Stories by Mark R. Yzaguirre

Mark R. Yzaguirre is an attorney in Houston, Texas.

Drug Cartels Get More Sophisticated

January 3rd, 2012 at 2:23 pm 17 Comments

The violence in Mexico related to drug trafficking has continued over the past year, even though it hasn’t been in the headlines in the US in recent months. While in some cases there has been a lull in the violence, such as in Ciudad Mier, a small border town that was largely abandoned because of drug cartel violence and is now recovering from the destruction it had suffered, the carnage still continues.

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Will Rick Perry Ever Quit?

December 19th, 2011 at 9:23 am 10 Comments

Jay Root at the Texas Tribune came out with a huge scoop this past week regarding the personal finances of Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Apparently, Perry has technically retired as a Texas state employee and has started receiving pension payments. This has garnered quite a bit of criticism for various reasons, including the fact that Rick Perry is still the Governor of Texas.

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Rick Perry’s Collateral Damage

December 13th, 2011 at 1:15 pm 36 Comments

The epic collapse of Texas Governor Rick Perry’s Presidential campaign has been much-discussed with an emphasis on how this collapse affects his political future. This is to be expected, but a debacle like this will inevitably take down the fortunes of others.

I’m not talking about people like the staffers who left former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s campaign for Perry’s campaign. That’s too obvious and they are professionals who made their political beds. I’m talking about the innocent victims of the Perry campaign’s decline.

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Don’t Reform Law School; Abridge it

November 28th, 2011 at 2:47 pm 34 Comments

The New York Times published an editorial several days ago which discussed the need for reform of legal education in the United States.

This editorial took particular aim at the casebook method approach to legal education (sometimes also called the case method, as in the article) and suggested that the casebook method is outdated and in need of replacement.

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Yes, You Can Get an Affordable Education

November 21st, 2011 at 12:00 pm 26 Comments

Noah Kristula-Green and David Frum have written articles in the past week about the high cost of college tuition and its linkage to student loan debt. Noah aptly points out that one way affluent parents can pass along wealth to their children is by paying for college so their children won’t have a debt burden upon graduation and David mentions the fact that most private colleges have similar tuition rates, regardless of their academic rank, so there’s no real price competition.

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Perry’s Money Machine Sputters

November 18th, 2011 at 12:32 am 17 Comments

Back in August, which was a couple of political lifetimes ago, I wrote a piece about Texas Governor Rick Perry’s strong fundraising base, specifically his unique ability to access a key part of the GOP’s fundraising base–wealthy Republicans in Texas.

Well, it looks like that money machine is sputtering like a confused politician at a presidential debate.

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Why Cruz Pretends to Believe Conspiracies

October 30th, 2011 at 12:13 am 33 Comments

The race for the GOP nomination for US Senator from Texas took an odd turn recently. Ted Cruz, the former Solicitor General of Texas, is running for this seat against various opponents, including Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, who is widely considered to be the frontrunner at this time.

At events in Tyler and Sugarland, Texas, Cruz referred to the New York–based Council on Foreign Relations as “a pernicious nest of snakes” that is acting to undermine US sovereignty, as shown in an article (with video) by Ben Smith in Politico.

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Rick Perry for Student Body President!

October 17th, 2011 at 1:00 pm 27 Comments

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted a piece about Governor Rick Perry’s presidential campaign here at FrumForum. This certainly hasn’t been because there’s been a lack of media attention on his campaign and needless to say, not all of this attention has been positive.

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NPR Prepares for a Future Without Government Support

October 10th, 2011 at 10:00 am 15 Comments

Several months ago, I wrote a piece here at FrumForum in which I stated that National Public Radio would be better off going without federal funding, because of the constant political headaches such funding entails.  I also suggested that changes in the media world, namely the rise of digital media, raises questions about old distribution and fundraising models for NPR and argues for changes in such models.  According to a recent article in Politico by Keach Hagey, it appears that NPR’s leadership is considering such possibilities.  As stated in the Hagey piece:

And for that reason, NPR executives during [former NPR CEO] Schiller’s tenure explored ways they could wean themselves from taxpayer dollars and the political distractions they bring, according to sources familiar with the discussions.  Schiller suggested such a need herself in a tweet praising the choice of Knell: “New @npr CEO Gary Knell is an experienced leader, a good man and a friend. Best shot to liberate pubradio from untenable reliance on fed $$”  Such discussions have been going on, in one way or another, for a long time.  “For years and years, people have always discussed whether there is a way that NPR could eventually be independent of government funds,” said Daniel Zwerdling, a longtime NPR reporter.

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Perry: Media Bubble Boy

September 30th, 2011 at 12:13 am 27 Comments

Texas Governor Rick Perry has had a tough week politically because of his weak performance at the last GOP presidential debate. He’s had to backtrack from comments he made and his standing in the polls has taken a hit. There’s been a lot of commentary regarding why Perry hasn’t done as well as he and his supporters have hoped.

While there are many factors underlying this issue, I’d suggest one reason for Perry’s lackluster performance is because he hasn’t faced direct, sharp questioning for much of his political career and he’s functioned in something of a bubble for quite some time. Right now, his policies and background are being scrutinized to a degree he isn’t accustomed to.

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