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Simpson Speaks Up For Speaker

Simpson Speaks Up For Speaker

After months of speculation, State Rep. David Simpson of Longview has officially cast his name in the ring for consideration as the next speaker of the House, challenging incumbent Joe Straus. And his first public supporter is State Rep. Bryan Hughes of Mineola. State...
Why School Choice Must Be Universal

Why School Choice Must Be Universal

Who knows what’s best for children in terms of education?  The adults responsible for them – i.e., parents and guardians – or politicians and bureaucrats?  I know, this is one of those times when you look at the screen and scoff....
Toxic Joe

Toxic Joe

House Speaker Joe Straus With the race for the leadership of the Texas House heating up, many are feigning surprise that incumbent moderate Joe Straus hasn’t released a list of supporters despite increasingly brittle claims of invincibility. The reason,...
Democrat Demands Photo ID… For Shopping

Democrat Demands Photo ID… For Shopping

One Texas Democrat wants the state to force people to show a photo ID this session. No, it’s not to prove who you are at the voting booth – it’s to prove who you are in the grocery store checkout lane. That’s right, HB 244 by Democrat State Rep. José Menéndez, would...
Gone with the Wind?

Gone with the Wind?

Texas has received federal subsidies for wind farms since 1992, providing the “green energy” sector with an artificial leg-up against other forms of energy. But with the fiscal cliff in Washington looming, this particular incident of corporate welfare could finally be...
Krause Makes Good On Reform

Krause Makes Good On Reform

After drawing the top-seniority rank among the 42 members of the Texas House freshmen class, incoming State Rep. Matt Krause of Arlington put taxpayers first by filing legislation to require zero-based budgeting. Matt KrauseDuring freshman orientation, new members...
Metroplex Conservatives Are Listening

Metroplex Conservatives Are Listening

Taxpayers in the DFW area will have a chance to voice their thoughts and concerns to their legislators about the 83rd Session soon. Many of the newly elected conservatives in the Metroplex are taking time to hold town halls before they head to Austin in January. Many...
The Curse of Low Expectations

The Curse of Low Expectations

On Friday, State Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt (R – Lexington) announced his intention to again vote for Rep. Joe Straus as House Speaker this upcoming session, reiterating the tired and debunked rhetoric that the House had a truly conservative session under his watch in...
Failing the Test

Failing the Test

While good intentions no doubt drove the imposition of the state’s increasingly heavy-handed testing regimen for schools (well, good intentions, plus a big pay-day for a politically connected, London-based publishing firm), righteous outrage from parents and teachers...
Granting More Electric Car Subsidies

Granting More Electric Car Subsidies

Who needs more roads when you can have more electric-car charging stations? A new federal grant is set to build more charging stations along the I-35 corridor in Central Texas at the same time lawmakers in Texas are voicing concerns about lack of gas tax revenue from...