HOUSTON, TEXAS--According to new statistics from the Labor Department, 16,000 new people sought U.S. unemployment benefits. This brought the seasonally adjusted figure to 326,000. In addition, the national employment holds at 6.7 percent. Meanwhile in Texas, the job market is booming and companies are expanding at a rapid rate.
SACRAMENTO — Bob Lanier, a Texas-drawled Democrat who was Houston’s mayor throughout most of the 1990s, told a meeting I attended a few years ago that he fled his blue-collar hometown for Houston because it is an “open city” – a place where anyone from any background could succeed (or fail) based on his own merits.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) lit up the annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday with an impassioned anti-Democratic Party speech that could easily be seen as a tease for the beginning of his second presidential bid.