Land Rush

What to know: Texas is facing a new land rush, with so many people relocating here. Could that turn a red state blue?

The TPPF take: Don’t worry about Texas turning blue; people moving here know what they’re fleeing.

“It has long been a fear of conservative-minded Texans — and a hope of left-wing urban Texans — that new arrivals would tip the Lone Star State’s political balance,” says TPPF’s Chuck DeVore. “TPPF’s polling found there was no statistical difference in voter preferences for either former President Trump or President Joe Biden in the 2020 election among natives versus non-natives.”

For more on voting patterns of new Texans, click here.

The Doctor Will See You Now

What to know: A bill expanding and making permanent telehealth in Texas heads to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk for his signature.

The TPPF take: Making telemedicine more available to Texans is part of TPPF’s Liberty Action Agenda.

“Telemedicine offers a convenient and safe alternative to traveling long distances to see a doctor,” says TPPF’s David Balat. “Texas is permanently eliminating regulations waived during the coronavirus outbreak that increased telemedicine access and lower costs.”

For more on telemedicine, click here.

Common Sense Reform

What to know: A new Wall Street Journal editorial debunks the hyperbolic claims of Democrats about voting reforms in Texas.

The TPPF take: One election reform nearly all Texans agree on is requiring voter ID requirements for mail-in ballots.

“When the Legislature reconvenes, we would like to see a provision included in the election protection bill that would require all mail-in ballots to include either the voter’s driver’s license number or the last four digits of their Social Security Number,” says TPPF’s Chuck DeVore.

For more on secure elections, click here.