May 2012

One Hand Slapped Away from the Cookie Jar

Today I read a story that I almost wish I could read every day.  How great would it be to find out that local governments in Texas were told emphatically to step away from the cookie jar labeled “DEBT” and learn to either go without the shiny new toys or...

New York isn’t the Only Nanny State

Getting a lot of traction this morning is a story of the perennial enemy of personal freedom,  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, seeking to ban sugared drinks above a certain number of ounces.  That’s right, folks – in New York City, it will soon be...

A New Landscape for the 83rd Legislature

We still have to get through November, but we already know, we’re looking at quite a different landscape in the Texas Legislature in 2013.  For one, the seniority shift means a lot of jockeying for the plumb offices inside the main Capitol.  Why be stuck in the...
Senatorial Splendor

Senatorial Splendor

The new Texas Senate is shaping up to be a very good place for conservatives, following last night’s strong showings around the state – starting with big wins by conservative heroes Kelly Hancock and Larry Taylor. In Senate District 9, Mr. Hancock was strongly...
Straus Gets A Challenge

Straus Gets A Challenge

No matter what happens after the polls close today, Joe Straus still has a race on his hands. Not only is conservative Air Force veteran Matt Beebe giving moderate State Rep. Straus a hard run today in HD121, but Speaker Straus has learned he definitely has a...

Sandstorm in Texas SD30

“Sandstorming” is a negative campaign strategy used to obscure the record of a candidate by creating a cloud of misconceptions about their opponent. It is easily recognized when a candidate disparages the opponent instead of speaking about their own...
Straus’ Tax-Man

Straus’ Tax-Man

When it comes to the hard truth about taxes in Texas, House Speaker Joe Straus has surrounded himself with a merry band of tax-hiking moderates. And few on the Straus team are more moderate, or more excited to raise taxes, than State Rep. Jim Keffer. Jim Keffer is in...

Tuition Creep at Texas Universities

The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University have both been in the news recently for decisions made about tuition increases.  Neither of the flagship schools will raise tuition for in-state students, but the system schools for both will see...