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      El Paso: A test case for proposals attacking rooftop solar

      by José Rodríguez, in TribTalk—

      Homeowners and small businesses increasingly use rooftop solar to generate power and lower electricity costs. Communities win when more solar is installed. It creates local jobs, reduces reliance on polluting traditional generation and reduces the need for electric companies to …

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      The Texas Senate is not conservative

      Dear friend: It’s Monday morning, and the Senate is about to convene to vote out controversial bills that target transgender Texans, further restrict abortion access, and cap local revenue, among other items. Although the Governor added school finance reform to the Special …

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      It’s gametime in the Texas Senate, with serious results

      by Peggy Fikac, San Antonio Express-News—

      AUSTIN – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was sanguine as he once again left Senate Democrats powerless, comparing their scuffle to two football teams that skirmish on the field then go out for beer and barbecue afterward. Maybe, if it’s the …

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      Senate puts pedal to metal with midnight vote, fast hearings

      by Chuck Lindell, Austin American-Statesman—

      Moving with haste that Democrats called unseemly, Republicans in the Texas Senate set an aggressive pace, giving initial approval to two key bills Wednesday before returning to the Capitol shortly after midnight to finish work on the legislation. The unusual schedule was designed to …

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      Note to legislators: Your work is done

      by Richard Greene, special to the Fort Worth Star Telegram—

      You may have heard that some legislators in Austin are wearing “20 for 20” buttons. Others are sporting ones that say “Sunset and Sine Die.” The first are on the lapels of those who support the passage of all 20 …

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