Harris County’s Election Failures Revealed

What to know: The Texas Secretary of State’s office conducted a full forensic audit of the 2020 General Election in Collin, Dallas, Harris, and Tarrant counties and found “very serious issues” in Harris County’s election systems. These irregularities raise serious concerns about the need for additional election integrity measures.

The TPPF take: Texans must have confidence that their elections are free and fair.

“In 2021, the Texas Legislature passed the most consequential election protection measure in recent memory. Even still, serious concerns remain over how Harris County conducts its elections. Policymakers cannot allow these problems to fester in the state’s most populous county. We must have election integrity,” says TPPF’s James Quintero.

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It’s Not ‘Censorship’

What to know: Of course the New York Times calls it “book banning,” but the newspaper can’t ignore how parents and conservative groups are working to protect children from age-inappropriate material in their school libraries.

The TPPF take: We don’t have to reinvent the wheel; the FCC already has guidelines that protect children from adult content.

“The FCC regulates the airwaves for obscene content, indecent content and profane content during the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Why?” asks Senate Republican Executive Committee member Christin Bentley, writing for The Cannon Online. “Because of a reasonable assumption that children might be present during those hours. Texas school libraries are filled with books that meet the definition of indecent content and profane content—despite the fact that we know children are present.”

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There’s a Surprise 

What to know: There’s a storm brewing for offshore wind energy plans, as more and more Americans realize how wind farms could harm the environment and threaten the already-endangered North Atlantic right whale.

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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