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11:30 am CST - May 21, 2013
Posted under Quotes
“I’ve talked with our Parliamentarian, and we’re within about 15 or 20 bills passing of where we were this time last Session.”
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas –
“At the beginning of the Session, I had breakfast with the Governor, Lt. Governor & Speaker, and they were concerned there were some issues where there had not been transparency, and that we had not made sure the public was aware of what was (being spent and) available to them on line. So we filed three bills,” said State Representative Dan Flynn, Co-Chairman of the House Transparency in State Agency Operations Committee.
“You know, we found that one of our universities gave away a $500,000 loan, and yet it was not reported. Now we know that’s stopped.
“As you bring these things to the attention of taxpayers and various entities, we’re finding, you know what? Had that been transparent in the past, it wouldn’t have happened. Now in the future, we’ll have some changes being made,” Flynn tells Insider’s Jim Cardle.
Watch the video here. Continue Reading.
By Byron York,
Chief Political Correspondent - The Washington Examiner
After six months of mulling over November’s election results, many Republicans remain convinced that the party’s only path to future victory is to improve the GOP’s appeal to Hispanic voters. But how many Hispanic voters do Republicans need to attract before the party can again win the White House? More
By Kim Davis
Twitter Fights For Your Rights, Says EFF
If you were concerned about Twitter handing over your private data to the government, think again.
In a surprising report released yesterday, digital rights watchdog the Electronic Freedom Foundation awarded Twitter their maximum score for protecting user data. The EFF evaluated the commitment to user privacy of 18 major technology services by reviewing their published policies and their public record. More
By Ann Coulter
At first I thought the IRS scandal was leaked to distract from the Benghazi scandal. But that didn’t make sense because the IRS scandal is a more obvious abuse of power than the White House lying about the murder of four Americans in Libya. More
Yesterday I gave you an expert’s skeptical take on whether she inadvertently waived her Fifth Amendment right. Today, via Newsmax, here’s another expert with the inevitable “au contraire” — and he’s not hedging his bets either. Watch the clip and you’ll find him treating this as an easy lay-up for Issa in court; he actually uses the term “open-and-shut case” and accuses her lawyer of malpractice for letting her give a statement. Is he right? At the Volokh Conspiracy, Orin Kerr says it’s hard to tell because there simply isn’t much precedent.
The Need for Federal Immigration Reform
By Brad Bailey
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – A new immigration system that allows current unauthorized immigrants to be involved fully in society, paying fines for breaking the immigration laws, and not receiving preferential treatment over legal immigrants is fair. To call any of the current Immigration Reform negotiations in Washington, D.C., “amnesty” is flat out dishonest. More
By Jim Cardle
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Even as recently as last week, with just 14 days remaining in the 2013 Legislative Session, legislators in Austin were noticeably aware of the rapidly approaching deadlines through which their bills needed to move in order to have a chance of passing before the end of the Session. But some 10 days later, Senators & House Members say there is plenty for conservatives to like, not the least of which is a budget agreement House & Senate negotiators approved on Friday. More
By House Speaker Joe Straus
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – “In the coming 4-to-5 days, I expect the House to conclude a very successful session by taking the final votes necessary to address our state’s water needs, pass a balanced budget, improve public education, and make state government more transparent and efficient,” said Texas House Speaker Joe Straus (San Antonio) after Wednesday’s 130-16 House vote in favor of putting a Constitutional Amendment on November’s Ballot to provide for the creation of the State Water Implementation Fund. More
By Mike Cavender
On the heels of the Justice Department’s seizure of telephone records involving AP reporters in four bureaus, now comes the revelation the DOJ had investigated the news-related activities of FOX News reporter James Rosen in another probe of classified leaks. Incredibly, the government suggested that Rosen was a “co-conspirator” for allegedly asking for information about a story. When did THAT become a crime? More
By Lynn Woolley
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – The biggest scandal in Washington is Benghazi. No – the IRS affair. Lois Lerner, the woman in charge of targeting Tea Parties in the IRS says she’s innocent – but invokes her 5th Amendment right against self incrimination, so maybe, maybe not. Maybe it’s the emerging Dept. of Justice vendetta against the news media. Here’s what we know. More
Saluting Heroes Together is a community-wide event to help honor the US Military
SAN ANTONIO, May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Memorial Day weekend, Walmart and Sam’s Club will celebrate the launch of the company’s commitment to hire 100,000 veterans over the next five years during its Saluting Heroes Together event with Operation Homefront. This event is part of a nationwide series to help honor the brave men and women who have or are currently serving in our military and their families. More
11:20 am CST - May 23, 2013
Posted under Opinion
By Cal Thomas
President Obama gave two commencement addresses in one to graduates of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga., last weekend. It would be easy for this conservative to critique the political and social elements of his speech. Instead, I choose to focus on the inspirational part.
The president struck the right note at the historically all-male college. African-American men in America need more role models and encouragement to counter the reality, reinforced by much of the media, of too much failure, crime, imprisonment, out-of-wedlock births, a disproportionate abortion rate and other social maladies affecting many in the black community. Continue Reading.
11:18 am CST - May 23, 2013
Posted under Opinion
By Michael Barone
Would you like to have a “skinny” health insurance policy? Probably not. But if you’re employed by a large company, you may get one, thanks to Obamacare.
That’s the conclusion of Wall Street Journal reporters Christopher Weaver and Anna Wilde Mathews. They report that insurance brokers are pitching and selling “low-benefit” policies across the country. Continue Reading.
11:14 am CST - May 23, 2013
Posted under Opinion
By Guy Benson
Earlier in the week, the lefty meme was that despite the cloud of scandal hanging over the White House, President Obama’s approval ratings were unaffected. Not any more. Fox News’ new poll of registered voters contains all sorts of unpleasant news for the West Wing:
- The president’s job approval rating has dipped underwater at 45/51, an eight-point negative swing since last month. He’s at 40/52 among independents. Continue Reading.
11:11 am CST - May 23, 2013
Posted under Cartoons