New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels is a city in Comal and Guadalupe counties in the U. S. state of Texas, located in the northeastern part of Greater San Antonio. It is 32 miles from Downtown San Antonio; the city covers 44.9 square miles and has a 2017 estimated population of 79,152. New Braunfels was established in 1845 by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels, Commissioner General of the Adelsverein known as the Noblemen's Society. Prince Solms named the settlement in honor of his home of Germany; the Adelsverein organized hundreds of people in Germany to settle in Texas. Immigrants from Germany began arriving at Galveston in July 1844. Most traveled by ship to Indianola in December 1844, began the overland journey to the Fisher-Miller land grant purchased by Prince Solms. At the urging of John Coffee Hays, who realized the settlers would not have time to build homes and plant crops further inland before winter, as the German settlers were traveling inland along the Guadalupe River, they stopped near the Comal Springs.
Prince Solms bought two leagues of land from Rafael Garza and Maria Antonio Veramendi Garza for $1,111.00. The land was located northeast of San Antonio on El Camino Real de los Tejas and had the strong freshwater Comal Springs, known as Las Fontanas, when the Germans arrived, it was the lower portions of the Fisher-Miller land grant. The first settlers forded the Guadalupe River on Good Friday, March 21, 1845, near the present-day Faust Street bridge; as the spring of 1845 progressed, the settlers built the "Zinkenburg", a fort named for Adelsverein civil engineer Nicolaus Zink, divided the land, began building homes and planting crops. Prince Solms would lay the cornerstone for the Sophienburg, a permanent fort and center for the immigrant association. In 1844, Prince Solms was so disillusioned with the logistics of the colonization that he asked the Vereins to remove him as commissioner-general and appoint a successor; when John O. Meusebach arrived, the finances were in disarray, due in part to Prince Solms' lack of business experience and his refusal to keep financial records.
To a larger degree, the financial situation happened because the Adelsverein was an organization of noblemen with no practical backgrounds at running businesses. They were on the other side of the world and did not witness the situation with which both Prince Solms and Meusebach were dealing. Henry Francis Fisher had not supplied transport and supplies for which the Verein advanced money to him. Meusebach found Prince Solms in Galveston trying to return to Germany, detained by authorities for unpaid bills. Meusebach made good on the debts, so Prince Solms could depart. Meusebach discovered that Prince Solms' choice of the inadequate Carlshafen as a port of entry, as well as the isolated route to New Braunfels, was deliberately chosen to keep the Germans from interacting with any Americans. According to Nicolaus Zink, Prince Solms had planned to establish a German feudal state by secretly bringing in immigrants and placing them in military fortresses. Meusebach, who had renounced his own title of nobility, took a different approach and invited Americans to settle in the Vereins territory.
Prince Solms, being an officer of the Imperial Army of Austria, had kept a uniformed military unit at the ready in Indianola. Meusebach converted the military unit to a more needed work detail. A finance and business structure for the colony was put in place by Meusebach, he provided for adequate food and shelter for the colonists. On August 11, 1845, Hermann Friedrich Seele became the first teacher for the German-English school in New Braunfels. Meusebach established friendly relations with a local tribe of Waco Indians. Upon seeing his reddish-blonde hair, they called him Ma-be-quo-si-to-mu, "Chief with the burning hair of the head". In May 1846, Meusebach received a letter from Count Castell informing him 4,304 emigrants were on their way to Texas. With no funds and no new settlements, the mass of emigrants was stalled at Carlshafen. Meusebach's requests to the Verein for more money, his warnings of pending bankruptcy for the Verein, brought no results; as a last resort, Meusebach instructed D.
