10:00 am CST - October 15, 2014

Posted under Quotes

FLASTER: “Economically, Ebola is more than just a scary movie.”

Voters now put Border, National Security above jobs & economy

Texas Insider Flaster, Marc Sandler O'Neill 10-14-14AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) –

“The confluence of Ebola fears, falling oil prices, poor reports on retail sales for September, U.S. inflation actually going down, a European Central Bank that cannot put on its pants one leg at a time, and falling inflation pressures worldwide has finally awakened the headline readers,” Sandler O’Neill + Partners’ Marc Flaster tells Insider’s Jim Cardle.

“And concerning Ebola, this is a serious thing (economically). It’s not just a scary movie, and now here it is … it’s now showed up on our doorstep. It’s really scary,” Flaster says of a potential impact on the U.S. economy.

– Wall Street Analyst & Texas Banking Industry Advisor Marc Flaster knows what he’s talking about … and what’s driving the Texas & U.S. politically prior to November 4th’s Election.     Continue Reading.

October 16, 2014

The Scoop

ABC/Wash. Post Poll: Majority Want Ebola Travel Restrictions

By Cathy Burke

HealthA big majority of Americans now say they’re in favor of restricting entry to the United States to people from countries hardest-hit by the Ebola virus, a new poll shows.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll finds 67 percent of respondents support restricted entry; 29 percent opposed the travel curbs on those arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, where 4,000 people have died from the hemorrhagic fever.  Read More

October 16, 2014

The Scoop

Sen. Cruz Calls for Flight Bans On Travelers From Ebola-Afflicted Nations

Ted-Cruz092413WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, called for flight bans on non-U.S. passengers traveling from countries significantly impacted by Ebola to the U.S. in an interview Tuesday evening with the Dallas Morning News.

“Common sense dictates that we should impose a travel ban on commercial airline flights from nations afflicted by Ebola,” [Cruz] said by phone from Texas. “There’s no reason to allow ongoing commercial air traffic out of those countries.” Read More

October 16, 2014

The Scoop

Obama’s ‘Blizzard of Lies’

By Marc A. Thiessen

Marc.A.ThiessenIn 1996, the late, great New York Times columnist William Safire published a column, “Blizzard of lies,” in which he laid out a series of falsehoods by Hillary Rodham Clinton and declared “Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our First Lady — a woman of undoubted talents who was a role model for many in her generation — is a congenital liar.” Read More

October 14, 2014

The Scoop

Cornyn, McCaul Request Enhanced Ebola Screening at Dallas, Houston Airports

Screening at only 5 airports may not adequately protect Americans

cornyn-mccaulAUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) — “Texas is home to both Houston George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) and the Dallas-Fort Worth International (DFW) Airports, where a combined 15.6 million international passengers visited in 2013,” said Sen. John Cornyn and Cong. Michael McCaul, requesting that U.S. Customs & Border Protection add both the DFW and Bush Intercontinental Airports to the five others selected by the Department of Homeland Security for enhanced screening earlier this week due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Read More

October 14, 2014

The Scoop

APUSH Provides Contempt for America in Texas High Schools

College Board Partners with Leftist Academia

bill-amesBy Bill Ames

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) — The recent implementation of a totally reworked Advanced Placement U. S. History (APUSH) framework has given rise to contentious debate. Mainstream American critics challenge APUSH as being anti-American. The private, APUSHLogo7unaccountable College Board APUSH creators retaliate by claiming that the new framework provides more flexibility to teachers, while addressing an alleged “whitewashing” of U. S. history.   Read More

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October 16, 2014

On The Record

Ebola Fact Checking

From Congresswoman Kay Granger

Kay-GrangerTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is an unprecedented global health crisis that has reached the United States. This epidemic and the recent news that two health care professionals in Dallas have tested positive for the disease deserves a serious and immediate response.  Read More

October 16, 2014

On The Record

Houston Orders Pastors to Hand Over Sermons on Gays

By Melanie Batley

annise-parkerThe city of Houston has issued subpoenas to a group of pastors requesting any sermons they’ve written that cover the subject of homosexuality, gender identity, or mention of Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor.

