Articles by Philip Sevilla

Sizzling Summer Legislative Session Has Begun

Congratulations to Governor Greg Abbott and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick. The hot summer legislative session of 2017 has begun at the Texas state capitol. This past Tuesday was opening day for the legislative special session called by the Governor to complete the work left undone by the state legislators at the end of May. First order of business was the sunset deadline, an automatic process which would have shut down state agencies this year.  In 1977 the Texas Legislature created the Sunset process to periodically assess the necessity for existing agencies carrying out the responsibilities of state government. The Senate…


High Stakes Showdown in Austin

The 2017 Texas legislative special session will begin next week on July 18th at the state Capitol. Governor Greg Abbott underscored his frustration in his announcement on June 6th expressing that a “special session was entirely avoidable, and there was plenty of time for the legislature to forge compromises to avoid the time and taxpayer expense of a special session.” The 30 day summer session has a substantial agenda pinpointing twenty legislative priorities of the Governor that were left undone in the 140 day regular session which ended in May. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was more direct in his assessment…


Gay Pride, Religious Liberty, and Good Judgment

What’s so bad about gay pride celebrations? We just had one in San Antonio last Saturday at  Crockett Park and North Main Street – a street where the gay festival attendees and  neighboring restaurants were festooned with a uniformly gaudy display of rainbow banners, flags, hats, capes, T-shirts, shorts, socks, umbrellas, bandanas, bikini tops, etc. Inside the chain link enclosed festival area were booths hawking, you got it,  rainbow flags, hats, capes and assorted bric-a-brac. Remember these sponsors at the festival next time you consider patronizing their services or products:  USAA, Univision, State Farm, AAA, Wells Fargo, Tesoro, Nationwide, Luby’s,…


Wonder Woman: “It Is My Sacred Duty to Save the World”

WONDER WOMAN  MPAA Rating: PG-13 Release Date: June 2, 2017 Cast: Gal Gadot as Princess Diana, Wonder Woman Chris Pine, Capt. Kirk in the remake of Star Trek, as Steve Trever Connie Nielsen from the Gladiator as Queen Hippolyta Robin Wright from Forrest Gump as Princess Diana’s aunt and trainer, Antiope Danny Huston from Clash of the Titans (Poseidon)  as German General Ludendorff (Villain) Wonder Woman is a full length feature film released June 2nd, produced by the highly successful DC Entertainment Enterprise which has developed superhero genre movies from classic comics characters including Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, the Flash,…


City Charter Amendments Are Coming!

Many San Antonio residents may not be aware that San Antonio is a home rule city, a political subdivision, a municipality within the state of Texas in which citizens have adopted a home rule charter, the official document that governs the city’s government structure, distribution of powers, and duties as well as a code of ordinances. The city’s charter is to the city government what the U.S. Constitution is the federal government. Unlike the federal government where a constitutional change is a difficult undertaking that involves all the states, the city’s charter can be amended much more easily requiring the…


All Eyes on Mayor Ron Nirenberg

In Jeff Judson’s article published in the Alamo Torch a couple of weeks ago, he titled his essay, “Let’s Hope You Don’t Get What You Asked For”. He warned that if you live in the San Antonio metro area and you think traffic congestion is bad, Mayor Ron Nirenberg, the “green mayor” has a plan for you. Get out of your cars and, according to his campaign book, get ready to see city streets retrofitted to accommodate bus and bicycle lanes and “future high capacity transit” which is code for, you guessed it, the twice failed big streetcar construction boondoggle…


What Happened in the City Runoff Election of 2017?

Watching the San Antonio election results on Election Day last Saturday evening was certainly no nail-biting affair. The results were clearly evident during the seven o’clock hour when the early voting report scrolled across the TV screens, even though the tallies from the 30% of the votes from election day  was yet to be counted. There never was a substantial change in the numbers before the final winners and losers were declared. In the aftermath of the election, a common reaction of the local conservative leaders I interviewed after election day was denial followed by horror then a sense of…


The Politics of Gender Dysphoria

It’s come down to this …. the bathroom wars in America. Judging by the acrimonious legislative battle in Austin these past months, Texas is in the crosshairs of the second generation sexual revolutionaries looking to score another victory for freedom and diversity by recreating and redefining the nature of human beings. After all this is the 21st century, according to the progressives. “Get with it, people!” In the last one, contraception and abortion laws fell, homosexual attraction was erased as a pathological disorder from 1973 on as decided by some members of the American Psychiatric Association, the same year seven…


2017 RUNOFF ELECTION JUNE 10th VOTE FOR CYNTHIA BREHM, DISTRICT 8

The hotly contested municipal runoff election is around the corner. Early voting ends Tuesday, June 6th.  Voting day is Saturday, June 10th. The race between Cynthia Brehm and Manny Pelaez is narrowing. It is my opinion that Cynthia is the better candidate to represent her district and all of San Antonio.  Cynthia has a fresh, well-informed perspective on the business of city government and the views of San Antonio residents. Manny Pelaez brags that he has extensive experience as an insider working on commissions tied to the city like VIA, the Bond committee, San Antonio Water Systems, etc. He does…


Deliverance from Endless Jihad

Imagine that the memorial site in the image above was in downtown San Antonio in front of the San Fernando Cathedral rather than at St. Ann’s Square in Manchester, England. The square overflowing with tributes of flowers and balloons represented the terrible anguish and suffering the families, friends, and residents of Manchester were expressing in their sorrow and mourning for the senseless murders and maiming of innocent lives, mostly young girls attending the concert of American singer, Ariana Grande, in Manchester on May 22nd. Why did the 22-year-old Muslim suicide bomber, Salman Abadi, son of Libyan refugee immigrants, take his…