Unlike this year’s U.S. Senate races, mainly being fought in Trump-friendly states, many of the most contested House electoral battles are for Republican-held seats in more Democratic-leaning places. That enhances the odds of Democrats winning control of the House and presents a dilemma for Republican incumbents: Do they strike some distance from President Trump or continue to march in lockstep with him in Congress? Don’t look for any mass Republican defections, even if the probe of any Trump ties to Russia escalates.

Gauging the paucity of comments received about the glaring absence of longtime McLennan County Precinct 2 Commissioner Lester Gibson from commissioners court meetings, and over many months, many constituents appear unconcerned. One reason might well be his handy, efficient assistant, Pat Chisolm-Miller, who has 22 years of knowledge about the precinct and inner workings of county government. She obviously has been able to oversee at least some of Gibson’s obligations and duties, even though she does not sit on the court as an elected policymaker.

In an editorial last week, the Trib editorial board argued against the Republican tax bill on the grounds it amounted to increased deficit-spending, contrary to long-established conservative principles, and was passed in haste, confusion and secrecy by lawmakers, some of whom obviously had not read the bill. Result: a groundswell of pushback, including from those unacquainted with the concept of newspaper editorials:

Evangelist Billy Graham, one of my few heroes, almost made it to 100! He died on Wednesday, just months shy of his centenary birthday. Unfortunately, I believe, the public will not remember him as he really was because of the prominence of his son Franklin, who recently spoke in Waco. Franklin is a leading spokesman for the new version of the so-called “Religious Right” that many of us view as less generous than the Graham we remember.