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October 12, 2012
(AUSTIN)—As Texas Land Commissioner and the elected head of the General Land Office, my job is to generate income from state land and mineral resources that are constitutionally dedicated to funding public education, provide veterans' benefits through the Texas Veterans Land Board, and protect the environme...more


March 06, 2012
()—Now, 176 years after the 13-day siege and bloody battle that forever earned its place in history, The Alamo remains under attack.  Today's enemies are slow decay due to the passage of time and a public consciousness that views The Alamo as an iconic attraction instead of a shrine to honore...more

Confederate license plates honor history

August 17, 2011
()—"I'll not willingly offend, Nor be easily offended; What's amiss I'll strive to mend, And endure what can't be mended" -- Isaac Watts A request by The Sons of Confederate Veterans to honor their forefather's service with a Texas license plate is a simple fund-raising effort by a historical associa...more

“One nation, under God” under fire in Houston

July 12, 2011
(AUSTIN)—I can only imagine what my dad or grandpa - both interred at the Houston National Cemetery - would have to say about the current federal bureaucrat in charge of censoring prayers at those hallowed grounds.  A lawsuit filed by a Houston minister contends the U.S. Department of Veterans Affa...more

Saving a lizard … or reptile dysfunction?

Saving a lizard … or reptile dysfunction?

May 26, 2011
(AUSTIN)— AUSTIN - Consider this next time you pull up to the gas pump: While you wince at filling up with $4-a-gallon gas, your federal government is working hard to shut down oil production around the nation including here in Texas, the leading producer of domestic oil and gas. This folly is all because o...more

General Land Office Oil Spill Prevention and Response Program celebrates 20 years of readiness

March 18, 2011
(AUSTIN)—When the Deepwater Horizon undersea oil rig blew out in the Gulf of Mexico last year, adjacent Texas had an advantage no other coastal state can claim - an oil spill response program with prepositioned equipment, expertise and most importantly, well-rehearsed plans for protecting our state's waters...more

Open Beaches Act: A Texas legal tradition worth defending

December 07, 2010
()—J. David Breemer, the California attorney who worked - pro bono, he reminds us - to end public access to West Galveston beaches, isn't feeling very appreciated. It seems some Texans who enjoy fishing, surfing or just splashing in the waves at one of the state's premiere beaches don't understand how...more

Port Isabel cleanup a success

August 16, 2010
(AUSTIN)—Across the Texas coast, abandoned and submerged vessels pose a serious threat to both navigation and the environment. These old shrimp boats, barges and other heavy commercial vessels litter the waterways for years, sometimes decades, because cash-strapped local governments just don't have the hund...more

Renewable energy is renewable revenue for Texas

Renewable energy is renewable revenue for Texas

April 22, 2010
(AUSTIN)—Nearly four years ago, the Texas General Land Office signed the nation's first ever lease for offshore wind power. Since then, major hurricanes and economic storms have blown away plans to have turbines up and running by now. But that doesn't mean we're not earning real money. After all, that's wha...more

Oil spill no reason to oppose offshore drilling

February 03, 2010
(AUSTIN)—As other states and the federal government dither over the decision to drill offshore or not to drill here at home, I think they ought to take a close look at the recent oil spill in Port Arthur. This spill is a good example of how, in Texas, we've learned to both protect our environment as well as...more

Veterans Day 2009

Veterans Day 2009

November 06, 2009
(AUSTIN)— These are troubled times.  At home, adrift in endless stories of buyouts, bailouts and burgeoning government spending, some Americans have let slip from their consciousness the fact that men and women are risking their lives in service to this country everyday. After all, Afghanistan and ...more