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Straus Signals Support for Tapping Rainy Day Fund

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With predictions of a tight budget when lawmakers return, liberals are looking longingly at tapping into the state’s savings account to fund pet projects and expand the size of government. Rather than cut spending and live within their means, many legislators are clamoring for the state to raid the Economic Stabilization Fund also known as…

Commissioner Defiant as Patrick Signals “New Direction” for TEC

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Hearing the call of conservative grassroots demanding reform, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is calling for a “new direction” at the Texas Ethics Commission. According to a statement released Wednesday, Patrick said it was his goal to “make sure the Commission operates with the kind of openness and transparency that inspires the confidence of the people…

Convention of States Supporters Flood Texas Capitol

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Hundreds of conservatives from across the state made their way to the Texas Capitol today arguing that the Lone Star State should join the call for a Convention of States in order to reign in the power of the federal government. While a hearing concerning the topic only allowed invited testimony, many Texans came down to…

Patrick: COS is a Legislative Priority

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With the governor making it central to his 2017 legislative priorities, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says he made it clear he supports the national movement of state legislatures to limit the power of the federal government. Gov. Greg Abbott has made the Convention of States a cornerstone of his 2017 legislative agenda. Activists say…

Criminally Unethical

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For more than a decade, an appointed member of the Texas Ethics Commission issued fines and promulgated rules designed to silence citizens while lavishing legislative offices with gifts on behalf of his “day job.” That’s illegal, on multiple fronts, and for it Tom Harrison should be held accountable. So today I filed a sworn criminal…

Conservatives Call For Reform or Abolition of the Texas Ethics Commission

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A coalition of conservative grassroots organizations are calling on state leaders to reform or abolish the Texas Ethics Commission and hold accountable the six remaining commissioners for targeting churches and lying in federal and state court. The call came in a letter delivered this week to Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House…

Straus’s Unbelievable Denial

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Last month Texas Scorecard reported that Austin attorney Anne Wynne was telling Democratic state representatives that she was going to be replacing Paul Hobby on the Texas Ethics Commission. Wynne is a radical left-wing activist who has pledged to “dismantle” the NRA and compared the pro-2nd Amendment organization to the terrorist group ISIS. When the…

Burton Praises FWISD for Reversing Anti-Parent Policy

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State Sen. Konni Burton (R-Colleyville) publicly commended Fort Worth ISD for amending their controversial rules for student bathrooms and other facilities. The policy change can after intense parental outrage and criticism from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick surrounding the previous guidelines – which illegally shut out parents. Burton’s public statement read: “I would like to commend…