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  • Commentary posted October 16, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez Texas' Forgotten Heroes

    Juan Seguín, José Antonio Navarro, Lorenzo de Zavala. Recognize any of those names? If so, you know your Texas history well. If not, you may be a victim of political correctness. That’s because these three men don’t fit into the standard historical narrative in Texas. All were war heroes, fighting for Texas’ independence from Mexico and against Mexican President…

  • Posted on March 31, 2014 by Elizabeth Slattery Texas Abortion Case Heading for Supreme Court

    A 3-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit has upheld H.B. 2, Texas’s abortion law made famous by state senator Wendy...…

  • Issue Brief posted March 26, 2014 by Evan Bernick Law Enforcement’s Dependence on Civil Asset Forfeiture in Georgia and Texas

    Law enforcement agencies across the nation use revenue derived from civil asset forfeiture to fund their operations. There is a certain appeal to the idea: The bad guys are deprived of ill-gotten or ill-used assets, and the good guys get to use those assets to pursue other bad guys. But there is reason to be concerned about law enforcement agencies becoming dependent on…

  • Issue Brief posted February 11, 2014 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Lessons from the Voter ID Experience in Texas

    The latest data from Texas about the state’s experience with its first election held after its new photographic voter identification law became effective show that this requirement has done nothing to suppress voter turnout throughout the state. In fact, turnout in last year’s constitutional elections in Texas yielded some of the highest turnout numbers in the past decade…

  • Posted on December 10, 2013 by David Kreutzer We Are Drilling, Baby! U.S. Passing Saudi Arabia in Oil Production

    What do you know—“Drill, baby, drill” is working. Thanks to new smart-drilling and production technologies (including...…

  • Posted on November 10, 2013 by Mike Gonzalez Government Contractors Prosper, Hispanics Struggle in a Country Growing More Bifurcated

    Sunday's front page of The Washington Post carried two very different yet related stories about what is happening in...…

  • Posted on October 19, 2013 by Crystal Goodremote Un-Affordable Care Act: The High Cost of Obamacare for One Texas Business

    American businesses are in a holding period of uncertainty because of Obamacare. That’s the message Larry Patterson,...…

  • Posted on October 4, 2013 by Josh Shepherd World’s First “Trillionaire” Offers to Pay Down U.S. National Debt

    KLTV.com-Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville, Texas | ETX News A restaurant manager from Tyler, Texas, briefly became the...…

  • Commentary posted September 3, 2013 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Voter ID Laws Keep Our Elections Secure

    The Justice Department has no basis for suing Texas under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) over its voter ID law. And it presents no evidence to support its claim under Section 3 that Texas should be placed under federal supervision for any additional changes in its voting laws for the foreseeable future. Requiring voters to prove that they are who they say…

  • Posted on August 22, 2013 by Hans von Spakovsky Eric Holder’s Mounting War Against Texas

    In its mounting war against commonsense election integrity efforts, Eric Holder’s Justice Department announced today...…

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  • Issue Brief posted February 11, 2014 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Lessons from the Voter ID Experience in Texas

    The latest data from Texas about the state’s experience with its first election held after its new photographic voter identification law became effective show that this requirement has done nothing to suppress voter turnout throughout the state. In fact, turnout in last year’s constitutional elections in Texas yielded some of the highest turnout numbers in the past decade…

  • Commentary posted October 16, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez Texas' Forgotten Heroes

    Juan Seguín, José Antonio Navarro, Lorenzo de Zavala. Recognize any of those names? If so, you know your Texas history well. If not, you may be a victim of political correctness. That’s because these three men don’t fit into the standard historical narrative in Texas. All were war heroes, fighting for Texas’ independence from Mexico and against Mexican President…

  • Issue Brief posted March 26, 2014 by Evan Bernick Law Enforcement’s Dependence on Civil Asset Forfeiture in Georgia and Texas

    Law enforcement agencies across the nation use revenue derived from civil asset forfeiture to fund their operations. There is a certain appeal to the idea: The bad guys are deprived of ill-gotten or ill-used assets, and the good guys get to use those assets to pursue other bad guys. But there is reason to be concerned about law enforcement agencies becoming dependent on…

  • Backgrounder posted July 26, 2013 by Joseph Nixon, Texas Public Policy Foundation Ten Years of Tort Reform in Texas: A Review

    The causal connection between economic prosperity and efficient, fair courts is stronger than most people realize. The simple fact is that free people using free markets need a strong judicial system: Fair markets require fair courts. The freedoms and rights enumerated in the U.S. Constitution can be guaranteed only through the justice system. For instance, personal…

