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10:00 am CST - October 15, 2014

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FLASTER: “Economically, Ebola is more than just a scary movie.”

Voters now put Border, National Security above jobs & economy

Texas Insider Flaster, Marc Sandler O'Neill 10-14-14AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) –

“The confluence of Ebola fears, falling oil prices, poor reports on retail sales for September, U.S. inflation actually going down, a European Central Bank that cannot put on its pants one leg at a time, and falling inflation pressures worldwide has finally awakened the headline readers,” Sandler O’Neill + Partners’ Marc Flaster tells Insider’s Jim Cardle.

“And concerning Ebola, this is a serious thing (economically). It’s not just a scary movie, and now here it is … it’s now showed up on our doorstep. It’s really scary,” Flaster says of a potential impact on the U.S. economy.

– Wall Street Analyst & Texas Banking Industry Advisor Marc Flaster knows what he’s talking about … and what’s driving the Texas & U.S. politically prior to November 4th’s Election.     Continue Reading.

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9:58 am CST - October 10, 2014

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Cong. Lamar Smith Talks: Obama Amnesty Promises, Fighting ISIS & Eric Holder

Texas Insider - Smith Cong  Lamar 9-29-14a“… Forgive me for being cynical, but I look for him (President Obama) to do so (amnesty) a day or two before Thanksgiving or a day or two before Christmas,” Cong. Lamar Smith tells Insider’s Jim Cardle.

“The President, very cynically I thought, said he intended to issue Executive Orders to give legalization or amnesty to millions of people who are here in the country illegally,” said Smith.

“Then, when he saw the public opinion polls showing 75% of the American people disagreed with that, he said ‘I’m going to wait until after the November Election’.”

“Clearly this is an admission that he knew the Executive Orders were unpopular, and that he knew they would hurt democrats this election cycle,” Smith said.

 – Cong. Lamar Smith is the former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and now current chairman of the Science, Space & Technology Committee. Don’t miss Smith’s conversation with Insider’s Jim Cardle.       Continue Reading.

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6:01 pm CST - September 29, 2014

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The 2014 Hispanic Vote in Texas: “The Democratic Party has really over-reached…”

When it comes to their approach to immigration and the Hispanic Community, the Democratic Party has really over-reached.”

Texas Insider - Muniz, Temo 9-29-14AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) –

“The Democratic talking points that used to work, that were race-based or identity politics, they don’t work anymore,” Artemio “Temo” Muniz of the Federation of Hispanic Republicans tells Insider’s Jim Cardle.

“In Texas, within the hispanic community things are growing economically. There’s prosperity.

“The rise of Wendy Davis happened in an echo-chamber in Austin. I don’t think it transfers at all to the hispanic community, where she really does not have relationships. She’s sort of an artificial, astro-turf Texas Insider - Muniz, Temo 9-29-14bbuilt candidate. There is no passion.”

– Temo Muniz talks about how the 2014 Hispanic Vote in Texas will play out and tells Texas Insider the Federation of Hispanic Republicans’ election outlook.   Continue Reading.

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9:48 am CST - September 24, 2014

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Cong. Kevin Brady Talks: Why Small Businesses are Struggling, ObamaCare’s Impact on Doctors, the IRS Targeting Investigation

It’s 5 years after ‘the recovery’ began, and we’re way behind where we ought to be.”

Texas Insider - Brady, Cong. Kevin 9-22-14AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – “Fortunately, Texas is doing great, but the rest of the country? Not so good,” Texas Cong. Kevin Brady, Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee and chair of the House Ways & Means Committee’s Health Subcommittee tells Insider’s Jim Cardle.

“This is the most disappointing recovery in half a century, and we’re missing about 6 million jobs that should be back by now. That’s enough to put everyone who’s looking for work, back into a job in 44 states.

“The small businessman has really paid the biggest price in this slow recovery, and many of them just aren’t back Texas Insider - Brady, Cong. Kevin 9-22-14aSMALLto where they want to be,” Brady said.

