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Taylor Criticizes House ‘Distortion’ Of Ethics Package

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State Sen. Van Taylor (R-Plano) expressed astonishment on Wednesday night for the elimination of meaningful ethics reforms of elected officials in the House. Instead of finding additional opportunities for ethics reform focused on elected officials, the House elected to pursue more regulations against the free speech of private citizens. The Senate version was applauded by…

False Accusations

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The battle between the two chambers of the Texas Legislature escalated late last week when State Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) launched yet another attack on Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. The two have been publicly trading barbs over tax relief policy in a dispute that has come to define much of the legislative session. Led by…

Home School Students Score in Texas Senate

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Home school students may soon be able to play football and other sports alongside public school students in the Lone Star State. On Monday, the Texas Senate advanced Senate Bill 2046, the “Tim Tebow bill.”  Named after the homeschooled and Heisman winning Florida quarterback, the legislation would allow home schooled students to compete in their…

Clock Ticking for Conservatives

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With sine die and the end of the legislative session drawing near, the window is rapidly closing for Republican lawmakers to deliver on the campaign promises that propelled them to victory. Nobody campaigned on the status quo; rather they advocated for less regulations, limited government, greater transparency, tax relief, gun rights, and protecting the unborn….

Alexander Chamales: Starting the Fight Early

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Although only seventeen years old, Alexander Chamales, a sophomore in Lubbock, TX, has a passion for politics rarely seen at any age. Since the 2012 presidential election that originally sparked his passion, he has volunteered for seven separate campaigns, is interning for Gov. Greg Abbott, has received the Empower Texans’ Conservative Leader Award, attended the Governor’s…

Senate Approves Comprehensive Property Tax Relief

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Keeping in step with their approach to property tax relief, the Texas Senate passed SB 1760 by Conroe Republican Brandon Creighton.  The measure increases transparency and accountability for taxpayers. Specifically, SB1760: Eliminating the requirement that taxpayers owed a refund must apply for it, increasing the interest rate on refunds to 9.5%, Requiring all local taxing-entities…

Ethics Overhaul Passes Texas Senate

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On Tuesday, the Texas Senate passed a major ethics overhaul bill, SB 19. Spearheaded by State Sen. Van Taylor (R-Plano), the initiative carries the endorsement of Gov. Greg Abbott, who labeled ethics reform as one of his emergency issues. The legislation would expand transparency and disclosure requirements for state ethics reports by requiring elected officials…

Obstructing Real Reforms

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There are many measures by which this legislative session will be judged, but no measure is more important than their success in reforming the very operating systems of government in Texas. As the great Sam Houston put it, “A leader is someone who helps improve the lives of other people or improve the system they…