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  • Texas Taxpayers Shouldnít Have to Pay for Lobbyists Who Work to Raise Their Taxes

    01/21/2019 12:34:09 PM PST · by JeepersFreepers · 9 replies
    Texas Public Policy Foundation ^ | 11/29/2017 | Chuck DeVore
    Local governments¬í use of taxpayer dollars to lobby for higher taxes, greater spending, and more regulatory power is nothing more than taking taxpayer dollars to take more taxpayer dollars. Individual Texas taxpayers are largely outgunned by this lobbying Ô¨Ārepower. Unfortunately, many local jurisdictions, from counties, to cities, to school districts, and even municipal utility districts (MUDs), have outsourced a very basic part of their job as elected oÔ¨Écials by hiring professional lobbyists to lobby state government. Even worse, the up-to-$41 million in taxpayer money spent on hired lobbyists to inÔ¨āuence the state government in 2017 was often spent on behalf...
  • Texas Homeowner With AK-47 Fatally Shoots 3 Armed Robbers, Injures 2 More

    01/21/2019 11:27:10 AM PST · by rktman · 58 replies ^ | 1/20/2019 | Tom Gantert
    Three men died after a botched home robbery of a man who had his fully-loaded AK-47 nearby Houston, TX Ė A Texas homeowner shot and killed three men and injured two others with a AK-47 during a home invasion when the men reportedly tried to break into the residence at about 1 a.m. Saturday. Police told KHOU that after the men got into the house, the homeowner was able to grab his gun and shoot four of them.
  • Pelosi Should Come To The Table With Trump SaysÖ The WaPo? !!

    01/20/2019 3:45:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/20/2019 | Jazz Shaw
    Did somebody hack the Washington Post website?That was the first thing that came to mind when I saw the title of this WaPo editorial. Shortly after Nancy Pelosi declared that President Trump‚Äôs offer of a deal yesterday was ‚Äúa non-starter,‚ÄĚ the newspaper‚Äôs editorial board led with the title, ‚ÄúMake a Deal. Save the Dreamers.‚ÄĚTo be sure, the editorial goes to great lengths to include a barrage of insults to the President before getting to the meat of their argument. They ensure their liberal bona fides by declaring that he doesn‚Äôt deserve to be rewarded for ‚Äútaking the government hostage‚ÄĚ...
  • GOP rep in op-ed: ĎSome people affiliated with our party have made racist commentsí

    01/20/2019 12:35:32 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 51 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/20/19 | Michael Burke
    Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) wrote in a USA Today op-ed Sunday that some people affiliated with the GOP have recently "made racist comments that give legitimacy to hateful ideologies." "As a Republican, I believe itís unfortunate that a perception still exists in the minds of some Americans that the GOP condones racism. Our party was built upon the beliefs of President Abraham Lincoln, who took the significant step to put us on the long path for equality," Hurd wrote in the op-ed published on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. "Sadly, some people affiliated with our party have...
  • GOP senator: 'I don't think we're going to get the money for the border wall'

    01/19/2019 6:17:35 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 85 replies ^ | 12/19/18 | MICHAEL BURKE
    ... Kennedy added that he wished Republicans in Congress had used a criminal justice reform bill that was passed late Tuesday as leverage to get border wall funding. The bill, which was approved in the Senate by a vote of 87-12, will now head to Trump's desk. Kennedy, who did not support the criminal justice reform legislation, said he thinks the GOP "missed an opportunity here." "My Democratic friends are entitled to have their own positions. They were salivating over this bill and I wish we had tried to get something in return like the border wall. Border walls work,"...
  • Downtown Austin crime pushes city to install 10ft fence along Red River alleyway

    01/19/2019 2:52:14 PM PST · by bgill · 38 replies
    cbsaustin ^ | Jan. 18, 2019 | Jordan Bontke
    A Downtown Austin alleyway along Red River known to attract crime will be getting a physical barrier to keep people out of it. On Wednesday, city staff with the Economic Development Department presented the Downtown Commission with some of the complaints about the alley from business owners. The city is now searching for a contractor to put up a fence thatís ďat least 10 feetĒ high at the front end of the alley way along Red River and at the back end along Waller Creek... ďThat alleyway needs to be shut down, it should have been shut down over five...
  • District Court Fines Austin, TX, $9,000 for Refusing Carry of Handguns at City Hal

