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Land Comm. Buckingham Announces "I Saved Texas History" 2024 Fundraising Campaign

Texas Land Commissioner Dawn Buckingham today announced the “I Saved Texas History” fundraising campaign, which is conducted at the Texas General Land Office by the Save Texas History Program. Created in 2004, “I Saved Texas History” is a statewide initiative to rally public support – and private funding – for preserving and promoting the historic maps and documents housed in the GLO Archives. Everyone donating $30 or more receives a limited-edition T-shirt featuring custom Texas-themed artwork.

05.16.2024
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HEGAR: Sales Tax Holidays for Water-Efficient & ENERGY STAR® Products Set for May 25-27

“If you've lived through a Texas summer, you know triple-digit temperatures, outdated water systems, and inefficient appliances put a strain on our water supplies and power grids. By taking advantage of the Sales Tax Holidays, Texans can help alleviate those pressures and lower their utility bills — while saving money on State & Local Sales Taxes,” said Comptroller Glenn Hegar, reminding families & businesses to save during the Saturday, May 25 - Monday, May 27 Sales Tax Holidays.

05.16.2024
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CONG. FALLON: Is Joe Biden Abandoning Israel? Will Iran & China Take Notice?

The world witnessed a coordinated effort between Joe Biden’s State Dept. & the Dept. of Defense last week to withhold key munitions from our ally Israel. Biden’s White House made the decision unilaterally, and without any notification to other stakeholders – specifically the American people and their elected representatives in Congress.  They did this to “send a political message” to Prime Minister Netanyahu, Mr. Biden is once again ruling by decree, and it isn’t just bad policy – it's a pattern.

05.15.2024
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Governor Abbott Hosts Swedish Minister Of Foreign Affairs Billström At Governor’s Mansion

Governor Greg Abbott today held a meeting at the Governor’s Mansion in Austin with the Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström and a delegation of other Swedish leaders to discuss bolstering the international economic partnership between Texas and Sweden. This is the Minister’s first official visit to Texas and his first meeting with Governor Abbott. During the meeting, Governor Abbott and Minister Billström discussed the shared economic interests between Texas and Sweden, including advancing in the aerospace, energy, and advanced manufacturing industries.

05.15.2024
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ICYMI: Sen. Cruz Earns High Praise from Colleagues, Critics & Analysts for Crucial FAA Reauthorization Effort

Senator Ted Cruz has been given high marks by his Senate colleagues, critics, and political analysts in several media outlets for his recent role in leading the passage of the bipartisan FAA-Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Bill that delivers some substantial victories for the people of Texas – including an expansion of flight service from San Antonio to Washington, D.C. “The Texas Republican held together the bipartisan coalition necessary to usher through a must-pass measure, which has broad impact for travelers and the aviation industry,” said Bloomberg News Service.

05.15.2024
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Texas Set to Challenge a Second Detrimental EPA Rule in 2024

RRC voted today to refer a new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) greenhouse gas emissions rule to the Office of the Attorney General to file a lawsuit to challenge the rule in federal court. The EPA rule adds regulations to existing and future electricity power plants fueled by coal and natural gas to decrease carbon dioxide emissions. However, the rule imposes strict but untested standards in what will likely result in unreasonable infrastructure costs, which could force coal plants to shut down and reduce the ability of natural gas-fired power plant to operate at full capacity.

05.15.2024
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Governor Abbott Calls Out Texas House Democrats For Voting Against Education Package

Governor Greg Abbott today called out 39 Texas House Democrats for voting against Representative Brad Buckley’s comprehensive education package that would have provided $6 billion for additional public school funding, teacher pay raises, and school safety measures. The bill also included a provision that expands school choice for every Texas family.

05.14.2024
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Sen. Cruz Applauds Senate Passage of the Bipartisan FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024

"Today the Senate overwhelmingly passed a major FAA Reauthorization that will modernize and transform our country’s aviation system. It was a privilege to lead this significant piece of bipartisan legislation. It included hundreds of key priorities from across the political spectrum and touching every state in the nation. It ultimately gives the FAA the stability it needs to fulfill its primary mission—advancing aviation safety—while also making travel more convenient and accessible."

05.14.2024
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Attor­ney Gen­er­al Ken Pax­ton Files for Stay and Injunc­tion to Stop Biden Administration’s Assault on Women’s Rights and Title IX

 The new rule from the U.S. Department of Education requires schools to allow men in female bathrooms and locker rooms, allows men on women’s sports teams, and requires schools to punish instances of referring to people by biologically accurate pronouns. Due to the clear illegality of the Biden Administration’s attempt to undermine protections for women, Attorney General Paxton is requesting a stay of the agency action and a preliminary injunction to prevent the new rule from taking effect while the lawsuit proceeds. 

05.14.2024
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Biden 2.0 -- Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

Could a second Biden term be more injurious to the economy than his first term? It seems unimaginable given the first three years gave us 20% inflation, a $2,000 loss in average real incomes for the middle class, 6 million added illegal immigrants, a war on American energy that has caused gas prices to rise by more than 40% to $3.64 a gallon, the collapse of our many major cities, another $6 trillion added to the national debt, the unaffordability of new homes, and the chaos on college campuses.

