Junket or Joke?

What to know: Texas House Democrats have fled the state in their attempt to prevent election reform.

The TPPF take: Texans don’t like this tactic.

“When you leave in the middle of a special session, and when you leave over an issue like voter ID for mail-in ballots, which is supported by 81% of Texans, it’s not hard to understand why Texans disapprove—by a two-to-one margin—the Democrats leaving town on a private jet with a case of beer,” says TPPF’s Chuck DeVore in a recent appearance on Fox News.

To view that Fox News clip, click here.

Bad Ruling

What to know: A divided U.S. Supreme Court says that the Centers for Disease Control exceeded its authority when it banned evictions—but that’s okay, the majority ruled, because it’s only a temporary violation of the Constitution.

The TPPF take: Our attorneys sued the CDC on behalf of property owners who can’t collect rents and can’t evict non-paying tenants. The lower court agreed with us.

“The case filed by Texas Public Policy Foundation and Southeastern Legal Foundation on behalf of private property owners argued that the eviction order was unconstitutional because the federal government cannot interfere with private property owners’ rights or access to the courts, and the court agreed,” says TPPF’s Robert Henneke. “Though only a handful of landlords filed suit, the intent of the court was clear in its decision to set aside the entire CDC Order, rendering it today of no legal force or effect.”

For more on the evictions ban, click here.

Crisis at the Border

What to know: Criminal cartels are killing political candidates in Mexico, such as Alma Barragán, who was running for mayor.

The TPPF take: The cartels—not the immigrants, who are too often victims themselves—are our real enemy at the southern U.S. border.

“The best thing that the U.S. government can do for citizens of both countries is to expect from the Mexican government what it expects from any other government seeking a bilateral relationship,” says TPPF’s Josh Jones. “It is time for the U.S. to demand that Mexico regain control of its own territory from criminal organizations, cut the supply lines of fentanyl and pseudoephedrine from China, and engage in the same bilateral cooperation with U.S. law enforcement that would be expected of any other ally.”

For more on the cartels, click here.