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With civil asset forfeitures, Texas law enforcement reaps big rewards

Crime may not pay, but its pursuit can yield big rewards via civil asset forfeitures, a practice through which government takes ownership of real or personal property allegedly connected to criminal activity but not requiring the criminal activity to be alleged, much less proven. Texas has a long history of such actions, and a new Keep Reading…

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‘Politicization’ of new WHO meat findings causes Texans to see red

The new World Health Organization study categorizing processed meat as a “Group 1” carcinogen along with tobacco and asbestos,  and sounding alarms on red meat, has got Texas Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller and other beef industry insiders predictably seeing red, calling this disparagement of a major Texas export “politicized science.” Miller’s comment refers to a Keep Reading…

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Clean Power Plan challenge lodged by Texas, West Virginia, other states

Carrying the torch for economic freedom and state sovereignty or “carrying the water for big polluters“? That’s the battle line drawn as Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton along with the state of West Virginia are set to lead a 24-state coalition in a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s newly-published Clean Power Plan rule. Though Environmental Keep Reading…

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Quiet for now, but potential storms brewing in Texas fracking battles

Though a new Yale University study vindicates hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, from responsibility for groundwater contamination, it’s not likely to quell controversy over the practice. And despite the state of Texas’ legal defeat of a Denton fracking ban, any current quiet over the issue is no sign of acquiescence. Understanding the upcoming storm first involves Keep Reading…

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Temple ISD bond package reminds of need to review overall local government debt (TX)

Ahead of the Nov. 3 election in which Temple Independent School District voters will weigh in on a $136.5 million bond proposal, important opportunity exists to discuss Texas local government debt levels and the means by which today’s debt is grown. Understanding Texas’ overall local government debt picture is the first step toward responsible financial Keep Reading…

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