H. Klaener to publish the plight in the German news media. Embarrassed by the publicity, the Verein established a $60,000 letter of credit; the amount was not adequate for sustaining the total number of German emigrants in Texas, but Castell sent Philip Cappes as special commissioner to observe the situation. Cappes had been instructed by Castell to observe Meusebach and to secretly report back every detail. By the time Cappes departed in March 1847, he recommended another $200,000 be advanced. Cappes invited Henry Francis Fisher to New Braunfels, in spite of Fisher not being trustworthy to the Verein; as of February 11, 1845, Fisher had been involved in coercing newly arrived immigrants to sign documents stating their intent to depart from the Verein and align with Fisher's friend Dr. Friedrich Schubbert known as Friedrich Strubberg. Cappes was not in town when Meusebach was breakfast host to Fisher on December 31, 1846. Posters had mysteriously appeared about town maligning Meusebach, saying "Curses upon Meusebach the slave driver", inciting colonists to free themselves from his "tyranny".
A group led by Rudolph Iwonski pushed their way into Meusebach's home, colonist C. Herber brandished a whip. Herber was an alleged counterfeiter. Meusebach and Herber shared a dislike of one another; the colonists' list of demands included Meusebach resigning as commissioner-general and turning the colonization over to Fisher. Meusebach kept his composure, but the group became so heated
Friendswood is a city in the U. S. state of Texas. It is part of the Houston -- The Woodlands -- Sugar; the city lies in Harris counties. As of the 2010 census, the population of Friendswood was 35,805. In 2007, CNN/Money Magazine listed Friendswood as one of 100 "America's Best Places to Live" for that year, making it one of 900 small towns recognized since the rankings first began in 2005. Friendswood was founded in 1895 by members of the Religious Society of Friends. Friendswood is located at 29°30′45″N 95°11′53″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city covers a total area of 20.9 square miles, of which 20.7 square miles is land area and 0.15 square miles, or 0.69%, is water. As of the census of 2000, there were 29,037 people, 10,107 households, 8,085 families residing in the city; the population density was 1,381.2 people per square mile. There were 10,405 housing units at an average density of 495.0 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 90.09% White, 2.70% African American, 0.40% Native American, 2.39% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 2.79% from other races, 1.63% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.79% of the population. There were 10,107 households out of which 43.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.5% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 20.0% were non-families. 17.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.3% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.23. In the city, the population was spread out with 30.0% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, 8.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.4 males. In 2010, the mean income for a household was $115,439 and the mean income for a family was $128,898. Males had a median income of $67,084 versus $35,447 for females; the per capita income for the city was $39,515. About 2.3% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.4% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.
The Friendswood Post Office is located at 310 Morningside Drive. Some locations in the City of Houston have Friendswood mailing addresses. NASA astronaut Michael Foreman was elected mayor in 2018; the Baybrook Mall is physically located in the City of Houston. It has a Friendswood mailing address. Students in Friendswood attend schools in either Friendswood Independent School District if they live south of Clear Creek, or Clear Creek Independent School District if they live north of Clear Creek; the CCISD portion is within the Board of Trustees District 4, represented by Stuart J. Stromeyer as of 2008. Cline Elementary School, Westwood Elementary School, Bales Intermediate School, Windsong Intermediate School serve the Friendswood ISD portion of Friendswood. All Friendswood ISD residents are zoned to Friendswood Junior High School and Friendswood High School. Clear Creek ISD students from Friendswood attend Wedgewood Elementary School in Friendswood, Brookside Intermediate School in Friendswood.
Most residents of CCISD Friendswood are zoned to Clear Brook High School in unincorporated Harris County, while some residents of CCISD Friendswood are zoned to Clear Springs High School in League City. Students who live in the area around Friendswood but are in unincorporated Harris County with address listed as Friendswood or Webster attend Greene Elementary School or Landolt Elementary School in unincorporated Harris County for elementary schools. For middle school they are zoned to Westbrook Intermediate School in Houston; the Friendswood Public Library at 416 South Friendswood Drive serves Friendswood. Katie Rose Clarke - Broadway actor, famous for the roles of Clara in Light in the Piazza, Glinda in Wicked, Hannah in Allegiance Greg Bonnen - neurosurgeon and Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from Friendswood Penny Edwards - actress known for many western films. S. Senate in the 2014 primary election Bruce Prichard - former producer for WWE and co-host of Something to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard Bill McArthur - retired United States Army colonel and NASA astronaut and a veteran of three Space Shuttle missions and one expedition to the International Space Station via the Russian Soyuz capsule The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters.
