12:33 pm CST - June 19, 2013
Posted under Quotes
“People around the state want someone who is straight with them … I want to be the straight guy.”
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas –
“Liberty has a price, and a continual surveillance police-state is not something that I subscribe to as being a good idea,” Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson tells Insider’s Jim Cardle, regarding the recent revelations & focus on national security breaches or personal online and phone privacy concerns.
“Whether its the 4th Amendment, the 5th Amendment, or the 2nd Amendment that I’m most closely associated with as the author of Texas’ Concealed Hand Gun Law that we passed back in 1993 (as a then Texas State Senator,) … I would submit to you that the 1st Amendment Right, the ‘Freedom of the Press’, is, today, actually under equal or greater threat,” said Patterson.
As Texas Land Commissioner, Patterson plays an instrumental role in many of Texas’ economic issues, and he is also an announced candidate in the 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s race.
– Join Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson as he tells Insider’s Jim Cardle exactly what’s in store for his race. Continue Reading.
“He played back a phone conversation I had two years prior …”
By Robert Romano
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – So how deep does the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance program exposed by Edward Snowden really go? Are they downloading every email and phone call out there? Just communications to and from foreign targets? The American people are rightly wondering just how far this all goes. Is the government lying about the scope of its spying? More
Comments on Supreme Court’s Arizona ruling
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, DC – “This amendment ensures that states can enforce the commonsense requirement that those registered to vote must actually be U.S. citizens,” said U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) while filing his amendment to S. 744, the Senate Immigration Reform Bill, to close a loophole in the federal “Motor Voter” law that preempts states from enforcing requirements that would ensure those registered to vote are U.S. citizens. More
By David M. Drucker
House Speaker John Boehner is not going to bring a comprehensive immigration-reform plan to the floor if a majority of Republicans don’t support it, sources familiar with his plans said.
“No way in hell,” is how several described the chances of the speaker acting on such a proposal without a majority of his majority behind him. More
By Conn Carroll
CNN released a poll today showing that, by a 62 percent to 36 percent margin, Americans believe “the main focus of the U.S. government in dealing with immigration policy” should be “increasing border security to reduce or eliminate the number of immigrants coming into this country,” and not “creating a path to citizenship for many immigrants who are in this country without permission from the U.S. government.” More
When senior IRS officials first admitted to unfair and inappropriate targeting of conservative groups, they claimed the targeting was carried out by a few rogue agents in a Cincinnati office. Weeks and mounds of evidence to the contrary later, a new Rasmussen Report shows 70 percent of Americans believe the targeting of tea party groups came from Washington D.C. and the White House. More
“This session will expand opportunities for success, and help us keep our state the best place in the nation to live, work, raise a family and run a business.”
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas - Gov. Rick Perry today announced his final decisions on legislation passed during the 83rd Regular Legislative Session. The governor applauded lawmakers for their work to keep Texas’ healthy economy the envy of the nation and a beacon for employers and families looking for the best opportunity to succeed. More
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said today that state sales tax revenue in May was $2.26 billion, up 7.9 percent compared to May 2012.
“Growth in state sales tax revenue was led by collections from the information services and construction sectors,” Combs said. “Restaurants also showed notable growth, while oil and natural gas-related activity remains a major source of strength.” More
The TASSP provides recipients with up to $10,000 per academic year for up to four years to any Texas University with an active ROTC program
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – PLANO – Today, State Representative Jeff Leach announced that his office is now accepting applications for the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program (TASSP), which offers a conditional scholarship of up to $10,000 to a deserving student dedicated to education and military service. More
Requests that Governor Add Tax Relief to the Special Session
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas - In a letter to Governor Rick Perry, State Representative Dan Flynn (R-Van) joined 29 of his fellow colleagues in a request to add significant franchise tax rate relief to the call of the first special session of the Texas Legislature. More
By Chuck Hahn
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – The 83rd regular legislative session has been one of success in advancing conservative solutions for Texas. Our legislative leaders have proven to be good stewards of government and forward thinking in the way they have addressed important issues. Their vision and hard work are deserving of public recognition. More
12:52 pm CST - June 18, 2013
Posted under Opinion
By Michael Barone
Barack Obama’s job approval rating is down to 45 percent in the lastest CNN/ORC poll, conducted June 11-13, with 54 percent disapproval. The approval number is down from 53 percent in CNN/ORC’s May 17-18 poll. Most interesting result: Obama is getting only 48-percent approval from those age 18 to 34, only 3 percent above his national average.
By way of comparison, Obama’s 66 percent of the vote among 18-29s in November 2008 was 13 percent above his 53-percent nationwide percentage, and his 60 percent of the vote among 18-29s in November 2012 was 9 percent above his 51-percent nationwide percentage. Continue Reading.
12:49 pm CST - June 18, 2013
Posted under Opinion
Amid all the heated cross-currents of debate about the National Security Agency’s massive surveillance program, there is a growing distrust of the Obama administration that makes weighing the costs and benefits of the NSA program itself hard to assess.
The belated recognition of this administration’s contempt for the truth, for the American people and for the Constitution of the United States, has been long overdue. Continue Reading.
12:47 pm CST - June 18, 2013
Posted under Opinion
There’s a fundamental conflict at the heart of the Senate debate over the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill. Most Republicans believe a policy to integrate 11 million currently illegal immigrants into American society must be conditioned on stronger border security and internal enforcement. Most Democrats don’t. At bottom, that’s what the fight is about.
Most Republicans believe security must come before integration, in one of two ways. Some believe enhanced security must be in place — not a plan, but a reality — before the 11 million can be granted temporary legal status. (In the world of the Senate, “temporary” means six to 10 years.) It’s probably fair to say that a majority of the Republican voting base holds that opinion. Continue Reading.
12:45 pm CST - June 18, 2013
Posted under Cartoons