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  • Texas bill to allow use of deadly force by teachers against students

    01/31/2015 10:10:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/31/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Sometimes these various bits of state gun legislation get a bit confusing for me. In Texas is it apparently already legal for teachers to employ “reasonable force” in disciplinary situations and be protected from legal repercussions. (Good for them.) That applies to normal situations of “discipline” and maintaining order, though.. not a full blown crisis or attack. But in a new bill under consideration in the Lone Star State, deadly force would garner similar protection in the courts under appropriate circumstances. A proposed bill would allow teachers in Texas to use deadly force against students and be protected from...
  • House Conservatives Band Together to Form New Group to Push Conservative Agenda

    01/31/2015 9:14:34 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 26, 2015 | Melissa Quinn
    Conservative lawmakers are officially rolling out a new group aimed at advancing a conservative agenda in the House of Representatives after they expressed discontent with the direction of the Republican Study Committee.“Our main hope is that we can represent the voids and valleys for our constituents back home,” Rep. Raúl Labrador of Idaho told The Daily Signal today. “With a small group that is nimble and able to work on issues that are of importance to our constituents, we can make a difference in Congress.”Called the House Freedom Caucus, the group serves as a conservative alternative to the Republican Study...
  • We hold each other up: NCTC softball team returns after tragedy [lst game since 4 players killed]

    01/30/2015 10:44:36 PM PST · by Colofornian · 1 replies
    DallasNews.com (Dallas Morning News) ^ | June 30, 2015 | Kate Hairopoulos
    GAINESVILLE The North Central Texas College softball team lined up on the third-base line Friday afternoon, each player resting her hand on the shoulder of the teammate in front of her. They stood like so, heads of ponytails and braids bowed, their red jerseys bold against the January gray, in a public moment of silence. The sting of grief has become familiar for this team since an 18-wheeler plowed into the Lady Lions team bus last September, killing four players, none yet 21. All 15 of the players riding in the bus and coach Van Hedrick, who started the...
  • Two new Planned Parenthood abortion clinics blocked from opening

    01/30/2015 6:51:37 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | Jan.30, 2015 | Jill Stanek
    The photo above, via Cosmopolitan on January 23, shows progress on building an 8,000 sq. ft Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in New Orleans has obviously stalled. Compare it to the photo taken by Louisiana Coalition for Life in August 2014 (click all photos to enlarge). It appears only the grass has been cut in the past five months. Before that, Fox8 reported in January 2014 the lot sits untouched eight months after Planned Parenthoods big ceremonial ground-breaking (in a church, no less photo, right), this apparently because it had trouble finding anyone to build. This means the facilitys estimated...
  • Texas Governor Declares Chris Kyle Day

    01/30/2015 3:54:15 PM PST · by PROCON · 12 replies
    breitbart ^ | Jan. 30, 2015 | Bob Price
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared February 2nd to be Chris Kyle Day to honor the Texan who became known the most lethal sniper in American history. Kyle was also recently immortalized in the blockbuster film American Sniper. Kyle was credited with 150 sniper kills during his four tours of duty in Iraq as a Navy Seal. He was tragically shot and killed on February 2, 2013, while trying to help a fellow veteran who was allegedly suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Taya Kyle, the widow of Chris Kyle, was recently honored by the organization AmericanSnipers.org with a donation of $62,000....
  • PPP Poll: Hillary falls within MOE of top GOP candidates

    01/30/2015 12:28:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/30/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Mitt Romney’s not running for President again, telling supporters that it’s time for the Republican Party to look to other leaders for its future. Democrats may wonder whether they have to tell Hillary Clinton the same thing. In a PPP poll taken this week, Hillary Clinton can’t get to 50% against any Republican challenger paired against her, even Romney: The automated poll of nearly 900 registered voters, conducted last week by Public Policy Polling, found that 48 percent of respondents had an unfavorable opinion of Clinton, compared to 43 percent who viewed the former secretary of State favorably.While Clinton...
  • State Legislators Renew Battle Against Same-sex Marriage Decrees

