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Pratt’s post for 6/14/2019

Advocates say lawmakers largely exempted themselves from Texas' public records law, prompting calls for a veto Rewrite of Texas sex education standards could include lessons on … [Read More...]

Mills: 100-Year Celebration of KMA Oilfield slated

By Alex Mills The oil and gas industry has been the driving force behind commerce, culture and community throughout Texas for more than a century. The early days were marked … [Read More...]

Why is O’Rourke’s lack of traction so hard for some to understand?

The Austin American-Statesman’s Jonahtan Tilove, in a column titled “On verge of crucial presidential test, Beto must explain why he is not running for Senate,” wrote: “That’s all … [Read More...]

Pratt’s post for 6/13/2019

Rice's Baker Institute: The 2019 Texas House, from right to left Rice's Baker Institute: The 2019 Texas Senate, from left to right Rep. Burrows Talks Session; Says Mayors Are … [Read More...]

A good bill: SB 1978 protects all from government discrimination, not just Christians

Calling it the "Save Chick-fil-A" bill is troublesome. Throughout the latter part of the 86th Session of the Texas Legislature, I was bothered by Senate Bill 1978, originally … [Read More...]

Texana 6/12/2019

Happy 75th birthday, Big Bend: A look back at this Texas treasure over the decades Battleship USS Texas Will Be Moved For Restoration If Engineers Deem It Safe Alamo project … [Read More...]

Pratt’s post for 6/12/2019

Governor Abbott Signs Pivotal Property Tax Reforms Into Law, more Rep. Dustin Burrows joins Governor Abbott at signing of the Texas Property Tax Reform & Transparency Act … [Read More...]

Texas Congressman Introduces Federal Photo Enforcement Ban

Texas Governor Greg Abbott received a great deal of acclaim last week as he added his signature to a partial ban on red light cameras that, so far, has shut down a majority of … [Read More...]

Rep. Dustin Burrows joins Governor Abbott at signing of the Texas Property Tax Reform & Transparency Act

AUSTIN - Today, Rep. Dustin Burrows  joined Governor Greg Abbott as the Governor signed the landmark Texas Property Tax Reform & Transparency Act. Representative Burrows … [Read More...]

Abbott signs HB3 with good tax reform, too much spending

Tuesday, on stage at a Pflugerville elementary school, Governor Abbott signed House Bill 3, the public school finance bill passed by the 86th Texas Legislature. It is claimed by … [Read More...]

Pratt’s post for 6/11/2019

$11.5B Texas school finance bill signed into law - good on the tax side, bad on the spending side. Abbott Signs Landmark Legislation To Reform School Finance, Increase Teacher … [Read More...]

City of Windthorst issues bond debt for TCU, Dallas & more

“How A Tiny Dairy Town Is Helping Fund Projects At Major North Texas Institutions,” was an intriguing headline in the Texas Standard. It’s about 400-resident Windthorst, south of … [Read More...]

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On Virtue & the Republic

Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them. -- Edwin Meese III

On Political Pessimism

Defeatist cynicism is an arrogance that we too know an outcome – we do not. Our Creator expects us to fight for good until He ends the game, not us. -- Robert W. Pratt, Pratt on Texas

On Liberty

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it. -- Thomas Jefferson to Archibald Stuart

On Right

The fool is disturbed not when they tell him that his ideas are false, but when they suggest that they have gone out of style. -- Nicolás Gómez Dávila

On Political Correctness

Political correctness never rears its ugly head independently. It always shows up as a series of actions designed, to this observer, to crush the souls of those blessed with common sense. -- Milo Yiannopoulos

On pessimism and difficulty

When you encounter difficulties, you need to be optimistic. The pessimists tend to die. --Zhou Youguang

On American Liberals

Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views. -- William F. Buckley, Jr.

On universities

Universities have become a place to provide economic and political protection for those who hold economically and politically unpalatable ideas. — Robert Pratt

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