10:44 am CST - November 25, 2014

Posted under Quotes

McCaul: “I will use every tool at my disposal to stop the president’s unconstitutional actions…”

House Homeland Security Committee chair says actions threaten our Democracy

McCaul, Cong. Michael Homeland Security Chrmn.11-22-14WASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report)  

“On Thursday night, President Obama decided to go it alone by issuing an Executive Order granting amnesty for millions of undocumented immigrants who crossed our borders illegally. This action is a politically motivated slap in the face to the American people and our Constitution, and he lacks the authority to do so,” said House Homeland Security Committee chairman, Cong. Michael McCaul, (R-TX,) immediately following President Obama’s executive actions announcement Thursday evening.

In fact 22 times throughout his presidency, President Obama has stated he lacked the authority to act on immigration without Congress,” said McCaul.

“As chairman of the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, I will use every tool at my disposal to stop the president’s unconstitutional actions from being implemented.”

   – Watch or read more of Cong. Michael McCaul’s comments in their entirety here.  Continue Reading.

November 26, 2014

The Scoop

An Outlook: On the 2015 Texas Legislative Session

Lawmakers stake early claims with flurry of tax relief bills amidst pre-filed legislation

texas capitolTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – With 443 bills already filed by the end of last week, the count going into the 2015 Legislative Session in Austin well exceeds that of the same period in 2012, and with potential state revenues projected to be in excess of the official estimates forecast by outgoing Comptroller Susan Combs, tax relief proposals loom large in the measures filed to date.   Read More

November 25, 2014

The Scoop

Texas Public School Growth Jumps 19% Over Last Decade

TEA: 51.8% Hispanic, 29.5% white enrollment in 2013-2014

Capitol-TEA-Texas Education AgencyAUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – Enrollment in Texas public schools continues to climb, growing by 19% over the past decade to 5,151,925 students in the 2013-2014 school year according to a new Texas Education Agency (TEA) report released earlier today. Enrollment in Texas Public Schools 2013-2014 child kid education learndocuments the ethnically and culturally diverse populations that are increasingly attending the state’s public schools.   Read More

November 24, 2014

The Scoop

Abbott Endorses Lois Kolkhorst In Senate District 18 Special Election

December 6th Special Election, Early voting begins November 26th

lois-kolkhorstAUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – “During her time in the legislature, Lois has been a steadfast advocate for job creation, smaller government and a secure border. She has stood shoulder to shoulder with our fellow conservatives – and my office – in the fight against federal greg-abbottgovernment overreach,” said Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott earlier today, announcing his endorsement of State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst in the special election to fill the Texas Senate seat left vacant following Sen. Glenn Hegar’s election as Comptroller.   Read More

November 20, 2014

The Scoop

What Moved the Hispanic Vote: Mayor Art Martinez de Vara Talks

Clearly, border security was more of a party-changing issue than amnesty.”

Texas Insider Martinez, Art de Vara Hispanic Vote3AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – The 2014 Texas Hispanic & female vote has long been under the political microscope of analysts both nationally and in Texas. Mayor Art Martinez de Vara, Mayor of the city of Von Ormy, Texas just south of San Antonio, is also a Latino historian and author. He talks Texas Hispanic politics and breaks down the 2014 Election with Texas Insider’s Jim Cardle.   Read More

November 19, 2014

The Scoop

An Insider’s ENERGY REPORT: $75 Per Barrel for 1st Quarter 2015?

U.S. Oil Production Continues To Rise
Alex Mills Texas Alliance of Energy ProducersBy Alex Mills

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – “Clearly the decline of oil prices suggests that the current expansion of oil and gas drilling and development activity that began in January 2010 might be about to come to an end,” said Karr Ingham, the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers economist who created the Texas Petro Index (TPI) and maintains it monthly. “Any slowdown  and the depth Texas Petro Index-Ingham, Karrand length of that slowdown  will depend entirely upon how far prices fall and how long they remain relatively low.”   Read More

Recent Headlines

The Scoop

Immigration Reform: President to Address Nation Thursday Night

Smith: America is Stronger Because of Sacrifices

Pete Sessions Opposes Unprecedented Government Regulations on the Internet

Charles Rangel: Calling Tea Party ‘White Crackers’ Was ‘Endearment’

VA Now Focused on Customer Service, Chief Says

November 26, 2014

On The Record

Lamar Smith: Amnesty Only Encourages More Illegal Immigration

President’s amnesty plans are not the answer

lamar-smith3dTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — We don’t need amnesty, we need border security. And we need a President who will enforce all of our nation’s immigration laws, not just a select few,” said San Antonio-based Cong. Lamar Smith (R-TX), founder of the Congressional “Border Security obama immigration forwardCaucus following President Obama’s decision to pursue amnesty by Executive Order. “This will be a direct hit on American workers and their families.”   Read More

