Mark and Charlie's Blog

Since 2013, Tesla Motors has pleaded unsuccessfully with lawmakers to allow Texans to buy its electric cars without a middleman dealer. Last week, though, the carmaker won endorsement by state GOP convention delegates of letting consumers buy cars directly from manufacturers. It...
Caught in a cycle of traffic tickets and expensive surcharges, Valerie Gonzales kept driving, even as she amassed fines of more than $4,500 she had no hope of paying. The 31-year-old mother did not have a driver’s license but said she needed to get her five children to school...
R esidents of most cities, even Cleveland, have a sense of civic pride. New Yorkers have Stockholm syndrome, and they will tolerate almost anything from their city: Show them hideous subterranean vermin and Pizza Rat becomes an unofficial city mascot. Renting a one-bedroom...
An overwhelming majority of Republican voters say their party’s leaders should get behind Donald J. Trump , even as he enters the general election saddled with toxic favorability ratings among the broader electorate, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. And as...
For supporters and detractors alike, few services exemplify the modern “on-demand” economy more than ride-hailing apps. Unlike traditional taxi cabs that require customers to hail a car on the street or call into a central dispatch, these apps allow users to request a ride using...
Americans who use ride-hailing apps believe the services are a positive force in the economy, and they should not be regulated like traditional taxis, according to a survey conducted by an independent research group. The survey, released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center,...
A Garland teenager convicted of killing his girlfriend’s mother and stepfather in 2010 when he was 13 years old is set to go free on parole next month. Police say the 13-year-old daughter of the mother killed put up the boy to it. Both teens agreed to peal bargains on capital...
Gov. Greg Abbott has called for tweaking the state's highly controversial Top 10 Percent Rule for college admissions, another sign that the law could be at risk when the Texas Legislature convenes in 2017. In an interview with the University of Texas at Austin alumni magazine...
Texas officials want to sell women on Medicaid on the use of long-term contraception that can help them avoid unwanted pregnancies, especially those struggling with significant health problems that are more likely to lead to premature or low birth-weight babies. The goal, state...