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Complaint Against Empower Texans Officially Dismissed

Complaint Against Empower Texans Officially Dismissed

After staff members at the Texas Ethics Commission recommended dismissing all actions against Empower Texans last month, the commissioners made it official today. By a vote of 7-0, with Straus appointee Steve Wolens abstaining, the TEC dismissed its complaints against...
Bad Giving To Worse?

Bad Giving To Worse?

Voters ended the political career of liberal Republican John Carona in 2014, replacing him with conservative stand-out Don Huffines. So this cycle, Carona and other has-been politicians are lining up against State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, the man establishment...
Assault on Constitutional Speech

Assault on Constitutional Speech

Established to monitor quid pro quo financial arrangements between legislators and lobbyists, the Texas Ethics Commission now spends its days trying to outdo Lois Lerner and the Obama IRS. The TEC is the wannabe enforcement arm of the establishment’s ruling class. A...
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...
Sullivan & TFR to TEC: ‘Nuts’

Sullivan & TFR to TEC: ‘Nuts’

In response to a secret settlement offer sent from the Texas Ethics Commission, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility and Michael Quinn Sullivan gave a one-word answer: “Nuts.” TFR refuses to surrender even as another elected official seeks to use the TEC as a weapon...

Ethics Commission Fights Transparency

In their fight to keep the doors tightly shut on the operations of their agency, the Austin-based Texas Ethics Commission has announced it will hold a closed-door meeting in Houston on Friday. Their meeting is in regards to a lawsuit filed by Empower Texans demanding...

Ethics Commission Suppresses Testimony

In a letter to the Texas Ethics Commission, attorneys for Texans for Fiscal Responsibility and Michael Quinn Sullivan are demanding that all documents, records and electronic files be preserved in the wrongful complaints filed against their clients. [side_text]The...
Assault on Constitutional Speech

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...
Ethical Lapses

Ethical Lapses

About 15 months ago, two of House Speaker Joe Straus’ committee chairs filed unfounded “ethics complaints” against me and my organization, seeking to silence us from keeping you informed about state government. This week we learned that the complaints were actually...
Driving Higher Costs

Driving Higher Costs

Watch out, the Texas Association of Business wants to build a fast-lane into your wallet. These are the same folks who were last heard pushing higher gas taxes. Coming into 2013, they want to jack up your vehicle registration fees. TAB president Bill Hammond was...
2007’s Worst Mostly Gone

2007’s Worst Mostly Gone

Voters have been quietly busy separating the wheat from the chaff. Of the 31 Texas House Republicans making worse than a “C” on our 2007 Fiscal Responsibility Index, five years later nearly three-fourths have retired or been defeated—and nearly all have...