Editorials

Don't Drink Pepsi! (Gina Parker Ford)

Hiding the Jewels from Robin Hood Means Other Texans Will Have to Pay (Brent Bullock)

Central America: An Emerging Role in the Drug Trade (Stratfor Global Intelligence)

“Going to Texas” - There's a Reason People Want to "Rush" Here (Bill Peacock, TPPF)

Darwin, Evolution, and the Structure of Scientific Revolutions (James A. Bernsen)

What’s Up with Democrats and Definitions? (Denise McNamara)

Iran's View of Obama (Stratfor Global Intelligence)

Representative McClendon Endorses Lawsuit against Public Safety Commission (St. Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon)

How to Save Texas Consumers a Lot of Money (Bill Peacock, TPPF)

Perry Was Right to Reject “Cheese Heroin” Stimulus Funds (James Bernsen, TRN)



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Tea Parties In The Great State of Texas (Americans For Prosperity)

When Are Women Going To Own Their Sexuality? (Dr. Melissa Clouthier)

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Editorials




Don't Drink Pepsi! (Gina Parker Ford)
Recently, the American Family Association called for a boycott of Pepsi due to their advertising support of the Fox network’s program Family Guy. This animated television program, which airs each Sunday during the prime time family viewing hour, unashamedly promotes homosexuality, gay orgies, and also slanders Christianity.



Hiding the Jewels from Robin Hood Means Other Texans Will Have to Pay (Brent Bullock)
There are those who like Robin Hood, and those that don't. Some see theft from the rich as a path to equality. We're seeing more and more "economic justice" in our nation. I'm still looking for the "just" part of it.



Central America: An Emerging Role in the Drug Trade (Stratfor Global Intelligence)
While the United States remains the top destination for South American-produced cocaine, and Mexico continues to serve as the primary transshipment route, the path between Mexico and South America is clearly changing.



The role of videoconferencing in studying and doing business
With proper implementation, videoconferencing will immediately show financial and administrative advantages for large and distributed organizations, as well as those companies that use a remote workforce.



“Going to Texas” - There's a Reason People Want to "Rush" Here (Bill Peacock, TPPF)
Dear Mr. Limbaugh: I noted your evident frustration this week with the high tax policies of New York that subject you to a punitive income tax rate anytime you step foot in the state to perform your show.



Darwin, Evolution, and the Structure of Scientific Revolutions (James A. Bernsen)
Ultimately, then, this is not about the science of evolution, it is about the faith in evolution. And just like all dogmatists, the faithful might just get bitten when the next scientific revolution comes around.



What’s Up with Democrats and Definitions? (Denise McNamara)
Democrats intend to eliminate any phrase associated with the Bush Administration, hence the new terminology. President Obama has a much more sophisticated way of expressing himself, after all.



Iran's View of Obama (Stratfor Global Intelligence)
U.S. President Barack Obama released a video offering Iran congratulations on the occasion of Nowruz, the Persian New Year, on Friday. Israeli President Shimon Peres also offered his best wishes, referring to “the noble Iranian people.”



Representative McClendon Endorses Lawsuit against Public Safety Commission (St. Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon)
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), a non-profit advocacy group, has recently sued for an injunction against the Texas Department of Public Safety and Public Safety Commission, which I support in principle.



How to Save Texas Consumers a Lot of Money (Bill Peacock, TPPF)
Contrary to expectations, government is making life more expensive for consumers. Just the opposite of the free market, which has consistently driven down costs while improving quality.



Perry Was Right to Reject “Cheese Heroin” Stimulus Funds (James Bernsen, TRN)
Perry was right, and the New York Times is wrong, as it almost invariably is when looking at any part of the country that doesn’t share its values and frankly doesn’t give a damn what their cloistered, elitist editors think.



We Are Exactly Who The Founders Were Trying To Protect Us From (Bill Keffer)
We seem ready to accept the trendy rationalization that action ceding massive power and control to the federal government must be taken because certain entities, industries, and markets are just too big to fail. Have we also deluded ourselves into believing that our nation is somehow too big to fail?



Proposed Legislation Clouds Texas’ Transparency Award (James Armstrong, Americans for Prosperity-Texas)
Texas placed first in the Sunshine Week survey, posting public information online in all 20 categories surveyed. Categories included teacher certifications, campaign finance information, building inspections and financial disclosures. If passed, HB 3641 would certainly bring cloud cover to the Texas sunshine.



All Education Reform Is Not Equal - Many Roads Do Not Lead To Rome (George Scott Reports)
It is not wrong to pursue the road of business efficiency and higher ethics in public education. However, that road perfectly traveled still leaves an educational system in serious decline if not a death spiral.