    01/19/2019 8:08:53 AM PST · by lowbridge · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 17, 2019 | AWR Hawkins
    On Thursday, the Travis County District Court ruled that the City of Austin, Texas, violated the law by barring handguns in City Hall and assessed a nine thousand dollar penalty against the city for the violation. The concealed carry of handguns has been legal in Texas for decades and open carry for Texasí concealed handgun license holders became legal on January 1, 2016. In the January 17, 2019,†ruling, Judge Lora J. Livingston explained that the Plaintiff was able to show that open carry was refused on April 4, 2016, April 6, 2016, April 12, 2016, July 1, 2016, July 29,...
  • Fifth Circuit Ruling Dismantles Planned Parenthood Talking Points

    01/17/2019 7:33:13 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 7 replies
    A ruling issued tonight by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has torpedoed several of the abortion-rights movementís key talking points in defense of Planned Parenthood. The case dealt with the Texas Health and Human Services Commissionís decision to terminate the stateís Medicaid provider agreements with Planned Parenthood affiliates across the state. The state based its decision to remove Planned Parenthood from the list of eligible Medicaid providers in large part on a series of undercover videos released in the summer of 2015 showing footage of Planned Parenthood executives and doctors admitting to illegally profiting from the sale of the...
  • Court affirms media was wrong: videos dealing in baby parts were NOT deceptively edited

    01/18/2019 11:39:53 AM PST · by caww · 32 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 1/18/2019 | Becket Adams
    The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a ruling that allows Texas to strip Planned Parenthood of its Medicaid funding.... to have Planned Parenthood removed as a qualified Medicaid provider following the release of several damning undercover videos, should come as a major blow to not just the abortion provider, but also the press. Four years later, we learn from the 5th Circuit that the videos were neither selectively edited, nor was it false to say that Planned Parenthood associates circumvented legal, medical, and ethical guidelines in pursuit of salvaging human remains. The ruling shatters the claim that the...
  • ĎAuthorities,í media donít understand petroleum economics

    01/17/2019 11:32:28 PM PST · by brownwill6767 · 12 replies
    Midland Reporter Telegram ^ | 1/15/19 | Daniel Fine
    The United States and its southwest tight and shale oil has changed from dependence on world oil to domination. News of the size of oil reserves in the Delaware Basin (New Mexicoís share of the Permian) while OPEC was deciding how many barrels it will cut from the world market to lift prices caused epic confusion ó and revelations of how little ďauthoritiesĒ and the media understand petroleum economics. The New Mexico media, which relies mainly on interviews with petroleum industry spokespersons, got it wrong. Recommended Video Government numbers came out as 46 billion barrels (Permian total) with 26 in...
  • Are members of Congress being paid during the shutdown? Curious Texas finds out

    01/17/2019 10:01:19 PM PST · by blueplum · 7 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 17 Jan 2019 | Matthew Adams
    Ö.Some members have submitted letters to House Chief Administrative Officer Phil Kiko to withhold pay, while others announced they would donate their checks to a charity or particular cause. Kikoís office declined to provide a list of members who asked for their paychecks to be withheld. The Dallas Morning News collected the information based on various media reports and public statements released by members. So far, 133 members of Congress ó 111 representatives and 22 senators ó have asked for their paychecks to be withheld. Some are taking pay but have said they would donate it to a particular cause...
  • Church shooting in Texas

    01/17/2019 6:07:33 PM PST · by old-ager · 29 replies
    KMOV TV St. Louis ^ | Jan. 17, 2019 | KMOV TV St. Louis
    Church shooting in Texas. I guess the congregation wasn't properly armed. No other info.
  • Texas Rangers Hall of Fame pitcher John Wetteland sexually assaulted 4-year-old, police say

    01/17/2019 11:50:42 AM PST · by Blue House Sue · 41 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 1/16/19 | Sara Coello & Evan Grant
    Texas Rangers Hall of Fame pitcher John Wetteland was arrested Monday on accusations that he sexually assaulted a young child three times over two years. Wetteland, 52, has been charged with one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child younger than 14. The Trophy Club resident posted $25,000 bond and was released from custody the same day as his arrest. He forced a relative to perform a sex act on him, according to his arrest-warrant affidavit, beginning in 2004 when the child was 4 years old. It happened two other times during a two-year period, the accuser told police.
  • Texas mayor resigns amid accusation of using city funds to see Michelle Obama

    01/17/2019 10:27:51 AM PST · by DallasBiff · 20 replies ^ | 1/17/19 | ABC News Radio
    (FOREST HILL, Texas) ó A pair of Texas politicians resigned after they allegedly misused public funds to attend an event on Michelle Obamaís book tour. Forest Hill, Texas, Mayor Lyndia Thomas and Mayor Pro Tem Beckie Hayes submitted their resignations on Wednesday, ahead of a public hearing over alleged misconduct and expenses related to the former first ladyís book tour event in Dallas last year. The pair allegedly received reimbursements for two $545 tickets for Obamaís Becoming book tour. The expense was approved by the city manager, and Hayes received a check, but she said she paid it back when...
  • Texas Ballot-Fraud Convictions Outpace Past Five Years Combined

