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  • Does This Desperate Tweet from the Democrat Party Reveal Which Republican They Fear the Most?

    10/13/2015 9:22:21 AM PDT · by Isara · 43 replies
    Politistick ^ | October 13, 2015 | Matthew K. Burke
    The irony and hypocrisy are dripping in this story, but what would you expect from the anti-American Democrat Party, which more closely resembles the Communist Party of Karl Marx than the former party of John F. Kennedy. From the official Democrat Party Twitter account on Monday comes this snarky tweet, indicating that the party, which has a president whose birth certificate was produced under questionable circumstances, and continues to keep much of his past concealed, including for some reason his college records, which indicates the Democrat Party will go full birther when it suites their needs. It also shows...
  • In One Month, Greg Abbott And Dan Patrick Can Move To Change The Texas Ethics Commission

    10/13/2015 6:56:33 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 1 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 10/13/15 | Hal Hawkins
    As we have pointed out extensively in the past, there are major ethical concerns over the campaign finance reporting being performed by past and current members of the Texas House and Senate, covering areas such as unreported campaign loans, payments to relatives, and using campaign cash for personal expenses. The government entity responsible for overseeing these issues is the Texas Ethics Commission, but in less than 48 hours, they quickly dismissed our meticulous, months' long endeavor and defended their “important work.” Over the last two legislative sessions, several attempts have been made to increase accountability through ethics reform. In his...
  • Former Texas A&M football player accused of hacking jogger to death in Dallas park

    10/13/2015 6:06:08 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 47 replies
    FOX News ^ | 10/13/2015
    Former Texas A&M football player accused of hacking jogger to death in Dallas park Published October 13, Oct. 12, 2015: This photo shows Thomas Johnson, a former Texas A&M wide receiver whom Dallas police say randomly attacked and killed a jogger with a 'large, edged weapon'. (Dallas Police Department) Dallas police say a former college football player hacked a jogger to death in a Dallas park Monday morning in what authorities said appeared to be a random attack. Police told KDFW that Thomas Johnson, 21, had admitted to carrying out the attack along the White Rock Creek Trail, and...
  • Immigration Reform In Texas: Undocumented Immigrants In Dallas No Longer To Be Held In Jail

    10/13/2015 2:56:25 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 20 replies
    IBT ^ | October 12 2015 | By Bruce Wright
    The first Latino to be the sheriff of a major city recently announced her re-election campaign with a bit of a twist: Her office would no longer by complying with a federal law that requires law enforcement agencies to hold arrested undocumented immigrants beyond the dates they’re to be released.
  • Police: Former Texas A&M football player randomly hacks jogger to death in Dallas

    10/12/2015 5:08:38 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 67 replies
    Dallas News ^ | October 12, 2015 | Tristan Hallman
    ... And, Dallas police say, he was angry. Johnson allegedly took out that rage Monday morning by hacking a jogger to death with a “large-edged weapon” on the White Rock Creek Trail, police said. “It appears Mr. Johnson picked this victim at random. Absolutely random,” Deputy Chief Rob Sherwin said. “He just attacked him … It’s just very unusual. It’s quite shocking.” ...
  • Ted Cruz Begins Three-Day Campaign Swing in Iowa

    10/12/2015 3:22:42 PM PDT · by Isara · 6 replies
    WHOTV 13 ^ | October 12, 2015 | Staff Writer
    Ted Cruz greets supporters at Iowa Central Community College in Ft Dodge (Roger Riley WHO-HD) FORT DODGE, Iowa — Sen. Ted Cruz is back in Iowa to continue his campaign for the White House.Cruz is spending three days in Iowa working to gain the support of Republican voters.During remarks to the media Cruz said he is looking forward to the Democratic Debate this week.“It may be more questions than Hillary Question has answered this entire campaign,” said Cruz. The subject of Donald Trump always comes up in media interviews with the Texas Senator.“I like Donald Trump, when everybody else has...
  • CRUZ: If I’m Elected President the Federal Government Will Stop Releasing Violent Criminal...

