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2:59 pm CST - June 24, 2016

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Cong. McCaul, Gov. Abbott & Lt. Gov. Patrick Lead Texas Congressional Delegation Letter to President on Syrian Refugees

McCaul, Cong. MichaelParisWe believe your Administration has manifestly failed to reassure, and adequately engage State & local governments, on these resettlements.”

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – 

Just this month, German authorities disrupted an ISIS plot orchestrated by operatives who arrived pretending to be Syrian refugees. The threat is real,” said Congressman Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, as he was joined by Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, and the entire Texas Republican Congressional delegation, in sending a letteto President Obama regarding the Syrian Refugee crisis.

“Allowing 1,000’s of Iraqi and Syrian refugees into Texas without careful security, and coordination with state officials, is dangerous,” said Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (right,) calling for the strengthening of immigration background checks of Syrian & Iraqi dan.patrick.lt.govRefugees.

In the wake of the ISIS-inspired attack in Orlando, the deadliest on American soil since 9/11, we must be vigilant about shutting down all pathways terrorists could use to get into our country or radicalize our people. That is why the State of Texas must have a say in keeping potentially dangerous individuals from infiltrating it, and why communities must be more involved in making sure the refugee program is secure,” said McCaul.    Continue Reading.

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10:11 am CST - June 22, 2016

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Bettencourt Busts Property Tax Myths: Renters Do Not Have a ‘Free Lunch’

Bettencourt,Sen.Paul3jEven with a guesstimated 7.5% increase this year, that brings the two-year appraised value increase to 38% in Harris County.”

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – “The myth that apartment renters get a free lunch on paying property taxes does not add up,” said Paul Bettencourt, Texas State Senator from the Houston-based District 7 and chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform & Relief earlier today, announcing he will be “myth busting” a series of common property tax myths over the coming weeks.

Bettencourt,Sen.Paul3g“The data is clear,” said Bettencourt. “In Harris County, the average taxable value on multifamily housing units has increased three times faster than the average taxable value increase on single family homes, and more than four times faster than median household income in Harris County.

Rather than getting a free lunch, renters get eaten for lunch by property taxes.”    Continue Reading.

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11:17 am CST - June 14, 2016

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McCaul Discusses Orlando Shooting at House GOP Leadership Press Conference

McCaul,Cong.Michael5cThis is the 5th major attack since 9/11. The tempo is increasing, not decreasing, and I‘m very concerned about the threat environment right here in the United States.”

Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – 

“We’ve arrested 85 ISIS followers in this country. We’ve had 75 plots against the West. We’ve stopped many of these,” said the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee chairman Micheal McCaul (R-TX) during a House Leadership Press Conference earlier today.

“In all these cases you see the (red) flags and warning signs in the radicalization process, that were there but that were missed along the way and not discovered prior to the attack. And in every one of these cases, if we could catch those flags beforehand, we could stop an act of terrorism.

It’s the one that you don’t know about that keeps you up at night. This one (in Orlando) certainly kept us up at night, and I pray that we don’t have any more in this country,” said McCaul, who as chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee receives the same National Security Briefings as President Obama.      Continue Reading.

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8:58 am CST - June 09, 2016

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On the AP and NBC’s Premature Call that Clinton Was the Nominee: A Latina Jounalists’ Damning Response

Clinton,HillaryClinchesNominationAPsEarlyCountI am pissed off… The rush of the AP & NBC to finish a survey of superdelegates hours before millions of people vote in several states is part of the reason people hate the media.”

Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to an Associated Press tweet, and subsequent weekend stories that called the Democratic race for Hillary Clinton days before several Democratic primaries (including California) had taken place, (inspiring a new #APRetract hashtag), we wanted to take a moment to share one of the best responses about the unprecedented move by AP, NBC and others.  

Veteran Latina journalist Pilar Marrero summed up the unprecedented Associated Press & NBC move as follows:

The rush of the AP & NBC to finish a survey of superdelegates hours before millions of people vote in several states is part of the reason people hate the media. And today, I am hating us too, because this Marrero,PilarVeteranLatinaJournalistwas completely unnecessary,” said veteran Latina journalist Pilar Marrero in a public Facebook post.

“They have no idea how this may affect the system, different races up and down the ballot, people’s trust in media, and the democratic system. We are in this kind of campaign today because the media & politicians have played to their advantage without any concern for the people, the country or the system of democracy.”

No one has summed up the problem quite as well as Marrero. Read on to learn more.       Continue Reading.

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12:56 pm CST - June 01, 2016

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Rasmussen Poll: Trump is ‘More Honest’ than Clinton, by 2 to 1 Margin

trump-hillary3f More likely voters believe Republican Donald Trump is “more honest” than Democrat Hillary Clinton

Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Republicans have a lot more confidence in Donald Trump’s honesty than do Democrats in Hillary Clinton’s. And yes, more likely voters believe Donald Trump is “more honest” than Hillary Clinton.

A new Rasmussen Reports Poll on Wednesday said 30% of all likely U.S. voters believe Republican Donald Trump “is more honest than most other politicians. Just half as many — 15% — think Clinton is more honest than most of her peers,” the pollster said.