According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Friendswood has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps. The 2014 novel Friendswood, set in the area, was written by René Steinke. City of Friendswood official website Friendswood, Texas from the Handbook of Texas Online Friendswood Public Library
Austin is the capital of the U. S. state of Texas and the seat of Travis County, with portions extending into Hays and Williamson counties. It is the 4th-most populous city in Texas, it is the fastest growing large city in the United States, the second most populous state capital after Phoenix and the southernmost state capital in the contiguous United States. As of the U. S. Census Bureau's July 1, 2017 estimate, Austin had a population of 950,715 up from 790,491 at the 2010 census; the city is the cultural and economic center of the Austin–Round Rock metropolitan statistical area, which had an estimated population of 2,115,827 as of July 1, 2017. Located in Central Texas within the greater Texas Hill Country, it is home to numerous lakes and waterways, including Lady Bird Lake and Lake Travis on the Colorado River, Barton Springs, McKinney Falls, Lake Walter E. Long. In the 1830s, pioneers began to settle the area in central Austin along the Colorado River. In 1839, the site was chosen to replace Houston as the capital of the Republic of Texas and was incorporated under the name "Waterloo."
Shortly afterward, the name was changed to Austin in honor of Stephen F. Austin, the "Father of Texas" and the republic's first secretary of state; the city grew throughout the 19th century and became a center for government and education with the construction of the Texas State Capitol and the University of Texas at Austin. After a severe lull in economic growth from the Great Depression, Austin resumed its steady development, by the 1990s it emerged as a center for technology and business. A number of Fortune 500 companies have headquarters or regional offices in Austin including, 3M, Amazon.com, Apple Inc. Cisco, eBay, General Motors, Google, IBM, Oracle Corporation, PayPal, Texas Instruments, Whole Foods Market. Dell's worldwide headquarters is located in Round Rock. Residents of Austin are known as Austinites, they include a diverse mix of government employees, college students, high-tech workers, blue-collar workers, a vibrant LGBT community. The city's official slogan promotes Austin as "The Live Music Capital of the World," a reference to the city's many musicians and live music venues, as well as the long-running PBS TV concert series Austin City Limits.
The city adopted "Silicon Hills" as a nickname in the 1990s due to a rapid influx of technology and development companies. In recent years, some Austinites have adopted the unofficial slogan "Keep Austin Weird," which refers to the desire to protect small and local businesses from being overrun by large corporations. In the late 19th century, Austin was known as the "City of the Violet Crown," because of the colorful glow of light across the hills just after sunset. Today, many Austin businesses use the term "Violet Crown" in their name. Austin is known as a "clean-air city" for its stringent no-smoking ordinances that apply to all public places and buildings, including restaurants and bars. U. S. News & World Report named Austin the #1 place to live in the U. S. for 2017 and 2018. In 2016, Forbes ranked Austin #1 on its "Cities of the Future" list in 2017 placed the city at that same position on its list for the "Next Biggest Boom Town in the U. S." In 2017, Forbes awarded the South River City neighborhood of Austin its #2 ranking for "Best Cities and Neighborhoods for Millennials."
WalletHub named Austin the #6 best place in the country to live for 2017. The FBI ranked Austin as the #2 safest major city in the U. S. for 2012. Austin, Travis County and Williamson County have been the site of human habitation since at least 9200 BC; the area's earliest known inhabitants lived during the late Pleistocene and are linked to the Clovis culture around 9200 BC, based on evidence found throughout the area and documented at the much-studied Gault Site, midway between Georgetown and Fort Hood. When settlers arrived from Europe, the Tonkawa tribe inhabited the area; the Comanches and Lipan Apaches were known to travel through the area. Spanish colonists, including the Espinosa-Olivares-Aguirre expedition, traveled through the area for centuries, though few permanent settlements were created for some time. In 1730, three missions from East Texas were combined and reestablished as one mission on the south side of the Colorado River, in what is now Zilker Park, in Austin; the mission was in this area for only about seven months, was moved to San Antonio de Béxar and split into three missions.
