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  • (Washington Post Wonkblog) Ted Cruz’s flat tax couldn’t even work in your imagination

    03/25/2015 8:02:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Washington Post Wonkblog ^ | 03/25/2015 | Matt O' Brien
    Imagine there's no IRS. It isn't hard to do. No Obamacare to pay for. And no budget deficits too. Imagine all the people, living with a flat tax. You may say Ted Cruz is a dreamer, but he's not the only one. He hopes some day—especially if you live in Iowa—you'll join him, and, well, he'll be president. That, at least, was the message during his announcement, oddly redolent of John Lennon, that he's officially seeking the highest office in the land. It was a conservative wish list to not only repeal the 21st century, but the 20th, too. About...
  • Richard Viguerie: Cruz Candidacy Has Conservatives 'On Fire With Excitement'

    03/26/2015 11:20:07 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 36 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 26 Mar 2015 | Courtney Coren
    Conservative activist Richard Viguerie tells Newsmax TV that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz stands out as a conservative candidate for president in 2016 because he's "the whole package." "He's running as the first top tier principled constitutional conservative since Ronald Reagan," Viguerie, the chairman of ConservativeHQ, told J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Khan on "America's Forum" on Thursday.Compared to other potential Republican candidates for president in 2016, such as former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Viguerie contends that "Ted Cruz is more of the whole package." "Mike Huckabee has never, to the best of my knowledge, gone...
  • Attack on prayer vigil - Austin TX

    03/24/2015 6:05:46 AM PDT · by don-o · 12 replies
    Central Texas Coalition for Life | March 24, 2015 | via Abby Johnson
    RELEASE 3/24/2014: Last night at an Austin Planned Parenthood abortion facility, a woman threw a Molotov cocktail (a type of homemade bomb) at group of Central Texas Coalition for Life prayer volunteers. One of the volunteers was able to quickly stomp out the flame and save the group from any danger. The group was able to record the woman's license plate number and turn that information over to the police. Police DID arrest the woman who threw the bomb directly at the prayer volunteers. Central Texas Coalition for Life Executive Director, Heather Gardner responded last night. "We are so thankful...
  • RAND FIRES AT RUBIO, GRAHAM: VOTES WERE ‘FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE AND DANGEROUS TO THE COUNTRY’ FOR...

    03/27/2015 1:35:59 AM PDT · by z taxman · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) fired at Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), among others, calling their ideas “fiscally irresponsible and dangerous to the country” and “just as bad as the Democrats” after they voted to raise defense spending on Thursday without offsetting that with spending cuts to discretionary federal programs. Paul had introduced an amendment that would have raised defense spending, but offset that increase with cuts elsewhere, such as the Departments of Education, Energy and Commerce. That amendment competed with an amendment from Rubio that would have increased defense spending with no offsetting spending cuts—just a blanket...
  • Scott Walker Lands Former Senator as National Security Expert for 2016 Race

    03/27/2015 12:19:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | March 26, 2015 | Ken McIntyre
    What were Talent’s first impressions?“I found him to be exactly what he appears to be: He’s very down to earth, he has an air of confidence about him but there’s no arrogance with it. I like that. He’s just a regular guy.”Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has added one of Washington’s leading advocates of military readiness to the ranks of advisers helping prepare him for a likely campaign for president. Jim Talent, who represented Missouri in both the House and Senate before becoming a fellow at The Heritage Foundation, confirmed Thursday that he has joined Walker’s budding national security and foreign...
  • Obamacare flying machine begins a death spiral

    03/26/2015 8:00:47 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 03/26/2015 | Sean Parnell
    Premiums are rising rapidly and the young and healthy are bailing out The Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell, the case challenging the Obama administration’s decision to award tax credits for health insurance sold through federally established exchanges, could turn on the question of whether a ruling that ends the tax credits on federal exchanges might cause something known as a “death spiral” in health insurance markets.The good news is the answer is probably no, but the bad news is that’s only because the death spiral has probably already started.
  • So much for NO mass appeal: Texas Tribune finds DEMOCRAT who likes Ted Cruz in NYC

