Lack of Hugs?

What to know: Mexico’s president says the U.S. fentanyl crisis is not due to criminal cartels in Mexico that are supplying it, but rather to the fact that Americans “don’t hug their kids enough.”

The TPPF take: President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) is siding with the cartels over the rule of law and public safety.

“The Mexican state under this president has openly moved to end Mexico’s generational experiment in democratic liberalization, and toward a sort of cooperative symbiosis with its own narco cartels,” says TPPF’s Greg Sindelar. “The president of Mexico has spoken: his state will defend the cartels that kill Americans in our own homes and communities.”

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Regulatory Reform

What to know: Texas lawmakers could soon pass a bill that will make regulations consistent throughout the state.

The TPPF take: This bill would repair the patchwork of municipal regulations that entrepreneurs are forced to deal with.

“There are dozens of reasons why Texas is the best state in the country for business, but its convoluted, unpredictable, and inconsistent patchwork regulatory system is not one of them,” says TPPF’s James Quintero. “The bill brings some much-needed common sense to the system, unifying the rules for conducting business in a predictable, reliable, and efficient way to promote compliance.”

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Wait, What?

What to know: Anti-parent empowerment activists at Raise Your Hand Texas say that only public schools—not private schools—“honor parental rights.”

The TPPF take: Tell that to parents whose kids have been indoctrinated rather than educated.

“Empowering parents means all parents, including those in public schools, can count on transparency, high-quality options,” says TPPF’s Mandy Drogin. “That means no more jailing parents for speaking up at school board meetings. No more secretly ‘transitioning’ young children, behind their parents’ backs. No more restraining special needs kids. And no more revisionist history that tells blatant lies to our children about Texas or America.”

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