6:01 pm CST - September 29, 2014

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The 2014 Hispanic Vote in Texas: “The Democratic Party has really over-reached…”


When it comes to their approach to immigration and the Hispanic Community, the Democratic Party has really over-reached.”

Texas Insider - Muniz, Temo 9-29-14AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) –

“The Democratic talking points that used to work, that were race-based or identity politics, they don’t work anymore,” Artemio “Temo” Muniz of the Federation of Hispanic Republicans tells Insider’s Jim Cardle.

“In Texas, within the hispanic community things are growing economically. There’s prosperity.

“The rise of Wendy Davis happened in an echo-chamber in Austin. I don’t think it transfers at all to the hispanic community, where she really does not have relationships. She’s sort of an artificial, astro-turf Texas Insider - Muniz, Temo 9-29-14bbuilt candidate. There is no passion.”

– Temo Muniz talks about how the 2014 Hispanic Vote in Texas will play out and tells Texas Insider the Federation of Hispanic Republicans’ election outlook.   Continue Reading.

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October 01, 2014

The Scoop

Texas’ Permanent School Fund Becomes Nation’s Largest Educational Endowment


PSF’s $37.7 billion passes Harvard Endowment as of June 30, 2014 Texas Land Commissioner Jerry PattersonAUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) –  “The Texas oil & gas boom isn’t just fueling the nation toward energy independence, it is earning hundreds of millions of dollars a year for public education,” said Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson announcing Tuesday that Permanent School Fund PSFthe Texas Permanent School Fund (PSF) had reached a record high value in 2014, making it the largest educational endowment in the United States.   Read More

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September 29, 2014

The Scoop

With Congress Adjourned, States Fill Vacuum to Manage Immigrants


States enact 132 immigration-related laws in 2014

child-migrant-border-surge3aWASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) – “While Congress cannot seem to take action on immigration issues, states remain engaged in debating and solving immigration challenges, whether we’re discussing services or enforcement,” said state Sen. John Watkins StateSen.JohnWatkinsVA(right,) co-chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Immigration Task Force, releasing a new immigration report during NCSL’s Annual Summit. The child immigrant situation could lead to more action.   Read More

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September 26, 2014

The Scoop

As Holder Resigns, Smith Questions Admin’s Use of Executive Privilege


DOJ ordered to deliver the list of documents no later than October 22nd.

lamar-smithSAN ANTONIO, Texas (Texas Insider Report) Under this administration, numerous scandals have plagued the DOJ, including the execution and cover-up of Operation Fast & Furious. I would also be interested to know if Attorney General Holder’s departure is tied to recent court orders demanding that DOJ release documents it has tried to hide behind executive privilege,” said Cong. Lamar Smith.   Read More

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September 26, 2014

The Scoop

New Texas Charter School Scores Impressive Results in Other States


Great Hearts students outscore peers, 2nd only to Shanghai, China in science

great hearts texasAUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – Organized every three years to provide comparable student achievement and school effectiveness data, approximately 500,000 students take part in a specialized, triennial international survey evaluating reading, mathematics and science education systems great hearts violinsworldwide. The performance of Great Hearts Charter Schools, the sister network to one of Texas’ newest charter schools, Great Hearts Texas in San Antonio, indicates they are able to toe-to-toe against their domestic and international peers,   Read More

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September 26, 2014

The Scoop

New School Construction: Private Capital Pouring In


Public-private partnership (P3) helps cover certain costs

MaryScottNabers3fBy Mary Scott Nabers

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – During the last decade, spending on education facilities in America increased more than 200%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Even so, there is still a critical shortage of classroom space. Population growth results in hundreds of new students each year.   Read More

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October 01, 2014

On The Record

On ObamaCare’s 1st Anniversary, 2015 Re-Enrollment Delayed Until After Mid-Term Elections


Health Subcommittee Chair Brady says Americans deserve better

Cong. Kevin Brady4cWASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) – “Today, Americans were supposed to be able to enroll in an Affordable Care Act plan for the second year, but the opening of 2015 enrollment was delayed till after the mid-term elections to avoid consumers finding out that much of the backend of Healthcare.gov still doesn’t work, and that they may face higher premiums and a more narrow holder-obama3jnetwork,” said the House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX,) one year after a disastrous rollout, the Affordable Care Act still isn’t ready.   Read More

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September 30, 2014

On The Record

Ready for Another Fight Over How We Fund Texas Schools?


