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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...
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...
Klick Denies Caucus Meeting Request

Klick Denies Caucus Meeting Request

Leaders of the Texas House Republican Caucus have denied a request for an in-person meeting next month, despite calls from Republican lawmakers to do so. On Friday afternoon, 30 members of the caucus wrote a letter calling for a meeting to fill a vacancy in the caucus...
Hurricane Taxes

Hurricane Taxes

Legislation on Tuesday’s House calendar would give taxpayers affected by a disaster a break in their property taxes. After Hurricane Harvey ripped through southeast Texas, taxpayers were outraged to find they still owed 100 percent of their property tax bill—even if...
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,...
Examining the Voting Record: Hugh Shine

Examining the Voting Record: Hugh Shine

Central Texas residents have reason to be wary in the upcoming local and state elections, particularly in the House District 55 primary. Texans are facing increasing burdens from their local governments: property tax hikes, forced city annexation, and uncontrolled...
Grisham Gaining Support in Campaign Against Shine

Grisham Gaining Support in Campaign Against Shine

BELTON, Texas—A liberal lawmaker is facing an assault on two fronts after voting against taxpayers in Austin and is in for a serious fight to keep his seat in the Texas House. After serving in the Texas Legislature for a brief stint in the 80’s, State Rep. Hugh...
Straus Endorses Hugh Shine

Straus Endorses Hugh Shine

During re-election campaigns, incumbents love to flaunt the endorsements of their elected colleagues, but State Rep. Hugh Shine (R-Temple) may prefer to keep his latest endorsement under wraps. On Thursday evening, departing Speaker of the Texas House Joe Straus...
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...
Calendar Corruption

Calendar Corruption

With increasing frequency, the cronies of House Speaker Joe Straus are attempting to hoodwink and browbeat lawmakers into passing bad legislation by abusing a legislative process designed to minimize debate and sneak bills through before they can be fully vetted. Most...
House Set to Allow Higher Property Taxes

House Set to Allow Higher Property Taxes

The Texas House today is set to vote on a bill that would allow tax-hiking schools districts to escape future accountability from voters. Predictably, the entire public education lobby has lined up to support the measure. Currently, voter-approval is required for any...
House Republicans are Dunces for Democrats

House Republicans are Dunces for Democrats

Last Wednesday, the Democrat coalition that governs the Texas House overrode Republican opposition to expand welfare in the state, but what happened the next day was even more mind boggling. At issue was HB 132, by State Rep. Ina Minjarez (D–San Antonio), which would...