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  • It’s Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin versus Jan Brewer in Arizona today

    08/26/2014 12:51:12 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 26 at 11:45 AM | Sean Sullivan
    A victory-starved national tea party movement has a final opportunity to claim a statewide win ahead of the general election campaign, pinning its hopes on Doug Ducey in Tuesday's Republican primary for governor of Arizona.Ducey, Arizona's state treasurer and the former chief executive of Cold Stone Creamery, is backed by national tea party leaders like Sarah Palin and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Mike Lee (R-Tex.). His main rival is Scott Smith, the former mayor of Mesa and a more moderate Republican. A third candidate, Christine Jones, is a wildcard."I think this Republican race here is the epitome of the infighting...
  • Protest and Counter-Protest: Opposing Groups Protest at Sen. Cruz Office

    08/16/2014 12:40:18 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Aug 2014 | Bob Price
    HOUSTON, Texas -- Opposing views on the issue of border security and open borders engaged in a standoff of words outside the Houston office of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). The groups were as opposite on the issues as they were the side of the street where they stood. Pro-Amnesty groups supporting an expansion of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) stood on the side opposite Senator Cruz's Houston district office while border security activists stood on the side closest to his office. Houston Police patrol officers, almost outnumbering the protesters, were on hand to make sure both groups remained separated. After...
  • Pro and anti illegal immigrant protestors demonstrate outside Ted Cruz offices

    08/16/2014 11:17:10 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 7 replies
    Examiner ^ | August 15, 2014 | Mark Whittington
    A Thursday story in Breitbart News reported that pro illegal immigration demonstrators and anti-illegal demonstrators, numbering about 20 a piece, protested outside the Houston offices of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. It has been previously announced that a group claiming to represent young illegal immigrants would attempt to forcibly occupy Cruz’s offices. Instead a delegation of six of the protestors were invited to meet with Cruz’s staff to air their grievances.Cruz has taken something of a hard line against the surge of illegal immigrants, many of them unaccompanied children, which has inundated the southern border in recent months. In a recent...
  • Ted Cruz rallies to the support of his friend and political rival Rick Perry

    08/16/2014 8:25:24 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 80 replies
    Examiner ^ | August 16, 2014 | Mark Whittington
    In a sign that the indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry for abuse of office and coercion may not be having the political effects some have hoped for, Sen. Ted Cruz, the Republican junior senator from Texas, has taken to his Facebook page to express support for the governor. Cruz is considered a possible rival to Perry for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. However differences are being set aside, at least for the time being, to rally around Perry.“Unfortunately, there has been a sad history of the Travis County District Attorney's Office engaging in politically-motivated prosecutions, and this...
  • Senator Cruz: Secure the Border, End the Amnesty, and Celebrate Legal Immigration

    08/15/2014 11:16:55 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 10 replies
    CFIF ^ | August 14 2014 | Senator Ted Cruz
    This op-ed originally appeared in The Texas Tribune on August 13, 2014.We should welcome a debate over how to secure our borders and reform the legal immigration system. That’s not a debate, however, that President Obama and his supporters are willing to have.Instead, they are devoted to amnesty — and they’re holding the safety and security of our nation hostage to get it.Although polling shows that 68 percent of Americans disapprove of Obama’s immigration policies, the president and his allies remain committed to an agenda that has created an unprecedented humanitarian crisis at our southern border.As the son of a refugee...
  • Rand Paul: If you don't realize race skews the justice system, you're not paying attention

    08/14/2014 7:11:06 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 70 replies
    UPI ^ | Aug. 14, 2014 at 3:37 PM | Matt Bradwell
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- In an op-ed for Time magazine, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul spoke to concerns about the role big government is playing in over-policing protestors in Ferguson, Mo., in the aftermath of Michael Brown's death at the hands of local police.Paul, who has recently emerged as a vocal critic of the role race plays in the criminal justice system, continued to speak to his concerns about "big government" through the lens of police, writing, "There is a legitimate role for the police to keep the peace, but there should be a difference between a police response and...
  • Perry’s National Guard Deployment Order Sparks Debate Between Border Area Sheriffs

