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Gov. Abbott Issues Executive Order Prohibiting Vaccine Mandates, Adds Issue to Current Special Session Agenda

"The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced," said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott earlier today, issuing an Executive Order stating "that no entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination by any individual..."

10.12.2021
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Comptroller Hegar Visits Dow Facility during 'Good for Texas Tour,' Supply Chains Edition

"Industry leaders like Dow are examining ways to use advanced data analytics and other technology to improve agility and efficiency,” said Comptroller Glenn Hegar, touring one of the state’s leading chemical manufacturers as part of the southeast Texas stop of his "Good for Texas Tour: Supply Chains Edition".

10.12.2021
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Pax­ton Joins Coali­tion to Stop Face­book from Exploit­ing Children

Aside from exposing children to obvious risks of exploitation, this form of social media has been shown to cause serious mental health problems in children. 

10.12.2021
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TWC $351,794 Self Sufficiency Fund Grant Trains 188 Students to Gain Financial Independence and Upward Mobility

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded Texas Southmost College a $351,794 Self Sufficiency Fund grant to help provide training to 188 adult Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients in certain occupations.

10.12.2021
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Cruz, Lee, Blackburn Raise Conflict of Interest Concerns as Biden Att. Gen. Garland Directs FBI to Pursue Parents Opposing Critical Race Theory

While President Biden's Attorney Gen. Merrick Garland recently directing the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to pursue parents who oppose Critical Race Theory (CRT,) three prominent U.S. Senators say Garland's son-in-law is co-founder of a ‘social learning’ provider that aids schools in teaching CRT "under the guise of ‘equity and inclusion’ to America’s children.”

10.11.2021
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Cong. Cuellar, Comer Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Allow Home Recovery for Medicare Patients

​​​​​​​"Our proposal is safe, cost-effective, and will enhance the quality of life of eligible senior citizens who would rather receive care in a familiar home setting,” said Kentucky Cong. James Comer, introducing bipartisan legislation with Texas Democrat Henry Cuellar to allow qualifying Medicare beneficiaries to opt for post-hospital services in their homes, rather than in a hospital setting.

10.11.2021
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CONG. PFLUGER: The President's Lying about the Border Crisis & Weaponizing DOJ Against Parents

President Biden has repeatedly misled the American people – the border is neither closed nor is it secure. Recently-departed Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott has publicly said that the U.S. Border Patrol is seeing known or suspected terrorists cross the borders “at a level we have never seen before." The facts don't lie.

10.11.2021
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RRC Working on Proactive Measures for the Upcoming Winter

While the Railroad Commission of Texas continues implementing legislation to help fortify the state’s energy supply for weather emergencies, the agency is taking steps to get ahead of the game.

10.11.2021
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After Biden Denies Texas' Emergency Disaster Assistance Request for Border Crisis, Gov. Abbott Submits Appeal

"This crisis has taken a serious toll on Texas' border communities, its first responders & the local non-profit sector. Local Officials and Texas citizens are fatigued and running out of resources to respond to the ongoing border crisis," said Gov. Greg Abbott in a letter to President Joe Biden, formally requesting an appeal of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) denial of an emergency disaster declaration help for the crisis at the Texas-Mexico Border.

10.08.2021
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Congressmen Cuellar & McCaul: On This Weekend's U.S.-Mexico "High-Level Security Dialogue" Meetings

"We remain deeply concerned about the limitations Mexico has imposed on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s ability to conduct Joint Law Enforcement Activities, and the implications for shared security efforts," said Congressmen Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and Michael McCaul (R-TX,) speaking ahead of the planned U.S.-Mexico High-Level Security Dialogue meeting that begins on Oct. 8th in Mexico City. 

10.08.2021
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Tools for Texans - Plus 12 Months of Free Child Care for Service Industry Employees

We've launched the Service Industry Recovery program, which uses federal COVID-relief funds to provide an extra focus on workers in the service industry.

10.08.2021
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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick: Statement on the Public Utility Commission Vote to Finance $2.1B Without Transparency

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement following the Public Utility Commission of Texas’ vote on Docket 52322, that finances $2.1B for retail electric companies

10.08.2021
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Austin City Council's Mackenzie Kelly, 3 Former Mayors Endorse Prop A

"We must pass Prop A to bring our staffing level up, reduce 911 response times, and reduce violent crime across our city," said Austin City Council Member Mackenzie Kelly, standing with former Mayors Lee Leffingwell (2009-2015,) Lee Cooke (1988-1991) and Ron Mullen (1983-1985,) all City of Austin residents and former City Council members who joined the leaders of Save Austin Now to announce their endorsement of Prop A on the Nov. 2nd Ballot.

10.07.2021
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Congressman Tony Gonzales Meets With Panama Foreign Minister Erika Mouynes

Congressman Tony Gonzales (TX-23) met with Panama’s Foreign Minister Erika Mouynes this week to discuss how the United States and Panama can work together to combat the ongoing migrant crisis.

10.07.2021
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Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar Continues Good for Texas Tour: Supply Chains Edition

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is highlighting the impact of supply chains on the Texas economy as he restarts his Good for Texas Tour.

10.07.2021
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STIREWALT: There's 2 Ways for Democrats to Look at Their Current D.C. Melt-Down

It’s not at all evident right now what "consensus" might look like when it comes to the Democrat Party's current D.C. melt-down between its liberal & radical left factions. But given the rhetoric on "The Hill" these days, we may soon find out that the Democrat's typically more disciplined and team-oriented players have just been slower to break down than expected.

10.06.2021
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Cong. Tony Gonzales Leads Reps. Bice, Steil on Border Visit to Del Rio, Keeps Focus on Biden Border Crisis

"President Biden and his administration must stop ignoring what’s happening at our border and address this crisis,” said Oklahoma Cong. Stephanie Bice, visiting the South Texas Boarder City of Del Rio as part of a tour organized by Texas Cong. Tony Gonzales who represents the city in Congress. They met with Del Rio Sector Border Patrol, toured the now well-known International Bridge there, and held a roundtable with the Texas Department of Public Service and the National Guard.

10.05.2021
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HEGAR: Texas' Sales Tax Revenue Jumped 22.3% Over September 2020

​​​​​​​"Among more specialized retailers, the fastest growth in receipts was from clothing stores, electronics and appliance stores, as has been the case in recent months," said Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar, announcing that State Sales Tax Revenue in September totaled $3.15 billion, a 22.3% increase over September 2020.

10.05.2021
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Former State Rep. Aaron Pena Announces Race for 13th Court of Appeals Justice

Former State Representative Aaron Peña has filed paperwork to begin his candidacy to be a Justice on the 13th Court of Appeals. ​​​​​​​"My background in the community, in the courtroom, as a former legislator, and on the legal teams of two Texas state agencies gives me the necessary insight & understanding to serve on the Court of Appeals,” said the Edinburg native.

10.05.2021
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New Poll: Americans Don't Have Faith in President Biden – and Increasingly Don’t Like Him Either

Oh Boy – there's more bad news for Democrat turnout & President Joe Biden. By 60%–27% a new YouGov National Poll says "Registered Voters" feel the country is on the wrong track. And there's no issue on which Biden is above water. Among Black Americans – with whom Democrats need to roll up lopsided margins – Biden’s "Job Approval Rating" is only 58% approve, 25% disapprove, with 23% "strongly approving." ​​

09.29.2021
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10.20.2021

TEXAS INSIDER ON YOUTUBE

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10.18.2021
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10.18.2021
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