Over the past few days, Tony Tinderholt has reminded us, yet again, that he intends to run a campaign based on angry rhetoric devoid of substance, or as it turns out, even 30 seconds of research.  Mr. Tinderholt, my District 94 opponent, took a trip to the border region over Continue Reading..

Divorced From Reality

A longtime observer of Texas politics, Paul Burka, wrote that the Republican Party platform that came out of their convention “ignores the legitimate needs of the state.”  I couldn’t agree more.  What we saw was a classic case of inmates running the asylum, and Continue Reading..

Downright Scary


Let me get this out of the way:  I don’t have a problem with “Open Carry”.  My priority is to keep guns out of the hands of people who do not follow the law or are mentally ill.  Those people can easily obtain a gun with no background check Continue Reading..

Why I Voted YES

I voted YES in the Arlington ISD bond election.  This will serve as my first recorded vote in an election where no incumbent has to answer for a legislative record.  My opponent likes to post things about his support for teachers on Facebook, but he Continue Reading..

Leaders vs. Politicians

The Arlington City Council is a conservative group.  They have been excellent stewards of taxpayer funds, achieving high credit ratings while building a sizable surplus.  In addition to sensible fiscal policy, the people of Arlington also expect the Continue Reading..

Who’s Afraid of This Anyway?

In politics, most major issues divide us right down the middle.  Liberals want more, conservatives want less, and we end up with something in between.  Every once in a while we get what can be called “easy” issues:  honoring a veteran with a special decree or Continue Reading..

For Adults Only


By: Cole Ballweg

The discussion around healthcare reform sounds much like a schoolyard argument. One side says everyone has to play kickball. The other side says they hate kickball more than any other game that has ever been played.


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Looking Back, Looking Forward

First, I want to take a moment to thank Representative Diane Patrick. While she and I have not always seen eye to eye on issues, she has served Arlington admirably for over 20 years. Now that she will no longer represent District 94 in Austin we can only Continue Reading..

No Excuses

By:  Cole Ballweg

Texas is #1 in a lot of things.  But when it comes to voting, and the functions and services of the government that we get as a result, we are often at or near the bottom. In fact, we are dead last in voter participation (#51 if you count D.C.). Continue Reading..