“But thank goodness for the energy revolution. Hiring is going on from the very low-skilled, to the very high-skilled, paying salaries you can raise a family on across all and every ethnic group. Energy is really the life-saver right now for our economy.”

 – Watch Cong. Brady’s inside comments on the recent ObamaCare website data breach, how doctors are struggling to see patients under the law, his role in investigating the I.R.S. targeting scandal, and more.   Continue Reading.

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10:55 am CST - September 17, 2014

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State Rep. Phil King Talks: The Oil & Gas Industry, 300,000 Texas Jobs & a Fracking Ban Proposal

What is the north DFW Fracking Ban Proposal all about?

Texas Insider - King, State Rep. Phil 9-15-14aAUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) — “We’ve been fracking wells for 50-plus years, which is where you go down and inject water, sand and pressure to break up rocks so that oil & gas can flow out,” State Rep. Phil King tells Texas Insider’s Jim Cardle.

“The oil & gas boom we’re experiencing in Texas is the result of the marriage of old and new technologies, and horizontal drilling where you can drill down a mile, and then go out (horizontally) a mile and frack all along the way to release the oil & gas that we could never get to before,” said King, who is a past chairman of the House Regulated Industries Texas Insider - King, State Rep. Phil 9-15-14bCommittee, and now sits on the Energy Resources Select Committee on Seismic Activity studying drilling and fracking developments in Denton County, as well as other areas near the DFW Metroplex.

“As for Texas, the last numbers show that 34% of our economy, I think about 300,000 jobs, are directly or collaterally tied to the oil and gas industry,” King explains.

Don’t miss former House Regulated Industries Committee chairman Phil King’s outlook for the Texas Oil & Gas Industry, its future impact on the State Budget, and more.    Continue Reading.

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8:28 am CST - September 11, 2014

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State Rep. Joe Pickett Talks: Texas Transportation Needs, Proposition 1 & TxDOT

“If you’re somebody who is conservative, who cares about the debt, this is a big point or plus … to make sure Prop 1 was as good as it could be.” 

TexasInsider - Pickett, State Rep. Joe Transportation Roads Prop 1 TxDOT 9-8-14AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) — “The dynamics that got us into this transportation funding situation are two-fold – one is very positive, and the second is not really a negative, but more of a reality check by the general public,” State. Rep. Joe Pickett tells Texas Insider’s Jim Cardle.

“The positive is, that everybody wants to be in Texas. This is where businesses want to be, this is where people are moving their families … and they usually bring a car, or two cars, so now we have, in fact, almost as many registered vehicles in Texas, as we do total population.

“The perception for the public is, when they see the gas prices go up … when gas goes from $3.29 a gallon to $3.89 a gallon you’d  assume that we, the state government, is collecting more tax based on that increase in price, but we don’t. We’re not collecting any more in taxes when prices increase, none TexasInsider - Pickett, State Rep. Joe3 Transportation Roads Prop 1 TxDOT 9-8-14whatsoever,” said Pickett.

“So there’s a real education process to all this to make sure the public knows that that .20 cents per gallon gas tax … and it’s been .20 cents per gallon for 23 years now, since 1991 … with all our tremendous economic growth and the need for roads that results from that growth, is just not sufficient to meet their needs anymore.

Don’t miss former House Transportation Committee chairman Joe Pickett’s outlook for the future of Texas roads, traffic congestion solutions, and Prop 1 on November’s Ballot.        Continue Reading.

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9:15 am CST - September 03, 2014

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Sen. Robert Nichols Talks: Texas Transportation, Congestion Fixes & Proposition 1 on November’s Ballot

“If the voters vote for Proposition 1 in November … if Prop 1 is passed, we’ll write a $1.7 billion check and devote it (constitutionally) to transportation.”