Early in the 19th century, Spanish forts were established in what are now San Marcos. Following Mexico's independence, new settlements were established in Central Texas, but growth in the region was stagnant because of conflicts with the regional Native Americans. In 1835 -- 1836, Texans won independence from Mexico. Texas thus became an independent country with its own president and monetary system. After Vice President Mirabeau B. Lamar visited the area during a buffalo-hunting expedition between 1837 and 1838, he proposed that the republic's capital in Houston, be relocated to the area situated on the north bank of the Colorado River. In 1839, the Texas Congress formed a commission to seek a site for a new capital to be named for Stephen F. Austin. Mirabeau B. Lamar, second president of the newly formed Republic of Texas, advised the commissioners to investigate the area named Waterloo, noting the area's hills and pleasant surroundings. Waterloo was selected, "Austin" was chosen as the town's new name.
The location was seen as a convenient crossroads for trade routes between Santa Fe and Galveston Bay, as well as routes between northern Mexico and the Red River. Edwin Wall
Sylvia R. Garcia is an American politician, serving as the U. S. Representative for Texas's 29th congressional district seat since 2019, she was elected on November 6, 2018. A member of the Democratic Party, she represented District 6 in the Texas Senate. Sylvia Garcia was born in Palito Blanco in west central Jim Wells County, the daughter of Rick and Antonia Rodriguez Garcia, she is the eighth of ten children. Garcia attended Texas Woman's University on a scholarship, she graduated with a degree in social work. After completing her studies, she began her career as a social worker, she received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law. In the early 1980s, Houston Mayor Kathryn Whitmire appointed Garcia as presiding judge of the Houston Municipal System, she served for an unprecedented five terms under two mayors. In 1998, Garcia became Houston city controller. Garcia was elected to the Harris County Commissioner's Court in 2002, she was the first woman and first Latina elected to that post in her own right.
Her precinct featured a major base of operations for NASA, the nation's largest petrochemical complex, the Houston Ship Channel and the Port of Houston, the sixth largest port in the world. Garcia was defeated for reelection to the Harris County Commissioner's Court in 2010 by Republican Jack Morman. In 2013, Garcia defeated State Representative Carol Alvarado in a special election runoff to replace the late state Senator Mario Gallegos. Garcia took the oath of office for state senator on March 11, 2013, she served on the Criminal Justice, Intergovernmental Relations, Natural Resources and Economic Development, Transportation committees. Garcia ran unopposed in the 2016 general election. Environment Texas's Legislative Scorecard has given Garcia a lifetime rating of 96% for her voting record concerning environmental legislation. In 2017, she voted against the environment regarding bee protection, she voted in favor of the environment on issues such as green infrastructure, electric cars, fracking enforcement, tire dumping, wind energy, clean air, pollution lawsuits.
1992 While still serving as a municipal judge, Garcia ran in the Democratic primary for the newly-created 29th congressional seat in 1992. She finished third in the five-way primary–the real contest in this Democratic, Latino-majority district– behind City Councilman Ben Reyes and State Senator Gene Green. Green went on to win the runoff, would hold the seat for 26 years. 2018 Green announced his retirement in November 2017, Garcia–who by held the state senate seat Green once held–entered a crowded seven-way Democratic primary. The district was still a Democratic stronghold, whoever won the primary would be an overwhelming favorite in November. Garcia got a significant boost when Green endorsed her as his successor, saying that "she's a legislator, that's what a member of Congress should be." She won the primary with 63 percent of the vote. Her Republican opponent, Phillip Aronoff, used the sexual harassment and wrongful termination allegations against Garcia. Garcia handily won the general election.