    03/26/2015 9:32:39 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 5 replies
    Youtube ^ | Mar 26, 2015 | By The Right Scoop
    The Texas Tribune took to the streets of New York City, specifically Times Square, and asked random people what they thought of Ted Cruz. Many hadn’t heard of Ted Cruz, but he did find one admitted Democrat who said likes what she sees in Ted Cruz so far. Of course, there are others in the video who like Cruz and the rest are idiots.
  • Ted Cruz SCHOOLS journalist on CLIMATE CHANGE

    03/26/2015 1:57:51 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 63 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 03-26-2015
    Man I love this guy. Ted Cruz completely schooled a journalist who asked him about Climate Change in his Texas Tribune interview, a journalist who was clearly sympathetic to the cause. It was awesome to see.
  • I-35 closed in Salado after bridge beams fall on vehicles below (TX)

    03/26/2015 2:28:20 PM PDT · by bgill · 32 replies
    kxan ^ | March 26, 2015 | kxan
    An oversized tractor-trailer hit a beam of an overpass under construction on Interstate 35 in Salado, causing several beams to fall onto the roadway, according to Texas Department of Transportation officials. One person was killed and three others were taken to Baylor Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple with injuries that were not life threatening, Bell County authorities said.
  • Wilmore: Creationists like Cruz Don’t Deserve Respect or to be POTUS

    03/26/2015 11:45:48 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 39 replies
    MRC.org ^ | 3/26/2015 11:21 AM ET | Kristine Marsh
    p>Those tolerant liberals have been at it again. Ted Cruz and evangelicals were public enemy no. 1 and 2 on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show March 24. Host Larry Wilmore brought on liberal comedian Lewis Black, Actor and former member of the Obama Administration Kal Penn, pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson, and only one conservative, Amy Holmes, anchor for The Blaze TV, to discuss Ted Cruz’s run for President. The discussion began with Lewis Black blasting Cruz as a relic of the segregated past. BLACK: “We’ve lived through this before. This is 1956. If he had appeared at Liberty University and...
  • How Do we Decide Who Is a ‘Real’ Candidate for President?

    03/26/2015 11:06:28 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    Ted Cruz was not the first person to officially declare his presidential candidacy when he announced on Monday. Scores of people are running just as officially as the junior senator from Texas, as measured by their having filled out the proper form with the Federal Election Commission. So why do we consider Cruz a "real" candidate and those other 200-odd candidates not worth mentioning? Is it viability? Few people think Cruz has much of a shot at the Republican nomination. The Upshot's Nate Cohn makes the case against his doing so pretty concretely. We looked at the strength of his...
  • Why Ted Cruz could become president without popular support: U.S. is an oligarchy, study finds

    03/26/2015 11:03:48 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | Douglas Perry
    Republican Senator Ted Cruz has jumped into the 2016 presidential contest. Will it hurt his chances that he doesn't think much of climate-change science, seeing as more than six in 10 Americans believe global warming is indeed happening? Will it hurt Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a likely Republican presidential candidate, that he recently said he was "going to punt on that one" when asked for his opinion on evolution, considering that two-thirds of Americans buy into Darwin's famous theory? Neither of them has much to worry about as far as these issues go. Because American elections aren't really about gaining...
  • Army Special Operations Command pushes back against alarmist claims about upcoming exercise

    03/26/2015 11:05:22 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 90 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | March 21, 2015 | Jon Harper
    WASHINGTON — U.S. Army Special Operations Command is pushing back against alarmist claims that an upcoming U.S. military exercise is a preparation for imposing martial law or subduing right-leaning groups and individuals. Conspiracy theories about the exercise, known as JADE HELM 15, appeared online this week. Some commentators railing against the event referred to an online slide show allegedly created by USASOC, which outlined a special operations exercise slated to take place across multiple states, outside the confines of U.S. military bases. In the slide show, a map of the southwest region of the United States labels Texas and other...
  • Scandals force Hillary Clinton to delay 2016 bid announcement

    03/25/2015 7:45:37 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 03/25/2015 | S.A. Miller
    Many of the key figures cited in a scathing inspector general’s report this week are allies of Hillary Rodham Clinton, marking the latest in a series of stumbles for the former first lady and secretary of state that likely forced her to delay her planned presidential campaign announcement.A Democratic strategist familiar with her team’s thinking said they are scrambling to limit the damage and readjust the campaign rollout schedule after the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general revealed an apparent cronyism scandal that ensnared Mrs. Clinton’s brother, Anthony Rodham, and two of her political confidants, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and former...
  • Texas 'Cop Watcher' bill under fire from legal experts, law enforcement groups