    01/30/2015 12:08:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The New American ^ | January 30, 2015 | Jack Kenny
    In what has been described as a new front in the battle over same-sex marriage, legislators in several states under judicial orders to confer marital status on same-sex couples have introduced bills to forbid state or local officials from issuing marriage licenses to couples of the same gender. The bills would also strip the salaries of employees who issued the licenses, the New York Times reported Thursday.The bills have been introduced in the legislatures of Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas, with South Carolina also considering a bill that would allow officials to opt out of issuing such licenses if it...
  • Cruz: In Effect, They Are Counterfeiting Immigration Papers

    01/30/2015 9:06:12 AM PST · by xzins · 33 replies
    CNS ^ | January 29, 2015 | Rudy Takala
    - 4:42 PM (CNSNews.com) - Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Thursday that contrary to what attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch said in her confirmation hearing on Wednesday that illegal aliens do not have a right to work in the United States and that by printing work authorizations for them the Obama administration is effectively counterfeiting immigration papers. CNSNews asked asked Cruz: Do you believe illegal aliens should have a right to work in the United States as Loretta Lynch told Senator Sessions? Cruz responded: Federal law is unequivocal. Those who are present in this country illegally are barred from working....
  • Exploding Air Bag May Have Killed Texas Man

    01/30/2015 9:08:20 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 41 replies
    CBS DFW ^ | 1-29-15 | AP story
    HOUSTON (AP) Federal safety regulators are looking into the death of a Texas man who may be the latest victim of exploding automobile air bags made by Takata Corp. of Japan. The man, identified by authorities as Carlos Solis, 35, died in a low-speed crash in the Houston area when an air bag inflated and sent shrapnel into his neck, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said Thursday on the Senate floor.
  • Texas Rep. Tells Muslims at Austin Rally to Take Loyalty Oath

    01/30/2015 8:00:38 AM PST · by PROCON · 26 replies
    newsmax ^ | Jan. 30, 2015 | Drew MacKenzie
    As hundreds of Muslim Texans faced a barrage of protesters during a rally, a state lawmaker sparked a storm by demanding that the Islamic community "publicly announce allegiance to America." Thursday's gathering in Austin, called the Texas Muslim Capital Day, was organized by the Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to encourage Muslims to speak with their state representatives about their issues, according to USA Today. But two dozen sign-wielding demonstrators disrupted the meeting, while freshman state Rep. Molly White ignited a furor by calling for Muslim attendees to declare their allegiance to the U.S. "and our...
  • While Rand Paul Seeks Donors, Ron Paul Talks Secession

    01/30/2015 2:27:17 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | January 25, 2015 | David A. Fahrenthold, The Washington Post
    HOUSTON Rand Paul wants to lead the United States. On Saturday in Texas, his father was speaking at a conference about how to leave it. A lot of times people think secession, they paint it as an absolute negative, said former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul. After all, Paul said, the American Revolution was a kind of secession. You mean we should have been obedient to the king forever? So its all in the way you look at it. This weekend was a crucial one for Rand Paul, the Republican senator from Kentucky and undeclared candidate for the presidency. He...
  • IRS targeting could cost 10 years in jail under Cruz bill

    01/29/2015 5:49:45 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 23 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | 1-28-2015 | Editorial Staff
    January 28, 2015 IRS targeting could cost 10 years in jail under Cruz bill Editorial Staff Ted Cruz wants IRS employees guilty of targeting to be the ones forking over their money, this time — at least.The Texas senator announced legislation this week to punish the type of alleged singling out of tea party groups under ex-official Lois Lerner with a fine, jail time, or both. And the prison sentence could be hefty — up to 10 years. Cruz quoted President Obama’s own words back to him in making the case that it was about time. “In May 2013 President...
  • Senate Renews Effort to Keep Funds From Planned Parenthood (Texas)

