June 2013

Texas GOP senators surrender Step by Ugly Step

At the end of the first called session of the 83rd Texas Legislature, Texas Democrats demonstrated Tuesday night and Wednesday morning what those of us who are not burdened with self-enforced ignorance have always known about the Left: The Rule of Law and all other...
Mob Rule

Mob Rule

If you’ve never seen mob rule in action, last night the Texas Senate was your chance. Republicans and Democrats alike used tactics that exemplify why so many are inclined to disengage from political participation. Senate Bill 5, an omnibus abortion bill most notably...
SCOTUS Strikes Down Section 4

SCOTUS Strikes Down Section 4

Texas and other sections of the country subject to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act scored a big victory today. The Supreme Court struck down the formula for determining “pre-clearance,” effectively clearing the way for Texas to implement Voter ID and any future...
Living the Good Life on Taxpayers’ Dime

Living the Good Life on Taxpayers’ Dime

Wednesday, State district court Judge John Dietz announced a new six-week school finance trial that will begin in January of 2014. As this trial drags on, and Texas school districts continually screech that they are in desperate need of more funding, one district is...

Legislators feed bad management at TxDOT

“We need to be realistic with the taxpayers … and tell them it’s going to take more money to fix this problem,” said Sen. Kevin Eltife of Tyler. Eltife and other senators claim that we’ve refused to pass enough taxes to pay for a modern road system and have voted for...
Perry Mails In Budget Vetoes

Perry Mails In Budget Vetoes

If you were looking for Governor Perry to make a statement about the excess spending and little tax relief in the state budget, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. Outside of a political swipe at the embroiled head of the state’s Public Integrity Unit, the...
And… They’re Off!

And… They’re Off!

After spending your tax dollars at record-breaking and bank-busting levels, legislators are now hitting the streets looking for campaign cash. Republicans will wow you with tales of just how conservative they have been. They might think they are, but the results of...
Dallas Jumping on Bag Ban-Wagon

Dallas Jumping on Bag Ban-Wagon

The Big Government fiends in Dallas are looking to follow in Austin’s footsteps and implement a ban on “single use” bags. You may remember that in March, Austin implemented a ban on “single use” carryout bags, requiring the purchase of reusable bags, or a fee for...

An abdication of fiscal restraint: Rainy day roads

Texas Politics reported this week that members of the “Senate Finance Committee meeting in Austin Wednesday were generally supportive of a plan to direct money from oil production tax revenues to road rehab and construction.” The committee did not approve the plan by...