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9:15 am CST - April 15, 2015

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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.

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10:06 am CST - April 02, 2015

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Dennis Bonnen Talks: Texas Border Security & How the Texas House is Cutting Taxes

We’re not going to surge & stop, stop & surge on Border Security anymore.”

AUSTINTexas Insider Bonnen, Dennis 3-27-15, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – House Bill 11 tells Texans that we are going to give you a consistent strategy that you can count on, that helps secure our border.

“And more importantly even than that, is to keep Texans within the rest of our state safe from the trans-national gang & drug cartel-related crimes that move through our border and into our communities where we live,” Dennis Bonnen, the Texas House’s chief tax authority, and author of HB 11, tells Insider’s Jim Cardle.

Texas Insider Bonnen, Dennis 3-27-15a“Coupled with the work we’re doing in the House Budget, what House Bill 11 will do is give consistency to Texans to know that we’re not going to surge and stop, surge and stop on Border Security anymore.”

– Don’t miss Texas Insider’s conversation with Dennis Bonnen, author of HB 11 and Chairman of the tax-reforming Ways & Means Committee in the House of Representatives. Continue Reading.

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11:21 am CST - March 31, 2015

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Smith Subpoenas EPA, Partners with Ag Comm. Sid Miller on EPA Regulation Roundtable

Smith, Miller announce details for Wednesday, April 8th EPA Regulation Roundtable

Texas Insider Cong. Lamar 2-1-13aAUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) “The EPA’s pattern of withholding, concealing and possibly destroying records must come to an end.

“We all want clean air and clean water, yet the EPA has avoided transparency at every turn,” said chairman of the House Science, Space & Technology Committee, Cong. Lamar Smith (R-TX,) last week after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) refused to hand over information related to almost 6,000 deleted text messages linked to the agency’s top official.

Smith announced he is subpoenaing the agency as part of his continuing fight to increase EPA transparency, fight costly new EPA ozone regs, and put Congressional Miller, Sid Texas Agriculture Commissioneraccountability on the agency’s plans for sweeping new water rules.

“I applaud Chairman Smith,” said Texas Ag Commissioner Sid Miller. “We Texans must stand together to stop the EPA from enacting rules to unnecessarily regulate water on our farms and ranches. This will result in a total erosion of state and individual property rights.”

For details on Smith & Miller’s “Reining in the EPA: A Regulation Roundtable” event in Kerrville, Texas on Wednesday, April 8thCLICK HERE.   Continue Reading.

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8:01 am CST - March 20, 2015

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Austin’s Calling with SID MILLER: 18 Billion Hamburger Patties, 2 Billion Pairs of Blue Jeans

Yes … Texas Agriculture produces 18 billion hamburger patties and 2 billion pairs of blue jeans

Austin's Calling-Miller, Sid3c AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) –

“We produce enough beef in this state each year to make 18 billion hamburger patties … now let me ‘hep you get your mind around that,”  Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller tells Austin’s Calling’s Theresa McKeown.

“If you laid those hamburger patties end-to-end, they’d circle the earth … 400 TIMES! Agriculture’s a $100 billion dollar industry to our state.

Austin's Calling-Miller, Sid3b“You think it’s just corn & cows, but its much more than that … we have olive groves, we raise citrus, its shrimp, its oysters, it’s the wine industry,” Miller says.

“It’s a wide menu when it comes to what we produce in Texas.”

–  Don’t miss the inaugural edition of Austin’s Calling with Theresa McKeown.     Continue Reading.

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8:17 am CST - March 04, 2015

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Dan Flynn Talks: On Pro-Life House Activities, the Border & Budget

“You are going to continue to see a strong push to protect life, and not only that, but also the family …”

Texas Insider Flynn, Dan 2-28-15AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – “To go back a little bit, the last three Legislative Sessions there has been more pro-life, pro-family legislation passed than in the history of the Texas Legislature,” State Rep. Dan Flynn (R-HD2) tells Texas Insider’s Jim Cardle.

“So you’re going to continue to see a strong push to protect life, and not only that, but also the family … Yes we have defunded all those people that have pushed for abortion, but if we don’t protect life, who will?” asked Flynn.

“For the future, if we have that breakdown of the family, you can’t educate kids that are not going to be disciplined. It’s so important for everything that we do, and it starts with being a pro-life person.” Flynn said.   Continue Reading.