Standards never increase, but dollars involved escalate

Bbill hammond3ay Bill Hammond

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – Here we go again. Another fight over the way we fund our schools and the amount we spend on our students is heading to the Texas Supreme Court. The truth is we have been throwing more money at the system for years, and results are still too low. Money alone will not solve the problem.   Read More

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September 27, 2014

On The Record

SBOE APUSH Update: What’s Next for Advanced Placement U.S. History in Texas?


APUSH’s radical, social justice critique of American history.

bill-amesBy Bill Ames

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – During its September meeting, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) took two distinctive actions to protect Texas students from controversial curriculum created by national and international course developers. On Wednesday, TX-TextbooksSeptember 17th, the Board passed an amendment requiring all Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses to comply with the Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills (TEKS) standards.   Read More

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September 26, 2014

On The Record

Representative Flynn Elected to the NCSL Executive Committee


dan-flynnTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – At the annual National Conference of State Legislative Summit in Minneapolis, MN, Representative Dan Flynn was elected to serve on the 2014-2015 National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Executive Committee. The states face many challenges in maintaining a strong legislative institution and the role of the States in our federal system and Representative Flynn brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to the board. Read More

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September 26, 2014

On The Record

Texas Association of Business Endorses Glenn Hegar for Comptroller


Hegar will be a strong voice for taxpayers

glenn-hegar2Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – “Glenn was a strong friend of business while in the Texas Senate. He knows the kind of policies that will keep the economy of this state strong, and I feel confident he will be a strong voice for all of the taxpayers of Texas,” said Texas Association of Business CEO Bill Hammond, announcing that the Texas Association of Business has endorsed Glenn Hegar in the November 4th general election race for Comptroller of Public Accounts. Read More

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10:00 am CST - September 26, 2014

Posted under Opinion

GOP Bordering On Victory


By Ann Coulter

ann-coulter33Everyone is on tenterhooks wondering what the Republicans’ national strategy for the November elections will be. Shouldn’t they be thinking of that soon? The GOP desperately needs a “wave” election to rack up Senate seats this year, because the next two election cycles are not favorable for Republicans.

Let’s see, what would make a good national issue?  Continue Reading.

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9:57 am CST - September 26, 2014

Posted under Opinion

‘A’ Is for Agitation: What’s Really Going on in Jefferson County Schools


By Michelle Malkin

michelle-malkinThere’s a big battle brewing in the Jefferson County, Colorado, school system. The manufactured controversy over a proposed curriculum review is generating national headlines. But the fight is not about what misguided students and biased reporters say it’s about. “Censorship” is a red herring. The real issue is union control.

Here’s the deal: Public school teachers in this Denver-area district walked out of their classrooms this week to protest the implementation of performance-based pay. The JeffCo school board approved the new compensation system last week, which rewards the most highly effective teachers with 4.2 percent raises, effective teachers with 2.4 raises and inferior teachers with nothing. Only 2 percent of teachers received no pay raises. Continue Reading.

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11:54 am CST - September 25, 2014

Posted under Opinion

Quit Defending Abuse


By Linda Chavez

linda-chavez2Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s arrest on child abuse charges has sparked a huge debate about corporal punishment, one that exposes deep cultural rifts. I have to admit I’ve been surprised — no, shocked — at those who’ve jumped to the 217-pound football player’s defense.

Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity said on his show this week, “I don’t want to see this guy get a felony. I don’t want to see this guy lose his job. … He deserves parenting classes.” Hannity followed up his defense by taking off his belt and slapping the desk to show how he was beaten as a child, and also described being punched in the face by his dad. “I deserved it,” he said. Continue Reading.

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12:03 pm CST - September 30, 2014

Posted under Cartoons


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