    03/26/2015 5:07:37 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 23 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 25, 2015 | Fox News
    A Texas lawmaker's proposal to establish a 25-foot "buffer zone" around police engaged in keeping the peace is drawing fire from both legal experts and law enforcement groups, but for different reasons. Dallas-area House representative Jason Villalba introduced HB 2918, which would make it a misdemeanor to photograph police within 25 feet -- raising serious concerns that the bill, if passed, would violate the First Amendment and prevent individuals from holding police accountable. For Texans legally carrying a firearm, the buffer zone required would be 100 feet under Villalba's proposal. Villalba reportedly said police approached him about creating the legislation,...
  • Why Ted Cruz’s presidential candidacy is important

    03/25/2015 9:16:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Voxxi ^ | March 25, 2015 | Tony Castro
    RONALD REAGAN ONCE said that Latinos were Republicans. They just didn’t know it yet. Ted Cruz, the Republican U.S. senator from Texas who has become the first major candidate to officially enter the 2016 presidential campaign, is quietly gambling that those words were never truer than in the upcoming campaign where he also apparently becomes the first major Latino figure to run for the White House. The importance of Cruz’s entry into the race, however, is not that he is running as a Latino. Clearly he is not. Nor, quite frankly, should any Hispanic be running for that or any...
  • If Cruz Is ‘On Obamacare,’ So Are His 2016 Rivals

    03/25/2015 2:21:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 25, 2015 | Sam Baker
    Yes, Ted Cruz can buy insurance through Obamacare while remaining totally committed to repealing it. Just like his competitors for the 2016 presidential nomination. Cruz said Tuesday that he and his family will sign up for health insurance through the exchanges created by Obamacare, prompting plenty of chest-beating from Democrats looking to paint Cruz—a staunch opponent of the health care law—as a hypocrite. But Cruz isn't the only 2016 contender to turn to the exchanges. Sen. Rand Paul signed up when the marketplaces first opened. "It made me an unhappy person," he said at the time. Sen. Marco Rubio also...
  • Baker wants Israel excluded from regional conference

    12/06/2006 12:43:40 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 220 replies · 3,412+ views
    Insight Magazine ^ | December 5, 2006
    The White House has been examining a proposal by James Baker to launch a Middle East peace effort without Israel. The peace effort would begin with a U.S.-organized conference, dubbed Madrid-2, and contain such U.S. adversaries as Iran and Syria. Officials said Madrid-2 would be promoted as a forum to discuss Iraq's future, but actually focus on Arab demands for Israel to withdraw from territories captured in the 1967 war. They said Israel would not be invited to the conference. “As Baker sees this, the conference would provide a unique opportunity for the United States to strike a deal without...
  • Baker panel's mention of Palestinian "right of return" raises eyebrows

    12/06/2006 1:00:35 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 246 replies · 4,919+ views
    AFP ^ | December 6, 2006
    A reference to Palestinians' "right of return" in the report issued by the high-level Iraq Study Group broke a diplomatic taboo which sparked immediate concern in Israel and surprise among Middle East policy experts. The reference was buried deep inside a 160-page report that urged US President George W. Bush to renew efforts to revive Israel-Palestinian peace talks as part of a region-wide bid to end the chaos in Iraq. "This report is worrisome for Israel particularly because, for the first time, it mentions the question of the 'right of return' for the Palestinian refugees of 1948," said a senior...
  • Jeb Bush Condemned Over Speech at Anti-Israel Conference

    03/20/2015 7:50:42 PM PDT · by PROCON · 35 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | March 20, 2015 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Leading talk show host and best-selling author Mark Levin assailed Jeb Bush last night over the revelation that one of his top foreign policy advisers, James Baker, will keynote an anti-Israel conference this weekend. The annual conference of the activist group J Street features an array of anti-Israel speakers, including proponents of the Boycott, Sanctions, and Divest (BDS) movement, which seeks Israel’s destruction, and advocates for the terrorist group Hamas. Jeb Bush’s selection of Baker as a foreign policy adviser has sparked concern among conservatives and in the Jewish and pro-Israel communities. Baker is infamous for his hostility to Israel,...
  • JEB BUSH ADVISER SLAMS NETANYAHU, ISRAEL AT LEFT-WING J STREET GALA

