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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.”

Texas Insider - Miller, Sid for Ag.Comm.3-31-14Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas –

“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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3:37 pm CST - July 31, 2014

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Cornyn: President Obama Admits There’s a Border Problem, and Refuses to Act


Leading Congressmen, Senators on Texas-Mexico Border, Lackland Air Force visit this weekend

Cornyn, John Senate FloorTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. —

“This morning I was invited, along with members of the House & Senate, to visit with the President about national security matters … and he talked Ukraine, he talked about Syria, he talked about Gaza, and about all of the hot spots around the world,” said Sen. John Cornyn earlier today while speaking on the Senate Floor about President Obama’s refusal to consider bi-partisan reforms and address the ongoing crisis on the southern border.

“I used the opportunity to ask the President what he proposed we do when this (emergency border spending) bill goes down this afternoon.

obama press conference3jWhat is so confusing, is to listen to the President talk about this in his conference room at the White House, and acknowledge the nature of the problem, and then see that the White House threatened to veto the (emergency border spending) legislation that the House was considering.

– To hear Sen. Cornyn’s full speech, or learn details about this weekend’s Congressional delegation trip to south Texas, continue reading here.    Continue Reading.

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12:33 pm CST - July 22, 2014

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OTHAL BRAND: “Last year we found eight bodies in the river here. Four of them had no heads. None of them drowned.”


It bothers me when I hear, ‘It’s the federal government’s job,’ … We live here.”

Border-Patrol-Unaccompanied-childTexas Insider Report: HIDALGO, Texas –

“The water level varies a lot depending on the time of year. There’s been times when you could walk from that (Mexico) side to this (U.S.) side on the bottom of the riverbed,” says Othal Brand Jr.

“We’ve had trafficking … when it first started it was mostly drug trafficking, human trafficking. And then, it turned to children, families.

Othal Brand Hidalgo Cnty. Water Dist.“Last year we found eight bodies in the river here. Four of them had no heads. None of them drowned.” says Brand, who is president of the Hidalgo County Water Improvement District 3, and whose father was mayor of McAllen, Texas, for 20 years in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley.

Partly thanks to Brand and the Water District’s efforts, the District 3 pumping facility may be the most secure section along the 1,896-mile Rio Grande River.

It is the main provider of drinking water for the City of McAllen, and its approximately 135,000 residents.     Continue Reading.

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10:19 am CST - July 17, 2014

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Obama Loses Jesse Jackson? And Laredo’s Mayor Salinas Will Not Use Taxpayer Money


Jesse Jackson on Obama Illegal Immigration7-15-14Laredo Mayor: “Our bus stations are full.

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – What’s going to happen when the faith organizations run out of money? The burden will be on cities.

We’re strapped. We cannot put the local taxpayers in strain,” says Laredo, Texas’ Mayor Raul Salinas.

And the Rev. Jesse Jackson, a man known for stirring up racial issues, has now apparently become disillusioned with the “hope & change” that was promised.

Jackson spoke with Fox News host Greta Van Susteren earlier this week and shared his thoughts on Obama’s placing the well-being of unaccompanied minor illegals above children here in the United States. He is not happy.   Continue Reading.

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7:14 am CST - July 11, 2014

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President Obama’s Full Speech: From the Paramount Theatre, Austin, Texas


THE WHITE HOUSE

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE ECONOMY

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release      July 10, 2014      12:48 P.M. CDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, Austin!  (Applause.)  Hey!  Hello, Austin!  (Applause.)  All right, everybody have a seat, have a seat. It’s good to be in Austin, Texas.

president-obama-paramount-7-10-143cAUDIENCE MEMBER:  We love you!

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s because I love you.  (Applause.)  Everybody knows I love Austin, Texas.  (Applause.)  Every time I come here I tell you how much I love you.

I love Austin.  I love the people.  I love the barbecue — which I will get right after this.  (Laughter.)  I like the music.  (Applause.)  I’ve got good memories here, I’ve got good friends.

I was telling somebody the last time I walked a real walk where I was kind of left alone was in Austin, Texas.  … Continue Reading.

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