12:33 pm CST - July 22, 2014
Posted under Quotes
“It bothers me when I hear, ‘It’s the federal government’s job,’ … We live here.”
Texas Insider Report: HIDALGO, Texas –
“The water level varies a lot depending on the time of year. There’s been times when you could walk from that (Mexico) side to this (U.S.) side on the bottom of the riverbed,” says Othal Brand Jr.
“We’ve had trafficking … when it first started it was mostly drug trafficking, human trafficking. And then, it turned to children, families.
“Last year we found eight bodies in the river here. Four of them had no heads. None of them drowned.” says Brand, who is president of the Hidalgo County Water Improvement District 3, and whose father was mayor of McAllen, Texas, for 20 years in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley.
Partly thanks to Brand and the Water District’s efforts, the District 3 pumping facility may be the most secure section along the 1,896-mile Rio Grande River.
It is the main provider of drinking water for the City of McAllen, and its approximately 135,000 residents. Continue Reading.
Disastrous rollout, online malfunctions raise ObamaCare confidentiality concerns
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — If modern technology has ushered in a plague of identity theft, one particular strain of the disease has emerged as most virulent: medical identity theft. And the ObamaCare Affordable Care Act has raised the stakes. Earlier this year the Identity Theft Resource Center produced a survey showing that breaches of personal medical information records accounted for 43% of all 2013 breaches in the U.S. — a far greater chunk of breaches than those in banking or finance, in the government, military, or education. Read More
By State Sen. Donna Campbell
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – The number of undocumented immigrants apprehended in South Texas is up 10-fold over the past two years, and law enforcement officers are overwhelmed. We must act before the situation gets worse. The failure of the Obama Administration to enforce the law when it comes to our southern border is a tragedy, and it has put our state on the brink of a crisis. Read More
By doing nothing & auto-renewing, out-of-pocket contributions will rise 62%
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — For the 8 million people who persevered through all the software trap-doors in the ObamaCare Health Exchanges and signed up for coverage earlier this year, their policies are likely to automatically renew come November when open enrollment begins. What could be so wrong about re-upping with the same ObamaCare Health Plan? Turns out plenty. Read More
Vulnerable Dems huddle over health changes
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ahead of yet another major announcement about changes to ObamaCare (the Affordable Care Act,) the Obama Administration recently took the rare step of naming more than a dozen Democrats it had worked with “in close consultation.” All of the Democrats the White House cited are up for re-election in 2014, and most are either vulnerable, or find themselves early targets by the GOP for their past support of ObamaCare. Read More
Cyber-Security bill could chill news reporting
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — “In sum, the CyberSecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 would enable the federal government to do an end-run around the Constitution, and existing privacy laws,” said the Sunshine in Government Initiative’s letter to Senate Select Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss and all other committee members. Calling the proposal overly broad, the Sunshine in Government group says the bill would chill news-gathering based on confidential sources, and remove meaningful judicial oversight.
Rather than “manage” the crisis, it’s time to stop it.
By Cong. Kevin Brady
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last month, a Guatemalan mother learned her 11-year-old son’s shirtless body was found near a Texas home. He died alone, with just his rosary and a belt with a Chicago phone number written on it. The President’s policies have helped create this unprecedented crisis … So what is he doing to stop it? The answer: Nothing. Read More
On-time H.S. graduation is 21% higher than regular D.C. schools
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — “Across the nation, charter schools continuously get cheated out of resources, even in places like the District of Columbia where charter schools serve as an educational lifeline for 44% of the public school population,” said Kara Kerwin, president of The Center for Education Reform. “D.C. charter leaders are boldly refusing to tolerate this grave injustice to these students, who deserve the same funding level as their traditional school peers.” Read More
Americans should reject false choice of either ‘Comprehensive Reform’, or nothing at all
By Cameron Smith
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – By circumventing immigration law, President Obama has encouraged even more unlawful immigration. In response, America has the choice to either create yet another incentive for unlawful activity by caring for immigrant children and attending to their health needs, or appearing inhumane and uncaring by not doing so.
We have a serious immigration problem, and we need practical solutions. Read More
Florida’s biggest Health Insurer signals Rate Hikes
By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Florida Blue, the state’s dominant health insurer, snagged more than 1-in-3 consumers on the health law’s exchange this year, but many could face rate hikes, said the company’s top executive. “It is far from clear that large enrollment in the marketplace is a financially beneficial place to be,” CEO Patrick Geraghty says in an interview. Read More
10:52 am CST - July 21, 2014
Posted under Opinion
Texas must take action on Migrant Children Crisis
By Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) & Cong. Henry Cuellar (D-TX)
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – It is no secret that we come from different political parties, and differ on many issues. But we are Texans and we know that with the responsibility of public office comes the duty to take action when others will not – to find solutions for the problems facing our state.
Texas stands at the epicenter of a growing humanitarian crisis. Continue Reading.
10:33 am CST - July 14, 2014
Posted under Opinion
Look Who’s Arriving on the NAFTA Train
By Phyllis Schlafly
Americans have been aghast at the sight of unending waves of people, ranging in age from babes in arms to tough tattooed teenage young men. The trip north is no joyride, riding on the top of moving freight cars for hundreds of miles, preyed on by bandits. Those who take this harrowing trip call it La Bestia (the Beast) or the Train of Death.
How were these desperately poor people able to travel the distance of over a thousand miles from their homes in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to the U.S. border? Continue Reading.
12:35 pm CST - June 20, 2014
Posted under Opinion
“… he should start enforcing all U.S. immigration laws.”
By Sen. John Cornyn
Over the past several months, 10′s of 1,000′s of unaccompanied minors – almost all of them from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, or Mexico — have been detained at our southern border while crossing illegally into the United States. A large percentage have been found in the Rio Grande Valley region of South Texas.
Sadly, this ongoing humanitarian crisis is very much a man-made crisis. More specifically, it is a direct result of President Obama’s misguided immigration policies. Continue Reading.
1:46 pm CST - July 23, 2014
Posted under Cartoons