    03/24/2015 9:12:17 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 24, 2015 | JOEL B. POLLAK
    Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, a foreign policy adviser to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday evening at the Washington gala dinner for J Street, a Soros-funded left-wing group that is devoted to disrupting the close U.S.-Israel alliance. Baker said that Netanyahu had been too forceful in his opposition to a nuclear deal with Iran, and that he had shown insufficient commitment to peace with the Palestinians....
  • Jeb Bush Adviser Slams Netanyahu, Israel at Left-Wing J Street Gala

    03/24/2015 8:13:41 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 45 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 24 March 2015 | Joel B. Pollak
    Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, a foreign policy adviser to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday evening at the Washington gala dinner for J Street, a Soros-funded left-wing group that is devoted to disrupting the close U.S.-Israel alliance. Baker said that Netanyahu had been too forceful in his opposition to a nuclear deal with Iran, and that he had shown insufficient commitment to peace with the Palestinians. “If the only agreement is one under which Iran agrees to cease all enrichment, then there will likely be no agreement,” Baker said....
  • Jeb Bush Condemned Over Speech at Anti-Israel Conference [Mark Levin]

    03/24/2015 10:22:49 AM PDT · by SJackson · 33 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 20, 2015
    Jeb adviser James Baker to keynote J Street conference Leading talk show host and best-selling author Mark Levin assailed Jeb Bush last night over the revelation that one of his top foreign policy advisers, James Baker, will keynote an anti-Israel conference this weekend. The annual conference of the activist group J Street features an array of anti-Israel speakers, including proponents of the Boycott, Sanctions, and Divest (BDS) movement, which seeks Israel’s destruction, and advocates for the terrorist group Hamas. Jeb Bush’s selection of Baker as a foreign policy adviser has sparked concern among conservatives and in the Jewish and pro-Israel...
  • James Baker slams Netanyahu's 'diplomatic missteps' [Israel]

    03/24/2015 6:48:01 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 22 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | Staff
    Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker harshly criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the J Street conference in Washington on Monday, echoing White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough's comments earlier in the day. Baker acknowledged his disappointment with "the lack of progress regarding a lasting peace," saying that the chances for a two-state solution diminished since Netanyahu's reelection last week. Baker further slammed Netanyahu's "diplomatic missteps and political gamesmanship," saying that the prime minister's "actions have not matched his rhetoric," according to Politico. Earlier in the day, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough offered a similar...
  • Former OU Frat Member to Speak Out Wednesday

    03/25/2015 1:03:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Sean Murphy
    Levi Pettit, a former OU student and member of SAE fraternity, will address the media.A former University of Oklahoma student who led a racist chant apologized personally to the leader of Oklahoma's Legislative Black Caucus and plans to meet with more civic leaders before speaking publicly about the incident for the first time, a state senator said Wednesday. Sen. Anastasia Pittman, an Oklahoma City Democrat, said the student, Levi Pettit, called her personally to apologize after he and another fraternity member were caught on video earlier this month leading a chant that referenced lynching and used a racial slur to...
  • What Are Ted Cruz's Health Insurance Options -- And What Motivations Are You Projecting on Him?

    03/25/2015 12:21:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | March 25, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: There continues to be some... well, not just curiosity, some confusion as well about Ted Cruz and his decision to sign up for Obamacare. There's another option. There's some options that he has here, and I want to run through these. Now, all of this would have been academic had his wife not quit. Well, she didn't quit. She took an unpaid leave of absence from Goldman Sachs. If she had stayed there while he ran the campaign, this would not even be an issue. But they made a determination that a campaign is a family endeavor,...
  • Mother Jones’ Character Assassination of Cruz’s Winning Political Strategist

    03/25/2015 11:53:04 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 6 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 03/25/2015 | Dan Riehl
    Mother Jones is so upset that Ted Cruz  hired a consultant who’s capable of winning elections, the magazine smeared him by invoking a Missouri-based controversy even it admits he hasn’t genuinely been linked to. The magazine waited until deep in the second paragraph to point that out. It was no surprise on Monday when Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) formally announced his presidential bid. By last summer, he was making key hires for his campaign crew. And this included recruiting a controversial Missouri-based political operative named Jeff Roe, who is known for his ruthless, bare-knuckled style and who has recently been...
  • CNN Plays Gotcha: Is Ted Cruz a Hypocrite for Signing Up for Obamacare?

