10:44 am CST - November 25, 2014

Posted under Quotes

McCaul: “I will use every tool at my disposal to stop the president’s unconstitutional actions…”

House Homeland Security Committee chair says actions threaten our Democracy

McCaul, Cong. Michael Homeland Security Chrmn.11-22-14WASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report)  

“On Thursday night, President Obama decided to go it alone by issuing an Executive Order granting amnesty for millions of undocumented immigrants who crossed our borders illegally. This action is a politically motivated slap in the face to the American people and our Constitution, and he lacks the authority to do so,” said House Homeland Security Committee chairman, Cong. Michael McCaul, (R-TX,) immediately following President Obama’s executive actions announcement Thursday evening.

In fact 22 times throughout his presidency, President Obama has stated he lacked the authority to act on immigration without Congress,” said McCaul.

“As chairman of the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, I will use every tool at my disposal to stop the president’s unconstitutional actions from being implemented.”

   – Watch or read more of Cong. Michael McCaul’s comments in their entirety here.  Continue Reading.

November 25, 2014

The Scoop

Texas Public School Growth Jumps 19% Over Last Decade

TEA: 51.8% Hispanic, 29.5% white enrollment in 2013-2014

Capitol-TEA-Texas Education AgencyAUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – Enrollment in Texas public schools continues to climb, growing by 19% over the past decade to 5,151,925 students in the 2013-2014 school year according to a new Texas Education Agency (TEA) report released earlier today. Enrollment in Texas Public Schools 2013-2014 child kid education learndocuments the ethnically and culturally diverse populations that are increasingly attending the state’s public schools.   Read More

November 24, 2014

The Scoop

Abbott Endorses Lois Kolkhorst In Senate District 18 Special Election

December 6th Special Election, Early voting begins November 26th

lois-kolkhorstAUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – “During her time in the legislature, Lois has been a steadfast advocate for job creation, smaller government and a secure border. She has stood shoulder to shoulder with our fellow conservatives – and my office – in the fight against federal greg-abbottgovernment overreach,” said Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott earlier today, announcing his endorsement of State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst in the special election to fill the Texas Senate seat left vacant following Sen. Glenn Hegar’s election as Comptroller.   Read More

November 19, 2014

The Scoop

An Insider’s ENERGY REPORT: $75 Per Barrel for 1st Quarter 2015?

U.S. Oil Production Continues To Rise
Alex Mills Texas Alliance of Energy ProducersBy Alex Mills

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – “Clearly the decline of oil prices suggests that the current expansion of oil and gas drilling and development activity that began in January 2010 might be about to come to an end,” said Karr Ingham, the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers economist who created the Texas Petro Index (TPI) and maintains it monthly. “Any slowdown  and the depth Texas Petro Index-Ingham, Karrand length of that slowdown  will depend entirely upon how far prices fall and how long they remain relatively low.”   Read More

November 19, 2014

The Scoop

Immigration Reform: President to Address Nation Thursday Night

This is a step forward in the President’s plan to work with Congress…”

 Josh Earnest3dWASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) “Our immigration system has been broken for decades — and every minute we fail to act, millions of people who live in the shadows but want to play by the rules and pay taxes have no way to live right by the law and contribute to our country,” said White House Press Secretary Josh obama-presEarnest, announcing President Obama’s plans to address the nation Thursday night at 7 p.m. central time (8p.m. ET.)  CLICK HERE for details.   Read More

November 12, 2014

The Scoop

Smith: America is Stronger Because of Sacrifices

“. . . Our commitment to our veterans is not something to remember only one day a year, but a commitment which lasts a lifetime.”

lamar-smith-warriorTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – (SAN ANTONIO) – Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) released the following statement today in honor of our nation’s observance of Veterans Day:

Congressman Smith:  “Today we honor all the veterans, past and present, who have served our country and defended our nation’s freedoms. Read More

Recent Headlines

The Scoop

Pete Sessions Opposes Unprecedented Government Regulations on the Internet

Charles Rangel: Calling Tea Party ‘White Crackers’ Was ‘Endearment’

VA Now Focused on Customer Service, Chief Says

O’Reilly, Kelly Back ‘Straight Shooter’ Lynch as AG

The Democrats ‘War On Women’ Ends … With A Whimper

November 20, 2014

On The Record

Is Ted Cruz On Wrong Side of Net Neutrality?

And are Republicans siding with your cable company?