05.14.2024
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CONG. McCAUL: The Nation is at Its Greatest Risk of Terrorist Attack on U.S. Soil Since September 11th, 2001

Since the start of the Federal Government's Fiscal Year 2024 on October 1st, our Border Patrol Agents have encountered some 18,500 illegal immigrants with Criminal Histories – including 248 known Gang Members. They've also apprehended 76 known or suspected terrorists at our Southern Border. FBI Director Christopher Wray recently warned that the United States is at its greatest risk of a terrorist attack on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001 – adding that he sees "blinking lights everywhere." 

05.13.2024
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Gov. Abbott Condemns President Biden’s Feckless 'New' Border Proposals

"President Biden is not just authorized – he is required to deny illegal entry, detain illegal immigrants, and build border barriers," said Gov. Greg Abbott, following President Biden's announcement that his Dept. of Homeland Security will try to address the historic levels of illegal immigrants entering our country via a set of new proposals. "To be clear, President Biden’s feckless proposals – which he could have done years ago – do nothing to slow the record-breaking illegal immigration," said Gov. Abbott.

05.13.2024
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CONG. WEBER: With Elections Approaching, We Must Pass the SAVE Act to 'Safeguard American Voter Eligibility'

Since taking office, Joe Biden’s released millions of illegal aliens into the country, not to mention the “gotaways.” In many states, these illegal aliens are eligible for driver’s licenses & other benefits – which provides ample opportunities to illegally Register to Vote in Federal Elections. In some jurisdictions, non-citizens are already even able to vote in Local Elections. While only U.S. citizens can legally vote in Federal Elections, Federal law has often preempted and undermined state laws requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote in Local Elections.

05.13.2024
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RR Comm. Wayne Christian Cheers Lawsuit Over Biden’s Latest Unreliable Power Plan

“President Biden is hell-bent on making American’s energy more expensive – and less reliable – just to virtue signal to his radical environmentalist friends and his globalist allies,” said Texas Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian, following reports that 27 states’ Attorney Generals had filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over Mr. Biden's newest rules for fossil fuel-based power plants. "I applaud General Paxton and the other states on this legal challenge," said Christian.

05.13.2024
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GIARITELLI: Former Border Patrol Officials Say Biden Political Appointees 'Hated Border Patrol,' Silenced Them

"We do not like the Border Patrol, we do not trust the Border Patrol,” said Joe Biden's Assistant Secretary for Border & Immigration Policy at the Department of Homeland Security, Blas Nuñez-Neto. The Biden White House's clampdown on Border Patrol was intentional – and based on his political appointees’ personal vendettas, said one former Border Patrol Chief in an interview, adding that they and other Border Agency leaders were forced to stay out of sight when the Biden Border Crisis erupted.

05.10.2024
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Sens. Cruz, Cornyn Introduce Legislation to Secure Mexican Compliance with Water Treaty

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), today introduced legislation to enhance support for U.S. diplomats and officials seeking to secure Mexican compliance with the 1944 Treaty on Utilization of Waters of the Colorado, Tijuana, and Rio Grande Rivers. This legislation would make sure future deliveries of water by Mexico are predictable and reliable.

05.03.2024
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Rep. Tony Gonzales Hosts Congressional Bipartisan School Safety and Security Caucus Roundtable

Congressman Tony Gonzales (TX-23) hosted a school safety and security roundtable in Washington, D.C. Congressman Gonzales is the founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Bipartisan School Safety and Security Caucus. Members of the caucus work with educators, law enforcement personnel, school safety experts, and parents to foster safer classrooms for children across the United States.

05.03.2024
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PARSLEY: Let's Keep Foreign Interests Out of American Court Decisions

In the ongoing fight to protect American interests from foreign interference, third-party litigation financing (TPLF) has emerged as another tool for foreign powers to pursue their strategic agendas—using our nation’s legal system as the vehicle. And the implications for the security of our country are starting to crystallize. In TPLF arrangements, entities ranging from private equity funds to foreign investors inject capital into cases in return for a share of any recovery

05.03.2024
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TXOGA President Todd Staples & Chief Economist Dean Foreman Testify at Hearing of House Select Committee on Protecting Texas LNG Exports

Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA) President Todd Staples and TXOGA Chief Economist Dean Foreman both testified before the Texas House Select Committee on Protecting Texas LNG Exports’ hearing in Port Arthur, which focused on Joe Biden’s recent decision to pause Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) export permit approvals.

05.03.2024
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STATE REP. HARRISON: Austin City Council's Illegal Resolution to Perpetuate Sex Change Procedures for Children

The Austin City Council has shown continual disregard for both the laws of the State of Texas, and for the health & safety of its citizens. The Austin City Council should remember that the city is a political subdivision of the State of Texas – and derives its authority from the State. There is already growing momentum in the Texas Legislature for the State to strip the City of Austin of its autonomy and take over city governance.

05.02.2024
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07.23.2024

TEXAS INSIDER ON YOUTUBE

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07.22.2024
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