    08/14/2014 6:13:58 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Jul 2014 | Bob Price
    ROCKPORT, Texas—Texas Governor Rick Perry’s decision to activate the Texas National Guard and deploy them along a relatively small sector of the Texas-Mexico border has brought criticism from one border county’s sheriff’s office and praise from another. While some leaders along the border appear to be concerned about a “militarization” of the border region, others see it as an opportunity to stop the senseless deaths that have been occurring South Texas. At least one sheriff questioned the wisdom of Perry’s decision to send military people into the area who are not authorized to stop anyone, according to the Dallas Morning News...
  • Cruz Spokesman: Protesters Outside My Office Could Just Ask for a Meeting

    08/14/2014 6:05:50 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 15 replies
    National Review Online ^ | August 12, 2014 4:01 PM | Joel Gehrke
    Illegal immigration activists who plan to protest outside of the office of Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) could get inside the office if they would only ask, a Cruz aide says.“Of course, it’s this group’s First Amendment right to say what they want to say and we are happy to talk, if they are willing, but we have not received such a request,” Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier told National Review Online when asked about United We Dream’s plan to protest at the senator’s Houston office on Thursday.Maria Fernanda Cabello, an organizer at youth-immigrant advocacy group United We Dream, said that they...
  • Cruz: 2016 candidates should "stand up and lead"

    08/11/2014 6:47:41 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 12 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | Aman Batheja
    FORT WORTH — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said Friday evening that Republicans thinking of running for president should lead by example, and he suggested that some of the names being thrown around by political pundits are of politicians who are not currently doing so.“By all accounts, there are 10, 12, 15 people who seem to be thinking about running,” Cruz told reporters after delivering a speech at the RedState Gathering, an annual conference hosted by the conservative blog. “What I would encourage each of them to do is stand up and lead. I think it would be fantastic if, a...
  • Ted Cruz: Obama Must Seek Congressional Authorization For Iraq Strikes

    08/10/2014 7:28:44 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 19 replies
    Time ^ | Aug. 9, 2014 | Zeke J Miller
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said Saturday that President Barack Obama must seek congressional authorization for U.S. strikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) if they continue.Speaking to reporters following a speech to Iowa conservatives, Cruz declared the rise of the islamist militant group “the latest manifestation of the failures of the Obama-Clinton foreign policies.”While Obama has said the strikes are “limited” to protect American forces and personnel, as well as vulnerable Iraqi refugees, Cruz said Obama had yet to articulate a “clear military objective” for the strikes, calling on the president to focus on U.S. national security...
  • Ted Cruz: President Obama Should Spend Less Time Golfing, More Time Leading

    08/10/2014 7:22:57 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9 Aug 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Speaking to reporters after his speech at the Iowa state fair, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) criticized President Obama for failing to demonstrate leadership -- even though he had begun airstrikes in Iraq. “Airstrikes could well make sense, to degrade the lethality of ISIS if they are directed towards accomplishing a concrete defined military objective that furthers U.S. national security interests,” Cruz said. “What is missing right now is the Commander-in-Chief laying out a strategic vision.” Cruz called for a vision and moral leadership that he explained could only come from the president. “The president unfortunately is an absentee president,” Cruz...
  • Ted Cruz: ISIS is the Face of Evil

    08/10/2014 7:20:09 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9 Aug 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Ted Cruz responded to President Obama’s statement on Iraq on Saturday, criticizing him for failing to properly address the threat posed by ISIS. “Sadly what’s happening in Iraq is the latest manifestation of the failures of the Obama/Clinton foreign policy,” Cruz said, pointing out that since Obama took power, America’s leadership has receded. Cruz spoke at length about the crisis in Iraq with reporters following his appearance at the Faith Leadership Summit in Iowa. “What ISIS is doing in Iraq is unspeakable; ISIS is the face of evil,” Cruz said. “ISIS right now is crucifying Christians in Iraq. Crucifixion...
  • Ted Cruz's "Five Conservative Victories"

