Archive for the year 2009

12:40 pm CST - December 31, 2009

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insider-buttonTexas Insider TV:  Over the past few weeks you have seen the inception of a new TV-like service that’s created to give the Texas Insider Audience a new way to watch the news, hear analysis and see inside-Austin experts share their thoughts regarding what’s happening “inside” the Texas political arena.  Starting in the new year, each week will include brand new content, breaking-news updates & a steady stream of “Inside Stories” to take you deeper inside what’s really happening in Texas Politics.

If you haven’t opened Texas Insider’s TXTV channel, here’s what you are missing …   Continue Reading.

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12:34 pm CST - December 31, 2009

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New Year’s Resolutions for Washington, D.C.

Ambitious Republicans should resolve to run for office next year.
By Karl Rove

RovePresident Obama not only left Washington, D.C., for the holidays, but the lower 48 as well.  So I thought I’d offer a few New Year’s resolutions for him and others to come back to in the coming year.

First, to Mr. Obama’s staff:  The Norwegian Nobel Committee didn’t want to wake the president to tell him about his prize earlier this year, but there shouldn’t be any reluctance to reassure the nation after a terrorist attack.

Also, why not resolve to have a few less “historic” moments?   Continue Reading.

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12:20 pm CST - December 31, 2009

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“It’s a Wonderful Life”: Working for the Government

By Michael Barone

Michael BaroneIt looks like a happy new year for you — if you’re a public employee.

That’s the takeaway from a recent Rasmussen poll that shows that 46 percent of government employees say the economy is getting better, while just 31 percent say it’s getting worse.

In contrast, 32 percent of those with private-sector jobs say the economy is getting better, while 49 percent say it is getting worse.   Continue Reading.

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12:06 pm CST - December 31, 2009

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2009 Chickens & Their 2010 Roost

By Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis HansonIn the coming year, plenty of our chickens will be coming home to roost.  Take foreign relations.  In 2009, the new administration assumed that George W. Bush was largely responsible for global tensions.  As a remedy, we loudly reached out to our foes and those with whom we had uneasy relationships.  They play the part of the pushy class bully, we the whiny nerd.   Continue Reading.

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11:38 am CST - December 30, 2009

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Congress Eliminating my Freedom & Grandchildren’s Future

By State Representative Debbie Riddle

debbie-riddleEarly the morning of Christmas Eve, I watched in absolute horror as the U.S. Senate betrayed my grandchildren’s future for 30 pieces of silver. The Senate vote that ended the health care debate and paved the way for final passage of the bill was made possible by sweetheart deals, carve-outs, and kickbacks aimed at bribing the few Senators who had held out against the oppression of the majority and stood up for the rights of the 61% of Americans who said they did not want this plan to pass.   Continue Reading.

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11:13 am CST - December 30, 2009

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What’s Causing the Huge Emotional Reaction From Both Right & Left?

By John Goodman, NCPA

ncpa2Question for the day: What is causing the huge emotional reaction from both the right and the left to the health bill the Senate passed on Christmas Eve?  Strangely, the bill would not solve any of the problems that its proponents talked about.  But it would do two very important things almost no one has talked about.   Continue Reading.

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12:47 pm CST - December 21, 2009

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Facts About Christmas

christmasdecoMerry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
We will be closed until January 4, but may be posting articles if we get some important breaking news. On behalf of the Insider Staff we wish all our readers a very Blessed and Merry Christmas and a Season of Joy. Please enjoy the season and have a safe holiday.

—Gil Rodriguez, Texas Insider Continue Reading.

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11:59 am CST - December 21, 2009

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“Open Source” Textbooks Are Reason for Grave Concern

By Geraldine “Tincy” Miller, SBOE Dist. 12

geraldine-tincy-millerThe week before Thanksgiving, the State Board of Education (SBOE) met for its November meeting and a number of issues were covered that were of great importance.  Many of these issues are nearing critical decision points which are scheduled for our upcoming January & March SBOE Meetings.  The Board voted to …   Continue Reading.

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11:58 am CST - December 21, 2009

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Hutchison Votes to Stop Democratic Health Care Bill

kay-bailey-hutch3(WASHINGTON, DC)—U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) issued the following statement about her vote against moving the Democratic health care bill forward: 

“The Democratic leadership continues to ram through their comprehensive health care reform bill literally in the middle of the night.  We Republicans are standing firm to shine a light on the political maneuverings of the Democratic leaders and continue to raise Americans’ awareness of this awful bill. Continue Reading.

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11:48 am CST - December 21, 2009

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Nelson Cites Reason Behind Health Care Compromise

By Matthew Murray, CQ-Roll Call

nelson-explainsThe Democratic linchpin in a delicate Senate health care compromise said Sunday that special goodies for his constituents came at the behest of the state’s Republican governor.

Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sen. Ben Nelson , D-Neb., said he “didn’t ask for a special favor here … didn’t ask for a carve-out.” Continue Reading.

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