“The Biden Administration’s disastrous open border policies and its confusing and haphazard COVID-19 response have combined to create a humanitarian and public safety crisis on our southern border.”
Paxton responds to calls to step down by saying he “will not be resigning.”
Two doctors critique Abbott’s response to the Chinese coronavirus.
Seven of Paxton’s top aides say they have reported his alleged violations “to the appropriate law enforcement authority.”
Small-business owners who make more than 51 percent of their revenue from alcohol sales say the governor’s order keeping them closed is a “death sentence.”
The plan is supported by every major conservative organization in the Lone Star State.
House Speaker Dennis Bonnen has the ability to appoint his successor in the event he chooses to resign. And it doesn’t have to be a Democrat.
Gov. Greg Abbott’s appointment of a radical gun-control lobby to a new commission while excluding gun-rights groups raises concern.
Texas House District 60 will officially play host to a Republican primary battle.
Ruth Ruggero Hughs has been appointed as Texas secretary of state to replace David Whitley.
As your local governments are setting your property tax rates, here’s what you need to know.
Jessica Farrar is retiring from the Texas Legislature after holding her Houston-area House seat for more than 25 years.
Patrick was reportedly released from the hospital and will return to work later this week.
When pressed on the allegations against House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Gov. Greg Abbott says he’s glad the Texas Rangers are investigating the matter.
On the heels of one of the state’s most high-stakes controversies in years, one of the participants in a corrupt and unethical meeting has allegedly resigned his chairmanship atop the House GOP Caucus.
…Along comes State Sen. John "Let Them Be Taxed" Carona. The senator from Dallas is, seriously, going to introduce legislation next Session to raise the state’s gasoline tax by 10 cents per gallon. This would take even more of your money and shovel it to the state’s fiscally-inept, policy-wayward transportation agency.
In what may go down as the most incredibly stupid error in state history, transportation officials told lawmakers this week that they counted $1.1 billion in revenue twice — leading them to over-commit to road projects. State Sen. Steve Ogden of Bryan summed the situation well: “This is screwed up.”
Texas taxpayers are paying some $10,000 per acre for… nothing. The Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission is squandering your cash to spend $400,000 to create 40 acres of "open space" in Guadalupe County, highlighted by a 1.5-mile trail with educational signs. Have they no sense of decency? Apparently not — but why should they, it’s just your money. This is just one of some $5.85 million in pork-purchases the commission made with your money recently.
The Ag Department is one of the two lead sponsors of two upcoming Texas wine tastings – one in Dallas and San Antonio.Â How many average Texas taxpayers will pay $40 for these sumptuous sippings?
Texas taxpayers are a generous lot. Just ask the good folks at Windstream Communications, who state bureaucrats say improperly received more than $6 million from Texans over the last seven years.
Today’s StatesmanÂ profiles Todd and Michele Erdner’s extraordinary measures to control rising grocery bills for their 7 kids, who Michelle home schools. Is government helping?
One piece of bad political news this date: State Senator Kyle Janek is leaving public office. While rumored for some time, it’s a shame to see. Dr. Janek has been a good friend to the conservative movement, a reliable voice of reason in an unreasonable political body, and genuinely pleasant fellow to work around. He’ll be greatly missed, but he is leaving for all the right reasons. Good luck, Dr. Janek!
State Sen. John Carona gets it right in a news story, where he is quoted as saying the state’s transportion agency "may well have crossed a legal threshold" when it enaged in a $9 million program to convince Texans to stop worrying and learn to love the TransTexas Corridor. The senator from Dallas should have stopped there.
Remember being told that the Lottery would solve our education finance woes? Yep, that was a good one. Now the same band that brought us the state monopoly on games-of-chance want us to feel guilty that the poor and uneducated play the Lottery, and especially the high-dollar versions, at higher rates than more affluent and educated folks. Apparently someone didn’t read the memo that state-funded gambling is a tax on people with poor math skills. Which, of course, means the state has a perverse incentive: keep math skills low so more people will play.
State Rep. John Otto of Dayton has it right: "Everything we do in Texas with regard to public policy starts and stops with the budget." Too few people in or out of the Legislature understand that, which is why its good to know Otto has been tapped to find ways to limit the growth of government.