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Libertarianism: Texas’ politics growth vehicle

While much Texas political buzz centers on turning Texas blue, another force – Libertarianism – is gaining its own ground in the ongoing fight for both the hearts and minds of voters. The Libertarian Party of Texas has long espoused views that promote “minimum government, maximum freedom.” The American public finally seems to be getting Keep Reading…

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Midway ISD parents resist district’s iPad liability requirement (TX)

As more school districts jump on the iPad/Google Chromebook bandwagon, discord over Midway Independent School District students being issued iPads and parents being required to sign liability forms has created an interesting situation pitting school district ambitions against parental sensibilities. The iPads are part of the district’s 1-to-1 initiative, a popular trend that seeks – Keep Reading…

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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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