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Criminal investigation opened into fraudulent pro-school voucher letters

Note: This story first appeared on the Quorum Report. Join us there for daily coverage of Texas politics and government.  As Texas House members continue to ask questions about the legalities surrounding those “fraudulent” pro-school voucher letters sent to their offices, two criminal complaints have been filed and an investigation has been opened by prosecutors […]

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Hotze’s Bathroom Bill Campaign Just Latest Episode in Long-Running Anti-Gay Crusade

As the Texas Senate was getting down to work on the “bathroom bill,” Dr. Steve Hotze, an anti-gay activist and longtime business partner of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, began running television ads against Speaker Joe Straus in his district demanding the measure receive a vote in the House. After Senate Bill 6 passed the full […]

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On bathrooms, Patrick speaks for Abbott because Abbott lets him

There was much chuckling and chatter at the Texas Capitol following the release of Texas Monthly’s cover story featuring Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick holding the gavel standing over the words “In Charge.” One recurring reaction went something like this: “Maybe the magazine should have done a vote count on Patrick’s priority bills before making that […]

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Amid accusations of fake news, phony organizations help AG Paxton in felony case

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, parroting President Donald Trump, has recently taken to calling news coverage he dislikes “fake news.” As a distraction, it works. When it comes to transparency, the Texas Senate’s recent moves to restrict media coverage are in line with Patrick’s order to the Legislative Budget Board to suppress staff reports – a […]

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On restrooms, Patrick sides with Texas House foe Steve Hotze over business

Note: This story originally appeared in The Quorum Report. Join us there for daily coverage of Texas politics and government.  Texas House Speaker Joe Straus has suggested Gov. Greg Abbott should articulate a clear position on one of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s top priorities for the legislative session: Restrictions on bathroom access based on gender. […]

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Trump Victory Could Pressure Gov. Abbott to Lay Out an Agenda

It was a decade ago that then-Gov. Rick Perry stood on the banks of the Rio Grande in his Carhartt jacket, promising in a TV commercial that “If Washington won’t protect our border, Texas will.” At that time, Texas Republicans were treating President George W. Bush as an apostate who was weak on the issue […]

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Group of TPPF board members spent heavily against Texas House GOP leadership

The Texas Public Policy Foundation promotes itself – and has been promoted in various media outlets – as merely a conservative free market think tank. The group, founded by “school choice” advocate James Leininger of San Antonio, says its “mission is to promote and defend liberty, personal responsibility, and free enterprise in Texas and the […]

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Audio: A tragedy unfolds in Dallas

Mike Ward, the Austin Bureau Chief for the Houston Chronicle, and I recently started a weekly podcast to bring you all the latest news from the Texas Capitol. Click here to subscribe to the show and have it instantly delivered to you each week. This week we did our 7th show, in which we discussed the ambush […]

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Flashback: TPPF revised estimate in Texas budget growth down to 9% from nearly 30%

Note: This story originally appeared in The Quorum Report in 2014 after the Texas Public Policy Foundation dramatically revised its analysis of the budget passed by the Legislature in 2013. The information here is worth considering after TPPF this week released its “Conservative Texas Budget.”  Bottom line: Once the GOP primaries were concluded in 2014, […]

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Worker misclassification debate starts anew at the Texas Capitol

The issue of worker misclassification promises to loom large once again during the next session of the Texas Legislature – and not just as it relates to the construction industry. Misclassification happens when businesses pretend their labor is being done on a subcontracting basis when by law the people doing the work should be compensated as […]

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