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State Rep. Paddie Censured by Harrison County GOP
State Rep. Paddie Censured by Harrison County GOP

The resolution cites 18 grievances, which include Paddie’s alleged opposition to Republican Party of Texas legislative priorities and lack of consideration of such items in the committee he chairs.

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PAC Endorses Lewis In HD 81 Race

The Empower Texans PAC today announced its enthusiastic endorsement of Tryon Lewis in the run-off race for House District 81.

Red-Light Red-Ink

Red-Light cameras are all the rage among cool cities with big budgets, using hi-tech to nab drivers who illegally coast (or fly) through intersections. Critics have maintained the cameras violate civil liberties and amount to a cash-grab by cities. Proponents tell us the cities install the cameras for the singular purpose of saving lives.

Serving Texas

Serving in the Texas Legislature is no picnic; lawmakers get $600, with the responsibility for governing a state that is the 8th largest economy in the world and nearly 24 million people. And it is done for less pay and perks that most city’s offer their councilmen. While this isn’t a call to raise their pay, we should at least remember to ocassionally say, “thank you.”

Texas Governments Awash in Cash While You Pinch Pennies

While most Texans are struggling to keep up, the state reported today that cities are reaping a 9.2% increase in sales tax collecitions over last year. Even as inflation plagues Texas families, it produces more sales tax revenue so maybe local governments should return some of this windfall.

A Conversation With Ken Paxton

One of the strongest conservatives in the Texas Legislature is Ken Paxton of McKinney. On issue after issue, he stands as one of the true heroes and champions of individual liberty, free markets, and right thinking.

Could They All Be Right?

Media reports are playing up an apparent conflict between the legislative leadership and the governor on transportation funding. Put simply, the Lt. Governor, Speaker, and House and Senate budget chairmen are calling on the mismanaged TxDOT to go into debt to pay for overdue road projects, while the Governor opposes new debt as a short-term fix. At the heart of the issue, both sides are driving in the right direction: addressing the long history of bad spending priorities and the ongoing diversion of transportation dollars.

Liberals: Let The Kids Rot…

Radical liberals controlling the state’s “teacher” unions and their allies boldly stepped forward to slam the door shut on kids who are so failed by public education that the kid (predominantly poor and minority) drops out.

A $90 Million Tax Cut

With a stroke of the pen, Texas’ economy is getting a much-needed $90 million tax cut. Nearly 400,000 businesses around the state will find the tax cut frees up resources for job creation, capital investment and operating stability. The action by Gov. Rick Perry puts in action previous pledges to bring greater transparency in the state’s taxes and spending.

Ignoring Fred

I cannot believe I almost let this happy note pass by in the excitement of Randy Dunning making the run-off for the HD112 race. The people of the 112th told their outgoing rep, Fred Hill, that his input wasn’t needed.