10:15 am CST - January 30, 2015

Posted under Quotes

Tan Parker, Texas House Republican Caucus Chairman, Talks: Conservative Republicans Unite


I certainly don’t think we’ve been too conservative, and my perspective is that we can & will continue…”

Texas Insider Parker, Tan Repub. Caucus Chrm 1-18-15AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) –

Many people have said that we had the most conservative session in history last time around … I certainly don’t think we’ve been too conservative, and my perspective is that we can & will continue to leverage that success in this 84th session of the legislature,” State. Rep. Tan Parker tells Insider’s Jim Cardle.

Texas Insider Parker, Tan Repub. Caucus Chrm 1-18-15c“Make no mistake about it – we will provide tax relief in the budget that comes out of the House,” says the Chairman of the Texas House Republican Caucus.

–  Don’t miss the Insider’s conversation with Tan Parker, Chairman of the Texas House Republican Caucus and State Representative from House District 63.    Continue Reading.

January 29, 2015

The Scoop

Cornyn Hails Bipartisan Approval of Keystone Bill

‘The President has called on Congress to pass bipartisan infrastructure projects, and soon he’ll have the opportunity to sign one.’

Cornyn-092413WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement after the Senate passed legislation authorizing construction of the Keystone pipeline with bipartisan support. Read More

January 29, 2015

The Scoop

Smith Questions Companies’ Access to HealthCare.gov

Every American who has visited the Obamacare website may have been monitored by numerous companies without their consent or knowledge…”

lamar.smith3Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following news reports last week that as many as 50 data mining companies were provided direct access to monitor information entered on the HealthCare.gov website, Science, Space & Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) today sent several letters seeking an explanation. Read More

January 29, 2015

The Scoop

Cruz Joins Effort to Expand School Choice

Every child must have hope and opportunity for a better life

ted-cruz102413Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today joined as lead cosponsor of the Enhancing Educational Opportunities for All Act, which was introduced by Sen. Mike Lee, R-UT, to make a quality K-12 education more accessible and affordable to low-income parents and students. Congressman Luke Messer, R-IN, is author of the bill and has filed companion legislation in the House of Representatives. Read More

January 29, 2015

The Scoop

BRADY: Weakness Abroad Shouldn’t Delay Normalization

“Further delay poses long-term risks to our economy.” says House economic leader

kevin-brady-lgTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Cong. Kevin Brady (R-TX,) the top House Republican on the Joint Economic Committee and a senior member of the House Ways & Means Committee, made the following comments, following the release of the FOMC Statement, which declared “Based on its current assessment, the Committee judges that it can be patient in beginning to normalize the stance of monetary policy.” Read More

January 29, 2015

The Scoop

Cong. Green’s Healthcare Forum Serves 80

Houstonians registered for health insurance at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center, gained coverage for 2015

gene-greenTexas Insider Report: Houston, Texas On Saturday, January 24th Cong. Gene Green hosted a Healthcare Enrollment Forum at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center. Read More

Recent Headlines

The Scoop

Border & Homeland Security Threats? Its a Matter of Funding

Lt. Gov. Patrick Announces Senate Committee Assignments

McCaul Leads Congressmen to Tour Southwest Border

State of the Union: Stale Demands for Taxes Won’t Help Middle Class

Rep. Tony Dale Files E-Verify Bill to Secure Jobs for Texans

January 29, 2015

On The Record

PAXTON: Majority of States Now Part of Anti-Obama Immigration Lawsuit

Tennessee, Nevada Officially Join

ken-paxtonTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that Tennessee & Nevada have officially joined the multi-state coalition led by Texas fighting President Obama’s illegal attempt to unilaterally grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. The addition of these two states brings the total to 26, representing more than half the states in the Union. Read More

January 29, 2015

On The Record

Substantial Tax Relief for Texans is Top Priority

Senate Finance Chair Nelson Files Budget

jane.nelsonTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas Senate Finance Committee Chairwoman Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) filed the Senate version of the budget today, as Senate Bill 2. The Senate budget will include $3 billion dollars in funds allocated for property tax relief, and $1 billion towards business tax relief for a substantial total of $4 billion.  Read More

January 29, 2015

On The Record

Land Commissioner George P. Bush Expands Veteran Benefits

Benefits now include low-interest land loans up to $125,000
George.P.Bush2Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas  — Texas veterans are now eligible for low-interest land loans up to $125,000 — the maximum allowed by law. Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush increased the land loan limit in his first act as chairman of the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB).  The previous land loan limit was $100,000.

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January 29, 2015

On The Record

Schwertner Files E-Verify Legislation for State Agencies

SB 374 would require all state agencies to use E-Verify system

charles.schwertnerTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas Texas taxpayers should be confident that their hard-earned tax dollars are being directed to legitimate purposes and not spent hiring immigrants who are ineligible to work in this country legally. SB 374 will go a long way to ensuring just that,” said State Sen. Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown,) as he filed SB 374, which would require all of Texas’ state agencies to utilize the federal E-Verify system to determine the legal work status of their employees.  Read More

January 29, 2015

On The Record

Texas Prepaid Tuition Deadline Approaches

Peace of mind for countless Texas parents

glenn.hegarTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas  Texas families seeking to lock in the cost of undergraduate tuition and fees at Texas public colleges and universities are urged to enroll their children in the Texas Tuition Promise Fund® prior to the close of the current enrollment period, which ends on Feb. 28th. Read More

Recent Headlines

On The Record

Abbott Sets Date For Runoff Elections

Sen. Larry Taylor Lands Senate Education Chairmanship

Sen. Paul Bettencourt: On Committee Appointments

Cornyn: Time For President to Listen To The American People, Approve Keystone

GARZA: Obama’s State of the Union Leaves Americans Disappointed

1:12 pm CST - January 29, 2015

Posted under Opinion

Another Snow Job

By Cal Thomas

cal-thomasThe network meteorologists barely had time to come up for air while “forecasting” the latest snowstorm non-disaster. Politicians, fearing what might happen to their approval numbers if a blizzard hit, went on TV to announce they were taking proactive measures. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio shut down tunnels, bridges, even the subway to prepare for the worst. Governors Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie announced road closings in New York and New Jersey. Continue Reading.

1:10 pm CST - January 29, 2015

Posted under Opinion

Say “No” to Common Core: Choose To Refuse

By Michelle Malkin

michelle-malkinThis is National School Choice Week, but I want to talk about parents’ school testing choice. Moms and dads, you have the inherent right and responsibility to protect your children. You can choose to refuse the top-down Common Core racket of costly standardized tests of dubious academic value, reliability and validity.

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Continue Reading.

3:14 pm CST - January 28, 2015

Posted under Opinion

The EPA Is Coming to Texas, and Wants Your Opinion

EPA’s Arlington meeting is free and open to the public

Matthews, Dr. MerrillBy Dr. Merrill Matthews, Ph.D.

Texas Insider Report: Dallas, Texas – Sometimes you just have to wonder if the Environmental Protection Agency has it out for Texas — and, ironically, for obama press conference3fPresident Obama.

This Thursday, EPA officials will hold a public hearing at Arlington City Hall on a proposal that, if implemented, would be devastating to the Texas economy.   Continue Reading.

9:51 am CST - January 26, 2015

Posted under Cartoons