    08/10/2014 6:40:43 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 20 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Aug 10, 2014 | Kevin Glass
    Sen. Ted Cruz spoke at the 2014 Red State Gathering in Ft. Worth on Friday, telling the hundreds of gathered conservative activists not to believe the media's rhetoric on the lagging conservative movement - that, in his time in Washington, there are distinct and powerful victories that conservatives can be proud of. He named five victories, and two that, in his words, "are fixin' to be completed." 1. The defeat of President Obama and congressional Democrats' proposed gun control measures Conventional wisdom last year was that the President's gun control proposals were unstoppable... I was proud to stand with my...
  • WaPo: Romney 2016 idea gaining steam among his supporters [Ebola-Level BARF]

    08/04/2014 9:49:02 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 41 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 11:21 am on August 4, 2014
    You didn’t think I was going to let this tasty morsel from Saturday go undevoured, did you?Pay attention to the timeline. Asked whether he and other Republican officials are coalescing around Romney as a 2016 favorite, [Wyoming Gov. Matt] Mead said: “There is a movement afoot. . . . I’d tell him, ‘Governor Romney, people here in Wyoming and around the country would encourage you to take another look at it.’ ”…In June, Romney’s donor retreat in Park City, Utah, had the feel of a revival. Although Christie and Paul spoke at the elite confab, the buzz was about drafting Romney…Still, the Chamber’s...
  • Earwax-eating Democrat: Ted Cruz un-American for wanting border security

    08/04/2014 9:43:07 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 24 replies ^ | August 4, 2014 | Joe Newby
    Rep. Joe Garcia, the Florida Democrat caught on video consuming his own earwax, caught an earful from critics on Twitter Sunday after posting a tweet highlighting a speech in which he excoriated Republicans, especially Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for failing to pass "comprehensive immigration reform.""WATCH @JoeGarcia's impassioned speech to #Congress-stripping kids of rights is unAmerican. The #TimeIsNow for #CIR," he tweeted. A number of Twitter users reminded Garcia that the children he referred to aren't American citizens."How can U strip children of rights they don't have?" one twitter user asked in response. "These R not American children & thus do...
  • Reports: Cruz Angering GOP Establishment on Way to '16 Run

    08/02/2014 4:07:20 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 79 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Friday, 01 Aug 2014 06:02 PM | John Blosser
    Sen. Ted Cruz has his eye fixed on the White House, and he plans to undercut the established Republican House leadership to help get him there, reports say. Cruz's latest political target, according to Breitbart, is New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who he says "has voted lock-step with President Obama to prevent any efforts to finally secure our border."  But while Shaheen's most likely opponent in the upcoming elections will be Republican Scott Brown, a former senator from Massachusetts, Cruz's choice of key state New Hampshire to make an impression says more about the lofty aspirations of the junior...
  • House chaos a sign Boehner is Cruz’ing to Obama impeachment?

    08/02/2014 11:58:12 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 1 at 4:16 PM | Jonathan Capehart
    The Post articles on the House Republican revolt over the border bill and and the role Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) played in making it happen have nuggets of information that show why I’ve been harping about the possibility of  impeachment since June.As the article on the revolt notes, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his allies said they had the votes to pass a border bill that not only speeded up deportations but also had a $659 million price tag, which was considerably less than the $3.7 billion President Obama asked for. And then the bill was pulled from the floor...
  • Ted Cruz Meets with House GOP Prior to Leadership Shift on Border Bill

    08/02/2014 11:41:48 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 31 Jul 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Just hours before House GOP leadership abruptly changed course on the border crisis bill, moving to allow a vote on a second bill that addresses President Obama's "deferred" prosecution of illegal aliens, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) met with House conservatives on the issue. Leaving the meeting Wednesday, Cruz signaled optimism. “I am encouraged. I think it is likely that the House is going to vote on the bill to eliminate President Obama’s authority to grant amnesty because of the humanitarian crisis we’re facing right now,” Cruz told reporters after the event.About a dozen House conservatives joined Cruz in his Senate...
  • Ted Cruz rides momentum into Iowa

    08/02/2014 11:37:18 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/02/14 06:04 AM EDT | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Ted Cruz arrives in Iowa this weekend riding a wave of political momentum after clashing with GOP leaders in Washington over immigration legislation.Cruz, a Republican from Texas, is emerging as a favorite of conservative activists, who every four years play an outsized role during the Iowa caucus, the first contest of the GOP presidential primary. He bolstered his reputation as a Tea Party rebel over the last two weeks by repeatedly meeting with House conservatives who forced GOP leaders to rework an emergency bill aimed at stopping unaccompanied minors from streaming across the Texas border.  Anti-establishment conservatives in Iowa are...
  • Ted Cruz bucks the establishment, again

