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Sue Brannon: A Midland Legacy

Sue Brannon: A Midland Legacy

“God has blessed me and I want to give back to Midland and to Texas the blessings that I’ve received. I want to pass on the Goodness.”

More of What We Already Know

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More of What We Already Know

Last week, Dr. Mark Jones of Rice University unveiled his spread of the Texas Senate from left to right. As with the House, the study once again validates the accuracy of the Fiscal Responsibility Index. This session, the Texas Senate served as the conservative anchor...

Patrick Takes Position as Lieutenant Governor

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Patrick Takes Position as Lieutenant Governor

Texas began its changing of the guard this morning as Dan Patrick was sworn in as the 42nd Lieutenant Governor of the Lone Star State. Receiving the oath of office from his son, a state district judge from Houston, Patrick will take the position alongside Gov. Greg...

Experts and Yes Men: The Making of the Budget

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Experts and Yes Men: The Making of the Budget

In little over a week, the 84th session of the Texas Legislature will begin. Chief among the legislature’s responsibilities is the passage of a biennial state budget—even though a vast majority of legislators have no role in its formulation. Under the...

An End to Government by Sleight of Hand

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An End to Government by Sleight of Hand

The contrasting words and actions of two establishment moderates and two rising conservative stars surrounding Monday’s meeting of the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) perfectly summed up our current legislative zeitgeist: Texans are experiencing an end to government by...