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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...
PRIMARY RESULTS: Dallas County

PRIMARY RESULTS: Dallas County

Republican voters in Democrat-dominated Dallas County saw few contested races on the ballot when they went to the polls to vote in the March 3 primary election. Just a handful of congressional and state House races offered voters a choice of more than one GOP...
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...
Property Tax Reform Passes Texas House

Property Tax Reform Passes Texas House

NOTE: This article has been updated with additional information since it was initially published, including a statement from State Rep. Briscoe Cain. More than two weeks after their colleagues in the Texas Senate, the Texas House has passed its version of property tax...
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 –...
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...
Updates: Bad Bill of the Week with State Rep. Stickland

Updates: Bad Bill of the Week with State Rep. Stickland

Throughout the course of the 85th Legislative Session, going back to the 15th of January, State Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford) and conservative grassroots activists have helped to bring down various different pieces of big-government, freedom crippling pieces of...
Top Ten Bad Budget Amendments

Top Ten Bad Budget Amendments

Anti-School Choice Authored by State Rep. Abel Herrero (D–Corpus Christi), this amendment would prevent any state funding from going toward school choice. Expanding parental choice in education is an area in which Texas lags desperately behind many states who have...
GOP Caucus Again Betrayed by Straus

GOP Caucus Again Betrayed by Straus

Ever since the failure of House Speaker Joe Straus’ plan to appoint a far-left extremist to the Texas Ethics Commission the pressure has been on the Texas House Republican Caucus to hold him accountable for his choice. But instead of stepping up to the plate,...