    01/30/2015 6:29:52 AM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    texastribune.org ^ | Jan. 28, 2015 | Alexa Ura
    Four years after an aggressive legislative effort to keep Planned Parenthood from receiving state dollars for health care for low-income women, the Texas Senate is back at it this time over funding for breast and cervical cancer screenings. The proposed Senate budget would change how funding is distributed from the joint federal-state Breast and Cervical Cancer Services program, which provides cancer screenings for uninsured women. The revised system would prioritize funding to state, county and community health clinics, followed by non-public entities that provide screenings as part of comprehensive primary and preventative care. Clinics like Planned Parenthood, which specialize...
  • Contributions of Horizontal Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing to the USA Economy

    01/30/2015 5:37:01 AM PST · by thackney · 1 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 1-29-2015 | Richard Goodwin
    Horizontal Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing, represent technology developed in the 1980s, are responsible for extracting Shale Gas and Shale Oil [Unconventional Liquid Hydrocarbons] from previously non-productive shale formations about one mile below the surface. As this technology was applied throughout the USA environmental upsets occurred (e.g. well water contamination in Weis County TX and Methane leaks in Dimrock PA. Recent peer review studies [Cornel, Stanford, Duke, Texas University, Penn State University and Ohio State University] have shown that these incidents could have been avoided by maintaining proper well integrity. State regulatory agencies now require adherence to industry standards, to ensure...
  • ConocoPhillips tells employees to expect layoffs

    01/30/2015 12:04:47 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 29, 2015 | Robert Grattan
    HOUSTON ConocoPhillips has told its employees layoffs could be on the way, as the independent producer looks to reign in spending amid lower crude prices. The layoffs and an accompanying pay freeze will supplement cost-control steps the Houston company has already taken, such as slashing its exploration and production budget, Daren Beaudo, a spokesman for ConocoPhillips, said in an emailed statement. The company did not detail how many workers would be let go or when the job cuts could take place. As with our capital program we will be deferring, delaying or eliminating controllable costs where we can, he...
  • Court Bars San Antonio from Issuing Permits to Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic (Texas)

    01/29/2015 7:54:07 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    opertationrescue.org ^ | January 29, 2015 | Cheryl Sullenger
    San Antonio, TX A coalition of pro-life groups in San Antonio has obtained a court order blocking Planned Parenthood from opening their new 22,000 square foot facility in San Antonio until issues can be resolved regarding proper zoning, building safety standards, traffic safety and neighborhood buffering. Knowing that Planned Parenthoods current abortion facility, located at 104 Babcock Road in San Antonio, cannot meet minimum safety standards contained in the 2013 abortion law, the abortion business has scrambled to build a new facility that will be in compliance once all the provisions of the law once it goes into effect....
  • Texas Executes Killer Robert Ladd After Low-IQ Arguments Rejected

    01/29/2015 7:33:05 PM PST · by PROCON · 36 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | Jan. 29, 2015 | Tracy Connor
    Texas on Thursday executed a man convicted of fatally beating a mentally disabled woman -- after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected arguments that he has an IQ of 67 and should be exempt from the death penalty. In his final statement before the lethal injection, Robert Ladd, 57, addressed the sister of his victim by name, telling her he was "really, really sorry." Ladd was sentenced to death for hammering, strangling and setting ablaze 38-year-old Vicki Ann Garner in 1996 while he was on parole for a 1980 stabbing and arson that killed a woman and two children. Ladd's...
  • Video: Woman Hijacks Mic at Texas Muslim Capitol Day Event, Decries False Prophet Mohammad

    01/29/2015 7:06:09 PM PST · by Kartographer · 37 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/29/15 | Jason Howerton
    The false prophet Muhammad! the woman is heard screaming. Islam will never dominate the United States and by the grace of God it will not dominate Texas.
  • Texas Lawmaker Under Fire For Facebook Post On Muslim Capitol Day

