Peaster ISD ousts popular superintendent; Midland and Northwest ISDs name lone finalists.
Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying Ban Bill Receives Hearing in House
Last session, the bill was ultimately voted down. This year, supporters are hopeful for a different outcome.
Pro-Life Memorial Vandalized at UT Austin
A pro-life display placed by a conservative student organization was defaced overnight.
Citizens, Lawmakers Speak Out to Protect Children From Gender Disfigurement Operations
State lawmakers are currently considering a proposed law to classify the permanently scarring procedures as child abuse.
Procedural ‘Error’ Stalls House Hearing on Key Election Integrity Bill
Chairman Briscoe Cain said the Elections Committee will hear House Bill 6 again “soon.”
Commentary: The Virus’ Uneven Path
In its most recent update, the Texas Workforce Commission reported 286,000 unemployment benefit claims across the Houston region, the highest number in the state.
Federal Appeals Court Blocks Texas Democrats’ Vote-by-Mail Mandate
Democrats’ plans to force universal mail-ballot voting based on fear of the coronavirus are put on hold again.
Paxton: Employees Must Consent to Payroll Deductions for Public Sector Unions
Paxton’s opinion is a welcome step in the right direction, but Texans’ speech rights will be better protected by actions rather than mere words.
Biedermann Blasts Abbott’s ‘Nonexistent’ Leadership on Alamo Plan
The most vocal lawmaker against the Alamo Cenotaph relocation says the governor has not replied to his multiple letters.
Abbott Slowly Loosens Grip, Announces Third Phase of Reopening
As the number of unemployed Texans due to the crisis continues to climb, calls to reopen Texas continue to get louder and more urgent.
Two Texas Republicans to Headline Push for LGBTQ Legislation
State Reps. Sarah Davis and Todd Hunter prepare to defy the Republican Party of Texas platform.
New Concerns Raised Over Company Tasked With Contact Tracing
State Rep. Steve Toth warns Abbott of “damning” HIPAA medical privacy concerns with MTX Group.
Freedom Caucus Calls for Abbott to End $295M Contact Tracing Contract
“This contract seems to provide us with many more questions than answers, and that’s not good for our Republican form of government. The contract should be ended at once.”
Can Texans Count on Leaders to End the Riots?
Trump: “America needs creation, not destruction; cooperation, not contempt; security, not anarchy; healing, not hatred; justice, not chaos.”
Announcing the 2020 RPT and SREC Questionnaires
The public will be provided with each candidate’s unedited answers by the time of the convention.
Someone’s Paying Attention
At least Susan Combs is paying attention to the needs of the state’s economy. With businesses struggling to understand, let alone pay, the confusingly complex new business tax, Comptroller Combs announced she’s giving everyone an extra month to make sense of what her office called “the complexity” of the new tax. That the new tax isn’t needed, and shouldn’t have been implemented to begin with, just adds gross insult to very real injury.
Did You Know Texas Cities Can Tax Leased Cars?
Even we have trouble keeping up with all the different taxes and fees and today we learned that a 2001 law passed by the Legislature allows Texas cities to impose property taxes on leased cars. The Galveston Daily News reports that League City collects $243 per year on a car appraised at $40,000, but that they may repeal the tax at tomorrow’s Council meeting.
A Mouse In A Cheese Factory
Too many politicians, including those claiming to be conservatives, try to impress taxpayers with the increased activity of government. Conservative activist Chuck Ellis recently commented on the big-spending ways of his local government officials, but the same could be said of lawmakers up and down the political food chain.
Cut the Line on Wasteful Spending
The Tyler Morning Paper published an editorial today that rings true both literally and as a figure of speech.
A Bad Idea Turns Into A Nightmare
Businesses around the state are only now learning how much they are going to have to fork over to Austin under the new business tax — which is due one month from today. The picture isn’t pretty and the results could be disastrous; which translates into lost jobs.
Texas Fire Hydrant Imbroglio: Common Sense in Government Has Been Extinguished
Last session the Legislature passed a law requiring all fire hydrants with a flow of less than 250 gallons per minute be painted black to avoid hook-ups to inoperative hydrants, but now the Green Valley Special Utility District has decided to paint all of its hydrants black because it cannot guarantee this flow level, even citing the possibility of a terrorist attack that could make it liable for
Money To Plan On
How much planning can you do with $1.7 million? And does any of it matter? The Texas Planning Assistance Grant Program is giving away that much of your money to 19 local “councils of government.” What is a council of government? They allegedly exist to facilitate intergovernmental cooperation and planning. What do they do? Spend your money.
Liberal Babble Makes Us Poor
Liberals are always looking for anything they can dress up as “facts” to fit the left-wing social-engineering schemes they’ve been promoting for decades. No different is a “study” released by two leftist activist groups that claims Texas has one of the worst “income gaps” in the nation… And their solution to close the gap is to kill the economy. Are there poor in Texas? Someone once said there will always be poor among us. But in Texas, the poor have great opportunities to be poor no more.
Bryan Daniel Wins In HD52
Bryan Daniel won election in House District 52, seat made vacant by the retiring Mike Krusee in Williamson County. Daniel presented a clear message and was strongly supported by a coalition of conservatives. Congratulations!
Update: Legler Carries 144
Ken Legler beat Fred Roberts in the HD 144 race. Legler ran a strong campaign based on conservative solutions to pressing policy questions. Congratulations on a well run race!