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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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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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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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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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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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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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State Sen. Buckingham: Here's How We're Making this Session One of Conservative Accomplishments

Texans want secure elections, strong and reliable rural broadband, a resilient electric grid, and good pro-life policies. I'm glad to report that the Texas Senate has passed Comprehensive Legislation on each of those topics.

04.12.2021
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Texas Senate Approves Buckingham's National Anthem Effort, as well as COVID Liability Protection Bills

"The least we can do for our brave men & women who have died fighting for our great country, and for those who are actively defending our freedom, is to have our national anthem played before sporting events, which would not be possible without them," said Senator Dawn Buckingham of her bill passed by the Senate on Thursday.

04.09.2021
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Sen. Cruz: As Numbers of Illegal Border Crossings Continue to Surge, So Do Americans’ Frustrations

Recent polling indicates that a majority of Americans disapprove of President Biden’s handling of our border security and immigration system.

04.08.2021
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HB 6 Protects Voters in Vulnerable Communities

State Representative Jacey Jetton expressed his full support for House Bill 6, following extensive and thorough public testimony in the House Elections Committee.

04.08.2021
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Congressman Tony Gonzales Opposes Changing Pro-Life Policies In FY22 Appropriations Process

Congressman Tony Gonzales (TX-23) joined Ranking Member Kay Granger (TX-12) and his colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee in a letter urging Democrats to keep all existing pro-life protections in the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) appropriations bills.

04.08.2021
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BRADY: "This is Another (Biden) Kill Shot on Workers & They Need to be Paying Attention.”

“Looking at Biden’s infrastructure plan and tax increases, and when migrants are welcome but American Jobs & Businesses aren’t – that's Joe Biden’s America,” said Cong. Kevin Brady, discussing the Biden Border Crisis, the President’s plan to raise taxes, and more on the Sam Malone Show.

04.06.2021
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HEGAR: Texas' Sales Tax Revenues Down 8.6% from March 2020

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today said state sales tax revenue totaled $2.63 billion in March, 2.4% less than in March 2020.

04.06.2021
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CRUZ on Border Crisis: 'Last Year We had the Lowest Illegal Immigration in 45 Years. We had Policies that Worked.'

"Last year we had the lowest illegal immigration in 45 years, and on week one Joe Biden ripped that to pieces and caused the Border Crisis. AOC’s tweeting, ‘The answer to this is abolish ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement,) just shut down ICE altogether and have open borders’,” Sen. Ted Cruz said of the border crisis and the president’s lack of leadership.

04.05.2021
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McCAUL: Border Facility Meant to Hold 250 is Housing 4,100 Migrants – Biden has Created Crisis

In Donna, Texas, 4,100 migrants – many of which are unaccompanied minors – have been packed into a facility meant to hold 250 individuals during the pandemic. President Biden repealed effective immigration policies established under the Trump Administration simply because of politics.

04.05.2021
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Biden Says He Won't be Distracted by Rapidly Growing Border Crises, Presses Tax Increase, Climate Change & Infrastructure Spending Plan

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that President Biden understands the frustration of both the Gun Control & the Open Borders Advocates, but noted the administration will first engage with Congress to push legislation to increases taxes while pushing his Climate Change & Infrastructure Spending Plan.

04.02.2021
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Lt. Gov. Patrick: Senate Acts to Ensure Police Have More Complete Hiring Info, and Broadband Expands Across Texas

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick congratulated his fellow Senators after passage of Senate Bill 24, the "Law Enforcement Transparency Act" by Sen. Joan Huffman, and Senate Bill 5, a "Statewide Broadband Access" bill by Senators Robert Nichols, Kelly Hancock, Charles Perry and Royce West.

04.01.2021
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04.20.2021

TEXAS INSIDER ON YOUTUBE

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04.20.2021
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04.19.2021
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