Democracy on the Line

What to Know: According to President Biden, “democracy is on the line” with the midterm elections held yesterday.

The TPPF Take: What voters showed is that the doom-and-gloom rhetoric from the Democrats simply didn’t work.

“The Texas Public Policy Foundation conducted focus groups last year asking Texans across the state what they believe about the Lone Star State,” says TPPF’s Sherry Sylvester. “We learned that Texans, regardless of race or ethnicity and even most Democrats, are proud of being Texans because, they said, Texas is a state that does things right.”

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Whale Watching

What to Know: Scientists at NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center say planned offshore wind farms near Martha’s Vineyard could endanger North Atlantic right whales, a critically endangered species with only an estimated 340 remaining.

The TPPF Take: TPPF attorneys have filed a lawsuit over offshore wind plans that endanger marine wildlife and the vital fishing industry.

“At every stage of wind farm development, these majestic creatures are threatened, starting with the sonar surveys used to map the seabed,” says TPPF’s Robert Henneke. “When the liberal environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council, a coalition of U.S. senators led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and a conservative Texas institute like mine come together to question an ocean-based wind farm project, something must be fishy.”

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No Amnesty

What to Know: Calls continue for a “pandemic amnesty,” with those who advocated more severe lockdowns and education-crushing school closures saying we should just move on.

The TPPF Take: There should be no amnesty for the damage done to our kids and our economy.

“During the height of the pandemic, sweeping emergency powers gave rise to misgovernment on a grand scale,” says TPPF’s James Quintero. “Texans would not be well-served by simply moving on without learning from the mistakes of the past and taking action to ensure they never happen again.”

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