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  • Breaking: Bronze Star Marine to be denied marriage license in San Saba, County Texas

    06/30/2015 4:37:02 PM PDT · by bgill · 37 replies
    OutServe SLDN ^ | June 30, 2015 | Matt Thorn
    Today, Jason White and his fiancé Jonathan Means are planning to obtain a marriage license from the San Saba County Clerk. However, the San Saba County Clerk Kim Wells has indicated that she will deny their application for a marriage license presumably based on Attorney General Ken Paxton’s nonbinding opinion that clerks may claim religious exemptions in performing marriages for same-sex couples. In a letter to Kim Wells, Matt Thorn Interim Executive Director for OutServe-SLDN stated “Under the United States Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges, in which all 50 U.S. states are now required to issue and recognize marriages...
  • Supreme Court Stops Texas Abortion Clinics from Being Shut Down for Now

    06/30/2015 11:10:27 AM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    breitbart ^ | 29 Jun 2015 | Lana Shadwick
    The Supreme Court of the United States ruled on Monday to stay the order of a lower federal court requiring abortion clinics in Texas to close or remain closed. The order from the court in Whole Woman’s Health et al. v. Cole, Comm’r, Texas DHS, et al. maintains the status quo while the Court decides whether to decide the case on the merits on any appeal. Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Clarence Thomas, and Justice Samuel Alito, voted to deny the application for stay. Breitbart Texas reported that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit...
  • Jeb Bush Leads in New Poll. Here’s Why Conservatives Don’t Need to Worry About It

    06/30/2015 9:34:33 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 06-30-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Breitbart reports that, according to a new NBC/WSJ poll released yesterday, Jeb Bush is the current leader in the crowded field of Republican presidential candidates. According to the poll, Bush is supported by 22% of primary voters. Scott Walker is second with 17%, and Marco Rubio is third with 14%. Everybody else comes behind (this includes Ben Carson and Ted Cruz). Although I saw many conservatives on Facebook explode at this news, I’m not worried at all. You see, Bush has only two strengths: 1. He’s a Bush. This is a strength because it means instant name recognition. Additionally, although...
  • Update: Judge previents Twin Peaks video release, issues gag order in case [sic]

    06/30/2015 8:11:07 AM PDT · by don-o · 87 replies
    Waco Tribune ^ | June 30, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Judge Matt Johnson of Waco’s 54th State District Court has ruled to allow a Dallas attorney to obtain Twin Peaks surveillance video from the restaurant franchisee to help him prepare for an August hearing, but the judge placed a protective order on the video, preventing it from being released to the public. The judge also placed a gag order on prosecutors and attorneys involved in the case, limiting both sides from discussing the case in the media. Johnson said he is concerned about causing a problem with jury pools if the video is released. Attorney Clint Broden, who obtained the...
  • Benefits to be extended to spouses of Texas' gay state workers

    06/30/2015 6:43:50 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 14 replies
    DallasNews.com ^ | 06/30/2015 | Tom Benning
    The state bureaucracy is moving forward to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision, even as statewide elected leaders, including Gov. Greg Abbott, have lambasted the landmark ruling. Starting Wednesday — less than a week after the decision — the Employees Retirement System of Texas, the University of Texas System and the Texas A&M University System will extend benefits to spouses of gay and lesbian employees. That means the list of employers providing same-sex partner benefits will include the state’s largest: the state itself. Meanwhile, at the local level, despite the saber-rattling of Abbott and other top Republicans,...
  • State Employees Can Refuse to Issue Marriage Licenses to Gay Couples, Says Texas Attorney General

    06/30/2015 6:34:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/30/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    Texas' attorney general has released an official opinion declaring that state employees can refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay couples if they hold a moral or religious objection. Attorney General Ken Paxton released the statement Sunday following the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide. In his statement, Paxton denounced the 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, but noted that the decision "acknowledged there are religious liberty protections of which individuals may be able to avail themselves." "County clerks and their employees retain religious freedoms that may allow accommodation of their religious objections to issuing same-sex marriage licenses....
  • Graham Knocks Cruz On Guns And Tyranny: 'We Tried That Once... I'm Not Looking For An Insurrection'