    01/29/2015 5:39:44 PM PST · by Steelfish · 29 replies
    YahooNews ^ | January 29, 2015 | Dylan Stableford
    Texas Lawmaker Under Fire For Facebook Post On Muslim Capitol Day Rep. Molly White asks Muslim visitors to pledge allegiance to America By Dylan Stableford A newly elected Texas state lawmaker is under fire for a divisive Facebook post asking Muslim visitors attending an event at the state capitol in Austin to pledge allegiance to the United States. The event, Texas Muslim Capitol Day, was organized by the Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "Today is Texas Muslim Capital [sic] Day in Austin," Molly White, a House Republican, wrote on her Facebook page Thursday. "The House is in...
  • Kinder Morgan says Freedom Pipeline project is gaining refiner interest

    01/28/2015 7:05:42 PM PST · by shove_it · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 28 Jan 2015 | KRISTEN HAYS
    (Reuters) - Kinder Morgan Inc's (KMI.N) proposed Freedom Pipeline, which would move West Texas crude oil to Southern California, is "getting more interest" from U.S. West Coast refiners, the head of the company's natural gas pipeline unit told analysts on Wednesday. Unit President Tom Martin said the company "may have a shot" at moving ahead with converting a natural gas pipeline to move crude and condensate to California "if we can get the refiners on board." The pipeline and logistics company first proposed the $2 billion project in 2012 but shelved it in May 2013 for lack of shipper interest....
  • Students told to lower pants for poop inspection, parents outraged (Elementary)

    01/28/2015 9:03:13 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 37 replies
    FOX 8 ^ | January 28, 2015 | FOX 8
    GUSTINE, Texas A group of students at an elementary school in Texas were apparently asked to lower their pants for a poop inspection on Monday. School educators told two dozen students they were regularly finding feces on the gym floor. The students were then separated into groups of boys and girls and ordered to pull down their pants so administrators could check if they could find anything.
  • Perry is angry, but his lawyers make headway

    01/28/2015 4:50:38 PM PST · by SSS Two · 14 replies
    Ft. Worth Star Telegram ^ | 01/28/2015 6:10 PM
    Former Gov. Rick Perry presented an angry man persona at a news conference on Wednesday when responding to a court ruling on the abuse of office indictment against him. He neednt have been so angry. His lawyers are making headway. Judge Bert Richardson ruled Tuesday that the case can move forward, but he also noted weaknesses in both counts of the indictment. Perrys lawyers said theyll appeal the ruling, while at the same time taking advantage of Richardsons suggestion that they reword their motion to dismiss one of the counts and try again.
  • Rand Paul and Ted Cruz Join Forces Against the Fed

    01/28/2015 1:33:17 PM PST · by Theoria · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 28 Jan 2015 | Alan Rappeport
    Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz might end up running against each other for the Republican presidential nomination, but they can agree on one thing: their distrust of the Federal Reserve. On Wednesday, the two Republican senators introduced the Federal Reserve Transparency Act which Mr. Paul has been pushing for some time.Republicans have questioned the Feds moves to stimulate the economy since the financial crisis, arguing that the expansion of its balance sheet will create economic instability. In 2011, Gov. Rick Perry called the Feds monetary policies potentially treasonous and said that Ben S. Bernanke, the Fed chairman at the...
  • Longview police release video of officer-involved shooting

    01/28/2015 2:31:40 PM PST · by kiryandil · 174 replies
    KLTV-ABC ^ | January 28, 2015 | Ashley Slayton
    Longview police have released a video of an officer-involved shooting in which a teenager was killed. Longview Police Department Chief Don Dingler addressed the incident during a conference Wednesday before the department aired the video.
  • "Islamic Nutcases" : Paul, Rubio,Cruz Debate Iran Sanctions

    01/27/2015 2:49:23 AM PST · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 27, 2015 | Pam Key
    Partial Transcript Courtesy of ABC News of Sundays Freedom Partners 2016 Presidential Forum with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen Marco Rubio (R-FL), moderated by ABCs Jonathan Karl, on the issue of Iran sanctions.
  • Judge refuses to toss Rick Perry abuse-of-power case on constitutional grounds