    10/12/2015 12:57:59 PM PDT · by Isara · 15 replies ^ | 10/12/15
    Speaks with WHO’s Jan Mickelson regarding Sanctuary CitiesHOUSTON, Texas– U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, spoke with Jan Mickelson regarding immigration, Syria refugee crisis and 2016 presidential race.Below is an excerpt featuring the Senator’s remarks on stopping sanctuary cities and enforcing immigration law. Full interview​ can be listened to below:Listen to the Audio.MICKELSON: You are in the right place, right time to talk about sanctuary cities, you’ve introduced along with David Vitter, the Stop Sanctuary Policies Protect American’s Act. Talk to us about that:CRUZ: Well the Senate is going to vote on that next week, I’ve joined with David Vitter of...
  • Ted Cruz’s Fundraising Juggernaut

    10/12/2015 12:20:50 PM PDT · by Isara · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | October 12, 2015 | Eliana Johnson
    One of the surprises of the election season has been Ted Cruz’s phenomenal fundraising numbers. He was out-raised by Ben Carson in the third quarter, $20 million to $12 million, but doubled Marco Rubio’s $6 million haul. And Cruz’s momentum shows no sign of letting up: A source with the campaign tells me that between the start of the fourth quarter on October 1 and close of business on Friday, October 9, the campaign had raised $1 million. A spokesman for Florida senator Marco Rubio, whose third quarter numbers were underwhelming, said he’s on track to have the best fundraising...
  • Ted Cruz raises $1 million in first nine days of 4th quarter

    10/12/2015 12:13:55 PM PDT · by Isara · 35 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/12/15 | Ryan Lovelace
    Sen. Ted Cruz raised $1 million in the first nine days of the fourth quarter, according to his presidential campaign. The number shows that his fundraising operation appears to have thus far outpaced the previous quarter's results and has momentum. "It certainly shows what kind of incredible support and enthusiasm we have for our campaign," said campaign manager Jeff Roe in a statement touting the October fundraising numbers. "But more than that, we have made the right investments in our fundraising infrastructure that ensures a sustained ability to raise the resources we need to be competitive in the early states...

    10/12/2015 9:34:39 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 82 replies
    TheRightScoop ^ | 10/12/2015 | RightScoop
    A great video from Meet the Press yesterday where Chuck Todd and the Panel agree that Ted Cruz has positioned himself better than anyone else with a great organization and as an articulate voice that can tap into the so-called ‘outsiders’:
  • Aides Find Ben Carson’s Inflammatory Remarks Are Helping Him

    10/12/2015 10:10:04 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 12, 2015 | TRIP GABRIEL
    For a long time, Ben Carson’s campaign team feared that his habit of inflammatory remarks would sink his presidential hopes. They sent him to media training in Texas. The candidate pledged to police his words. But ever since Mr. Carson remarked on Sept. 20 that he did not think a Muslim should be president, then refused to retract the statement amid a furious blowback, his campaign has watched grass-roots support grow and donations pour in — and advisers have backtracked, deciding, in the words of one, to “let Carson be Carson.” Mr. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon seeking the Republican nomination,...
  • Donald Trump 32% Crushes GOP Field In Latest New Hampshire Gravis Polling…

    10/09/2015 6:52:52 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 90 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | October 9, 2015 | Sundance
    The latest New Hampshire poll shows a far more engaged electorate continuing to be a thorn in the side of the 2015/16 GOPe scheme to anoint Jeb Bush. In addition, the ruse candidates, Fiorina and Rubio have exhausted their media-fueled surge and remain static alongside Jeb Bush at 8%.John Kasich’s ground game and almost exclusive attention to New Hampshire has garnered him a position just above Jeb, Carly and Marco. However, the vulgarians are determined to Make America Great Again!Gravis Marketing, a nonpartisan research firm, conducted a random survey of 1,035 registered voters in New Hampshire regarding the presidential election...
  • Bush 'Troubled' by Gay Marriage Issue (RE: San Fran weddings)

