TUE brief 4.26.22
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UT AUSTIN continues to misbehave.
The LIBERTY INSTITUTE, a conservative-leaning think tank scheduled to open in 2025, appears imperiled.
At issue is the independence of the institute’s hiring process. The institute’s founders want to make their own personnel decisions. The university wants those decisions controlled by a hostile university bureaucracy.
While University President Jay Hartzell is the primary alleged hatchetman, it’s important to remember that he works for the Board of Regents.
It’s unlikely Hartzell would be taking these actions without the support of Board chairman Kevin Eltife. Of course, if this is inaccurate, Eltife is welcome to voice his support for Liberty Institute’s independent hiring process.
Also, just a hunch, but we suspect regent Steve Hicks is similarly aligned. Regardless, the Regents who hire the University president are appointed by the Governor, Greg Abbott.
It’s important to understand that they’re not trying to outright “kill” the new center. They want to water it down into meaninglessness.
Another option is to use patriotic window dressing to create an initiative aligned with the interests of the Deep State. They’ve done it before.
This effort remains laudable. Setbacks should be expected. Keep marching. (AC)
BISHOP EVANS, a member of Operation Lone Star, drowned in the Rio Grande, saving two drug smugglers over the weekend. His body was recovered yesterday.
When the rescue was first reported, one would be forgiven for thinking the interlopers were “innocent” women and children.
The media’s worked hard to establish the false narrative that all illegal immigrants are fleeing abusive regimes, but this is out of alignment with many crossings. Reporting on human trafficking, drug, and arms smuggling is avoided.
Evan’s death, paired with smuggling, has led to minimal coverage. And while some outlets have reported on the incident and specified that the beneficiaries of Evans's heroism were smuggling drugs, that fact is buried.
Neither the U.S. nor Texas are serious about the border.
SCHOOL DISTRICTS are finding bonds more challenging to pass following ballot transparency language that was added to the election code in 2019.
On Wednesday, the Texas Bond Review Board testified in a Senate Committee on Local Government hearing about a dramatic and alarming shift in school bonds. In the November election, only 47 percent of 110 propositions for school districts carried. In May, 82 percent of 113 propositions were approved.
Feature, not a bug.
This is another example of how the politics of this issue are changing. Maintain pressure. (AC)
BOBBY FRANCIS O’ROURKE has new campaign assistance.
O’Rourke, as has been pointed out previously, is almost running a good campaign. Then he brings in the former head of Planned Parenthood as his national finance chair.
It doesn’t take a genius to see how this plays out. (AC)
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Bank Shareholders Fight Back Against their Politicization
Secret Service Agent Abraham Bolden is pardoned.
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