Archive for December, 2012

1:44 am CST - December 29, 2012

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Stop Negotiating Behind Closed White House Doors & Force the Senate to Vote


By Peter Ferrara

Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senate Republicans are in the minority, but that doesn’t mean they must be mute on the Fiscal Cliff. They can gain political leverage by publicly condemning Harry Reid for failing to act on the fiscal cliff when the House has already done so. Indeed, they can bring much needed attention to this point by calling on Harry Reid to resign for failing to act, and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, too. Yes, that will stir big controversy, because that would involve Republicans fighting back, as Democrats would do if the tables were turned.   Continue Reading.

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2:05 pm CST - December 28, 2012

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Fiscal Cliff Cheat Sheet: 10 Frequently Asked Questions


Schools Brace for Automatic Cuts in 2013

By Alyson Klein

Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Only days are left before the country falls off the “Fiscal Cliff.” While there’s been a lot of political posturing, Congress doesn’t seem close to figuring out how to cope with a series of planned tax hikes and spending cuts set to kick in early next year. So what does that mean for education?   Continue Reading.

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7:09 pm CST - December 21, 2012

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12:19 pm CST - December 21, 2012

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A Christmas Amidst Despair, Yet with Great Hope


Small redemptions, promised & fulfilled

By Quin Hillyer

Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Many of us are familiar with the story of the “Christmas truce” during World War I.  The story is true.

Without direction from their superior officers, indeed against the wishes of some officers, soldiers on both sides of the horrible trench lines near Flanders stopped firing their weapons, crossed the barren no-man’s land, sang carols, exchanged cakes, tobacco, even cognac.

Nearly a century ago, miles & miles of entrenched soldiers gave us one example.   

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1:43 am CST - December 21, 2012

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Lamar Smith: ‘I Will Promote Legislation to Encourage Scientific Discoveries.’


We should continue to shoot for the stars.”

Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – “I will promote legislation to encourage scientific discoveries, space exploration, and the application of new technologies to expand our economy and create jobs for American workers,” said Cong. Lamar Smith (R-TX), as he was elected earlier this month to chair the Texas-critical Science, Space & Technology Committee. Now in his 14th term, and with the seniority to force-multiply his chairmanship for the future of Texas’ NASA facilities and oil & gas interests, Smith touched on some of his potential priorities for the committee.

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12:41 pm CST - December 20, 2012

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WOOLLEY: Cram the Fiscal Cliff Down Obama’s Throat!


And, replace School Board-Superintendent model with school-manager or CEO model

By Lynn Woolley

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – House Speaker John Boehner is putting forward a plan initially proposed by liberals like Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer, and daring them to oppose it nowPass a bill in the House and send it overNo more Mr. Nice Guy. Let the Democrats obstruct it!   Continue Reading.

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5:40 pm CST - December 19, 2012

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Political Parties Need Rebranding


Time for grassroots Republicans, with help of Tea Party allies, to set a winning path.

By Phyllis Schlafly

Dozens of explanations have been offered by people who think they are savvy about politics to explain why Mitt Romney lost, and Barack Obama was reelected despite his many unlawful actions and the high unemployment figures.

I toss into the mix my view that the two major political parties need rebranding.     Continue Reading.

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2:05 pm CST - December 19, 2012

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“It’s Being in favor of Legal Immigration, and Leading with That.”


Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. –

“I fear that the immigration issue is kind of the gateway issue. As long as the Republican immigration message is harsh and unyielding, I don’t think you’re going to get people to listen to you.”

– Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who drew a standing ovation at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., last summer, noting she is also optimistic about the party’s “diversifying voices,” including Rubio, Jindal & Jeb Bush.

“It’s not just being opposed to illegal immigration — it’s being in favor of legal immigration, and leading with that. It’s a more inclusive message.”

– Former Republican National Party Chairman Ed Gillespie, sending a more inviting signal to Hispanics.

“You face the grave danger of an Obama generation of young people who decide that they’re Democrats for the next 40 years,” says Newt Gingrich.     Continue Reading.

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12:45 pm CST - December 19, 2012

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Texas’ Electricity Market Earns Top Spot for 6th Consecutive Year


Texas Deemed Most Successful in North America

Texas Insider Report: HOUSTON, Texas – “In Texas, we refuse to rest on our laurels and have every intention of remaining #1 by continuing to add features in our nation’s leading electricity market,” said Donna Nelson, chairman of the Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC) earlier this week following the Annual Baseline Assessment of Choice in Canada and the United States (ABACCUS) report released by the Distributed Energy Financial Group LLC (DEFG). It says Texas was once again found to be the top competitive market in North America.   Continue Reading.

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12:11 pm CST - December 19, 2012

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Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, Sen. Patrick Announce Major Education Initiatives


Reform is never finished, and success is never final,” said Patrick.

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, along with Senate Education Committee Chairman Dan Patrick (R-Houston) earlier today held a press conference announcing a major education reform initiative for Texas, including changes they plan to make during the 83rd Legislative Session.

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