    04/16/2015 12:53:07 PM PDT · by VinL · 129 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 4/16/2015 | Sahil Kapor
    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz's argument that the Second Amendment provides the "ultimate check against government tyranny" is a bit too extreme for potential 2016 rival and fellow Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). "Well, we tried that once in South Carolina. I wouldn't go down that road again," Graham said, in an apparent reference to the Civil War. "I think an informed electorate is probably a better check than, you know, guns in the streets." Speaking to a few reporters near the Senate floor Thursday, Graham was answering questions from TPM about the Texas firebrand and presidential candidate's argument made in...
  • Iowa caucus odds: 1 of these 4 will win

    06/29/2015 8:07:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 29, 2015 | Steve Deace
    Turns out there is a silver lining to five justices on the U.S. Supreme Court committing what amounts to cultural self-immolation last week — it winnowed the crowded field of 2016 GOP presidential candidates considerably. After analyzing the historical demographics of the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses, along with the overall environment on the ground, I’m confident we already know who can win here next February and who cannot. Championship Tier Given the demographic dominance of evangelicals in the Iowa Caucuses, where they’re about 60 percent of the vote, as well as Iowa Republicans’ documented disdain for activist judges (see Iowa’s historic...
  • Ted Cruz unloads on Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul in new book

    06/29/2015 8:48:30 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/29/15 | MANU RAJU
    Cruz accuses McConnell and GOP leadership of maneuvering to dry up his fundraising and plant hit pieces in the press aimed at hurting him politically. He says GOP leaders cowered from joining him in big fights over the debt ceiling, Obamacare and gun control, accusing his colleagues of “mendacity” and capitulating to Democrats to avoid bad headlines.He contends that McConnell misled him in vowing to stay out of primaries when Cruz accepted a senior-level position at the National Republican Senatorial Committee. And he accuses a GOP rival, Rand Paul of Kentucky, of parroting McConnell’s talking points by seeking to “undermine”...
  • Ted Cruz: A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America

    06/29/2015 6:25:22 PM PDT · by Isara · 7 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 06/29/15
    Book exposing the ‘Washington Cartel’ hits stores Tuesday, June 30HOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced today the release of his long-anticipated book, A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America. The book will hit stores nationwide on Tuesday, June 30. A Time for Truth offers unique insights of the inner workings of Washington through the lens of Cruz’s personal experience. In the book, Cruz pointedly identifies the underlying fundamental corruption of Washington’s power players or as he has recently described them, ‘the Washington Cartel’. Cruz convincingly exposes how the rigged game works for DC insiders at...
  • Ted Cruz Welcomes Endorsement from Iowa State Senator Bill Anderson

    06/29/2015 6:20:26 PM PDT · by Isara · 4 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 06/29/15
    Lawmaker Announces Support at Annual PicnicPIERSON, Iowa – Speaking from a flatbed trailer flanked by bales of hay and political yard signs, State Senator Bill Anderson surprised the crowd at his annual picnic this weekend by “doing something I’ve never done before,” and announcing his endorsement of Sen. Ted Cruz for President.Anderson, who is serving his second term in the Iowa Senate, invited Cruz to be the keynote speaker at the annual event held in the ball park outfield at Pierson City Park. When making his introduction, Sen. Anderson highlighted several areas that caused him to give his support to...
  • Ted Cruz: States should ignore gay-marriage ruling

