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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...
Texas Election Integrity Bill Heads to House Floor

Texas Election Integrity Bill Heads to House Floor

With enough Democrats finally present to conduct business, Texas House lawmakers will once again consider comprehensive election reform legislation—a top priority for Republicans that Democrats have actively opposed all year. The controversial election integrity...
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...
Democrat Lawmaker: “The Lottery Sucks”

Democrat Lawmaker: “The Lottery Sucks”

The lottery “sucks,” according to one Democrat state lawmaker. During a recent meeting of the Texas House Committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures, members considered a bill that would expand the Texas Lottery’s ability to enter into advertising...
Democrats Push Job-Killing Wage Mandates

Democrats Push Job-Killing Wage Mandates

Like clockwork, Democrat lawmakers have once again filed legislation to increase the state’s minimum hourly wage — a proposal that threatens jobs and the current prosperous economy in Texas. The minimum wage in Texas is currently set at the federal minimum of $7.25 an...
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...
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...