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State-Based Visas: A Federalist Approach to Immigration Reform

Today Cato released a new policy analysis about the feasibility of state-based visas. Such a visa would allow states more say in immigration policies and generally a more flexible visa regime guided by local conditions.   Read more »

at Apr 23, 2014 12:52 PM
       

A Political Delay for Keystone

The Keystone XL pipeline could deliver safe and affordable energy supplies from Canada to Texas refineries, bringing in 830,000 barrels of oil a day and helping to create or support 20,000 American jobs.

For five years, however, the Obama Administration has been dragging its feet. On Friday, they announced

at Apr 23, 2014 9:11 AM
       

From Dark Horse To Race Horse – Gordy Bunch Leads The Pack

The following is a press release from the Gordy Bunch for Texas Senate campaign.

HOUSTON, April 18, 2014 – With the endorsement of the Houston Chronicle, Gordy Bunch takes the lead in the race for Texas State Senate, District 4. Recently recommended by the Texas Patriots PAC Tea Party, the Spring, TX Tea Party, the Professional Insurance Agents Association, and others, Bunch has reached the front-runner position in the campaign to fill the current vacancy in the state senate office vacated by Senator Tommy Williams.   Read more »

at Apr 18, 2014 11:18 AM
       

If Unconstitutional Republicanism Triumphs, The Constitutional Standard Is History

I recently posted about what I think is a practical and necessary prescription for campaigning, pursuing, and unifying all Republicans. It is hardly a novel ambition, but has become ever more so in the popular culture, only nominal in the Democrat party, and unfortunately quite endangered in the Republican Party. I modified those comments and asked for another posting days later. I hoped to generate more comments

at Apr 16, 2014 9:59 AM
       

Helping Small Businesses and Farmers Invest in Growth

Every week, I hear from farmers, ranchers, and small business owners who are hoping for a simpler, fairer tax code that will help them grow their businesses. Tax reform can help us strengthen the economy and create jobs. How? Well, for one thing, small businesses waste about 1.7 billion hours each year on tax compliance. And small businesses spend more than $18 billion each year on tax compliance costs

at Apr 15, 2014 9:44 AM
       

Austin Outsider Hopes To Pop The Austin Bubble In Race For Williams’ Senate Seat

The chatter around the Capitol so far about the race for the Texas Senate seat formerly held by Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, has primarily focused on the two House members in the contest: Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands and Rep. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe. But, a lesser-known candidate by the name of Gordy Bunch, a successful businessman and a member of the equivalent of the city council in The Woodlands, says he’s working hard to get his supporters out and “get ‘er done” in the May 10 special election.

Bunch, who was first elected to The Woodlands Township Board of Directors two years ago, says he’s been able to use his business experience to help create one of the best-running governments in the state. Indeed, The Woodlands has seen taxes decrease and debt has been paid down while services have been expanded.

at Apr 11, 2014 11:42 AM
       

Misclassification Hearing is Set in the Texas House

A Texas House Committee has set a hearing on the issue of worker misclassification and what more the state may need to do to combat the problem that is particularly rampant in the construction industry.

The House Business and Industry Committee will take testimony on the implementation of a limited crackdown that was signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry last year. The hearing is slated for Tuesday, April 22 at the state capitol.

Here is the official announcement, which says the panel of lawmakers will be looking into

at Apr 10, 2014 10:33 AM
       

Texas Patriots PAC makes recommendations in Texas Senate District 4 race

Texas Patriots PAC makes recommendations in Senate District 4 Race

(The Woodlands, Texas) –Texas Patriots PAC, a non-partisan Tea Party organization dedicated to the election of candidates who share their core values of constitutionally

at Apr 9, 2014 11:16 AM
       

The Oil and Natural Gas Boom Continues

The recent uptick in American energy production is one of those economic miracles not thought possible a decade ago. Oil and gas production will reduce the United States' dependence on imports, and we may be become an energy exporter, something that will strengthen our international status, which is at a low point under the present Administration's policy.

at Apr 8, 2014 12:59 PM
       

Natural Resources Hearing on ESA Reform

Last week, I told you about legislation I’ve introduced to reform the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to make it work better for landowners, communities, and species. The law is in need of reform—in the 40 years since it was enacted, only 2% of species have ever recovered to the point where they can be removed from the list. The ESA also imposes costly federal requirements on landowners, when there are more practical, voluntary conservation solutions that would work just as well to preserve species. It’s also problematic that instead of making listing decisions in a transparent manner,

at Apr 8, 2014 10:21 AM
       

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