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TFR: Oliverson in House District 130

Texans for Fiscal Responsibility has endorsed Tom Oliverson in the open-seat election for Texas House District 130. “Tom Oliverson is a principled, commonsense conservative who will fight for taxpayers in the Texas House,” said TFR’s president, Michael Quinn Sullivan....

Congressional GOP Grows Spine Before Texas House

Congressional GOP Grows Spine Before Texas House

So who would have thought Republicans in Congress would grow a spine faster than Republicans in the Texas House? Well, they did by kicking the crony DEM-establishment leadership to the curb. As NBC political analyst Mark Murray noted in a tweet today “To recap: [Eric]...

Amending on the Hip

Amending on the Hip

Conservative voters are a force to be reckoned with—they demand results. Establishment Republicans tend to understand this, as they often cherry pick one bill from each major issue set that they allow to pass for use during reelection season. By passing one bill as...

Amending on the Hip

Surveying the Field

When the legislative session began in early January, gun rights were expected to take center stage. “Constitutional carry,” “open carry,” “campus carry,” and other measures dominated much of the conversation and drew some of the strongest testimony in public hearings....

Weakened Campus Carry Bill Proceeds

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Weakened Campus Carry Bill Proceeds

Half an hour before midnight, when pending legislation would have died to legislative deadlines, the Texas House passed a measure that would expand concealed carry on college campuses. Though the measure passed with a bipartisan majority of (101-47), the road to...

Clock Ticking for Conservatives

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Clock Ticking for Conservatives

With sine die and the end of the legislative session drawing near, the window is rapidly closing for Republican lawmakers to deliver on the campaign promises that propelled them to victory. Nobody campaigned on the status quo; rather they advocated for less...

House GOP: Sales Tax Cut ‘Compelling’

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House GOP: Sales Tax Cut ‘Compelling’

With a majority of Texans dissatisfied with the burden of property taxes, House members are this weekend working to sell a sales-tax-cut plan to taxpayers. Meanwhile, the media is pushing an "analysis" alleging that the highest paid Texans would benefit if the sales...

Straus Attacks Abbott Agenda

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Straus Attacks Abbott Agenda

Throwing what can best be described as a wide-ranging temper tantrum in the face of unease among his inner-circle, House Speaker Joe Straus on Wednesday lashed out at many of Gov. Greg Abbott's marquee proposals and attacked the conservative Senate led by Lt. Gov. Dan...

Obstructionist

Obstructionist

Looking at the new statewide issues polling from Texas Tribune, I am struck again by just how out of touch Joe Straus and his "leadership" team really are from the mainstream of Texas. Let's step back. The closest thing to "Joe Straus on the Texas Ballot" was in the...