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  • Earl Rose, medical examiner during JFK assassination in Dallas, dies in Iowa at age 85

    05/01/2012 4:12:59 PM PDT · by iowamark · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/01/2012 | Associated Press
    n the turbulent hours following President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, many were uncertain about what to do, but medical examiner Earl Rose knew one thing: The shooting happened in Dallas, and it was his job to do an autopsy on anyone slain in the city. Rose stood in a doorway at the hospital where Kennedy’s body was taken on Nov. 22, 1963, in a vain attempt to block Kennedy’s aides as they removed his coffin. The Secret Service and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy prevailed, and the president’s body was flown to Bethesda Naval Hospital, where an autopsy was done by...
  • Days after damaging video surfaces, EPA regional chief Armendariz resigns

    04/30/2012 9:28:16 AM PDT · by Charles Martel · 75 replies ^ | April 30, 2012 | Randy Lee Loftis
    Al Armendariz said Monday morning that he had submitted a letter of resignation on Sunday. Armendariz was already a lightning rod for conservative critics of the EPA in Texas before last week, when a video became public in which Armendariz spoke of "crucifying" oil and gas companies that broke the law. Members of Congress and Texas officials jumped on Armendariz's words as proof that he had run the EPA's regional office as an anti-industry zealot. The environmental engineer, on leave from a professor post at Southern Methodist University, sent a letter Monday to his friends and supporters:
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry among those taking offense at EPA official's crucifixion comment (April 26)

    05/01/2012 12:05:25 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    Dallas News ^ | Published: 26 April 2012 02:50 PM | BRUCE TOMASO
    Gov. Rick Perry took to Twitter this afternoon to say that a U.S. Environmental Protection Agencyadministrator's wisecrack likening enforcement actions to crucifixion is "unacceptable & offensive," one more reason to rein the agency in.The governor was reacting to comments from Al Armendariz , the EPA's administrator for Region 6 (which covers Texas and the surrounding states). In the video, from 2010, Armendariz talks about enforcing EPA rules by making an example out of companies caught in violation."I was in a meeting once and I gave an analogy to my staff about my philosophy of enforcement, and I think it was...
  • Cruz For Texas (even National Review dumps Dewhurst)

    05/01/2012 11:10:47 AM PDT · by pogo101 · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | May 1, 2012 | National Review editorial
    Texas’s Ted Cruz has come a long way in his quest to replace Kay Bailey Hutchison in the United States Senate. He has spent the better part of the last year slowly closing the polling gap with his principal rival, the better-known lieutenant governor David Dewhurst, to the point that a runoff between the two now seems the likeliest of outcomes in the May 29 primary. But finishing a strong second isn’t an outcome worthy of an articulate, principled conservative such as Cruz. He can and should win a runoff with Dewhurst, become the Republican nominee, and be elected the...
  • (Texas)Wind farms may have warming effect - research

    04/29/2012 11:01:35 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 67 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/29/12 | Nina Chestney
    LONDON, April 29 (Reuters) - Large wind farms might have a warming effect on the local climate, research in the United States showed on Sunday, casting a shadow over the long-term sustainability of wind power. Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels contribute to global warming, which could lead to the melting of glaciers, sea level rise, ocean acidification, crop failure and other devastating effects, scientists say. In a move to cut such emissions, many nations are moving towards cleaner energy sources such as wind power. The world's wind farms last year had the capacity to produce...
  • Central Americans determined to trek north to U.S. [with liberal church help]

    04/29/2012 5:38:48 PM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Apr 29 | Guy Taylor
    TULTITLAN, Mexico — About 200 impoverished and undocumented migrants recently packed into a small building in this ramshackle town 20 miles north of Mexico City. Nearly all were from Honduras and headed for the U.S. border. Almost none spoke a word in the shelter’s dark main room, where the only thing thicker than the smell of unwashed clothes was a sense of fear. “Yeah, I’m scared,” said Victor Caseres, 26, who had traveled 750 miles by hopping freight trains to arrive at the shelter, one of more than a dozen run by the Catholic Church in Mexico to provide refuge...
  • Wind Farms Warming Texas

