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New Judge Re-Affirms Dismissal of TEC Case

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New Judge Re-Affirms Dismissal of TEC Case

DENTON, Texas – Re-affirming the decision of a previous district court judge’s ruling, the Texas Ethic Commission’s politically-motivated case against the president of Empower Texans was dismissed. [side_text]"For the sake of silencing the critics of their political...

Branch’s Unsound Reasoning on Speech Suppression

Branch’s Unsound Reasoning on Speech Suppression

After taking heat over the past few days over his efforts to hide his past as a Washington labor union lobbyist, Dan Branch went on the Texas Tribune’s TribLive yesterday to attack his conservative opponent, State Senator Ken Paxton. During his conversation with...

“Qualified” to Suppress Speech

“Qualified” to Suppress Speech

Today, the House Committee on State Affairs will hear invited testimony related to efforts by House Speaker Joe Straus’ leadership team to target outspoken conservative non-profits. In a press release Tuesday, State Affairs Chairman Byron Cook called it an effort to...

Who’s Right? TEC v Federal Judge

Who’s Right? TEC v Federal Judge

Despite assertions from the Texas Ethics Commission that no judicial review exists for the subpoenas they issue, Empower Texans this morning filed a declaratory judgment action in a Travis County district court. Pursuant to a ruling from the US District Court for the...

Straus and Bresnen Behind Faux-Slots?

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Straus and Bresnen Behind Faux-Slots?

Yesterday we told you about efforts by the Texas Lottery Commission to implement slot-machine-like electronic gambling devices in Texas by mutilating rules pertaining to bingo. Despite the unlawfulness of the Commission’s proposed actions, Commission Chairman J....

Supreme Court Examines Speech Regulators

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Supreme Court Examines Speech Regulators

Today the US Supreme Court took up the case of Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus, in which the pro-life SBA is challenging speech-regulators in Ohio. There, the Ohio Elections Commission is being sued after attempting to enforce an Orwellian truth commission law which...

A Most Unethical Commission

A Most Unethical Commission

It went about how you would have expected. We were in front of a kangaroo court accustomed to operating far outside the sunlight of public review. Thursday night’s “hearing” by the Texas Ethics Commission on the abusive complaints filed as political vendettas by two...