    06/29/2015 6:13:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 127 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/29/2015 | By ADAM B. LERNER
    Ted Cruz has some unsolicited advice for the states not specifically named in last week’s Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage: Ignore it. “Those who are not parties to the suit are not bound by it,” the Texas Republican told NPR News’ Steve Inskeep in an interview published on Monday. Since only suits against the states of Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan and Kentucky were specifically considered in the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision, which was handed down last Friday, Cruz — a former Supreme Court clerk — believes that other states with gay marriage bans need not comply, absent a...
  • El Paso venue won't allow same-sex marriage ceremonies

    06/29/2015 7:14:25 PM PDT · by proust · 44 replies
    KVIA-ABC ^ | June 29, 2015 | Darren Hunt
    A gay El Paso couple contacted ABC-7 to report an Upper Valley wedding venue that won't let them get married there. The owner of Grace Gardens says she is exercising her religious freedom in denying same-sex marriages.
  • Ted Cruz: Chief Justice Roberts ‘Put On An Obama Jersey’ With Obamacare Ruling

    06/29/2015 3:51:51 PM PDT · by VinL · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/29/2015 | Al Weaver
    Sen. Ted Cruz continued his line of attack Monday against Chief Justice John Roberts’ opinion upholding Obamacare subsidies, saying that he took off his umpire mask and “put on an Obama jersey” with the ruling. In an appearance on “The Hugh Hewitt Show,” Cruz told the host that the two Obamacare rulings Roberts made will “go down as some of the most political decisions” in the history of the Supreme Court. The comments come on the heels of Cruz telling Sean Hannity on Friday that the ruling, along with the ruling making same-sex marriage legal nationwide, marked “some of the...
  • Ted Cruz drops fundraising 'money bomb'

    06/29/2015 3:23:19 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 42 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 6/24/15 | David Drucker
    Sen. Ted Cruz is imploring supporters to donate $1 million to his presidential campaign by Tuesday, saying in a recorded email appeal that positive fundraising results are important to shaping the media narrative of the 2016 contest. The Texas Republican proved to be a surprisingly prodigious and effective fundraiser in the opening weeks of his White House bid. He raised $4 million online his first week and has told reporters that super PACs backing his candidacy have "banked" an eye-popping $37 million. Now, Cruz is asking his backers to help him close the second fundraising quarter strong to help him...
  • Complete Transcript: Senator Ted Cruz Interview With NPR News

    06/29/2015 3:13:45 PM PDT · by VinL · 26 replies
    NPR ^ | 6/29/15 | NPR Staff
    I cannot provide the complete transcript- it’s 17 pages long. I have provided two (2) excerpts and the link. In the 2nd excerpt, Cruz dumbfounds the interviewer by saying- ‘ the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage need not be obeyed, except for the parties to the litigation!” What we all feel in our hearts and souls about the Founders America, Ted Cruz articulates in reasoned argument supported by the law and the Constitution. Like WF Buckley, Ted Cruz cannot be dismissed by the Left as some “rube conservative”; this because he defeats than in intellectual argument. If we’re looking...
  • Ted Cruz: ‘Voters Would Be Astonished’ To Know What GOP Senators Say And Do In Private

    06/29/2015 2:59:57 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 39 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 6/29/15 | Alex Pappas
    In the introduction to this book, Cruz specifically criticizes the Republican leadership in the Senate for how they dealt with the issue of raising the debt ceiling in early 2014. “For months leading up to this moment, Republican leaders had pledged to their constituents that when it came time to raise the federal debt limit, they would demand meaningful spending reforms from this president,” Cruz wrote. “Rest assured, we were told, the Republicans would insist on it!” But that wasn’t going to work, so the GOP leadership came up with another idea. “For decades, the ordinary procedure in the Senate...
  • Ted Cruz: ‘Voters Would Be Astonished’ To Know What GOP Senators Say And Do In Private

