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 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Remember When

I wonder whether or not there is anyone besides me old enough to remember when there was no bridge to Bridge City. When one was driving west out of Orange, as you neared the Neches... — Updated 1/11/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Be Prepared

As a boy I was fascinated by books telling tales of gallant knights saving the people. It was exciting to read about Ivanhoe, King Arthur and other errant knights going forth to... — Updated 1/4/2022

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Democracy's Greatest Danger

After chairing the Texas Senate Education Committee for several years, I am absolutely convinced that although education is expensive, it is not near so expensive as ignorance. I... — Updated 12/28/2021

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Real people once answered the phone

If you are over 60 years old there is an additional plague attacking you rather than the current virus. I am absolutely convinced that computers were invented to drive us old folks... — Updated 12/21/2021

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Texas Prospectives: What's in a Name

Recently, Governor Abbott has made a been to-do about the fact that Beto is not is not Beto O’Rourke’s real name. O’Rourke’s real name is Robert Francis O’Rourke. The gove... — Updated 12/14/2021

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Texas Governor Series: Rick Perry

Rick Perry (Richard Perry) was the 47th governor of Texas, serving from 2000-2015. Perry served as the longest presiding governor of Texas after being elevated from lieutenant... — Updated 11/30/2021

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Texas Governor Series: Ann Richards and George W. Bush

While Ann Richards about whom I have already written succeeded Bill Clements, one short article in the Penny Record does not give adequate credit or respect to Ann Richards by becom... — Updated 11/23/2021

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Texas Governor Series: Ann Richards succeeds Bill Clements

Ann Richards succeeded Bill Clements. Her familiarity with state politics began while secretary to Sara Weddington. Weddington is well known for having argued the case of Roe v. Wad... — Updated 11/16/2021

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Texas Governor Series: re-election of Bill Clements

Bill Clements was only the second governor to have served as governor, suffered a defeat and made a return. The other governor sharing this unique election experience was Ma... — Updated 11/2/2021

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Texas Governor Series: Mark White

Mark White was the governor who succeeded Bill Clements' first term in office. White was a member of a prominent Houston law firm. On his first political venture he defeated Price... — Updated 10/26/2021

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Texas Governor Series: William (Bill) Clements

William (Bill) Clements was elected after Dolph Briscoe. Clements defeated a former attorney general for Texas, John Hill, who was a prominent trial lawyer prior to being elected... — Updated 10/19/2021

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Texas Governor Series: Dolph Briscoe

The forty-first governor of Texas was Dolph Briscoe, who served from 1973-1979. Briscoe was a conservative Democrat and was elected at a time when Texas was still a one-party... — Updated 10/12/2021

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Texas Governor Series: remembering governor Preston Smith

John Connally was succeeded as governor by Preston Smith who served from 1969-1973. Smith had been lieutenant governor from 1963-1969. Smith was from Lubbock, Texas and while... — Updated 10/5/2021

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Texas Governors: Series II

Connally stayed in office through two, two-year terms and was the first governor to serve a four-year term. Connally's second run for governor was again opposed by Yarborough. I... — Updated 9/28/2021

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Texas Governors: Series II by former State Sen. Carl Parker

In 1962, the year I was first elected to the Legislature, John Connally was elected governor in a very close Democratic Primary. He succeeded by narrowly defeating a young... — Updated 9/21/2021

 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Introduction to Review of Governors

This article will be the beginning of a series in which I will examine and comment on the various governors in office during my political career. I served in the Legislature during... — Updated 9/14/2021

 By Carl Parker    Editorial

Organized labor, the power that helped fuel SE Texas

From the 40s to the 60s organized labor was the most potent political and economic force in Southeast Texas. Jefferson and Orange Counties had the highest per capita income in the... — Updated 8/31/2021


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