12:24 pm CST - April 15, 2014

Posted under Quotes

Cong. Kevin Brady: April 15th Should Be Just Another Day, Not a Burden


In race for Ways & Means Committee chairmanship, Texas Congressman says its ‘Time for America to jettison our too costly, too complex, and too unfair Tax Code.”

 Brady, Kevin CapitolTexas Insider Report: CONROE, Texas –

“Why should filing taxes take the same number of hours as all the workers at Wal-Mart, McDonalds and Target will work this year combined?” asked U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady, a senior member of the House Ways & Means Committee earlier today.

“That’s crazy. Most American taxpayers don’t want to spend hours upon hours organizing forms and receipts just to pay their taxes. They’d rather spend that time playing ball with their kids or starting a small business.”

April 15th is both a boom day for the U.S. Treasury, and the single most hated day of the year for American families.

– Cong. Brady looks at a few key reasons why.   Continue Reading.

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April 17, 2014

The Scoop

With Political Careers at Stake, 11 Senate D’s Ask White House for Keystone Pipeline Deadline


“… Decision should not be delayed any longer than is reasonably necessary.”

MaryLandrieu2Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Lead by 5 of the Democratic party’s most vulnerable senators facing voters this fall in states President Barack Obama lost in 2012, a group of Democratic Senators in favor of completing the Keystone Pipeline are again prodding the White House to make up obama press conference3jits mind. In a new letter to President Obama, 11 Democrats are making a pre-recess push with a May 31st deadline for action.   Read More

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April 15, 2014

The Scoop

COMBS: 48 Consecutive Months of Texas Growth, and Counting


Comptroller Distributes $555 Million in Monthly Sales Tax Revenue

Susan Combs ComptrollerTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – The growth in sales tax revenues was led by business spending in the oil & natural gas, wholesale trade, and construction sectors,” said Texas Comptroller Susan Combs today, announcing that state sales tax revenue in March was $2.09 billion, up 5.6% compared to March 2013. “This marks 48 consecutive months of growth in state sales tax collections.”   Read More

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April 15, 2014

The Scoop

3 Myths About Our U.S Natural Gas Boom


The 20,000+ small-to-midsize firms average 15 employees, helps us all.

oil-gas-energy-drilling-rig-montageTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – For all the coverage America’s energy boom has gotten, there are still a lot of common assumptions about the oil and natural gas business that are flat out wrong. That’s why is is important to unbundle three myths about the boom.   Read More

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April 11, 2014

The Scoop

Cornyn Calls For Immediate Passage of Legislation to Help End Rape-Kit Backlog


‘These aren’t rape kits that need to be tested. These are lives that need to be given back to their owners.’ 

John-Cornyn-101013Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) spoke today on the Senate floor on the need for the Senate to immediately pass legislation from the House of Representatives to help eliminate the rape-kit backlog, while continuing to work towards reauthorizing the broader Justice for All Act.

Excerpts of his remarks are below.  His full speech can be seen here. Read More

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April 11, 2014

The Scoop

Flores Votes for Economic Growth, Opportunity


House Passes Path to Prosperity Budget 

bill.floresTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H. Con. Res. 96, the House Republican fiscal year 2015 budget. Following passage of this most recent “Path to Prosperity” budget, Congressman Bill Flores issued the following statement: Read More

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Brady Introduces R & D Tax Reform, Jobs Bill

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April 17, 2014

On The Record

Gun Tracking: Cornyn Presses Holder on His Fingerprint, Biometric Ideas


Personally identifying information through a central database or registry?

Cornyn, John3bTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn has asked President Obama’s Attorney General, Eric H. Holder Jr., about the possibility of the Administration trying to track gun owners. The Texas Republican has puts the Justice Department on the spot following http://www.texasinsider.org/gun-tracking-cornyn-presses-holder-on-his-fingerprint-biometric-ideas/Holder’s testimony about new gun safety devices at an April 4th hearing about the department’s Fiscal 2015 Budget.   Read More

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April 15, 2014

On The Record

Should D’s Stick to Mudslinging to Distract Voters From Obama?


