So, if teachers and Consumers Union aren’t welcome at the Capitol, who is? Teachers who came to Austin to speak on the need for pay raises, smaller classes, and other educational reforms were stiff-armed by legislators who wanted to know who was minding their classes. Most of the teachers had taken personal leave to come to the Capitol. One had even paid for his own substitute. This occurring on the same day that the Dallas Morning News reported that Consumers Union has all but given up on the Texas Legislature. CU has chosen to take a regional, issues oriented approach rather than working in the Legislature where the business lobby holds sway. I would like to think that this is all just part of the darkness before the dawn, but the legislative session still has nearly four months to go.