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In Cities 'Defunding the Police,' Violent Crime Spikes & Burned-Out Police are Leaving in Droves

After Austin City Council cut one-third of the city’s $434 million Police Budget, aggravated assaults went up 26% in February 2021 compared to 2020. ”We're showing the country how reinvestments from the police budget can actually make many people’s lives so much better and safer,” said Councilmember Gregorio Casar on March 11th.

04.20.2021
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Casinos, Gambling in Texas May be Long Shot in Conservative Legislature, but Industry's Not Giving Up

The Texas Constitution bans gambling, so legalizing casinos or sports betting would require amending the State Constitution. That requires two-thirds of both the State House & Senate, as well as approval by Texas voters and passage of legislation to authorize licensing & regulation. But don't tell the 65+ lobbyists currently pushing the issue in Austin.

04.20.2021
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Lt. Gov. Patrick: Texas' Top 25 Conservative Legislative Priorities are On-Track

The Texas Senate has already moved 30 conservative priority bills forward, as senators are putting in long hours and worked tirelessly. "This Legislative Session brought the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic... and the winter storm, which continues to require our attention as we put solutions forward,' said Lt. Gov. Patrick.

04.19.2021
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CRUZ: We Must Stop President Biden’s Assault on the Supreme Court

"Democrats have long signaled their intent to pack the Supreme Court with activist judges to rubber stamp their radical agenda. ," said U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, following President Biden’s announcement ordering a commission to study "expanding" the U.S. Supreme Court.

04.19.2021
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Bettencourt, 9 Other State Senators Pass 'Stop Taxpayer Funded Lobbying' Bill in Austin

State Senator Paul Bettencourt, along with 9 joint-authors, passed Senate Bill 10 by 17-13 margin, moving the effort to stop the practice of taxpayer funded lobbying one step closer to being reality. 91% of Texans recently said they oppose using tax dollars to fund lobbyists.

04.19.2021
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State Rep. Jetton Backs, Joint-Authors Property Tax Reform Bills

In an effort to make further and significant steps to reduce property taxes without cutting education funding, State Rep. Jacey Jetton announced his support for House Bill 59 by Chairman Andrew Murr and House Bill 958 by Chairman Tom Oliverson. 

04.19.2021
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BARONE: Workers Don't Share Democrats' Nostalgia for Unions

The issue in question was whether the employees at Amazon's warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, wanted to be represented by the Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union – not, as The Washington Post, owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos put it: a contest of "Big Tech vs. Its Workers."

04.19.2021
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What has President Biden done to Curtail the Growing Border Crisis? He's Made It Even Worse.

After naming Vice President Kamala Harris as "Border Czar" in early-April, and charging her to determine the “root causes” of the crisis while stemming the flow of illegal migrants, what has President Biden done to address the rapidly growing crisis? Here's how you make the illegal immigration surge even worse.

04.16.2021
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President of Mexico: One Man, Joe Biden, Created the Current Border Crisis

The current U.S.-Mexican Border Crisis was created by one man, and one man alone – U.S. President Joe  Biden, says Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The Mexican leader also faulted Biden for allowing criminal organizations, drug cartels & human smugglers to run rampant on the border.

04.16.2021
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Is Texas About to Change How Parents Choose Their Children's School?

About 900,000 Texas school students are currently attending around 1,000 "failing" Texas schools — almost 1 in  5 children. Sen. Paul Bettencourt's "Family Educational Relief Program" – currently being considered by the Texas Legislature in Austin – is a bi-partisan bill that would help Low-Income Families solve their educational roadblocks.

04.15.2021
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Are House Republicans Really Pushing Gambling at the State Capitol in Austin?

Despite concerns that gambling in Texas would boost crime in the state, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's opposition to allowing gambling to gain a foothold in the Lone Star State, the House State Affairs Committee and its Chairman, State Rep. Chris Paddie, plan to hold a hearing on the controversial issue Wednesday morning in Austin.

04.13.2021
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Republicans Question Biden's So-Called Infrastructure Plan: Massive 'Green New Deal in Disguise'

"This is a massive Social Welfare Spending Program, combined with a massive tax increase on Small Business job creators. I can't think of a worse thing to do than that," said Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker, noting that his fellow Republicans in Congress are concerned about the administration's massive scale of unrelated spending – with more still to come.

04.13.2021
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Gov. Abbott Statement on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) recommendation to pause all administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

04.13.2021
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Sales Tax Holiday for Emergency Supplies, April 24-26

With the potential for severe weather approaching, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds Texans they can purchase certain items tax-free during the state’s sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies

04.13.2021
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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick: Statement on the Passage of Senate Bill 1234 and Senate Bill 598

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the unanimous passage of 2 election security bills, Senate Bill 1234, by Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, and Senate Bill 598, by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham

04.13.2021
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MOORE: Biden's Green Energy Plan Declares War on American Energy

Am I the only one who finds it head-scratching that President Joe Biden – who wants to spend $2 trillion of taxpayer money on "infrastructure" – is the same president whose first act in the White House was to kill a multibillion-dollar oil & gas pipeline that would create some 15,000 jobs?

04.13.2021
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CRUZ: Biden Should Stop Covering Up the Inhumane Treatment & COVID Health Menace He's Created on Border

The deep personal toll of the crisis on our Southern Border's been on full display for weeks, but was best encapsulated in the tragic video of a 10-year old boy abandoned by the group he was traveling with desperately asking for help. The heartbreaking reality is the toll this crisis has taken on the children being trafficked into the U.S.

04.12.2021
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Cong. Gonzales: Father of 6 says San Antonio's Unaccompanied Minors Facility Is at Capacity

"As a father to six, seeing unaccompanied children (in conditions like this) is heartbreaking. Freeman Coliseum will be at capacity this weekend, and I have three other facilities like this in my district," said Cong. Tony Gonzales Friday after visiting the Unaccompanied Minors Temporary Housing Facility.

04.12.2021
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