September 2008

Solid Gold

When Allen Vaught accidentally became the state representative for House District 107, everyone knew it would be a huge loss for taxpayers there and statewide. His term in office has only served to prove everyone right. The incumbent, conservative Bill Keffer, was the...

Transcript: Is The Classroom A Worksite?

The transcript for this week’s video, Is The Classroom A Worksite?, is now available. Why don’t teachers get professional respect in Texas?   It might have something to do with the unions that represent them.   The teacher unions do their...

Reformer versus Slumlord

Voters in Houston’s House District 149 have a clear choice: a proven reformer versus a slumlord. HISD school board member Greg Meyers is taking on incumbent Hubert Vo this November, and taxpayers statewide are watching the race with interest. Hubert Vo’s...

Bail-Out Sell-Out

Few things are more disgusting than having our principles sold-out by our political leaders. Make no mistake, the proposed federal “bail-out” of the credit market is a sell-out of our fundamental beliefs about freedom and the role of government. The action will burden...

Don’t Walk In Dallas

We noted yesterday the $400 million the Dallas City Council wants to spend of the taxpayers money to get the city into the hotel business. Today the Dallas Morning News reports “43 percent of Dallas’ sidewalks are rated unsatisfactory.” There’s...

Saving Big

One small section of legislation is making big waves in the world of state finance. Thanks to House Bill 3560, passed in 2007, taxpayers are saving millions this year by consolidating procurement for items big and small. The driving force behind it is our state...

A Doctor In The House

Mark Shelton is a pretty easy fellow to find — just look for all the activity in House District 97, and chances are he’s in the middle of it. A pediatrician, Shelton is a man constantly on the go — setting a high standard for the kind of constituent...

Mansfield Building Future Wealth Through Out-of-Towners

The city of Mansfield is looking to expand its appeal and services to more out-of-towners thanks to previous visitors. The city council is considering letting the Mansfield Economic Development Corporation, or MEDC as it is so well known around here, to conduct a...