Bigotry in Fort Worth

Bigotry in Fort Worth

Recently, elements of the Tarrant County GOP have campaigned to remove Dr. Shahid Shafi from his leadership position in the local Republican Party because he is Muslim. This is outrageous and should be opposed strenuously by every Republican and patriotic American. Ours is a country founded upon certain ideas about the nature of man and the role of government. Americans look…

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5G Wireless Networks: Who Should Set the Rules?

5G Wireless Networks: Who Should Set the Rules?

The FCC recently passed regulations that would make the deployment of 5G Wireless technology subject to national rules. Under those rules, local cities and townships would be restricted in the amount of fees that they could charge private wireless providers to use municipal assets and infrastructure. The rationale behind this policy is to ensure that 5G wireless technology is quickly…

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Are Conservatives Fresh Out of Ideas for Cities?

Are Conservatives Fresh Out of Ideas for Cities?

In the conservative state of Texas, the largest city that regularly elects a conservative mayor is Fort Worth. Across the nation, it is uncommon for midsize and large cities to elect right-of-center mayors. The notable exception would be New York City, which has elected Rudolph Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg in recent memory. Why do conservatives struggle to win elections in…

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Could Technology Transform City Governance?

Could Technology Transform City Governance?

Technology has radically changed the way the way we live our personal lives, conduct our business, and communicate with friends and family. In the private sector, technology has reduced the cost of making and delivering goods, improved intelligence about consumer preferences, and reduced the amount of human labor needed to carry out simple tasks. Will similar opportunities for cost savings…

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Make Texas More Competitive: End the Margin Tax

Make Texas More Competitive: End the Margin Tax

In Texas, we take pride in being the best. We like to think that Texas is a business friendly state that welcome new companies to Texas. However, the Tax Foundation newly released ranking of economic competitiveness lists Texas as the 15th most competitive state in the country (down from 13th place last year). The Tax Foundation’s main critique about Texas…

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Make Capitalism Cool Again

Make Capitalism Cool Again

A recent Gallup Poll found that for the first time in the polling company’s measurement over the past decade that Democrats now have a more positive image of socialism (57%) than they do of capitalism (47%). While their view of socialism hasn’t materially changed in the last decade, the recent drop in their view of capitalism has widened this gap.…

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Smart Cities and Liberty: A Conversation About Tech, Society and Governance

Smart Cities and Liberty: A Conversation About Tech, Society and Governance

We are very excited to announce that the Lone Star Policy Institute is hosting an esteemed panel of experts to discuss Smart Cities and Liberty on November 2018 in Dallas. The panel will include: Michael Hendrix:  director of state and local policy at Manhattan Institute Chelsea Collier: Founder of Digi.City, Editor-At-Large at Smart City Connect Trey Bowles: Chairman of the…

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Back to School: Education Savings Accounts

Back to School: Education Savings Accounts

Back-to-school pictures, complete with colorful signs and smiles, fill our Facebook feeds in late August and early September.  Even if you are not going back to school or filling the lunch box of someone who is, this time of year can evoke the hopefulness of new beginnings.  But not all children are going back to schools that are safe or…

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