8:01 am CST - March 20, 2015

Posted under Quotes

Austin’s Calling with SID MILLER: 18 Billion Hamburger Patties, 2 Billion Pairs of Blue Jeans

Yes … Texas Agriculture produces 18 billion hamburger patties and 2 billion pairs of blue jeans

Austin's Calling-Miller, Sid3c AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) –

“We produce enough beef in this state each year to make 18 billion hamburger patties … now let me ‘hep you get your mind around that,”  Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller tells Austin’s Calling’s Theresa McKeown.

“If you laid those hamburger patties end-to-end, they’d circle the earth … 400 TIMES! Agriculture’s a $100 billion dollar industry to our state.

Austin's Calling-Miller, Sid3b“You think it’s just corn & cows, but its much more than that … we have olive groves, we raise citrus, its shrimp, its oysters, it’s the wine industry,” Miller says.

“It’s a wide menu when it comes to what we produce in Texas.”

–  Don’t miss the inaugural edition of Austin’s Calling with Theresa McKeown.     Continue Reading.

March 31, 2015

The Scoop

Bush, Paul, Rubio & Walker: The Fearsome Foursome

By Stuart Rothenberg 

Texas’ Perry & Cruz must prove they can raise the resources to compete

fearsome.foursomeA veritable bevy of Republican presidential hopefuls have already hired staff, wooed deep-pocketed contributors and made speeches in Iowa and New Hampshire, proving what we already know: The 2016 nomination preseason is well underway. What makes things particularly interesting this year is the large number of contenders, the numerous factions within the GOP, and the uncertainty of the outcome.

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March 31, 2015

The Scoop

Obama Supports Military Retirement Pay Cuts

By Jason Devaney – Newsmax

Obama035President Barack Obama said Monday that he supports the idea of reducing military retirement pay by about 20 percent.

According to the Washington Times, Obama wrote a letter to congressional leaders saying he favors the recommendations put forth by a military commission. Read More

March 31, 2015

The Scoop

Department of Defense Accountability, Army Promotion Ceremony

From Congresman Mike Conaway, Texas 11th District

mike-conaway1213Department of Defense Accountability
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, DC– This week, the Department of Defense Inspector General retracted the U.S. Marine Corps fiscal year 2012 audit. These developments are the difficult part of the ugly under-belly of the audit process, and to some degree are expected. Read More

March 31, 2015

The Scoop

Debt Up 15-Fold During Harry Reid’s Time in Congress; $145,131 Per Household

By Terence P. Jeffrey

reid.0331(CNSNews.com) – The debt of the federal government has grown $16,955,289,814,977.42 during the 32 years that current Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has served in the U.S. Congress. That equals an increase of about $145,131 for every household in the country.

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March 30, 2015

The Scoop

It’s time to Save Medicare & Bury the Death Tax

House Acts, Senate Punts on Medicare
Kevin-brady-mikeTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, DC – As leader of the Health Subcommittee, I’ve been working hard to solve the growing national crisis of fewer local doctors being able to treat Medicare seniors because of the unfair way Medicare pays them. Last year I helped bring together Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate – along with over 600 local health care groups – on a solution, the first agreement in nearly 15 years.  Read More

Recent Headlines

The Scoop

Culberson: On Passage of House Budget

Granger: Brief Congressional Update

Schumer Announces Bid to Replace Reid, Lead Senate Democrats

Budget UPDATE: Texas House to Consider Budget Next Week

Smith: Protect American Seniors

March 31, 2015

On The Record

WGU Texas Launches New Higher Education Partnership with TAB

Nonprofit university, leading statewide business association aim to prepare more Texans to meet state’s workforce needs

tabTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas  (March 30, 2015) With workforce shortages facing many cities in Texas across healthcare, IT and STEM education fields, WGU Texas and the Texas Association of Business (TAB) today announced a new partnership aimed at ensuring Texas has an educated workforce. Read More

March 31, 2015

On The Record

Michael Hayden: Iran Deal Is ‘Lodestar’ of Obama Foreign Policy

By Melissa Clyne – Newsmax

john-kerry2Secretary of State John Kerry’s “unorthodox” lead role in the negotiations with Iran is highly unusual, according to retired Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of both the National Security Agency and the CIA.

“Usually the secretary of state is the closer,” Hayden said Monday on Newsmax TV’s “America’s Forum.” Read More

March 30, 2015

On The Record

Gov. Abbott: On February Jobs Numbers in Texas

abbott.0217Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Workforce Commission today announced that Texas added 7,100 jobs in the month of February, with the unemployment dropping to 4.3 percent, down from 4.4 percent in January 2015. Following the release, Governor Abbott issued the following statement: Read More

March 30, 2015

On The Record

Lt. Gov . Patrick: The Beginning of the End of the Franchise Tax

dan.patrict4Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Senate delivered a historic tax relief package for homeowners and businesses this week. Senate Bill 1(SB 1), Senate Joint Resolution 1(SJR 1), Senate Bill 7 and Senate Bill 8 (SB 7 & SB 8) passed out of the Senate with strong bipartisan support. Read More

March 30, 2015

On The Record

Smith to Host Live NASA Downlink with Space Station at Local High School

Special guest Apollo Astronaut Charlie Duke will share experience as one of just twelve people to ever walk on the Moon

Lamar Smith Science-Space-TechnologyTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, DC  — Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) will host a live television downlink with astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) next MONDAY April 6, 2015 at 10:15 AM CT at Smithson Valley High School. Congressman Smith will be joined by former Apollo Astronaut Charlie Duke to host the event. Read More

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On The Record

First Lady Cecilia Abbott Addresses 2015 Texas Science And Engineering Fair

Texas Unemployment Falls to 4.3% in February

Kerry Orders State Dept. Review as Hillary Email Flap Grows

House Bill 80 Passed by the Texas House

Court Grants General Paxton’s Request for Preliminary Injunction to Halt Obama Administration’s Proposed FMLA Rule

8:24 am CST - March 31, 2015

Posted under Opinion

Ted, Monica, and Mickey

By Star Parker

star-parkerIn 1979, the year before Republicans nominated Ronald Reagan as their presidential candidate, the Rev. Jerry Falwell and conservative activist Paul Weyrich founded the Moral Majority.

It was at the Christian university in Lynchburg, Virginia, Liberty University, founded by Rev. Falwell, where Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) just announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. Continue Reading.

8:22 am CST - March 31, 2015

Posted under Opinion

Obama’s Hypocritical Attack on Netanyahu

By Jeff Jacoby

jeff-jacobyIt took Bibi Netanyahu nearly a week to apologize properly for his inflammatory comment on Israel’s election day warning that Arab voters were “heading to the polls in droves.” On Monday, speaking at his Jerusalem residence to a group of Israeli Arab community leaders, the newly reelected prime minister expressed his regret: “I know the things I said a few days ago wounded Israel’s Arab citizens. That was not in any way my intention, and I am sorry.” Continue Reading.

8:21 am CST - March 31, 2015

Posted under Opinion

Phyllis Schlafly’s Legacy Endures

By Ben Carson

Dr.Ben-CarsonRecently, I was temporarily placed on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s watch list for extremism simply because I vocally support traditional marriage. I remember thinking: When did advocating for lifelong love between one man and one woman become a hate crime? Fortunately, the group saw the folly of its ways and apologized, removing me from the list. Continue Reading.

8:16 am CST - March 31, 2015

Posted under Cartoons