    01/17/2019 10:14:50 AM PST · by Red Badger · 5 replies ^ | December 20, 2018 | By Steve Miller
    As officials in North Carolina investigate possible voter fraud in last monthís election, 33 people have already been convicted of the crime in Texas this year, more than the stateís combined total for the previous five years. Eight others accused of voter fraud in the state are awaiting resolution of their cases, which typically involve violations by small-time vote harvesters paid to collect absentee ballots. The violations were generally in local, nonpartisan elections Ė such as those for school boards, and primaries of both parties Ė and are not tied to the well-funded, high-profile Texas race in which Sen. Ted...
  • Sheila J. Lee accused of retaliating...staffer who said Black Caucus Foundation official raped her

    01/17/2019 9:42:52 AM PST · by ETL · 12 replies ^ | Jan 17, 2019 | Samuel Chamberlain | Fox News
    A former staffer for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, has claimed in a lawsuit that she was fired last year in retaliation for legal action the staffer planned to bring against the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) related to an alleged rape in 2015. According to documents filed in federal court in Washington last week, the former staffer -- identified only as "Jane Doe" -- claimed she was raped in October 2015†while she was a CBCF intern by Damien Jones, who was the foundation's internship program coordinator and her supervisor at the time. The lawsuit was first reported by BuzzFeed...
  • Texas mayor resigns amid accusation of using city funds to see Michelle Obama

    01/17/2019 9:07:48 AM PST · by ETL · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 17, 2019 | KARMA ALLEN
    A pair of Texas politicians resigned after they allegedly misused public funds to attend an event on Michelle Obama's book tour. Forest Hill, Texas, Mayor Lyndia Thomas and Mayor Pro Tem Beckie Hayes submitted their resignations on Wednesday, ahead of a public hearing over alleged misconduct and expenses related to the former first lady's book tour event in Dallas last year. The pair allegedly received reimbursements for two $545 tickets for Obama's "Becoming" book tour. The expense was approved by the city manager, and Hayes received a check, but she said she paid it back when members of a citizens...
  • Only One House Republican Represents the Borderland, and He Opposes a Wall

    01/17/2019 8:10:41 AM PST · by Blue House Sue · 43 replies
    NYT ^ | 1/17/19 | Emily Cochrane
    WASHINGTON ó Along the 2,000-mile border with Mexico, which sprawls across four states and nine House districts, a single seat is held by a Republican: Representative Will Hurd of Texas. And Mr. Hurd, a former undercover C.I.A. officer who barely won re-election in Texasí 23rd District, the largest of the nine, has emerged as perhaps the most persistent critic in his party of President Trumpís wall. Drawing upon his years undercover and his work in the private sector, Mr. Hurd has a starkly different vision for the southwestern border: fiber optic cables, sensors, radar, drones, increased staffing ó but not...
  • Jackson Lee's Former Staffer: I Was Retaliated Against For Suing the Congressional Black Caucus...

    01/17/2019 7:22:47 AM PST · by Red Badger · 7 replies ^ | Posted: Jan 16, 2019 10:06 PM | Beth Baumann
    Full Title: Jackson Lee's Former Staffer: I Was Retaliated Against For Suing the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Over My Rape ============================================================== One of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee's former employees has filed a lawsuit against the representative's office and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation over an alleged rape that took place back in October 15. According to the woman, who's going by "Jane Doe" in the case, she was allegedly raped when she was an intern for the CBCF by the foundation's intern coordinator at the time, Damien Jones, BuzzFeed News reported. She was assigned to Rep. Terri Sewell's office. Here's...
  • Terry Holcomb, Second Amendment Activist, Prevails against Waller County Tyranny

    01/17/2019 6:43:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 15 January, 2019 | Dean Weingarten
    ĖIn August of 2016, Terry Holcomb, a Second Amendment activist, wrote a letter to Waller County, Texas. The letter asked Waller County to stop breaking the law, according to what had been passed in the 2015 legislature.† Some county officials disagreed with the Texas Attorney General, on what the law meant. So Waller County sued the Second Amendment activist, in an attempt to undercut the Attorney General. This was a direct violation of Texas Law, the Texas Constitution, and the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.A Government entity cannot sue a citizen merely for complaining against it and...