And when it comes to Hillary Clinton, the honesty gap is evident even among Democrats, where only 27% said they believe Clinton is more honest than other politicians. 50% of Republicans believe Trump is more honest than other politicians.      Continue Reading.

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12:19 pm CST - May 27, 2016

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Heroes Lodge: Remember Our Fallen Heroes

Heroes Lodge Project modernizes the way Veterans receive assistance with housing, counseling and employment services.

By Phillip GutierresCommander-Phillip, Heroes Lodge Program Manager & CEO

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas insider, in observation of Memorial Day, is asking you to support this new Austin Veterans Program. Heroes Lodge Project is a Texas 501(c)3 non-profit in partnership with the American GI Forum of Austin, a chapter of the American GI Forum of Texas – Chartered by Congress and celebrating 68 years of service for our Veterans and families.

The American GI Forum (AGIF) was founded on March 26, 1948 in Corpus Christi, Texas by Dr. Hector Perez Garcia, an Army Heroes.Lodge.Logo-2Veteran medical doctor. Dr. Garcia returned from World War II eager to participate in the American Dream.

Through it, he helped break down many of the barriers Veterans faced in a country that embraced the principles of freedom and justice, but only offered them to a select few. Today those problems still exist, and continue to be experienced by almost all Veterans. Continue Reading.

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8:44 am CST - May 24, 2016

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The Explainer: Flaster Breaks Down What Texans Need To Know (Economically)

“The thing that’s most important in all of this, is that at the political level, elected officials are still running their economies and their cities as if they Texas Insider Flaster, Marc 5-20-16bwere still receiving the kind of tax revenues that they were before.”

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – “What’s going on right now economically, is that first, right now the Federal Reserve wants to see some inflation. They say if they see some inflation, there’ll be an opportunity to raise prices, if they can raise prices then there’ll be an opportunity to pay people more, and if they can pay people more, there’ll be more money to spend. So lets take that apart.

Secondly, there is no inflation. None. Its not hiding under the table, its not in my pocket. It does not exist, and there won’t be any inflation again, maybe in my lifetime. Possibly even yours,” Sandler O’Neill + Partners’ Marc Flaster tells Insider’s Jim Cardle.

Texas Insider Flaster, Marc 5-20-16c“And the thing that’s most important in all of this, is that at the political level, nationally and especially in Texas, elected officials are still running their economies and their cities as if they were still receiving the kind of tax revenues that they were before,” said Flaster.

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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8:34 am CST - May 23, 2016

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McCaul Talks: On the Downed Airplane Terrorist Attack, with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell

McCaul,Cong.MichealDownedAirplaneTerroristMSNBCAndreaMitchell3“I was just in Cairo last week, at & inspecting that airport, and they do not have full-body scanners. They use magnetometers which will not pick up non-metallic IED’s.”

Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — The biggest threat to the United States and the homeland are these ‘last point of departure’ airports.

“They [ISIS] are targeting aviation obviously, they are still very intent on bringing down aircraft, as they have done, and they’d love to bring down an inbound aircraft coming into the United States” says the Texas Congressman Micheal McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.    Continue Reading.

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8:05 am CST - May 13, 2016

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Cong. McCaul Talks: On Visit to Persian Gulf Aboard USS Harry Truman Aircraft Carrier

We talk about foreign policy in Washington, but to see it in action…”

McCaul-HarrySTruman6-11-16Texas Insider Report: USS Harry S. Truman Aircraft Carrier, THE PERSIAN GULF —

I’m here on board the USS Harry S. Truman, which is right in the middle of the Persian Gulf between Iran, Iraq & Syria fighting against ISIS, and where we have over 5,000 sailors serving on this aircraft carrier.

“I can tell you, they believe in the mission, they just received another extension of 30 days, and yet their resolve, bravery & courage is very, very strong, and moral is very, very high,” said Texas Congressman & chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Michael McCaul.

— Watch Cong. McCaul’s brief & on carrier video here.      Continue Reading.

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4:14 pm CST - May 09, 2016

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Transgender Trouble in Cowtown: Patrick Calls for Resignation of Ft. Worth ISD’s Superintendent

patrick, dan-goforthThe State of Texas has an affirmative responsibility to provide a safe environment in the schools where attendance is compulsory.”

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN,Texas — I call upon the parents within the Fort Worth ISD to take immediate steps to repeal this stealthy scheme and remove Dr. Scribner from his post,” said  Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, calling for the resignation of Dr. Kent Paredes Scribner, Superintendent of the Ft. Worth Independent School District.

After less than a year as superintendent, Dr. Scribner has lost his focus, and thereby his ability, to lead the Fort Worth ISD. He has placed his own personal political agenda ahead of the more than 86,000 students attending 146 schools in the district by unilaterally adopting ‘Transgender Student Guidelines.’

TransgenderBathroomStudents3e“Without any discussion with parents, board members, principals or other community leaders, Dr. Scribner’s unilateral action, underscores this lack of fitness to hold his position as superintendent.

“Campus safety should be of paramount concern for anyone in his position. Every parent, especially those of young girls, should be outraged,” Patrick said.      Continue Reading.

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