Month: January 2017

Rodriguez: Why I Don’t Want to Belong to Any Political Party

Two perfect examples where I disagree with both major political parties By Angel Rodriguez Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Last spring, I was a guest on Hot 97 FM to discuss race relations and law enforcement. When the rest of the people in the discussion found out I was a registered Republican, they were…

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Governor Abbott Releases Texas Homeland Security Strategic Plan 2015-2020

“Now more than ever, it is imperative the state fulfill its most solemn responsibility of protecting communities and ensuring the security of all Texans. . . “ Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – In coordination with the Texas Office of Homeland Security and the Texas Homeland Security Council, Governor Greg Abbott today released the Texas…

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Ted Cruz Demands Kerry Resign Over Israel Criticism

Calls for Sec. Kerry to disavow spokesman’s offensive remarks about Israel being guilty of terrorism or resign Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) admonished the State Department for its recent remarks about Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israel. Sen. Cruz called for Secretary John Kerry to disavow the department’s offensive…

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Attorney General Paxton Statement on DSHS Birth Certificate Policy Ruling

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today released the following statement after a federal judge ruled the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) may continue its policy on the forms of identification accepted before issuing a birth certificate: “Today’s ruling is an important first step in ensuring the integrity of…

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A Message from Blake

The Search for a Speaker Continues The resignation of John Boehner as Speaker of the House and Kevin McCarthy’s decision to withdraw from consideration for the Speakership is dominating the news out of Washington. Headlines like, “House in disarray” and, “Chaos in the Republican Party” are how the news pundits see it. Well, I think…

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Sen. Cruz Applauds Texas for Dropping Planned Parenthood from Medicaid Program

Encourages states to follow Texas’ lead Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today released the following statement praising the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s decision to drop Planned Parenthood from the state’s Medicaid program: “Today, my home state of Texas proved that states can make a real difference in the fight to…

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Sanctuary Cities: Trump Would End Practice by 300 Cities, Towns & States

Of 17,000 detainees, some 11,800 (68%) had prior criminal history Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, DC — Despite a funding cut-off threat from the Justice Department, over 300 so-called “sanctuary cities” are protecting thousands of illegal criminal immigrants from federal arrest and deportation, according to a new analysis. Over the 19-month period from January 1, 2014, to…

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Sid Miller Sees Human Role in Climate Change

Human actions have contributed to climate change, according to the majority of climate scientists — and now, apparently, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. Asked specifically if he believed human beings have played a role in climate change, Miller said he’s come to believe so, especially after seeing the level of air pollution in Beijing and…

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Abbott to Feds: Cease Your “Land Grab”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott fired a new volley at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management Friday, adding to the years-long standoff between the state and the federal agency over the ownership of roughly 90,000 acres along the Red River. In a letter to BLM Director Neil Kornze, Abbott said he was requesting for a third time that…

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Predictions of Woe from Federal Clean Air Plan Softened

President Obama’s plan to combat climate change will cause higher power prices in Texas and threaten electric reliability, but not as much as originally feared, operators of the state’s main grid say in a new analysis.  In its report released Friday, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said the federal Clean Power Plan — which…

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