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  • Cruz Sworn In As Texas’ First Hispanic US Senator, Will Introduce Bill To Repeal ‘Obamacare’

    01/03/2013 8:06:43 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 47 replies
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tea party darling Ted Cruz has been sworn in as U.S. senator and says his first order of business will be introducing a bill he knows will never pass.
  • Inmate Ordered Retrial In ’80 ‘Waiting Ever Since’

    01/03/2013 9:37:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    CBS Houston ^ | January 3, 2013
    Jerry Hartfield was still a young man when an uncle visited him in prison to tell him that his murder conviction had been overturned and he would get a new trial. Not long afterward, he was moved off of death row. “A sergeant told me to pack my stuff and I wouldn’t return. I’ve been waiting ever since for that new trial,” Hartfield, now 56, said during a recent interview at the prison near Gatesville where he’s serving life for the 1976 robbery and killing of a Bay City bus station worker. He says he’s innocent.
  • America lives under the shadow of George W. Bush

    01/03/2013 5:58:34 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | Thu January 3, 2013 | Julian Zelizer
    Princeton, New Jersey (CNN) -- Somewhere in Texas, former President George W. Bush is smiling. Although some Democrats are pleased that taxes will now go up on the wealthiest Americans, the recent deal to avert the fiscal cliff entrenches, rather than dismantles, one of Bush's signature legacies -- income tax cuts. Ninety-nine percent of American households were protected from tax increases, aside from the expiration of the reduced rate for the payroll tax. In the final deal, Congress and President Barack Obama agreed to preserve most of the Bush tax cuts, including exemptions on the estate tax. When Bush started...
  • [South Texas:]Local police chief says illegal immigration is on the rise

    01/03/2013 10:46:16 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies
    KGBT ^ | 12/26/20012 | Katie Lopez
    The problem is not going away. "Most of them have people here or they're just trying to make it over here so they can start making a better living for themselves," La Joya Police Chief Julian Gutierrez told Action 4 News. No matter how many miles of border fence is erected—it seems nothing will stop the thousands of immigrants, crossing our border illegally, from continuing their journey. "A lot of times we talk to them and ask them why they're coming here,” Gutierrez explained. “They say they're coming for the 'American Dream.' I always tell them that they're here illegally---how...
  • If demography is destiny, good news for Texas, North Dakota and D.C.

    01/02/2013 7:55:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/02/2013 | Michael Barone
    Demographics buffs get a special Christmas present every year courtesy of the Census Bureau: its annual estimates of the populations of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. This gives demographers a chance to see where the nation is growing and where it is not, and to get an idea of the destination of immigrants and of the flow of people into one set of states and out of another. Nationally the Census Bureau estimates that the United States has grown from 308 million people when the census was conducted in April 2010 and to almost 313 million in...
  • Pete Sessions only Republican in North Texas to vote for Fiscal Cliff bill

    01/01/2013 9:10:33 PM PST · by Arec Barrwin · 22 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | January 1, 2013 | Arec Barrwin
    Pete Sessions makes me sick - he's voted RINO every single time. I'll be supporting his opponent next time or not voting for him.
  • 95.9 The Ranch Is The Greatest Radio Station Ever.

    01/01/2013 8:15:02 PM PST · by Drew68 · 33 replies
    Streaming available. I just can't believe how incredibly awesome this radio station is!!!! Yes, I've had several beers tonight...
  • Texas Man Takes Last Stand Against Keystone XL Pipeline

    01/01/2013 9:47:16 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 62 replies
    npr ^ | December 25, 2012 | Elizabeth Shogren
    David Daniel, an east Texas landowner, was so determined to block the Keystone XL pipeline from coming through his forest that he built an elaborate network of treehouses eight stories above the ground. It popped into my head a long time ago, actually," says 45-year-old David Daniel. "If I had to climb my butt on top of a tree and sit there, I would. It started with that." ...Staging A Tree-sit For 80 days, a couple dozen protesters took turns living up in Daniel's treehouses. Some wore masks to hide their identities. TransCanada, in a lawsuit it filed against the...
  • Texas judge OKs ban on Planned Parenthood funding

    12/31/2012 11:51:54 AM PST · by fwdude · 11 replies
    AUSTIN, Texas — Texas can cut off funding to Planned Parenthood's family planning programs for poor women, a state judge ruled Monday.
  • Eagle Ford top business news

    12/31/2012 6:28:11 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | December 28, 2012 | Valentino Lucio
    Across South Texas, the Eagle Ford Shale dominated business activity in 2012 as it emerged as one of the biggest oil-and-gas shale plays in the nation. The shale formation reaches across 25 Texas counties, but much of the drilling this year centered on Gonzales, DeWitt, Karnes, LaSalle and McMullen counties — areas producing more crude oil or natural gas liquids than the currently uneconomic dry gas. Eagle Ford production topped the equivalent of 1 million barrels of oil per day in the third quarter. New “man camps,” RV parks and hotels to house workers continued to open. And the activity...
  • Dick's Sporting Goods Customers Complain About Guns Paid For, But Not Delivered

