July 2011

Open Meetings, Open Government

For the past year, the Tarrant Appraisal District has been in violation of state law. By failing to publicly post agendas for meetings over 72 hours in advance, any actions they have taken could be nullified by the Texas Open Meetings Act. According to Texas law, a...

Debt Ceiling Debacle

The American People are witnesses to the slow suicide of our government through political posturing, lack of imagination and small-minded decision making. While the two political parties jockey with each other in the media, and trade insults and false promises, the...

Stay Vigilant

Think your small-town school district is immune from the taxpayer fraud and abuse seen in the state’s largest districts? Luling residents have learned otherwise. Their local superintendent was put on administrative leave last week after reports of financial...

Policing Potential Conflicts

Shortly after Houstonians found out their red light camera program is back, word got out that a local police officer and vocal advocate for the program was also on the payroll for the company that operates them. In an attempt to defeat a potential state-wide red light...

Reinstated

After three days of forced silence on the micro-blogging site, today Twitter has apologized and fully reinstated Empower Texans’ (@EmpowerTexans) feed and the personal accounts of the Empower Texans team (@mqsullivan, @A_Kerr, and @DustinMatocha). Here is the...

Keep Your Eye On East Texas

News broke recently that State Rep. and Taxpayer Champion James White will have a primary opponent in the upcoming election cycle. Given that his challenger, Rep. Mike “Tuffy” Hamilton, would have otherwise been paired against one of the three worst Republicans in the...

Tweet-less (updated)

Without warning or notification, social media mini-blog site Twitter on Monday simultaneously “suspended” the main Empower Texans feed along with the personal accounts of all staff. It is unsettling, to say the least, given the way the entity sells itself...

Bike-Share Boondoggle

How much are you willing to pay for a bicycle? $200? $400? That’s nowhere close to what the City of Austin is going to spend per bike for a new “bike-sharing program” downtown. At over $1,500 per bicycle, the Austin City Council is ready to spend $1.8 million on their...

Bottom of the Barrel

At the conclusion of the 82nd Legislative Session three Republican House members found themselves with voting records that abjectly failed Texas taxpayers. Reps. John Davis, Allan Ritter, and Dee Margo were the bottom of the barrel – all scoring a failing...

Birdwell Endorsed By TFR

Texans for Fiscal Responsibility endorsed State Sen. Brian Birdwell for re-election in 2012 campaign season. “Sen. Birdwell made a promise to protect the pocketbooks of Texas’ hard-working taxpayers and to put a lid on excessive government spending, and...