New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 25, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Officials balk at tough choices
Texas lawmakers kick tough decisions on state budget down the road
Texas lawmakers started the year promising to make hard choices to solve the largest budget shortfall in the state's history.
They delivered one speech after another about not "kicking the can" down the road.
Yet that's exactly what they did.
Gov. Rick Perry signed a budget that was balanced only through accounting maneuvers, rewriting school funding laws, ignoring a growing population and delaying payments on bills coming due in 2013.
It accomplishes, however, what the Republican majority wanted most: It did not raise taxes, took little from the Rainy Day Fund and shifted any future deficits onto the next Legislature.
Those are key talking points for Perry, as he speaks to the conser
vative faithful around the country and considers a run for president in 2012. Many Republican lawmakers have complained privately, and Democrats publicly, that Perry has heavily influenced the
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Representatives don’t grant Obama authority for military operations
The House refused to vote President Barack Obama the authority for U.S. military operations against Libya on Friday but stopped short of cutting off funds for the mission, a mixed message reminiscent of congressional unease on Vietnam and more recent wars.
In a repudiation of the commander in chief, the House voted overwhelmingly against a resolution that would have favored letting the mission continue for one year while barring U.S. ground forces, a resolution the president said he would welcome.
The vote was 295-123, with 70 Democrats abandoning Obama one day after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had made a last-minute plea in a Capitol Hill meeting.
But shortly after that vote, the House turned back a Republican-led effort to cut off money for military hostilities in the Libyan war.
The vote was 238-180. The funding measure would have barred drone attacks and airstrikes but allowed the United States to continue actions in support of NATO.
While the first vote on White House authority has no immediate effect on American involvement in the NATO-led mission, it was an embarrassment to a sitting president and certain to have reverberations in Tripoli and NATO capitals.
The vote marked the first time since 1999 that either House has voted against a president's authority to carry out a military operation. The last time was to limit President Bill Clinton's authority to use ground forces in Kosovo.
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Offerman comes home to play show with Meixner
GOP-led House can’t make quorum
When Republicans grabbed a supermajority in the Texas House, the joke was that Democrats wouldn't even have to show up for the GOP to pass bills into law.
But now it's Republicans who are skipping out on the special session called by Gov. Rick Perry. It happened again Friday when tne House appeared to he well short of the 100 members needed to have a quorum and quickly adjourned without doing
any business. Republicans hold 101 of the chamber's 150 seats.
The session expires next Wednesday. Lawmakers nave yet to pass critical budget and hurricane insurance bills, as well as Perry's pet projects on immigration enforcement and criminalizing invasive airport security pat-downs.
If those fail because of a lack of time or interest, it could be seen as a major embarrassment to a Republican governor with a Republican-
controlled Legislature who's considering a run for president.
"There's still time to get the work done," said Perry spokesman Mark Miner.
Several House Republicans who were at the Capitol on Friday expressed frustration at their colleagues' absence.
"It's important for Republicans to be here absent illness or a family crisis," said Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham.
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By Datondo Moultrie
It takes hard work being this good.
And Catie Offerman has been working at it a long time on her way to becoming the well-rounded entertainer she is today, she and her father said.
The pair spoke Friday as the 17-year-old classically trained violinist (or fiddle player, depending upon now she's feeling) readied herself for a gig that night and the next at New Braunfels' Phoenix Saloon. She had two shows booked for 8 p.m. Friday and 9 p.m. Saturday witn Alex Meixner, along with the Catie Offerman Band.
Both shows were sold out as of Friday, and a third show was added for Sunday.
Offerman, a New Braun-fels-area native, was home schooled and, at about age 4, decided she wanted to take up music. She started playing piano then moved on to the violin by age 9, Offerman said.
"Violin has always stuck out for me," she said. "I absolutely love it."
Offerman said she has been performing professionally since she was about 10. She plays the fiddle annually at Wurstfest and also loves that, she said.
She said there's no difference between a violin or a fiddle, except in the way you play it. She said she plays fiddle at Wurstfest.
"It's the hint of redneck," Offerman said.
She said she has always enjoyed playing classical
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LAUHA McKLNZIt | Herald-Zeitung
Catie Offerman, 17, will be performing tonight to a sold-out crowd at the Phoenix Saloon in downtown New Braunfels.
“A lot of people, when she plays, they’re like, ‘Wow, she’s such a great player for being so young.’ I say you don’t need to put the ‘for being so young’ part on it because she’s just a great player.”
ALEX MEIXNER | Master accordionist