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Everything Is Bigger in Texas—Including Property Taxes

Property taxes in Texas are some of the highest in the country, according to a recent report from the Huffines Liberty Foundation. The Huffines Liberty Foundation, led by former state senator and gubernatorial candidate Don Huffines, determined that Texas ranks fourth...

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Texas Lawmakers Want to Secure the Power Grid

This week on The Salcedo Storm Podcast, Texas State Rep. Tony Tinderholt (R–Arlington) and Texas State Sen. Bob Hall (R–Edgewood) explained the dangers of leaving the power grid in its current state. The 2021 Texas “Snowmageddon,” Winter Storm Uri, showed Texans just...

Gov. Greg Abbott Invokes Invasion Clauses But Changes Nothing

On Tuesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced his invocation of the Invasion Clauses of the U.S. and Texas constitutions as the invasion on the Texas-Mexico border worsens, but he refused to outright declare an invasion and return illegal border-crossers to Mexico....

Texas Lawmaker Is Fighting for Vaccine Freedom

Monday marked the beginning of bill prefiling in the Texas Legislature for the 88th Legislative Session. The opening of bill prefiling kicked off with hundreds of bills being filed within the first few hours, and even more followed. One of the major bills was State...

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We Are Taking This Vote to the Floor

In 2017, I was one of five state representatives who participated in writing a rule that established a process for the Texas Republican Caucus to select the speaker of the House prior to the first day of session. This was an effort led by conservatives in order to end...

Texas GOP Voters Don’t Want Democrats in Charge

A new poll of Texas Republican primary voters shows a majority would be less likely to support Republican legislators who vote to allow Democrats to be put in leadership positions in the state Legislature. The poll, which was commissioned by the Republican Party of...

The Texas House’s 17 Incoming Republican Freshman

A previous version of this article said there are 15 incoming Republican freshman. There are 17, with Charles Cunningham winning HD 127, and Carl Tepper winning automatically in HD 84. As Republicans maintain a majority in the Texas House of 86-64—and after a...