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Op-Ed: It Doesn’t End With Bill

When the dust settled in the University of Illinois clout abuse scandal, not only were the institution’s president and regents fired, but a statewide officeholder, the house speaker, a state senator, a congressman, and two state representatives found themselves in hot water and their political careers in ruins. Texas legislators should pay attention.

Who Stood Against Perry?

Who Stood Against Perry?

AUSTIN, Texas — In light of the malicious prosecution of Governor Rick Perry, Republican lawmakers are rushing to jump on the bandwagon opposing the Democrats politically motivated action. But several House Republicans loyal to liberal House Speaker, Joe Straus, bear

TxDOT Spending On Jetpacks, Not State Highways

TxDOT Spending On Jetpacks, Not State Highways

AUSTIN, Texas — On the November general election ballot, Texas voters will be asked to approve a constitutional amendment diverting dollars currently intended for the state’s “rainy day fund” to the state’s highway fund. The premise of the “yes” campaign

Taxpayers Pinched for Pizza Subsidy

Taxpayers Pinched for Pizza Subsidy

AUSTIN, Texas–One of three pizza parlors in Taylor, north of Austin, is getting more than $200,000 in taxpayer money as an incentive to expand operations. The handout came after a Texas A&M Engineering Extensive Service report found that there were

UT President Resigns Under Pressure

UT President Resigns Under Pressure

AUSTIN, Texas–After three years of deteriorating relations with his employers on the University of Texas Board of Regents and a growing scandal involving legislators allegedly using their clout to get friends and family admitted without proper qualifications, UT president Bill

Report: UT's President Refuses To Resign

Report: UT's President Refuses To Resign

AUSTIN, Texas–A Friday, July 4, deadline passed for the University of Texas president to resign his post over a growing admissions scandal, with sources telling the Austin American Statesman that Bill Powers is now trying to negotiate for a longer stay at

Texas Sales Revenues Rise

Texas Sales Revenues Rise

Monthly sales tax revenues in Texas are up 8.5 percent from May 2013, marking the 50th straight month of state revenue growth according to Comptroller Susan Combs. The state collected $2.45 billion in sales taxes in May, of which $621.5

Where's the Beef for Texas? Chipotle Says Australia

Where's the Beef for Texas? Chipotle Says Australia

Saying they cannot find the cows they want in domestically, Chipotle is importing beef from Australia. That doesn’t sit well with Texas’ Commissioner of Agriculture, who says the company is being “irresponsible.” Writing in the Huffington Post last month, Chipotle

After Defeat Deuell Faces Lawsuit

After Defeat Deuell Faces Lawsuit

AUSTIN, Texas–After being turned out of office by primary voters in the May runoff, State Sen. Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) now finds himself facing a lawsuit from a conservative pro-life organization allegedly he illegally attempted the silence the group during the

18 Students Arrested Protesting U Texas President

18 Students Arrested Protesting U Texas President

After occupying the office of University of Texas President Bill Powers, 18 students were arrested on charges of criminal trespass. They were protesting a new “shared services” program that would consolidate jobs and out-source work. Without endorsing their tactics, one

Not-So-Good Friday for Some Texas Students

Not-So-Good Friday for Some Texas Students

While state law expressly recognizes Good Friday as a date for which schools must provide an excused absence for students, some school districts are requiring parents to provide “documentation” of their attendance in religious ceremonies. Because inclement weather this winter

Local Voter Apathy Offers Opening for Battleground Texas

Local Voter Apathy Offers Opening for Battleground Texas

While the most politically active of Texans look ahead to the May 27 partisan run-offs and others are planning for November’s general election contest–Battleground Texas is making in-roads where few voters participate: the non-partisan municipal races. City councils, school boards,

Lt. Governor Dewhurst Loses Key Business Endorsement

Lt. Governor Dewhurst Loses Key Business Endorsement

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s bid for re-election lost a key business-focused endorsement this week as Texans for Lawsuit Reform switched their endorsement to Sen. Dan Patrick for the Republican run-off election. In the March primary featuring four candidates, Patrick led

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