9:10 am CST - February 03, 2016

Posted under Quotes

Cong. Will Hurd Talks: On Iranian Threats, Border Security & Hillary’s Email Exposures

Texas Insider Hurd, Cong. Will 2-1-16bFreshman lawmaker has rare distinction of passing 4 Bills, and having them signed into law

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – 

“My background is in National Security. I spent 9 years as an undercover officer in the CIA before coming to Congress.

“The problem with this administration is, that our enemies don’t fear us, and our allies don’t trust us. That has to change,” Cong. Will Hurd, who represents the 23rd Congressional District of Texas, tells Insider’s Jim Cardle.

“The President’s refusal to forcefully respond to their (Iran’s) aggressive posturing undermines our allies’ confidence, and projects weakness to our enemies,” says Hurd, who serves on the House Homeland Security Committee and spent 9 years overseas as an undercover CIA operative prior to being elected to Congress.

– Watch Texas Insider’s interview with Cong. Will Hurd, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee who serves as Vice Chair of the Border Security Subcommittee.      Continue Reading.



February 05, 2016

The Scoop

MILLS: Cruz Victory Signals Possible Change in Energy, Tax Policies

An Insider’s ENERGY REPORT

Alex Mills Texas Alliance of Energy Producers3cBy Alex Mills

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – Texas Senator Ted Cruz won the Iowa Republican presidential caucus even though Iowa’s popular governor publicly criticized Cruz’s energy and tax policies, which include his opposition to ethanol subsidies and mandated use requirements. The elevation of the ted-cruz0813issue by Governor Terry Branstad made national news and became one of the key issues that separated Cruz from former poll leader Donald Trump, who supports ethanol subsidies.    Read More

February 04, 2016

The Scoop

Cornyn, Cruz Lead Coalition Filing Amicus Brief in Support of Texas HB 2 

Senators Joined by U.S. Reps. Hartzler, Olson, Smith

cornyn-cruzTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), along with U.S. Representatives Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Pete Olson (R-TX), and Lamar Smith (R-TX), led a broad Congressional coalition filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Texas HB 2, which establishes standards for abortion providers and facilities. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt later this Spring. Read More

February 04, 2016

The Scoop

Cong. Barton Backs Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act

joe-barton1Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Joe Barton (R-Ennis/ Arlington) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 3662, the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act. As a part of the Iran Nuclear Negotiations, President Obama agreed to provide certain individuals and organizations in Iran relief from sanctions. Some of these organizations could be connected with terrorist activities but this bill prohibits the president from providing relief for these groups until security concerns can be alleviated. Additionally, it allows greater Congressional oversight and approval.
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February 04, 2016

The Scoop

House Republicans Fire Back at Affordable Care Act Repeal Veto

We proved a repeal of ObamaCare is just a matter of time ’

will.hurd.2Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the President’s veto of the Reconciliation bill that guts ObamaCare and reduces the federal budget by $516 billion over the next ten years, House Republicans held a vote to over-ride the President’s attempt to protect his failed signature legislation. Unfortunately, the vote fell short today due to every Democrat voting along party lines against the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015. Read More

February 04, 2016

The Scoop

Clinton, Sanders Spar Over ‘Progressive’ Label

By John Wagner and Abby Phillip

John.Wagner--Abby.PhillipDERRY, N.H. — The two Democratic presidential hopefuls sparred Wednesday over whether Hillary Clinton is enough of a “progressive,” while she and Bernie Sanders both sought to manage expectations in a race that has now shifted to very different terrain. Read More

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The Scoop

The Ongoing Border Surge: Immigration Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Problems

Soros Gives $6 Million to Hillary Super PAC

Find Out How Much Obamacare Rates Increased in Texas

Rubio Emerges as GOP’s Champion in 3-Way Race

Sanctuary Cities: Culberson Pledges to Use Power of Purse to Block Law Enforcement Grants

February 05, 2016

On The Record

Byron Cook Asks Opponent McNutt About E-Verify

He was a vice president at Collin Street when the case was settled & records were sealed.”