    01/27/2015 7:10:19 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 27 replies
    FOX ^ | 1-27-15 | AP story
    AUSTIN, Texas A Texas judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a felony abuse-of-power case against former Gov. Rick Perry on constitutional grounds, ruling that criminal charges against the possible 2016 presidential candidate should stand. In 44 pages of decisions and orders, District Judge Bert Richardson, who like Perry is a Republican, rejected calls from Perry's pricy defense team to toss the case because its client was acting within his rights as chief executive of America's second-most populous state when he publicly threatened, then carried out, a 2013 veto of state funding for public corruption prosecutors.
  • Judge refuses to throw out Perry indictment, case will proceed

    01/27/2015 2:23:31 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 40 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 01/27/2015 | Peggy Fikac
    AUSTIN A state judge on Tuesday refused to throw out an indictment accusing former Gov. Rick Perry of abusing his veto authority to try to force out a local prosecutor. Perry, who is actively eyeing another presidential bid, was indicted last summer. The charges stem from his 2013 threat to veto funding for a public corruption unit overseen by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg unless she resigned after a drunken-driving arrest. Lehmberg stayed in office after serving jail time, and Perry axed the funding. The Republican said that Lehmberg, a Democrat, had lost the publics confidence. A grand...
  • Watch: Livestream of Iowa Freedom Summit

    01/24/2015 6:50:22 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 225 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/24/2015
    Starting Saturday at 10 a.m. ET, the Iowa Freedom Summit will be livestreamed in its entirety. Speakers include: Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT), former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR), former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Steve King (R-IA), real estate mogul Donald Trump, former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and many others.
  • ISLAMIC TRIBUNAL CONFIRMED IN TEXAS; ATTORNEY CLAIMS ITS VOLUNTARY

    01/27/2015 9:03:01 AM PST · by LSUfan · 94 replies
    BreitBart ^ | 27 Jan 15 | Bob Price
    An Islamic Tribunal using Sharia law in Texas has been confirmed by Breitbart Texas. The tribunal is operating as a non-profit organization in Dallas. One of the attorneys for the tribunal said participation and acceptance of the tribunals decisions are voluntary. Breitbart Texas spoke with one of the judges, Dr. Taher El-badawi. He said the tribunal operates under Sharia law as a form of non-binding dispute resolution. El-badawi said their organization is a tribunal, not arbitration. A tribunal is defined by Meriam-Websters Dictionary as a court or forum of justice. The four Islamic attorneys call themselves judges not arbitrators. El-badawi...
  • U.S. Oil Well Shut-ins Start as Crude Rout Batters Small Producers

    01/27/2015 12:48:03 AM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 27, 2015 06:16 GMT | Terry Wade and Anna Driver
    (Reuters) - Collapsing crude prices are confronting scores of smaller U.S. oil producers with the grim choice of either shutting older high-cost wells or burning through cash in the hope of riding out the downturn. As oil prices fell by more than half over the last six months from more than $100 per barrel, the U.S. oil industry responded by slowing its blistering growth and dialing back expansion plans. Now, with U.S. crude around $46 a barrel, operators are already closing some small old wells, known as strippers, and tens of thousands of similar wells are on the verge of...
  • Cops: Ex-Fox producer kills himself outside NYC headquarters

    01/26/2015 7:16:40 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 44 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Jan 26, 2014
    <p>A former employee of a Fox television station in Texas shot himself to death outside the company's New York headquarters Monday, shortly after handing out fliers saying the company had ended his career, police said.</p> <p>He was pronounced dead shortly afterward at a hospital. Perea was employed as a producer at a Fox News station in Austin until June, according to Fox officials. He worked at the station FOX7-KTBC for 10 months, according to a statement from Jack Abernethy, CEO of Fox Television Stations, to employees.</p>
  • Texas: Summary of Major Pro- & Anti-Gun Legislation Filed To Date in the Legislature

