12:24 pm CST - April 15, 2014

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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 18, 2014

The Scoop

Have a Happy Easter!


easter.artHere’s wishing that all our Readers, their Families and Friends enjoy a Happy Easter Holiday. Please enjoy and know that Easter is the springtime holiday marking the rebirth of Jesus and the renewal of the Christian faith. Easter is Christianity’s most important holiday.

It is a blessed time for the faithful to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of the Savior… and a magical time for your children, grandchildren and for some your great-grandchildren to enjoy chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks and jellybean-filled Easter eggs. Whatever you do please be safe and enjoy this blessed time with your families and friends. May God bless all of you.

–Gil Rodriguez, Jim Cardle and the Texas Insider Staff

 

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April 18, 2014

The Scoop

Randy’s Roundup: Helping Small Businesses, Farmers Invest in Growth


From Neugebauer-Randy

And, honoring Texas Tech’s Kent Hance

Neugebauer-RandyTexas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Every week, I hear from farmers, ranchers, and small business owners who are hoping for a simpler, fairer tax code that will help them grow their businesses.  Tax reform can help us strengthen the economy and create jobs.  How? Read More

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April 18, 2014

The Scoop

From The Flight Deck: A Congressional Update


From Pete Olson

Helping Texas Workers:
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Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, DC – As President Obama touts the success of his signature health law known as Obamacare, Texans and Americans across the country are beginning to feel the real world impacts of this law. A critical provision in Obamacare for the first time defines full-time employment as 30 hours or more, a big change from the traditional 40-hour work week. Read More

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April 18, 2014

The Scoop

Sebelius to the Senate? Maybe in the Land of Oz, But Not in Kansas


The Rothenberg Political Report

Kathleen-Sebelius1013When I read the New York Times piece, “Sebelius Said to Weigh Run for Kansas Senate Seat,” I had two very different reactions.

First, I figured that national Democrats had to be encouraged that former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, a once-popular two-term governor of Kansas, would be considering a Senate run this year. Read More

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April 18, 2014

The Scoop

Pro-Russian Group Denies Producing Ukraine Jewish ‘Registration’ Leaflets


NewsMax

ukraine.jewsUkrainian Jews leaving Passover eve prayers were handed leaflets ordering them to either register with an interim government trying to make the eastern province of Donetsk Russian – or face deportation.

But the pro-Russian separatist leader of Donetsk whose name was on the leaflets denied his organization was behind their printing, raising doubts about their authenticity and origin. Read More

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April 18, 2014

On The Record

Gov. Perry Authorizes Additional Disaster Recovery Funds for City of West


“Last year’s tragedy touched the lives of every member of the West community, and touched the hearts of all Texans. . . ” 

PerryTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Gov. Rick Perry today granted the City of West’s request for an additional $4.8 million in disaster grant assistance for recovery efforts related to the fertilizer plant explosion that occurred in April 2013. The grant will help West repair and rebuild infrastructure damaged or destroyed by the blast and assist with other important projects in the affected area.  Read More

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April 18, 2014

On The Record

Rep. Tony Dale Announces Texas Armed Service Scholarship Opportunity


tony-daleTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – “As a U.S. Army veteran and graduate of Army ROTC, I know first-hand the value of a scholarship like this. Not only is it a great financial opportunity for local students, but the military creates leaders who not only thrive academically, but are prepared to lead our next generation of patriots,“ said State Rep. Tony Dale, announcing scholarship opportunities for eligible High School students within House District 136. Read More

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April 18, 2014

On The Record

Texas Attorney General’s Office, Fort Worth, Arlington Law Enforcement Complete Joint Operation Cracking Down on Domestic Violence


Warrant roundup leads to arrest of 33 offenders who had outstanding family violence warrants

abbott2Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – (FORT WORTH) – The Office of the Attorney General’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit coordinated a law enforcement operation with local, state and federal law enforcement authorities that led to the arrest of 33 fugitives with outstanding felony and misdemeanor family violence arrest warrants. Attorney General Abbott made the following statement about the warrant sweep: Read More

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April 18, 2014

On The Record

Texas Unemployment Rate Dips to 5.5 percent


andresalcantar3All 11 major industries post positive annual growth rates

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Texas fell to 5.5 percent in March, down two-tenths of a percentage point from February’s rate of 5.7 percent. The unemployment rate in Texas remains well below the national rate of 6.7 percent. Read More

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April 18, 2014

On The Record

Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham Endorses Dan Branch for Texas Attorney General


matt.binghamDan-Branch1013Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Today, Matt Bingham, Smith County Criminal District Attorney, announced his endorsement of Dan Branch for Attorney General in the May 27th Republican Primary Runoff.   Read More

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11:58 am CST - April 18, 2014

Posted under Opinion

Political Posturing Not Helping American Worker


U.S. Sen. John Cornyn

Cornyn0114Last week in Austin, America celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. It was a reminder of a time when lawmakers could come together to debate and make tough decisions for the public good, not simply to advance a partisan political agenda. Sadly, last week was also a painful reminder that the spirit of those days has vanished from the U.S. Senate. Continue Reading.

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11:48 am CST - April 18, 2014

Posted under Opinion

Repeal and Replace Obamacare


By Star Parker

star-parker3The announced departure of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius marks the end of a chapter of American history. Sibelius, aside from President Obama, has been the most prominent public face on the signature initiative of the Obama administration – the Affordable Health Care Act.

The question before Americans today is whether we are concluding the first chapter of a dream come true or whether this may be the beginning of the end of a nightmare. Continue Reading.

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11:46 am CST - April 18, 2014

Posted under Opinion

Obamacare: Latinos Aren’t Buying It


By Harry R. Jackson, Jr.

bishop-harry-jacksonEvery Thursday, my daily live radio show (The Harry Jackson Show) focuses on health. During the past year, discussions with health and fitness experts have revealed that there is no easy fix to being healthy. The government can’t legislate it and so it is amazing how much weight has been put into Obamacare as the one-stop-shop for health and wholeness. And the cookie cutter formula is to be inclusive of all people, no matter their health history or ethnic origin. It is no wonder that the initial sign up for Obamacare has been underwhelming. Continue Reading.

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11:44 am CST - April 18, 2014

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