Evidence of subconscious racism shows up at Honda

Thousands of black, Latino, Asian and Pacific Islander Honda buyers will be getting rebate checks in the coming months after the car maker discovered dealers were boosting interest rates for minorities. American Honda Finance Corp. reached a $24 million settlement with federal prosecutors after statistics showed that dealers consistently charged minorities more for loans. Minorities […]

Essay: A son of the South, but no longer of the South

My great-great-grandfather owned slaves, and I now know there was no such thing as a good slaveholder. For many people who trace their heritage to the antebellum South, that statement is apostasy. For over 150 years, proud descendants of Confederate rebels have proclaimed that our ancestors were good to their slaves, and that President Abraham […]

Tomlinson Hill is #23 on the New York Times Bestseller List

I post most news about Tomlinson Hill on the book, film and interactive website dedicated to that project, but I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone here for their support that helped Tomlinson Hill come in at #23 on the New York Times Bestseller List for Aug. 10, 2014. This is more than […]

Business Solution Can Ease Problem of the Under-banked

Providing financial services to the poor and credit-challenged is big money in America, generating $89 billion a year in fees and interest. But companies that once eschewed these customers are seeing the chance to profit, while potentially improving people’s lives. Houston happens to be one of the three most “under-banked” cities in America, and Texas […]

A SLAPP Silences Stay-at-Home Dad in Magnolia

Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough attracts attention for his financial tip service by attacking what he calls “Old Wall Street” on Twitter, ridiculing analysts and belittling their track records. So what does McCullough do when a stay-at-home dad in Magnolia, Texas, challenges him? Sue for defamation to silence him, of course. Hedgeye’s lawsuit has all the […]

2014 promises political change in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Elections and court rulings could bring tremendous changes to Texas in 2014, reshaping the political landscape for the first time in more than a decade. Texans will choose a new governor, attorney general, comptroller, land commissioner, agriculture commissioner and railroad commissioner. The only question for voters is whether to hand out […]

Immigrant Game Put Republicans in Tight Spot

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — When young Texas conservatives announced a “catch an illegal immigrant” game, they expected condemnation from the left. But the surprise came when fellow Texas Republicans either denounced them or remained conspicuously silent. Perhaps no incident better crystalizes how the state GOP is trying to mitigate its immigration policies to win Hispanic […]

Conservative Students at UT Austin Stage Fake Immigrant Capture Game

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Young Conservatives of Texas announced Monday they will play a “Catch an Illegal Immigrant Game” this week on the University of Texas at Austin, drawing condemnation from Democrats and a threat of expulsion from campus officials. The game is planned for Wednesday when club members will wander the campus wearing […]

UT Discrimination Lawsuit Asks Important Questions

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Sixty-seven years after the first lawsuit over who gets to attend the University of Texas, a federal appeals court is again judging the school’s fairness and drafting a ruling that could change college affirmative action programs nationwide. On one side, officials at the flagship campus in Austin insist they’ve developed a […]

No lessons yet from Voter ID law

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has enforced its Voter ID law for the first time statewide, but there isn’t enough data yet to claim the law was either harmless or an affront to voters’ rights. There were no major problems reported at polling stations during early voting or on Election Day last week. But there […]