She and Veronica Escobar became the first Latina congresswomen from Texas. Committee on Financial Services Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship Congressional Hispanic Caucus Congressional Progressive Caucus Days before the 2018 election, a video was posted on YouTube, alleging that Garcia has been accused of sexual harassment and wrongful termination, over events occurring in 1995. Garcia refutes the claims. Women in the United States House of Representatives Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia official U. S. House website Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Profile at Vote Smart Financial information at the Federal Election Commission Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
Dan Patrick (politician)
Dan Goeb Patrick is an American radio talk show host and politician. He is the 42nd and current lieutenant governor of Texas, serving since January 2015. From Baltimore, Patrick began his career as a radio and television broadcaster. After forming a chain of sports bars and subsequently going bankrupt, he became a radio host again, this time becoming a conservative commentator. From 2007 to 2015, Patrick was a Republican member of the Texas Senate for the 7th District, which included a small portion of the city of Houston and several Houston-area suburbs located in northwest Harris County. Patrick defeated three-term incumbent David Dewhurst in the primary runoff for lieutenant governor on May 27, 2014, he won the position in the fall general election. He was re-elected in 2018. Patrick was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 4, 1950, he was reared in a blue-collar neighborhood in East Baltimore. He is the only child of the former Vilma Jean Marshall and Charles Anthony Goeb, who worked at the Baltimore Sun for thirty-one years as a newspaper vendor, before he retired in 1984.
In life, he changed his surname from Goeb to Patrick. Patrick graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Patrick started his first radio job in 1968 at the age of 18. After college, in 1977, he became a television broadcaster at WNEP-TV in Pennsylvania. Patrick held a similar position at WTTG in Washington, D. C. before he became the lead sportscaster with KHOU-TV in Houston. As a broadcaster, Patrick was able to get attention through various stunts, such as painting himself blue in support for the Houston Oilers and wearing a large cowboy hat, he became the second most popular TV personality in Houston by 1983, as well as one of the most well-known, though surveys found that he was one of the most disliked. Patrick had excellent public speaking skills, which caused him to be nicknamed "the Silver-tongued Devil." Patrick left his job at KHOU in the mid-1980s after failing to reach an agreement with the station's new ownership for a long-term contract.
According to Patrick, as his surname from birth, was not pleasant-sounding or spelled as it sounded, he did not use it from his first day as a radio host. Instead, he used the pseudonym Dan Scott; when Patrick became a television broadcaster in 1977, he changed his air name at the request of the person who hired him in order to avoid confusing Patrick with another anchor at a competitor station with the last name of Scott. Patrick chose Dan Patrick, with "Patrick" being his middle name of his wife's brother. Patrick continued to use this name, by the time he changed his name around 2004, he and his family were known as the Patricks. In November 1983, Patrick and several investors opened one of the first sports bars in the U. S. which they named Dan and Nick's Sportsmarket. The bar did well for a time, due to "the strength of Patrick’s personality" and an oil boom in Houston at the time, they took ownership of five sports bars in the city. Patrick's mother was the company bookkeeper. Questions arose during the 2014 lieutenant governor's race about the immigration status of one of Patrick's employees, Miguel "Mike" Andrade.
Patrick and Andrade offered different recollections about Andrade's employment. The matter was raised by one of Patrick's opponents, Jerry Patterson, who questioned Patrick's declared commitment to halt illegal immigration; when the oil boom ended, Houston's economy fell, something which fatally hurt Patrick's sports bar chain. In 1986, after the sports bars failed, Patrick filed for personal bankruptcy. In October 1992, the case was closed, discharging several hundred thousand dollars in remaining debts. Patrick, who stated it took him 10 years for him and his family "to regain financial equilibrium," has and discussed the ordeal and stated how it shaped him as an individual and conservative. Soon after his bankruptcy, Patrick "reinvented himself." He became a conservative talk radio host in the 1990s. He began by buying a four-hour timeslot at AM 700 KSEV in the summer of 1987, he was a sports radio host, operating out of his remaining sports bar. However, he was able to take over the radio station in 1988, he switched to politics shortly afterward.