    12/29/2012 2:33:01 PM PST · by lowbridge · 28 replies
    http://dfw.cbslocal.com ^ | december 28, 2012
    Kellner says the store advertised them for $799 each, a $300 dollar discount. They got two of them, then received this letter from Dick’s on Christmas Eve, telling customers, it’s not fulfilling any more orders.
  • Trains carrying more oil across US amid boom

    12/29/2012 8:51:23 AM PST · by george76 · 44 replies
    ap ^ | Dec 28, 2012 | MATTHEW BROWN and JOSH FUNK
    Energy companies behind the oil boom on the Northern Plains are increasingly turning to an industrial-age workhorse - the locomotive - to move their crude to refineries across the U.S., as plans for new pipelines stall and existing lines can't keep up with demand. ... The environmental fears carry an ironic twist: Oil trains are gaining popularity in part because of a shortage of pipeline capacity - a problem that has been worsened by environmental opposition to such projects as TransCanada's stalled Keystone XL pipeline. That project would carry Bakken and Canadian crude to the Gulf of Mexico. Wayde Schafer,...
  • Man fatally shot by ex-girlfriend during burglary in Abilene

    12/29/2012 6:14:55 AM PST · by texas_mrs · 18 replies
    Abilene Police have released the following information about a fatal shooting this morning. "On 12-25-12 at 2014 hrs, APD responded to a disturbance call in the 1000 block of Minda Lane. Upon arrival, responding officers contacted Lawanda Taylor. She reported her estranged ex-boyfriend, Earnest Gonzales, came to the residence and attempted to gain entry by kicking a side door. Gonzales fled the scene after he discovered Taylor called the police. "On 12-26-12 at 0209 hrs, Gonzales returned to the residence and gained entry to the house by forcing open the front door, causing considerable damage. Gonzales entered the residence and...
  • Man pulls gun over Obama bumper sticker dispute

    12/27/2012 3:21:34 PM PST · by Ron H. · 72 replies
    YahooNews & Various ABC News Locals ^ | 12/27/12 | Evening News
    News video about armed altercation between Obama supporter and anti-Obama veteran opposer.
  • Officer who brought down Whitman dies (UT Tower)

    12/27/2012 2:25:21 PM PST · by bgill · 58 replies
    KXAN ^ | Dec. 27, 2012 | KXAN
    Houston McCoy, who as an Austin police officer in 1966 climbed up the staircase of the University Tower to help kill Charles Whitman and end what at the time was the nation's largest mass murder, died Thursday.
  • Spokesman: George H.W. Bush in intensive care

    12/26/2012 4:08:51 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 90 replies
    <p>HOUSTON (AP) — A spokesman says former President George H.W. Bush is in the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital.</p> <p>Bush's spokesman, Jim McGrath, said late Wednesday that the former president was admitted to the ICU on Sunday at Methodist Hospital, "following a series of setbacks including a persistent fever."</p>
  • Rep. Hall becomes oldest member to serve in House

    12/26/2012 4:17:43 PM PST · by SMGFan · 7 replies
    Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas) became the oldest lawmaker to ever serve in the House of Representatives on Tuesday. Hall, 89, beat out Rep. Charles Manly Stedman (D-N.C.), the previous record holder, who was 89 years, 7 months and 25 days old in Sept. 1930 when he died. all was elected to his 17th term in Congress in November. Hall recently said he might even run for reelection again. "I’m just an old guy — lived pretty clean," Hall said according to The Associated Press. “I have no ailments. I don’t hurt anywhere. I may run again. I’ll just wait and...
  • California’s Largest Corporation is Headed for the Exit (Golden State Death Watch™}

    12/25/2012 2:02:32 PM PST · by Kolath · 161 replies
    Front Page ^ | 12/25/2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    Chevron is California’s largest corporation, but it seems to be making the move to becoming Texas’ largest corporation instead. That’s 800 jobs out the door which gives Chevron a larger presence in Texas than it still has in California.
  • Fatal shooting of driver after 2 boys killed in wreck remains a mystery

    12/24/2012 9:08:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 13 December, 2012 | NA
    HOUSTON – Investigators are searching for answers after a suspected drunken driver was found shot dead after he allegedly slammed into a family's truck on a rural Houston-area road, killing two young brothers. 12-year-old David Barajas and his 11-year-old brother, Caleb, were helping their father push his disabled truck down the road when 21-year-old Jose Banda allegedly slammed into them from behind, MyFoxHouston.com reports. Neighbors say they heard gun shots minutes after the crash. Police responding to the crash found Banda shot in the head, but no gun at the scene. Banda and both boys died.
  • GOP Senator Hutchison On Gun Control: Semi-Automatic Weapons And Large Clips ‘Need To Be Looked At’

    12/24/2012 4:59:48 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 40 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | December 23, 2012 | Anjali Sareen
    Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison told Face The Nation host Bob Schieffer Sunday that she may embrace tighter regulations on high capacity magazines and semi-automatic weapons. “I think we ought to be looking at where the real danger is,” she said. “Like those large clips, I think that does need to be looked at.” “It’s the semi-automatics and those large magazines that can be fired off very quickly,” Hutchison continued. “I think we should be looking at those mega-opportunities as one of the things that might be looked at.” She also discussed the need to reach out to gun owners...