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Countering Conservatives

Today's headline in the Dallas Morning News says it all: "Texas business groups ally to counter tea party influence in GOP primaries." Ironic, since the tea party arose to counter those establishment groups working to undermine our economy and liberty! Who is trying...

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Start Strong

In these closing days of 2013, we have the opportunity make sure 2014 is the year that the Lone Star State starts shining brighter! When lawmakers gathered in January to begin the biennial legislative session, they had record-breaking revenue increases and a historic...

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Good Guys Winning In ’14

With the filing deadline behind us, we can immediately declare some winners based solely on a lack of challengers. At the top of the heap are the A-rated House members on the Fiscal Responsibility Index; only three of 19 even drew a challenger. Of the 19 worst-rated...

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Andy Cargile Visits Austin’s Lobby Club

Last week we introduced you to Neal Adams, the pay-for-play moderate puppeteer of Tarrant County. Since our story ran, left-wing blogger Bud Kennedy has rushed to Adams’ defense, calling him a “kingmaker.” Adam’s chosen one, Andy Cargile is challenging Taxpayer...

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Debra Medina: Comptroller Candidate, Straus Supporter

After months of speculation that she might run for office, Debra Medina – who finished in third place in the race for the Republican nomination for Governor in 2010 – threw her hat in the ring for Comptroller. Her bid had been the subject of much speculation,...

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Terribly Liberal Republicans

As we have come to expect, advocates of big-spending corporate cronyism are rushing to the aid of liberal Republicans. They may have succeeded in the past, but taxpayers won’t be fooled again. A new group called “Texas Future Business Alliance” is mailing into the...

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How Out of Touch is Sen. John Carona?

John Carona has been in Austin for a long time. He was first elected to office in 1990. But how out of touch with his district is Carona, really? So out of touch that he put the wrong district map up on his Facebook profile. It is going to be very hard for Senator...

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Disappointing Attack

Yesterday, Texas Lt. Gov. candidate Todd Staples issued a press release misrepresenting the record of his opponent, Sen. Dan Patrick, on the Fiscal Responsibility Index. In 2007, Sen. Patrick voted against the bloated budget and had the fourth-highest rating of all 31...

Sullivan & TFR to TEC: ‘Nuts’

In response to a secret settlement offer sent from the Texas Ethics Commission, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility and Michael Quinn Sullivan gave a one-word answer: “Nuts.” TFR refuses to surrender even as another elected official seeks to use the TEC as a weapon...