He hosted. The program, Dan Patrick & Friends, was broadcast in the Houston radio market on KSEV and in Dallas on AM 1160 KVCE. Patrick grew influential through his talk radio career, he earned high name recognition. As a talk radio host, Patrick advocated for fiscal conservatism, evangelical Christian values on social issues, he became a vocal opponent of illegal immigration, he was known as a populist. Patrick's talk radio career was instrumental to his political rise, including his election and influence in the State Senate and his eventual election as lieutenant governor. One notable decision Patrick made as the owner of a talk radio station was to sign Rush Limbaugh, not well known at the time, to be heard on KSEV in 1989, via radio syndication. Limbaugh's success as a national talk show host helped raise the popularity of Patrick's radio station. By February 2006, Patrick owned one radio station. In 2006, Patrick signed a deal to purchase radio station KMGS AM 1160 in Texas. By 2013, Patrick was the majority owner of two radio stations, in Dallas radio markets.
Patrick continued broadcasting after his election as a State Senator, he continued to own KSEV after his election as lieutenant governor. Patrick cons
Bob Hall (politician)
Robert Lee Hall, known as Bob Hall, is an American politician, a Republican member of the Texas State Senate. Aligned with the Tea Party movement, he succeeded fellow Republican Bob Deuell, whom he unseated by three hundred votes in the Republican runoff election held on May 27, 2014. Hall graduated in 1960 with honors from George D. Chamberlain High School in Tampa, Florida, he is an Eagle Scout. In 1964, Hall received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. At The Citadel, he was cited in Who's Who in American Universities. Hall was a captain in the United States Air Force. From 1984 to 2013, he operated a business, Professional Proposal Management, Inc. which assisted companies in obtaining government contracts. Hall's run against incumbent State Senator Bob Deuell was his second run for public office. Hall had filed and campaigned for the same seat in 2012, but was subsequently disqualified due to failure to meet constitutional residency requirements.
Hall received endorsements from various conservative individuals and organizations including former Texas Republican State Chairman Cathie Adams, who praised Hall's commitment. Hall unseated Deuell in a runoff election, 18,230 votes to 17,930. Deuell had led a three-candidate field in the primary with 23,847 votes; because he fell short of a majority, he was placed in the runoff with the number-two candidate, Bob Hall, who in the primary polled 19,085 votes. The remaining 6,240 votes went to Mark Thompson. With his nomination in hand, Hall defeated Libertarian Party nominee, Don Bates, in the November 4 general election. One January 23, 2019, the chairmanship of the Agriculture committee was given to Hall after the chairmanship was taken from Kel Seliger, who had made a lewd comment to a female staff member of Lt. Governor Dan Patrick. Hall votes against unfunded mandates on local public schools, he supported numerous pieces of legislation regarding unfunded mandates in education including SB 1068, which amends Chapter 38.101 of the Education Code so that an assessment of the physical fitness of a student may only be done at the request of the student's parents, SB 1309, which removes all mandates for teacher training and student instruction on internet safety, teen dating violence, bullying and paternity, child abuse, bus safety.
During his tenure as a Senator, Hall has supported pro-life legislation. Examples of supported legislation by Hall include SB 10, which created stricter abortion requirements at Health Care Facilities. Hall has been described as a Second Amendment advocate voting against restrictions on gun ownership, he voted in favor of HB 910. Hall has voted on several pieces of property tax reform legislation. SB 1 would require cities and counties to hold an election if they plan to increase their property tax revenues by 6%, regardless of whether they are increasing the actual tax rate or just taking advantage of rising property values. Hall voted for the 2015 budget bill, which put billions of dollars into property tax relief funds to buy down local property taxes for 2015. In the 2018 Republican primary, Hall was challenged by state representative Cindy Burkett, who ran as a politically moderate alternative to him. Hall defeated her in the March 2018, primary election. Hall won his second state Senate term in the general election held on November 6, 2018.
With 152,659 votes, he defeated the Democrat Kendall Scudder, who finished with 104,528. Hall and his wife, the former Sarah Kay Smith, a native of Commerce in Hunt County in East Texas, live in Tailwind Airpark in Edgewood, a community for pilots and aviation enthusiasts which has its own runway and hangars; the couple has three adult sons. Bob Hall's Texas Senate page Official website Bob Hall at the Texas Tribune