    02/18/2004 9:28:40 AM PST · by KantianBurke · 138 replies · 586+ views
    WASHINGTON - President Bush (news - web sites) said Wednesday he was "troubled" by gay weddings in San Francisco and by legal decisions in Massachusetts that could clear the way for same-sex marriage. But he declined to say whether he is any closer to backing a constitutional ban on such vows. "I have watched carefully what's happening in San Francisco, where licenses were being issued, even though the law states otherwise," Bush said. "I have consistently stated that I'll support law to protect marriage between a man and a woman. Obviously these events are influencing my decision." "I am watching...
  • Suspect in custody, victim taken to hospital after stadium parking lot shooting

    10/11/2015 8:22:22 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo ^ | 10/11/15 | Ryan Osborne
    A shooting victim was taken to the hospital and a suspect was in custody Sunday evening after a fight in the AT&T Stadium parking lot, Arlington police said. Officers responded at about 8:30 p.m. to a report of a fight in Lot 10 at the stadium, said Arlington police spokesman Lt. Chris Cook. He said officers heard one gunshot, and that a male victim in his early 40s was flown to an area hospital with serious injuries. “I didn’t think he was going to pull the trigger,” said witness Lester Peters of Lufkin. The suspect, who was injured when he...
  • Poll: Trump Still Leads Fiorina, Bush, Rubio Combined

    10/10/2015 7:13:14 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 51 replies ^ | October 10, 2015
    In the race for the Republican presidential nomination, a new Reuters poll finds Donald Trump still leads Carly Fiorina, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — combined. The poll found Trump, who is number one in the Washington Examiner's presidential power rankings, continues to hold his significant lead, with 29 percent of Republican voters saying they favor him. He is followed by Ben Carson, who held 18 percent support; Bush at 10 percent; Rubio at 8 percent; and Fiorina at 6 percent. Despite Trump's significant lead, members of the media have remained undeterred in their speculation...
  • Opinion: Cruz seeks to reconfigure electorate

    10/10/2015 10:55:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Lawrence Journal-World ^ | October 11, 2015 | George Will, The Washington Post
    If America’s 58th presidential election validates Ted Cruz’s audacious “base plus” strategy, he will have refuted assumptions about the importance of independent “swing” voters and the inertia of many missing voters. Critics say his plan for pursuing the Republican nomination precludes winning the presidency. Jason Johnson, Cruz’s chief strategist, responds: “I’m working backward from Election Day,” because Cruz’s plan for winning the necessary 1,236 convention delegates is an extrapolation from his strategy for winning 270 electoral votes. All presidential campaigns aspire to favorably change the composition of the electorate. Cruz aims to substantially reconfigure the electorate as it has recently...
  • Cruz Scores Major Upset Among Libertarian Voters

    10/10/2015 7:10:35 PM PDT · by Isara · 9 replies ^ | 10/10/15
    Earns 51% of voter approval in Republican Liberty Caucus Straw Poll — just a few points behind Rand Paul, among Libertarians HOUSTON, Texas – Presidential candidate Ted Cruz continues to shore up his strong support among libertarian voters, earning 51 percent support from voters participating in the straw poll held at the Republican Liberty Caucus in Nashua, NH over the weekend.Cruz received 399 votes (51%), just a few points behind Rand Paul’s 445 votes (57%).“We are very encouraged by the growing support we are seeing among liberty voters in the early states and across the country,” Cruz said. “I have...
  • Cubans retire to Florida – with help from U.S. taxpayers

    10/10/2015 3:43:49 PM PDT · by AU72 · 17 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | Oct. 1, 2015 | Megan O'Matz, Sally Kestin and John Maines
    More Cubans are coming to Florida in their golden years to retire, able to tap U.S. government assistance even though they never lived or worked here. The number of Cubans arriving over the age of 60 grew fivefold since 2010, according to state refugee data. At least 185 made the crossing in their 80s or 90s. Unlike most other immigrants, Cubans qualify immediately for food stamps and Medicaid. If they are over 65 with little or no income, they also can collect a monthly check of up to $733 in Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Golden years: Cubans retire to Florida...
  • Media’s Concern Trolling Over GOP ‘Chaos’ Proves ‘Chaos’ Is Good