    04/29/2012 4:01:29 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 55 replies
    Discovery News ^ | April 29, 2012 | Eric Niiler
    New research finds that wind farms actually warm up the surface of the land underneath them during the night, a phenomena that could put a damper on efforts to expand wind energy as a green energy solution. Researchers used satellite data from 2003 to 2011 to examine surface temperatures across as wide swath of west Texas, which has built four of the world's largest wind farms. The data showed a direct correlation between night-time temperatures increases of 0.72 degrees C (1.3 degrees F) and the placement of the farms. "Given the present installed capacity and the projected growth in installation...
  • Mother whose foster son, 4, died of salt poisoning back in court (Hannah Overton)

    04/28/2012 5:19:32 PM PDT · by patriot08 · 21 replies
    Mail on Line ^ | April 27, 2012 | Rachel Quigly
    Hannah Overton was charged with capital murder, found guilty and handed down a life sentence. This week the 35-year-old was back in a Texas courthouse to try and get her capital murder conviction overturned and convince a judge she did not intentionally poison the four-year-old but that he did it to himself. The defense argued that Andrew had Pica an eating disorder characterized by an obsessive appetite. Overton and her husband told ABC's 20/20 that the boy would eat anything he could get his hands on. The day he collapsed in their home, Andrew was found in the pantry by...
  • Tea Party Battles GOP Establishment In Texas Senate Race

    04/28/2012 6:12:26 PM PDT · by reformedcrat · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4-28-2012 | Tom Thurlow
    Enter the Texas Tea Party's favorite GOP Senate candidate, Ted Cruz. "These bureaucracies," Cruz recently e-mailed me, "must be reined in. Instead of allowing the people to participate in the democratic process, the bureaucrats create the rule and then declare that it will benefit society, sidestepping the constitutional legislative process. That's why we must re-establish the proper role of the federal government. To do that, we need new leadership in the U.S. Senate." Read more:
  • Mark Your Calendars: 3 Years Without a Senate Budget!

    04/27/2012 9:01:39 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 4-27-2012 | Bridget Johnson
    April 27, 2012 Mark Your Calendars: 3 Years Without a Senate Budget! Bridget Johnson Sunday marks the third anniversary since the last time Senate Democrats proposed and passed a budget. Senate Republicans aren’t exactly celebrating, but want to make sure the milestone doesn’t go unnoticed. “The last time Senate Democrats passed a budget, a gallon of gas cost about half what it does now, the debt was $4.5 trillion dollars less than it is today, and ObamaCare was just a twinkle in the president’s eye,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). “Their lack of leadership has led to a national debt...
  • Four vehicle crash includes Seguin ISD school bus 9 children injured

    04/27/2012 8:25:23 AM PDT · by Rightly Biased · 18 replies
    KWED Seguin ^ | 4/27/2012 | Darren Dunn
    Nine kids were injured when a school bus got tangled up in a four-vehicle crash on State Highway 123 near Foxtrotter Road on Friday morning. (Seguin) -- Nine Seguin ISD students were injured in a multiple vehicle accident this morning on State Highway 123 near Foxtrotter Road. State troopers say the crash involved the school bus, a gravel hauling 18-wheeler and two passenger vehicles. The accident produced a fire and severe damage to all of the vehicle. SISD Public Information Officer Sean Hoffmann confirmed the injuries during an interview this morning on radio station KWED. "There was indeed a Seguin...
  • TX Woman gets over 3000 signatures for Texas Presidential Debate (w/ Mitt Romney & Ron Paul?)

