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Morales plea deal – good deal for one, great for others to put behind? (TX)

A plea agreement announced last week in Bell County allowed former Temple Mayor Pro Tem Judy Morales to plead no contest to a Class B misdemeanor charge of destruction, removal or alteration of public documents. Per Bell County Attorney Jim Nichols, this charge was punishable by up to a $4,000 fine and/or confinement of up Keep Reading…

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More government transparency? Require public votes by elected officials on open record issues (TX)

Open government – which includes access to public information and activities – is critical for the functioning of a free society and is one of the principles upon which this country was founded. Government transparency in Texas is supported by Chapter 552 of the Texas Government Code, also known as the Texas Public Information Act Keep Reading…

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Libertarian Party of Texas state convention scheduled April 11-13 in Temple

Using Generation Liberty! as its theme, the Libertarian Party of Texas will host its largest ever state convention April 11 – 13 at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center in Temple. In addition to the nomination of statewide office candidates and election of new state party officers, the convention will feature an exciting Keep Reading…

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Abusive guardianships and their liberty-looting, property-poaching nature (TX)

Civil asset forfeiture, action by which the government confiscates a person’s property without charging that person with a crime, is one current threat to property rights. Another property hijacking avenue occurs through guardianships – also called conservatorships in some states. Guardianships are probate instruments that limit, if not suspend, many adult basic rights. While not Keep Reading…

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Civil Asset Forfeiture: ‘Policing for Profit’ on taxpayers backs (TX)

Civil asset forfeiture allows government to confiscate a person’s property without charging that person with a crime. Per a new Texas Public Policy Foundation report, Taking Contraband Without Taking Our Liberties: Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform in Texas, Texas ranks amongst the nation’s worst when it comes to protecting its citizens from such abuses. Here’s how Keep Reading…

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