    08/02/2014 11:33:12 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | Thu July 31, 2014 | Jeremy Diamond
    Washington (CNN) -- Ted Cruz appears to have played a key role in the emergency border bill falling apart in the House.Less than 24 hours before GOP leaders pulled a vote on Thursday on the $659 million emergency measure to address the crisis provoked by a surge of migrant youth from Central America, the arch-conservative Republican senator had lobbied House allies to scrap it unless it included a provision to toughen deportation policy.Support for the bill as written was already tenuous at best, but Cruz held sway, for the moment anyway. Negotiations were scheduled to run into Thursday night with...
  • David Brooks: Republican Border Stance the 'Palin-ization' of GOP, Blames Ted Cruz

    08/02/2014 11:28:57 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 Aug 2014, 7:43 AM PDT | Jeff Poor
    On Friday’s “NewsHour” on PBS, New York Times columnist David Brooks took aim at the conservative wing of the Republican Party for its influence on the language of latest round of legislation dealing with the southern border crisis. According to Brooks, these policy gestures were less about governing and more about winning over a certain constituency.“This is about Palin-ization of parts of the GOP,” Brooks said. “This is not about passing legislation, not about, well, we’re in a party. We should pay attention to our leaders. We should craft some compromise. We should compromise with the other side. This is...
  • Scott Walker supports mass immigration, probably including amnesty

    08/01/2014 4:01:21 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 66 replies
    24Ahead ^ | 11/20/2013
    Scott Walker supports mass immigration, probably including amnesty As usual for those in the Koch family sphere, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker supports large-scale immigration. That is, a system where many more people could come here legally than do so currently.Walker is also not a strong and vocal opponent of mass legalization (aka amnesty, aka a path to citizenship). Earlier this year he made a comment suggesting that he supports mass legalization, but now he's attempting to dance around that comment but without ruling out mass legalization. Walker clearly isn't an ideologue on immigration nor does he make it a priority....
  • Cruz: Let's repeal ‘every bloody word' of Obamacare

    07/30/2014 6:29:32 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | July 29th, 2014 | Ashley Killough
    <p>Washington (CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday forcefully argued that Obamacare is not here to stay and pledged that he would continue working to dismantle the health care law in 2014 and 2016.</p> <p>“I think those elections should be about many, many things,” the Texas Republican said, listing jobs and growth as examples. “But they should be about repealing every bloody word of Obamacare.”</p>
  • Ted Cruz: Boehner's Immigration Plan Will Not Solve Border Crisis

    07/30/2014 6:25:06 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 29 Jul 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Tuesday afternoon that the plan revealed by Speaker John Boehner’s border crisis working group will not solve the crisis because it doesn’t stop President Barack Obama’s planned executive amnesty for illegal aliens. “The evidence shows that the amnesty President Obama announced in 2012 is driving record numbers of immigrants to enter our nation illegally,” Cruz said in a statement his office released. “Because of President Obama’s amnesty, children are being abused and exploited by dangerous drug cartels and transnational gangs. We must put an end to any expansion of this amnesty that puts countless numbers...
  • Cruz opposes House border bill

    07/30/2014 6:18:47 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/29/14 5:06 PM EDT | BURGESS EVERETT
    Ted Cruz and other Senate conservatives are urging rejection of the House border security package, miffed that it excludes language prohibiting expansion of President Barack Obama’s deferred action policies.Cruz has urged House and Senate Republicans to rally around his proposal to attack Obama’s Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, an administrative change Obama made in 2012 to halt the deportation of some young immigrants.On Tuesday, House Republicans unveiled a bill that includes $659 million in money for the border and a change to a 2008 anti-trafficking law — but no change to DACA. Cruz and other members of the party’s right...
  • Ted Cruz Is Smart, So What?

