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UNT shows green, mean spirit with eminent domain quest (TX)

The University of North Texas takes seriously its Mean Green branding as a decades-old, popular Sack & Save grocery store finds its I-35E property the target of an eminent domain pursuit the university has green lighted with a willingness to use legal meanness to accomplish. And worse, this seems just one more in a serious Keep Reading…

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Retirement, re-election simultaneously on tap for Travis County probate judge (TX)

This week marked the start of Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman’s self-prescribed “sabbatical” after county commissioners earlier in the month accepted the 65-year-old judge’s resignation, a resignation offered so that he could take the remainder of the year off before starting his eighth term. The potential complications this have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too move brings, however, reveals an Keep Reading…

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Contest targets exposing Texas government waste

While sensible economic and business regulatory policies have spared Texas from the grief past years have brought other areas, the Lone Star State is not without its challenges. Local government debt is a serious affront to taxpayers as also is government waste. With that, the Texas Public Policy Action is sponsoring a Texas Government Waste Keep Reading…

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Will drivers’ I-35 ‘love’ include TxDOT’s planned toll road push?

The Texas Department of Transportation, one of the state’s most influential yet unelected and unaccountable users of public funds, is rolling out a $500,000 media campaign reminding Interstate 35 drivers to “Be Safe. Drive Smart.” While fine advice, Texas taxpayers might beware that the safest and smartest bet is understanding just what this agency has Keep Reading…

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Might millennials spawn a ‘War of the Ages’?

Move over war on women. Stand aside racial, ethnic and sexual orientation politics. Victimhood on many fronts might soon be passé as a prominent driver of public policy based on the views, priorities and sensitivities revealed in a new Reason-Rupe 2014 Millennial Survey of young Americans age 18-29. While this groups’ historically liberal beliefs have Keep Reading…

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