    04/27/2012 6:58:47 AM PDT · by davidbellow · 9 replies
    Texas Conservative Republican News ^ | 4/27/12 | David Bellow
    This past weekend at my County Convention in Hardin County, TX, I was pleasantly surprised when a young woman from my county, Chelsea Willis, approached me and said she had a petition with over 3000 signatures on it. The petition was to try to persuade Mitt Romney to come to a Texas Republican Presidential Debate. The petition is titled "Potential Nominees, attend the GOP Debate (Houston, TX on May 24th, 2012)" In recent years, Texas has had little say in the Republican Presidential Race. The Texas GOP tried to put Texas on the map by getting together a debate on...
  • Exclusive: How The MSM Covered Up Fast and Furious

    04/17/2012 3:54:35 AM PDT · by iowamark · 20 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | 4/16/2012 | Ben Shapiro
    In Katie Pavlich’s devastating new expose of the Eric Holder Justice Department-approved Fast and Furious operation, Pavlich doesn’t just expose the Obama administration. She exposes the mainstream media for what they are: tools of the Democratic Party, and of the White House. As Pavlich recounts, the first mainstream media outlet to report on Fast and Furious was CBS Evening News, which aired a report by Sharyl Attkinson. She stated that the scandal itself was so awful that “some insiders say it surpasses the shoot-out at Ruby Ridge and the deadly siege at Waco.” She pointed out that the Bureau of...
  • The US Has Finally Done It: Mexican Immigrants Become Emigrants

    04/24/2012 9:41:17 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 1 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | April 24, 2012 | Tyler Durden
    You know its bad when...the net flow of Mexicans into the US has fallen so much that there is a high probability that it is now in reverse ending around forty years of inward migration. The Pew Hispanic Center notes that the standstill - after more than 12 million current immigrants have entered the US - more than half of whom are illegal - appears to be the result of many factors including a weakened US job and construction market, tougher border enforcement, a rise in deportations, growing dangers associated with border crossing, a long-term decline in Mexico's birth rate,...
  • The US Has Finally Done It: Mexican Immigrants Become Emigrants

    04/24/2012 9:29:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 04/24/2012 | Tyler Durden
    You know it's bad when...the net flow of Mexicans into the US has fallen so much that there is a high probability that it is now in reverse ending around forty years of inward migration. The Pew Hispanic Center notes that the standstill - after more than 12 million current immigrants have entered the US - more than half of whom are illegal - appears to be the result of many factors including a weakened US job and construction market, tougher border enforcement, a rise in deportations, growing dangers associated with border crossing, a long-term decline in Mexico's birth...
  • Net Migration from Mexico Falls to Zero—and Perhaps Less

    04/24/2012 8:15:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies
    Pew Hispanic Center ^ | April 23, 2012 | Jeffrey Passel, D’Vera Cohn and Ana Gonzalez-Barrera
    The largest wave of immigration in history from a single country to the United States has come to a standstill. After four decades that brought 12 million current immigrants—more than half of whom came illegally—the net migration flow from Mexico to the United States has stopped—and may have reversed, according to a new analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center of multiple government data sets from both countries. The standstill appears to be the result of many factors, including the weakened U.S. job and housing construction markets, heightened border enforcement, a rise in deportations, the growing dangers associated with illegal border...
  • Strong border controls and a lack of jobs prompt mass emigration of illegal Mexicans from the U.S.

    04/24/2012 6:42:50 AM PDT · by traumer · 32 replies
    The number of Mexican immigrants living illegally in the U.S. has dropped significantly for the first time in decades, showing a dramatic shift as many illegal workers are moving back to Mexico from the U.S. because there are so few job opportunities. The new analysis comes amid renewed debate over U.S. immigration policy as the Supreme Court hears arguments this week on Arizona's tough immigration law. Mexican immigrants make account for nearly 60 per cent of the illegal immigrant population in the U.S. and last year there were 6.1million in America. That number was down from its peak in 2007...
  • Mexicans Living in U.S. Illegally Drops for First Time: Study

    04/23/2012 9:15:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Monday, Apr 23, 2012
    Apprehensions of Mexicans trying to cross the border illegally have plummeted by more than 70% in recent years The number of Mexican immigrants living illegally in the U.S. has dropped significantly for the first time in decades a new study suggests. The figures represent a dramatic shift as many illegal workers, already in the U.S. and seeing few job opportunities, are returning to Mexico. The analysis of census data from the U.S. and Mexican governments finds that roughly 6.1 million unauthorized Mexican immigrants were living in the U.S. last year. That's down from a peak of nearly 7 million in...
  • Historic wave of Mexican immigration at a standstill, report says