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9:44 am CST - February 18, 2015

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Joe Straus Applaud Gov. Abbott’s Session Agenda

Regarding his emergency items, the Senate is already moving forward on Border Security, Transportation, and Abbott state of the state3cEthics Reform.”

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“As Lieutenant Governor, it was everything I wanted to hear

“He pinpointed the issues that both of us presented to the voters of Texas over the last 18 months,” said Lt. Governor Dan Patrick immediately following Governor Greg Abbott’s State of the State Address.

Straus, Joe-Patrick, Dan“Governor Abbott put a powerful spotlight on issues that are very important to Texas and to the Texas House,” said House Leader Joe Straus.

“We look forward to working further with Gov. Abbott and the Senate on behalf of the citizens of Texas.”     Continue Reading.

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2:12 pm CST - February 10, 2015

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Conservatives Hughes & Leach Applaud Straus’s Committee Assignments

Top backers of Straus opponent “thankful” & “excited” with Committee assignments 

rep. bryan  hughesAUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) –

“The Appropriations Committee is one of the most sought after in the House. I am thankful to again be a member of this committee, where I can continue to be a voice for East Texas and to make sure that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and frugally,” said State Representative Bryan Hughes (left,) of his Committee assignments for the 84th Texas Legislature.

Hughes ran for Speaker of the House in 2013, prior to withdrawing at the last-minute, and earlier this year gave a seconding speech for the opponent of re-elected House Speaker, Joe Straus.

Said State Rep. Jeff Leach (right,) who gave the initial nominating speech for Straus’ opponent, said,

jeff-leachI am excited to report that earlier this week, Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus announced committee assignments for the 84th Legislative Session and selected me to serve on the House Committee on Government Transparency & Operation

“Now that committee assignments have been made, the real work begins, and I am looking forward to a productive legislative session,” said Leach.

For more from State Rep. Leach’s “Rotunda Report”, click here.

For more from State Rep. Hughes’ Press Release, click here.

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10:15 am CST - January 30, 2015

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Tan Parker, Texas House Republican Caucus Chairman, Talks: Conservative Republicans Unite

I certainly don’t think we’ve been too conservative, and my perspective is that we can & will continue…”

Texas Insider Parker, Tan Repub. Caucus Chrm 1-18-15AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) –

Many people have said that we had the most conservative session in history last time around … I certainly don’t think we’ve been too conservative, and my perspective is that we can & will continue to leverage that success in this 84th session of the legislature,” State. Rep. Tan Parker tells Insider’s Jim Cardle.

Texas Insider Parker, Tan Repub. Caucus Chrm 1-18-15c“Make no mistake about it – we will provide tax relief in the budget that comes out of the House,” says the Chairman of the Texas House Republican Caucus.

–  Don’t miss the Insider’s conversation with Tan Parker, Chairman of the Texas House Republican Caucus and State Representative from House District 63.    Continue Reading.

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4:52 pm CST - January 21, 2015

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Lt. Gov. Patrick’s Inaugural Address: “It’s a new day in Texas.”

The most important responsibility for any lawmaker is to keep you and your family safe.”

Patrick, Dan Swearing In3cBy Lt. Governor Dan Patrick

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – If not for the grace of God, you, and millions of Texans, I would not be standing here today.

Proverbs 21:31 says: “the horse is made ready for battle, but the Patrick, Dan Swearing Invictory is the Lord’s.” I worked hard, but the victory was His.

I’m humbled, grateful, and blessed beyond belief for your trust in electing me as the 72nd Lt Governor of Texas.   Continue Reading.

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3:35 pm CST - January 13, 2015

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Straus Re-Elected Speaker with Conservative Republican Backing

House leader, with support of Tea Party-backed members, caps year of momentum heading into 2015 Session 

Straus, Speaker Joe3gAUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – Texas operates the 12th largest economy in the world, upon which so many across America rely,” said State Rep. Four Price (R-Amarillo) as part of the first of 8 nominating speeches for Texas House Speaker during the House Representative’s opening session earlier today.

Four Price“Speaker Joe Straus has a track record of achieving results, and positive outcomes … and, voting one’s district is the hallmark of Straus’s leadership,” said Price (right,) shortly before the House overwhelming re-elected Straus, who took office in 2005 and became speaker in 2009.   Continue Reading.

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