    03/25/2015 11:55:08 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | Michael van der Galien
    This is simply pathetic. Watch the video at CNN – it’s clear what they’re trying to do: "The newly announced Republican presidential candidate told CNN’s Dana Bash on Tuesday that he will sign up for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act — a law he has been on a crusade to kill. "It’s a deeply ironic development for the Texas conservative firebrand, who vaulted to fame during his few years in the Senate in large part by denouncing President Barack Obama’s landmark health care law. He led an effort to defund the law that contributed to the 2013...
  • Ted Cruz Raises Half a Million In First Day As Presidential Candidate

    03/25/2015 11:39:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 24, 2015 | Leigh Ann Caldwell
    In the first day that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is an official presidential candidate, his campaign raised $500,000 - a solid haul for a candidate who is in the bottom tier of polls and has been overshadowed by prolific fundraisers former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. The totals include a fundraising event he held in New York City Monday night, just hours after delivering his announcement speech to the Christian conservative student body at Liberty University. His campaign said 60 percent of funds came from large donors and 40 percent from online donations. One advantage of...
  • CNN Goes Unreality on Cruz and Jobs

    03/25/2015 10:53:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 25, 2015 | John Ransom
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz, the guy who liberals tagged with killing the economy because he helped shutdown the government for a few hours more or less, has decided to run for president. And CNNMoney is sore afraid.Why?Who knows with liberals? Maybe it’s because he’s unafraid of common sense. Maybe it’s because he’s happy with going against the conventional wisdom. Maybe it’s because he’s the most sinister of characters: a white Hispanic. But no sooner had the echo faded from Cruz’ announcement than CNNMoney issued a “reality check” on Cruz’ nascent campaign’s economic platform.Most news sites are just happy to “fact...
  • Watch Ted Cruz’s interview on Hannity

    03/25/2015 10:41:03 AM PDT · by fifedom · 5 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | Mar 23, 2015 | The Right Scoop
    Ted Cruz was on Hannity tonight for the full hour and while we don’t have all of it, I think we have most of it for you to enjoy. If there is any overlap my apologies, but I think each clip is unique. -- Watch the full interview unfiltered by the media
  • Mayor takes stand against Muslim Shariah courts

    03/25/2015 8:04:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 3/25/2015 | Leo Hohmann
    When a group of imams tried to bring a form of “Shariah light” to Texas, they met an unlikely foe – Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne. Now, Van Duyne has been thrust into the national media spotlight, and her city is being called “ground zero” in the battle to prevent Islamic law from gaining a foothold, no matter how small, in the U.S. legal system. Van Duyne’s name and picture has popped up on Facebook pages and Twitter feeds across America in recent days, casting her with equal enthusiasm as villain or hero, depending on one’s political outlook. She’s either...
  • Rick Perry: Crude export ban should be lifted

    03/25/2015 7:03:16 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 24, 2015 | Rhiannon Meyers
    Former Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday gave his support to lifting a decades-old ban on crude exports, calling it a “major error” to prevent U.S. oil from being shipped overseas. Perry, a likely candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, said that if he won the White House, he would propel North America into the global energy business “in a big way.” “If energy is going to be used as a weapon, we need to have the largest arsenal,” Perry said at the discussion hosted by Bloomberg at the JW Marriott in downtown Houston on Tuesday. Most crude exports have...
  • Report: Chemical revenues slip but expansions expected to continue

    03/25/2015 4:35:50 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 24, 2015 | Rhiannon Meyers
    North American chemical companies have seen their revenues slip with the plunging crude price, but they aren’t expected to abandon the billions worth of expansions they announced when profits were higher, a new report finds. Petrochemical companies have enjoyed deep discounts on the oil-based naptha and natural gas liquids they use to power their plants since the price of oil has collapsed in recent months, but chemicals they manufacture have also been selling for cheaper, eroding their margins, according to a new report by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services. Ethylene, a key building block for plastics, now fetches 35 percent...
  • Democrat Congresswoman Complains About Your "Well-Funded" Host

