2:33 pm CST - June 26, 2015

Posted under Quotes

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick: Supreme Court decision not based on any law Congress has passed to legalize gay marriage

The Supreme Court, as it has in the past, is making law. I do not believe that is what the Constitution intended, or allowsPatrick, Lt.Gov.Dan4-13-15.”

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – “Yesterday, I sent a request to Texas Attorney General Paxton for a legal opinion on the protection of religious liberty rights of Texans guaranteed by the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, should the Supreme Court rule in favor of same sex marriage as they did today,” said Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick earlier today, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same sex marriage.

“My request broadens the scope of SB 2065 to include County Clerks, judges and Justices of the Peace who may be forced to issue a marriage license or preside over a wedding that is against the free exercise of their religion as guaranteed by the 1st SupremeCourt3cAmendment.

It has been said that those who oppose gay marriage are on the wrong side of history. I would rather be on the wrong side of history than on the wrong side of my faith and my beliefs. I believe I am not alone in that view in this country,” Patrick said.     Continue Reading.



June 30, 2015

The Scoop

Cornyn Pushes Justice Department to Fully Implement SAFER Act, Help Reduce Rape Kit Backlog

cornyn-1Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) are urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to fully implement the SAFER Act to help state and local governments eliminate the national backlog of untested rape kits. The provisions of the legislation, signed into law in 2013, have yet to be fully enacted to help state and local law enforcement agencies audit and process rape kits that could lead to the prosecution and resolution of sexual assault cases across the country. Read More

June 30, 2015

The Scoop

Congressman McCaul on Fox News Sunday Discussing ISIS and Latest Terror Threats.

From Congressman Miichael McCaul

Michael-Mccaul12Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – I am disappointed in the Supreme Court’s ruling this week in favor of ObamaCare. While the court has once again upheld the law, the fact remains that ObamaCare is a disaster for patients, doctors and our economy. Read More

June 30, 2015

The Scoop

EIA Expands Geographic Coverage of U.S. Natural Gas Production, With New Data for 10 States

eiaBeginning today, the U.S. Energy Information Administration is expanding its reporting of monthly natural gas production by 10 additional states. The addition of these states – Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, and West Virginia – significantly enhances EIA’s monthly coverage, which was previously limited to Alaska, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming, and the Federal Gulf of Mexico. Read More

June 30, 2015

The Scoop

Smith Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on EPA Regs

lamar.smith4Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that EPA must consider cost before deciding whether the Mercury Air Toxics regulation is appropriate and necessary to regulate under the Clean Air Act. Read More

June 30, 2015

The Scoop

Olson Applauds SCOTUS decision on EPA Emission Rule

pete.olson1Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22), Vice Chairman of the House Energy and Power Subcommittee, today issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that stripped the basis of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) sweeping rule on mercury and other emissions from power plants in the United States:  Read More

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June 30, 2015

On The Record

Governor Abbott Statement On Supreme Court’s HB 2 Ruling

abbott0318Texas Insider Report: Austin, Texas – Governor Greg Abbott today issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling on HB 2: Read More

June 30, 2015

On The Record

Attorney General Paxton Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Victory over Obama Administration’s EPA

ken.paxton1Texas Insider Report: Austin, Texas – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Michigan v. EPA: Read More

June 30, 2015

On The Record

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick Names Appointments to the Senate Select Committee on Transportation Planning

dan.patrick3Texas Insider Report: Austin, Texas –  Today, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick named his appointments to the Senate Select Committee on Transportation Planning.

Senate Select Committee on Transportation Planning: Read More

June 30, 2015

On The Record

Senator Perry Appointed to Select Committee on Transportation Planning

charles.perryTexas Insider Report: Austin, Texas – (LUBBOCK, TX) – Today, Senator Charles Perry (R – Lubbock) was appointed to the Select Committee on Transportation Planning that was created by House Bill 20. Read More

June 30, 2015

On The Record

Comptroller Glenn Hegar Endorses Hughes for Senate

Bryan-HughesGlenn.Hagar1Texas Insider Report: Austin, Texas – (Mineola, TX) — Today Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar issued an endorsement to Rep. Bryan Hughes for Senate District 1.  Read More

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On The Record

Governor Abbott Issues Memo Directing State Agencies To Protect Religious Liberty

Religious Liberties of Texas Public Officials Remain Constitutionally Protected After Obergefell v. Hodges

Lt. Governor Patrick Statement on Opinion from Texas Attorney General Regarding Same-Sex Marriage Refusal

Rep. Barton says Supreme Court’s ruling on Same Sex Marriage is Unacceptable

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12:02 pm CST - June 30, 2015

Posted under Opinion

Supreme Court Disasters

By Thomas Sowell

thomas-sowellMany people are looking at the recent Supreme Court decisions about ObamaCare and same-sex marriage in terms of whether they think these are good or bad policies. That is certainly a legitimate concern, for both those who favor those policies and those who oppose them.

But there is a deeper and more long-lasting impact of these decisions that raise the question whether we are still living in America, where “we the people” are supposed to decide what kind of society we want, not have our betters impose their notions on us. Continue Reading.

12:00 pm CST - June 30, 2015

Posted under Opinion

Supreme Court Lets Obama Administration Say Words Don’t Mean What They Say

By Michael Barone

Michael BaroneFor most people, words mean what they say. But not necessarily for a majority of Supreme Court justices in two important decisions handed down Thursday.

In the most prominent, King v. Burwell, Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for a 6-3 majority, ruled that the words “established by the state” mean “established by the state or the federal government.” Continue Reading.

11:59 am CST - June 30, 2015

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Hurd on the Hill: ‘Do As I Say, Not As I Do’

Will Hurd, U.S. Representative 23rd Congressional District of Texas.

will-hurdAfter six months serving as the Representative for the 23rd Congressional District of Texas, I think I have discovered the mantra Washington bureaucrats seems to live by – do as I say, not as I do.

If you watch the news at all, you have heard that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was hacked (presumably by a foreign adversary) and that that the personal information of millions of current and previous federal employees was compromised – including my own. Continue Reading.

11:57 am CST - June 30, 2015

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