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Tarrant Rep. shocks Tea Party by telling them there is no race for Speaker

This story was originally posted on the Quorum Report:

Some Tea Party supporters in Tarrant County got a wakeup call overnight as one of the lawmakers they have supported over establishment Republican figures told them late Monday that there is no race for Speaker of the Texas House.

In a town hall style meeting, Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, answered questions about his newfound support for Speaker

at Nov 11, 2014 5:02 PM
       

Texas Ethics Commission Agrees with Pro-Life Leader and Votes to Close "Dangerous Loophole" in Elections

The following story originally appeared on The Quorum Report.

Setting things up for what could very well be another throwdown in the Legislature next year over so-called “dark money” in elections, the Texas Ethics Commission on Wednesday voted to adopt a rule that requires certain nonprofits to disclose

at Oct 30, 2014 8:24 AM
       

Sonograms are Saving Lives!

Thank God our Texas legislators had the courage to require pregnant mothers beginning in 2012 to have a sonogram prior to aborting their child! If you ever doubted sonograms would save lives, please watch this nine minute video! It will make your day!

Please think about this. Do immigration reform, abortion, and radical Islam have any correlations?   Read more »

at Oct 19, 2014 10:44 AM
       

Texas Voters to Decide on Taking a Step Forward for Road Construction

Texas is an economic engine unlike any other, but there are things that could put the brakes on our dynamic growth. Congested highways and the unreasonably long commutes that go along with them have the potential to slow commerce in a way that promises to be detrimental to the Texas economic experience. With over 1,000 people moving here each day, we’re told to expect as many as 18 million additional vehicles on our roads by the year 2040. That’s 45 million cars and trucks.

When Governor Rick Perry first took over the central office at the Texas Capitol in 2000, the state had zero debt for roads. One of Perry's enduring legacies – for better or worse – is that he embraced government debt to finance construction of highways. Now the credit card is maxed out,

at Oct 2, 2014 12:21 PM
       

Is It Murphy's Law to Support Joe Straus?

"If you aren't willing to fight for what you believe, do not cry about what you will lose."

I have no idea who this quote is from, but I love it. I think it's fitting of the upcoming Speaker's race for the Texas House. What do I mean? I mean that if you aren't willing to fight for a new, conservative Speaker of the House, then don't cry about what you will lose. What will we lose? The conservative stronghold that we have maintained here in Texas, despite the current speaker's liberal influence.   Read more »

at Sep 16, 2014 1:15 PM
       

Turner vs. Straus: Who Will Emerge Victorious?

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat." -Teddy Roosevelt   Read more »

at Sep 15, 2014 8:27 AM
       

Elon Musk's Aerospace Startup, SpaceX, Finalizes Brownsville as its New Location to Build Spaceport

Brownsville, Texas has officially landed the spot as the place Elon Musk's startup company, SpaceX, will build its new spaceport. This is great news for Texas, as it has potential to bring in up to 1,000 new jobs. The launch site, spanning 56.5 acres, will launch twelve rockets a year into space, including two Falcon 9 Heavy rockets, which could begin flying as soon as 2015.    Read more »

at Aug 6, 2014 7:58 AM
       

Job-Luring Funds Go Under the Microscope at the Texas Capitol

The special Texas House committee appointed by Speaker Joe Straus to scrutinize Gov. Perry’s job-luring pots of money – chiefly the Texas Enterprise Fund – got down to work last Wednesday. In its first hearing, the House Select Committee on Economic Development Incentives listened to expert witnesses for and against the incentives that were called everything from “interstate job piracy” to essential “tools in the toolbox” for continuation of the state’s dynamic economic growth.

Chair of the committee, Rep. Angie Chen Button, R-Richardson, stressed that while Texas has been a dominant

at Jul 28, 2014 9:39 AM
       

Joe Straus Creates Committee To Review Texas Economic Development Projects

On Friday, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus created the Select Committee on Economic Development Incentives, which will assess the economic benefit provided by state and local incentive programs and make recommendations to make those programs more effective and efficient. I was appointed to the thirteen member committee. As a member of the Texas Legislature, I have been an active voice for fiscal conservatism, streamlining government, reducing burdensome overregulation and driving economic development that spurs the economy and creates jobs in Texas.   Read more »

at Jun 24, 2014 3:18 PM
       

An immigration showdown in Cowtown

Sen. Patrick hedges his bets while the rejection of gay Republicans raises questions about exclusion of immigration hardliners.

The Republican Party of Texas’ faithful will gather in Fort Worth this week following one of the uglier primary seasons that many veteran political observers have witnessed. Their leadership will look not only to show

at Jun 4, 2014 10:22 AM
       

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