10:02 am CST - October 30, 2014

Posted under Quotes

State Rep. Jim Keffer Talks: Texas Oil & Gas Accounts for All of U.S. ‘Recovery’, experts now say

Predicts School Finance & Special Session possibilities as well

Texas Insider Keffer, State Rep. Jim 10-28-14AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – “The latest information we’re seeing says that without the Oil & Gas recovery, there would not be any ‘recovery’ in Texas.

“And, there would not be any ‘recovery’ in the nation were it not for the oil & gas recovery in Texas,” says House Energy Resources Committee Chairman Jim Keffer (R-HD 60.)

“There’s not another industry like the oil & gas industry, where it raises all boats,” Keffer tells Insider’s Jim Cardle.

Representative Keffer, who chaired the powerful Ways & Means Committee a decade ago during the last School Finance Special Session debates, knows what he’s talking about … and what’s driving Texas politically prior to next week’s November 4th Election.    Continue Reading.

October 31, 2014

The Scoop

As Democrats Lose Latinos, Senate Likely Going Republican

Senate moving away from D’s control

obama immigration3cWASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) – “There’s no question Democrats are going to be affected this mid-term. There’s no one to blame but Democrats themselves,” said Arturo Carmona, executive director of the Hispanic Obama-cellphone-Presidential-Limoengagement group Presente Action. Though Hispanics split heavily Democratic in 2012, mounting evidence suggests they are sitting the 2014 mid-terms out after immigration reform fell from the White House agenda.   Read More

October 29, 2014

The Scoop

2014: The ‘Year of the Republican Woman’

With National Workforce 46.5% female, 5+ million are unemployed

CariChristmanRedStateWomen3eBy Katherine Robertson

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – Female voters are a bloc that receives a lot of focus during election years. Campaign consultants spend countless hours trying to answer questions like, “How do we reach women?” “What issues do they care about?” and “How do we convince them that our party will serve their best interests?” But most women fall neatly into two parties, just like most men do. Read More

October 21, 2014

The Scoop

BORDER UPDATE: Flynn Says Crossings at Texas Border have Dropped

Texas efforts successful in slowing crossings

Texas Insider Flynn, Dan 1-23-12By State Rep. Dan Flynn

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – The border crisis continues to be the issue of deep concern, and wherever I go constituents want to know and ask what is being done. Since my last report, there are a few positive updates to note. However, while Texas is by no means out of the child-migrant-border-surge3awoods yet, in the absence of increased federal assistance I believe the Texas forces are doing an admirable job of working to decrease the rapid flood of illegal immigration at our border.   Read More

October 21, 2014

The Scoop

Mid-Term Elections: How Awful, or Delightful Will It Be?

Midterms come in 3 varieties for the party occupying White House: bad, really bad & horrific.

charlie cook3a1By Charlie Cook

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – In bad midterm-election years, members of a president’s party often find the political climate challenging. In some ways, it is like a swimmer encountering riptides or facing strong undertows. The degree of the danger varies from location to obama-reidlocation, and in many cases, weak swimmers struggle in this environment; occasionally, even an Olympic-level swimmer perishes.   Read More

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

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October 31, 2014

On The Record

The 2014 Hispanic Vote: Texas Mayor Martinez de Vara Talks

Mounting evidence suggests Hispanics sitting out 2014 mid-terms

Texas Insider Martinez de Vara, Mayor Art 10-30-14AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – The impact, or perhaps lack thereof, of the Hispanic Vote on the 2014 Texas Election is under the political microscopes of analysts nationwide. Mayor Art Martinez de Vara, who as Mayor of Von Ormey, Texas just south of San Antonio is also a Latina historian, talks Texas and Hispanic politics while voting across Texas has already begun.      Read More

October 30, 2014

On The Record

New Texas Jobs: Almost 1,600 Every Business Day, Almost 200 Every Hour!

Texas: ‘A Most Amazing Economic Phenomenon’

Alex Mills Texas Alliance of Energy ProducersBy Alex Mills

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – Texans love to brag about Texas.  There are many things to brag about, and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) recently released a study that gives Texans even more reasons to pound their chests. Since December 2007, when the Great Recession started, oil & gas drilling rig sunsetcivilian employment in Texas has increased more than 1.32 million jobs (12%,) while civilian employment in the other 49 states has decreased almost one million jobs.   Read More

October 27, 2014

On The Record

Sen. Ted Cruz: Flights From Ebola-Stricken Nations Should be Grounded

Screening inbound passengers “a positive step,” but “prevention is the best strategy.”

Ted-Cruz092413By U.S. Senator Ted Cruz

Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – The risks of epidemic are far too large for us to allow unimpeded commercial flights. Common sense dictates we should impose a travel ban on commercial flights from nations afflicted by Ebola,” says Texas’ U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.   Read More

October 21, 2014

On The Record

The Internet Isn’t Broken & Doesn’t Need to be Overhauled, Regulated or Fixed

Telephone, Cable companies seek “special fees” for “prioritized delivery”

Net Nuetrality cyber security cybersecurity dont mess with internetAUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – Advocacy groups, most tech companies and online privacy supporters are in agreement that an open, free and competitive Internet is in everyone’s best interest  that it is vitally important to achieve the benefit provided by the Internet as a whole. There is, however, disagreement as to how best to achieve these goals.   Read More

October 16, 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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4:01 pm CST - October 30, 2014

Posted under Opinion

Texas Women Turning Away from Democrats? Why?

Democrats see Women as Victims, Not Champions.

Christman, Cari RedStateWomen3eBy Cari L. Christman

It seems that every political campaign in Texas is targeting women in 2014. But they’re not all succeeding. What drives us to the polls?

abbott-davis3dWatching state Sen. Wendy Davis’ campaign target women is like watching a bad pickup artist at work. Their game is to drop a few baseless, cliché lines about unequal pay, contraception and abortion in hopes that anger will inspire long-term commitment.   Continue Reading.

9:31 am CST - October 28, 2014

Posted under Opinion

Conservative Women Changing Political Narrative

With National Workforce 46.5% female, 5+ million are unemployed 

 Katherine Robertson Alabama Policy InstituteBy Katherine Robertson

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – Female voters are a bloc that receives a lot of focus during election years. Campaign consultants spend countless hours trying to answer questions like, “How do we reach women?” “What issues do they care about?” and “How do we convince them that our Red State Women3party will serve their best interests?”  But most women fall neatly into two parties, just like most men do.   Continue Reading.

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.

10:26 am CST - October 16, 2014

Posted under Cartoons