1:40 pm CST - May 26, 2015

Posted under Quotes

PAXTON: Court Denies Obama Admin’s Illegal Amnesty Implementation

We will continue to fight the brazen lawlessness that has become a trademark of the Obama Administration.”

ken.paxton1Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – “Telling illegal aliens that they are now lawfully present in this country, and awarding them valuable government benefits, is a drastic change in immigration policy.

“The separation of powers and checks and balances remain the law of the land, and this decision is a victory for those committed to preserving the rule of law in America.”

– Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, after the U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit today denied the Administration’s request to begin implementing the president’s illegal amnesty plan despite a federal judge’s Feb. 16th ruling to halt the program.      Continue Reading.



May 26, 2015

The Scoop

Pentagon Chief Carter: Iraq’s ‘Will to Fight’ at Issue After Ramadi

NewsMax

ash.carterDefense Secretary Ash Carter says the Islamic State group’s takeover of Ramadi is evidence that Iraqi forces do not have the “will to fight.”

In an unusually candid assessment on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Carter said Iraqi forces vastly outnumbered the opposition in Ramadi, but failed to fight and pulled back from the provincial capital in central Iraq. Read More

May 26, 2015

The Scoop

Gingrich: Obama Learning He Can’t Hide Behind Harry Reid

By Greg Richter

harry-reid0913Obama0819Now that Republicans control the Senate, President Barack Obama is figuring out he has to work with the GOP and can’t hide behind now-Minority Leader Harry Reid, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said. Read More

May 23, 2015

The Scoop

Thornberry to Deliver Republican Weekly Address

mac.thornberryTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ahead of Memorial Day, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has selected House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) to deliver the Weekly Republican Address. He will discuss the importance of honoring America’s men and women in uniform and making sure they have what they need to keep our country safe.  Read More

May 22, 2015

The Scoop

Tax Relief for Texans: Gov. Abbott, Lt. Gov. Patrick, Speaker Straus Announce Deal

Straus.Abbott.PatrickTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Speaker Joe Straus today announced a $3.8 billion tax relief package for Texas businesses and homeowners. The agreement reached by the Lt. Governor and the Speaker on a tax proposal, along with additional legislation, includes: Read More

May 22, 2015

The Scoop

Cruz: Obama Withholding Critical Info About Iran

Senators send letter to Sect. of Defense

ted-cruz0813Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), along with Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), David Perdue (R-GA), and Marco Rubio (R-FL), today sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter expressing strong concern over the ongoing delay of the Defense Department’s Annual Report on the Military Power of Iran. They have requested the report be published no later than May 30, 2015. Read More

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The Scoop

Speaker Straus: On Crunch Time & Legislative Session 2015

HENSARLING: Honoring Our Heroes on Memorial Day

Education UPDATE: Reject House Bill 2811

LARSON: The Final Countdown & Eliminating Toll Roads

PHIL KING: A Major Pro-Life Victory in Texas House

May 26, 2015

On The Record

ABBOTT: Obama’s Undocumented Immigrant Executive Action Unlawful

The President’s attempt to bypass the will of the American people was successfully checked again today.”

Greg Abbott4Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – “President Obama abdicated his responsibility to preserve and protect the Constitution when he issued this executive action, and after months of obfuscation and stall tactics by his Administration, victory for the Constitution has been awarded and the Rule of Law restored,” said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott following the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling that President Obama’s executive action granting legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants was unlawful.    Read More

May 26, 2015

On The Record

McCAUL: President Obama Should Abandon His Unconstitutional Amnesty

Ruling continues blockage of President’s Executive Amnesty Order

McCaul, Cong. MichaelTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – “The ruling today, once again blocking the implementation of the President’s unlawful actions, is a victory for the constitution and the American people. Once again, the courts have upheld what President Obama himself conceded 22 times, he does not have the authority to act unilaterally and change the law,” said Cong. Michael McCaul (R-TX) earlier today after the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld an injunction blocking President Obama’s unilateral actions on immigration.    Read More

May 26, 2015

On The Record

Lt. Governor Patrick Statement on House Bill 1690

dan.patrick3Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas Today, the Texas Senate passed House Bill 1690, (HB 1690), which will move the Public Integrity Unit from the Travis County District Attorney’s Office to the Texas Ranger Division of the Department of Public Safety. Read More

May 26, 2015

On The Record

Legislative UPDATE: From State Rep. Wayne Faircloth

wayne.fairclothTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas Welcome to the weekly update for the Office of Representative Wayne Faircloth. The purpose of this once a week email is to keep constituents up to date on the happenings at your Texas State Capitol. If you would like to contact me just click Here.
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May 26, 2015

On The Record

Private School Credit Card Bill Passes Texas Legislature

Brandon-CreightonTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas House Bill 1881 passed the Texas Senate and is headed to the governor’s desk for signature. This bill allows pre-K-12 private schools to allow parents to pay for their children’s tuition through a credit or debit card instead of absorbing the fees in their school budget. Read More

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Hegar: Tax Collections Still In Line With Earlier Projections

Abbott Addresses Joint Session, Honors Memorial Day

BROTHERS IN ARMS Memorial Day Tribute

Texas Adds 287,000 Jobs During Past Year

Sharia Law Bill Moves Closer to Senate Passage

10:45 am CST - May 26, 2015

Posted under Opinion

Graduation Gifts

Thomas Sowell

thomas-sowellThis is the season of college graduations, and many people may be wondering what kinds of gifts would be most appropriate for young people leaving the world of academia and heading out to face the challenges and opportunities of adulthood in the real world. Continue Reading.

10:43 am CST - May 26, 2015

Posted under Opinion

Millionaire Ex-Presidents Can Pay Their Own Way

Jeff Jacoby

jeff-jacobyTHE AVARICE of Bill and Hillary Clinton is a wonder to behold. They crave wealth, it seems, even more than they crave power, and display no qualms about exploiting their political stature to amass it. According to a required financial disclosure filing last week, the former president and his wife have collected more than $30 million since January 2014, most of it from speaking engagements for which they charged an average of $240,000 each. To put that figure in perspective, what the Clintons earn per speech is nearly five times what the median US household earns per year. Continue Reading.

12:41 pm CST - May 22, 2015

Posted under Opinion

Rove: When Politicians Loathe the Press

By Karl Rove

Obama assails the media, while Hillary Clinton figures she can duck them until Election Day.

karl-roveMost politicians occasionally get upset at the media. But few demonstrate as much contempt for journalists as do Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Sometimes it appears they’d prefer a state-run media rather than a free press.

For example, last week at a Georgetown University conference on poverty, President Obama indulged in a favorite pastime: attacking Fox News (for which I am a political contributor). Mr. Obama asserted that stories suggesting “the poor are sponges, leeches, don’t want to work” are a “constant menu” on the cable news channel. Of course that isn’t true, but how would he know? Does anyone believe Mr. Obama is a regular Fox viewer?  Continue Reading.

10:29 am CST - May 26, 2015

Posted under Cartoons