10:55 am CST - September 17, 2014

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State Rep. Phil King Talks: The Oil & Gas Industry, 300,000 Texas Jobs & a Fracking Ban Proposal


What is the north DFW Fracking Ban Proposal all about?

Texas Insider - King, State Rep. Phil 9-15-14aAUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) — “We’ve been fracking wells for 50-plus years, which is where you go down and inject water, sand and pressure to break up rocks so that oil & gas can flow out,” State Rep. Phil King tells Texas Insider’s Jim Cardle.

“The oil & gas boom we’re experiencing in Texas is the result of the marriage of old and new technologies, and horizontal drilling where you can drill down a mile, and then go out (horizontally) a mile and frack all along the way to release the oil & gas that we could never get to before,” said King, who is a past chairman of the House Regulated Industries Texas Insider - King, State Rep. Phil 9-15-14bCommittee, and now sits on the Energy Resources Select Committee on Seismic Activity studying drilling and fracking developments in Denton County, as well as other areas near the DFW Metroplex.

“As for Texas, the last numbers show that 34% of our economy, I think about 300,000 jobs, are directly or collaterally tied to the oil and gas industry,” King explains.

Don’t miss former House Regulated Industries Committee chairman Phil King’s outlook for the Texas Oil & Gas Industry, its future impact on the State Budget, and more.    Continue Reading.

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September 19, 2014

The Scoop

CRUZ: Administration is Not Doing Job Needed of a Commander in Chief to Defend Our Nation


ted-cruz1Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, spoke with Fox News’ Sean Hannity last night on the U.S. plan to destroy ISIS and the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey.  Read More

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September 19, 2014

The Scoop

Perry Sends Mexican President Nieto Letter, Invites Him to Texas Border


perry-pena-nietoAUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – On the heels of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s comments last week regarding Gov. Perry’s decision to deploy the Texas National Guard to disrupt criminal activity along the Texas-Mexico border, Gov. Perry earlier this week sent the following letter to Peña Nieto, saying “We must have an honest and respectful dialogue about the challenges we share…” Read More

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September 18, 2014

The Scoop

Cornyn Introduces Sarah Saldana At Senate Confirmation Hearing


Senate Committee Considering Saldana’s Nomination To Serve As ICE Director

cornyn-saldanaTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, today introduced Sarah R. Saldana, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee as the committee considers her nomination to serve as Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Excerpts of his introduction are below and the full video of his remarks can be found here.  Read More

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September 18, 2014

The Scoop

House Approves First Part of Obama War Plan to Train Syrian Rebels


By Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times 

ISIS-HearingsThe House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to back President Obama’s request for permission to train and money to arm the more reliableicon1.png forces among Syrian rebels, giving the first congressional approval to the White House’s still-developing war plans.

But underlying the 273-156 vote were deep divisions, and it seemed that the limited assistance to Syrian rebels is about the only part of the conflict on which there is any agreement. Read More

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September 18, 2014

The Scoop

Brady Votes to Train Syrians to Fight Terror Threat ISIL


kevin-brady3Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives voted this evening to give Congressional authorization to the Secretary of Defense to immediately begin the process of training and equipping the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the moderate opposition fighting the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Read More

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September 19, 2014

On The Record

NRA Endorses Dan Patrick for Lt. Governor


Patrick has earned an “A” rating

Dan Patrick Lt.Gov.6-27-13 Anncmt.3cAUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) “While serving in the Texas Senate, Dan Patrick was an unwavering supporter of vital pro-self-defense and pro-freedom measures. On behalf of our five million members across the country, the NRANational Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is proud to endorse Dan Patrick for Lt. Governor of Texas.” said Chris W. Cox, announcing Patrick had earned the NRA’s backing.   Read More

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September 19, 2014

On The Record

Dewhurst Joins Law Enforcement to Combat Cargo Theft


david-dewhurst1GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Texas Insider Report) — “As Lieutenant Governor, two of my biggest priorities have been keeping Texans safe and fostering economic conditions that have made Texas America’s leader in job creation and international trade,” said Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, standing with members of the FBI, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and other law enforcement agencies in highlighting a growing threat to the Texas economy: cargo theft. Read More

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September 19, 2014

On The Record

Gov. Perry Helps Dedicate Pandemic Influenza Vaccine Facility


Perry042214Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – COLLEGE STATION – Gov. Rick Perry today participated in the site dedication for the Pandemic Influenza Vaccine Facility, part of the Texas A&M Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (Texas A&M CIADM). This $91 million, state-of-the-art influenza-vaccine manufacturing facility, a partnership between Texas A&M University and GlaxoSmithKline, will help protect against infectious disease and the threat of bioterrorism. Read More

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September 18, 2014

On The Record

Cong. Cuellar: On Voting in Favor of Plan to Combat ISIL


Henry-cuellarWashington, D.C. – “ISIL clearly poses a new type of threat to the United States, as it is well organized, well-funded, and extremely brutal. I voted today in favor of a plan that authorizes the president to ISIS beheading journalisttrain and equip the moderate Syrian opposition groups so that they can combat the terrorist group ISIL, said Cong. Henry Cuellar (D-TX28) following his vote Thursday in favor of a plan to combat ISIL. “The United States should have all tools at its disposal to confront the threat posed by this terrorist group.”

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September 18, 2014

On The Record

Rep. Barton in Texas dealing with medical issue


joe-barton3Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – ENNIS, TX: Congressman Joe Barton (R-Arlington/Ennis) issued the following statement on Tuesday:

“I had a gallbladder attack last night and my doctors have advised that I stay home this week. Read More

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NRA Endorses Greg Abbott for Governor in Texas

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10:15 am CST - September 19, 2014

Posted under Opinion

SBOE’s Tincy Miller Says APUSH Is a Fight for the Soul of America


By Tincy Miller, State Board of Education District 12

TincyMiller4As you may have been reading, or hearing in the news the past few days, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) has been meeting in Austin this week to chart a course for our state’s school children to learn history over the next 10 years.

SBOE-American-ExceptionalismIf you have not, here is your alert: The College Board’s new Advanced Placement U.S. History Framework (APUSH) dictates how teachers should cover the required history topics with our brightest high school sophomores and juniors… and it reflects a radically revisionist view of American history.    Continue Reading.

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10:45 am CST - September 18, 2014

Posted under Opinion

Cornyn OpEd: A Republican Blueprint for Governing


cornyn0914‘More than a decade since I first arrived in the United States Senate, the chamber has become unrecognizable. What had traditionally been a forum for thoughtful debate of principled ideas has gradually devolved into a venue for carefully orchestrated theater…Republicans remain committed to tackling our country’s biggest challenges and promoting greater prosperity for all Americans.’

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) authored the following OpEd on FoxNews.com:

Party of Ideas: A Republican Blueprint for Governing
U.S. Senator John Cornyn
Fox News
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10:40 am CST - September 18, 2014

Posted under Opinion

Why do Americans Hate America?


By Cal Thomas

cal-thomasAfter some hand-wringing over British citizens who have chosen to fight with ISIS, Prime Minister David Cameron said he thinks one reason for the defection is that too many of the defectors have forgotten what it means to be British. As a means of fighting the radicalization of young people, he wants all of Britain’s schools to again teach “British values.”

It is a diagnosis Americans would do well to consider because an unknown number of Americans (FBI Director James Comey says he doesn’t have a precise number because they are “hard to track”) have abandoned their country to fight with jihadists. Continue Reading.

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1:49 pm CST - September 19, 2014

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