    06/29/2015 2:37:36 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 47 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 29, 2014 | Alex Pappas
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz writes in his new book that conservative voters would be “astonished” if they knew what Republican senators were really doing and saying in private meetings on Capitol Hill. “During my time in the Senate, I’ve been amazed how many senators pose one way in public—as fiscal conservatives or staunch Tea Party supporters, for example—and then in private do little or nothing to advance those principles,” Cruz writes in his new book, “A Time For Truth.” “Indeed, if transcripts of our Senate lunches were released to the public, I think many voters would be astonished,” the Republican...
  • Smith County ‘folds,’ agrees to issue marriage license to same-sex couples (Texas)

    KarenPhillips Smith County Clerk Karen Phillips Smith County Clerk Karen Phillips, who was facing a lawsuit filed by private counsel after refusing to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple, has folded and issued the license, according to lobbyist/activist/former state Rep. Glen Maxey. “Damn it’s hard to find a case this morning to sue their asses,” Maxey wrote on Facebook at about 10:30 a.m. today (Monday, June 29). “Smith County folded. Karen and Jolie have a marriage license.” Maxey also noted that some other hold-out counties had begun issuing licenses: “Williamson County folded. Fort Bend County folded. Bell County...
  • Supreme Court Blocks Texas Abortion Law

    06/29/2015 12:45:21 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 94 replies
    Via Fox The Supreme Court blocks Texas restrictions on abortions.
  • Stop Letting the Rich Move to Puerto Rico as a Tax Haven

    04/14/2015 6:23:43 AM PDT · by cll · 46 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 04/14/2015 | Edward Kleinbard
    Now that you’ve created the next great app and your investment in your startup is worth a billion dollars, at least on paper, it’s time for a really difficult challenge: how to cash out without paying capital gains taxes anywhere in the world? With no U.S. or Puerto Rican tax on much investment income of new residents, U.S. citizens now can pay zero tax on capital gains. For several hundred affluent Americans over the last couple of years (including Toby Neugebauer, a key financier to Ted Cruz) the answer has been to establish a principal residence in Puerto Rico, and...
  • Sorry, Jeb, Puerto Rican Statehood Is an Awful Idea

    04/30/2015 8:21:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/30/2015 | The Editors
    ‘Puerto Rican citizens — U.S. citizens — ought to have the right to determine whether they want to be a state,” Jeb Bush said this week. But they have had the right to determine that several times, and they seem to have determined the answer: No. The former Florida governor also said he thought statehood was a good idea on the merits, which it plainly is not. The most recent occasion for Puerto Ricans to weigh in was 2012, when they technically did end up voting for statehood — in a ballot process that would make Vladimir Putin blush. Voters...
  • Don’t make us pick a side: Ted Cruz and Karl Rove engage in heated war of words

    06/29/2015 12:09:53 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Salon ^ | June 29, 2015 | Sophia Tesfaye
    Ted Cruz didn’t just lament “some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history” after the Supreme Court’s rulings on Obamacare and marriage equality late last week — he somehow also mustered up the energy to engage in a war of words with political strategist and Fox News contributor Karl Rove. The Tea Party Senator and Republican presidential candidate is out with a new book, titled “A Time for Truth,” in which he reveals a whole host of autobiographical tidbits including claims that his Cuban-born father once tried to join Fidel Castro’s army, that he had a porn-watching session...
  • NBC Today host tries to CORNER Ted Cruz on his response to SCOTUS gay marriage ruling [VIDEO]

    06/29/2015 10:17:35 AM PDT · by Jane Long · 75 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | June 29, 2015 | The Right Scoop
    <p>NBC Today host - Savannah Guthrie - tries to throw gotchas at Sen Ted Cruz over his stance on the recent SCOTUS homo marriage ruling. Sen Cruz' handling of the host, and interview, are a glorious thing to see....</p>
  • Cruz Says McConnell Misled on Funding Incumbents

