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‘America’s Longest War’ highlights fallacies, inadequacies of 40-year war on drugs

The “war on drugs.” Let’s count the ways in which it has been neither effective nor helpful. That was Thursday night’s message as an Austin audience viewed America’s Longest War, a Reason Foundation-produced movie highlighting unintended consequences created by the 40-year war. The screening, hosted by America’s Future Foundation, was followed by a discussion featuring Keep Reading…

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If Sheffield opts out, Texas House District 55 debate to feature challenger White, empty chair

In 2012, Clint Eastwood captured attention at least of the political class with his Republican National Convention speech that featured the veteran actor and director addressing an empty chair representing the not-present President Barack Obama. A similar scenario may soon play out in Bell County if state Rep. Ralph Sheffield, R-Temple, opts out of a Keep Reading…

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Tuition set asides: Texas higher education’s hidden tax

A new college semester kicks off this week for students across Texas. Rising college costs continue getting well-deserved attention, but unknown to many students in public higher education institutions – not all of their tuition paid is used to fund their collegiate experience thanks to a state-mandated mechanism called tuition set asides. In 2003 the Keep Reading…

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Texas public officials make ‘America’s Worst Bosses’ ranking

eBossWatch, a career resource that enables people to anonymously rate their bosses and evaluate potential employers, has published its fifth annual list of America’s Worst Bosses and within the 50-member listing, three are from Texas. Equally disturbing is that well over half of the list comprises “bosses” in government or other taxpayer-funded venues. Out of Keep Reading…

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Turner announces House speaker challenge (TX)

Though a year out from the gavel dropping in a new legislative session, a Friday filing by state Rep. Scott Turner, R-Frisco, that he’s running for Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 84th Texas Legislature is a move that undoubtedly kicks the upcoming campaign season into higher gear. While attending Texas Public Policy Keep Reading…

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