2:33 pm CST - June 26, 2015

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick: Supreme Court decision not based on any law Congress has passed to legalize gay marriage

The Supreme Court, as it has in the past, is making law. I do not believe that is what the Constitution intended, or allowsPatrick, Lt.Gov.Dan4-13-15.”

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) – “Yesterday, I sent a request to Texas Attorney General Paxton for a legal opinion on the protection of religious liberty rights of Texans guaranteed by the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, should the Supreme Court rule in favor of same sex marriage as they did today,” said Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick earlier today, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same sex marriage.

“My request broadens the scope of SB 2065 to include County Clerks, judges and Justices of the Peace who may be forced to issue a marriage license or preside over a wedding that is against the free exercise of their religion as guaranteed by the 1st SupremeCourt3cAmendment.

It has been said that those who oppose gay marriage are on the wrong side of history. I would rather be on the wrong side of history than on the wrong side of my faith and my beliefs. I believe I am not alone in that view in this country,” Patrick said.     Continue Reading.

July 02, 2015

The Scoop

Flores Statement on Export-Import Bank’s Expired Authorization

bill.flores.0315Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-Texas) released the following statement on the expiration of the Export-Import Bank’s authorization: Read More

July 02, 2015

The Scoop

Governor Abbott Invites New Hampshire Businesses To Relocate To Texas

abbott.0217Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas Governor Greg Abbott spoke this morning with Peter St. James in New Hampshire on WTPL’s, “The Pulse” radio program to discuss New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan’s decision last week to veto a budget that included business tax cuts. In the interview, Governor Abbott highlighted the recent tax cuts passed by the Texas legislature and invited New Hampshire businesses to relocate to Texas, where we are wide open for business. Read More

July 02, 2015

The Scoop

Texas, Other States Resist Complying With Gay Marriage ‘Edict’


texasWhile a host of state officials across the country have expressed sentiments ranging from disappointment to outrage over the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage — stripping the issue from state control — some officials are not accepting the decision without a fight.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton characterized the decision as “a judge-based edict that is not based in the law,” according to CNN.

In a statement on Friday, Paxton said “no court, no law, no rule, and no words will change the simple truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Nothing will change the importance of a mother and a father to the raising of a child. And nothing will change our collective resolve that all Americans should be able to exercise their faith in their daily lives without infringement and harassment.”

Paxton, according to CNN, has issued an opinion that Lone Star State county clerks “retain religious freedoms that may allow accommodation of their religious objections to issuing same-sex marriage licenses.”

And judges “may claim that the government cannot force them to conduct same-sex wedding ceremonies over their religious objections.”

If refusal by a government official to conduct a same-sex marriage results in a lawsuit or fine, Paxton “assured such-minded judges and clerks that ‘numerous lawyers’ will help defend their rights, perhaps on a pro bono basis, and his office stands ready to assist them as well.”

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says there is “nothing in [the] decision that makes the court’s order effective immediately” and contends that “therefore, there is not yet a legal requirement for officials to issue marriage licenses or perform marriages for same-sex couples in Louisiana,” The Hill reports.

Before the landmark decision, 13 states had same-sex marriage bans.

States clustered in the South and upper Midwest are the most vocal critics of the high court’s ruling and its “encroachment on states’ rights and religious freedom,” The Hill notes, though “most acknowledge they cannot ignore it.”

Kentucky’s attorney general, Jack Conway, said states are just trying to understand the ruling’s reach.

“The ruling does not tell a minister or congregation what they must do, but it does make clear that the government cannot pick and choose when it comes to issuing marriage licenses and the benefits they confer,” he said.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange predicts the fight will now be “the exercise of one’s religious liberty.”

Marc Solomon, national campaign director at Freedom to Marry, told The Hill that states that defy the high court’s ruling would be imparting a “dangerous message.”

“The notion that public employees get to pick and choose which laws they follow based on their religious beliefs is a really dangerous precedent and a terrible public policy,” Solomon said. “If you’re a public official, you need to carry out those laws, and you don’t get to decide whether they’re right or wrong.”

July 02, 2015

The Scoop

Should We Fret the Debt?