The subpoenas came after pastors protested against Houston’s new non-discrimination ordinance that the city council passed in June which, among other clauses related to sexuality and gender identity, would allow men to use the ladies room and vice versa in an effort to protect transgender rights, according to Fox  Read More

October 16, 2014

On The Record

Olson Stands with Religious Leaders in Opposing Mayor Parker’s Subpoenas for Sermons

pete-olsonTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Sugar Land, TX - Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) issued the following statement in support of Houston religious leaders opposed to handing over the text of their sermons in retaliation for voicing opposition to Mayor Annise Parker’s equal rights city ordinance: Read More

October 16, 2014

On The Record

3rd Annual Hiring Red, White & You! Veterans Fair Takes Place Nov. 13

Job fairs for veterans and spouses hosted by 28 local workforce development board areas across Texas 

Perry0414Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), in partnership with 28 local workforce development boards and the Texas Veterans Commission, will host statewide veterans hiring fairs on Nov. 13. TWC’s third annual Hiring Red, White & You! Statewide Hiring Fair is a joint initiative supported by the Office of the Governor, the Texas Medical Center and the Texas Veterans Commission to connect veterans in Texas with employers who are hiring.  Read More

October 15, 2014

On The Record

LIBRE: Hispanic Unemployment Rate Too High at 6.9%

Hispanic, all Americans losing faith in the future

Daniel Garza LIBRE Initiative3eWASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) – “Median annual income for Hispanic households has fallen by more than $2,000 since 2009, and today more than 1.2 million Hispanics find themselves trapped in part-time work. Wages are not improving, and millions are worse off than they were just a few years ago,” said Daniel Garza (left,) Executive Director of The LIBRE Initiative, as the Department of Labor issued its LIBRE InitiativeLOGO3emonthly employment report for August. At 6.9%, the Latino unemployment rate is significantly higher than the 5.9% national average.   Read More

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10:32 am CST - October 16, 2014

Posted under Opinion

We’ll Tell You How Dangerous Ebola Is After the Election

By Ann Coulter

ann-coulter33There had never been a case of Ebola in the U.S. until a few months ago. Since then, thousands of people have died of the disease in Africa, and millions upon millions of dollars have been spent treating Ebola patients in the U.S. who acquired it there, one of whom has died.

But the Obama administration refuses to impose a travel ban.

This summer, the U.S. government imposed a travel ban on Israel simply to pressure Prime Minister Netanyahu into accepting a ceasefire agreement. But we can’t put a travel restriction on countries where a contagious disease is raging. Continue Reading.

10:30 am CST - October 16, 2014

Posted under Opinion

Washington Post: Attack Ad Blaming Republican Cuts for Lack of Ebola Funding is ‘Absurd’ and ‘Extreme’

By Katie Pavlich

katie-pavlich2Earlier this week the far left activist group Agenda Project released an advertisement showing the dead bodies of Ebola victims in Africa and blamed Republican budget cuts for the outbreak. Agenda Project is the same group that produced the 2012 election ad portraying Paul Ryan pushing Grandma off a cliff.

The ad is obviously over the top and classless, but it’s also very false. The Washington Post fact checker took a look at the ad, its claims and determined it deserves four Pinocchios with a description of “absurd.” Continue Reading.

12:07 pm CST - October 14, 2014

Posted under Opinion

Can’t Quit Mitt: Friends Say Romney Feels Nudge to Consider a 2016 Presidential Run

By Philip Rucker and Robert Costa 

romney-wavingCEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Officially, Mitt Romney returned to Iowa, the quadrennial presidential proving ground, to give a boost to Joni Ernst. But at a closed-door breakfast fundraiser here Monday, the first question from a donor had nothing to do with Ernst’s Senate campaign. Continue Reading.

10:26 am CST - October 16, 2014

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