    01/26/2015 6:04:12 PM PST · by Windflier · 20 replies
    NRA-ILA.org ^ | 26 January 2015 | unattributed
    The Texas Legislature convened for its 2015 Regular Session on January 13. Dozens of pro-Second Amendment measures were either pre-filed or have been introduced in recent weeks, along with a handful of sweeping gun control bills. The filing deadline for legislation is not until March 13, and NRA-ILA anticipates that many more firearm- and hunting-related bills, both good and bad, will materialize between now and then. Contact information for state Senators can be found at www.senate.state.tx.us and for House members at www.house.state.tx.us. A list of Senate Committees was released late Friday and the House is still organizing itself, so the...
  • Things Are Bad In Texas: Crash in oil prices is weighing on economy.

    01/26/2015 8:14:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/26/2015 | Myles Udland
    The crash in oil prices is weighing on Texas' economy. The January Texas manufacturing survey from the Dallas Fed was a huge miss, with the general business activity reading coming in at -4.4. Expectations were for the composite index to come in at 3.0, down from 4.1 in December. Factory activity in the region was flat in January. The big takeaway, however, is that as with last month, numerous business executives expressed concerns over how the crash in crude oil prices would affect results.
  • Carly Fiorina, Scott Walker stocks rise after Iowa appearance

    01/26/2015 5:13:30 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 49 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1-25-15 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    For the last several months, the likes of Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have dominated the media coverage of the still-nascent contest for the White House. But when the 2016 Republican presidential race roared to life this weekend with twin events in Iowa and Louisiana, two lesser-known contestants left indelible impressions on the GOP faithful. Former Hewlett-Packard chief executive and current American Conservative Union Foundation Chairwoman Carly Fiorina and battle-tested Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker left the crowds stirring after a nonstop ten-hour festival in Des Moines that exposed voters to 27 speakers and at least 10...
  • The Iowa Corral

    01/26/2015 2:43:15 AM PST · by iowamark · 4 replies
    RedState ^ | 1/26/2015 | Erick Erickson
    RedState assisted in sponsoring Rep. Steve King (R-IA)72%s event in Iowa this past weekend. I did not go, but made sure to pay attention to what was going on and who said what. As I have previously written, this is the most substantive field of Republican contenders since 1980. The number of Governors, Senators, and others who are running gives the GOP a deeper bench than any the Democrats can or will muster. They also agree on most topics and are trying to nuance themselves into unique positions. I appreciate Governor Perrys desire to paint a vision for the country....
  • Texas GOP Rep: Obama Deserves Impeachment

    01/25/2015 3:47:52 PM PST · by lqcincinnatus · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10:30 AM 01/25/2015 | Ginni Thomas
    George Orwell said that in a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. Republican congressman Brian Babin is new to Congress, and this dentist from Woodvine, Texas radiates a love for country while worrying for his grandchildren when he sees the sorry state of our federal government. But Babin is unafraid to speak clearly, and Washington should listen to what he has to say.
  • Texas, the great American job machine, is responsible for the +1.2M net US job increase since 2007

    01/25/2015 12:01:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    AEI ^ | 01/23/2015 | Mark J. Perry
    The Texas Workforce Commission released state employment data today for the month of December, and job growth in the Lone Star State continues to lead, and in fact carry the nation’s improving labor market as the chart above shows. Here are some highlights of the December employment report for Texas:1. Texas ended the year with the state’s largest ever year-over-year payroll gain with the eye-popping addition of 457,900 new jobs between December 2013 and December 2014. That’s more than 1,700 new payroll jobs that were added every business day last year in the Lone Star State, and 220 new jobs...
  • Perry, Cruz thrill Iowa conservatives at 2016 field's first big gathering

    01/25/2015 9:25:32 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 24 January 2015 11:18 PM | TODD J. GILLMAN
    DES MOINES, Iowa Texans Ted Cruz and Rick Perry courted Iowa conservatives on Saturday at the first major gathering of the 2016 Republican field a chance for more than a half-dozen White House hopefuls to throw elbows, shape narratives, generate buzz and frame the choice to their advantage.Perry, making his first foray as an ex-governor, cast himself as a seasoned executive who can actually point to achievements unlike, say, a senator.I got a feeling that after six years of disappointment, of mediocrity and decline, a slow-course correction is not what voters are going to be looking for...
  • Exclusive Ted Cruz Details Path to Victory for Epochal Fork in the Road 2016 Election with

