Letter On Leadership

More than 7,500 Texans — including conservative movement, tea party and Republican leaders — have signed the letter regarding the speakership of the Texas House. They note election day “was a clarion call for conservative leadership in the Texas...

Fiscal Index 2011

Preparing for the start of the legislative session, we last week sent lawmakers a letter outlining our priorities and reminding them how our scorecard, the Fiscal Responsibility Index, works. Of more immediate significance, we noted that House members’ first...

Cutting Corporate Welfare

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs has it exactly right: “The Texas economy will grow, with or without incentives.” The ‘incentives,’ of course, are government giveaway programs that cost taxpayers a lot without providing much return. It’s time for them...

Yoo-hoo, Beverly Woolley…

Endorsing Straus doesn’t make Straus a conservative. It makes you a liberal. The man you endorsed: Was brought to power by the Democrats Only has unanimous pledges for Speaker from one party in the House of Representatives: The Democrats. Straus is the Democrats...

In Defense Of Military Voters

In HD-48, Republican Dan Neil is taking his recount battle to unseat incumbent State Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin) directly to the Texas Legislature. Travis County officials are now admitting that (some?) straight-ticket overseas ballots were counted for the November...

Fed Up this Christmas?

Most of us have become fed up by politicians, especially those of the federal variety. With our federal government bloated unrecognizably out of its constitutional bounds, no facet of life has been left untouched, untaxed or unregulated. Gov. Rick Perry’s new...

Rep. Smith again mucking up Voter ID?

If there is anything the DC debate on the ill-named DREAM Act has taught us in Texas, it’s that our public universities are filled with those who are residing in the country illegally and, despite that fact, are politically active. Demonstrations by college...

Righting With Ritter & Pena

Political tongues are waging with word Democratic State Representatives Allan Ritter (D-Nederland) and Aaron Pena (D-Edinburg) have swapped the ‘D’ for an ‘R’ in advance of the legislative session, giving the GOP a secure super-majority in the...