    07/29/2014 6:30:40 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 37 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 29, 2014 4:00 AM | Ian Tuttle
    In the first volume of his magnificent three-tome biography of Theodore Roosevelt, Edmund Morris recounts the story of writer Owen Wister’s visit to the Roosevelt White House. Wister, a Harvard classmate of the president, “has lent [Roosevelt] a book shortly before a full evening’s entertainment at the White House, and been astonished to hear a complete review of it over breakfast. ‘Somewhere between six one evening and eight-thirty the next morning, beside his dressing and his dinner and his guests and his sleep, he had read a volume of three-hundred-and-odd pages, and missed nothing of significance.’”For those unconvinced of Teddy’s...
  • Sen. Cruz: We Must Put a Stop to President Obama’s Amnesty and Give Governors All Options Possible

    07/27/2014 8:49:13 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 16 replies ^ | July 24, 2014 | Ted Cruz
    Full Title: Sen. Cruz: We Must Put a Stop to President Obama’s Amnesty and Give Governors All Options Possible to Mitigate This Crisis WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today introduced the Protect Children and Families Through the Rule of Law Act, which includes measures that would stop President Obama’s amnesty, reform the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Act, and empower governors to utilize the National Guard to address this specific crisis at federal expense, including authority to arrest violators of federal immigration, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and terrorism laws. “The current situation in the Rio Grande Valley is...
  • Sen. Cruz Files Sanction Iran, Safeguard America Act

    07/27/2014 8:42:49 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 4 replies ^ | July 25, 2014 | Ted Cruz
    WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today filed legislation to impose sanctions against Iran to help safeguard America. “The recent extension of negotiations over Iran's nuclear program and further relaxation of economic sanctions is confirmation that the Obama Administration's policy of tempting Tehran to curb its nuclear ambitions through preemptive concessions is indeed a historic mistake,” said Sen. Cruz. “The Iranians still have not taken any serious steps to rein in their nuclear program. The 19,000 centrifuges are still spinning. Not one pound of enriched uranium has left Iran. Research and development of ICBMs continues unchecked.  And,...
  • Ted Cruz depicted as a vampire slayer by guerilla street artist

    07/26/2014 5:36:27 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 32 replies
    Examiner ^ | July 26, 2014 | Mark Whittington
    If Ted Cruz were not in the United States Senate, he might have a new career as a vampire slayer. At least that is how he is depicted in a new poster by a conservative street artist who goes by the name of Sabo, according to a Friday piece in MySanAntonio. The posters, which have started to pop up on southern California street corners depicting Cruz wearing a long, leather duster and carrying a crossbow. First Lady Michelle Obama is depicted as a bat winged monster swooping down on Cruz.The posters are apparently in response to a recent dust up...
  • Ted Cruz Blames Democrats for Capitol Hill Gridlock

    07/26/2014 5:29:05 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 2 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Saturday, 26 Jul 2014 | Todd Beamon
    Sen. Ted Cruz slammed President Barack Obama and the Democrats for the gridlock that has paralyzed Congress. "It should embarrass all of us, and it's the result of a deliberate partisan decision," the Texas Republican said in an interview to air on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. The tea party-backed freshman senator cited the stalemate over the border crisis as a recent example of Washington inaction. Story continues below video. Obama has asked Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency aid to address the thousands of illegal immigrant minors who have been arrested in South Texas, but Republicans and Democrats...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Demands Answers On FAA Flight Ban To Israel

    07/25/2014 5:13:16 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    CBS ^ | July 25, 2014 5:15 PM
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Questions remain about the Federal Aviation Administration’s ban on flights to Israel earlier this week and whether it was based on safety or politics. One U.S. senator is vowing to block Obama administration diplomatic appointments until he gets answers.Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is blocking confirmation of ambassadors and other diplomatic nominees until the FAA explains why it blocked flights to Israel after a rocket landed a mile from the Tel Aviv airport.“The timing was such that this ban on flights from America was announced at the same time that John Kerry arrived in the Middle East;...
  • Unhinged Chris Matthews Fumes Over Ted Cruz's 'McCarthyism'

