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Judge in Paxton case prefers Collin County venue, but won’t commit

By   /  February 16, 2017  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

The judge in the fraud case of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Thursday he would prefer to keep the trial in Collin County, but did not commit to doing so.

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Governor says he’s ready for another run at ethics reform

By   /  February 7, 2017  /  Accountability, Governor, Legislature, News, State Government, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Gov. Greg Abbott named ethics reform legislation one of his emergency items during his State of the State address.

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Texas lawmaker wants to raise tobacco age, dent vaping in the process

By   /  February 1, 2017  /  Health Care, News, Regulations, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

A San Antonio Democrat wants Texas to become the third state, along with California and Hawaii, to raise the legal age to buy tobacco to 21, with the idea of reducing teen smoking. But the proposal also targets e-cigarettes and vaping devices that have been effective in reducing tobacco use. “Our taxpayers bear a large financial […]

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Texas lawmakers look to overhaul ridesharing regulations

By   /  January 17, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, News, Regulations, State Government, Texas, Transportation  /  No Comments

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A pair of  state senators are pushing measures that would take the regulation of ridesharing companies out of the hands of Texas cities. One would hand the authority over to the state government. The other would effectively get the government out of the regulatory business. Transportation network companies (TNCs) vacated Austin in May 2016 after the failure […]

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Nanny State of the Week: Pursuing porn in the Palmetto State

By   /  January 2, 2017  /  First Amendment, Free Speech, Nanny State of the Week, New York, News, Regulations, South Carolina, State Government  /  No Comments

Part 109 of 120 in the series Nanny State of the Week Some lawmakers in the Palmetto State apparently wants it to become the Palmetto Parent. South Carolina state Reps. Bill Chumley and Mike Burns have filed a bill that would require computer manufacturers or retailers to install and operate software that “renders obscenity inaccessible” […]

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Arlington plays the stadium game with fear and arrogance

By   /  December 5, 2016  /  Crony Capitalism, Economy, News, Politics & Elections, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

It’s that Bart Giamatti time of year. Baseball, the late commissioner and professor Renaissance literature, famously observed, “is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it […]

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