    03/24/2015 1:22:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | March 24, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Your host in the audio sound bites today, this morning on C-SPAN, the guest, Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Democrat, Wisconsin, during a viewer call-in segment of her appearance, a caller from Maryland by the name of Richard, "Ted Cruz's candidacy is living proof that the birther movement was all based on racism. And that Democrats are silent. They just always stand back and let the Republicans bully them and run over 'em, treat 'em like dogs." MOORE: I think that a lot of us are really frustrated about our so-called messaging. It is really difficult to fight against, I think,...
  • Greg Abbott, Scott Walker to Tour Texas-Mexico Border

    03/24/2015 11:55:22 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | March 24, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    Likely 2016 presidential candidate Scott Walker is headed to the Texas-Mexico border on Friday, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will be there to show him the ropes. Walker's trip is part of a swing through Texas that will take the Wisconsin governor to Houston on Saturday. He is the keynote speaker at the Harris County GOP's Lincoln-Reagan Dinner, which Abbott is also slated to attend. "Gov. Walker looks forward to taking a close look at U.S. border security with Gov. Abbott," AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Walker's Our American Revival PAC, said in a statement. "While President Obama has failed...
  • Rick Perry Prosecutor Makes Contradictory Assertions about Grand Jury to Court

    03/24/2015 8:59:45 PM PDT · by SSS Two · 23 replies
    Court Documents
    Texas prosecutor Mike McCrum says the grand jury that indicted former Texas Governor Rick Perry has made two mutually exclusive factual findings. The grand jury, McCrum says, has alternately declared that Perry's public statement threatening to veto a spending bill was 1) An official act; and 2) Not an official act. The significance of this will be described below. First, though, recall that there are two Counts in the indictment against Perry: COUNT ONE: Abuse of Official Capicity. This count alleges that Perry abused the office of Governor by "misusing" government "property" (the veto is the item Perry allegedly misused)...
  • Mark Levin just OBLITERATED the argument ‘we need a governor for president’

    03/23/2015 6:42:05 PM PDT · by Maceman · 51 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | March 23, 2015
    You know the argument some people are making against Ted Cruz, that we need a governor to be president? Well let me tell you, Mark Levin just completely obliterated that argument like no one else I’ve heard. And he didn’t do it in the name of Ted Cruz or any specific candidate. But it’s awesome and something you’ll definitely want to hear: Read more: http://therightscoop.com/mark-levin-just-obliterated-the-argument-we-need-a-governor-for-president/#ixzz3VGNS4gcG
  • Cruz's big-money crisis: Months behind his competitors in recruiting mega-donors & bundlers

    03/24/2015 3:01:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 24, 2015 | Anna Palmer and Alex Isenstadt
    After the theatrical launch of his presidential campaign Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz now faces a massive hurdle: raising the tens of millions of dollars it will take to mount a year-and-a-half long campaign. The Texas Republican and tea party darling is months behind his competitors in recruiting the megadonors and bundlers essential to a credible GOP primary bid. He’s not well-liked among cash-flush lobbyists. And his uncompromising policy positions and role in forcing the government shutdown in 2013 didn’t exactly excite the financiers and business executives who make up the elite donor class. Those considerations, along with the need to...
  • With Cruz in the 2016 race, the battle for conservative voters heats up

    03/24/2015 8:18:14 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 24, 2015 | Philip Rucker,Robert Costa
    Ted Cruz’s splashy entry into the 2016 race Monday intensifies the early battle to consolidate conservative voters who are intent on denying the Republican Party establishment yet another presidential nomination.
  • Democrats delighted by Ted Cruz’s statements on climate change

    03/23/2015 2:06:11 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 60 replies
    sfgate ^ | March 23, 2015 | By Carla Marinucci
    The war of words over climate change is getting blisteringly hot between Gov. Jerry Brown and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, with the Republican presidential candidate blithely dismissing the Democratic governor as one of those “global warming alarmists” who relies on ridicule and insult. A Brown campaign strategist shot back Monday that the “factually irrational” Cruz is apparently now determined to “stand out from a pack of troglodytes in the GOP race for the White House.” The public slap down — and the dis of Brown — came as Cruz formally announced his run for the White House at Liberty University...
  • Austin, Salt Lake City Lead U.S. Metros in Job Creation

