9:15 am CST - April 15, 2015

Posted under Quotes

Cong. Lamar Smith Talks: Border Security is Issue #1 for House Committee Chairman

We’re probably not going to get much done with immigration just because we don’t trust the president.”

Texas Insider Smith, Lamar 4-10-15Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – “If there is a #1 issue in my district, beyond the incompetence of the administration – and the district I represent goes all the way from Austin down to San Antonio –  the number one issue is border security … and I’m beginning to start to think that every state is on the border, because every state cares about border security these days,” Cong. Lamar Smith tells Insider’s Jim Cardle.

“We cannot trust the president to enforce the immigration laws, and that’s probably why you’re not going to see any more laws passed in this Congress.

Texas Insider - Smith Cong  Lamar 9-29-14a“The president has actually done his best to undermine laws, ignore laws, and make up new laws through his Executive Orders. So we’re probably not going to get much done with immigration just because we don’t trust the president,” Smith predicts.

– Don’t miss Insider’s conversation with Cong. Lamar Smith, founder of the House Border Security Caucus and now chairman of the House Science, Space & Technology Committee.      Continue Reading.

April 17, 2015

The Scoop

Texas Railroad Commission Name Change: Oil & Gas, or Trains?

Even Texans confused about the “Railroad” Commission

Texas Railroad CommissionCREST Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – According to a recent survey conducted by the Dallas-based Breitling Energy Company, if given a choice the majority of Texans would trust the Texas Energy Commission to ensure safe and responsible oil and gas drilling. But ryan.sitton.RRCthere’s a problem: The agency does not exist. Not yet, at least. It’s the Texas Railroad Commission that actually regulates Oil & Gas in Texas.    Read More

April 16, 2015

The Scoop

McCAUL: Ohio Man Arrested, Charged with Training with Terrorist Organization

Arrest Highlights “Grave Threat” of Returning Jihadists

M-McCaulTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – This arrest highlights the grave threat we face from returning American jihadists. Terrorist groups like ISIS & al Qaeda are luring Americans to the combat zone in Syria and Iraq, and radicalized individuals are now clearly returning with the training and motivation to bring terror to our shores. The Obama Administration must ramp up its efforts to keep more Americans from traveling to terrorist sanctuaries — now,” said Cong. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX,) chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, after an Ohio man was arrested by federal authorities for training overseas and planning to commit terror on the homeland.    Read More

April 15, 2015

The Scoop

Texas Dream Act Repeal Opposition Grows

Texas Legislature moves forward with SB 1819 efforts to repeal State Dream Act

obama immigration dreamersTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas While opposition to the Texas Dream Act repeal effort moving forward in the Texas Senate continues to mount, a growing number of forces from both within, and outside of Texas have begun speaking out against SB 1819 – a bill that promises to terminate in-state tuition rates to all undocumented students across the state. Saying it could be stalled during debate in the Senate, SB 1819 is expected to be debated on the floor of Texas Senate as soon as next week.    Read More

April 15, 2015

The Scoop

American Cyber-Security: The Way Ahead for Civilian Internet Security

Target, Home Depot, NeimanMarcus hacks  designed to steal personal, private citizen info

McCaul, Cong. MichaelTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – “This cybersecurity bill, now headed for the House Floor, is the result of extensive coordination in Congress and months of bipartisan meetings and consultation with industry and privacy advocates. This bill is supported by Republicans and Democrats alike because it protects Americans’ private information,” said Cong. Michael McCaul (R-TX,) chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, as it unanimously passed McCaul’s National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015 to improve cybersecurity.    Read More

April 14, 2015

The Scoop

Hispanic Home-Ownership at Lowest Level in Years

Rate drops to lowest level since 1999

Daniel Garza LIBRE Initiative3c2Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – “Even as Hispanics grow their incomes and make up a larger share of the economy, they appear to be falling behind in that dream of home ownership. This comes even as Washington assures us that reforms such as Dodd-Frank will curb the large banks and help working Americans. It doesn’t seem to be working,” said Daniel Garza, Executive Director of The LIBRE Initiative.    Read More

Recent Headlines

The Scoop

Cruz Joins in Supporting States Rights to Define Marriage

Texas Could Lead America in Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction

Olson Urges Obama to Support Benefits for Fort Hood Purple Heart Victims

Romney: Hillary Clinton Is a ‘Creature of Washington’

It’s official: Marco Rubio is running for president, says he’s ‘uniquely qualified’

April 15, 2015

On The Record

Gov. Abbott: Franchise Tax Reform Essential to Texas

Abbott touts Franchise Tax Proposal on Tax Day

Abbott, Attorney General GregBy Gov. Greg Abbott

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas This year, it is projected that Americans will pay well over $4 trillion in federal, state and local taxes. April 15th is an appropriate day to re-evaluate our tax structure, and to find ways to reduce taxes on our citizens.

