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Texas Primary Voters to Get More Say in 2016 Than Planned


Texas primary voters are about to have a bigger say in the 2016 presidential race than their parties previously planned.

In recent weeks, the Texas Democratic Party and the Republican Party of Texas have finalized plans to allocate all their national convention delegates based on the outcomes of their primaries, a departure from normal for the Democrats and a return to normal for Republicans.

It is a far bigger deal for ………. read more here. 

by Patrick Svitek

Harless Won’t Seek Re-election to Texas House

State Rep. Patricia Harless, R-Spring, turns away from the front microphone after answering a question during voter ID debate on March 23, 2011.

State Rep. Patricia Harless, R-Spring, announced Monday that she won’t seek re-election next year.

The five-term officeholder is the sixth member of the Legislature to say she won’t try for another term. The list so far includes Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, and Reps. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen; Joe Farias, D-San Antonio; Allen Fletcher, R-Cypress; and Sylvester Turner, D-Houston.

Harless said she has become frustrated with infighting among ………. read more here

Will Gov. Abbott “FIGHT” for Our Stories to be Told and VETO SB 313?

Last year I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Dr. Terrence Moore, the author of  ” The Story Killers; A Common-Sense Case Against the Common Core”. At the end of the interview I ask him; what do we do? He saidFight, Fight for your child’s mind, fight for your child’s soul and fight for America’s stories to be told.”   

Last week I was proud to join forces with leaders from across Texas who are doing just that. We have signed a letter sent to Gov. Greg Abbott, calling on him to veto Sen. Kel Seliger’s SB 313 which passed both the Texas House and Senate. Yet, the letter below written by Bill Ames, author of the book Texas Trounces the Left’s War on History, is a beautiful example of ……. read more here.

By Alice Linahan

Tea party displeasure with Legislature sets up primary fights in North Texas

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AUSTIN — The five-month legislative session, concluded last week, served as an audition for re-election season for many North Texas lawmakers, as hard-line conservatives develop report cards that will be used for or against candidates in the 2016 campaigns.

House members say at least 30 Republican incumbents will face primary challenges in the 2016 elections. Fort Worth Republican Charlie Geren and Republican Byron Cook of Corsicana, powerful allies of House Speaker Joe Straus, already have challengers for their seats.

“It’s going to happen. A lot of incumbents will get challengers,” said Rep. Kenneth Sheets, R-Dallas.

North Texas has been the ………. read more here


Memorial Day, Never Forget


On Memorial Day, Ronald Reagan addressed America with passionate words. His words touched a chord in every heart. Reagan spoke of patriotism, heroism, and freedom in moving words. His impassioned speeches reminded Americans that they had bought their freedom with the blood of the martyrs who died defending the nation. Reagan heaped praise on the families of martyrs and veterans. Here, we have some Memorial Day Quotes by Ronald Reagan. If you share his enthusiasm and spirit, spread the message of peace on Memorial Day. Share these quotes by Ronald Reagan with every patriotic American on Memorial Day.

  • 26 May, 1983: I don’t have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is. Every time we hear, watch, or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world.
  • Arlington National Cemetery, May 31, 1982:The United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we — in a less final, less heroic way — be willing to give of ourselves.
  • May 25, 1981: Today, the United States stands as a beacon of liberty and democratic strength before the community of nations. We are resolved to stand firm against those who would destroy the freedoms we cherish. We are determined to achieve an enduring peace — a peace with liberty and with honor. This determination, this resolve, is the highest tribute we can pay to the many who have fallen in the service of our Nation.
  • Arlington National Cemetery, May 31, 1982: Our goal is peace. We can gain that peace by strengthening our alliances, by speaking candidly about the dangers before us, by assuring potential adversaries of our seriousness, by actively pursuing every chance of honest and fruitful negotiation.
  • 26 May 1983: We owe this freedom of choice and action to those men and women in uniform who have served this nation and its interests in time of need. In particular, we are forever indebted to those who have given their lives that we might be free.
  • Arlington National Cemetery, May 31, 1982: I can’t claim to know the words of all the national anthems in the world, but I don’t know of any other that ends with a question and a challenge as ours does: Does that flag still wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave? That is what we must all ask.
  • October 27, 1964: You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.
  • Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, March 30, 1961: Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We did not pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.

Ronald Reagan’s Famous Words on Memorial Day

Senate votes to enforce federal immigration laws with interstate compact

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Legislation that seeks to create an interstate compact between Texas and other states to enforce federal immigration laws won tentative approval Wednesday from the Senate. With Democrats in opposition, the GOP majority approved a bill that would be the first step in establishing the Border Security Interstate Compact.

Sen. Bob Hall, R-Edgewood, author of the measure, said ……….. read more here.

By Terrence Stutz

Group targets Texas lawmakers with secret videos


Group seeks to tilt Texas Legislature further to the right in next election

AUSTIN – An Austin-based nonprofit with ties to activists arrested in the past for targeting legislators in other states has collected hundreds of hours of secretly recorded video footage of Texas lawmakers to use against them in the upcoming election cycle, a representative from the group confirmed Tuesday.

The undercover video campaign represents a new front by conservative groups to target incumbent Republicans and tilt the Texas Legislature further to the right.

Several House Republican lawmakers already have expressed concerns with some of the group’s tactics, saying they aggressively were ………. read more here.

Harris County officials kill bill to allow online voter registration


AUSTIN – A group of Harris County officials have succeeded in scuttling a bipartisan bill that would have made Texas the 27th state to let citizens register to vote online.

The proposal was co-sponsored by a majority of the House, but stalled in the chamber’s Elections Committee after the Harris County Clerk and the Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s offices rallied opposition, arguing it would make Texas more ……… read more here.

By Brian M. Rosenthal and Gabrielle Banks

Bad news for Keffer and Geren


Heading into 2016 Representatives Charlie Geren and Jim Keffer are getting closer to not being members of the Texas House. Keffer is in worse shape than Geren and certainly has no claim to being in a strong position headed into 2016. It is for this reason the two highly-ranked members have received optimistic reporting from court journalists.

Since 2008, no Republican has managed to withstand a primary challenge after under-performing the average margin of ……….. read more here

By Daniel Greer

House panel passes driver license for illegal alien bill

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“State Affairs panel votes for driver’s permit legislation” – interesting how even the Rio Grande Guardian took the Dallas Morning News path on this headline and left out the most important words from the headline: illegal alien.

Yes the Republican dominated Texas House State Affairs Committee which is chaired by Speaker Straus ally Byron Cook of Corsicana, passed a driver license for illegal aliens bill by a vote of seven to three. Worse yet the …….. read more here.

By Pratt on Texas