On the Record

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HEGAR: Judge Hidalgo's Grandstanding Threatens the Protection of Residents, Their Homes & Livelihoods

"Recently my office initiated an investigation into a complaint that Harris County has acted to 'defund police,' which violates Texas law and reduces the constables’ ability to protect the lives and property of (Houston's) residents. Violent crime is spiking because police budgets are being slashed and criminals face no accountability. My office has made it clear – adopting a County Budget funding Law Enforcement and complying with the law is Judge Hidalgo’s responsibility."

09.09.2022
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Jury Sides with AG Paxton in Texas Dept. of Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Officers' Case

In the case of Bourne v. Gunnels, et al. – in the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division – a jury returned a verdict in favor of six Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Officers defended by Attorney General Paxton’s Law Enforcement Defense Division (LEDD) team. After two days of testimony, the jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of all six officers.

09.09.2022
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Sen. Cruz Leads Defense of Navy SEALS to Protect Religious Liberty vs. Vaccine Mandates

"The Biden White House is actively and egregiously undermining our National Security and our 1st Amendment Rights through these (vaccine) mandates," said Sen. Ted Cruz, announcing he had been joined by his fellow members of Congress in both the Senate & House in filing an Amicus Brief to stand up for the Religious Liberty of the Nation's Navy SEALS following the attack on their rights regarding Vaccine Mandates.

09.08.2022
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Abbott Meets with State's ERCOT & PUC Leaders for Report on Texas' Electric Grid Reforms

"Going into the fall we have sufficient resources to meet demand for power – and we’re excited to welcome ERCOT’s new President & CEO, Pablo Vegas in October," said PUC Chairman Peter Lake, who along with Gov. Greg Abbott held a joint meeting Tuesday with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and the Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC) to discuss the implementation of Texas' ongoing electric grid reforms.

09.08.2022
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Cong. Mayra Flores Backs Effort Prohibiting Vaccine Mandates in U.S. Military

"It’s time for reason and common sense to prevail. The time to drop these ridiculous mandates in our Armed Forces is now. Not only is it putting our mission readiness at risk, it’s also unnecessarily impacting or ending the careers of so many talented, young, and healthy service members,” said South Texas Cong. Mayra Flores – a staunch supporter of personal freedom, our nation's Armed Forces & Veterans, and a member of the powerful Homeland Security Committee.

09.08.2022
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Cong. Tony Gonzales Demands Pelosi Hold Biden Accountable for Unconstitutional 'Forgiveness' Overreach

President Biden's "move transcends the policies surroundings student loans. This is an illegal act by a President desperate for a political win," reads the letter signed by South Texas Cong. Tony Gonzales (TX-23,) who joined Cong. Jody Hice and 93 of his colleagues in a strongly worded message to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calling on her to hold Mr. Biden accountable for his unconstitutional $300 billion Student Loans "forgiveness."

09.08.2022
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RASMUSSEN: 84% of 'Likely U.S. Voters' Concerned about Economy, 46% Say Mid-Terms a Referendum on Biden

With the Mid-Term Elections now 63 days away, Republicans still hold a 5% lead in their bid to recapture control of Congress, as 65% of "Likely U.S. Voters" believe the nation is headed down the wrong track, 29% say its heading in the right direction​​​​​​​​​​​​​​, and 84% of Likely U.S. Voters are concerned about the economy – including 55% who are "Very Concerned" according to the latest Rasmussen Reports National Polls.

09.07.2022
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Gov. Abbott, Texas Veterans Commission Announce $31+ Million in Grants to Serve Over 22,000 Veterans

"These courageous heroes and their families deserve our utmost support and respect, and Texas will always honor their sacrifice and service to our nation in the pursuit of freedom," said Gov. Greg Abbott, as he and the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) announced over $31 million in grant funding across the state – including 139 grants awarded to 121 organizations, estimated to serve more than 22,000 Texas Veterans.

09.06.2022
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Bettencourt Sounds Taxpayer Alarm: ISDs Are Scheduling 'Tax Ratification Elections' to End-Run Mandated Property Tax Relief

 "The bottom line is this: If there are ZERO Tax Rate Cuts in a district, there is no tax relief for the hard-pressed Texas Taxpayers! Because there's no central database collection of these (Tax Ratification Elections, or TREs,) this could be happening all over the state," said State Sen. Paul Bettencourt. Here's how and where some local Texas School Boards have scheduled Tax Ratification Elections to avoid giving Texans tax relief.

