1:40 pm CST - May 26, 2015

Posted under Quotes

PAXTON: Court Denies Obama Admin’s Illegal Amnesty Implementation

We will continue to fight the brazen lawlessness that has become a trademark of the Obama Administration.”

ken.paxton1Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – “Telling illegal aliens that they are now lawfully present in this country, and awarding them valuable government benefits, is a drastic change in immigration policy.

“The separation of powers and checks and balances remain the law of the land, and this decision is a victory for those committed to preserving the rule of law in America.”

– Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, after the U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit today denied the Administration’s request to begin implementing the president’s illegal amnesty plan despite a federal judge’s Feb. 16th ruling to halt the program.      Continue Reading.

May 29, 2015

The Scoop

The Obama Recovery Gets Another Downgrade

Lack of growth means lack of jobs and stagnant incomes,” says House economic leader.

kevin.brady4Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady of Texas, the top House Republican on the Joint Economic Committee issued the following statement on the today’s release by Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) of its second estimate of 1st-quarter 2015 GDP.  BEA estimates that real GDP fell at an annual rate of 0.7 percent during the 1st-quarter of 2015.  In its first estimate, BEA estimated that real GDP grew at an annual rate of 0.2 percent. Read More

May 29, 2015

The Scoop

Smith Shares Disaster Information with Constituents

lamar.smith3Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – (San Marcos, TX) Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today released to following information to assist those in areas affected by storms and flooding in Central Texas. Read More

May 29, 2015

The Scoop

Federal Judge Blasts Obama Lawyers Arguing Obamacare Case

Judge.rosemaryA U.S. judge on Thursday blasted the Obama administration’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives over the implementation of the Democratic president’s signature healthcare law.

Republicans in the House filed a lawsuit in November, saying administration officials unlawfully bypassed Congress. Read More

May 29, 2015

The Scoop

Thornberry on anniversary of ‘Taliban 5′ transfer

Release endangers troops abroad & families at home

mac-thornberryTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Today, Chairman Thornberry (R-TX) and Rep. Hartzler (R-MO), Chairwoman of the Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following statement on the anniversary of the release of the five Taliban terrorists from Guantanamo Bay (GTMO): Read More

May 28, 2015

The Scoop

Sen. Cruz: The People Deserve Answers About Obamacare Subsidies

Sends letter to Sec. Lew regarding Treasury’s refusal to supply witnesses

ted.cruz0219-2Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew regarding the department’s refusal to supply key witnesses for an upcoming Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing about the rulemaking process for Obamacare subsidies. Read More

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The Scoop

Rep. Lamar Smith to Speak at Tenth International Conference on Climate Change

Federal Appeals Court Deals Blow to President Obama’s Amnesty

Sessions Applauds the Fifth Circuit Court’s Ruling to Protect Our Nation’s Rule of Law and Block Executive Amnesty

Olson Demands Answers on EPA Coordination with Outside Groups to Influence Public Opinion on Controversial Rules

CRUZ: Trade Promotion Authority Creates Path for Prosperity

May 29, 2015

On The Record

Governor Abbott Adds 24 Counties To Disaster Declaration

Abbott042514Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas Governor Greg Abbott today declared a state of disaster in 24 additional counties, bringing the total number of counties under Texas’ state disaster declaration to 70. The counties added to the declaration are: Angelina, Burleson, Cherokee, Edwards, Ellis, Fayette, Gillespie, Kaufman, Lamar, Liberty, Leon, Lynn, Madison, Milam, Real, Refugio, Rusk, Sabine, Travis, Tyler, Uvalde, Victoria, Waller and Wharton. Additional counties may be added as the situation develops. Read More

May 29, 2015

On The Record

Lt. Governor Patrick Statement on Passage of Landmark Border Security Bill

dan-patrickTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas Today, the Texas Senate tentatively passed the most comprehensive approach to addressing border security in the state’s history.