    10/10/2015 11:21:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | October 10, 2015 | Stephen Kruiser
    The news alert about Kevin McCarthy’s abandonment of his pursuit to become John Boehner’s successor hit my phone just as I was about to go for a run. Rather than read the whole story, I just smiled and hit the pavement. Within the first few steps I wondered how long it would take before the hyperbole-laden garment rending would begin in the left media about conservatives being the death of the Republican Party, congressional compromise, and the frolicsome joy we so love to see in puppies and kittens. It was a short run, but they were on it by the...
  • Gov. Brown approves automatic (drivers license) voter registration for Californians

    10/10/2015 1:04:44 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 57 replies
    LA Times ^ | 10/10/2015 | Patrick McGreevy
    Targeting California’s recent record-low voter turnout, Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed a measure that would eventually allow Californians to be automatically registered to vote when they go the the DMV to obtain or renew a driver’s license.The measure, which would also allow Californians to opt out of registering, was introduced in response to the dismal 42% turnout in the November 2014 statewide election.
  • House votes to lift oil export ban, Obama waves veto pen

    10/10/2015 6:32:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/10/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Just because you’ve been doing something for decades, that doesn’t mean that you need to keep doing it. Perhaps one of the best examples of this is the roughly forty year old ban we have on crude oil exports, enacted back when the Middle East oil barons decided to kick off an embargo, leading to skyrocketing gas prices and long lines at service stations. Congress seems to slowly be getting the message on this subject, and yesterday the House finally passed a bill to end the ban. (Yahoo News) A bill to repeal the U.S. oil export ban passed...
  • Thug Shot, Four Captured Attempting To Ambush Houston Police Officer

    10/10/2015 10:43:50 AM PDT · by rktman · 39 replies ^ | 10/9/2015 | Bob Owens
    A group of teen-aged thugs struck out in spectacular fashion last night when they apparently selected a vehicle at random to follow in hopes of ambushing it to rob the driver and/or carjack the vehicle. Their target? A 34-year veteran sergeant of the Houston Police Department who wasn’t impressed with them, at all: A group of suspects targeted the wrong person to ambush after one of them was shot by a Houston police officer they were following on the way home late Thursday. According to the Houston Police Department, it started at 11:30 p.m. when the 34-year veteran officer was...
  • One dead, 1 wounded in shooting at TSU

    10/09/2015 4:19:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    KHOU-TV ^ | October 9, 2015 | Staff
    HOUSTON -- One person was killed and another was wounded in a shooting on the Texas Southern University campus Friday, according to Houston police. It happened at student housing in the 3400 block of Blodgett. Three suspects approached the victims in the parking lot and opened fire. TSU President John Rudley said the student who died was a freshman. His name has not been released. "He was a beautiful young man trying to get his life together," Rudley said. "I wish he was still here." Two suspects were later detained, but a third got away, according to HPD spokesperson Jody...
  • EMET praises legislation by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary....

    10/09/2015 1:23:00 PM PDT · by Isara · 9 replies
    The Endowment for Middle East Truth ^ | Oct 8, 2015 | The Endowment for Middle East Truth
    EMET praises legislation by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a recognized, foreign terrorist organization. (Washington, DC, October 8, 2015) – Today, the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) strongly endorsed Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) legislation, S. 2094, which urges the U.S. State Department to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization. Similar legislation was proposed in the U.S. House by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX). The passage of this legislation would limit the benefits the IRGC is set to receive from the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA)...
  • Obama Will Violate Law By Implementing Iran Nuclear Deal, Senior Officials Say

    10/09/2015 1:09:17 PM PDT · by Isara · 19 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | October 9, 2015 | Morgan Chalfant
    Senior U.S. officials have said anonymously that the Obama administration will violate federal law by implementing the Iran nuclear agreement.A sanctions relief provision included in the deal that directs the U.S. to allow foreign subsidiaries of U.S. businesses “to engage in activities with Iran” if Tehran abides by the deal’s stipulations violates a law signed by President Obama in 2012 that closed this foreign subsidiary loophole.Fox News reported: [The law, the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act (ITRA)] also stipulated, in Section 218, that when it comes to doing business with Iran, … what is prohibited for U.S....
  • Ted Cruz 1, Sierra Club 0