President’s languishing approval ratings point to different mid-term strategies for each party.

charlie cook political report3cBy Charlie Cook

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza created something of a stir recently with his column headlined, “2014 Senate races may be a referendum on Obama; if so, Democrats should worry.” For Republican candidates and campaigns, it will be ‘shame on them’ if they allow the focus to be put on themselves, rather than on Obama and his administration’s policies.   Read More

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April 11, 2014

On The Record

Dewhurst Leads Way on Personal Privacy Issues, Helps Data Foundry Groundbreaking


david-dewhurst2Texas Insider Report: HOUSTON, Texas – Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst helped Data Foundry, the Texas-based data center operator, break ground Thursday at a ceremony for Houston 2, the company’s newest data center in north Houston. “From their humble beginnings as one of the first Internet Service Providers in Texas, Data Foundry DataFoundryLOGO1ahas grown by leaps and bounds, attracting investment and creating jobs as they help people connect. Today, we’re marking yet another expansion of a state economy that is the envy of America.”  Read More

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April 11, 2014

On The Record

Perry Appoints 5 to STAR + Nursing Advisory Committee


Perry111313Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas –  Gov. Rick Perry has appointed five members to the STAR + PLUS Facility Advisory Committee for terms to expire at the pleasure of the governor. Pursuant to Senate Bill 7 of the 83rd Regular Legislative Session, the committee advises the Texas Health and Human Services Commission on the implementation of the transfer of nursing facility services to the STAR+PLUS Medicaid managed care model.  Read More

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April 11, 2014

On The Record

Sen. Van de Putte Welcomes Wall That Heals to San Antonio


Leticia.Van.dePuteTexas Insider Report: SAN ANTONIO, Texas – This morning, state Senator Leticia Van de Putte (Dist. 26, Bexar County) helped welcome the Wall That Heals for a four-day stay in San Antonio. The Wall that Heals is an exhibition created by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) to travel to communities across the United States. Read More

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Rep. Alonzo Announces THA $10,000 Scholarship Program; Urges Student Applicants

Gov. Mike Huckabee and Huck PAC Endorse Ken Paxton for Attorney General

SID MILLER: Stop the Out-of-Control Land & Water Grab by Obama’s EPA

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11:49 am CST - April 11, 2014

Posted under Opinion

Sebelius: The Greatest Hits Collection


By James Freeman  CONNECT - The Wall Street Journal

It’s been quite a year for the outgoing HHS secretary. And now she won’t get to keep her health plan.

Kathleen-Sebelius33Kathleen Sebelius, who has presided over the disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act, is expected to resign as Secretary of Health and Human Services. The news comes less than two weeks after she told the Huffington Post that she would “absolutely” stay in office through November. A Journal editorial notes that her departure “before the election reckoning” is “best understood as one more attempt to dodge political responsibility.” Continue Reading.

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11:19 am CST - April 11, 2014

Posted under Opinion

The Legacy of Obama’s Illegal Alien Aunt


By Michelle Malkin

michelle-malkinZeituni Onyango, President Obama’s illegal alien aunt, died this week of cancer and other complications. I hope she rests in peace. America, however, should be up in arms.

Auntie Zeituni is an enduring symbol of all that is wrong with this country’s immigration “policy” — or rather, its complete lack of a coherent, enforceable system of laws and rules that puts the national interest first. She was a beneficiary of the welfare state run amok, enabled by bipartisan fecklessness. To the bitter end, she bit the hand that fed her with predictable ingratitude and metastatic entitlement. Continue Reading.

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11:16 am CST - April 11, 2014

Posted under Opinion

Chuck Stone (1924-2014)


By Thomas Sowell

thomas-sowellBlack journalist Chuck Stone was one of those people whose passing makes us think, “We shall not see his like again.”

He was passionately interested in racial issues but he was never a race hustler. He followed nobody’s party line but called the issues as he saw them. Continue Reading.

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11:26 am CST - April 15, 2014

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