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2:33 pm CST - June 26, 2015

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick: Supreme Court decision not based on any law Congress has passed to legalize gay marriage

The Supreme Court, as it has in the past, is making law. I do not believe that is what the Constitution intended, or allowsPatrick, Lt.Gov.Dan4-13-15.”

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – “Yesterday, I sent a request to Texas Attorney General Paxton for a legal opinion on the protection of religious liberty rights of Texans guaranteed by the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, should the Supreme Court rule in favor of same sex marriage as they did today,” said Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick earlier today, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same sex marriage.

“My request broadens the scope of SB 2065 to include County Clerks, judges and Justices of the Peace who may be forced to issue a marriage license or preside over a wedding that is against the free exercise of their religion as guaranteed by the 1st SupremeCourt3cAmendment.

It has been said that those who oppose gay marriage are on the wrong side of history. I would rather be on the wrong side of history than on the wrong side of my faith and my beliefs. I believe I am not alone in that view in this country,” Patrick said.     Continue Reading.

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7:45 am CST - June 19, 2015

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Texas Border Buzz: High Tech Border Security Getting Boost, Experts Say

“The system is constructed of a night camera, a day camera, the radar, and then inside the cab is their own Command & Control Station that allows a single agent to track multiple items of interest, whether it’s an  individual or a group of 20Texas Insider Balido-Brown6-15-15brown2.”

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) “It’s almost like implementing Dept. of Defense tactics and what’s been proven in the field and in theater, and Border Security is adopting a very similar scope,” said Nelson Balido, chairman of the Border Commerce & Security Council.

“What a ground-based radar does is allow the agent to look backward or forward up to 12 kilometers, and identify ‘Items of Interest’.  Telephonics grew that idea into an entire sensor suite that we call the Raven Mobile,” Bobby Brown, Telephonics vice president tells Insider’s Jim Cardle.

Texas Insider Balido-Brown6-15-15BIG“The system is built into and mounted on the bed of a large truck, and there are currently 44 of them deployed with Border Patrol throughout the country, including in El Paso and Del Rio.

“This allows them to manage these groups and watch them in off of the border, so there can be a safe resolution to the problem, and that actually saves lives,” Brown said.

Don’t miss this edition of Inside Insider covering the latest Illegal Immigration Buzz on the Texas Border.     Continue Reading.

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1:33 pm CST - June 11, 2015

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State Rep. Jim Keffer Talks: Margins Tax Moves Toward Extinction, Texas Again Leads on Pro-Life Issues

The Margins Tax is being cut 25% across the board, and I think is on its way to extinction.”

Texas Insider Keffer, State Rep. Jim 6-10-16AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – “And toward (property tax cut) transparency, we in the legislature get blamed all the time for property taxes going up. Yet since I’ve been in the legislature, we’ve had two major Property Tax cuts,” said Jim Keffer, the former Ways & Means Committee chair who now leads the House Natural Resources Committee.

“What taxpayers need to understand, is that a lot of times folks never see those property tax cuts because they’re almost immediately used up, unfortunately, by their local School Districts, IDS’s, or City or County governments where most of the taxing occurs,” Keffer tells Insider’s Jim Cardle.

Texas Insider Keffer, State Rep. Jim 6-10-16small“On a totally separate and major issue, I believe that the pro-life issue is, frankly, the foundation of our civilization. Texans should be confident we were  successful on a lot of the pro-life issues as well,” Keffer said.

Don’t miss this Inside update with State Representative Jim Keffer, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee.     Continue Reading.

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10:20 am CST - June 03, 2015

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Tan Parker Talks: The House Republican Caucus Chairman’s Post-Session EXCLUSIVE

Almost $4 billion dollars, that belongs to the Texas people, is being returned to them.”

Texas Insider Parker, Tan Repub. Caucus Chrm 6-1-15bAUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) –

“You look at the budget, you look at tax relief, border security, look at what we did for fighting for conservative values, and I think we had a number of extraordinary victories,” said Tan Parker, House Republican Caucus Chairman immediately after the adjourning this year’s Legislative Session.

“Almost $4 billion dollars, that belongs to the Texas people, is being returned to them, the rightful owners. From a conservative perspective, we grew the state budget less than 2% per year, so this certainly hits that conservative measure,” Parker tells Insider’s Jim Cardle.

We put more money into, obviously, border security. We put more money into transportation and ended the diversion of dollars that have historically not gone to their designated function … in terms of the infrastructure in Texas, we continue to support this Texas Insider Parker, Tan Repub. Caucus Chrm 6-1-15smallextraordinary growth for folks from all over the country who want to come and work, and live and play in Texas,” said Parker, whose leadership as Caucus Chairman was crucial to the House’s 2015 legislative accomplishments.

– Don’t miss Insider’s update with State Rep. Tan Parker, chairman of the House of Representatives Republican Caucus.      Continue Reading.

