A lawsuit designed to stop counties from using taxpayer-money to lobby against taxpayers is still brewing in Williamson County. The judge last month gave taxpayers a partial victory, but those who brought the suit are hoping to convince His Honor to make modifications to the ruling that would ensure justice.

Peggy Venable, of Americans for Prosperity’s Texas chapter, brought the lawsuit against Williamson County and wants the judge to clarify the terms used in his ruling. He said the Texas Association of Counties is prohibited by law from using “dues” collected from the member counties. The TAC’s clever legal minds got around it by saying that the lobbying was paid for by “fees.”

Of course, whether you call it manure or feces, it still stinks. But that’s exactly what the advocates of big, unrestrained government keep shoveling at efforts to protect Texas’ taxpayers.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."