September 2013 [PAGE: 2]

The American Spirit

The American Spirit

As is the case each year on this day, this anniversary, there’s much on my mind. The events of this day, which have defined the very nature of the world for much of my life, still play over and over again in my mind. Not because of a lost friend or family member, but...
Dropping Fs

Dropping Fs

[UPDATED AT END WITH NEW DROP-OUTS.] Another “F” has dropped out of the Texas House with the announcement that State Rep. Rob Orr (R-Burleson) won’t be seeking re-election. He joins a growing list of low-rated lawmakers opting to get out rather than face stiff...

Murphy Turner & Associates Ordered To Pay $41,000 Bill

A state district judge in Bexar County today ordered Murphy Turner & Associates to pay $41,000 in discovery costs in a trademark infringement case. The lawsuit results from alleged infringement on the Empower Texans name “Texans for Fiscal...
What Happened to Linda Harper-Brown?

What Happened to Linda Harper-Brown?

Perhaps her score of 64.8 on the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index is a sign that State Rep. Linda Harper-Brown has been in the Legislature one-term too long? State Rep. Linda Harper-Brown underperformed and underwhelmed this sessionA former Taxpayer Champion, she...
2013’s Biggest Disappointments

2013’s Biggest Disappointments

Still feeling underwhelmed from the lack of conservative policy outcomes during the regular session? Your incumbent legislator’s underachievement is likely the primary source. We’ve compared the scores of all incumbents in the 83rd Legislature compared what they...

Ethics Commission Breaks Law, Hides From Sunlight

Attorneys working on behalf of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility and its president, Michael Quinn Sullivan, today filed a lawsuit against the Texas Ethics Commission for violating the state’s Open Records laws. The commission has become a tool of a few powerful...
Is Purple the New Red?

Is Purple the New Red?

If Texas is such a red state, why was so much “purple” legislation passed this session? Perhaps it’s because so many Republicans in the Legislature voted so much like their Democratic counterparts, they forgot the color of the team they were on. Professor Mark...