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ALERT: Call & email Texas legislators NOW for property tax reform

Yes, I am being repetitive because it is important: We do not yet have meaningful property tax reform done in Austin and it is time to ramp-up your phone calls to members’ district … [Read More...]

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By Alex Mills Crude oil and natural gas production in the U.S. set records in 2018 and Texas and the Permian Basin of West Texas led the way. As a matter of fact, the Permian …

Absurd economic ideas of city governments

When we look at government action we are often correct to scoff at what we see. Take this recent headline from “Plans rolled out on hotel occupancy tax, "The … [Read More...]

Pratt’s post for 5/23/2019

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Overwhelming Majority of GOP Legislative Priorities Officially Dead Yacht owners on brink of getting tax break, while Texas homeowners wait for theirs New Polling Shows …

You are the counterforce to the Austin Lobby, act now

Voters should know that among the Republicans joining with House Democrats to oppose and kill the bill that limits local governments from taking our money and then using it to …

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Pratt’s post for 5/22/2019

SB29: Vote shows which House members represent voters versus other government officials Who Knew A Calendar Could Be So Deadly? Senate revives paper-ballot voting booth … [Read More...]

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Due to the leadership of strong small-government, pro-taxpayer conservatives in both the House and Senate we got a true litmus test recorded vote in the Texas House that well …

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Anti-Wimp: Unknown armed man stops attack on Wendy’s employees

KLBK reports: The victim [an employee of Wendy's in Lubbock] said the suspect approached the drive-thru window on foot and began threatening to beat her up [upset over an alleged … [Read More...]

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House votes down bill aimed at taxpayer-funded lobbying - unforgivable Election bill, a Senate GOP priority, dies in the House, more, more - unforgivable To avoid infighting … [Read More...]

Red light cameras, hated by many, outlawed by Texas senate and facing likely demise

Via Austin American-Statesman: Texas lawmakers on Friday put a stop to red light cameras, outlawing what some critics consider a money-grab for municipalities. “It does not have …

Pratt’s post for 5/20/2019

Here’s Where Key Legislation Stands in the Final Week of Session Here’s how some of the Texas Legislature’s most important bills are faring in the 2019 session Final deals …

Abilene, San Angelo & other weekend tornado / storm coverage

4 Tornadoes Reported in West Texas, Same Storm System Gov. Abbott makes all state resources available after severe storms --------------------------------------------- …

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On Virtue & the Republic

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On Political Pessimism

Defeatist cynicism is an arrogance that we too know an outcome – we do not. Our Creator expects us to fight for good until He ends the game, not us. -- Robert W. Pratt, Pratt on Texas

On Liberty

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I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it. -- Thomas Jefferson to Archibald Stuart

On Right

The fool is disturbed not when they tell him that his ideas are false, but when they suggest that they have gone out of style. -- Nicolás Gómez Dávila

On Political Correctness

Political correctness never rears its ugly head independently. It always shows up as a series of actions designed, to this observer, to crush the souls of those blessed with common sense. -- Milo Yiannopoulos
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On pessimism and difficulty

When you encounter difficulties, you need to be optimistic. The pessimists tend to die. --Zhou Youguang

On American Liberals

Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views. -- William F. Buckley, Jr.
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On universities

Universities have become a place to provide economic and political protection for those who hold economically and politically unpalatable ideas. — Robert Pratt