Texas Insider - Nichols, Robert Prop 1 Transportation 9-2-14cAUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) — “The Interstate System & 42,000 miles of Farm-to-Market roads in Texas were all built, and completed, more than 40 years ago. We’ve crossed the line to where revenues coming in will no longer preserve even the roads we have,” said Senate Transportation Committee Chair Robert Nichols, a former Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Commissioner.

“We’ve got to make sure that the congestion does not get worse.

Texas Insider - Nichols, Robert Prop 1 Transportation 9-2-14d“If we’re not going to borrow money to pay for roads anymore … you can either have a ‘pay as you go’ system, or more debt, which will make us actually worse off. Or, if Prop 1 is passed, we’ll write a $1.7 billion check and devote it (constitutionally) to transportation,” Nichols said.

 – Don’t miss Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Robert Nichols’ comments to Insider’s Jim Cardle.      Continue Reading.

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9:35 am CST - August 28, 2014

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Both Parties Bracing for Obama Immigration Move

Some see potential for a Machiavellian turn of events.

obama immigration3cWASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) — “Both political parties are in a state of high anxiety about the possibility that President Obama will allow millions of illegal immigrants to remain in the country, fearing that White House action on the issue could change the course of November’s mid-term elections.

“In the past few days, Democratic candidates in nearly every closely fought Senate race have criticized the idea of aggressive action by Obama. …

washingtonpost“Senior Republicans, meanwhile, have their own worries about a ‘September surprise’ on immigration. They know their volatile party’s tendency to erupt at such moments — including government shutdowns and impeachment threats — and that the GOP brand is even more tattered than the Democratic one.”

– The Washington Post     Continue Reading.

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11:21 am CST - August 14, 2014

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Gov. Rick Perry: On the Human Cost of Failed Border Policies

Federal engagement was insufficient to begin with, and the crush of illegal entrants is draining…”

Perry Tours Valley-BorderDetaineesFacility6-23-14By Governor Rick Perry

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report)

The first thing I saw was a boy crying. Terrified and sobbing against the window of the holding cell … he couldn’t have been more than 12 or 13.

When we stepped outside, I heard a baby wailing over the hum of the industrial fans and the steady words of the federal official giving the tour.

The sheer number of people in such a small space made it difficult to quickly pinpoint the source, but I finally spotted the baby being held by a young mother in the quarantine area taped off in the back.

The otherwise quiet crowd simply stared back at us. The very real human consequences of our country’s lax border security, and muddled immigration policies, huddled right there under an open shelter in the stifling Texas heat.

 – Read more on Perry’s tour of the Border Facilities housing detainees, and his Commitment to Securing Texas’ Border.     Continue Reading.

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12:09 pm CST - August 04, 2014

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Sid Miller: With Congress on Vacation & Obama Refusing to Act, Texas Should Invoke Article 1, Section 10 of the U.S. Constitution

I’m not a lawyer … but in this cowboy’s definition, we’re being invaded.”

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“We need to address the immediate needs right now, because we have a crisis down there (on the border) … we have an invasion on Texas soil,” said Sid Miller, Republican Ag Commissioner candidate and the former chair of the Texas House’s Border Security & Public Safety Committee.

“I’m not a lawyer, I don’t know what the legal definition of ‘invasion’ is … but in this cowboy’s definition, we’re being invaded. The numbers are so overwhelming, that we can’t control it.

We should invoke Article 1, Section 10 of the United States Constitution, which talks about the federal government having the sole responsibility of securing our border, protecting our people … with one exception,” said Miller, who consistently ranked as one of the most conservative lawmakers in the Texas House.

Texas Insider - Miller Sid for Ag.Comm.7-24-14a“The last sentence of the Article 1, Section 10 of the Constitution says that if a state is invaded or attacked, those rights also revert to the states to take matters into their own hands.”

 – Now the Republican nominee for Texas Ag Commissioner, don’t miss Sid Miller’s comments to Insider’s Jim Cardle.    Continue Reading.

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