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Texas Farmers Win Red River Federal Land Grab Suit

Texas farmers and public school children scored a major victory in the battle to stop the federal government from seizing land along the Red River boundary between Texas and Oklahoma.

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Waldman: Nine Narratives Explain Persistent Healthcare Failure

Editor’s Note: This Op-Ed was submitted to Breitbart Texas by the Texas Public Policy Foundation and was written by Dr. Deane Waldman, MD, MBA. So many narratives about healthcare abound, it is hard to understand why no one seems able to

BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 05: A doctor speaks with a patient about her high blood pressure, or hypertension, on September 5, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Doctors in the country are demanding higher payments from health insurance companies (Krankenkassen). Over 20 doctors' associations are expected to hold a vote this week …

Lawsuit: Austin ‘Carpet Bombing’ Private Property Rights in ‘Sharing’ Industry

An Austin city ordinance designed to regulate short-term rental properties with warrantless “bed checks” and curfews is now in legal crosshairs amid a lawsuit filed Monday by local homeowners. Should the City prevail, sharing economy staples like Airbnb could effectively follow Uber and Lyft’s example by vacating the Texas capital city.

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Report: Local Regulations Harm Poorest Texans Seeking Housing

Local regulations from city governments in Texas are harming the state’s poor who are seeking housing. The Texas mantra of lower taxes and limited government has no doubt inspired the “Texas Miracle” and generated the Texas Model for others to follow. But, the Lone Star State’s municipal governments stand in the way of further growth — often harming its poorest citizens in the process.

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Funding Bad Decisions: Urban Rail And Federal Money

The federal government transfers some $628 billion every year to state and local government. All of the money, much of it borrowed from future generations, comes with strings attached as it flows into hundreds upon hundreds of programs. About 83 percent of this federal aid is spent on social programs, most of which is for federal health programs, such as Medicaid.

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Texas Governor Calls for Article V Constitutional Convention

Governor Greg Abbott calls on Texas to join other states in calling for an Article V Convention of the States to write new amendments to the U.S. Constitution. He says his 100-page “Texas Plan” “fixes this government run amok” and “returns lawmaking to the process enshrined in the Constitution.”


Federalism and School Choice

When progressive U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis gave his now famous dissent in the landmark case New State Ice v Liebmann, he wrote, “It is one of the happy incidents of the federal system that a single courageous State may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.”

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Despite EPA, Texans can ‘Whoop’ with Joy at Whooping Cranes Return

October heralds the return of the endangered Whooping Crane to Texas. Over the next two months the only self-sustaining wild population of Whooping Crane will migrate from its summer home in Canada to its winter home in Aransas National Wildlife Reserve. Once close to extinction, this federally endangered flock has slowly continued to grow in size and is now close to 300 birds.

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Op-Ed: International Trade Influences Texans’ Prosperity

The Texas economy has taken hits from a plunge in oil prices, global economic weakness, and a stronger U.S. dollar during the last year. One indication of this combined blow is the latest report by the Dallas Federal Reserve showing a 7.7 percent drop in exports during the last year through July. With exports contributing to almost one-fifth of the state’s total economy and supporting more than one million jobs, it’s no shock that the state’s economy is slowing.

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Op-Ed: A Constitution Defined by Humility and Rule of Law

Constitution Day might as well be called America’s forgotten holiday, or so joshed a colleague of mine in the office elevator. There was a lilt of exaggeration in his voice, but he was not too far off the mark.


Op-Ed: Free Texans from Property Tax Burdens

Texans benefit from living in one of only nine states without a personal income tax. However, Texas’ cumbersome property tax system warrants concern as it essentially functions as a replacement to the income tax and harms property owners.

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Op-Ed: The Interstate Power Compact

Most people are unaware of the unconstitutional expansion of federal authority to take control of electric generation in this country.


Op-Ed: New VPC Study Challenges Prevalence of Gun Use in Defensive Situations

“Guns are rarely used to kill criminals or stop crimes.”

Such is the claim made by a new report released by the Violence Policy Center this month. According to the report—in which they cite data from the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report—there were “only” 259 justifiable homicides across the country in 2012 involving a private citizen’s use of a firearm, compared to the 8,342 criminal homicides that occurred the same year. Put another way, for every defensive use of a firearm that year, there 32 guns implicated in a criminal homicide.

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Rick Perry Loves His Wife, the Tenth Amendment, & Criminal Justice Reform

In Part III of our exclusive interview with Rick Perry, he shares his thoughts about Texas’ successful criminal justice reforms, his philosophy on the Tenth Amendment and how he would encourage more innovation and freedom for the states, and the special role his wife Anita will play in his campaign.

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Op-Ed: Ban ‘Dark Money’ in Politics? Might as Well Burn the First Amendment

The government is not allowed to ban peaceful political advocacy or violate your privacy rights just for exercising your First Amendment rights. But some activists and politicians are using the scare term “Dark Money” to shut down anonymous political speech and take away our free-speech rights.

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Op-Ed: More than Tax Relief, Texans Need Tax Reform

The Texas House and the Texas Senate haven’t yet come to an agreement on the best way to provide tax relief—but there’s a growing recognition in both chambers that tax reform is equally, if not more, important. Especially when it comes to property taxes.


Heated Debate Over Truancy Laws at Texas State Capitol

A heated debate erupted over a proposed bill that would decriminalize truancy for minors in Texas. The Senate Committee on Criminal Justice hearing room was standing room only as legislators prepared to hear public testimony on the matter. Senate Bill


SYLVIA LONGMIRE: ‘The Nature and Impact of Illegal Immigration on Security in Texas’

Breitbart Texas Contributing Editor and border security expert Sylvia Longmire has written a paper, “The Nature and Impact of Illegal Immigration on Security in Texas,” for the Texas Public Policy Foundation. The paper, which examines the security threat posed by illegal immigration in Texas, is reprinted below with permission.

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Texas Rep Villalba’s Public Education Bill Will Force Mental Health Screenings on Students

A bill in the Texas House authored by State Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) would allow a school district to require mental health evaluations of students at the sole discretion of the school. This could lead to wrongful mental health determinations, and result in suspensions or alternative education placements of students, even creating an offense.

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Op-Ed: Public Pensions Are Super Boring, Until They’re Not

Few public policy issues are more boring than public employee pensions.

Really, who wants to sit around the dinner table and talk about pension amortization, funded ratios, or unfunded liabilities? By comparison, C-SPAN 2 looks like a summer blockbuster.


Former Governor Rick Perry Joins Right on Crime Campaign

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry has joined the list of prominent conservatives who have endorsed the Statement of Principles of the Right on Crime campaign. The announcement was made on Wednesday. Right on Crime is a project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) in partnership with the American Conservative Union Foundation and Justice Fellowship and seeks to promote criminal justice reforms from a conservative perspective.

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Poll: Texans Strongly Support Criminal Justice Reforms

A new poll released by Right on Crime, a project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF), shows that Texas voters strongly support the criminal justice reforms passed in recent years, and would like to see those reforms continue.


Texas Leads the Nation in Prosecuting Children for Truancy

Today, Texas is only one of two states that still criminalizes truancy. Texas prosecutes children for truancy at more than double the rate of all forty-nine other states combined. Schoolchildren are prosecuted, punished and fined for cutting classes and missing school. Their futures are often jeopardized by criminal records over their unlawful absenteeism.

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Op-Ed: If You Can’t Fight City Hall, Make Your Own

The old expression “you can’t fight city hall” seems more relevant than ever, with cities all over the state and country imposing massive new regulatory schemes that threaten both our liberty and pocketbooks.