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Rick Perry Places Third In New Presidential Poll

by: Nick Hudson

Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 01:00 PM CDT

Rick Perry at CPAC 2014
Rick Perry is in third place among the potential Republican field of 2016 presidential contenders, according to a new CNN/ORC International survey.

Perry has the backing of 11% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents surveyed. His level of support is behind Rand Paul, who garnered 16% in the survey, and Paul Ryan, who received 15%.

At 11%, Governor Perry received more support than former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee who came in with 10%, Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at 9%, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, both at 8%, Marco Rubio at 5%, and Rick Santorum at 3%.

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Texas Tea Party Ted Cruz Terrorist Attacks on FAA Federal First Responders

by: Arctotraveler

Tue Nov 12, 2013 at 01:48 PM CST

PREVIEW: Domestic terrorism striking San Antonio? The sovereign citizen movement explained

We Can Thank The Tea Party for the Breach

Once You Have Identified The Enemy
It Is Just a Matter of Physics
and A Call To the Local FBI


Attacks By The Tea Party On FAA First Responders

Texas Tea Party Ted Cruz Terrorist DEFENDING His SOVEREIGNTY
November 7, 2013
As you have likely seen, the implementation of Obamacare continues to be a disaster. Many Americans are losing their jobs or having difficulty finding work, are having their hours cut, and millions are having health care plans they like cancelled despite promises from the President. This has to stop.
I am committed to doing everything I can to prevent the tremendous harms coming from Obamacare. We must repeal this train wreck of a law, and restore jobs and economic growth to our great nation. I hope you'll keep reading below for an update on that fight, as well as others going on in Washington right now to defend U.S. sovereignty and promote religious liberty.
All the best,

TC Sig
Ted Cruz


PREVIEW: Domestic terrorism striking San Antonio? The sovereign citizen movement explained
by Dillon Collier / KENS 5
Bio | Email | Follow: @dilloncollier  
Posted on November 6, 2013 at 6:15 PM
Updated today at 6:20 PM

There are about 300,000 people nationwide that identify themselves with the sovereign citizen movement, with 100,000 considering themselves to be "hardcore" believers.

Rooted in the white supremacist movement sovereign citizens do not believe federal and state law applies to them and will often target public officials including police officers, judges or county sheriffs. The sovereign citizen movement has been blamed for the deaths of at least a dozen police officers nationwide.

Tonight at 10 the I-Team's Dillon Collier looks at incidents in Bexar County that law enforcement say may be attributed to the movement.

Full Article Fully attributed to Kens5 Thank You:

Attacks By The Tea Party On FAA First Responders

Disclosure Is The Exposure That
Has Kept Me Alive

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Eric Holder: 'Broken' Justice System needs 'Sweeping Changes'

by: Nick Hudson

Thu Aug 15, 2013 at 00:10 PM CDT

Saying that it is past time to correct, "persistent needs and unwarranted disparities" in our Justice System, United States Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday called on the United States Congress to end  "untenable and irresponsible" budget cuts and outlined reforms that his Department of Justice would implement to save money and reduce jail overcrowding.

"It's clear - as we come together today - that too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no truly good law enforcement reason," Holder told members of the American Bar Association meeting in San Francisco. "It's clear, at a basic level, that 20th-century criminal justice solutions are not adequate to overcome our 21st-century challenges.  And it is well past time to implement common sense changes that will foster safer communities from coast to coast."

Invoking defendants' right to a trial by jury, Holder called on Congress to, "expand existing indigent defense programs, provide access to counsel for more juvenile defendants, and increase funding for federal public defender offices"

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Immigration Reform Enters Critical New Arena as House GOP Gathers to Discuss Immigration Reform

by: Omar Araiza

Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 02:14 PM CDT

Republicans in the U.S. House met on Wednesday to discuss how they will approach immigration reform.

The U.S. Senate voted to pass a bill late last month, which includes a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the country. The bill also further militarizes our border regions, mandating tougher border security provisions that need to be set into place before our current immigrant population can gain legal status.

