Disposable vape products are preferred by 55% of the youths who currently use E-Cigarettes. And, according to the Houston Health Department, in 2019 almost 11% of Houston High Schoolers – and even close to 10% of Houston Middle Schoolers – were using Electronic Smoking Devices. This is a significant increase for Houston High School & Middle Schoolers since 2017 – and that's a problem.
"TAXPAYERS WIN! All residential and commercial real property taxpayers WIN! 5.72 million Texas homesteaders WIN – with an eye-popping 41.5% average savings of $1,373 year after year!” exclaimed State Sen. Paul Bettencourt earlier today, filing the largest property tax cut bill in Texas history after Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dade Phelan cleared the way for agreement following months of negotiations.
As House Republicans said they would file Contempt of Congress charges against FBI Chief Christopher Wray this week, a majority of “Likely U.S. Voters” from across the nation say they believe FBI leaders have tried, and are trying to cover up the growing scandal that involves President Joe Biden and his family's possible business dealings with foreign adversaries of the United States.
At a time when U.S. power consumption is expected to increase by around 20% before 2030, Joe Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a new rule to eliminate nearly all the country’s natural gas & coal-fired power plant’s carbon emissions over the next 20 years. This bureaucratic, unlawful overreach will be catastrophic to Texas, to the nation – and if it's allowed to go into effect I intend to take Mr. Biden to court.
“Texas is again No. 1 for job creation, adding more jobs over the last 12 months than any other state. That means more paychecks and more possibilities for Texas families," said Gov. Greg Abbott earlier today, celebrating the strength of Texas' economy after April's jobs data showed Texas again surpassed all previous records for Total Jobs, Total Texans Employed, and Total Texans in the Labor Force.
The 16 new terrorism suspects apprehended by U.S. Customs & Border Agents at the Southern Border in April follows 11 being apprehended in March, 16 being apprehended in February, after 15 were apprehended in January. The alarming numbers obliterate all previous records – and Border Patrol believes that as more are caught, even more are getting away – such as FBI terrorism suspects.
This week, our Capitol Report covers the critical priorities passed since last week’s deadline. House Republican members proved they are ready to invest in Texas water development and infrastructure, deliver sustainable property tax relief, protect Texas children from irreversible gender modification, and save women’s sports in the Lone Star State. Texans can be assured relief is on the way!
"While Americans suffer the consequences of chaos at the border caused by the Biden White House, (non-profit) NGOs receive hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars through Federal Grants to provide transportation for illegal aliens to anywhere in the U.S. they want," said House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, along with Cong. Lance Gooden & Tom McClintock after money was found to have been misspent by non-profits.
At a time when "connectivity" of all kinds is necessary & critical for day-to-day life, two leading corporations with strong Texas ties announced this week they will be making major investments to create the country's largest commercial wholesale fiber network and help bring high-speed connectivity to more Americans. For large, medium or smaller-sized metro areas, Texans need powerful infrastructure systems.
"I want our processing facilities to be run like Chick-fil-A," said Joe Biden’s U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz Wednesday, as illegal immigrants flooded across the Texas-Mexico Border just days prior to Title 42 being lifted on Thursday, May 11th. "I do not want another Del Rio Haitian crisis on my watch," Ortiz said, noting that future illegal immigrant intake processing should be run as smoothly as the service provided by the famous fast-food restaurant.
As with many things in politics these days, the courts and Attorney Generals are often asked to step in and determine the effects of various constitutional provisions. And, while the 2023 Texas Legislature is thought to be poised to reinstitute the same State Legislative Maps used in 2022, some in Austin are worried an unintended consequence of 2021's delayed redistricting process may require all 31 State Senators to run again in 2024.
The month of May has the most days of any month in the year that are set aside for celebrating & commemorating our nation's military achievements. As such, May is known as "National Military Appreciation Month." This gives us the opportunity to show our appreciation for past and present military personnel, their families, and for their service and sacrifices. Here are some of the national observances to participate in during the month.
Joined at the groundbreaking by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Nueces County Judge Connie Scott & Robstown Mayor Gilbert Gomez, Gov. Greg Abbott celebrated Tesla’s new Lithium Refining Facility and the economic boost it will have for South Texas and the Gulf Coast. The first of its kind in North America, Tesla’s new facility will generate $375 million in capital investment and bring over 400 new jobs to the region.
“Gambling is not a win-win proposition. The question that's necessary for Texas Legislators to ask – if they’re being responsible and responsibly doing their job – is what is the cost to the state of Texas, and the citizens of Texas, if and when they are on the losing side of the bet." It's easy to see how technology has created a situation where children & young adults are targeted, groomed to be made highly susceptible to gambling – and addiction.
Joe Biden's made so many false statements, that even the Washington Post's given him multiple “Bottomless Pinocchios” – which is no easy feat, as "The bar for the Bottomless Pinocchio is high" to receive the dubious award. Yet ABC is now claiming the right to censor Mr. Biden's presidential opponents – to protect "the public" from "disinformation." While its not clear where ABC will be drawing that line, its wrong for both the country, and for journalism.
"Today marks one month since I directed the Texas Dept. of Public Safety to provide assistance to the Austin Police Department to help reduce crime & improve safety in the city – and I commend the Texas DPS's world-class Special Agents who seized 500,000+ lethal doses of fentanyl – enough to kill over half of all Texans living in Austin due to President Biden's border crisis," said Gov. Abbott.
Let's talk about this just-yesterday uncovered "collusion" between a supposedly "Free Press" and Joe Biden. It happened in the light-of-day – during a White House Press Conference in the Rose Garden, no less – and is a fraud on the American people that's designed to give them the false impression Mr. Biden can withstand legitimate media questions without first having knowledge of precisely what questions will be asked.
Customers of CPS Energy in San Antonio – the nation’s largest municipally-owned Electric & Natural Gas Utility – may have to pay millions of dollars more as CPS amasses legal fees that will likely be passed on to ratepayers according to a legal analysis that recently appeared in The Texas Lawyer. “There's no reason for them to keep their customers in the dark and continue adding costs," says the article's author.
“Although a long shot, at this point Kennedy starts in double digits – and (that) can’t be ignored,” said Suffolk University's David Paleologos, which conducted a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll showing that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has the support of 14% of Joe Biden's 2020 voters – indicating that Democrats are open to other Democrats waging a spirited primary for the 2024 Presidential Nomination.
There's been a real & actual "assault on democracy" in Tennessee the past 10 days, and it appears that nothing says "democracy" to Democrats like a bullhorn and obstructing legislative work on the floor of the House of Delegates there. The Left's rising rhetoric over the expulsion of 2 Tennessee legislators perfectly captures Democrat's amplified rage & fear. Expect more of it in the future: Welcome to Politics BYOB – Bring Your Own Bullhorn.