    04/23/2012 7:42:24 PM PDT · by South40 · 25 replies
    LATimes ^ | 4/23/2012
    The number of Mexican migrants to the United States dropped significantly while the number of those returning home increased, bringing net migration from Mexico to a statistical standstill, according to a report published Monday.
  • Home again in Mexico: Illegal immigration hits net zero

    04/13/2012 7:47:25 PM PDT · by Ge0ffrey · 16 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 4/8/12 | Sara Miller Llana
    One million Mexicans said they returned from the US between 2005 and 2010, according to a new dem-ographic study of Mexican census data. That's three times the number who said they'd returned in the previous five-year period. And they aren't just home for a visit: One prominent sociologist in the US has counted "net zero" migration for the first time since the 1960s. Experts say the implications for both nations are enormous – from the draining of a labor pool in the US to the need for a radical shift in policies in Mexico, which has long depended on the...
  • As Mexico booms, Canadian exporters benefit

    04/13/2012 7:05:46 PM PDT · by Ge0ffrey · 10 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 4/11/12 | KEVIN CARMICHAEL
    Brazil is everyone’s darling these days, but Mexico’s economy is growing faster at the moment. Mexican GDP advanced at an annual rate of 3.7 per cent in the fourth quarter and at an annual rate of 4.5 per cent in the third quarter of 2011. That left mighty Brazil eating Mexico’s dust. Brazil’s GDP grew at annual rates of 1.2 per cent and 2 per cent in the fourth and third quarters respectively. For all of 2011, Mexico’s economy expanded 3.9 per cent compared with 2.5 per cent in Brazil, according to Bank of Nova Scotia. The Canada-Mexico story isn’t...
  • Perry endorses Romney after Gingrich signals an exit

    04/25/2012 7:20:59 PM PDT · by VinL · 82 replies
    The Hill ^ | Sink
    Texas governor Rick Perry announced Wednesday night that he would endorse Mitt Romney's presidential bid, hours the campaign of Newt Gingrich — Perry's previous choice — announced that the former Speaker would be ending his bid for the White House. "Mitt Romney has earned the Republican Presidential nomination through hard-work, a strong organization, and disciplined message of restoring America after nearly four years of failed job-killing policies from President Obama and his administration," said Gov. Perry in a statement released by his campaign. "So today I join the many conservative Republicans across the nation in endorsing Mitt Romney for President...
  • Poll: Cruz gaining on Dewhurst in U.S. Senate race

    04/25/2012 4:30:45 PM PDT · by Bevo · 10 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | April 25, 2012 | Kate Alexander
    UPDATED: Poll: Cruz gaining on Dewhurst in U.S. Senate race By Kate Alexander | Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 12:31 PM Updated at 2:45 p.m. with comment from Leppert campaign A new outside poll suggests that Ted Cruz is making up ground on Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the Republican pirmary for U.S. Senate. Dewhurst still leads with the backing of 38 percent of the respondents but the support for Cruz has increased to 26 percent in the crowded primary. In January, the last time Public Policy Polling looked at the race, Cruz was favored by 18 percent of those surveyed....
  • Republican Texas Senate Race (Who to vote for?)

    04/25/2012 2:29:43 PM PDT · by MeanWestTexan · 36 replies
    FreeRepublic Vanity of Vanities | 04/25/2012 | MeanWestTexan
    I have been out of the country for some time, so I am confused as to who to vote for to take the place of Kay Barely Texan who is (thank G-d) finally leaving the Senate. So far it looks like Ted Cruz is my choice, but I don't know. I can tell David Dewhurst is the establishment choice, and he's been running sleazy ads like a typical RINO. I also am pretty underwhelmed by his record in the state government, in that he pushed a stealth corporate income tax. That said, I can be persuaded. What say you?
  • Help Us Stop Liberals From Spending Tax Payer Money on an Expensive Dinner Saturday