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12:16 pm CST - May 30, 2015

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Rand Paul Holds Patriot Act’s Future In Palm of his Hand

Obama Admin warns: NSA’s “backdoor search loophole” on American’s phone records collection will be disrupted.

senator rand paul3eTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Tomorrow, I will force the expiration of the NSA illegal spy program,” Rand Paul, Kentucky Senator & Republican White House contender said Saturday morning. “I do not do this to obstruct, I do it to build something better, more effective, more lasting, and more cognizant of who we are as Americans.”

The Senate is scheduled to hold a rare Sunday evening vote on three Patriot Act provisions mere hours before they expire at midnight. The late hour — and lack of a clean path forward — means any single senator has an undue amount of leverage to gum up the works.

Among the expiring provisions is Section 215 of the law, which the NSA has used to authorize its bulk collection of Americans’ phone records.      Continue Reading.

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1:40 pm CST - May 26, 2015

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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.

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2:25 pm CST - May 21, 2015

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Texas Tax Cuts & Border Security: Chairman Dennis Bonnen Talks End-Game

Appraisals can go up, but the rates should go down. That is only controlled at that local level.”

Texas Insider Bonnen, Dennis 5-21-15AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – “The latest is that the House has respectfully set sales tax (cuts) aside I want to have that discussion again in the future, but we’ve set that aside  and we agreed that we’ll have a $10,000 Homestead Exemption increase.

“One thing that I want to point out, and its been the message that the House has been trying to deliver all Session long is, we’re proud to do tax relief, but we don’t want it sold incorrectly,” State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, the Texas House’s chief tax authority tells Insider’s Jim Cardle.

“People get very frustrated by elected leaders who don’t tell the truth, and who over-sell things to them. So the House’s position has been that we’re proud to do a $10,000 property tax exemption and get that done … But in the House we want to be very clear; we’re probably not going to Texas Insider Bonnen, Dennis 5-21-15abe able to even really lower what that Property Tax Bill is.

“The best way to do that is for you to go talk to your City Council, go talk to your County Commissioner, go talk to your School Board. They control those rates. And, appraisals aren’t really the problem … appraisals can go up, but the rates should go down. That is only controlled at that local level,” Bonnen said.

– Don’t miss Insider’s update with State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, author of the 25% Franchise Tax Cut Bill and chairman of the tax-reforming House Ways & Means Committee.    Continue Reading.

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12:47 pm CST - May 12, 2015

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BONNEN: “If you want real tax relief, sales tax cut is the way to go.”

In 200680% of the promised tax cuts evaporated, never making it to homeowners.”

Bonnen House Tax Cuts 4-8-15d (2)By State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, chair of the tax-writing House Ways & Means Committee

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas It’s Groundhog Day in the Legislature.

Three times from 1997 to 2006 the Legislature delivered property tax relief. Three times voters never received promised relief, and three times the state increased state spending on a property tax cut that simply vanished.

There’s a reason the political class has a credibility problem with the public: too often they don’t keep their promises.    Continue Reading.

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10:32 am CST - May 06, 2015

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Lyle Larson: House Passes Historic Tax Cut Plan, but Work Remains

There is still a lot of work to do before we are able to adjourn Sine Die.”

Larson, State Rep. Lyle (2)By State Rep. Lyle Larson

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas — It’s hard to believe that there are only some 26 days left in the 84th Legislative Session. Last week, the House passed two bills  HB 31 and HB 32  that put the $4.9 billion House Tax Relief Plan in motion.

HB 31, which passed unanimously, would result in the first sales tax cut in state history, reducing the state sales tax rate from 6.25% to 5.95%.

Texas House Floor 2013c340-122And HB 32, which will institute a 25% decrease in the Business Franchise Tax, passed by a vote of 115-29.

A sales tax reduction is permanent, benefits all consumers, and shrinks the size of government and can’t be eroded the way that property taxes can through appraisal increases.    Continue Reading.

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11:48 am CST - April 27, 2015

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State Rep. Byron Cook Talks: On Stopping Illegal Immigration, Dark Money & more …

We don’t know who they are, they don’t have insurance, may not have taken a driver’s test, they don’t have a driver’s license …” says House State Affairs Committee Chairman 

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“Currently, I just call it de facto amnesty. You have amnesty in that they are driving without any requirements,” House State Affairs Committee Chairman Byron Cook (R-Corsicana) tells Insider’s Jim Cardle about his and the Texas House’s effort to address the issue of illegal immigration.

    (WATCH Insider’s conversation with State Rep. Byron Cook HERE.)

If we required these folks that, again, can’t prove lawful presence, that are driving without a driver’s license, and in most cases don’t have insurance … if we required these folks to go through a criminal background check so that we know who they are, and have a database on them, we do a 10-point fingerprint so that we have identification, which we don’t have now, we have a picture where we have an additional image of them, we make them take a driving test, pass a test, and most importantly we make them have insurance, this state would, in my opinion, be a lot safer than it is today,” says Cook.

Texas Insider Cook, State Rep. Byron3c.jpgIt would actually be a lot more conservative to require them to drive responsibly … and deal with the problem while we’re waiting and hoping that eventually the federal government will actually do something,” said Cook.

 – Don’t miss Insider’s conversation with State Rep. Byron Cook, chairman of the House State Affairs Committee, and a member of the powerful House Calendars Committee.     Continue Reading.

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