8:01 am CST - March 20, 2015

Posted under Quotes

Austin’s Calling with SID MILLER: 18 Billion Hamburger Patties, 2 Billion Pairs of Blue Jeans

Yes … Texas Agriculture produces 18 billion hamburger patties and 2 billion pairs of blue jeans

Austin's Calling-Miller, Sid3c AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) –

“We produce enough beef in this state each year to make 18 billion hamburger patties … now let me ‘hep you get your mind around that,”  Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller tells Austin’s Calling’s Theresa McKeown.

“If you laid those hamburger patties end-to-end, they’d circle the earth … 400 TIMES! Agriculture’s a $100 billion dollar industry to our state.

Austin's Calling-Miller, Sid3b“You think it’s just corn & cows, but its much more than that … we have olive groves, we raise citrus, its shrimp, its oysters, it’s the wine industry,” Miller says.

“It’s a wide menu when it comes to what we produce in Texas.”

–  Don’t miss the inaugural edition of Austin’s Calling with Theresa McKeown.     Continue Reading.



March 27, 2015

The Scoop

Budget UPDATE: Texas House to Consider Budget Next Week

And, Protecting Austin Energy Customers

paul-workmanBy State Rep. Paul Workman

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – Next week, the House will take up and consider House Bill 1, the proposed Texas State Budget. The $209.8 billion budget would keep overall growth at 4%, or about 2% per year. The Lone Star Texas Austin State Capitolbudget would leave $8.4 billion on the table (for tax cuts-reform consideration,) and is $2 billion under the state’s constitutional spending limit.   Read More

March 27, 2015

The Scoop

Smith: Protect American Seniors

Lamar.Smith0215Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), released the following statement after voting today in favor H.R. 2, a bill to permanently repeal Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate, or SGR. The bill would provide more stability for Medicare patients, and result in savings for the taxpayer. The bill passed by a vote of 392-37. Read More

March 27, 2015

The Scoop

Thornberry Introduces Major Defense Acquisition Reform Bill

mac.thornberryTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman and Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) today introduced the “Agile Acquisition to Retain Technological Edge Act,” H.R. 1597, a bill to reform the Department of Defense’s (DOD) broken acquisition system. Read More

March 27, 2015

The Scoop

House Ways & Means Committee Votes to Repeal Death Tax

Brady: “The Death Tax is the wrong tax at the wrong time and hurts the wrong people.”

kevin-bradyTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, DC – The House Committee on Ways and Means voted to approve H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, introduced by Representatives Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Sanford Bishop (D-GA). Supporters say the tax hurts America’s farmers, ranchers and small businesses while robbing the economy of $1.1 trillion in capital and generating barely enough revenue to cover one day of Washington spending. Read More

March 27, 2015

The Scoop

Olson Votes to Balance Our Budget

pete.olson1Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today voted to put America on a strong fiscal path by supporting a House budget that balances in ten years without raising taxes and strengthens our economy.  Olson voted in support of H. Con. Res. 27 – FY2016 Budget Resolution, the Balanced Budget for a Stronger America, which received 219 votes in the House.

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Recent Headlines

The Scoop

Sessions: Repealing, Replacing SGR a Win for Docs, Patients, Taxpayers

Futility & Feeding Tubes in Texas: Can We End the End-of-Life Impasse?

House Passes Republican Budget

Flores Votes for a Stronger America

Republicans Learn to Play Hardball

March 27, 2015

On The Record

House Bill 80 Passed by the Texas House

tom.craddick2Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas The Alex Brown Memorial Act, a bill to enact a statewide ban on texting while driving, was passed by the Texas House of Representatives and will be sent to the Texas Senate for consideration. Read More

March 27, 2015

On The Record

Court Grants General Paxton’s Request for Preliminary Injunction to Halt Obama Administration’s Proposed FMLA Rule

Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska Join Texas as Plaintiffs

ken.paxton1Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today released the following statement after a federal district court granted the state’s request for preliminary injunction on the Obama Administration’s attempt to revise the definition of “spouse” in the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA): Read More

March 27, 2015

On The Record

Keith Patridge, President and CEO of McAllen EDC, to Lend Expertise on Business and Politics

“Economic Development – A Regional Outlook” on Thursday, March 26 in Edinburg

By David A. Díaz – Legislativemedia@aol.com

Keith.Patridge-Adriana.TrevinoKeith A. Patridge, President and Chief Executive Officer of the McAllen Economic Development Corporation, will share his extensive knowledge and experiences about business and how it is impacted by government and politics as one of three high-profile experts serving on a blue-ribbon panel for “Economic Development – A Regional Outlook” on Thursday, March 26 in Edinburg. Read More

March 27, 2015

On The Record

Gene Green Votes for Budget that Invests in Hard-working Americans, Students, and Seniors

gene-greenTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted on H.Con.Res.27, to establish the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and set priorities for 2017. Congressman Green voted against this Republican budget, and voted instead for the Democratic alternative. He released the following statement: Read More

March 27, 2015

On The Record

Falls County Man Arrested for Third Degree Theft of Property

tscra3Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – (Marlin, Texas) – A Marlin, Texas man was arrested Friday, March 6 and charged with third degree theft of property after stealing $34,000 worth of ranching equipment and other items from a Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association member located in Marlin, Texas.

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On The Record

PATRICK: Today Marks the Beginning of the End of the Franchise Tax

STRAUS: Unanimous Budget Vote Gains Praise

Abbott Directs DFPS: Implement New Child Safety Measures

A.G. Paxton to Fight Sale of Personal Data in Texans RadioShack Bankruptcy Case

Border Security UPDATE: House Moves Bonnen’s HB 11 to Senate

9:59 am CST - March 27, 2015

Posted under Opinion

Texting-While-Driving Ban is Long Overdue

By Tom Craddick

tom.craddickOn Nov. 10, 2009, Alex Brown died in a single-car rollover crash on her way to Seagraves High School in West Texas. She was distracted by text messages on her phone. One life lost unnecessarily.

Her family mourned her death. The nation mourned with them. Continue Reading.

9:56 am CST - March 27, 2015

Posted under Opinion

Super-PAC Strategies For 2016 Success

By Karl Rove

Campaign-contribution limits in the early going magnify the importance of these organizations.

Karl-Rove2By using Twitter to announce his entry into the 2016 Republican presidential race, Sen. Ted Cruz signaled just how pervasive social media will be this election. Two other trends are worth watching. There will be a greater reliance on data and technology in organizing, communicating and measuring the effectiveness of campaign activity—and every presidential candidate will have a Super PAC. Continue Reading.

9:53 am CST - March 27, 2015

Posted under Opinion

Amendment by Consent

By Judge Andrew Napolitano

Here is a short pop quiz.

Judge-NapolitanoWhen Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress earlier this month about the parameters of the secret negotiations between the United States and Iran over nuclear weapons and economic sanctions, how did he know what the negotiators were considering? Israel is not a party to those negotiations, yet the prime minister presented them in detail. Continue Reading.

9:50 am CST - March 27, 2015

Posted under Cartoons