    04/25/2012 1:04:39 PM PDT · by rightjb · 2 replies
    Texas Trash Talk ^ | 4/25/2012 | PolitiJim (@politiJim)
    Want to Deprive a Liberal of An Expensive Taxpayer Dinner? Here's a way to IMMEDIATELY take out some of your angst | Texas Trash Talk is attempting to shut down the pilfering of Harris County Texas taxpayers who have been paying for a “fake” school district for nearly 50 years. These bureaucrats had the audacity to ask for MORE tax money after paying the former Superintendent (now Mayor of nearby KATY) $100K and trips to Four Seasons in Washington DC among other things. (They meeting PolitiJim went to the board had a catered lunch and jazz music if you...
  • A Few Evangelical Leaders Endorse Leppert (TX)

    04/25/2012 11:01:55 AM PDT · by Sic Parvis Magna
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 04/25/2012 | Wayne Slater
    The religious leaders endorsing Leppert include: Jeffress, Carlisle, Denison and David Dykes of Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler; Randel Everett of First Baptist Church of Midland; Curtis Hail, founder of I Am Second; Jeff and Eileen Hackleman of Family Faith Church of Huntsville, Willis and Coldspring; Keith Craft of Elevate Life Church of Frisco ; Jeff Williams of First Baptist Church of Denton; Hal Habecker of Dallas Bible Church; Dr. Glynn Stone of Mobberly Baptist Church of Longview ;Rev. Mike Fechner, president of H.I.S. Bridgebuilders; Don Stephens, president and founder of Mercy Ships in Tyler; Ann Quest, the former...
  • Not So Fast: New Texas Poll Puts Gingrich in Striking Distance (PPP Romney 45- NEWT 35)

    Newt Gingrich has been inching towards the door over the last couple of days, admitting that tonight’s Delaware primary is likely a make-or-break situation for his campaign. However, a new poll out today might give the former Speaker some pause. Public Policy Polling shows that Mitt Romney leads in the state of Texas by a 45% to 35% margin, putting Gingrich within striking distance. Coming up lame in his home state, only 14% of GOP supporters support Ron Paul. More encouraging for Gingrich, or troubling for Romney, is that the presumptive nominee is trailing the former Speaker 45% to 40%...
  • Editorial: No-tax, low-tax states booming

    04/23/2012 1:05:39 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 21 replies ^ | April 16 2012 | THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
    We wish it weren't so. But the evidence keeps coming in that other states, such as Texas and its Sun Belt neighbors, are doing something right in promoting business and jobs creation, and California is doing something terribly wrong. The U.S. Census Bureau just released estimates of the top 10 fastest-growing metropolitan areas, by population, from April 1, 2010, to July 1, 2011. Not one was in California. The fastest-growing was Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, Wash., which grew 4.3 percent during the 15-month period. It enjoys a diverse economy and Washington's lack of a state income tax. Second-fastest growing was Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos,...
  • Palo Duro gets scoured by Secret Service before presidential visits

    04/23/2012 1:32:53 PM PDT · by thestob · 8 replies
    Lubbock Avalanche Journal ^ | April 23, 2012 | Kevin Welch
    When a former U.S. president comes to visit, there’s more to it than rolling out the welcome mat — and there will be two presidents here this week. “There’s definitely a lot of preparation work on the front end,” Palo Duro Canyon State Park Superintendent Cory Evans said. Bill Clinton will speak at 8 p.m. Tuesday at West Texas A&M University’s First United Bank Center. Then George W. Bush will bike the trails of the state park Thursday through Saturday with 20 “wounded warriors” picked for their bravery and sacrifices in military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • In Texas the Voters Will Take Charge on Immigration

    04/23/2012 9:44:14 AM PDT · by magna carta · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 22,2012 | Maria Martinez
    In Texas, politicians lack the moral will to address illegal immigration. Despite a Republican majority in both the House and the Senate, no significant legislation addressing illegal immigration has been passed. Yet in a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll last year, 69 percent of voters in Texas said that the “sanctuary city” policy — in which local law enforcement turns a blind eye to immigration status — is unacceptable and that federal law should be enforced.
  • Man Arrested in Attack on Stray Puppy

