Take an issue that's full of sometimes-complicated details like Texas public school finance, throw in an element of urgency like the need for better transportation solutions in Dallas-Fort Worth, add a healthy helping of local interest spiced with some controversy and you have the perfect assignment for Mike Norman to examine in depth. Mike is the newspaper's editorial director.

E-mail: mnorman@star-telegram.com

Mike Norman: Theodore Roosevelt’s frustration with Congress seems familiar

| |Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

‘Fools’ on one side wanted too much, on the other side too little.

Perry and Granger have different target audiences for their immigration plans

| |Friday, Jul. 25, 2014

The hot-button issue presents different challenges to the Texas political figures.

Opinion: Free speech might make people uncomfortable

| |Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014

A judge protects Open Carry’s gun-rights demonstrations at the intersections of streets in Arlington.

A primal scream on U.S. transportation funding

| |Thursday, Jul. 10, 2014

Congress will act on the Highway Trust Fund, but oddly.

Action on voting rights not coming in Congress

| |Friday, Jul. 04, 2014

Supreme Court struck down a key protection in federal law last year.

Opinion: New UNT president gets a financial trial by fire

| |Friday, Jun. 06, 2014

Misspending $83.5 million of the state’s money wasn’t his fault, but now it’s his problem.

Obama’s new climate plan likely to be a hot one

| |Thursday, May. 29, 2014

The president’s announcement on power plant emissions is expected Monday.

No shortage of challenges for new Fort Worth city manager

| |Thursday, May. 22, 2014

At the top of my list: how to pay for better public transit.

Nothing more to say about Love Field? If only…

| |Thursday, May. 08, 2014

The fight over two gates at Dallas’ airport is not the last one.

Lots of reasons not to replace property taxes with higher sales taxes

| |Friday, May. 02, 2014

I wrote a few weeks back about talk of possible changes ahead for the state and local sales tax in Texas, and now I’ve been reminded of a 2012 study that details how difficult one of those changes would be.

It’s an idea that has surfaced in the race for state comptroller. The Republican nominee, state Sen. Glenn Hegar from Katy, has suggested that the state abolish the $40 billion a year brought in by local property taxes and replace that revenue by revising and increasing the sales tax.