    10/07/2015 4:51:13 PM PDT · by Isara · 26 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | October 7, 2015 | Eric Berger
    Climate change is real. Climate change is happening. And we have an obligation to address climate change for ourselves, our children and future generations. With that said, the Sierra Club needs to do better. During a hearing of a Judiciary subcommittee on Tuesday regarding regulation and minorities, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is running for the Republican nomination on an arch-conservative platform that includes rejection of mainstream climate change science, seized an opportunity to show off his debating skills. ... ..He asks Mair about the satellite temperature record, which he says has shown no warming during the last 18 years....
  • Ted Cruz demolishes Sierra Club president on global warming hoax

    10/08/2015 5:04:22 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 23 replies
    YouTube ^ | Oct 7, 2015 | Senate
    [VIDEO] Ted Cruz demolishes Sierra Club president on global warming hoax
  • Ted Cruz Destroys Sierra Club President’s Global Warming Claims in Senate Hearing

    10/08/2015 6:32:22 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 59 replies ^ | 7 Oct 2015 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is showing Sierra Club President Aaron Mair to be an ideological hack and global warming alarmist. At a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Cruz subjected him to a withering cross examination. Mair was reduced to stammering and frequent awkward pauses which he used to receive whispered advice from staff. He repeatedly referred to the discredited “97 percent of scientists concur” claim, and was unwilling to acknowledge valid scientific data that disproves the claim. Mark Steyn, sitting in for Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday, called Cruz’s relentless questioning of Mair “a thing of...
  • Fox News Takes Jab at Conservatives... Again

    10/09/2015 10:16:20 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 20 replies ^ | October 9, 2015 | Bobby Eberle
    In what has become an all-too-frequent occurrence, Fox News wasted no time taking a swipe at conservatives. We've seen it plenty of times now -- from commentators having meltdowns because their establishment candidate isn't the frontrunner to openly criticizing conservatives as out of touch or crazy. Now, the race for Speaker of the House is up in the air, and Fox News has singled out a certain conservative candidate as the possible culprit. Some of the Fox News bias really came to light with the ascendance of Donald Trump. Trump is certainly no conservative, but he speaks out against the...
  • Ivanka Trump talks business at Dallas Chamber Women’s Conference

    10/09/2015 10:51:39 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 26 replies ^ | Gromer Jeffers Jr.
    Business executive Ivanka Trump said Friday that her famous father, real estate tycoon Donald Trump, created a culture of entrepreneurship that helped propel her in business and other aspects of life. She said those lessons, which she learned at an early age, set a foundation for her and her brothers to have prominent roles in Trump’s business empire. “Any amount of expectation my father set for my brothers and myself was far exceeded by the standards that we set for ourselves,” Ivanka Trump said during a breakfast forum at the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Women’s Business Conference. During her conversation with...
  • Ted Cruz: How U.S. must push back Putin in Syria (Cruz-Op Ed- CNN)

    10/09/2015 9:49:11 AM PDT · by VinL · 104 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/9/15 | Sen. Ted Cruz
    Over the last week, the world has once again looked on aghast as President Vladimir Putin has taken violent advantage of regional instability to re-establish Russia's influence, this time in the Middle East. Despite promises to join the United States in a counterterrorism effort against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Putin is on a mission to protect Russian assets in the Mediterranean by propping up his client, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Ted Cruz Ted Cruz Meanwhile, the Obama administration has been caught flat-footed as Putin's actions threaten to inflame and destabilize an already acute crisis. Enough already. We don't need...
  • Cruz: Trump won't get nomination

    10/09/2015 9:59:06 AM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 63 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/09/2015 | Jesse Byrnes
    GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz sought to distance himself from front-runner Donald Trump this week, saying the mogul would not be the party’s pick for 2016. Asked during an interview with WABC's Rita Cosby if he could eventually defeat Trump based on his own principles, the Texas senator, who posted impressive third-quarter fundraising numbers Thursday said, "I think that's right. GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz sought to distance himself from front-runner Donald Trump this week, saying the mogul would not be the party’s pick for 2016. Asked during an interview with WABC's Rita Cosby if he could eventually...
  • Cruz: Trump won't be GOP nominee

