8:01 am CST - March 20, 2015

Posted under Quotes

Austin’s Calling with SID MILLER: 18 Billion Hamburger Patties, 2 Billion Pairs of Blue Jeans

Yes … Texas Agriculture produces 18 billion hamburger patties and 2 billion pairs of blue jeans

Austin's Calling-Miller, Sid3c AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) –

“We produce enough beef in this state each year to make 18 billion hamburger patties … now let me ‘hep you get your mind around that,”  Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller tells Austin’s Calling’s Theresa McKeown.

“If you laid those hamburger patties end-to-end, they’d circle the earth … 400 TIMES! Agriculture’s a $100 billion dollar industry to our state.

Austin's Calling-Miller, Sid3b“You think it’s just corn & cows, but its much more than that … we have olive groves, we raise citrus, its shrimp, its oysters, it’s the wine industry,” Miller says.

“It’s a wide menu when it comes to what we produce in Texas.”

–  Don’t miss the inaugural edition of Austin’s Calling with Theresa McKeown.     Continue Reading.

March 30, 2015

The Scoop

It’s time to Save Medicare & Bury the Death Tax

House Acts, Senate Punts on Medicare
Kevin-brady-mikeTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, DC – As leader of the Health Subcommittee, I’ve been working hard to solve the growing national crisis of fewer local doctors being able to treat Medicare seniors because of the unfair way Medicare pays them. Last year I helped bring together Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate – along with over 600 local health care groups – on a solution, the first agreement in nearly 15 years.  Read More

March 30, 2015

The Scoop

Culberson: On Passage of House Budget

John-Culberson2Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congressman John Culberson (TX-07) released the following statement on this week’s House passage of the Balanced Budget for a Stronger America Act (H.Con.Res. 27): Read More

March 30, 2015

The Scoop

Granger: Brief Congressional Update

From Congresswoman Kay Granger

Kay-GrangerTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – I know many of you have expressed your opinions regarding the recent vote to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) earlier this month. I want to reiterate that the bill to fund DHS did not provide any funding for President Obama’s immigration executive actions that he outlined in November.  Read More

March 30, 2015

The Scoop

Schumer Announces Bid to Replace Reid, Lead Senate Democrats


reid.schumerNew York Senator Charles Schumer formally declared his bid on Friday to become the next U.S. Senate Democratic leader after the current leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, said he was retiring, according to news sources. Read More

March 27, 2015

The Scoop

Budget UPDATE: Texas House to Consider Budget Next Week

And, Protecting Austin Energy Customers

paul-workmanBy State Rep. Paul Workman

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – Next week, the House will take up and consider House Bill 1, the proposed Texas State Budget. The $209.8 billion budget would keep overall growth at 4%, or about 2% per year. The Lone Star Texas Austin State Capitolbudget would leave $8.4 billion on the table (for tax cuts-reform consideration,) and is $2 billion under the state’s constitutional spending limit.   Read More

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The Scoop

Smith: Protect American Seniors

Thornberry Introduces Major Defense Acquisition Reform Bill

House Ways & Means Committee Votes to Repeal Death Tax

Olson Votes to Balance Our Budget

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March 30, 2015

On The Record

Gov. Abbott: On February Jobs Numbers in Texas

abbott.0217Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Workforce Commission today announced that Texas added 7,100 jobs in the month of February, with the unemployment dropping to 4.3 percent, down from 4.4 percent in January 2015. Following the release, Governor Abbott issued the following statement: Read More

March 30, 2015

On The Record

Lt. Gov . Patrick: The Beginning of the End of the Franchise Tax

dan.patrict4Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Senate delivered a historic tax relief package for homeowners and businesses this week. Senate Bill 1(SB 1), Senate Joint Resolution 1(SJR 1), Senate Bill 7 and Senate Bill 8 (SB 7 & SB 8) passed out of the Senate with strong bipartisan support. Read More

March 30, 2015

On The Record

Smith to Host Live NASA Downlink with Space Station at Local High School

Special guest Apollo Astronaut Charlie Duke will share experience as one of just twelve people to ever walk on the Moon

Lamar Smith Science-Space-TechnologyTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, DC  — Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) will host a live television downlink with astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) next MONDAY April 6, 2015 at 10:15 AM CT at Smithson Valley High School. Congressman Smith will be joined by former Apollo Astronaut Charlie Duke to host the event. Read More

March 30, 2015

On The Record

First Lady Cecilia Abbott Addresses 2015 Texas Science And Engineering Fair

cecilia.abbottTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – (SAN ANTONIO) – Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott today addressed the 2015 Texas Science and Engineering Fair in San Antonio where she offered encouragement and congratulations to the participating students. Following her remarks, First Lady Abbott toured the science fair, viewing exhibits and visiting with students. Read More

March 30, 2015

On The Record

Texas Unemployment Falls to 4.3% in February

Job growth continues with the statewide addition of 7,100 positions

Andres-AlcantarTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas –Fueled by an impressive expansion in the Trade, Transportation and Utilities industry, Texas saw continued seasonally adjusted job growth in February. The Trade, Transportation and Utilities industry saw its largest monthly increase in more than 20 years with the addition of 16,300 jobs. Read More

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On The Record

Kerry Orders State Dept. Review as Hillary Email Flap Grows

House Bill 80 Passed by the Texas House

Court Grants General Paxton’s Request for Preliminary Injunction to Halt Obama Administration’s Proposed FMLA Rule

Keith Patridge, President and CEO of McAllen EDC, to Lend Expertise on Business and Politics

Gene Green Votes for Budget that Invests in Hard-working Americans, Students, and Seniors

8:36 am CST - March 30, 2015

Posted under Opinion

Extending the Lie

By Ken Blackwell

ken-blackwellAlmost seven months after the fateful, fatal encounter between Michael Brown and former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, Attorney General Eric Holder officially announced a truth he had been holding close for months – that the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” mantra that had been used since August was based on a lie. The lie was widely embraced by the media, public officials, and some with celebrity status. We witnessed not only protesters in the streets, but Rams players, members of Congress, and CNN ‘journalists’ in ‘hands up’ poses. Continue Reading.

8:35 am CST - March 30, 2015

Posted under Opinion

2016 Super-PAC Strategies for Success

By Karl Rove

Campaign-contribution limits in the early going magnify the importance of these organizations.

karl-rove3By using Twitter to announce his entry into the 2016 Republican presidential race, Sen. Ted Cruz signaled just how pervasive social media will be this election. Two other trends are worth watching. There will be a greater reliance on data and technology in organizing, communicating and measuring the effectiveness of campaign activity—and every presidential candidate will have a Super PAC. Continue Reading.

8:33 am CST - March 30, 2015

Posted under Opinion

What Was Really at Stake in the Israeli Election: Free Enterprise

By John C. Goodman

john-goodman-ncpaIn terms of skills and education, Israel probably has the highest level of human capital per person in the whole world. Yet it’s per capita output is mediocre – in the middle of the developed country pack. Why is that? Because Israel has been slow to adopt capitalism.

How do I know that? Because Bibi Netanyahu told me that in an interview in Dallas, several years before he because prime minister. Once he became Israel’s leader, he was been able to do something about it. Continue Reading.

8:29 am CST - March 30, 2015

Posted under Cartoons