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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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Texas Lt. Gov. asks schools to risk funding while laying groundwork to redirect their funds to vouchers

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Tuesday announced he is asking Attorney General Ken Paxton to weigh in with an official opinion on whether the Fort Worth ISD’s policy on protections for transgender students is legal under Texas law. My fellow former radio talk show host acknowledged that he is “not a lawyer,” so he’s asking […]

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The Trump Effect in Texas

During an election cycle in which it’s been repeatedly proven the political chattering class has the capacity to be quite wrong, it is no shock the ascendancy of Donald Trump has some prognosticators once again raising the question of whether Texas will be any color other than deep Republican red when voters make their choice […]

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A Welcome Home for Ted Cruz in the Party of John Cornyn

Two years ago in a packed hotel ballroom in Houston during the Harris County Republican Party’s Reagan Day fundraising dinner, Sen. John Cornyn stood on the stage and made the case to the party’s faithful that they must do a better job of reaching beyond their usual base if the organization is going to be […]

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Activists rail against gays and Texas House leadership as Woodfill announces for RPT Chair

HOUSTON – A day after once again stepping onto the national political stage by inserting himself into the Planned Parenthood video fight, former Harris County GOP Chairman Jared Woodfill last week formally announced he is running to lead the Republican Party of Texas. He is running alongside Texas Eagle Forum President Cathie Adams, who has […]

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AUDIO: Former undocumented Collin Street Bakery worker calls McNutt a hypocrite

The hardline immigration rhetoric of Thomas McNutt, GOP challenger to Rep. Byron Cook, is coming under intense scrutiny now that the Dallas Morning News has revealed that McNutt’s company has a history of hiring undocumented immigrants. McNutt told the newspaper he will look into how undocumented workers could have been employed by his family’s Collin […]

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Following rape comments, Stickland and key allies are sharply attacked for votes

Following revelations that Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, said publicly in 2008 that “Rape is non existent in marriage,” some of the votes that he and his closest allies have taken in the Texas House about sexual assault are under fresh scrutiny. A full-court press by Republicans against Tea Party incumbents began in the Metroplex on […]

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Defeat of HERO signals a campaign cycle of social conservatism ahead for Texas GOP

The defeat of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance Tuesday night came as a surprise only to those who had paid exactly zero attention to the politics on the ground – and for most of the campaign, the clueless seemed to include much of city leadership. Prior to and after the vote, many HERO supporters had […]

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