8:28 am CST - September 11, 2014

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State Rep. Joe Pickett Talks: Texas Transportation Needs, Proposition 1 & TxDOT


“If you’re somebody who is conservative, who cares about the debt, this is a big point or plus … to make sure Prop 1 was as good as it could be.” 

TexasInsider - Pickett, State Rep. Joe Transportation Roads Prop 1 TxDOT 9-8-14AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) — “The dynamics that got us into this transportation funding situation are two-fold – one is very positive, and the second is not really a negative, but more of a reality check by the general public,” State. Rep. Joe Pickett tells Texas Insider’s Jim Cardle.

“The positive is, that everybody wants to be in Texas. This is where businesses want to be, this is where people are moving their families … and they usually bring a car, or two cars, so now we have, in fact, almost as many registered vehicles in Texas, as we do total population.

“The perception for the public is, when they see the gas prices go up … when gas goes from $3.29 a gallon to $3.89 a gallon you’d  assume that we, the state government, is collecting more tax based on that increase in price, but we don’t. We’re not collecting any more in taxes when prices increase, none TexasInsider - Pickett, State Rep. Joe3 Transportation Roads Prop 1 TxDOT 9-8-14whatsoever,” said Pickett.

“So there’s a real education process to all this to make sure the public knows that that .20 cents per gallon gas tax … and it’s been .20 cents per gallon for 23 years now, since 1991 … with all our tremendous economic growth and the need for roads that results from that growth, is just not sufficient to meet their needs anymore.

Don’t miss former House Transportation Committee chairman Joe Pickett’s outlook for the future of Texas roads, traffic congestion solutions, and Prop 1 on November’s Ballot.        Continue Reading.

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September 17, 2014

The Scoop

Money Is Not the Answer for Bloated Public Education


Students suffer not because we spend too little, but because we spend unwisely.

Diana Furchtgott-Roth3By Diana Furchtgott-Roth

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – America spends, and has for many years spent, more on education per student than any other country in the world, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Yet according to the Program for International child kid education learnStudent Assessment Tests, average American student achievement is only mediocre. Contrary to what many education advocates argue, increased spending by itself has not, and will not, help.   Read More

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September 16, 2014

The Scoop

Administration Moves to Tackle ObamaCare Subsidy Issues for 360,000


Republicans: “Honor system” used to self-disclose income.  

obama press conference3fWASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) — The federal government is still missing paperwork for nearly a 500,000 people who signed up for insurance over the last year. The Obama Administration announced Monday it will cut off tax subsidies to about 360,000 people if they do not offer proof of their income in the next two weeks.    Read More

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September 16, 2014

The Scoop

Smith to Subpoena Information on White House Role in Healthcare.gov Security Breach


Refusing to testify, former Asst. to President cancelled briefing after learning it would be on-the-record.

lamar-smithTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) today officially noticed a meeting of the Oversight Subcommittee for Wednesday, September 17, 2014, to enable Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Paul Broun (R-GA) to issue a subpoena to former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, a top Assistant to President Obama during the launch of HealthCare.gov last November.  Read More

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September 16, 2014

The Scoop

Cornyn, Poe Press Holder To Comply With Violence Against Women Act


DOJ in violation of law intended to curb national rape kit backlog

cornyn-poeTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, today wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder regarding the Department of Justice’s violation of a federal law intended to reduce the number of untested rape kits nationwide. Read More

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September 16, 2014

The Scoop

LIBRE Commemorates Hispanic Heritage Month


A Shared Path to American Dream

Hispanic-HeritageWASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) — In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed the week of September 15 as a period of observation of the contributions of Americans whose ancestors or themselves had emigrated to the United States from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded that week to cover a 30 day period between September 15 and October 15, which we now know as Hispanic Heritage Month.   Read More

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Arab States Willing to Join Air Fight Against Islamic State in Iraq, U.S. Officials Say

September 16, 2014

On The Record

McCaul Holds Hearing on Threats U.S. Faces from ISIS


Is the threat of homegrown terrorism rising?