    07/25/2014 12:35:16 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 30 replies
    In his never-ending obsession with Ted Cruz, Hardball’s Chris Matthews devoted the start and close of his program to rants against the supposed "McCarthyism" of the Texas Senator. Matthews objected to Cruz’s belief that the FAA’s short lived ban on air travel to Israel was political in nature. On the July 24 edition of Matthews’ program, the host wondered if Cruz was “trying to mimic the headline grabbing of the bad old days, or is he just so ignorant of what those tactics have done to this country that he's not aware of what he’s committing: the horror of McCarthyism...
  • Jeff Sessions, Ted Cruz: Don't Let 'Scandalous' Obama Run 'Roughshod' with Immigration Exec. Actions

    07/25/2014 12:04:10 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Jul 2014 | Tony Lee
    On Thursday, Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), who have arguably been the two most influential conservatives in stopping amnesty legislation, urged their colleagues to put more pressure on President Barack Obama, so he does not unilaterally grant temporary amnesty to millions more illegal immigrants.  In a colloquy with Cruz on the Senate floor, Sessions said Obama's potential executive actions represent an "exceedingly grave threat that go[es] beyond anything we've ever seen in this country" and "threatens the very constitutional framework of our republic and the very ability of this nation to even have borders."He vowed that the...
  • Cruz, Sessions sound alarm on Obama’s plan to expand amnesty program

    07/24/2014 4:15:57 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 9 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jul. 24, 2014 4:36pm | Pete Kasperowicz
    Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) vowed Thursday afternoon to fight President Barack Obama’s reported plans to expand amnesty for up to six million more illegal residents by the end of the summer.The two senators have been among the most vocal Republican opponents of Obama’s deferred deportation policy, which they say has prompted a flood of unaccompanied minors to try crossing into the United States.GOP senators on Thursday again warned about plans by President Barack Obama to expand an amnesty program for illegal immigrants. (AP Photo)Cruz said he was back at the Texas border last weekend, when he...
  • Boehner indicates no room for Ted Cruz border plan in House bill

    07/24/2014 3:54:00 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 29 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jul. 24, 2014 1:20pm | Pete Kasperowicz
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) indicated Thursday that the House will not be considering legislative language to defund President Barack Obama’s deferred deportation policy, which some Republicans want to see as a condition of approving new funding to ease the crisis at the southern U.S. border.Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has said he wants to see Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy defunded, and says that policy is precisely why about 60,000 illegal immigrant children have tried to cross into the U.S. this year.Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is pushing to end President Barack Obama’s deferred deportation policy, but House GOP...
  • Sessions to Congress: Back Ted Cruz or Remain 'Complicit' in 'Nullification of Border'

    07/22/2014 9:35:22 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Jul 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee and a key immigration hawk, took to the Senate floor on Monday afternoon to attack the efforts by President Barack Obama to grant amnesty via executive order to millions of illegal aliens. During his floor speech, Sessions endorsed a bill from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) that aims to curb the president’s executive amnesty efforts—and called on his colleagues to cosponsor it. Sessions said: Senator Cruz has a bill that would stop this presidential overreach. Sessions said. It’s very simple. It lays out that we won’t spend money providing legal...
  • Glenn Beck Blows It, But Ted Cruz Saves The Day

    07/22/2014 2:45:47 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 59 replies ^ | July 22, 2014 | Frank Camp
    There’s a lot of talk about optics in politics, and generally speaking, I am wildly opposed to the notion of optics. Optics refers to how one is viewed by the general public, how one’s actions are perceived. Optics are, in essence, a manipulation of perception. In my opinion, the top priority on a politician’s mind should not be optics, but actions. Actions–if they are driven by noble intent–should speak for themselves. Action should not require extra manufacturing. However, there is something to be said about making sure one’s actions are not perceived negatively, thus undermining one’s entire political philosophy.We have...
  • Cruz: Rich Do Fine with Big Govt, GOP Must Help the Working Poor

    07/20/2014 3:07:55 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 23 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Sunday, 20 Jul 2014 08:07 AM | Todd Beamon and Elliot Jager
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on Saturday said that to resurrect America's greatness it was necessary to revive the economy, defend the Constitution, and restore America's place in the world arena. Appearing at the conference themed "America at Its Best," Cruz told more than 3,000 attendees to the Western Conservative Summit in Denver that "the single biggest lie" is that Republicans are the party of the rich. "The rich have done fine with big government," he said. The ones most hurt by big government are those who are struggling. The event, in its fifth year, is sponsored by the Centennial Institute,...
  • Ted Cruz: Harry Reid, Obama Holding Migrant Children for ‘Ransom’