Proposal to Stop the Diversion of the Gasoline Tax (State Rep. Ken Paxton)
Stopping the diversion of gas tax dollars should be the first step to meeting our State’s ever-growing transportation needs.



Really Mad In Houston? You Are Not Alone (Peggy Venable, Americans for Prosperity)
A revolution is brewing as American patriots and advocates of the free-market system unite in protest against out-of-control government spending.



Our Brother's Keeper (Gina Parker Ford)
What America needs now are more heroes. When brothers help brothers, role models and mentors are born and the weak are empowered to say I am strong. Then they too become a helping hand.



Gov. Perry’s correct call to reject federal UI strings (James Quintero, TPPF)
By James Quintero - Texas Public Policy Foundation
To draw down these one-time funds, Texas would be forced to make permanent changes in its unemployment eligibility system.



Politically Correct Stem Cell Research is Bad Medicine (Donald R. May)
A dangerous combination of political and social ideology is determined to make embryonic stem cell research succeed.



You Get What You Vote For: An Eloquent Incompetent (Denise McNamara)
By Denise McNamara
Just two months into the Obama Administration, the bad decisions are piling up. Pundits, who previously praised Barack Obama, liberal and conservative alike, are now sounding the alarm.



Keep Teacher Performance Pay (Brooke Dollens Terry, Texas Public Policy Foundation)
By Brooke Dollens Terry- Texas Public Policy Foundation
Children in Texas need and deserve the best and brightest teachers in the classroom. Yet many top college graduates pick other professions over teaching.



Legislative Lunacy - From Bag Ideas To Worse Ones (TRN.com editorial)
A TexasRepublicNews.com Editorial
Legislators should offer the public bags to put over their heads while watching their government in action.



Transporting Taxes (Michael Q. Sullivan, EmpowerTexans)
At this moment, everyone in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex are the target of a massive tax increase effort in the Legislature. For example, they could be on the hook for an $8,700 “parking fee” just for having a car!



Boehner, Cantor, McConnell, Kyl …Do you have a Plan? (Denise McNamara)
By Denise McNamara
House Republican Leader John Boehner, Republican Whip Eric Cantor, Senate Minority Leader Mitchell McConnell, and Senate Republican Whip John Kyl hold the leadership positions in the U.S. House and Senate. We must send them this message: Forget bipartisanship. Start leading.



Where Will Canadians Go For Health Care? (Donald R. May)
Government healthcare worldwide has created massive tax burdens, a place in line for patients with serious medical and surgical conditions, and untold suffering, pain, and unnecessary death.



Gas Pain - Local Pols Eye Motor Fuel as Revenue Generation Tool (Travis Fell, TRN)
A set of recently filed bills would enable local governments to levy local gasoline taxes of up to 10 cents a gallon for transportation projects. This on top of the 23 cents the state and the 15 cents the feds already pile on to the price of gasoline.



Liberals Are Control Freaks (Gina Parker Ford)
Whether the liberals are passing a stimulus bill that creates a new government agency to compile an electronic database of the medical records of every American, “stealing” a working man’s money and giving it to an illegal alien, or attempting to prevent a person from owning a gun to defend themselves, it is obvious that they are delusional control freaks.



No Margin for Error (Talmadge Heflin, Texas Public Policy Foundation)
By The Honorable Talmadge Heflin - Texas Public Policy Foundation
Just how much money should Texas businesses pay under the newly revised franchise tax? That is the question many legislators are trying to answer and one that will soon be up for serious debate.



Legislative Lunacy - Carbon Impact Statements (TRN.com Editorial)
A TexasRepublicNews.com Editorial
State Rep. Mike Villarreal (D-San Antonio) wants to know how much carbon legislators are producing each time they draft a bill.



Darwin Would Not Have Supported Censorship (Terri Leo, Member, State Board of Education)
By Terri Leo, Member, State Board of Education
As Charles Darwin so aptly stated in On the Origin of Species, "A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.”



Take time to celebrate Texas history in March (Commissioner Jerry Patterson)
By Jerry Patterson, Commissioner, General Land Office
In Texas, we’re surrounded by our history. From businesses that feature images of the Alamo to streets named after Texas heroes, history is a part of our daily lives.



Licensed Gunholders Have Right to Protect Selves, Others (Shane Rainey, TCU Daily Skiff)
By Shane Rainey, TCU Daily Skiff
Some of us are living in denial, even in the wake of the Virginia Tech massacre.