“Securing and protecting our southern border is the constitutionally mandated responsibility of the federal government,” said Lt. Governor Dan Patrick. “However, in the absence of federal action, the State of Texas is shouldering this public safety necessity.  Read More

May 29, 2015

On The Record

Comptroller’s Office Offers Vital Resource for Business Owners Looking for Answers to Their State Tax Questions

glenn-hagarTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas The Comptroller’s office will conduct four free taxpayer seminars across the state in June. At these seminars, taxpayers can learn how to properly fill out tax forms and file and pay taxes electronically. Information about e-services also will be available to help taxpayers manage their online accounts. Comptroller representatives will be on hand to answer questions and provide assistance to attendees. Read More

May 29, 2015

On The Record

Speaker Straus Statement on House Bill 48

Joe.straus.1Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas House today concurred with Senate amendments to House Bill 48, sending it to Governor Greg Abbott for approval. This legislation, championed for years by Representative Ruth Jones McClendon, creates the Tim Cole Exoneration Commission to review wrongful convictions and prevent such convictions from occurring in the future. After the House concurred, Speaker Joe Straus released the following statement: Read More

May 29, 2015

On The Record

Attorney General Paxton Announces $6 Million Settlement with Credit Reporting Agencies

Equifax, Experian and TransUnion Agree to Significant Changes

ken-paxtonTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas  – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced a major settlement with three national credit reporting agencies Equifax Information Services LLC, Experian Information Solutions Inc., and TransUnion LLC that will increase the accuracy of consumer credit reports. Read More

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On The Record

Beware of Scams: Tips to Avoid Fraud in Aftermath of Disaster

Lt. Governor Patrick Makes a Statement on 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling

Comptroller Glenn Hegar Reminds Texans of Resources Available for Disaster Relief

ABBOTT: Obama’s Undocumented Immigrant Executive Action Unlawful

McCAUL: President Obama Should Abandon His Unconstitutional Amnesty

12:09 pm CST - May 29, 2015

Posted under Opinion

Cornyn Op-Ed: How To Restore Trust In Our Criminal Justice System

Sen. John Cornyn — Texas Tribune

‘Reform isn’t easy, but if we work across party lines and think big, we can make real progress. I know, because I’ve seen it happen in Texas.’

cornyn1214On a recent visit to Dallas, I met a man named James. James started experimenting with drugs in high school and became addicted to methamphetamine. He spent the next decade in and out of jail and was arrested nearly 35 times. Despite good intentions, every time he was released, he fell back into the same patterns.

Fortunately, something changed. While incarcerated in 2001, James began attending Bible study classes offered by ROD Ministries. This time, he turned a corner. When James was released from jail, he stayed in touch with the folks from ROD Ministries, and they provided him with mentorship and a valuable support system during his recovery process. Continue Reading.

12:04 pm CST - May 29, 2015

Posted under Opinion

It’s Time to Drain the Swamp in Syria

By Rep. Will Hurd

will-hurdFor almost a decade, I chased al-Qaida as an undercover case officer for the CIA. I learned how they operated and watched them communicate a message of hatred for our nation and for freedom.

Back then, their methods for recruitment and spreading propaganda were unsophisticated. They wrote letters and spent the overnight hours dropping them off on doorsteps. We called them “night letters.” Time, distance and slow communications limited their ability to recruit. Continue Reading.

11:59 am CST - May 29, 2015

Posted under Opinion

Who Build the Brooklyn Bridge?

By Michelle Malkin

michelle-malkinHow many times have you heard President Obama and his minions pat themselves on the back for their noble “investments” in “roads and bridges”? Without government infrastructure spending, we’re incessantly reminded, we wouldn’t be able to conduct our daily business.

“Every single great idea that has marked the 21st century, the 20th century and the 19th century has required government vision and government incentive,” Vice President Joe Biden infamously asserted. “Private enterprise,” he sneered, lags behind. Continue Reading.

12:12 pm CST - May 29, 2015

Posted under Cartoons