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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...
Reforms for ‘Out of Control’ CPS Head to Abbott

Reforms for ‘Out of Control’ CPS Head to Abbott

After repeated abuses of power by Texas’ Child Protective Services, citizens have championed bills proposing important reforms of the state agency. Two of these bills have passed the Texas Legislature and are now awaiting the signature of Gov. Greg Abbott. For...
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 –...
California Bans Government Travel to Texas

California Bans Government Travel to Texas

Earlier this month, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra extended their state’s ban on government employees from traveling to four more states, including Texas, bringing the total of banned states to eight. Becerra cited several “civil rights violations” by...
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...