And the Oscar for Best Political Performance goes to: President Obama (Denise McNamara)
By Denise McNamara
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but our new President is anything but old, and he has a lot of new tricks in his bag.



A Strong and Responsible Fiscal Plan for Texas (Texas Conservative Coalition)
Board of Directors - Texas Conservative Coalition
Ultimately, the key to a strong, vibrant economy lies not in handouts or bailouts, but in sound and responsible tax, fiscal, and educational policies that encourage growth, risk-taking and opportunity.



Carbon Audacity (Kathleen Hartnett White)
By Kathleen Hartnett White - Texas Public Policy Foundation
The ever-widening recession apparently will not delay the Obama Administration’s plans to mandate carbon reductions.



Government Gone Wild! (Gina Parker Ford)
We will all have a hang-over when we wake up to the reality of the enormous cost of this “stimulus” bill.



The Wrong Equation for Algebra (George Scott)
By George Scott - George Scott Reports
Classroom teachers are not the enemies of philosophical or political conservatives that some seem to think they are.



Obama’s Standard for Judges is Their “Heart”, Not the Law (Gina Parker Ford)
By Gina Parker Ford
President Obama’s standard for appointing justices is a feel good, us against them, unconstitutional standard.



Controlling Corrections Costs (Marc A. Levin, Esq.)
By Marc A. Levin, Esq. - Texas Public Policy Foundation
As state agencies are asked to prune 2.5 percent of their budgets, lawmakers must take a hard look at Texas’ corrections budget during this legislative session.



Cheating the Taxpayers on Stadium Naming Rights (James Aalan Bernsen)
By James Aalan Bernsen, TexasRepublicNews.com
The latest news is that Jerry Jones may wait a year or two to sign a multi-million dollar naming deal for the new Dallas Cowboys football stadium in Arlington. Why look so hard, Jerry?




Job Creation in the Private Sector - A Real Economic Stimulus Plan (Tom Pauken)
By Tom Pauken, Chairman - Texas Workforce Commission
The Wall Street Journal has said that the nation can learn from the Texas Model of economic development: low taxes, fiscal restraint, and regulatory reform. Instead, the federal government seems hell bent on following the California Model:



Pay Close Attention to the Plans Behind the Curtain (Denise McNamara)
By Denise McNamara
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but our new President is anything but old, and he has a lot of new tricks in his bag.



Don’t Strangle a Patient on Life Support (Kathleen Hartnett White)
By Kathleen Hartnett White - Texas Public Policy Foundation
After providing more than $30 billion of taxpayer money to save U.S. automakers from bankruptcy, new federal powers have not wasted time before complicating the U.S. auto industry’s return to profitability.



Conservatives Should Reach Out to Texas Teachers (George Scott)
By George Scott - George Scott Reports
Classroom teachers are not the enemies of philosophical or political conservatives that some seem to think they are.



Employment Statistics Highlight Need for More Pro-Growth Policies (James Quintero)
By James Quintero - Texas Public Policy Foundation
Last month, the Texas Workforce Commission reported that the state's economy shed 25,700 jobs in December 2008.



Great Opportunities in Financial Crisis (Steven F. Hotze, M.D.)
By Dr. Steven F. Hotze - Conservative Republicans of Texas
In every adversity there is a seed of equal or greater benefit. Those who are prepared will view the current financial crisis as the greatest business and political opportunities since the Great Depression.



How Daytime Curfews Impact Home Schoolers (Tim Lambert)
By Tim Lambert - Texas Home School Coalition
A home school student in Houston was separated from his father and while waiting for a bus was stopped by city police and given a citation for violating the daytime curfew of the city.



Multi-District Panels Shift Justice Away from Voter Accountability (Mark McCaig)
By Mark McCaig - Texans for Individual Rights
Here in Texas, we are lucky to have a judiciary that is locally elected and accountable to the voters.



New Rules for Science Class: No Questions Allowed (Jonathan Saenz & Kelly Shackelford)
By Jonathan Saenz and Kelly Shackelford - Free Market Foundation
You've probably heard that seven elected Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) members voted to eliminate the 20-year policy of teaching the strengths and weaknesses of all scientific theories, including evolution.



Texas Hangs Tough on Budget While Other States' Budgets Hang Them (William Murchison)
By William Murchison - Lone Star Report
Imperfect as Congress' economic "stimulus" bill may be (how's that for understatement?), at least the Senate compromise trims from it $40 billion in aid to state governments.



Is Obama Stepping Back from War on Terror? (Gina Parker Ford)
By Gina Parker Ford
During last year's primary campaign, Hillary Clinton warned that Barack Obama lacked the experience to handle foreign affairs.









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