    01/24/2015 11:04:34 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Jan 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    DES MOINES, Iowa In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News backstage at the Iowa Freedom Summit, potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) detailed the pathway to victory for Republicans in 2016and he explained a new phrase he started using in his speech minutes earlier. Cruz introduced a new major theme, the Miracle of America, in his speech to the thousands of Iowans gathered atthe event hosted by Citizens United and Rep. Steve King (R-IA).What I want to talk to you about today is reigniting the Miracle of America, Cruz said in his speech in the Hoyt...
  • Cruz to GOP: Find a nominee who can 'reignite the extraordinary miracle of America'

    01/24/2015 4:13:46 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | JANUARY 24, 2015 | 5:32 PM | SARAH WESTWOOD
    Sen. Ted Cruz delivered an impassioned speech Saturday before conservatives at the Iowa Freedom Summit that called on lawmakers to pass bold reforms like abolishing the Internal Revenue Service and stripping the Environmental Protection Agency of much of its authority.The Texas firebrand also pressed his fellow conservatives to "repeal every word of Obamacare" and to steel the southern border against illegal immigration."This country was built on incredible opportunities that if you're a single mom waiting tables, you can do anything," he said. "There's been no country in the history of the world that has let so many millions come and...
  • Ted Cruz Just Launched His Iowa Campaign

    01/24/2015 3:51:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 238 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 24, 2015 | Tim Alberta and Shane Goldmacher
    The Texas conservative and his team are trying to lock down a state director for his White House run.DES MOINES -- Ted Cruz's presidential campaign​ in Iowa is unofficially underway. The Texas senator and his lieutenants have been making calls to top Iowa activists and consultants for the past two weeks, multiple Republican sources told National Journal, hoping to lock down a state director for his White House campaign. Cruz has not yet made that critical hire, the sources said. But he's making other moves in this first nominating state. At the end of a fiery speech here Saturday to...
  • Cruz, King propose legislation to revoke citizenship of those joining terrorists

    01/24/2015 2:42:18 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 24, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    p>The summit, which Ed is covering live, is breaking all sorts of news. One interesting item to come out this weekend is a new proposal from Steve King in the House and Ted Cruz in the Senate which would strip the US citizenship of any persons who sign on to fight with ISIS or other terrorist groups. Two arch-conservatives unveiled legislation on Friday to revoke the U.S. citizenship of anyone who seeks to join a group designated by the State Department as a foreign terrorist organization.The Expatriate Terrorist Act, offered by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX),...
  • Texas Sen. Cruz says of 2016 field: Dont talk, show me

    01/24/2015 2:28:12 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 33 replies
    AP ^ | Jan. 24, 2015 | 2:03 p.m
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Texas' junior senator is challenging early caucus state voters to back only presidential candidates with a proven conservative track record. Sen. Ted Cruz tells conservatives gathered at the Iowa Freedom Summit that the standard should be, "Don't talk, show me." The Republican was among several would-be presidential candidates appearing Saturday at the forum.
  • Love Affair Between Iowans, Ted Cruz Continues

    01/24/2015 2:23:51 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 26 replies
    National Review Online - The Corner ^ | January 24, 2015 4:52 PM | Eliana Johnson
    Des Moines, Iowa The love affair between the Iowa voters and Ted Cruz is going strong.The Texas senator, pacing across the stage at the Iowa Freedom Summit in a tan blazer and slacks, praised the states unique and special role in the political process. Iowa voters, he said, have a responsibilityto scrutinize every candidate for national office, to look them in the eyes and to hold them to account.The tea-party darling urged them to be discerning when presidential contenders begin streaming through the state vaunting their conservative credentials. It helps, of course, that nobody can out-conservative Ted Cruz.Every candidate is...
  • Ted Cruz wows Iowans with sermon-style political speech and corny Islam jokes