Net Nuetrality cyber security cybersecurity dont mess with internetBy Carlos Martinez

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas –  It hasn’t even been two weeks since the election, and the Republican Party is already hard at work alienating young voters. And who’s leading the charge? Our own Texas senator, Ted Cruz.   Read More

November 17, 2014

On The Record

Dan Flynn Talks: Immigration, Amnesty & Election 2014

Texas has absolutely no (Border Security) assistance from the federal government. It’s shameful.”

Texas Insider Flynn, Dan 11-5-14bAUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – “As I go around to speak to various groups, whether its a Town Hall Meeting, any of the service clubs or a Chamber of Commerce-type meeting … the #1 question now is always about Border Security and-or immigration and amnesty, which is fairly unusual because its normally the economy or jobs that’re on people’s minds” child-migrant-border-surge3asaid State Rep. Dan Flynn (R-HD2,) having just returned from another tour of the Texas-Mexico Border with a group of elected officials from the State of Colorado.   Read More

November 17, 2014

On The Record

WOOLLEY: Blowout Losses, Election Returns Tell the Story

What we got here is a failure to communicate

Lynn Woolley radioBy Lynn Woolley

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – The venerable CBS Sunday show “Face the Nation” has turned 60 – and used the occasion to score an interview with President Obama.  The President told Bob Schieffer that his policies are fine.  It’s just that the “politics” was not Obama-cellphone-Presidential-Limoup to par. The president that likes to blame his failures on others blamed his communications staff for not selling Obama-ism to the public.   Read More

November 12, 2014

On The Record

Van de Putte Applauds New Veterans Mental Health Funding

Leticia.Van.dePuteTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas –  Today, as our nation honors its heroic veterans and their families, State Senator Leticia Van de Putte applauded the announcement of $1 million in state funding for veterans mental health care. Van de Putte is Chair of the Texas Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations, a position she has held since 2003. Read More

November 12, 2014

On The Record

Representative Jeff Leach pre-files Initial Legislation In Advance of 84th legislative Session

jeff-leachTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – This week, State Representative Jeff Leach pre-filed his initial legislative package in advance of the 84th Legislative Session, which convenes on January 13, 2015.

“After spending the last several months on a ‘listening tour’ throughout the district, meeting with constituents, community and business leaders, parents, teachers, educators and various elected officials, I believe I have gained a clear understanding of the needs and desires of my constituency,” said Leach. Read More

Recent Headlines

On The Record

State Representative Flynn Submits Bills for Early Filing

Lt. Governor Dewhurst Honors Our Veterans with Keynote Address

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McCaul: Americans Deserve to Have Secure Borders

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3:19 pm CST - November 20, 2014

Posted under Opinion

About Our Bulging Public School Payrolls

steven-malangaBy Steven Malanga

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) Back in 2011 I wrote a piece in the Wall St. Journal about the increase in local government payrolls over the decades, focusing in particular on school systems and the rise in both teacher-to-student ratios and the sharp increase in non-teaching employees.

Some defenders of the schools wrote to suggest the growth in employees had been driven by demographic factors, including a sharp increase in special ed students and students who spoke English as a second language.    Continue Reading.

10:17 am CST - November 12, 2014

Posted under Opinion

Big Truthy Is Watching (Some of) You

By Michelle Malkin

michelle-malkin2This week, President Obama launched a prominent social media campaign on behalf of “net neutrality” and urged the FCC to “keep the Internet free and open.”

The man has gall.

This is the same speech-squelcher in chief whose administration snooped on reporters; vengefully audited tea party pro-life activists and conservative election watchdogs and slow-walked the probe into the IRS witch hunt against them; entertained a government scheme to monitor story selection in TV newsrooms; and forked over $1 million to a researcher building a Twitter-snooping database. Continue Reading.

10:15 am CST - November 12, 2014

Posted under Opinion

A Common-Sense Prescription for Immigration Reform

By Dr. Ben Carson

Dr.Ben-CarsonWe have all heard it said many times that America is a land of immigrants, some voluntary and some involuntary, but immigrants nevertheless. We have plenty of space in our country, but insufficient resources to support everyone who wants to come here. When we see innocent children used as political pawns, it still tugs at our heartstrings, which is the desired intent. The real question is: What are we going to do about it? Immigration reform has been a very tough issue, as well as a political football, and it has produced governmental stalemates and no useful solutions for decades. Continue Reading.

3:32 pm CST - November 24, 2014

Posted under Cartoons