    07/20/2014 3:04:04 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 Jul 2014, 8:55 AM PDT
    On Fox News Sunday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said that President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NA) are holding the illegal immigrant children flooding across the U.S. Mexico border “hostage” with promises of "amnesty." Laying the blame for the humanitarian crisis squarely on President Obama, Cruz said, "I agree with the president in one respect. We are seeing a humanitarian crisis. We're seeing tens of thousands of young children coming in illegally, being brutalized, being mistreated by global transnational drug cartels. And the cause of this crisis is the promise of amnesty. If you look at the history of...
  • Here’s What Ted Cruz Had to Say About Glenn Beck’s Border Relief Work

    07/20/2014 3:00:23 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 21 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jul. 20, 2014 1:35pm | Zach Noble
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz praised the relief efforts of Glenn Beck and Mercury One in the border town of McAllen, Texas on Saturday, where the charity Beck founded worked to provide food, clothing, water and toys to the illegal immigrant children who have been streaming into the U.S.But Cruz also stressed the importance of sending those kids back home.“Let me say thank you to Mercury One, thank you to Glenn, for leading on this issue, for raising over two million dollars to provide food, to provide medicine, to provide toys to these kids,” Cruz said. “These children, while they’re here,...
  • Ted Cruz pushes to undo 2012 deportation ban for young immigrants

    07/19/2014 10:32:11 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 12 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 5:00 pm on July 17, 2014 | Todd J. Gillman
    WASHINGTON – Blaming a recent surge in young border-crossers on the president, Sen. Ted Cruz waded into the crisis Thursday with a bill to reverse a 2012 order protecting child migrants from deportation.“The staggering conditions that children are being subjected to are a direct result of the amnesty that President Obama illegally and unilaterally enacted in 2012, which caused the number of unaccompanied minors to skyrocket,” Cruz said. “The only way to stop the border crisis is to stop President Obama’s amnesty.”Obama ordered the policy — known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA – to shield immigrants brought into...
  • Cruz: Border surge is a direct result of President Obama’s action

    07/19/2014 10:25:42 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 16 replies
    Wilson County News ^ | July 17, 2014, 4:05pm
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today introduced legislation to prevent the Obama Administration from using any taxpayer funds to expand DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and from continuing to lawlessly grant amnesty and work permits to new immigrants who enter the country illegally. He also outlined guiding principles that Congress should keep in mind when considering reforms. “We all recognize the terrible humanitarian crisis that is occurring at the border, and all of us should come together to end the policies that have caused it,” said Sen. Cruz. “Tens of thousands of children are being smuggled...
  • Could Elizabeth Warren Face Ted Cruz In 2016?

    07/19/2014 10:20:56 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 79 replies
    RedState ^ | July 18th, 2014 at 03:37 PM | Dan McLaughlin
    Should the Democrats nominate Elizabeth Warren for President in 2016, as a draft-Warren movement, some liberal pundits and enthusiasts at this week’s Netroots Nation convention believe? Should Republicans nominate Ted Cruz, who has kept his options open with frequent trips to Iowa and New Hampshire? In some ways, Cruz and Warren are mirror images, and the cases for and against them are surprisingly similar. But there are also some critical differences.Before 2008, the idea of a presidential contest between two first-term Senators in their (by then) fourth year in Washington would have seemed ridiculous; in 1988, Dan Quayle was roundly...
  • Heritage Action Buttresses Ted Cruz’s Border Solution

    07/19/2014 10:15:36 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 1 replies
    National Review Online - The Corner ^ | July 18, 2014 3:02 PM | Joel Gehrke
    Heritage Action called for the end of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, making an argument that dovetails with legislation offered by Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) as a solution to the border crisis.The Heritage Foundation’s James Carafano denounced the program in a Thursday op-ed.  ’The president’s 2012 policy for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, regardless of the Oval Office’s intent, sets a precedent that encourages further unlawful migration, particularly among minors,” Carafano wrote. ”It leaves those in the program mired in uncertainty as to their future status. It resolves nothing, encourages the problem to grow and is a detriment...
  • House Leadership Skeptical of Ted Cruz’s Plan to Halt DACA