    06/29/2015 10:38:47 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 6/29/15 | Niels Lesniewski
    Sen. Ted Cruz is suggesting current Majority Leader Mitch McConnell misled him about the objectives of the National Republican Senatorial Committee last cycle. The Texas Republican’s vice chairmanship of the party campaign committee was always a bit mysterious, and in his new book to be released Tuesday, Cruz contends that McConnell, the longtime Kentucky senator who faced perhaps the most vociferous tea party primary challenger of the year, said the NRSC would not be defending its own incumbents. “When I mentioned to Mitch that if the NRSC had its way, every one of those four conservatives would have lost, he...
  • States sue to block Obama's water rule

    06/29/2015 10:14:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 29, 2015 | Timothy Cama
    Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi sued the Obama administration Monday to stop a new regulation asserting federal authority over minor waterways like streams and wetlands. The rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is one of the most controversial regulations from the Obama administration, redefining how the EPA enforces the water pollution protections of the Clean Water Act. In the lawsuit, filed in a Houston-based federal court, the states argue that the rule “is an unconstitutional and impermissible expansion of federal power over the states and their citizens and property owners.” The states’ attorneys general — all Republican — said the...
  • Katie Couric interviews Ted Cruz

    06/29/2015 8:31:44 AM PDT · by VinL · 101 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/29/2015 | K. Couric
    Ted Cruz continued his verbal assault on last week’s historic Supreme Court decisions on Monday, saying the justices who ruled in favor of Obamacare and gay marriage “rewrote the Constitution.” “They joined a team, they put on bright-blue Obama jerseys and they rewrote the law,” the U.S. senator from Texas told Yahoo News’ Katie Couric during a live sit-down interview from Yahoo’s New York City studios. “Those decisions are a threat to our democracy.” Cruz slammed Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the majority opinion in the Obamacare case on behalf of what the 2016 Republican presidential hopeful called “five...
  • Can a Texas county clerk refuse to issue a gay marriage license? It’s complicated.

    06/29/2015 8:26:02 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/29/2015 | Philip Bump
    Ruthann Robson, distinguished professor of law at the City University of New York, explained the question at greater length when we spoke by phone. Whether or not an individual county clerk is allowed to deny a license on religious grounds "is still unresolved," she said. When New York passed its same-sex marriage law several years ago, some clerks resigned rather than issue licenses after Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said that accommodation was not an option. In Alabama earlier this year, however, the high court allowed religious objections. (Paxton himself notes that clerks deciding against issuing licenses "may well face litigation...
  • Supreme Court will re-hear Texas affirmative action

    06/29/2015 7:31:43 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 9 replies
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | 06/29/2015 | Mark Sherman
    <p>The Supreme Court said Monday it will dive back into the fight over the use of race in admissions at the University of Texas, a decision that presages tighter limits on affirmative action in higher education.</p> <p>The justices said they will hear for a second time the case of a white woman who was denied admission to the university's flagship Austin campus.</p>
  • Ted Cruz Sets Record Straight with Karl Rove

    06/29/2015 6:21:47 AM PDT · by Isara · 24 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 06/28/15
    A Time For Truth Isn’t Just The Name Of Sen. Cruz’s New BookRove Today: “When Mr. Cruz and I talked in 2009, I was not raising money for the Bush Library, nor was former President Bush 43 going to endorse some unnamed Dallas state representative for state attorney general, nor were any library donors “berating” me.”Rove in 2009: “[T]he distress you mention is not mine or 43 — it is the people raising money for the library who are also Branch fans and will not understand why one part of the Bush family is for not-the-guy while they are raising...
  • Texas AG tells clerks they can flout Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage

    06/29/2015 7:13:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 06/29/2015 | By Lauren McGaughy
    AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Sunday told county clerks in the Lone Star State their religious beliefs could enable them to flout the U.S. Supreme Court's historic ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, while adding some may face litigation for refusing to issue licenses to gay couples. "It is important to note that any clerk who wishes to defend their religious objections and who chooses not to issue licenses may well face litigation and/or a fine," Paxton said in a statement accompanying an opinion released Sunday. "But, numerous lawyers stand ready to assist clerks defending their religious beliefs, in...
  • Bail bond, ankle monitor companies see bonanza from biker arrests

