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Patrick Fires Back at Liberal Bureaucrats

Patrick Fires Back at Liberal Bureaucrats

After a left-wing media site ran a piece bemoaning cuts made to the state’s bureaucrat-filled budget agency by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, he isn’t shying away from the criticism, saying “this is absolutely right!” The Legislative Budget Board, created by statute in 1949,...
Bonnen’s Backroom Offer

Bonnen’s Backroom Offer

Shortly after the legislative session ended, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen invited me to his office for a meeting. Despite his occasional rants against Empower Texans, the organization I lead, and similar slights aimed at other conservative groups during the closing...
Texans Overwhelmingly Support Life, Poll Finds

Texans Overwhelmingly Support Life, Poll Finds

The future of Texas’ political climate has been dominating the discussion in political circles for the past decade, as Democrats hope (and Republicans fear) that they are beginning to retake their former stronghold. This is beginning to move from speculation to...
Democrats, Liberal Media Downplay Noncitizen Voting

Democrats, Liberal Media Downplay Noncitizen Voting

After a shocking report from the Texas Secretary of State last week revealed 95,000 individuals identified in the Texas Department of Public Safety database as non-U.S. citizens have registered to vote in Texas — and 58,000 of those have voted in one or more Texas...
Bureaucrats Bemoan Biedermann’s Defense of Taxpayers

Bureaucrats Bemoan Biedermann’s Defense of Taxpayers

After taxpayers in one Texas town rejected a proposed $12.6 million debt proposal, city bureaucrats and their enablers are taking issue with a local lawmaker who stood with taxpayers. Earlier this month, taxpayers in Fredericksburg shot down a city bond proposal that...
Funding Pravda

Funding Pravda

Conservatives sometimes joke that major media outlets are as biased as Pravda, the infamous state-run newspaper of the Soviet Union. But in Texas, we literally have taxpayer-funded media outlets. A search of state records show that taxpayers paid $111,195.85 and...
Mayors Push Unlimited Agenda

Mayors Push Unlimited Agenda

On Thursday, the Texas Tribune will host a discussion presented in part by the unlimited-government association, the Texas Municipal League. Guests include Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, who as evidenced by the past, are likely to defend...
Geren’s Back Room Deal Expands Eminent Domain

Geren’s Back Room Deal Expands Eminent Domain

Regardless of one’s ideological leanings, Texans deserve legislators who conduct themselves with the integrity their duty requires. Straus-lieutenant, Rep. Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth), has proven time and again that he’s either incapable or unwilling to do so....
Aycock Attacks School Choice

Aycock Attacks School Choice

It took less than a week, but lawmakers in the Texas House are already lining up against Texas parents and their children’s education. Thursday, presumptive House Education Committee Chair Jimmie Don Aycock took a break from attacking grassroots conservatives on...