    04/20/2012 9:08:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 71 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Friday, Apr 20, 2012 | Ellen Goldberg
    Dog died after it was doused in lighter fluid, set on fireDallas police said Friday night that an 18-year-old wanted in an attack on a puppy that died after it was doused in lighter fluid and set on fire had turned himself in. News of the arrest came while several hundred North Texans were gathered for a candlelight vigil in memory of the dog, Justice. The master of ceremonies returned to the stage to announce the arrest, and the crowd erupted in cheers. Justice was burned alive April 2. Dallas police had issued a warrant for the arrest of 18-year-old...
  • Backlash Over Officer's Shooting of Dog Prompts Policy Review

    04/21/2012 3:15:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    AMERICAN-STATESMAN ^ | Thursday, April 19, 2012 | Patrick George
    Inundated with angry calls and emails about the fatal shooting of a dog by an Austin officer, the Police Department on Wednesday said the officer involved was reassigned and that administrators are looking closely at the incident and may change policies, even as reports of past complaints about the dog emerged. "This incident has drawn a lot of attention," Assistant Police Chief David Carter said. "We've received a lot of calls, a lot of emails from people who are very concerned. And we are, too." In a case that has received international attention after it went viral on Facebook, Michael...
  • Dallas pastor who called Mormonism a ‘cult’: Romney is ‘lesser of two evils’ (*BARF*)

    04/18/2012 2:12:52 AM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 04/17/2012 | Paul Conner
    The influential Dallas pastor who called Mormonism a “theological cult” last fall told News Radio 1080 KRLD Tuesday that “there’s a good biblical case for voting for Mitt Romney.” “Sometimes voting for a candidate is voting for the lesser of two evils,” Dr. Robert Jeffress said in an interview with KRLD. “It’s like my friend Janet Marshall says, ‘Jesus isn’t on the ballot this year, so we have to make choices.’” After introducing Texas Gov. Rick Perry at the Values Voter Summit last October, Jeffress told reporters that Christians should not vote for a Mormon like former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt...
  • Ted Nugent Rebuffs Democratic Attacks: ‘I’m a Black Jew at a Nazi-Klan Rally’

    04/17/2012 8:07:44 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 51 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 17, 2012
    Rock guitarist, conservative activist and Mitt Romney supporter Ted Nugent says he stands by his provocative rant against the Obama administration at last weekend’s National Rifle Association convention, despite mounting pressure from Democrats and an investigation by the Secret Service. “I spoke at the NRA and I will stand by my speech. It was 100 percent positive,” Nugent told the Dana Loesch radio show today. “It’s about we the people taking back our American dream from the corrupt monsters in the federal government under this administration and the communist czars he’s appointed.” Nugent told a crowd of convention-goers that “if...
  • 15-Year-Old Texas Boy Charged With Murder In Deaths Of 9 Illegal Immigrants

    04/16/2012 11:21:50 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 62 replies
    CBS Houston/AP ^ | April 16, 2012
    PALMVIEW, Texas (AP) — A 15-year-old South Texas boy has been charged with nine counts of murder among other charges after a van he was driving crashed, killing nine of the suspected illegal immigrants packed inside. The boy, who is not being identified because he is a juvenile, appeared at a probable cause hearing Monday. He was also charged with 17 counts of smuggling a person and causing serious bodily harm including death, and one count of evading.
  • Big Test Set for Tea Party Muscle

    04/20/2012 4:34:08 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 10 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | April 20, 2012 | NAFTALI BENDAVID
    April 20, 2012 Big Test Set for Tea Party Muscle Fates of Sens. Hatch, Lugar and Other Targets to Signal Staying Power of Republican Insurgency BY NAFTALI BENDAVID Tough challenges to two powerful veterans of the Republican establishment, Sens. Orrin Hatch and Richard Lugar, will signal in coming days whether tea-party activists and their allies still have the power to reshape the party. Mr. Hatch on Saturday addresses the Utah Republican convention as its delegates decide whether he qualifies for a June 26 primary. Failure to win 40% of them would deny him a slot on the ballot, as happened...
  • Shooting at Wal Mart in College Station, TX