November 24, 2014

On The Record

NELSON: Final Senate Finance Committee Hearing Prepares for Session

Pre-Filing Legislation & Sunset Commission Recommendations

Jane Nelson_SenateBy State Sen. Jane Nelson

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – “We are approaching next session with healthy revenue forecasts, and that’s a good thing because it will allow us to meet our growing needs. However, we need to be ever mindful that every dollar we spend represents a dollar that was hard-earned by a taxpayer,” said State Senator Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound,) TexasCapitol7c.chair of the Senate Finance Committee shortly after presiding over the final Interim Hearing focusing on Texas’ Revenue & Tax System. The committee heard presentations from the Comptroller’s office, discussing the sales and franchise taxes, as well as the property tax system.   Read More

November 20, 2014

On The Record

Is Ted Cruz On Wrong Side of Net Neutrality?

And are Republicans siding with your cable company?

Net Nuetrality cyber security cybersecurity dont mess with internetBy Carlos Martinez

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas –  It hasn’t even been two weeks since the election, and the Republican Party is already hard at work alienating young voters. And who’s leading the charge? Our own Texas senator, Ted Cruz.   Read More

November 17, 2014

On The Record

Dan Flynn Talks: Immigration, Amnesty & Election 2014

Texas has absolutely no (Border Security) assistance from the federal government. It’s shameful.”

Texas Insider Flynn, Dan 11-5-14bAUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – “As I go around to speak to various groups, whether its a Town Hall Meeting, any of the service clubs or a Chamber of Commerce-type meeting … the #1 question now is always about Border Security and-or immigration and amnesty, which is fairly unusual because its normally the economy or jobs that’re on people’s minds” child-migrant-border-surge3asaid State Rep. Dan Flynn (R-HD2,) having just returned from another tour of the Texas-Mexico Border with a group of elected officials from the State of Colorado.   Read More

November 17, 2014

On The Record

WOOLLEY: Blowout Losses, Election Returns Tell the Story

What we got here is a failure to communicate

Lynn Woolley radioBy Lynn Woolley

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – The venerable CBS Sunday show “Face the Nation” has turned 60 – and used the occasion to score an interview with President Obama.  The President told Bob Schieffer that his policies are fine.  It’s just that the “politics” was not Obama-cellphone-Presidential-Limoup to par. The president that likes to blame his failures on others blamed his communications staff for not selling Obama-ism to the public.   Read More

Recent Headlines

On The Record

Van de Putte Applauds New Veterans Mental Health Funding

Representative Jeff Leach pre-files Initial Legislation In Advance of 84th legislative Session

State Representative Flynn Submits Bills for Early Filing

Lt. Governor Dewhurst Honors Our Veterans with Keynote Address

Statement by Chairman Menéndez on Veterans Day

12:10 pm CST - November 26, 2014

Posted under Opinion

BIDEN: On the Importance of Immigration Reform & the Irish Community

The Irish and the undocumented issue

Biden, Vice President Joe3c By Vice President Joe Biden

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) The history of the journey of this country has always been the promise that anything is possible. That’s what attracted wave after wave of immigrants for centuries. And every generation of immigrants has infused this country with new blood, new ideas, a new determination, a new certainty that we will continue to be the land of possibilities.

My grandfather Ambrose Finnegan always told me, “Never forget where you came from, Joey.”   Continue Reading.

3:19 pm CST - November 20, 2014

Posted under Opinion

About Our Bulging Public School Payrolls

steven-malangaBy Steven Malanga

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) Back in 2011 I wrote a piece in the Wall St. Journal about the increase in local government payrolls over the decades, focusing in particular on school systems and the rise in both teacher-to-student ratios and the sharp increase in non-teaching employees.

Some defenders of the schools wrote to suggest the growth in employees had been driven by demographic factors, including a sharp increase in special ed students and students who spoke English as a second language.    Continue Reading.

10:17 am CST - November 12, 2014

Posted under Opinion

Big Truthy Is Watching (Some of) You

By Michelle Malkin

michelle-malkin2This week, President Obama launched a prominent social media campaign on behalf of “net neutrality” and urged the FCC to “keep the Internet free and open.”

The man has gall.

This is the same speech-squelcher in chief whose administration snooped on reporters; vengefully audited tea party pro-life activists and conservative election watchdogs and slow-walked the probe into the IRS witch hunt against them; entertained a government scheme to monitor story selection in TV newsrooms; and forked over $1 million to a researcher building a Twitter-snooping database. Continue Reading.

3:32 pm CST - November 24, 2014

Posted under Cartoons