    06/29/2015 3:31:22 AM PDT · by Prolixus · 3 replies
    Waco Tribune-Herald ^ | June 28, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    The May 17 war zone around Twin Peaks cost lives, liberties and livelihoods, but local companies monitoring GPS ankle bracelets and writing bail bonds have enjoyed a virtual biker bonanza in recent months. While McLennan County officials have been trying to sort out how to deal with the multiple ripple effects from the shootout and mass arrests of 177 bikers, Waco’s Recovery Healthcare Corp. and local bail bond companies have chalked up banner profits. As of Friday, of the 177 arrested, three posted $1 million bonds and 163 were released from jail after their attorneys and prosecutors negotiated reduced bonds...
  • Texas AG: County clerks can refuse gay couples

    06/28/2015 8:38:27 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 7 replies
    WFTV ^ | 6-28-15 | Chuck Lindell
    American-Statesman County clerks can refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples based on religious objections to gay marriage, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Sunday. Paxton noted that clerks who refuse to issue licenses can expect to be sued, but added that “numerous lawyers stand ready to assist clerks defending their religious beliefs,” in many cases without charge. Paxton said Friday’s “flawed” opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court, which overturned bans against same-sex marriage in Texas and other states, placed religious people in conflict between following their faith and the U.S. Constitution
  • Rick Perry defends Colorado’s ‘right to be wrong’ on marijuana

    06/28/2015 6:33:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 27, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry may not agree with Colorado’s decision to legalize recreational marijuana, but he said Saturday he will defend the state’s right to make a hash of things. Speaking at the Western Conservative Summit, Mr. Perry made a vigorous defense for the states’ role as “laboratories of democracy,” in the words of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, even if it means sticking up for Colorado’s retail pot market. “Let this country compete again. I am so optimistic about the future of America if we would free up these states from this one-size-fits-all,”...
  • Paxton: State Workers Can Deny Licenses to Same-Sex Couples (Texas)

    06/28/2015 6:26:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | 6/28 | Betsy Blaney
    Texas' conservative Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton called the Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry a "lawless ruling" and said state workers can cite their religious objections in denying marriage licenses. He warned in a statement Sunday that any clerk, justice of the peace or other administrator who declines to issue a license to a same-sex couple could face litigation or a fine. But in the nonbinding legal opinion requested by Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Paxton says "numerous lawyers" stand ready to defend, free of charge, any public official refusing to grant one. In its...
  • TEXAS FLAG COMPANY, DIXIE FLAGS, SAYS NO MORE CONFEDERATE FLAGS

    06/28/2015 5:33:53 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 46 replies
    breitbart ^ | june 28, 2015 | rob milford
    With a name like Dixie Flags, you might think the San Antonio-based business would be the last place on earth that would banish Confederate flags — you would be wrong. After 57 years in a business started by his parents, Pete Van de Putte said that Dixie Flag will no longer make or sell the Confederate battle flag. In an interview with the San Antonio Express-News this week, Van de Putte says that in conversations with manufacturers and suppliers, they have all decided to stop making or shipping the controversial flag. “My official opinion is now that it is an offensive item and we...
  • [Texas AG] Paxton: State workers can deny licenses to same-sex couples

    06/28/2015 4:00:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 28, 2015 6:37 PM EDT
    Texas’ conservative Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton calls the Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry a “lawless ruling” and says state workers can cite their religious objections in denying marriage licenses. He warned in a statement Sunday that any clerk, justice of the peace or other administrator who declines to issue a license to a same-sex couple could face litigation or a fine. But in the nonbinding legal opinion, Paxton says “numerous lawyers” stand ready to defend, free of charge, any public official refusing to grant one. …
  • A Texas minister set himself on fire and died to ‘inspire’ justice