    10/09/2015 4:26:01 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 251 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/09/2015 | Nick Gass
    Donald Trump will not be the Republican nominee for president, Ted Cruz said Thursday, claiming that a majority of the Manhattan real-estate mogul's supporters would end up voting for him instead. Cruz was asked whether he believed he could beat Trump based on his principles, in an interview with WABC's Rita Cosby that will air on Sunday.  "I think that's right. I think in time I don't believe Donald is going to be the nominee and I think in time the lion’s share of his supporters end up with us," the freshman senator predicted. "And I think the reason...
  • Ted Cruz: Trump won’t be the nominee and I’ll pick up most of his voters [Truce over?]

    10/09/2015 8:28:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/09/2015 | AllahPundit
    Via Politico, skip to 12:00 of the clip below for the key bit. Oh, it’s on. Or is it? Normally, a candidate for president claiming that he’s going to peel away his opponents’ supporters and win the nomination would be so banal that it wouldn’t qualify as news. It’s the ultimate “dog bites man” story. Of course Cruz believes this. If he didn’t, why would he be running? But these aren’t normal circumstances. Cruz is the only Republican in the field who has yet to utter a critical or discouraging syllable about Trump, part of his talk-radio-ish strategy not...
  • EPA triggers another wastewater spill at Colorado superfund site ( Crested Butte )

    10/08/2015 9:28:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    Watchdog ^ | October 8, 2015 | Marjorie Haun
    Once again the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] has failed to notify the appropriate local officials and agencies of the spill in a timely manner.” These are the words of U.S. Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) of Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District in response to another toxic spill resulting from EPA activities at an abandoned mine in western Colorado. According to the Denver Post, an EPA mine crew working Thursday at the Standard Mine in the mountains near Crested Butte, triggered another spill of some 2,000 gallons of wastewater into a nearby mountain creek. Supporting Tipton’s remarks to Watchdog Arena, the Denver Post...
  • Cruz Cosponsors Bill to Withhold Federal Funds from Sanctuary Cities

    10/08/2015 3:12:28 PM PDT · by Isara · 4 replies
    Townhall ^ | Oct 08, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    Presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX), along with several other senators, helped introduce the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act this week as a means to crack down on illegal immigration. “In light of the threat criminal aliens pose to the safety and security of our communities, we can no longer allow states and municipalities to take federal taxpayer money while turning a blind eye to the illegal aliens in their midst,” Cruz said in a statement.  Earlier this year, Cruz introduced Kate’s Law to bring attention to the tragic case of Kate Steinle. Steinle was shot and killed in July...
  • CRUZ: We Have No Business Getting in the Middle of the Syrian Civil War; Goal Should be to Defeat...

    10/08/2015 3:02:26 PM PDT · by Isara · 31 replies ^ | 10/08/15
    ICYMI: CRUZ: We Have No Business Getting in the Middle of the Syrian Civil War; Goal Should be to Defeat ISIS Speaks with WRKO’s Jeff KuhnerHOUSTON, Texas – Today U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, spoke with The Kuhner Report regarding the Obama administration’s disastrous foreign policy, the 2016 presidential race and the President’s decision to politicize the tragedy in Oregon.Below is an excerpt. Listen to the full interview here:Ted Cruz on the Kuhner Report (Audio)“I think it would be a mistake to get involved in the Syrian civil war. There have been voices in Washington eager for us to send...
  • Annise Parker hits back at Lance Berkman for anti-HERO advertisement

    10/08/2015 5:11:00 AM PDT · by pkajj · 26 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | October 7, 2015 | John-Henry Perera
    Mayor Annise Parker took a moment on Twitter to bash former Houston Astros star Lance Berkman after he voiced opposition toward the city's equal rights ordinance known as HERO. In late September, Berkman recorded an advertisement for the Campaign for Houston PAC, a group that is opposed to HERO. "My wife and I have four daughters," Berkman says in the ad. "Proposition One, the 'bathroom ordinance,' would allow troubled men to enter women's public bathrooms, showers and locker rooms. This would violate their privacy and put them in harm's way. That's just wrong." The mayor called Berkman a hypocrite for...
  • Same-sex common-law marriage a Texas first (more judicial activism)

