal, a broken system and it’s up to us to fix it. But what are we working to change? The politics? The policies? The people? The parties? All of it?

In America today, these questions apply to almost every challenge we face.


The recent tarnish on the Texas Miracle is the result of monopoly governance and small politics. It should serve as a warning to Texans and the nation.

In the same week that NASA successfully delivered a helicopter to Mars, many Texans were without food, water, electricity, communications, and heat, enduring sustained, sub-freezing temperatures alone and in the dark.

How did this happen?

My answer:

  • The Mars project is run by scientists expected to build on facts and…

The best 17 minutes of your day. Any day.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Dr. King’s I Have A Dream speech is good for your soul (and returns us to an important perspective) in turbulent times.

Although we are currently presented with the greatest challenge our democracy has faced in generations, from a political, economic and cultural standpoint, the division we see in America…

Before we move on, we need to make a full stop.

Last week laid bare our compromised politics. Manipulated to meet the lowest expectations of our fellow Amercians and manufactured to leverage vulnerabilities within the American electorate, hyper-partisanship was fanned into full insurrection.

The “servant’s heart” abiding in most Americans was misappropriated by political leaders as a means to selfish ends…


Using new data to educate and engage community coalitions on the issues left behind by today’s divisive politics.

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