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8:39 pm CST - July 06, 2015

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Cornyn Celebrates World Recognition for San Antonio’s Missions

cornyn.texasTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement praising San Antonio’s five historic Missions’ new designation as a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site: Continue Reading.

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8:31 pm CST - July 06, 2015

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Ted Cruz Again Backs Trump: ‘He’s Bold, He’s Brash’

By Todd Beamon  – NewsMax

ted-cruz102413Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has again backed fellow 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for speaking out on illegal immigration and refused to take part in “Republican-on-Republican violence.” Continue Reading.

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8:28 pm CST - July 06, 2015

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A Message from Blake

From Congressman Blake Farenthold

Let Freedom Ring
blake.farentoldTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – What we take for granted now was nothing more than a dream when America was founded. Prior to the Revolutionary War, few men dared to do what a few heroic Americans did – declare our rights are God given, that they do not come from man, nor government and no one can take those rights away. Continue Reading.

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8:24 pm CST - July 06, 2015

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The Ratcliffe Report

John.RatcliffeTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – On this day, July 4th, we commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. This foundational document formalized America’s path towards individual liberty and freedom, and away from tyranny and oppression. We live in the greatest country in the world, and must never forget the sacrifices that have been made to secure our unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Continue Reading.

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2:41 pm CST - July 02, 2015

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Flores Statement on Export-Import Bank’s Expired Authorization

bill.flores.0315Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-Texas) released the following statement on the expiration of the Export-Import Bank’s authorization: Continue Reading.

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2:39 pm CST - July 02, 2015

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Governor Abbott Invites New Hampshire Businesses To Relocate To Texas

abbott.0217Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas Governor Greg Abbott spoke this morning with Peter St. James in New Hampshire on WTPL’s, “The Pulse” radio program to discuss New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan’s decision last week to veto a budget that included business tax cuts. In the interview, Governor Abbott highlighted the recent tax cuts passed by the Texas legislature and invited New Hampshire businesses to relocate to Texas, where we are wide open for business. Continue Reading.

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2:37 pm CST - July 02, 2015

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Texas, Other States Resist Complying With Gay Marriage ‘Edict’

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texasWhile a host of state officials across the country have expressed sentiments ranging from disappointment to outrage over the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage — stripping the issue from state control — some officials are not accepting the decision without a fight.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton characterized the decision as “a judge-based edict that is not based in the law,” according to CNN.

In a statement on Friday, Paxton said “no court, no law, no rule, and no words will change the simple truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Nothing will change the importance of a mother and a father to the raising of a child. And nothing will change our collective resolve that all Americans should be able to exercise their faith in their daily lives without infringement and harassment.”

Paxton, according to CNN, has issued an opinion that Lone Star State county clerks “retain religious freedoms that may allow accommodation of their religious objections to issuing same-sex marriage licenses.”

And judges “may claim that the government cannot force them to conduct same-sex wedding ceremonies over their religious objections.”

If refusal by a government official to conduct a same-sex marriage results in a lawsuit or fine, Paxton “assured such-minded judges and clerks that ‘numerous lawyers’ will help defend their rights, perhaps on a pro bono basis, and his office stands ready to assist them as well.”

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says there is “nothing in [the] decision that makes the court’s order effective immediately” and contends that “therefore, there is not yet a legal requirement for officials to issue marriage licenses or perform marriages for same-sex couples in Louisiana,” The Hill reports.

Before the landmark decision, 13 states had same-sex marriage bans.

States clustered in the South and upper Midwest are the most vocal critics of the high court’s ruling and its “encroachment on states’ rights and religious freedom,” The Hill notes, though “most acknowledge they cannot ignore it.”

Kentucky’s attorney general, Jack Conway, said states are just trying to understand the ruling’s reach.

“The ruling does not tell a minister or congregation what they must do, but it does make clear that the government cannot pick and choose when it comes to issuing marriage licenses and the benefits they confer,” he said.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange predicts the fight will now be “the exercise of one’s religious liberty.”

Marc Solomon, national campaign director at Freedom to Marry, told The Hill that states that defy the high court’s ruling would be imparting a “dangerous message.”

“The notion that public employees get to pick and choose which laws they follow based on their religious beliefs is a really dangerous precedent and a terrible public policy,” Solomon said. “If you’re a public official, you need to carry out those laws, and you don’t get to decide whether they’re right or wrong.”

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2:14 pm CST - July 02, 2015

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Should We Fret the Debt?

By Dr. Merrill Matthews — Institute for Policy Innovation.

merrill-matthewsGreece is not alone!    There are a number of developed countries with government debt only a little lower than Greece—and one that’s higher.

According to Bloomberg, Greece’s 2014 gross government debt as a percentage of GDP is 174.0. But that number pales in comparison to Japan’s at 248.3. The U.S. has the dubious distinction of coming in sixth, with government debt to GDP ratio of 107.3.   Continue Reading.

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2:10 pm CST - July 02, 2015

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Marco Rubio Plans TV Ads Worth $7 Million in Early-Voting States

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marco-rubioRepublican presidential candidate Marco Rubio is preparing to swarm the airwaves in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada before primary voters head to the polls.

The Florida senator has reserved more than $7 million worth of television ads in those states, a Rubio aide said, confirming an earlier New York Times report. Continue Reading.

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12:42 pm CST - June 30, 2015

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Cornyn Pushes Justice Department to Fully Implement SAFER Act, Help Reduce Rape Kit Backlog

cornyn-1Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) are urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to fully implement the SAFER Act to help state and local governments eliminate the national backlog of untested rape kits. The provisions of the legislation, signed into law in 2013, have yet to be fully enacted to help state and local law enforcement agencies audit and process rape kits that could lead to the prosecution and resolution of sexual assault cases across the country. Continue Reading.

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