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Abbott Acts to Rein-in Bureaucrats on Gambling

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Abbott Acts to Rein-in Bureaucrats on Gambling

After another state agency tried to abuse their legislative authority, Gov. Greg Abbott is reminding the state’s lottery commission to not to exceed their authority and illegally expand gambling in Texas. The state constitution forbids the expansion of gambling...

Lame Duck Defends Rogue Agency

Lame Duck Defends Rogue Agency

As a lame duck legislator who chose to retire, rather than be retired by his citizens, Austin lobby-lackey John Otto (R-Dayton) is ignobly leaving office by advocating for a rogue state agency. As Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, State Rep. Otto has...

Anti-Constitutional Gamblers Attack Sen. Jane Nelson

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Anti-Constitutional Gamblers Attack Sen. Jane Nelson

Last year crony investors connected with the Texas horse-racing industry sought to undermine Texas’ constitution in an effort to line their own pockets. Now, this same group is working to criminalize the leadership of State Sen. Jane Nelson (R–Flower Mound) and her...

Reforms, Budget Pass Senate

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Reforms, Budget Pass Senate

On Tuesday afternoon, the Senate passed its budget for the 2016-17 biennium. At $211.4 billion, the Senate budget is slightly larger (by a margin of roughly $1.5 billion) than its House counterpart. However, the increase is not due to more spending, but may be...

Kel Seliger, Chris Turner Receive Anti-Taxpayer Award

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Kel Seliger, Chris Turner Receive Anti-Taxpayer Award

State Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) and State Rep. Chris Turner (D-Arlington) were recently named “Legislators of the Month” by the Texas Municipal League for vocally opposing pro-taxpayer reforms, placing the interests of local politicians and bureaucrats ahead of...

Straus Confidant Faces Dog Abuse Questions

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Straus Confidant Faces Dog Abuse Questions

Greyhound 2k, a Boston-based advocate for the welfare of Greyhounds has lodged complaints against Gulf Greyhound Park related to the abuse of dogs at the track. The track is owned in part by Robert and Gordon Johnson, two longtime Austin lobbyists for gambling...

Seliger Seeks 100% Tax Cut for Race Tracks

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Seliger Seeks 100% Tax Cut for Race Tracks

Despite being one of only two Republican Senators refusing to sign on in support of the Senate’s bipartisan property tax relief measure, State Sen. Kel Seliger is authoring legislation aimed at giving horse and dog racing tracks special treatment—a 100% refund of...