Tribpedia: David Barton

Rep. Trey Martinez-Fischer asks questions during a House Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations on October 23rd, 2013
Rep. Trey Martinez-Fischer asks questions during a House Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations on October 23rd, 2013

The Evening Brief: Nov. 4, 2013

Your evening reading: Martinez Fischer raises possibility of looking at UT regents' tablets; Abbott downplays prevalence of voter ID affidavits; Microsoft inks big Texas wind power deal

David Barton, left, of WallBuilders talks with a delegate as he poses for photos at a Texas Eagle Forum reception at the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth on June 7, 2012.
David Barton, left, of WallBuilders talks with a delegate as he poses for photos at a Texas Eagle Forum reception at the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth on June 7, 2012.

Defamation Lawsuit Puts New Statute to the Test

A defamation lawsuit filed by WallBuilders founder David Barton has become an early test of new tort reform legislation intended to protect free speech. 

All Tea-ed Up

If the rainbow flavors of the Tea Party feature a common taste, it’s that of fiscally restrained government — and the anti-Washington and pro-state fervor that comes along with it. Not coincidentally, that was the overwhelming theme of the GOP's recent convention, setting the tone — as the Democrats did in their state gathering — for the November general election.