4:52 pm CST - January 21, 2015

Posted under Quotes

Lt. Gov. Patrick’s Inaugural Address: “It’s a new day in Texas.”

The most important responsibility for any lawmaker is to keep you and your family safe.”

Patrick, Dan Swearing In3cBy Lt. Governor Dan Patrick

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – If not for the grace of God, you, and millions of Texans, I would not be standing here today.

Proverbs 21:31 says: “the horse is made ready for battle, but the Patrick, Dan Swearing Invictory is the Lord’s.” I worked hard, but the victory was His.

I’m humbled, grateful, and blessed beyond belief for your trust in electing me as the 72nd Lt Governor of Texas.   Continue Reading.

January 27, 2015

The Scoop

Border & Homeland Security Threats? Its a Matter of Funding

Border Patrol: 239 aliens from Pakistan, 294 from Somalia, 181 from Egypt, and 202 from Syria.

Border Patrol FenceWASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) – Internal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) data leaked during the height of last summer’s border crisis demonstrate how aliens from all over the world have taken advantage of the porous U.S.-Mexico border and the Obama Administration’s failure obama-0413to enforce U.S. immigration laws. The OTMs (referring to “other than Mexicans”) intercepted by the Border Patrol do not only originate from Central America.   Read More

January 26, 2015

The Scoop

Lt. Gov. Patrick Announces Senate Committee Assignments

dan.patrict.lt.govTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas  “After much thought and careful consideration, today I am announcing the members selected to serve on the 14 committees approved by the Texas Senate,” said Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, ending his first week since being sworn in by announcing the following Senate Committee assignments for the 84th Legislative Session. Read More

January 26, 2015

The Scoop

McCaul Leads Congressmen to Tour Southwest Border

McCaul0813-2McAllen, Texas (Texas Insider Report)  After the introduction of his Secure Our Borders First Act, Cong. Michael McCaul (R-TX,) chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, brought 22 of his colleagues from all across the United States on a tour of the southwest border in McAllen, Texas to examine the evolving national security threats to the southwest border. Read More

January 26, 2015

The Scoop

State of the Union: Stale Demands for Taxes Won’t Help Middle Class

Kevin-brady-mike“If, for once, President Obama will work with Republicans, we can get things done,” says House economic leader

Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady of Texas, the top House Republican on the Joint Economic Committee and a senior member of the House Ways & Means Committee, made the following statement on President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union speech today: Read More

January 26, 2015

The Scoop

Rep. Tony Dale Files E-Verify Bill to Secure Jobs for Texans

tony-daleTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – On January 23, State Representative Tony Dale (R-Cedar Park) filed House Bill 889 that aims to ensure that only those with legal work status are hired as state contractors or subcontractors.  House Bill 889 would require that all state contractors and subcontractors use the federal E-Verify system to determine the legal work status for all potential employees. Read More

Recent Headlines

The Scoop

Abbott Names Huckabee, Hammonds & Long to Texas Tech Board of Regents

Cong. Cuellar Named to Key Immigration, Homeland & Border Security Subcommittees

Cornyn to Lead Committee at Forefront of U.S. Trade Agenda

YOUR OPINION: State of the Union?

MILLS: EPA Says It Will Issue Commonsense Regs … Soon

January 26, 2015

On The Record

Abbott Sets Date For Runoff Elections

abbott3Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Gov. Greg Abbott today issued three proclamations setting February 17, 2015 as the date for the runoff elections to fill the Texas Senate District 26 seat being vacated by Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, the Texas House District 17 seat being vacated by Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt and the Texas House District 123 seat being vacated by Rep. Michael Villarreal . Read More

January 26, 2015

On The Record

Sen. Larry Taylor Lands Senate Education Chairmanship

- Also Named to Finance, Business & Commerce and Intergovernmental Relations Committees -

larry-taylorTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas State Senator Larry Taylor (R – Friendswood) was appointed by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick as the new Chairman of the Senate Public Education Committee.  Senator Taylor was also reappointed as a member of the Senate Business & Commerce Committee. Read More

January 26, 2015

On The Record

Sen. Paul Bettencourt: On Committee Appointments

“Working on this shift in the Texas Senate is going to be a lot of fun.”

Paul.BettencourtTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas– State Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) has released the following statement concerning his appointment by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick  to serve on four of the most important committees in the Texas Senate – Finance, Education, Higher Education, and Intergovernmental Relations as Vice Chair. Read More

January 26, 2015

On The Record

Cornyn: Time For President to Listen To The American People, Approve Keystone

‘Sometimes you can tell a lot from what a person doesn’t say. And in this case, the President spoke more than 6,000 words, and he didn’t mention the word Keystone in one of them.’

John.Cornyn2Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas,  spoke on the Senate floor calling on the President to listen to a bipartisan majority in Congress and a majority of Americans and approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Excerpts of his remarks are below: Read More

January 26, 2015

On The Record

GARZA: Obama’s State of the Union Leaves Americans Disappointed

President’s Economic Agenda Lacks Focus; Hurts Individuals 

daniel.garza(Washington, D.C.) – “Last night President Obama had an opportunity to offer reassurance to Americans still besieged by uncertainty in these trying economic times, and present realistic, achievable plans to improve their lives. Instead he glossed over real problems while focusing on partisan goals. He offered the same list of promises we hear every year – promises more focused on politics than results,” said Daniel Garza, Executive Director of The LIBRE Initiative. Read More

Recent Headlines

On The Record

Senate Adjusts 2/3rds Rule to “make the Texas Senate a better governing body.”

Sen. Creighton Files Franchise Tax Reform to ‘Sunset’ Tax by 2020

BURTON: Conservative Agenda for the 84th Session Begins with New Rules

BRADY: “Red Tape Stalling” Energy Jobs & Independence

Gov. Perry’s Final Address: To a Joint Session of the Texas Legislature

9:56 am CST - January 26, 2015

Posted under Opinion

Government Housing is a Bad Idea

By Star Parker

star-parker3This past week, following the nation’s celebration of the birthday of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the U.S. Supreme Court heard an important case related to landmark law enacted during the civil rights era – the Fair Housing Law of 1968.

This case highlights how some policies that followed civil rights era legislation – in this case government low-income housing projects – actually have hurt the very communities they were supposed to help. Continue Reading.

9:55 am CST - January 26, 2015

Posted under Opinion

On Immigration, it’s GOP v. GOP

By Jeff Jacoby

jeff-jacobyTHE MORNING after President Obama’s State of the Union address, Politico had a story on how Republicans had responded to one contentious issue. The headline: “Priebus struggles to explain GOP immigration messages.” Continue Reading.

9:53 am CST - January 26, 2015

Posted under Opinion

Obama to the Nation: Debt, Debt and more Debt

By John C. Goodman

john-goodman-ncpa“The shadow of crisis has passed,” President Obama told us on Tuesday night. “The State of the Union is strong,” he added. But is it really?

If you had accumulated a debt that is more than 20 times the size of your household income, would you say your household finances were in good shape? Well, that’s where we are as a country. Under about a dozen federal entitlement spending programs, we have made promises that we haven’t been willing to pay for. In the process, we are leaving an enormous financial burden for our children and grandchildren. Continue Reading.

9:51 am CST - January 26, 2015

Posted under Cartoons