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Texas Right to Life Releases Ratings of Legislature

Texas Right to Life Releases Ratings of Legislature

Less than two months away from the Republican primary, Texas Right to Life has released their legislative scorecard for incumbent politicians. “The Pro-Life Scorecard is the most effective way for Pro-Life Texans to evaluate if their elected officials adequately...
Analysis: Real People Are Hurting

Analysis: Real People Are Hurting

Most Tuesday mornings, the Texas Minute—our weekday email publication—includes the One-Click Survey. It’s almost always a question about policy or politics, oftentimes tinged with a bit of humor. We ask readers to not only “click” an answer, but to then reply with...
New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

Dear Reader, I want to share with you our New Year’s Resolutions at Empower Texans. Communications experts say you should never repeat an accusation that is made against you. I hold to that as a good practice, but let me this one time repeat the accusation many in the...
Commentary: Voters Want Promise Keepers

Commentary: Voters Want Promise Keepers

Republican lawmakers should be very concerned. Come November 2020, Texans will be showing up to vote for the greatest promise-keeping politician in modern U.S. history. Love him or hate him, President Donald Trump has been a man of his political word. Taxes cut,...
Governing Differences

Governing Differences

We’ll be releasing the 2017 Fiscal Responsibility Index this week. While the public release is set for 2pm on Wednesday, we thought we’d share the “top-lines” with you today. All votes included on the Index were announced in advance, and focus – as the name implies –...
House Journal Reveals Straus Dictatorship

House Journal Reveals Straus Dictatorship

After effectively killing the vast majority of Gov. Greg Abbott’s special session agenda by delaying and diluting them to death, House Speaker Joe Straus adjourned the chamber sine die a full day early over the objections of dozens of lawmakers. In the video archive,...
Too Much Not Done

Too Much Not Done

On the 140th day of the legislative session, the last day for work to be completed under Texas’ constitution, we generally start gearing up for the release of the Fiscal Responsibility Index, which measures lawmakers’ records on fiscal and governance issues. Not this...
House Failure

House Failure

With just hours left in the 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature, lawmakers will be heading home with tales of their governing prowess. For members of the Texas House, that’s exactly what it will be: tall tales. The House failed to deliver on key reforms...
House Failure

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....
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...