    04/20/2012 3:21:38 PM PDT · by KentuckianaHeadhunter · 12 replies ^ | 4/20/2012 | Bill Oliver
    “A shoplifing gone bad” is how College Station Police report what witnesses say was a shooting Friday afternoon inside the Wal-Mart at Texas and Harvey Mitchell Parkway. A customer tells partner station Candy 95 as she and her children were loading up their vehicle getting ready to leave, they heard the “pop of a gun”.
  • Rick Perry Endorses Dewhurst in TX Senate Race

    04/19/2012 12:16:27 PM PDT · by Sic Parvis Magna · 29 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 04/19/2012 | Richard Dunham
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry this morning endorsed David Dewhurst for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison... In a tweet this morning, Dewhurst (@DavidHDewhurst) declared, “I’m honored that veteran and conservative champion @GovernorPerry is endorsing our campaign for U.S. Senate"... Perry praised Dewhurst’s loyalty and said he was glad to return the favor.
  • Texas nurse accused of killing new mom lied to fiance, police say

    04/18/2012 2:56:49 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 30 replies
    LA Times ^ | 4/18/2012 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
    A licensed vocational nurse shot a young mother and kidnapped her newborn son outside of a pediatrician's office near Houston after lying to her fiance about having delivered his child, authorities said. "She needed to justify that she had a child to her fiance,” said Montgomery County Sheriff's Capt. Bruce Zenor at a briefing Wednesday. Verna McClain, 30, of Houston is accused in Tuesday's fatal shooting of 28-year-old Kala Marie Golden. McClain was charged with capital murder Wednesday, and a judge ordered her held without bond in Montgomery County jail. Investigators said McClain took 3-day-old Keegan after she suffered a...
  • Nurse charged in the shooting of Texas mom who 'died trying to save her baby'

    04/18/2012 9:41:14 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 58 replies ^ | 4/18/12 | foxnews/AP
    SPRING, Texas – Authorities say a 30-year-old woman admitted she shot a young mother and abducted her newborn son in a town near Houston. Verna McClain, a registered nurse, is charged with capital murder in the killing of Kala Marie Golden in Spring, Texas, which is north of Houston, Tuesday. Witnesses saw the shooter repeatedly shoot Golden and drive away with her 3-day-old son, Keegan. Authorities found Keegan late Tuesday night.
  • Truth or Consequences

    04/17/2012 3:34:22 PM PDT · by 1066AD · 15 replies
    Texas Monthly ^ | May 2012 | Joe Hagan
    Eight years ago, Dan Rather broadcast an explosive report on the Air National Guard service of President George W. Bush. It was supposed to be the legendary newsman’s finest hour. Instead, it blew up in his face, tarnishing his career forever and casting a dark cloud of doubt and suspicion over his reporting—and that of every other journalist on the case. This month, as Rather returns with a new memoir, Joe Hagan finally gets to the bottom of the greatest untold story in modern Texas politics, with exclusive, never-before-seen details that shed fresh light on who was right, who was...
  • The Texas Budget Compact

    04/17/2012 3:30:07 PM PDT · by gogogodzilla · 3 replies
    RedState ^ | 16 April 2012 | Erick Erickson
    If Texas Democrats, or even Republicans for that matter, thought they’d have a quieter, gentler Rick Perry on their hands in the wake of his . . . um . . . temporary diversion into Presidential politics, they know better today. In a speech Monday in Houston, Perry laid out five fundamental conservative principles for the Texas Legislature to follow, essentially throwing down the gauntlet to any legislator — or wanna-be legislator — who thinks they’ll be able to bring a tax and spend mindset to the Texas Capitol building. Perry’s “Texas Budget Compact” is pretty much bedrock conservative fare:...
  • Texas is Rising (for Newt Gingrich)

