Postcards from The Lege: Issues and Allergies

May 8, 2019


Between disappointments with school funding and property taxes, policy differences, the pollen and ragweed and rain, there’s been a lot of coughing at the Capitol lately and Sen. Brian Birdwell is no exception, but he did have a uniquely humorous comment about it on Wednesday.

Seized by a coughing fit about a-third of the way through a meeting of the Natural Resources committee, the chairman grabbed a Kleenex and said, “Excuse me.”

Then he sputtered, “Man, I need a stiff drink.”

There was laughter in the room, but by this point in the legislative session there are a lotta people in and out of the Capitol who feel the same.


— Mike Shiloh