9:15 am CST - April 15, 2015

Posted under Quotes

Cong. Lamar Smith Talks: Border Security is Issue #1 for House Committee Chairman

We’re probably not going to get much done with immigration just because we don’t trust the president.”

Texas Insider Smith, Lamar 4-10-15Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – “If there is a #1 issue in my district, beyond the incompetence of the administration – and the district I represent goes all the way from Austin down to San Antonio –  the number one issue is border security … and I’m beginning to start to think that every state is on the border, because every state cares about border security these days,” Cong. Lamar Smith tells Insider’s Jim Cardle.

“We cannot trust the president to enforce the immigration laws, and that’s probably why you’re not going to see any more laws passed in this Congress.

Texas Insider - Smith Cong  Lamar 9-29-14a“The president has actually done his best to undermine laws, ignore laws, and make up new laws through his Executive Orders. So we’re probably not going to get much done with immigration just because we don’t trust the president,” Smith predicts.

– Don’t miss Insider’s conversation with Cong. Lamar Smith, founder of the House Border Security Caucus and now chairman of the House Science, Space & Technology Committee.      Continue Reading.

April 24, 2015

The Scoop

Sen. Cruz Speaks on Senate Floor in Opposition to Lynch Nomination

Rule of Law Matters and We Must Uphold It

Ted.cruz.declaresTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today spoke on the Senate floor urging his colleagues to uphold the rule of law and oppose the nomination of Loretta Lynch to the Office of Attorney General.

“Bringing in a new Attorney General should be turning a positive page in this country, but unfortunately the answers that Ms. Lynch gave at the confirmation hearing, in my opinion render her unsuitable for confirmation as Attorney General of the United States.” Read More

April 24, 2015

The Scoop

Hurd Shapes Legislation to Combat Cyber-Attacks

House Passes Cybersecurity Bill with 3 Hurd Amendments

will.hurd.2Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, DC – “Cybersecurity isn’t just the latest buzzword,” said Texas Congressman Will Hurd (R-San Antonio,) who serves as Chairman of the Oversight & Government Reform Committee’s Information Technology Subcommittee. “It’s a serious issue with the potential to impact every American,” said Hurd, who helped usher through legislation to combat cyber attacks.    Read More

April 23, 2015

The Scoop

Cornyn Bill to End Human Trafficking Unanimously Passes Senate

Cornyn0414Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today praised Senate passage of his bipartisan Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act to crack down on all perpetrators of human trafficking and aid its many victims: Read More

April 23, 2015

The Scoop

Wicker-Culberson Bill Protects Liberty, Restores States’ Rights

10th Amendment Act Helps States Challenge Federal Regulations & Executive Orders   

culberson.wickerTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Culberson (TX-07) and Senator Roger Wicker (Miss.) today introduced the “Restoring the 10th Amendment Act” in both the House and Senate. The bill gives States and the American people a powerful new tool to challenge aggressive federal overreach. Read More

April 23, 2015

The Scoop

Ted Cruz to Newsmax: GOP Will Lose With ‘Establishment Candidate’

By Sean Piccoli – NewsMax

Ted-Cruz101413Republicans will lose the 2016 presidential election if they nominate an “establishment” GOP candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz told Newsmax TV on Wednesday.

In a candid and wide-ranging interview at Newsmax headquarters in Florida, Cruz predicted that a candidate in the mold of a Mitt Romney, John McCain, or Bob Dole will nearly guarantee that Democrat Hillary Clinton wins the White House. Read More

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April 24, 2015

On The Record

Governor Abbott Statement On Passage Of Senate Early Education Bills

Abbott6Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement following the passage of several of his priority early education initiatives in the Texas Senate. Senate Bill 925 (Sen. Kolkhorst), Senate Bill 934 (Sen. Kolkhorst) and Senate Bill 935 (Sen. Kolkhorst) seek to establish Literary Achievement Academies to improve the professional development of teachers in literacy, Math Achievement Academies to train K-3 teachers in numeracy instruction and technology, and Reading Excellence Teams to improve student learning in critical learning years, respectively. Read More

April 24, 2015

On The Record

A Win-Win For Tax Payers and Government Both

Senator Bettencourt Passes SB 849 – 30 to 0

Paul.BettencourtTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas - Today Senator Paul Bettencourt passed a bill allowing more business owners to go to arbitration to appeal the ruling of an Appraisal Review Board (ARB). Under current law, only residence homesteads and non-homestead properties worth $1 million or less can appeal the ruling of an ARB by going to arbitration instead of going to court.  This bill is designed to encourage more arbitration and less litigation. SB 849 raises the value of eligible property from $1 million to $3 million.  Read More

April 23, 2015

On The Record

George P. Bush Delivers 100 Days Address, Live, Texas Land Comm. Texas Land Comm. Launches New Website to Promote Accountability

Live stream of speech broadcast to people across Texas and beyond

geo-p-bushTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas - Commissioner George P. Bush today delivered an address and released a new accountability website to report on the progress he has made during his first 100 days leading the Texas General Land Office (GLO). The speech was live streamed using the Periscope app and the video was recorded to be available on YouTube for viewing after the event. Read More

April 23, 2015

On The Record

Governor Abbott Challenges Federal EPA On Proposed Regional Haze Regulations

The EPA’s proposed action is unlawful on multiple fronts.”

abbott.0217Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – “The EPA’s latest attempt to infringe on Texas’ state sovereignty is yet another example of an overreaching federal government run amok,” said Gov. Greg Abbott, submitting comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Air Planning Section on the agency’s proposed “regional haze” rule and the its unlawful attempt to force a federal implementation plan on Texas in place of an already-developed state implementation plan. Read More

April 23, 2015

On The Record

Lt. Governor Patrick on Passage of School Choice Bill

dan.patrick3Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Today, Senate Education Chair Larry Taylor and joint authors Senator’s Bettencourt and Campbell, passed Senate Bill 4 (SB 4), known as the tax credit scholarship bill, to third reading. Read More

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10:35 am CST - April 24, 2015

Posted under Opinion

Clinton Restoration Could Be in Jeopardy

By Jonah Goldberg

jonah-goldbergHow should one think about the unfolding allegations rocking the Clinton Industrial Complex (which includes both her campaign and her foundation)?

By now, you may have heard about Peter Schweizer’s book, “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.” Continue Reading.

10:33 am CST - April 24, 2015

Posted under Opinion

Clinton Greed

Linda Chavez

linda-chavezThe Clintons have always had an uneasy relationship with money. Bill never had any. And although Hillary had a comfortable upbringing, she didn’t take the path to riches that her Yale Law degree might have provided, choosing instead to do public interest law right out of law school and marry a man with great political ambition.

But, clearly, both Bill and Hillary wanted the good life — and the money it takes to provide it. Nothing wrong with that, but the means by which they’ve enriched themselves have been unsavory at best. Continue Reading.

10:31 am CST - April 24, 2015

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Rand Paul Is Right to Demand Reporters Ask Democrats About Late-Term Abortions

By Michael Barone

Michael-Barone1213It was sort of inevitable that on his first day of campaigning as an announced candidate for president earlier this month, Rand Paul would be asked whether he supported a ban on abortions in cases of rape or incest.

Reporters have been asking Republican candidates that question ever since 2012, when the Missouri Republican Senate candidate said he supported such a ban and added that pregnancies were unlikely in cases of “legitimate rape.” Continue Reading.

10:39 am CST - April 24, 2015

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