House GOP leaders, including U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R, TX-10, at right), the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, have stated they will not support the Senate's measures.  

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Sen. Cruz: Bought and Paid For By the NRA

by: JordanKrueger

Fri May 17, 2013 at 00:29 PM CDT

(Thanks to Jordan and the folks at CREDO for calling out Ted Cruz. His office has already received OVER 5000 faxes. Click the link and add to the pile!   - promoted by Katherine Haenschen)


I was outraged when a few dozen members of the Senate managed to block an up-or-down vote on expanded background checks for gun buyers.

But then my friends at Mayors Against Illegal Guns exposed the donation records of the gun lobby to some of those senators, and it was easy to see what compelled these members of Congress to vote against the vast majority of their constituents: money.

That's why they created this powerful receipt to show how Senator Ted Cruz is bought and paid for by the NRA.

Click here to send a free fax to Sen. Cruz with this receipt from the gun lobby for his vote blocking expanded background checks for gun buyers.

The strengthened background check bill could have saved countless lives. And over 90% of Americans, and 74% of NRA members, supported expanding background checks in this way.1

But because the NRA opposed the plan, these bought and paid for senators helped block an up-or-down vote.2

The 45 members of the Senate who voted against the vast majority of Americans on background checks have accepted over $8 million — just in contributions and independent expenditures — from the NRA and other lobbying groups that act as a front for gun manufacturers.

Putting the NRA's agenda above the will and needs of their constituents is wrong. They need to hear that from constituents like you.

Click the link below to send a free fax of Senator Cruz's gun money receipt straight to his office:

Thank you for taking action against the NRA's corruption.

Jordan Krueger, Campaign Manager
CREDO Mobile from Working Assets

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Fact Checked! Ted Cruz's Twisted Economic History

by: Nick Hudson

Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 02:10 PM CDT

While Senator Ted Cruz's keynote address to CPAC last week may have caught the excited attention of red-state nutter-butters, those of us who graduated from the sixth grade noticed that Wackobird needs a history lesson. 

Brooks Jackson of FactCheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, did a good job tracking and correcting what he refers to as, "Ted Cruz's twisted vision of economic history," where, "Ronald Reagan cured double-digit unemployment by cutting spending and reducing the federal debt, and Jimmy Carter was guilty of 'out-of-control regulation.'"

Brooks' post is worth reading in its entirety. Here's a snippet, with the rest below the fold:
In Sen. Ted Cruz's twisted vision of economic history, Ronald Reagan cured double-digit unemployment by cutting spending and reducing the federal debt, and Jimmy Carter was guilty of "out-of-control regulation."

In the real world:
  • Total federal spending soared during Reagan’s deficit-plagued first term, and the national debt nearly doubled. His budget director later resigned and wrote a book criticizing Reagan’s failure to cut spending.
  • And Carter signed landmark bills freeing airlinerailroad and trucking rates from federal regulation, easing regulation of natural gas prices and eliminating federal regulation of interest rates paid by banks to small savers.
These are only a few of the disconnects between economic reality and Cruz’s oversimplified, often inaccurate attempt to paint President Obama’s record as the “exact opposite” of Reagan’s.
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Rep. Gallego: Single Biggest Threat to Border Security Is Sequestration

by: Joe Deshotel

Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 02:18 PM CST

For weeks Congressional Republicans, including Texas' own Senator John Cornyn criticized the President's comprehensive immigration reform proposal because they thought border security should be the top priority. On Tuesday Rep. Pete Gallego who represents the longest stretch of Texas-Mexico in Congress made it clear that the single biggest threat to border security is actually sequestration. In his first floor speech he admonished Congress for its finger pointing on the issue and challenged members to work together to solve the nation's problems.

"In small town West Texas when there's a fire everyone works together to put the fire out and no one focuses on how the fire started or who started the fire until after the fire is out. Here and now in Washington many folks are more focused on who is to blame for the sequester than trying to do something about it." - Rep. Gallego

The Congressman characterized the across the board cuts as having both economic and national security implications, saying, "Not having a vote this week is a decision by some in Congress for decreased border security, job loss and furloughs, and it devastates local communities and the state of Texas." His district contains a number of strategic military bases including Ft. Bliss in El Paso and Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio that could face furloughs in the tens of thousands.

