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12:50 pm CST - April 15, 2014

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COMBS: 48 Consecutive Months of Texas Growth, and Counting


Comptroller Distributes $555 Million in Monthly Sales Tax Revenue

Susan Combs ComptrollerTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – The growth in sales tax revenues was led by business spending in the oil & natural gas, wholesale trade, and construction sectors,” said Texas Comptroller Susan Combs today, announcing that state sales tax revenue in March was $2.09 billion, up 5.6% compared to March 2013. “This marks 48 consecutive months of growth in state sales tax collections.”   Continue Reading.

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9:50 am CST - April 15, 2014

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3 Myths About Our U.S Natural Gas Boom


The 20,000+ small-to-midsize firms average 15 employees, helps us all.

oil-gas-energy-drilling-rig-montageTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – For all the coverage America’s energy boom has gotten, there are still a lot of common assumptions about the oil and natural gas business that are flat out wrong. That’s why is is important to unbundle three myths about the boom.   Continue Reading.

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12:03 pm CST - April 11, 2014

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Cornyn Calls For Immediate Passage of Legislation to Help End Rape-Kit Backlog


‘These aren’t rape kits that need to be tested. These are lives that need to be given back to their owners.’ 

John-Cornyn-101013Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) spoke today on the Senate floor on the need for the Senate to immediately pass legislation from the House of Representatives to help eliminate the rape-kit backlog, while continuing to work towards reauthorizing the broader Justice for All Act.

Excerpts of his remarks are below.  His full speech can be seen here. Continue Reading.

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11:58 am CST - April 11, 2014

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Flores Votes for Economic Growth, Opportunity


House Passes Path to Prosperity Budget 

bill.floresTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H. Con. Res. 96, the House Republican fiscal year 2015 budget. Following passage of this most recent “Path to Prosperity” budget, Congressman Bill Flores issued the following statement: Continue Reading.

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11:54 am CST - April 11, 2014

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Brady Introduces R & D Tax Reform, Jobs Bill


Let’s modernize and make permanent the R&D tax credit 

kevin-brady3Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Congressman Kevin Brady, a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, introduced this week the American Research Competitiveness Act of 2014, which would simplify and strengthen the U.S. R&D tax credit.  Continue Reading.

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11:52 am CST - April 11, 2014

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Kathleen Sebelius Steps Down as HHS Secretary; OMB Director Will Take Replace


By Juliet Eilperin and Amy Goldstein

Kathlen-Sebelius33Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced her resignation Friday, ending a tumultuous tenure as the public face of the Affordable Care Act. In a Rose Garden ceremony, President Obama nominated his budget director as her successor. Continue Reading.

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11:46 am CST - April 11, 2014

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Sessions: House Republican Budget Jumpstarts Economy, Expands Opportunity for All Americans


pete-sessions2Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding passage of the fiscal year 2015 House budget resolution: Continue Reading.

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10:00 am CST - April 10, 2014

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COOK: Republican Presidential Bracket, Anyone?


In Republican’s nomination tournament, logic would argue for a center-right pick. But it is clear – passion has been on the right.

2016 Republicans for President3eBy Charlie Cook

Sometimes after losing two consecutive presidential contests, parties become more pragmatic and move toward the center. Other times, they double down on ideology. The extent to which the politics of the 2016 presidential nomination are already encroaching on the 2014 midterm elections is, indeed, quite something.  Continue Reading.

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1:29 pm CST - April 08, 2014

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Cornyn Introduces Bill To Protect Taxpayers From IRS Targeting


Cornyn0114Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement after introducing The Eliminating Improper & Abusive IRS Audits Act of 2014 to provide further accountability and greater taxpayer protection against IRS abuse:

“As we approach the deadline for this tax season, Americans are more skeptical than ever of the IRS after the gross violations of public trust that have come to light over the past year.  Continue Reading.

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1:26 pm CST - April 08, 2014

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Sen. Cruz Bill to Prevent Terrorists Entering U.S. as U.N. Ambassadors Passes By Unanimous Consent


Calls on House to Pass Measure Before Easter Recess 

ted-cruz0214Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today requested and received unanimous consent to pass his bill, S. 2195, which prevents terrorists from entering the United States as United Nations ambassadors. Recently, Iranian President Hasan Rouhani named Hamid Aboutalebi as the nation’s new ambassador to the U.N., which is headquartered in Manhattan. Aboutalebi was an active participant in the group that held 52 Americans hostage in Iran from 1979-1981.    Continue Reading.

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