2:25 pm CST - May 21, 2015

Posted under Quotes

Texas Tax Cuts & Border Security: Chairman Dennis Bonnen Talks End-Game

Appraisals can go up, but the rates should go down. That is only controlled at that local level.”

Texas Insider Bonnen, Dennis 5-21-15AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – “The latest is that the House has respectfully set sales tax (cuts) aside I want to have that discussion again in the future, but we’ve set that aside  and we agreed that we’ll have a $10,000 Homestead Exemption increase.

“One thing that I want to point out, and its been the message that the House has been trying to deliver all Session long is, we’re proud to do tax relief, but we don’t want it sold incorrectly,” State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, the Texas House’s chief tax authority tells Insider’s Jim Cardle.

“People get very frustrated by elected leaders who don’t tell the truth, and who over-sell things to them. So the House’s position has been that we’re proud to do a $10,000 property tax exemption and get that done … But in the House we want to be very clear; we’re probably not going to Texas Insider Bonnen, Dennis 5-21-15abe able to even really lower what that Property Tax Bill is.

“The best way to do that is for you to go talk to your City Council, go talk to your County Commissioner, go talk to your School Board. They control those rates. And, appraisals aren’t really the problem … appraisals can go up, but the rates should go down. That is only controlled at that local level,” Bonnen said.

– Don’t miss Insider’s update with State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, author of the 25% Franchise Tax Cut Bill and chairman of the tax-reforming House Ways & Means Committee.    Continue Reading.



May 22, 2015

The Scoop

BROTHERS IN ARMS–A Memorial Day Tribute

Congressman Sam Johnson

Sam JohnsonEleven of us comprised the infamous Alcatraz Gang. Essentially – we were our own “Band of Brothers” – 11 Prisoners of War labeled “die-hards” for our refusal to cooperate with our captors. Isolated so remotely, our Hell on Earth could only be called Alcatraz. Read More

May 22, 2015

The Scoop

Sen. Cornyn, Rep. Johnson Reintroduce IRS Reform Act

Holding IRS Accountable & Fighting Waste, Fraud and Abuse

cornyn1214sam-johnsonTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) reintroduced the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) Reform Act. 

The ITIN Reform Act is in response to a highly critical 2012 Tax Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report on the IRS’ handling of ITIN applications. Read More

May 22, 2015

The Scoop

Obama Administration Withholds Critical Information About Iran

Senators send letter to Secretary of Defense Carter

ted-cruz0813Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), along with Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), today sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter expressing strong concern over the ongoing publication delay of the Defense Department’s Annual Report on the Military Power of Iran. They have requested the report be published no later than May 30, 2015. Read More

May 22, 2015

The Scoop

Leadership for America

From Congresswoman Kay Granger

kay-granger3Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C.– 
There are many challenges that our country faces at home and abroad. This new Congress was elected last November to provide leadership and govern effectively on behalf of the American people. Members of both parties need to work together to get results, particularly when it comes to ensuring that our military is ready to combat the diverse threats that our nation faces and making sure that our service members and their families are taken care of. Read More

May 22, 2015

The Scoop

Culberson’s CJS Bill Approved by House Appropriations Committee

Makes Law Enforcement, Space Exploration & Scientific Research Top Priorities

John-CulbersonTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House Appropriations Committee yesterday approved a fiscal year 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) funding bill crafted under the leadership of Congressman John Culberson (TX-07). The bill provides $51.4 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Commerce, Department of Justice, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Science Foundation (NSF) and other related agencies. Read More

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The Scoop

Speaker Straus: On Crunch Time & Legislative Session 2015

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May 22, 2015

On The Record

Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, Speaker Straus Announce Tax Relief For Texans

Straus.Abbott.PatrickTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Speaker Joe Straus today announced a $3.8 billion tax relief package for Texas businesses and homeowners. The agreement reached by the Lt. Governor and the Speaker on a tax proposal, along with additional legislation, includes: Read More

May 22, 2015

On The Record

Statement on Removal of Budget Provision Banning State Funds for High-Speed Rail Projects

Charles-Schwertner2Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Tonight, Senator Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown) issued the following statement regarding the removal of Rider 48 from House Bill 1:

“Late this evening, in a 6-4 vote, I came up short in my attempt to ban the use of state taxpayer dollars to support the construction of a high-speed railway in Texas. Read More

May 22, 2015

On The Record

Attorney General Paxton Statement on Passage of Pastor Protection Bill

Attorney General Paxton Statement on Passage of Pastor Protection Bill

ken-paxtonTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued the following statement applauding the passage of the Senate Bill 2065 by Sen. Craig Estes on second reading. Read More

May 22, 2015

On The Record

Senator Creighton on House and Senate Tax Relief Plan

Brandon-CreightonTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas— Today, Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) made the following statement after the House and Senate announced their agreed upon tax relief plan for the 84th Legislative Session:

Read More

May 22, 2015

On The Record

Texas Adds 287,000 Jobs Over the Past Year

State unemployment rate remains at lowest level since July 2007

Andres-AlcantarTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas —Texas has added an estimated 287,000 seasonally adjusted jobs over the past year including a modest gain in April with the addition of 1,200 positions during the month. The state has experienced job gains in three of the first four months of 2015. Read More

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On The Record

Sharia Law Bill Moves Closer to Senate Passage

McCaul Asks IRS to Review Clinton Foundation Tax Exempt Status

PHIL KING: A Major Pro-Life Victory in Texas House

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Abbott Signs Pro-Oil & Gas Bill

12:42 pm CST - May 22, 2015

Posted under Opinion

How Obama Radically Transformed America’s Patent System

By Michelle Malkin

michelle-malkin33Patent law is not something most Americans are passionate about or have ever contemplated — which is exactly why the Obama White House and Congress got away with making radical changes to our time-tested traditions of protecting the fruits of entrepreneurial inventors’ labor.

It’s yet another progressive horror story of abandoning what works in the name of what’s politically trendy. For left-wing saboteurs and their Big Business GOP enablers, this means throwing our unique patent system and its constitutional underpinnings under an 18-wheeler. So-called “patent reform” proposals continue to plague Capitol Hill. But like health care “reform” and education “reform,” these government cures are worse than any purported disease. Continue Reading.

12:41 pm CST - May 22, 2015

Posted under Opinion

When Politicians Loathe the Press

By Karl Rove

Obama assails the media, while Hillary Clinton figures she can duck them until Election Day.

karl-roveMost politicians occasionally get upset at the media. But few demonstrate as much contempt for journalists as do Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Sometimes it appears they’d prefer a state-run media rather than a free press.

For example, last week at a Georgetown University conference on poverty, President Obama indulged in a favorite pastime: attacking Fox News (for which I am a political contributor). Mr. Obama asserted that stories suggesting “the poor are sponges, leeches, don’t want to work” are a “constant menu” on the cable news channel. Of course that isn’t true, but how would he know? Does anyone believe Mr. Obama is a regular Fox viewer?  Continue Reading.

12:39 pm CST - May 22, 2015

Posted under Opinion

George Clintonopoulos!

By Larry Elder

larry-elderWhat took so long?

The question isn’t whether George Stephanopoulos compromised his credentials as a “journalist” by failing to reveal his donations to the Clinton Foundation. The question is why, immediately after Stephanopoulos left the Clinton administration, ABC hired this partisan in the first place.

In 1996, when ABC hired him, the initial press release said he would “serve both as a political analyst and as a correspondent.” Continue Reading.

12:37 pm CST - May 22, 2015

Posted under Cartoons