  • Lecture posted April 15, 2010 by The Honorable Bill G. Batchelder, Lawrence J. McQuillan, Ph.D., Edwin Meese III, Hans A. von Spakovsky Tort Reform in the States: Protecting Consumers and Enhancing Economic Growth

    Abstract: The role of the states, particularly the idea that most governmental power should be in the states, is important to America's constitutional system. It has been somewhat eroded in many fields by adverse Supreme Court decisions, but the states are still where much of the innovation in governmental activity is to be found, particularly the kind of activity…

  • Backgrounder posted July 28, 2008 by Ronald D. Utt, Ph.D. How States Can Improve Their Transportation Systems and Relieve Traffic Congestion

    Over the past several decades, federal and state transportation policies have struggled to keep pace with a rising population and increasing numbers of motorists and trucks using the roads. As a result, congestion has worsened in most major metropolitan areas, imposing extra costs on all motorists and truckers and threatening to undermine the economic vitality of many…

  • Commentary posted September 3, 2013 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Voter ID Laws Keep Our Elections Secure

    The Justice Department has no basis for suing Texas under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) over its voter ID law. And it presents no evidence to support its claim under Section 3 that Texas should be placed under federal supervision for any additional changes in its voting laws for the foreseeable future. Requiring voters to prove that they are who they say…

  • First Principles Series Report posted May 1, 2006 by Keith E. Whittington How to Read the Constitution: Self-Government and the Jurisprudence of Originalism

    The argument that original meaning should guide constitutional interpretation is nearly as old as the Constitution itself. Before there were strict constructionists, before there were judicial activists, there were originalists. In those early days, few seriously objected to the notion that the Constitution should be read in accord with its original meaning, though there…

  • Commentary posted March 20, 2008 by Brian M. Riedl Old McDonald Had a Scam

    Should Taxpayers continue subsidizing millionaires? That's the question Congress is mulling over as it considers reauthorizing farm subsidies doled out by the Department of Agriculture. The agriculture budget totals $25 billion - more than we spend on the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Farm subsidies are typically portrayed as a vital lifeboat for…

  • Testimony posted July 18, 2008 by Matt A. Mayer Testimony Before the Texas Senate Committee on Transportation and Homeland Security and Committee on International Relations and Trade

    Testimony Before the Texas Senate Committee on Transportation and Homeland Security and Committee on International Relations and Trade Matt A. Mayer Chairs Carona and Lucio, Vice-Chairs Watson and Patrick, and Committee Members, thank you for this opportunity to come before you to share my thoughts and answer your questions as best I can. The purposes of this…

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  • Issue Brief posted March 26, 2014 by Evan Bernick Law Enforcement’s Dependence on Civil Asset Forfeiture in Georgia and Texas

    Law enforcement agencies across the nation use revenue derived from civil asset forfeiture to fund their operations. There is a certain appeal to the idea: The bad guys are deprived of ill-gotten or ill-used assets, and the good guys get to use those assets to pursue other bad guys. But there is reason to be concerned about law enforcement agencies becoming dependent on…

  • Issue Brief posted February 11, 2014 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Lessons from the Voter ID Experience in Texas

    The latest data from Texas about the state’s experience with its first election held after its new photographic voter identification law became effective show that this requirement has done nothing to suppress voter turnout throughout the state. In fact, turnout in last year’s constitutional elections in Texas yielded some of the highest turnout numbers in the past decade…

  • Backgrounder posted July 26, 2013 by Joseph Nixon, Texas Public Policy Foundation Ten Years of Tort Reform in Texas: A Review

    The causal connection between economic prosperity and efficient, fair courts is stronger than most people realize. The simple fact is that free people using free markets need a strong judicial system: Fair markets require fair courts. The freedoms and rights enumerated in the U.S. Constitution can be guaranteed only through the justice system. For instance, personal…

  • Backgrounder posted July 28, 2008 by Ronald D. Utt, Ph.D. How States Can Improve Their Transportation Systems and Relieve Traffic Congestion

    Over the past several decades, federal and state transportation policies have struggled to keep pace with a rising population and increasing numbers of motorists and trucks using the roads. As a result, congestion has worsened in most major metropolitan areas, imposing extra costs on all motorists and truckers and threatening to undermine the economic vitality of many…

  • First Principles Series Report posted May 1, 2006 by Keith E. Whittington How to Read the Constitution: Self-Government and the Jurisprudence of Originalism

    The argument that original meaning should guide constitutional interpretation is nearly as old as the Constitution itself. Before there were strict constructionists, before there were judicial activists, there were originalists. In those early days, few seriously objected to the notion that the Constitution should be read in accord with its original meaning, though there…

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Find more work on Texas