    01/24/2015 2:49:45 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 41 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 17:32 EST, 24 January 2015 | David Martosko
    Ted Cruz wows Iowans with sermon-style political speech and corny Islam jokes: Those 9/11 hijackers 'weren't a bunch of ticked off Presbyterians' At the Iowa Freedom Summit, he boomed a Reaganesque sermon complete with scripture references and an altar call just send a text messageCruz had spent all week in Washington, he told a Des moines crowd,'So it's great to be back in America'He said the US should close the IRS and post all 110,000 employees on its southern border an army of tax agents to scare illegal immigrantsHis biggest applause line was a call to strip U.S....
  • Donald Trump says Ted Cruzs Canadian birth could be a difficult problem for 2016 bid

    01/23/2015 7:32:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 115 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | January 23, 2015 | Todd J. Gillman
    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa Billionaire Donald Trump, the most prominent birther to question Barack Obamas eligibility to serve as president, asserted Friday that Sen. Ted Cruz must clear up legal doubts about his own eligibility due to his birth outside the United States. Its a problem. It could be a difficult problem, but he admits that he was born in Canada, Trump told reporters in Iowa on the eve of the first major gathering of 2016 presidential hopefuls. Hes a friend of mine. I have great respect for him. But certainly its a stumbling block and hes going to...
  • [Scott] Walker adds "Iowa expert" to his political campaign team

    01/23/2015 1:18:13 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 73 replies
    WQAD Quad Cities ^ | 1/23/2015 | Shelly Nelson
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is adding a veteran GOP strategist and Iowa expert to his political team as the Wisconsin Republican considers a possible 2016 presidential bid. The addition of David Polyansky gives Walker's team a big dose of Iowa experience. The strategist helped engineer former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's win in the 2008 Iowa Republican caucuses and also served as deputy campaign manager for former Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who won the 2011 Iowa straw poll.
  • Sarah Palin on 2016: 'Of Course' She's Interested

    01/23/2015 12:31:23 PM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 35 replies
    ABC News ^ | 1/23 | SHUSHANNAH WALSHE
    Just before she heads to Iowa for the first major conservative showcase of the 2016 election cycle, Sarah Palin said of course shes interested in the 2016 presidential election. Yeah, I mean, of course, when you have a servants heart, when you know that there is opportunity to do all you can to put yourself forward in the name of offering service, anybody would be interested, Palin told ABC News' Neal Karlinsky while serving wild boar chili to the homeless in Las Vegas Thursday. When asked again if she could be possibly interested in a presidential campaign, she answered, We...
  • Ted Cruz & Climate Change (Is this all they have? If so, he has a great chance of being next prez)

    01/23/2015 12:25:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Cagle Post ^ | January 23, 2015 | Rick Jensen
    If this is the best liberals can do to disparage Ted Cruz, the Texas Senator has a great chance of being our next President. Adam Estes at Gizmodo.com fired off a salvo that simply begs a little asterisking.** Estes writes: Even though Cruz is from Houston, home of Johnson Space Center, theres reason to believe that hell continue his pursuit of trying to deflate the space agency. Heck, just look at all the dumb things hes said about science in recent years. Net Neutrality is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government. ...
  • Sen. Cruz introduces bill to give tax break to soldiers deployed to Africa

    01/23/2015 12:13:16 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 14 replies
    Killeen Daily Herald ^ | Jan. 23, 2015 12:50pm | Rose L Thayer
    WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today introduced the Operation United Assistance Tax Exclusion Act, which provides that service members deployed to combat the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa be entitled to the same tax benefits as those serving in a combat zone.The bill is cosponsored by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. The benefit shall only apply to service members who are required to undergo a 21-day quarantine. Fort Hood deployed about 500 troops for this mission. About 80 have returned and are currently in isolation at North Fort Hood."While we take...