    10/07/2015 5:08:05 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 31 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | Posted: 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 | Chuck Lindell
    For the first time in Texas history, a same-sex relationship has been recognized as a common-law marriage. Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman signed a judgment acknowledging that Stella Powell and Sonemaly Phrasavath met the legal requirements to be considered married even though their eight-year relationship did not include a marriage license. Herman’s order, signed Monday but distributed Tuesday, ended Phrasavath’s quest to have her relationship with Powell, who died last year, recognized as a marriage after Powell’s siblings filed a probate suit stating that she had died single because she could not marry another woman under Texas law. The...
  • Austin crime in 2014, by the numbers

    10/07/2015 5:30:26 PM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 12 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | Posted: 5:24 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 | By Staff - American-Statesman staff
    Austin saw a spike in reported violent crimes last year compared with 2013, according to the annual FBI Uniform Crime Report released Monday. Some noteworthy numbers: 3,581: Number of violent crimes in 2014, a 14.7 percent rise from 2013, reversing a downward trend. By comparison, the similarly sized, tech-centric and high-growth city of Charlotte, N.C., reported 5,054 violent crimes in 2014. Austin crime in 2014, by the numbers photo RODOLFO GONZALEZ Austin Police law enforcement investigate the scene where a couple believed to be in their 80s was found dead inside their ... Read More 13.8%: Change in Austin’s per...
  • Ted Cruz hammers overregulation, tangles with Sierra Club chief over climate science

    10/07/2015 1:56:54 PM PDT · by Isara · 17 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | October 6, 2015 | Todd J. Gillman
    WASHINGTON – Overregulation robs minority Americans of opportunity, Sen. Ted Cruz argued Tuesday at a Senate hearing that did double duty as a platform to critique the administration and to amplify his own campaign themes. “Fighting for economic opportunity is why I ran for office,” Cruz said after the hearing, citing his “opportunity conservative” philosophy that focuses on “easing the means of ascent up the economic ladder.” ... “They seemingly regulate everything under the sun,” Cruz said. Federal regulation has exploded in the last half-century, he said, from 20,000 pages to 175,000, “all in incredibly small print” that no individual...
  • Roar of the crowd: Many unhappy at lack of Twin Peaks transparency, ...

    10/07/2015 1:59:36 PM PDT · by Prolixus · 95 replies
    The Waco-Tribune Herald ^ | Oct 7, 2015 | Waco Trib readers
    Plenty of folks responded by Facebook to a Sept. 30 Trib editorial that questioned the notion of the state’s helping local authorities pay for expenses arising from the deadly May 17 Twin Peaks shooting, particularly given the ongoing lack of transparency by those local authorities. A selection of the comments: Tonya Hilcher Gonzales: Waco should not get a dime from the state for the mess they created. Over four months later, they still won’t release the ballistics report. Four months later and we still don’t know how many of the nine were murdered by Waco police. I hope everyone remembers...
  • Houston transgender bathroom bill debate centers on differing definitions of ‘men’

    10/07/2015 1:44:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 5, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    HOUSTON — The noisy debate over this city’s Proposition 1 has centered on whether it would allow men to use women’s public restrooms, which boils down to how you define “men” and “women.” In a battle that has ranged from bathroom etiquette to gender rights to constitutional debates over religious freedom, a key skirmish broke out after former Houston Astros baseball all-star Lance Berkman appeared in an ad saying that the Nov. 3 ballot measure would “allow troubled men who claim to be women to enter women’s bathrooms, showers and locker rooms,” and the Yes on 1 campaign fired back....
  • Bush Donors Upset With Attacks on Rubio (Updated)

