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Bye-Bye Sunshine: Texas Cities Fight Open Meetings

Whether you like it or not, your local tax dollars are subsidizing an effort to effectively gut the state's open meetings laws. The Texas Municipal League, which is funded by local governments using the taxpayers' dollars, is working vigorously to gut laws that have...

What is Hutchison telling us?

Friday, we were finally witness to an actual decision from Senator Hutchison in which she said that she would not resign from the Senate until after the Republican Primary election. The announcement immediately followed this headline: In Texas GOP Showdown, Perry...

The S-Word

Governor Perry's speech in Midland yesterday is being widely reported with some of the stories focused on the Governor's comments pertaining to illegal immigrantion. The real import of the speech is the Governor's use of the "S" word to describe the Obama...

Drive More and Don’t Buy a Hybrid

A hot topic of discussion on Empower Texans lately has been the potential threat of rising state gasoline taxes. Clearly there have been revenue shortfalls due to the recession, but is this the only reason? According to the executive director of the transportation...

Texas Congressional GOP had better awaken to the public mood

A Dallas Morning News story about the GOP race for Texas governor included this: “…Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Midland, isn't taking sides in the governor's race but he's unhappy about the way Perry has indiscriminately bashed Washington insiders.” "The governor keeps...

More Charters!

Texas Tribune is reporting that the education commissioner has found a way to increase the number of charter schools. That's great news for kids, even if the teacher unions and state Democratic party are up in arms. According to the news story, Commissioner Robert...

Is Hopson’s Flip A GOP Flop?

When State Rep. Chuck Hopson switched from the Democratic to Republican party, the partisan balance for the GOP in the Texas House has improved. But does his switch mean an improved voting record? Apparently not. Indeed, it seems centered more on his own political...

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Are schools the soft underbelly for anti-Americanism?

Some may wonder if oft-heard criticism of the education establishment, and its tendency to almost universally lean left-wing liberal, is new. I’ve explained to my radio audience that it is well known that our nation’s Marxist-communists purposefully targeted the...

Epicenter of Bad Transportation Policy: Tarrant County

After failing to push a gas tax and fee increase through last legislative session Tarrant County officials are foolishly pushing for an even larger tax and fee package. Vic Suhm is the latest name to add to the fold of tax increase leaders like Vicki Truitt and John...

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