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‘Efficiency’ brief filed in Texas public school finance lawsuit

Estate of Denial

As more than half of Texas’ 1029 public school districts await a Texas Supreme Court ruling on their lawsuit claiming the state provides neither adequate nor equitable funding, a newly-filed amicus brief by Americans for Prosperity asks the court to consider public school efficiency as a component of the litigation. AFP’s position is simple. Calling Keep Reading…

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Hunt family estate case fits probate abuse pattern, court history (TX)

An Aug. 24 Houston Chronicle article highlights already embattled Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s role in an estate case involving the two young daughters of Tanner Hunt, the now-deceased son of Dallas oil billionaire Ray Hunt and grandson Haroldson Lafayette “H.L.” Hunt. While Paxton, the state’s top defender of Texas laws, faces no specific legal Keep Reading…

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Judge orders San Marcos to review petition signatures, add fluoride ban amendment to November ballot (TX)

City of San Marcos voters are closer to weighing in on a charter amendment seeking to ban the city’s fluoridation of its water supply.  Despite the city’s apparent commitment to disqualify a petition effort seeking this change, state Judicial District Court Judge Bruce Boyer late Friday ordered the city to review the petition signatures and, if Keep Reading…

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Clock ticking as San Marcos fights fluoride ban vote (TX)

The countdown to an Aug. 24 ballot placement deadline is on as the city of San Marcos continues action to disqualify a citizen-led petition effort seeking a spot on the Nov. 3 election ballot. At issue is if voters will be allowed to weigh in on a proposed charter amendment to ban fluoride use in Keep Reading…

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Will Uber’s new car-leasing pilot be the next frontier for regulators?

Uber recently rolled out a company-owned car-leasing program, Xchange Leasing, in select markets. This action, along with pending lawsuits against Uber, show that as the innovative transportation network company’s (TNC) business model continues to evolve, government remains a major player in how things will shake out. Uber Technologies, Inc. is head quartered in San Francisco. Keep Reading…

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Texas Supreme Court ruling could offer new boost to citizen-led petition efforts

The Texas Supreme Court ruling on Houston’s violation of petitioners’ rights who challenged the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance is seen as a potential boost to other citizen-led petition efforts in the state that have experienced similar government resistance. Whether initiatives which enable citizens to draft laws and charter amendments for placement on an upcoming election Keep Reading…

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Texas Supreme Court: petitioners’ rights ignored with Houston ‘equal rights ordinance’ challenge

A new Texas Supreme Court ruling found the city of Houston violated petitioners’ rights when it ignored a valid petition effort and, instead, passed a controversial equal rights ordinance. The city must now either repeal the ordinance or place it on the November ballot. In noting City Secretary Anna Russell’s certification of a 2014 petition Keep Reading…

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