11:09 am CST - February 11, 2016

Posted under Quotes

Trump Winning Over Black Women, says Herman Cain

Cain,Herman3eI have given up on voting…but I’m coming back in.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) – 

Let me tell you a phenomenon I discovered on my radio show,” said 2012 Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, addressing what he called the ‘Trump phenomenon’. 

“I get callers who call up and say, ‘I am black, I’m female, and I’m going from Democrat to Trump,’” said Cain.

Trump, Donald for President5“They didn’t say they were going from Democrat to Republican; they said they’re going from Democrat to Trump, and I think that’s part of the phenomenon.”

According to Cain, the Trump phenomenon can be summed up in three words: “Leadership, fighter and winner.”    Continue Reading.

February 11, 2016

The Scoop

Obamacare Update: Lower Enrollment, Higher Costs Projected by Congressional Budget Office

Enrollment falls short of projections, enrollees less healthy & poorer

ObamaCare premiums going upWASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) – In its recent Budget & Economic Outlook for the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) substantially changed its short-term Affordable Care Act (ACA) estimates in ways that show the law is performing far worse than expected. CBO’s new projection of 13 million obama-fumbles-football-healthcareexchange enrollees in 2016 is nearly 40% below previous expectations. In the last 10 months, CBO has downgraded its overall enrollment expectation by 38%, its expectation of subsidized enrollment by 27%, and its expectation of unsubsidized enrollment by 67%.    Read More

February 10, 2016

The Scoop

After Historic Win, Bernie Breaks Fundraising Records

Underdog taking fight to Nevada, South Carolina & Super Tuesday

Clinton-Sanders3gNEW YORK, New York (Texas Insider Report) – In the 18 hours since the polls closed in the Granite State, the Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign raised more than $5.2 million, shattering the campaign’s previous record for money raised in less than a day. The Sanders campaign announced a record-breaking fundraising period on Wednesday following his landslide victory in the New Hampshire Democratic primary.    Read More

February 10, 2016

The Scoop

Drone Regulations: FAA Warns States, Cities Against

Statutory & Case Law on federal aviation preemption

Drone FAA Section 333 ExemptionsBy Henry H. Perritt, Jr.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) – On 17 December 2015, the FAA issued its first public statement on federal preemption of state and local drone regulation. It makes clear that most state and local drone registration requirements are preempted, and that regulations imposing drone operator (“DROP”) qualification requirements, vehicle design requirements, and operating rules are likely preempted as well.    Read More

February 09, 2016

The Scoop

Lt. Gov. Patrick Creates New Senate Committee on Texas Ports

dan.patrick.1Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Today, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick announced the creation of a Senate Select Committee on Texas Ports and the appointment of its members.

Several of our Texas ports already rank among the top in the export and import of commodities and products in the world. Our ports have a significant impact on the Texas economy. Texas Ports reportedly create nearly 1.4 million jobs generating $82.8 billion in personal income. Read More

February 09, 2016

The Scoop

Hughes Concludes Public Safety Tour

Announces Coalition of Law Enforcement Endorsing Campaign 

Bryan-HughesTexas Insider Report: EAST TEXAS, Texas – Last week, State Representative and current Senate District 1 candidate Bryan Hughes joined the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT) at 11 stops on their East Texas Public Safety Tour. Read More

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The Scoop

Axelrod Hits Clintons in Tweet

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Ending Funding for Sanctuary Cities

February 11, 2016

On The Record

Voters’ Trump Love Affair Explained

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) – Donald Trump’s rise this election season has been historic, amounting to something heretofore unseen in the annals of American politics. Given this, it’s perhaps not surprising that many are still befuddled by the phenomenon. Trump is tapping into anger against The Establishment and over immigration, and is sounding a nationalistic note in an age where it is not the “elite” norm.    Read More

February 09, 2016

On The Record

Presidential Disaster Declaration Granted For Texas Counties

Abbott.GovTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas –On January 26th, Governor Greg Abbott requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 25 Texas counties due to damage sustained from the severe weather at the end of December. This morning, the President granted the request for Public Assistance for the following 25 counties: Bailey, Castro, Childress, Cochran, Dallas, Deaf Smith, Dickens, Ellis, Hall, Hardeman, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Kaufman, Kent, King, Lamb, Lubbock, Navarro, Parmer, Rains, Red River, Rockwall, Titus, and Van Zandt.
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February 09, 2016

On The Record

Comm. Craddick Reinforces Oil Industry’s Future at Midland YPE

christi-craddickTexas Insider Report: MIDLAND, Texas – Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick continues to emphasize the importance of next generation innovators and entrepreneurs for the Texas oil & gas industry. Speaking to the Midland Chapter of Young Professionals in Energy (YPE) last night at the Midland Petroleum Club, Craddick told the group they will be key in launching the industry’s next big growth cycle in Texas. Read More

February 09, 2016

On The Record

Cornyn: President’s Budget Unserious, Partisan & Dead-on-Arrival

Cornyn-092413‘President Obama went ahead and submitted a budget with no apparent interest in finding any kind of common ground. It is a sad testament to his go-it-alone legacy, which has been more ideological than actually solution-oriented.’

Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today on the Senate floor U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed President Obama’s $4 trillion budget proposal that will burden hardworking American families. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his speech can be found here. Read More

February 09, 2016

On The Record

Felipe Calderon: Mexico Won’t Pay for Trump’s ‘Stupid Wall’


CalderonThere’s no way Mexico will shell out a “single cent” for the “stupid wall” Donald Trump vows to build across the nation’s southern border, a former president of Mexico declares.

In an interview with CNBC, former President Felipe Calderon slams the GOP front-runner’s oft-stated wall-building promise as “completely crazy.” Read More

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Sessions Responds to the President’s FY 2017 Budget

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Comptroller Hegar: Texas Cities Among Friendliest to Small Business in Nation

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10:34 am CST - February 11, 2016

Posted under Opinion

Patrick: Time to Reduce Local Government Revenue Cap

Preserving the status quo is unacceptable, and the Texas Senate will act

lt.gov.patrickBy Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick

Texans are frustrated with the unsustainable disconnect between constantly increasing local property taxes and household incomesThat’s why in 2015, 86% of Texas voters approved a constitutional amendment to increase their homestead exemption for the first time in nearly 20 years.

But more must be done to prevent Texans from being taxed out of their homes.   Continue Reading.

12:15 pm CST - February 09, 2016

Posted under Opinion

GOP’s Platoon of Accomplished Governors Falls Flat With Voters

By Stephen Moore
steve.mooreThe Iowa caucuses may have only muddied the waters in the race for the White House, but they did almost definitively decide one thing: The next president will not be a governor. That’s an amazing revelation because, just one year ago, the smart money was betting that the next president would be a Republican governor.

The governors were supposed to be the GOP’s talent pool. Continue Reading.

12:10 pm CST - February 09, 2016

Posted under Opinion

Republicans Debate: Should Women Be Drafted?

By Phyllis Schlafly

PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY ReportToward the end of the eighth Republican presidential debate, the moderators introduced a new subject which has been absent from stump speeches and ignored in the seven previous debates.  ABC’s Martha Raddatz, who covered the war in Iraq, asked the candidates whether young women should be required to sign up for Selective Service if the military draft is reinstated, just as young men are required to do.

Senator Marco Rubio, whose teenage daughters were seated in the first row, was called on first.  “I have no problem whatsoever with people of either gender serving in combat,” Rubio began.  “I do believe that Selective Service should be opened up for both men and women in case a draft is ever instituted.” Continue Reading.

1:49 pm CST - February 11, 2016

Posted under Cartoons