“We’re the Good Guys”: Conservatives Make the Case for Free-Market Environmentalism

There’s something peculiar about a discussion framed as “Can the Free Market Protect the Environment?” that includes virtually no discussion of how to protect the environment. Instead, at one of the final panels of the corporate-funded Texas Public Policy Foundation conference—a must-attend event for many in the Capitol crowd—the panelists mostly mulled the meaning of “liberty” and ran through a bill of particulars against the EPA, bureaucrats and “the Left.”

Dewhurst, Gingrich Close TPPF Conference by Lauding Conservatism, Antagonizing the Left

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst: “I’m not going to pay for people to stay at home, sit on the couch, and do drugs.”

An Unlikely Alliance Urges State Prison Closures

Conservatives and public employee unions rarely unite over an issue, but desperation makes strange bedfellows. At the end of 2012, a surprising coalition emerged […]

A Man Harassing Women

Dan Patrick Says Texas Should Follow Louisiana’s Lead on School Choice and Local Control

“When someone says ‘I’m not for vouchers, I’m not for tax credit,’” Patrick said. “It’s not about the students, it’s about protecting superintendents, it’s about protecting teachers and the adults.”

Sundown on the Sunset Commission? TPPF Floats the Proposal

The panel, “Should Texas Sunset the Sunset Commission?” asked an apparently pressing question on the minds at TPPF, but hardly anybody else’s.