His office also released this handy infographic of the impact of sequestration on the US-Mexico border. You can follow him on twitter at @RepPeteGallego and see his house floor speech below the jump.

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Texas Border Already Blue: Immigration Reform Gives Democrats National Platform

by: Joe Deshotel

Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 02:41 PM CST

Texas may not yet be blue but our border certainly is. In the state House, Texas Democrats represent the entirety of the Texas-Mexico border, while freshman Congressman Pete Gallego's 23rd district represents 800 of the 1,954 total miles along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Congressman appeared on MSNBC's Jansing & Co. to talk about the fate of Comprehensive Immigration Reform in this session of Congress.

I think immigration reform gets done this session of Congress. From the perspective of both parties it is time...I think the Republicans saw with what happened with the latino electorate last and time and in places like Texas thats a really significant thing. -Congressman Gallego

Obama won the 2012 election with over 70% of the Hispanic vote, and announcing Comprehensive Immigration Reform as a top 2nd term priority during the State of the Union has left Republicans both nationally and in Texas struggling to find a viable position on the issue.

Most people don't really care where the idea comes from, I think they want action, they want something to happen, they're tired of the prolonged conversations. -Congresman Gallego

Thats true even in Texas, according to a poll...
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Texas Democrats Have Chance At National Spotlight WIth Immigration Reform

by: Joe Deshotel

Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 00:11 PM CST

Immigration reform presents Texas Democrats with a rare but golden opportunity to create a narrative. From Governor Perry's State Of The State to the bills filed so far this session, Texas Republicans have been interestingly mum on the issue of immigration compared to recent sessions. They have either had a change of heart on issues like "Voter ID", and "Sanctuary Cities" (which Perry classified as "emergency legislation" in 2011, but it did not reach his desk) or demographic realities have forced a different strategy. I assume the latter, but if not talking about immigration is the new strategy, that should be low hanging fruit for Democrats at the state and federal level.

The costs of our antiquated system gives Texas Democrats the ability to approach reform from an economic perspective. Not only has the State Comptroller's report indicated that undocumented workers were an actual net value to taxpayers, but the federal expenditures for immigration enforcement were significantly more than that of all other federal law enforcement agencies combined.

President Obama has already stated that Immigration Reform will be a top priority of his 2nd term agenda. It's also clear by their courting of Texans behind the scenes and at the national convention that Texas is part of that equation. Look for a strong statement on Immigration in the State of the Union tomorrow. With headlines like "On immigration, Texas surprisingly quiet" in Politico and "A Texas-sized silence as immigration talks ramp up" in the Dallas Morning News, it sure seems like a great time to say something.

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President Obama's plan for gun violence prevention

by: John Woods

Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 02:42 PM CST

(Virginia Tech alumnus, UT graduate student and founder of Students for Gun-Free Schools Texas John Woods weighs in on President Obama's announcement today. - promoted by Katherine Haenschen)

Almost six years ago, I lost my girlfriend, Maxine Turner, in the worst school shooting in American history. Yesterday, she would have turned twenty-eight. Some have said she was "in the wrong place at the wrong time." But she wasn't. She was in a classroom -- the right place.

Maxine's killer, Seung-Hui Cho, was the one in the wrong place at the wrong time. And over the last several years I watched as, time after time, his rights were given more weight than those of anyone else -- more than Max's right to a safe classroom, more than your right to walk down the street without feeling the need to carry a firearm, more even than the American people's right to keep guns out of the hands of known criminals and terrorists.

This morning, President Obama presented his plan for reducing gun violence in America. It respects and supports the Second Amendment (as do I, a concealed carry licensee), ensuring that upstanding, law-abiding citizens continue to have access to firearms, while also keeping weapons designed for hunting people out of the hands of known criminals.

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