March 2010

2011: The Healthcare Odyssey

Predictions are that the Texas 2011 legislative session is going be ugly. Redistricting will be at the forefront of that ugliness despite comments from the DOJ that politics will be removed from the process. Equally as impotent are the claims that a moderate Speaker...

Stripping Power Trip

Texas’ Public Utility Commission is considering a mandate on diversification of energy production, the net effect of which will be increased costs and lower consumption. Analyst Robert Michaels at MasterResource points out that this will stifle economic growth and...

Toy-Train, Grown-Up Waste

It’s not a surprise Austin’s billion-dollar “commuter” train is a boondoggle. What’s surprising is just how quickly it has cratered. Sure, it was two years late in launching, and there are still unresolved safety issues, and it was so far...

Re-Do for SD22

Without a doubt, the strangest political story of 2010 will probably be the fluidity of Senate District 22. With a special election date set for May, and a new cast of candidates considering bids, Empower Texans views the race as an entirely new one from the primary....

Beware of Dan Huberty on Taxes

Even though I know Empower Texans isn’t endorsing in House District 127, I thought your readers might like to know about Dan Huberty, who is in the run-off election to replace State Rep. Joe Crabb. In Mr. Huberty’s brief 3 1/2 year on the Humble ISD school...

Cut Superintendents From Equation

With all of the hand wringing over the SBOE these last couple of weeks some education headlines have fallen by the wayside. One such headline was Time to Consolidate School Districts. Glen Hartman, a former San Antonio city councilman wrote to the San Antonio Express...

When A Swap Is A Cut

With hands wringing and teeth gnashing, some in the press have finally noticed what was standing in plain sight: Republicans accomplished a tax cut. More precisely, they engineered a plan that forces the legislature to choose between tax cuts and bigger government....

Perry and Abbott Fighting for Texans

ObamaCare, signed into law Tuesday, is a major threat to freedom and the quality of healthcare in America. Texans are being served well by Governor Rick Perry and Attorney General Greg Abbott who are challenging ObamaCare on our behalf. It surprises no one that the...