9:44 am CST - February 18, 2015

Posted under Quotes

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Joe Straus Applaud Gov. Abbott’s Session Agenda

Regarding his emergency items, the Senate is already moving forward on Border Security, Transportation, and Abbott state of the state3cEthics Reform.”

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) –

“As Lieutenant Governor, it was everything I wanted to hear

“He pinpointed the issues that both of us presented to the voters of Texas over the last 18 months,” said Lt. Governor Dan Patrick immediately following Governor Greg Abbott’s State of the State Address.

Straus, Joe-Patrick, Dan“Governor Abbott put a powerful spotlight on issues that are very important to Texas and to the Texas House,” said House Leader Joe Straus.

“We look forward to working further with Gov. Abbott and the Senate on behalf of the citizens of Texas.”     Continue Reading.



March 02, 2015

The Scoop

Cornyn Commemorates Texas Independence Day

cornyn1214“Happy Independence Day, and may God continue to Bless the great state of Texas.”

Texas.Independence.flagTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas –U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement commemorating Texas Independence Day: Read More

March 02, 2015

The Scoop

Continuing the Fight Against the President’s Illegal Amnesty

From Congressman John Culberson

John-Culberson2Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – On February 16, a Federal District Court in Texas immediately halted the processing of applications for President Barack Obama’s illegal executive amnesty. Today’s votes allow Congress to continue the fight against the President’s actions while ensuring the men and women at our ports, borders, and coastlines get paid on time when they put their lives on the line.  Read More

March 02, 2015

The Scoop

Smith Condemns New Net Neutrality Rules

lamar-smith2Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today joined House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and members of the House Judiciary Committee in sending a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman (FCC) Tom Wheeler expressing deep concern with the FCC’s approval of net neutrality rules. Read More

March 02, 2015

The Scoop

Rep. Gene Green Responds to FCC Announcement

gene-greenTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, Chairman Wheeler and the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) released an official plan for Internet regulations. Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) released the following statement in response: Read More

March 02, 2015

The Scoop

Economy Last Year Sputtered at End; Obama Recovery Remains Dead Last for Growth

America needs a growth agenda: pro-growth tax reform, a right-sized government, balanced regulation, a sound dollar and more free trade, says House economic leader

kevin.brady1Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady of Texas, the top House Republican on the Joint Economic Committee issued the following statement on the today’s release by Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) that real GDP grew at annual rate of 2.2% during the fourth quarter of 2014, down 0.4 percentage point from the BEA’s first estimate on January 30th. Read More

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The Scoop

Texas’ Ted Cruz is Now the ‘Chairman of Space’

Cornyn on Reid Refusal to Accept Clean DHS Bill: ‘Flip-Flop,’ ‘Disingenuous’

McCaul Outlines Seven-Point Plan on to Fight & Defeat Global Islamist Terrorism

Rep. Gene Green Votes to Stop Homeland Security Shut Down, Protect 26,706 DHS Employees in Texas

Political Q & A with Randy Neugebauer

March 03, 2015

On The Record

Texas Should Stick to Its Guns: Reject Medicaid Expansion

States benefit by tailoring Medicaid to meet unique needs

 Herrick, Devon NCPA3eTexas Insider Report: DALLAS, Texas “Texas made the wise choice to forego cookie-cutter Medicaid expansion to cover 138% of poverty in favor of a tailored program,” said National Center for Policy Analysis Senior Fellow Devon Herrick in a recent report showing that expanding Medicaid and conforming to one-size-fits-all reforms would come back to bite Texas taxpayers.   Read More

March 02, 2015

On The Record

Governor Abbott Designates Ryan Sitton To Interstate Mining Compact Commission

greg.abbott.govTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas Governor Greg Abbott today announced the designation of Ryan Sitton to serve as a designee to the Interstate Mining Compact Commission (IMCC) for a term to expire at the pleasure of the Governor. The IMCC is a multi-state governmental organization representing natural resource and environmental protection interests with the purpose of advancing protection and restoration of land, water and other resources affected by the mining industry.  Read More

March 02, 2015

On The Record

Lt. Governor Patrick Makes a Statement on Transportation Bills

dan.patrick3Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick makes the following statement on the passage of Committee Substitutes for Senate Bill 5 and Senate Joint Resolution 5 out of the Senate Transportation Committee: Read More

March 02, 2015

On The Record

Rep. Ron Simmons Named Chairman of House Subcommittee on Long-Term Transportation Infrastructure Planning

ron-simmonsTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas State Representative Ron Simmons (Carrollton) was named Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Long-Term Transportation Infrastructure Planning on Thursday. Read More

March 02, 2015

On The Record

House Bill 80 Committee Hearing Scheduled

tom.craddickTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas Rep. Tom Craddick (R-Midland) was notified by the House Committee on Transportation that House Bill 80, the Alex Brown Memorial Act, a bill relating to a statewide ban on texting while driving, will be heard in the committee meeting Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. in Capitol Extension Room E2.012. Read More

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On The Record

Take Charge of Business at the Texas Business Conference in Tyler

Statement By Governor Abbott On Establishment Of North Texas Anti-Gang Center

Lt. Governor Patrick Makes a Statement on Transportation Bills

Schwertner Files SB 8, Landmark Tax Relief for Small Business

Rep. Herrero Files Legislation to Keep Tourism Dollars Local

9:00 am CST - March 02, 2015

Posted under Opinion

Why Does President So Oppose Netanyahu’s Speech?

By Star Parker

star-parker3Susan Rice, President Obama’s National Security Advisor, told TV talk show host Charlie Rose that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming speech before Congress about Iran is “destructive” to the relationship between the United States and Israel.

What is going on? The National Security Advisor is just that – an advisor. It is not a cabinet post, nor a position of authority. It is not an appointment that requires confirmation of Congress. The president picks this individual to serve as a staff advisor on national security affairs. Continue Reading.

8:58 am CST - March 02, 2015

Posted under Opinion

Republicans Could Be In For A Wild Ride In 2016

By Karl Rove

New primary rules make the choice of a nominee far more uncertain than in the past half century

karl-roveTo better understand the 2016 GOP presidential race, let’s consider some history. At a comparable point during the last nine Republican presidential primary contests, four had a front-runner with a double-digit lead in a national poll, and in five the leader was ahead by single digits. Continue Reading.

8:57 am CST - March 02, 2015

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Mr. President, Your Summit Had it Wrong

By Michael Youssef

michael.youssefMr. President,

Your recent summit to “Counter Violent Extremism” was flawed from the start—beginning with its name. Extremism is indeed a threat (especially a threat to Christians), but that is not what we face when confronting ISIS. On that issue, I’m afraid you’re confused. Continue Reading.

8:54 am CST - March 02, 2015

Posted under Cartoons