    06/28/2015 3:20:51 PM PDT · by Salman · 42 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 16, 2014 | Lindsey Bever
    One Monday in June, 79-year-old Charles Moore, a retired United Methodist minister, drove to Grand Saline, Tex., his childhood home town some 70 miles east of Dallas. He pulled into a strip mall parking lot, knelt down on a small piece of foam and doused himself with gasoline. Then, witnesses said, he set himself on fire. ... The Tyler Morning Telegraph obtained a copy of the suicide note from Grand Saline police. In it, Moore lamented past racism in Grand Saline and beyond. He called on the community to repent and said he was “giving my body to be burned,...
  • Ben Carson wins conservative straw poll, Fiorina and Walker close behind

    06/28/2015 1:31:02 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 28, 2015 | Philip Klein and Ariel Cohen
    DENVER -- Ben Carson, the famed surgeon turned presidential candidate, rode his outsider message to victory on Sunday at the Western Conservative Summit straw poll sponsored by the Washington Examiner, edging out former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Taken together, the results point to the resonance of the anti-Washington message among conservative audiences, as all three candidates argued in different ways that they would shake up the DC status quo. Carson garnered 26 percent of the 871 votes cast; Fiorina got 23 percent; Walker was at 22 percent; and Ted Cruz, at 11 percent, was the...
  • Cruz: If Hillary Was Republican Media Would Have ‘Special Prosecutor Watch’

    06/28/2015 1:02:39 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 28, 2015 | Pam Key
    Cruz said, “Mainstream media is not fair and impartial. They are protecting Barack Obama and this presidency. I think no one is more ready for Hillary than the mainstream media.” He continued, “If any Republican did what she’s [Hillary Clinton] doing right now, she doesn’t take any press interviews and the press is docile … How many criminal investigations are ongoing into Hillary Clinton right now?”
  • The dozen rebels targeted by GOP leaders

    06/28/2015 1:28:54 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 27th, 2015 | Scott Wong and Cristina Marcos
    To keep conservative rebels in check, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his allies have been doling out punishments at an aggressive clip in the 114th Congress. From kicking unruly members off the Rules Committee and GOP whip team to stripping a lawmaker of his subcommittee gavel, leadership has been growing more comfortable with taking retaliatory measures to try to enforce party discipline. But several Tea Party targets haven’t gone quietly. They’ve been fighting back with help from Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan’s conservative House Freedom Caucus, which successfully pressured leaders this week to return a subcommittee gavel to one of their...
  • Ted Cruz: Retention Elections (Description)

    06/28/2015 6:50:00 AM PDT · by MN_Mike · 3 replies
    Ballotpedia ^ | BallotPedia
    Typically, judges and justices in states with retention elections are retained with anywhere from 60-80% of the vote. However, retention elections are sometimes used as opportunities to remove from office judges who have made unpopular rulings.[3] For example, in Iowa's 2010 retention election, David Baker, Marsha Ternus and Michael Streit, three Iowa Supreme Court justices, were denied retention by slim margins because of the court's unpopular decision to legalize gay marriage.[4]
  • Ted Cruz backs county clerks denying marriage licenses to gay couples

    06/28/2015 12:41:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 06/28/15 12:50 AM | Adam Howard
    Sen. Ted Cruz is ready to rain on the parade of Texas citizens celebrating the Supreme Court decision on Friday to legalize same-sex marriage throughout the country. On Saturday, the 2016 Republican presidential candidate said he “absolutely” believes that his state’s country clerks should deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples if they have a religious objection, in an interview with The Texas Tribune. “Ours is a country that was built by men and women fleeing religious oppression,” Cruz told the newspaper, “and you look at the foundation of this country—it was to seek out a new land where anyone of...
  • GOP WH hopefuls deride gay marriage ruling