While we are fortunate in Texas to not pay a personal income tax, we are paying as consumers and employees when it comes to the business franchise tax. The best job creation program is tax reduction.   Read More

April 13, 2015

On The Record

Paxton: Federal Government Can’t Re-Write the Law

No federal agency has the power to re-write the laws of Congress…”

Texas ken.paxton.agInsider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – “We will continue to defend Texas’ sovereignty, in this case to ensure that the Obama Administration’s effort to override our laws via federal rulemaking is permanently halted,” said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton following a hearing in which the U.S. District Court for the Northern Texas declined the Department of Labor’s request to dissolve its injunction preventing its unconstitutional revisions to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) from taking effect. The revisions sought to redefine “spouse” to include same-sex couples.    Read More

April 13, 2015

On The Record

Flynn: House Pushes $4.87 Billion Tax Cut & Passes Most Conservative Budget

Texas House offers the 1st Sales Tax Cut in Texas History

By State Rep. Dan Flynn

dan-flynnTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas This is the biggest, broadest and boldest tax relief plan of the legislative session,” said State Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) earlier this week, as we unveiled a sweeping tax relief plan that will provide nearly $5 billion in permanent tax relief for every individual and business in Texas. Read More

April 13, 2015

On The Record

Simmons Takes Unique Approach to Increase Road Funding

HB 373 Provides $20 Billion More For Roads Without Increasing Any Taxes or Fees

ron.simmonsTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas State Representative Ron Simmons laid out House Bill 373 in the House Transportation Committee hearing on Thursday, April 9, 2015.  If passed, HB 373 has the potential to add $20 billion to the state highway fund (SHF) by 2021. Read More

April 13, 2015

On The Record

House Approves $30.6 million Engineering & Academic Studies Building

Edinburg campus of UT Rio Grande Valley

By David Díaz – Legislative Media

terry-canalesTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – More than $30 million would be available to help build a proposed Interdisciplinary Engineering & Academic Studies Building at the Edinburg Campus – currently The University of Texas Pan American – of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Rep. Terry Canales (D-Edinburg,) and the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation have announced. Read More

Recent Headlines

On The Record

Veterans Hiring Event Set for April 23

Gov. Abbott Attends Ft. Hood Purple Heart Ceremony

LARSON: The House’s Conservative 2016-17 Texas State Budget

Lt. Gov. Patrick: On Senate’s Historic Action to Limit Spending

Paxton: Judge Rules Obama Admin Misled Court on Executive Amnesty

2:35 pm CST - April 13, 2015

Posted under Opinion

Ted Cruz: Clinton Is No Different Than Obama

By Katie Pavlich

katie-pavlichIn case you missed it yesterday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton finally announced the inevitable: she’s running for President of the United States.

The announcement, which came via video on her new campaign website, prompted an immediate reaction from GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz, who announced his own candidacy for president at Liberty University two weeks ago. Continue Reading.

11:41 am CST - April 13, 2015

Posted under Opinion

Are People Getting More Health Care Because of ObamaCare?

By John C. Goodman

john-goodman-ncpaBy one estimate, 14 million people are newly insured because of the Affordable Care Act. In addition millions of others have more generous insurance, promising new benefits. So you might expect that doctors’ offices would be flooded with a host of new patients seeking more care than they had before.

It’s not happening. Continue Reading.

11:36 am CST - April 13, 2015

Posted under Opinion

Conservatives Embrace Cronyism at the Expense of American Innovation

By Ken Blackwell

ken-blackwellRepublicans have been in control of both ends of Capitol Hill for nearly four months and one would be hard-pressed to notice any change. Apart from votes on Keystone and overtures to tax reform, most lawmakers have adopted a status quo, business as usual attitude. It’s frustrating but not entirely unpredictable. Continue Reading.

2:40 pm CST - April 13, 2015

Posted under Cartoons