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Belton resident claims city trashing rights over mandated garbage service (TX)

Estate of Denial

To what extent should government be able to compel the public to pay for city-provided services? And what if those services aren’t being provided at an acceptable performance level or at a reasonably competitive price? Belton resident Joe Trevino Jr. is facing such a dilemma over his city’s garbage and recycling collection. In early April, Keep Reading…

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Belinky now off ballot; hopeful Sammarone’s fliers derided (OH)

The Mahoning County Probate Court judicial race is heating up as Mark Belinky officially withdrew from the Democratic primary, and Democratic candidate Christopher Sammarone faces criticism for using a decades-old quote from Jim Tressel on his campaign materials. Also, George P. Millich Jr., who was vying to replace Belinky first through a gubernatorial appointment and Keep Reading…

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Millennials poised to drive second-wave libertarianism into mainstream politics

Supporting the convention theme of Generation Liberty!, Alexander McCobin, founder and current executive director of Students for Liberty (SFL), discussed the future of liberty at the recent Libertarian Party of Texas state convention in Temple. In the building of a movement, McCobin spoke of how libertarians have been closed off. He acknowledged movement members are Keep Reading…

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Tarrant County district clerk can collect court fees from poor, court says (TX)

FORT WORTH — In a ruling described as a blow to poor Texans, an appeals court says a trial court lacked jurisdiction when Tarrant County District Clerk Tom Wilder was ordered to stop collecting court fees from people who can’t afford an attorney. The ruling by the 2nd Court of Appeals, issued last week, reverses Keep Reading…

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New state economic performance ranking shows Texas’ best, worst tax policy

As each April 15 prompts Americans to focus attention on federal income tax returns, this day also brings opportunity to discuss state-level tax policy, its impact on a state’s economic outlook ranking and the long-term growth prospects it creates. States implementing onerous tax codes often learn just how prone taxpayers are to “voting with their Keep Reading…

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‘State-snatched’ girl prompts move in Congress (MA)

A proposal in Congress that would block federal tax dollars from states with policies that “conflict with personal liberty” is one strategy in an effort to assist Massachusetts parents who lost custody of their teen daughter to the state because of a psychiatrist’s disputed opinion. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, who is considering introducing a bill, Keep Reading…

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Judicial hopefuls get dissed (OH)

The three judicial candidates “not recommended” by the Mahoning County Bar Association for the offices they’re seeking say they received the label largely because they take on the establishment. Susan Maruca, a probate court judicial candidate and one of the three not recommended, said, “It’s a political decision, and the bar association should stay out Keep Reading…

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