    03/23/2015 10:17:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Gallup ^ | 03/23/2015 | Jeffrey M. Jones
    Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City have the highest Job Creation Index scores among the 50 largest U.S. metro areas, based on employee reports of hiring activity where they work. San Francisco, Houston and Orlando rank just behind Austin and Salt Lake City in job creation. Many of the top-ranking metro areas are being boosted by growth in technology jobs, including traditional tech centers in San Francisco and San Jose but also emerging ones in Austin and Salt Lake City. These latter two may be increasingly attractive destinations for tech workers, given salaries that are becoming more competitive for the...
  • Ten years after a Texas City refinery blast killed 15 and rattled a community, workers keep dying

    03/23/2015 10:21:37 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 21, 2015 | Mark Collette, Lise Olsen and Jim Malewitz
    The billowing canopies went up on a bare patch of the Texas City refinery grounds during a repair cycle last fall. Some workers saw the tents as just a place to eat lunch. Brian Ambrose saw a nightmare repeating itself. He is one of the few remaining employees who encountered the horrors of 2005, when the BP unit on the same patch of earth erupted in explosions, leaving a charred mass of twisted metal, pulverized office trailers and the remains of 15 people. Others, including many of the roughly 180 injured, have retired or moved elsewhere. Ambrose, who was assigned...
  • [FULL SPEECH] Ted Cruz announces presidential run to standing ovation at Liberty University

    03/23/2015 8:54:23 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 30 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | March 23, 2015 | The Right Scoop
    Sen. Ted Cruz gave the convocation address at Liberty University this morning where he announced to a standing ovation his candidacy for the president of the United States. You can watch the full speech below:
  • Cruz launches ad in Spanish

    03/23/2015 7:58:01 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 112 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oB3smCq7Mjo
  • Sen. Ted Cruz announces presidential bid with Twitter post, video

    03/23/2015 7:58:39 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03/23/2015 | Foxnews.com
    Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz announced that he will run for president in 2016 via a Twitter post early Monday, becoming the first major candidate to officially declare. "I'm ready to stand with you to lead the fight," Cruz says as the video concludes. Shortly after midnight Monday, the campaign had launched its website.  Cruz had been expected to make the official announcement later Monday during a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. He is expected to start his campaign immediately rather than launch an exploratory committee, which many do as a precursor to a campaign. 
  • Cruz enters race with website challenge

    03/23/2015 8:01:21 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/23/2015 | Julian Hattem
    Sen. Ted Cruz’s nascent campaign for the White House is running into its first signs of digital trouble. While the firebrand Texas Republican prepares to announce his bid for the presidency on Monday morning, he does not appear to have control over the most obvious website to rally supporters: TedCruz.com. Instead, people trying to visit that site will get the opposite message. “Support President Obama,” the site says in simple white text on a black background. “Immigration reform now!” According to Internet records, TedCruz.com was created in April of 2004 but then switched ownership last spring. Archived versions of the...
  • Cruz faces off against Rand Paul supporters at Liberty University

    03/23/2015 8:13:46 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 38 replies
    Houston Republican Liberty Caucus ^ | 03/23/2015 | Brimstone
     Today Ted Cruz announced his campaign for President at Liberty University to a crowd of Rand Paul Supporters.
  • Ted Cruz's presidential run is bad news for Rand Paul

    03/23/2015 7:21:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 03/23/2015 | Philip Klein
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., on Monday is expected to announce he's running for president. However well he ends up doing in the Republican primaries, one thing is for sure — the development is terrible news for Sen. Rand Paul's presidential ambitions. Whatever small chance Paul had in the 2016 presidential race was premised on his ability to reach beyond the core supporters of his father's, by articulating a message that appealed to a broader coalition of Republicans. The biggest opportunity Paul had for growth was with Tea Party voters who would be drawn to his limited government message. The biggest...
  • Battle flag at center of Supreme Court free speech case

    03/23/2015 6:22:27 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/23/15 | Associated Press
    exas commemorates the Confederacy in many ways, from an annual celebration of Confederate Heroes Day each January to monuments on the grounds of the state Capitol in Austin. Among the memorials is one that has stood for more than a century, bearing an image of the Confederate battle flag etched in marble. But you're out of luck if you want to put that flag on your license plate. Texas says that would be offensive. Now the Supreme Court will decide whether the state can refuse to issue a license plate featuring the battle flag without violating the free-speech rights of...