Legislation should be introduced to fine the president $100,000 a day for each day the government is shut down. Every senator should be fined $50,000 a day and every member of the House of Representatives should be fined $25,000 a day while the government is closed. These fines should be required to be paid in full before any of these individuals are allowed to resume their offices.

While I don’t know all of the facts concerning the case against Jacob Walter Anderson, I am appalled by the plea deal granted him. All that comes from this is a man now walking the streets, confident he can get away with allegedly raping a woman. He has admitted to unlawful restraint, a third-degree felony. What was he doing when he restrained this woman?

Republican Congressman Bill Flores, 17th Congressional District (including Waco): “America has suffered a great loss with the passing of our 41st president, George H.W. Bush. He was a true patriot and the epitome of a public servant — serving in the Navy, in Congress, as an ambassador, as CIA director, as vice president and as president of the United States of America. He was a strong advocate for public and community service by encouraging volunteerism and for Americans to aspire to help one another.

Texas Secretary of State David Whitley’s press release last month contending that 95,000 non-U.S. citizens with driver’s licenses or ID cards also had voter registration records in Texas — and that some 58,000 had voted in at least one election — has by now proven one of the most botched debuts of any state official in recent memory. To compound matters, in last week’s Senate confirmation hearing, the interim secretary displayed stunning ignorance about matters he should have definitively nailed down, given the certainty of state senators’ questions.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Thursday that President Trump would declare a national emergency as a pretext for building The Border Wall™ — Sponsored by Mexico (disclaimer: wall will not be sponsored by Mexico). It’s a broken campaign promise that’s right up there with classics like “Read my lips, no new taxes” (George H.W. Bush) and “If you like the plan you have, you can keep it” (Barack Obama).