Braddock, Scott3eBy Scott Braddock

Following a report that undocumented immigrants have worked at the Collin Street Bakery in Corsicana, Texas House State Affairs Committee Chairman Byron Cook (right) ratcheted up the heat on his GOP primary challenger Thomas McNutt recently by challenging him to implement the E-Verify System at the Cook, State Rep. Byron3ecompany where he is a vice president. “My opponent is a hypocrite. McNutt says he’s opposed to sanctuary cities, but is running a ‘sanctuary business’ himself because illegal aliens know the Navarro Pecan Company and Collin Street Bakery does not participate in the E-Verify program,” said Cook.    Read More

February 04, 2016

On The Record

Gov. Abbott Releases First “Report To The People Of Texas”

A Look Back at Abbott’s 1st Year in Office

abbott.0217Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas –  The Office of Governor Greg Abbott released its first “Report to the People of Texas,” which highlights the shared successes of Texas during the Governor’s first year in office. The report takes a look at the economy and businesses that expanded or relocated to Texas, in addition to providing an overview of legislation passed to cut taxes, improve Texas’ public and higher education systems, build new roads, secure our border and chart a course that keeps the Lone Star State a beacon of individual liberty and economic opportunity. Read More

February 04, 2016

On The Record

Plunging Oil Prices Effect on Texas Economy: Comptroller Hegar Visits with Texas Oil & Gas Assoc.

glenn-hagarTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Last year Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar embarked on the Good for Texas Tour, participating in town hall meetings across the state to find out what issues are important to Texans. As a follow-up to his tour, the Comptroller announced today the launch of the Good for Texas Talks, issues-focused interviews with influential state stakeholders.
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February 04, 2016

On The Record

Dan Flynn Earns Backing of Texas State NRA

Flynn is rated A+ and Endorsed “State Rep. Dan Flynn is the right man for the job!” 

nra3dan-flynnTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas –  (Van, TX): The National Rifle Association endorses Representative Dan Flynn for re-election.

In a recent action alert, the NRA-PVF wrote, “There are few, if any, state lawmakers who have fought harder to expand your self-defense rights and options than Dan Flynn.  Read More

February 04, 2016

On The Record

Fraudulent Use of Identifying Information


TWC Prosecutes North Central Texas Child Care Provider

andresalcantarTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Cumby Kids Day Care Center owner and child care provider, Angela Lee was indicted of Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information on May 12, 2014. The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) received an anonymous complaint alleging Lee had falsified the child care applications of her customers.
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On The Record

Hillary’s Iowa ‘Win’ is a Big Loss for Democrats

Lt. Governor Patrick on TxDOT Congestion Projects

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Bryan Hughes for Senate Earns Texas Farm Bureau Backing

12:18 pm CST - February 04, 2016

Posted under Opinion

Issa: FBI Has No Choice But to Recommend Clinton Indictment

By Katie Pavlich

katie-pavlich2Former Secretary of State and current Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been under criminal investigation by the FBI for nearly a year. At this point, it’s been reported Clinton hosted thousands of emails containing classified information on her private email server. Worse, at least 22-emails contain the most sensitive of all top secret information about human sources, putting lives at risk in addition to compromising U.S. national security.  Continue Reading.

12:16 pm CST - February 04, 2016

Posted under Opinion

The Establishment Is Dead

By Ben Shapiro

ben-shapiroIn Monday’s Iowa caucus, Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, the man most hated by the Republican establishment, came from behind to nab front-runner Donald Trump. Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the supposed establishment favorite, came in just a point behind Trump. According to conventional wisdom, this should set up a battle royal among anti-establishment Cruz, anti-establishment Trump and establishment Rubio. If Rubio emerges victorious, the pundits explain, the establishment will have lived to fight another day, and put those rowdy conservative grass-roots anti-establishment types in their place. Continue Reading.

12:23 pm CST - February 02, 2016

Posted under Opinion

Republican Debate Shows Where Comprehensive Immigration Is Headed: Nowhere

By Michael Barone

Michael-Barone1213Donald Trump was absent from Fox News’ Republican debate Thursday night, presiding at his own event seven minutes’ drive away featuring cameo appearances by the two previous Iowa Republican caucus winners exiled now to the undercard debate, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum. But the issue Trump raised to high-decibel level at his announcement last June was front and center at the main event: immigration. Continue Reading.

10:21 am CST - February 05, 2016

Posted under Cartoons