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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...
What’s He Apologizing For?

What’s He Apologizing For?

A few members of the Texas House are rushing to accept an apology from House Speaker Dennis Bonnen for saying “terrible things” about other lawmakers in the meeting he requested of me on June 12. They want to forgive and forget—especially Democrats who are at the head...
What Now?

What Now?

For a week there has been speculation about whether I or Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen lied about our meeting on June 12. This was my greatest concern when he proposed a meeting in the first place.  Which is why I recorded the entire meeting, from before I walked...
Bonnen’s Backroom Offer

Bonnen’s Backroom Offer

Shortly after the legislative session ended, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen invited me to his office for a meeting. Despite his occasional rants against Empower Texans, the organization I lead, and similar slights aimed at other conservative groups during the closing...
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,...
Texas Women Speak Out Against Lawmaker’s Insults

Texas Women Speak Out Against Lawmaker’s Insults

Grassroots women across the state lined up in support of a fellow conservative woman today after her opponent compared her experience in the pro-life movement to “prostitution.” Emily Kebodeaux Cook, a long-time grassroots leader in the pro-life movement, decided to...
Cook Campaigns Against Freshman Failure

Cook Campaigns Against Freshman Failure

LIBERTY, Texas—A conservative activist has decided to run for office herself after her hometown lawmaker failed to fight for conservative values in the Texas Legislature. Emily Kebodeaux Cook, the general counsel for Texas Right to Life, announced her campaign against...
Former Democrat Chair Endorses Ernest Bailes

Former Democrat Chair Endorses Ernest Bailes

Freshman State Rep. Ernest Bailes (R-Shepherd) has received the endorsement of the former chairwoman of the San Jacinto County Democratic Party in his campaign for re-election to the Texas House. Earline Murry, former SJC Democrat Chair, took to social media to...
What’s He Apologizing For?

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 –...
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...