09.06.2022
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STAPLES: Oil & Gas Production Taxes Contribute, Top $10 Billion to State for 1st Time in History

"With all the good news and records, it is hard to focus on one category – but it's truly astounding to realize a deposit of $3.64 billion will be made in both the (Rainy Day) Economic Stabilization Fund and the State Highway Fund," said Texas Oil & Gas Association president Todd Staples after Comptroller Glen Hegar announced that oil and natural gas production taxes paid into state coffers this year broke $10 billion for the first time in history.

09.06.2022
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Families Can Enroll in the Texas Tuition Promise Fund® Before Nov. 1 and Save

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds families that enrollment in the Texas Tuition Promise Fund®, the state's prepaid college tuition plan, began Sept. 1 and runs through Feb. 28, 2023.

09.06.2022
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Pax­ton, Texas Join Effort vs. Biden White House, Seek to Pro­tect Amer­i­can Soldier’s Reli­gious Free­dom from Uncon­sti­tu­tion­al Vac­cine Mandates

The Biden White House's current policy puts American heroes – men and women who willingly put their lives on the line for this country – in the impossible position of being forced to choose between serving the country they love, or violating the foundational religious values they hold dear. As a result, Texas' Attorney General has joined a Mississippi-led effort to prevent American Service Members from being forced to take a vaccine that goes against their religious beliefs.

09.02.2022
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HEGAR: Strong Texas Economy Pushes State Sales Tax Revenues 13% Higher than August 2021

“To put it into perspective, only five times since 1988 has the rate of growth in Texas’ All Funds tax collections exceeded the prior fiscal year by double digits — and those increases ranged from 10 to 13%. This year’s rate of growth was almost double the previous high in that time, said Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar earlier today, releasing totals for Fiscal Year 2022's state revenues, while also announcing the monthly state revenues for August.

09.02.2022
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The Injustice of Student Loan 'Forgiveness': Congratulations! You Now Have College Debt!

“Congrats to everyone who didn't have college debt before. Now you do!" Is there a more succinct way to show the blatant injustice of Joe Biden’s election year politics? If you or your kids went to college and didn’t take out loans, that doesn’t matter. You’re still on the hook for the new federal debt Biden created when he announced he's "forgiving" what amounts to $2,100 dollars of indebtedness for every one of us regular ol' Americans.

09.02.2022
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Pax­ton Defeats Biden’s Oil & Gas Leas­ing Mora­to­ri­um, Mark­ing a Major Win for Amer­i­can Energy & Texas

“Joe Biden may have declared war on American energy independence, but we’re fighting back and we’re winning in court,” said Texas' Attorney General Paxton after a Federal Judge in Louisiana sided with Texas and 12 other states in a Louisiana-led lawsuit, issuing a permanent injunction against the Biden White House’s illegal moratorium on Oil & Gas Leasing on Federal Public Lands and Offshore Waters. Here's the details.

09.01.2022
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Congressman Tony Gonzales Announces $39M for Operation Stonegarden

Up to $90,000,000 is available in total OPSG funding for FY2022, including $39,875,000 for the state of Texas. OPSG funds are allocated based on the risk to the security of the border.

09.01.2022
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WILSON: The LCRA's Water Plan is Working – Just as Designed

As a summer of dryness and lack of rain unfolded across Texas the past few months, there have been some entities encouraging the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) to immediately begin updating its "Water Management Plan" two and a half years ahead of scheduled, and before any of the triggers warranting an update were met. To reassure Texans who depend on water from the Highland Lakes and the Lower Colorado River, our water situation and drinking water supply is in good shape.

08.31.2022
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Abbott's Successful 'Operation Lone Star' is Accelerating Immigrant Busing to New York's 'Sanctuary City'

New York City's mayor has long talked about being a “Sanctuary City” that welcomed illegal immigrants with warm hospitality. But talk is cheap. When pressed to fulfill such ill-considered policies, Mayor Adams condemns anyone demanding he to walk the walk. Texas has now bused over 7,400 illegal immigrants to our nation's capital since April, and over 1,500 migrants to New York City since August 5th, 2022. Worst of all is Adams’ hypocrisy.

08.30.2022
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Sen. Cruz Calls for Imposition of Sanctions Mandated by Congress on the Vice President of Argentina

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of State Anthony Blinken calling for the State Department to expeditiously impose the sanctions mandated by Congress on Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and her immediate family members.

08.30.2022
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​​​​​​​Texas Comptroller's Fiscal Notes: Understanding Cryptocurrency & Its Rise

“Cryptocurrency frequently appears in the news, but what it is and how it is used still remains a mystery to many Texans,” said Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar. Even though more Americans are familiar with cryptocurrency — only about 48% of respondents in 2015 reported even having heard about bitcoin — skepticism is growing. Critics have called cryptocurrency a scam, a pyramid scheme and much more. 

08.30.2022
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11.23.2022

TEXAS INSIDER ON YOUTUBE

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