10:56 am CST - April 29, 2016

Posted under Quotes

Obama White House Appears to Back Trump’s Idea for Taller Fence

Trump, Donald for President4Secret Service: “Current fence simply is not adequate for a modern era.”

Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has become fairly well known for an affection for building walls. And, his proposal has always been opposed by the Obama Administration, as well as other liberals and Democrats. But apparently, not this time.

The current fence simply is not adequate for a modern era. We’ve said that before. It is becoming more and more acutely clear that that is, in fact, the case,” said Secret Service official Tom Dougherty in a briefing to federal officials earlier this year, according to the copy of an agency report obtained by the Washington-based NBC News 4 I-Team.

(The fence) is entirely scale-able, depending upon the circumstances. And we have now a society that tends to want to jump over the fence,” Daugherty said in the briefing, which comes on the heels of an increasing number of people White House5attempting to breach the security barrier that encircles the nation’s Executive Mansion.

After a recent spike in attempts to climb the fence protecting the White House from unauthorized entry, the U.S. Secret Service plans to raise the height of the current security fence by 5 feet, and add a new concrete foundation to reduce the risk of fence-jumpers.

— WATCH VIDEO COVERAGE HERE.    Continue Reading.



April 29, 2016

The Scoop

MILLS: In Difficult Times, We Are Hesitant to Weaken the RRC or Re-Assign Duties

An Insider’s ENERGY REPORT: Texas’ SUNSET ADVISORY COMMISSION issues its Texas Railroad Commission Report

Alex Mills Texas Alliance of Energy Producers3cBy Alex Mills

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – The Texas Alliance of Energy Producers has received the Texas Railroad Commission Sunset Report for 2016, and is carefully reviewing it. Sunset staff and RRC staff are to be commended for working together. Reports like this are time-consuming and complicated to generate. We respectfully ask our elected officials in the Legislature to please be very careful in the consideration of any new taxes, fees, increased overhead costs, or a transfer of regulatory duties.    Read More

April 28, 2016

The Scoop

Cornyn, Senators Introduce Bill Improving Veterans’ Access to Care

‘The brave men and women who took a solemn oath and selflessly served our country deserve the best medical care available – not more excuses and ineffective bureaucracy.’

cornyn1214Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. —    U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and six other Senators today introduced the Care Veterans Deserve Act of 2016, legislation that would expand access to care at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) while enhancing choice and flexibility in veterans health care. Read More

April 28, 2016

The Scoop

Biden Donor: ‘If Hillary Is the Nominee’

Newsmax.com 

joe-bidenVice President Joe Biden is considered a favorite among Democrats and could potentially be a major figure — along with President Barack Obama — in helping front-runner Hillary Clinton generate excitement over her presidential campaign. However, The Hill reports that tensions linger between the two after the vice president hemmed and hawed over a White House run earlier this year.  Read More

April 28, 2016

The Scoop

Olson Honored with Conservative Excellence Award

pete-olsonTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. —   Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) was honored yesterday with the “Award for Conservative Excellence” from the American Conservative Union (ACU).  In 2015, Olson received a 92% conservative rating from the ACU. These ratings are based on members’ votes on key measures of importance to conservatives.  Read More

April 28, 2016

The Scoop

General Electric Criticized for Religious Liberty Hypocrisy

ncpprNational Center for Public Policy Research Presents Shareholder Proposal after International Conglomerate Complains About American Religious Freedom Laws While Doing Business in Nations with Religious Persecution and Human Rights Violations Read More

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April 29, 2016

On The Record

Cong. Hurd & Rice: On ISIS & the Internet War on Terror

They are providing “hit lists” of military, law enforcement, and government officials

Hurd, Cong. Will3dBy Cong. Will Hurd & Kathleen Rice

Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — After the Paris and Brussels attacks, Americans are rightfully worried about ISIS operatives infiltrating the United States to plot attacks. Since 2014, more than 80 ISIS-linked Rice, Cong. Kathleen3bindividuals have been arrested in 24 states. ISIS is remotely recruiting people within our communities — online and across borders — and encouraging them to carry out attacks.    Read More

April 28, 2016

On The Record

Sessions Fights Against Department of Labor’s Onerous Fiduciary Rule

Pete.SessionsTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement after voting to disapprove of the U.S. Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule: Read More

April 28, 2016

On The Record

Lt. Gov. Patrick to North Texas Officials: Runaway Property Tax Increases Must Stop

dan.patrick3Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Today, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick gave public testimony at the Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief hearing in Arlington. It was a standing-room only crowd of about 500 people. Read More

April 28, 2016

On The Record

2016 Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial Announces Ceremony

TX.Peace.Officers.MemorialTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – This year’s Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony, honoring those who died in the line of duty in 2015, will be held on May 1-2 on the Texas Capitol grounds.   Read More

April 28, 2016

On The Record

Zika Panel, Policy Debates Top TMA Conference

TMAClose to 2,000 TMA physician leaders and other health care experts will gather for TexMed, billed this year as “Bridging the Gaps,” the largest annual meeting of America’s largest state medical society. Read More

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1:29 pm CST - April 28, 2016

Posted under Opinion

ESPN Fires Curt Schilling — What About Liberal Offenders?

By Larry Elder

larry-elderESPN fired baseball analyst and former All-Star Curt Schilling for mocking the debate about the North Carolina public facilities law. On his Facebook page, Schilling posted a meme (a graphic) with the picture of an aged and overweight man dressed in just enough women’s clothing to prevent flagrant violation of public exposure laws. Continue Reading.

1:26 pm CST - April 28, 2016

Posted under Opinion

With Indiana a Critical Battleground, Pence Must Pick a Side

By Jonah Goldberg

jonah-goldbergSomeone slap a photo of Mike Pence on a milk carton.

The Indiana governor may not have been abducted, but he’s certainly missing in action on the central question facing the Republican Party: Are you with Trump, or against him? Continue Reading.

1:24 pm CST - April 28, 2016

Posted under Opinion

Is College Too Pricey? Wait Till It’s Free

By Debra J. Saunders

debra-saundersAs he panders for the youth vote, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders promises free tuition at public colleges and universities because, he says, “a college degree is the new high school diploma.” Rival Hillary Clinton supports President Barack Obama’s plan to make community college tuition-free — that is, publicly funded. Beware, America: Imagine how expensive college tuition will be if Democrats somehow manage to make more of it “free.” As for value, if Sanders has his way, you can expect the college degree to be the new high school diploma. Continue Reading.

11:45 am CST - April 29, 2016

Posted under Cartoons