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Little Known Facts About the Texas Constitution

Dec 7, 2015
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NPR newsmagazine Texas Standard published some interesting facts about the Texas state constitution this week. For example, many Texans believe that the Lone Star State has a constitutional right to secede from the U.S. whenever it feels like it. This is a myth.

Texas regulations could kill bid for Tesla plant

Mar 19, 2014
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Texas is one of four finalists trying to reel in Tesla Motors from California.  However, the state will not allow the company to sell its upscale electric cars directly to consumers because of long-standing state laws protecting and regulating auto dealerships according to the Texas Tribune.

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All nine constitutional amendments on the Texas ballot Tuesday easily passed, including the heavily publicized Proposition 6, creating a state water fund drawing from the Rainy Day fund.

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In Texas, a crowded field of hopefuls is expected for statewide offices in the March primaries.  However, for most Texas Panhandle posts, those primary races are going uncontested.

Who’s Who in the Next Texas Governor Race

Oct 6, 2013
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A recent piece in the Economist provides an outsider’s view of the players and dynamics of the Texas governor’s race. 

A growing group of Republicans across the country are working to repeal their states’ income tax, using Texas’ economic success to make their case (e.g., Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas proclaiming “Look out, Texas. Here comes Kansas.”). In Texas, however, the state’s tax system is not universally beloved as explained in this background article by Aman Batheja of the Texas Tribune that appeared in the Amarillo Globe-News.