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An End to Government by Sleight of Hand

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The contrasting words and actions of two establishment moderates and two rising conservative stars surrounding Monday’s meeting of the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) perfectly summed up our current legislative zeitgeist: Texans are experiencing an end to government by sleight of hand. State Representative Drew Darby, a Straus-ally and one of three likely appointees to craft…

Texas’ Statewide Sweep!

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Texans overwhelmingly supported a conservative statewide slate of candidates from governor to railroad commissioner. Across the state, voters have rejected the failed tax-and-spend polices of the left. Indeed, conservatives are on track to win by 18 percentage points or better. We are excited to congratulate our entire slate of statewide endorsees: GOVERNOR: Greg Abbott LT….

Straus’ JV Fumbles Attack On Patrick, GOP Senate

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While House Speaker Joe Straus has been silent on the rightward shift of the Texas Senate, he is sending his second-string squad to begin poking at presumptive-Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and the new members of the Senate. This gives a foretaste of the obstructionism conservatives can expect from a 2015 Straus-led House. Indeed, many House…

Team Powers Grows Silent

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The cavalcade of objections coming from those who have close relations with Bill Powers has grown increasingly weak and silent as the embattled UT President’s impending termination draws near. The protests peaked yesterday with House Select Committee Chairmen Dan Flynn and Carol Alvarado illegally directing the UT Board of Regents not to move forward with…

Are ISDs Breaking The Law?

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The 83rd Texas Legislature overwhelming passed a bill explicitly prohibiting the implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) in K-12 schools. In fact, an original version passed the House 140-2. Following Governor Perry’s signature of HB 462, Texas became one of only several states to pass a prohibition. The language reads; (b-3): “A…

Crony: Ignore Election, Support ‘Business As Usual’

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Despite a more conservative Senate and statewide victories of reform-minded leaders like Dan Patrick and Ken Paxton, a crony lobbyist for corporate welfare interests says that with Joe Straus as Speaker of the Texas House it will be “business as usual.” Good luck. That’s not what Texans voted for on Tuesday. With Patrick and Paxton…

Entitlement Republicans

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Those involved in political movements have known for many years that half the battle in any argument is winning the battle over what language will be used to describe the terms of that debate. When we allow our opponents to set the terms, we operate at a deep disadvantage. This battle over labels is particularly…

Can Dewhurst Be Impartial During Hall Trial?

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As the House Transparency Committee works to draft articles of impeachment against whistleblower UT Regent Wallace Hall for his efforts to uncover clout abuse by legislators at the system’s flagship campus, questions about the proceedings have made their way into the Lt. Governor’s runoff between David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick. Asked about their thoughts on…