    04/16/2012 11:56:45 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 39 replies
    J Forbes ^ | April 16, 2012 | not stated
    The video says it all. Texas is Rising for Newt Grinrich.
  • Three Years After Tea Party Rallies, Perry Presses On

    04/16/2012 12:29:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | April 15, 2012 | Ross Ramsey
    It was only three years ago when the political lines converged. On Tax Day at Austin City Hall, Gov. Rick Perry spoke to a crowd of noisy, rowdy Texans in the sort of assembly that quickly became common as the Tea Party wave swept Texas and the country. That crested as Perry was crystallizing his own views on Texas and Washington and fiscal conservatism. It seeded the anti-Washington message of his 2010 race for re-election as governor, found fuller expression in his book, Fed Up! which was published days after that election, and served as the rationale behind his abortive...
  • 74 Democrats Join J Street in Urging Concessions

    04/15/2012 12:38:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    inn ^ | 4/15/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Democrats in House of Reps. joined J Street in supporting Obama administration's attempt to force Israel into making painful concessions Seventy-four Democrats in the House of Representatives have joined the dovish J Street organization in supporting the Obama administration's attempt to force Israel into making painful concessions to the Palestinian Authority. “In our view, support for a two-state resolution is inseparable from such support for Israel, its special relationship with the United States, and its very survival as a democratic homeland for the Jewish people,” the letter said. Seven Jewish members signed the letter, including Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), John...
  • ABO and Party Unity

    04/15/2012 6:54:46 AM PDT · by ziravan · 3 replies
    Vanity | 04/14/12 | Ziravan
    I am a candidate for Texas Legislature,and I had the opportunity to speak at my County Republican Party Convention. This is what I said:
  • Texas is Rising for Newt Gingrich (Fox News 11:05 Sunday morning)

    04/15/2012 6:29:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    GOP The Wall ^ | April 15, 2012 | Susan Petrey
    Susan Petrey will be on @FoxNews at 11:05am this morning with great lady @jehmu. Join us if u can !
  • Hammad Memon and his mother taken into custody in Dallas, had passports, large amount of cash

    04/14/2012 10:41:57 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 16 replies ^ | Brian Lawson, The Huntsville Times | Brian Lawson, The Huntsville Times
    DALLAS, Texas -- Hammad Memon was charged with murder as a 14-year-old. Now 16, he became the subject of a national manhunt that ended Friday in Dallas. Facing trial for the deadly shooting of a young classmate at Discovery Middle School, Memon had been allowed to live at home with his parents for nearly t two years. But Madison police this week, tipped that Memon may have received a passport from Pakistan, couldn't find him in the Madison area. The search, with the help of several police agencies and the FBI, ended late Friday with a foot chase in Dallas,...
  • Texas GOP Chairman Munisteri FOR Winner Take All – Fair & Grassroots Want It - RNC Waiver Likely

    04/10/2012 3:16:30 PM PDT · by davidbellow · 6 replies
    Texas Conservative Republican News ^ | 4/10/12 | David Bellow
    The State Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas has come out and expressed support for Texas going back to Winner Take All. He also explained why the Texas GOP has a good reason to qualify for a waiver if needed due to our circumstances, and also explained that the National Convention Delegates (Not the RNC) would vote to make the ultimate decision of whether or not Texas should be penalized. See Bottom of this Article for the Video and Transcript of What Texas GOP Chairman Munisteri had to Say about Texas Winner Take All Including this recent support...
  • Inside Texas Politics – Steve Munisteri, Republican Party Chair on Texas “Winner Take All”

    04/09/2012 8:34:14 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 12 replies
    Inside Texas Politics (WFAA) ^ | 4/9/2012? | Donna Garner
    Munisteri explained that he has always been a supporter of Winner Take All. [Winner Take All – WTA -- means that all 152 Texas Republican delegates would be awarded to the winner of the Texas Republican primary; proportional means that the number of delegates would be awarded proportionally among the various candidates.] Munisteri said that Texas has the second most Republican delegates (second to California), more than 3 X the number from Florida, and 6 X more than the number from South Carolina. He believes if Texas moves to WTA that our state will stop being ignored as inconsequential and...