By Dr. Merrill Matthews — Institute for Policy Innovation.

merrill-matthewsGreece is not alone!    There are a number of developed countries with government debt only a little lower than Greece—and one that’s higher.

According to Bloomberg, Greece’s 2014 gross government debt as a percentage of GDP is 174.0. But that number pales in comparison to Japan’s at 248.3. The U.S. has the dubious distinction of coming in sixth, with government debt to GDP ratio of 107.3.   Read More

July 02, 2015

The Scoop

Marco Rubio Plans TV Ads Worth $7 Million in Early-Voting States


marco-rubioRepublican presidential candidate Marco Rubio is preparing to swarm the airwaves in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada before primary voters head to the polls.

The Florida senator has reserved more than $7 million worth of television ads in those states, a Rubio aide said, confirming an earlier New York Times report. Read More

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July 02, 2015

On The Record

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Deadline Approaching for Workers Affected by Severe Storms in Texas Counties

TWC-logoTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas The Texas Workforce Commission reminds individuals impacted by severe storms in 20 Texas counties that the deadline to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is 11:59 p.m. CST Wednesday, July 8 under President Disaster Declaration (FEMA-4223-DR). The following counties are under this particular deadline: Read More

July 02, 2015

On The Record

Lt. Gov. Patrick Names Appointments to Joint Committee on Gov. Facilities

dan.patrick3Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Today, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick named his appointments to the Joint Oversight Committee on Government Facilities.

Created by Senate Bill 2004, this committee will review deferred maintenance plans and receive implementation updates for governmental buildings and facilities. Read More

July 02, 2015

On The Record

Texas Reaches Agreement On Deep Water Horizon Case

Abbott.GovTexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas Texas today announced an agreement in principle between BP Exploration and Production Inc. and the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and the U.S. federal government. Read More

July 02, 2015

On The Record

Attorney General Paxton Announces Settlement With BP

Ken.Paxton.ag3Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that Texas, together with four states and the federal government, had reached an agreement in principle with BP that fully resolves all remaining government claims against the company resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. Read More

July 02, 2015

On The Record

Teacher Retirement System to Speed up Monthly Pension Payments

By David Diaz — Legislative Media

More than 365,000 retired public educators and their beneficiaries under law authored by Rep. Muñoz, sponsored by Sen. Lucio

eddie.lucio.IIITexas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas More than 365,000 persons who receive their pension, death and survivor benefits from the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) will soon get their monthly payments on the last working day of the month instead of the first working day of the following month under legislation by Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission, which has been signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott. Read More

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1:41 pm CST - July 02, 2015

Posted under Opinion

Media Hide Facts, Call Everyone Else a Liar

By Ann Coulter

ann-coulter33— Demecio Carlos Perez (murder),
— Ramon Reyes, (robbery and murder),
— Victor Vargas (murder),
— Ruben Villa (murder)

The full “Most Wanted” list doesn’t get any better. Continue Reading.

1:35 pm CST - July 02, 2015

Posted under Opinion

Don’t Trust Iran

By Jeb Bush

jeb.bush1214Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons poses a grave threat to the United States, to Israel, to other close partners in the Middle East, and to international peace and security. There is not yet a nuclear deal with Iran, but I agree with the many experts who believe an agreement is likely. Repeated concessions and desperate accommodation suggest the Obama Administration will do anything to secure a deal. And with America playing such a weak hand, why shouldn’t the Supreme Leader squeeze President Obama for more concessions? Continue Reading.

1:33 pm CST - July 02, 2015

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Tell Us Your Health-Care Plans, GOP Hopefuls

By Karl Rove

ObamaCare will irritate millions of Americans between now and 2016.

karl-roveNow more than ever, it is imperative for every Republican presidential candidate to present a concrete plan to replace ObamaCare. The Affordable Care Act remains unpopular: Wednesday’s RealClearPolitics average of polls showed 51.4% disapprove while only 43.6% approve. Voters are more likely to be opposed than are adults overall, and opponents are more fervent than supporters. Continue Reading.

1:28 pm CST - July 02, 2015

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