    07/17/2014 6:23:44 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 15 replies
    National Review Online - The Corner ^ | July 17, 2014 7:08 PM | Joel Gehrke
    Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) unveiled legislation to shut down President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals’ program, and the bill is getting a mixed response among Republican colleagues.Cruz offered his bill as a plan to end the border crisis — and the suffering that takes place south of the border as children travel to the United States — by thwarting Obama’s policy of acting as if the DREAM Act has already passed.“The staggering conditions that children are being subjected to are a direct result of the amnesty that President Obama illegally and unilaterally enacted in 2012, which caused the...
  • Ted Cruz Drafting Border Crisis Bill

    07/16/2014 4:46:04 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 16, 2014 6:11 PM | Joel Gehrke
    I’m hearing from Senate sources that Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) is writing an alternative to the border crisis bill proposed by Senator John Cornyn (R., Texas) and Representative Henry Cuellar (D., Texas). A “central feature” of Cruz’s bill will be a reversal of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, according to one Senate source.Republicans in both chambers agree that the surge of children from Central America was caused by Obama’s 2012 announcement of DACA, a policy under which the federal government does not deport people who would have qualified for the DREAM Act, a bill that never...
  • Missouri Governor Signs Bill to Replace Common Core Standards

    07/16/2014 10:30:51 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Jul 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) has signed legislation that provides for a task force to write new education standards that will eventually replace the Common Core in his state. Nixon’s office announced his approval of the measure Monday, the last possible day the governor could take action on bills passed earlier this year, local news reports.The Republican-led Missouri legislature, which has battled the standards since their adoption in 2010, approved HB 1490 23-6 in the state Senate and 135-10 in the state House. Originally, the bill was intended to ban the Common Core standards entirely.Increasing numbers of states are repealing...
  • Ted Cruz: Abortion Access Law Is Part of 'Real' War on Women

    07/16/2014 6:43:22 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 7 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 11:12 PM | Cathy Burke
    A proposed bill to protect access to abortion services is a "manifestation of a war on women," Sen. Ted Cruz charged Tuesday. Speaking at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Texas Republican questioned the Women's Health Protection Act, which would prevent states from implementing restrictions—such as doctors' admitting privileges at local hospitals, structural requirements for clinics, mandated waiting periods, and mandated ultrasounds—that make abortion services more difficult to get. The bill is aimed at actions like those in Texas, which last summer passed a set of restrictive laws that has already closed about a third of the abortion...
  • Rep. Justin Amash earns Ted Cruz endorsement weeks ahead of primary vote

    07/16/2014 6:38:44 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 16 replies ^ | July 15, 2014 | Andrew Krietz
    p>GRAND RAPIDS, MI — U.S. Rep. Justin Amash has an endorsement of his own to tout with Tea Party firebrand Ted Cruz. In a radio ad airing Tuesday, July 15, across West Michigan, Cruz throws support behind Amash, who's working to fend off challenger Brian Ellis in the upcoming Third District GOP primary. Cruz, a first-term Republican Senator from Texas known for filibustering the Affordable Care Act last fall, admires Amash for criticizing the policies of President Barack Obama. "Washington needs more conservatives with backbone, more conservatives like Justin Amash," said Cruz in the ad. "Justin and I have fought...
  • Cruz: Border Crisis a Direct Consequence of Obama’s ‘Lawlessness’

    07/12/2014 7:56:32 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 10, 2014 - 11:29 AM | Melanie Hunter
    ( - Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), speaking on the Senate floor Wednesday, called the border crisis a “direct consequence of President Obama’s lawlessness.”“There’s one thing President Obama has said about what is happening that is absolutely correct – this is a humanitarian disaster, but it is a disaster of the president’s own making. It is a disaster that is the direct consequence of President Obama’s lawlessness. A quick review of the facts makes that abundantly apparent,” Cruz said. Cruz cited the dramatic increase in the number of unaccompanied children who entered the United States illegally between 2012 - when President...