    06/27/2015 8:11:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 27, 2015 4:07 PM EDT | Kristen Wyatt
    Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told conservatives Saturday that the Supreme Court tried to “unwrite the laws of nature and the laws of nature’s God” when it legalized gay marriage across the nation. […] Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry derided the ruling but didn’t suggest a next step. “These decisions need to be made in the states,” said Perry, who noted that his states’ rights plank extends even to Colorado legalizing recreational marijuana in defiance of federal drug law. […] On Friday, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said the gay marriage ruling was “based on a lie” that gay-marriage opponents...
  • Cruz works to defeat Washington "cartel"

    06/27/2015 8:09:03 PM PDT · by iowamark · 14 replies
    Siouxity Journal ^ | 6/26/2015 | Rod Boshart
    GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz took aim Saturday at activist liberal judges, leaders of his political party and members of a "Washington cartel" that are thwarting American liberty and standing in the way of conservatives trying to change a "rigged" system that favors big-money special interests. Speaking for an hour to about 200 supporters, the U.S. senator from Texas offered his 2016 presidential candidacy as the best hope to break the grip of Washington power brokers - what he called a "cartel" of union bosses, giant corporations, lobbyists, the media, liberal activist judges, and career politicians from both parties -...
  • Cruz: Clerks Should be Able to Opt Out of Gay Marriage Licenses

    06/27/2015 6:32:59 PM PDT · by VinL · 93 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | 6/27/2015 | PatrickSvitek
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on Saturday said county clerks in Texas should "absolutely" be able to opt out of issuing same-sex marriage licenses if they have religious objections. "Ours is a country that was built by men and women fleeing religious oppression," Cruz said in an interview with The Texas Tribune, "and you look at the foundation of this country — it was to seek out a new land where anyone of us could worship the Lord God Almighty with all of our hearts, minds and souls, without government getting in the way." The interview followed a major speech here...
  • Cruz: GOP leaders want to divide conservatives, prop up moderates

    06/27/2015 3:10:01 PM PDT · by VinL · 90 replies
    The Hill ^ | Martin Matishak
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a 2016 presidential hopeful, says GOP leaders want to divide conservative primary voters so that a moderate candidate will end up being the party’s nominee. "The last thing the Republican leaders in Washington want to see is millions of Americans across the country mobilizing and coalescing around one strong conservative candidate," he told a crowd of 200 supporters in Iowa on Saturday, according to the Sioux City Journal. Senior Republicans want the party’s various factions at each other’s throats so "once again, they run right up the middle with 24 percent and nominate an establishment moderate...
  • Ted Cruz's dad compares Obama to Castro

    06/27/2015 1:27:55 PM PDT · by South40 · 28 replies
    WND ^ | 27 JUN 2015
    (WASHINGTON EXAMINER) DENVER, Colo. — Ted Cruz’s 76-year-old father Pastor Rafael Cruz is a force to be reckoned with on the campaign trail. ((snip)) “We are seeing today a president that operates by executive order, by fear, not much different than that bearded dictator I left in Cuba almost 60 years ago,” Cruz said.
  • Ted Cruz: Proposes Constitutional Amendment for Judicial Retention Elections

    06/27/2015 12:31:31 PM PDT · by Unedited · 34 replies
    uneditedpolitics.com ^ | 6/27/15 | Unedited
    Ted Cruz in a speech today proposed holding periodic Supreme Court judicial retention elections.
  • Cruz seeks to harness conservative outrage after Supreme Court decisions

    06/27/2015 12:06:51 PM PDT · by VinL · 71 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/27/2015 | Theodore Schliefer
    ...But Cruz was skeptical that his opponents were committed to stopping same-sex nuptials. "As much as there were crocodile tears shed in Washington yesterday on Obamacare, there were even bigger crocodile tears shed in Washington today on marriage," Cruz said. That is a contrast Cruz made sure to highlight to nearly every voter he met in the Hawkeye State. The script at Dutch Bakery here was workmanlike: Shake the hand. Share outrage at the decision. Ridicule Republicans' public statements. Blast them for "popping champagne." Shake a new hand. (edit) "I fully expect the drive for an Article V convention to...