    10/07/2015 12:47:38 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 6 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 10/7/2015 | MICHAEL WARREN
    Jeb Bush is qualifying some recent criticism of fellow Floridian and GOP rival Marco Rubio. Last week the former Florida governor said that the young senator does not have the “skills to fix things” as president. What’s with the change of emphasis? As CNN’s Sara Murray reported Sunday, some donors to Bush’s campaign are not pleased with prospect the super PAC supporting Bush, Right to Rise, will aim its fire at Rubio. “They actually like Rubio,” Murray said of the Bush donors. “They think he could be a good second choice if Bush can’t get his poll numbers up, they...
  • GOP meeting erupts over Ex-Im power move

    10/07/2015 12:21:03 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/07/2015 | Kevin Cirilli
    Conservative frustration over Republican efforts to force a House vote on reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank boiled over Wednesday during a contentious GOP meeting. Members of the conference’s conservative wing criticized Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) at the meeting for moving to file a discharge petition to bring a vote on legislation renewing the embattled bank’s charter for five years, after it lapsed June 30 because of Tea Party opposition. "A lot of people don't like that we're doing a discharge petition. You know what? I don't like it. I wish we could've done something in committee," Fincher said in an interview...
  • New Poll: Trump Lead in Iowa Gone

    10/07/2015 10:40:26 AM PDT · by BigEdLB · 71 replies
    Club fir Growth ^ | 10/6/15 | Doug Sachtleben
    Three weeks ago, Club for Growth Action began a $1 million TV buy in Iowa. The ads (click here to view) finally began to expose Donald Trump’s extremely liberal record on taxes, health care, bailouts, and property rights. A new poll of likely Iowa Republican caucus voters indicates that the more they hear about Trump’s record, the more they reject it.
  • Ted Cruz's big, bold map

    10/07/2015 11:02:17 AM PDT · by Isara · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/07/15 | Katie Glueck
    The Texas senator is hunting votes in the most far-flung places to meet the requirements of an obscure RNC rule. Ted Cruz has long contended that the GOP nomination fight will be a grueling, drawn-out affair that could stretch all the way to the convention. And he's taking out an insurance policy just in case. Cruz is working the most distant corners of the political map, courting Republicans in the farthest-flung U.S. territories in an attempt to meet the requirements of Republican National Committee rule No. 40 (b), an obscure provision that currently stipulates that in order to receive the...
  • Ted Cruz on Syria: We should STOP engaging in the fiction of trying to find ‘moderate rebels’

    10/07/2015 8:55:32 AM PDT · by Isara · 25 replies
    Ted Cruz You Tube Account via The Right Scoop ^ | Published on October 7, 2015 by
    Ted Cruz weighed in on Syria this morning and the recent escalation by Russia to support Assad and Iran. He says at this point we should stop trying to bring Sunnis and Shias together to act like brothers and lay down their arms and that we should stop engaging in the fiction of trying to find ‘moderate rebels’ to train and support. Cruz says our focus should be ISIS and we should target and destroy them with overwhelming air power.Watch: Video
  • When Cruz Makes His Move, Watch Out

    10/07/2015 4:59:22 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 66 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/7/2015 | Eliana Johnson
    The Texas senator may look like an also-ran, but he’s a legit contender. Where’s Ted Cruz? The outspoken Texas senator has been unusually quiet in recent weeks. But in GOP circles, there’s soft but growing chatter that he is likely to be one of the last men standing in one of the most chaotic and unpredictable presidential races in recent memory. You wouldn’t know it from his poll numbers. Cruz is running at about 6 percent nationally and in key states such as Iowa and New Hampshire. That’s well behind outsiders Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, and Ben Carson, and those...
  • Biden, Carson Are Hot in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania Quinnipac University Swing State Poll Finds

    10/07/2015 4:40:21 AM PDT · by LS · 48 replies
    Quinnipiac Polling ^ | October 7, 2015 19/7/2015
    <p>Quinnipiac has Trump up in FL 28-16 (up SEVEN from last ) over Carson, 14 Rubio, 12 for Bush, 6 Cruz.</p> <p>Q is salvaging that Buden beats Trump and, according to Q Trump's unfavorables have gone 180 back to 35-50.</p> <p>Really pushing the draft Biden movement.</p>