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Happy Independence Day! Despite, and because of, the events of the last few months, I continue to stand tall and proud to be an American. 2020 has been a year of uncertainty, political impasse, and tremendous heartache. At the same time, we have witn...

June 30, 2020

Even with yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down Louisiana’s abortion law, in Austin there is a reminder that the fight to protect unborn life goes on at the local level. In the most recent Legislative Session, the Legislature enacted...

Today is Thomas Sowell’s 90th birthday. Dr. Sowell is a prolific writer, economist, author of more than 30 books, and one of my personal heroes. So how does Dr. Sowell celebrate his 90th birthday? By publishing a new book, of course.

By Mia Garza McCord, President.     June 2, 2020

Americans are hurting. Job loss, 100,000 Americans lost to COVID-19, businesses shuttering, and now the glaring truth that inequity in America is very real. It is ok to be angry, frustrated, fearfu...

By Tom Aldred, Executive Director.     May 27, 2020 

Last month, the Democratic members of the Texas Senate urged Governor Abbott to expand Medicaid in response to the health care and economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic....

By Mia Garza McCord, President.     May 25, 2020

One of my fondest memories growing up is of my grandfather, Concepcion “Chonito” Guerrero, driving to and from the local VFW every day to raise and lower the U.S. flag. Aside from his granddau...

By Russell Withers, General Counsel & Senior Policy Analyst.     May. 21, 2020

Alice Cooper's "School's Out" has been an end-of-school-year anthem for nearly half of a century, but this year feels different. Instead of chanting "school's out for...

AUSTIN– Following The Texas Railroad Commission's decision against imposing oil production cuts, the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute released the following statement:

Mia Garza McCord, President:

"TCCRI applauds the Texas Rail...

April 27, 2020

AUSTIN– Following Governor Abbott's press conference on reopening the Texas economy, the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute released the following statement:

Mia Garza McCord, President:

"TCCRI applauds Governor Abbott’s efforts to get Tex...

April 23, 2020

The Unified Transportation Program (UTP) guides transportation project planning for the state of Texas. Central to the plan is transportation project financing, which has been an urgent concern for the state lawmakers for several years. The Texas Dep...

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