Chairman Michael McCaulWASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) — “The brutality of ISIS shocks the international conscience as they continue to carry out gruesome attacks in Iraq and Syria. Of major concern to our security is the rapid expansion of this terrorist organization and its recruitment of foreign fighters, many of whom have Western passports that could ease their travel to Europe and the United States to carry out attacks,” said Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) of Wednesday’s U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security hearing.   Read More

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September 16, 2014

On The Record

Ted Cruz Endorses Glenn Hegar for Comptroller


Hegar has proven record of eliminating waste, inefficiency

glenn-hagarTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – “Glenn Hegar is a proven conservative leader. He has a proven record of eliminating waste and inefficiency in state government, and he will keep Texas at the forefront of job creation and innovation,” said Senator Ted Cruz, endorsing Glenn Hegar in the November 4th general election race for Comptroller of Public Accounts. Read More

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September 16, 2014

On The Record

Texas Veterans Commission Strike Force Team to Assist with Barriers to VA Health Care


Perry-Dewhurst-StrausTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Veterans Commission “Texas Veterans Health Care Strike Force Team” will be providing one-on-one assistance to Veterans experiencing difficulty in accessing U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) health care related services at the Austin Outpatient Clinic, Welcome Home Health/Wellness & Benefits Fair on Saturday, September 20, 2014.  This event is located at 7901 Metropolis Dr., Austin, TX, 78744.   Read More

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September 16, 2014

On The Record

Rep. Rob Orr Receives Two Prestigious Awards from the Texas Association of Realtors


rob-orr3Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – BURLESON — State Representative Rob Orr of Burleson was recently recognized by the Texas Association of Realtors (TAR) with its two most prestigious awards, the Legacy Award and the Distinguished Service Award.

The presentations were made at TAR’s annual convention in San Antonio. Read More

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September 16, 2014

On The Record

Manufacturers PAC of Texas (MPACT) Endorses Ryan Sitton for Railroad Commissioner


ryan.sittonTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – HOUSTON – Today the Texas Association of Manufacturers (TAM) political action committee, the Manufacturers PAC of Texas (MPACT), announced its endorsement of Ryan Sitton for Railroad Commissioner in the 2014 general election. Read More

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Texas Retailers Endorse Ken Paxton for Attorney General

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Van de Putte to Chair Hearing Examining Services for Veterans

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9:40 am CST - September 16, 2014

Posted under Opinion

Obama Forced by Events to Reverse Course — and Disillusion Base


By Michael Barone

Michael BaroneIraq, immigration, inversion. On all three of the issues referred to, President Obama finds himself forced by events to do something he dislikes — and he’s in trouble with much of his Democratic Party base for doing so.

Obama seemed ill at ease before the camera and teleprompter on the evening of Sept. 10. Sending troops into Iraq and Syria is probably the last thing he expected to do when he set out running for president in 2007. Continue Reading.

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9:26 am CST - September 16, 2014

Posted under Opinion

Don’t Count On An Election-Day Tsunami


By Jeff Jacoby

jeff-jacobyDemocrat Seth Moulton’s defeat of US Representative John Tierney in the 6th Congressional District primary last week came right on schedule.

The political newcomer, an Iraq War veteran with three Harvard degrees, was the first Massachusetts candidate in 22 years to vanquish a sitting congressman from his own party. It last happened in 1992, whenupstart Marty Meehan booted incumbent Chet Atkins in the Fifth Congressional District, then went on to win the seat in November. It was 22 years before that, in the Third Congressional District primary in 1970, that Father Robert Drinan, an antiwar liberal, toppled fellow Democrat Philip Philbin, who had first been elected to Congress in 1942. Continue Reading.

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9:23 am CST - September 16, 2014

Posted under Opinion

Obama to ISIS: “If You Like Your Terror Army, You Can Keep Your Terror Army”


By John Ransom

john-ransomThe only difference between Obama’s ISIS strategy in defeating the Islamic terror group and Obamacare is that under Obama’s strategy, ISIS will likely be able to keep their doctors and their current coverage, while under Obamacare you will not. Oh, and it won’t cost ISIS even a penny more to beat Obama than it would have previously.

Make no mistake though: Neither will work the way they are being sold. Continue Reading.

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9:19 am CST - September 16, 2014

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