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The activist left and liberal TX Republicans

Recently, the Washington Post reported that the left will be redoubling state level efforts in the coming years through advocacy groups. This is in response to conservatives, who have effectively deployed groups to influence state level politics and policy making. The momentum is going national, as evidenced by the changing tide on the issue of…

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TX Racing Commission nearing its end?

The Texas Racing Commission may have held its last meeting, a possibility they’ve created through their studied disregard for our proper legislative process. Jane Nelson (R-Denton), the Senate’s chief budget writer, zeroed out the commission’s budget. This was after the TRC dismissed a 2014 letter from Senators advising it not to expand gambling via rulemaking…

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Texas Citizens Coalition

Since launching, the Texas Citizens Coalition has maintained a relatively low profile. Agendawise continues to be contacted about the group and its objective. The group looks to be something of a Texas House cheering section aimed at the conservative grassroots, using very conservative branding. Noticeably missing from the group’s materials is anything about the Texas…

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Texas Lottery – taxpayer abuse

As Agendawise has previously written, underhanded attempts to sneak gambling into the state continue. At the same time, transparent gambling expansion efforts have been put on the back burner, a marked shift from previous years despite constant opposition to gambling expansion in Texas. However, instead of constantly playing defense against pro-gambling hucksters, lawmakers would serve…

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Lobbyists protecting TEC

Conservatives are bad for lobbyists, something proved again last week when lobbyists defended the Texas Ethics Commission. Though it was created to police the dangerous relationship between special interest lobbyists and elected officials, the TEC has been captured by lobbyists, and is now used by them to decrease their already-too-low accountability level. The TEC is…

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Media runs cover for left-leaning Hammond

This week the Texas Association of Business, run by Bill Hammond, continued its new pattern of openly teaming with leftist progressives. What makes this especially noteworthy is that Hammond packaged his group as card-carrying movement conservatives for years. Back then they brought their bad bills in front of the conservative movement at meetings, finding ways…

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The dirty Texas gambling lobby

Texas could end up a junked-out gambling state if citizens don’t stand up and pay attention to Austin right now. Aggressive, transparent gambling expansion measures are embattled this session, but sneaky incremental efforts are on the move. The first and most important thing to understand about Texas gambling expansion is that slot machines are the…

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Overdue ethics reform stalling in House

Long-overdue measures to reform backward government ethics policy in Texas are languishing in the House despite being Greg Abbott emergency items. The legislation includes a requirement for government officials to disclose government contracts held by themselves and family members. Last week Sen. Van Taylor’s (R- Plano) SB 19 had its first Senate hearing, but the…

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Texans asked to fund the Aycocks

Jimmie Don Aycock’s House Education Committee recently heard and today passed a bill that would benefit his education lobbyist daughter – House Bill 506. The bill aims to give a new credit line to school districts with terms so bad it amounts to state-sanctioned loan sharking. School districts account for a sizable portion of Texas’…