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Ted Olson Likens U.S. Senator Ted Cruz's Anti-Gay Views To Racism During Civil Rights Movement


by: Omar Araiza

Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 10:22 AM CDT

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is taking heat for his anti-gay views and vocal opposition to marriage equality by none other than a fellow Republican figure. Prominent Republican lawyer, Ted Olson, who is a strong supporter of LGBT rights, thought Cruz's comments on marriage equality were "very, very sad."

Cruz had a lot to say to the crowds at the Texas GOP convention about the "threat" that is gay marriage. His speech appeared on an article of The New Yorker (emphasis mine):

"Marriage is under assault," Ted Cruz said to the crowd. "It is under assault in a way that is pervasive. We're seeing marriage under assault in the courts, including, sadly, the Supreme Court of the United States. It struck down the California marriage laws. California had a referendum. They asked the voters of California, 'Do you want marriage to be a traditional marriage between one man and one woman?' And the voters of California -- those crazy right-wing kooks -- said, 'Yes, now that you mention it, we like marriage to be between one man and one woman!' Went to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court said, 'You can't say that,' and struck it down. You want to know what judicial activism is? Judicial activism is judges imposing their policy preferences on the words of the Constitution."

Olson thought Ted Cruz's comments on gay marriage made the junior Senator sound like he was stuck in the past. Specifically, in the 1960's, when supporters of interracial marriage bans spewed the same arguments Cruz now reiterates against gay marriage.

Remarks by Olson and video below the jump.

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The DNC Bills Ted Cruz and GOP $24 Billion for the Government Shutdown They Orchestrated Last Year


by: Joe Deshotel

Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 00:30 PM CDT

When the DNC found out Ted Cruz was hosting another secret dinner with Tea Party congressmen, similar to one where they strategized over last year's government shutdown, they decided to bill him and the GOP $24 billion for their last misadventure before they get a chance to rack up another.

When your battle cry equates government to waste, you probably shouldn't do things that cost taxpayers more money. And if you champion the market, you probably shouldn't do anything that will disrupt it to the tune of billions.

Read the letter and see the bill the DNC sent to Cruz below the jump...

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Rick Perry and Texas GOP Now Answering for a Decade of War on the LGBTQ-munity


by: Joe Deshotel

Sun Jun 22, 2014 at 01:14 PM CDT

This week a national group of conservatives met at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority to address what they see as a  "War on Christianity." It was attended by some of the top names floating around for the GOP's 2016 nomination, including Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.  

For more than a decade Republicans have used the emotional charge of social issues to fire up their base and win at the ballot box. They never banked on it backfiring the way it has with the Tea Party turning its sights on "moderate" GOP politicians instead of focusing on liberals and Democrats as it was intended.

Now as America becomes more tolerant and Texas follows, Governor Rick Perry and state GOP Chair Steve Munisteri have had the awkward pleasure of explaining why the state GOP platform includes things like gay conversion therapy. They have the monumental task of trying not to seem like they are giving ground to the "mainstream media" or trampling conservative values while not turning off contemporary voters by such puritanical views.

Perry's answer? See below the jump...

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Ted Cruz Went to DC To Change it, Instead He Brought Division Back to Texas


by: Joe Deshotel

Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 10:30 AM CDT

Many political observers announced the decline of the Tea Party, but that was just based on a majority of American's unfavorable opinion of the hardline conservative activists -- election results are showing something different.

Eric Cantor the 2nd most powerful GOP member in the US House was ousted in his party's primary earlier this week and the Tea Party got all the credit. Ted Cruz' Chief of Staff tweeted "Is DC Listening yet? #MakeDCListen" just minutes after Cantor's defeat was announced.

That is a line the Senator has been using a lot lately, but his attempt to reshape Washington is inflicting havoc on the sustainability of his party back home in Texas.

See what Cruz said himself below the jump...

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An International Trade Case Could Threaten Jobs In Rural Texas


by: Scott Paul

Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 01:13 PM CDT

Earlier this week in Lone Star, in the heart of the East Texas Oil Fields, nearly 1,000 people gathered outside a U.S. Steel facility to voice their opinions on a trade case that will be decided in Washington, DC.

That’s significant. In a community the size of Lone Star, 1,000 people means more than half of the town showed up. But such a crowd is understandable when you consider the stakes: The decision on that aforementioned case – to be meted out by trade commissioners at the U.S. Department of Commerce next month – could have a serious effect on the economy in Morris County, Texas and half a dozen surrounding rural communities.  

But to answer why, we have to first consider the growth of America’s domestic energy industry – and whether it will achieve the full economic potential of which it’s capable.

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Equality Texas and Progress Texas Team Up To Support Marriage Equality In Texas


by: Omar Araiza

Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 09:00 AM CDT

Republican leaders Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick, Ken Paxton, David Dewhurst, John Cornyn, and Ted Cruz will all be in the same room tomorrow, speaking against marriage equality at the Texas Republican Party's "Defense of Texas Marriage Amendment Rally."

Equality Texas and Progress Texas are teaming up to show that, in fact, a growing plurality of Texas voters actually support every Texan's right to marry the person they love. And support for marriage equality only keeps growing.

Tell Greg Abbott, Ted Cruz, Dan Patrick, John Cornyn, and Ken Paxton that you support marriage equality by adding your name to the organizations' petition here.

More below the jump.

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Will Sriracha Be Moving To Texas?


by: Omar Araiza

Wed May 14, 2014 at 09:00 AM CDT

A bipartisan group of lawmakers and representatives from the offices of Governor Rick Perry, Attorney General Greg Abbott and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples traveled to California on Monday with one goal in mind -- convince Huy Fong Foods founder and chief executive to move his famous Sriracha company to Texas.

The bold lawmakers are making their business pitch to owner David Tran following legal issues placed on his company's plant by the city of Irwindale in California.

More below the jump.

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Republican Candidate For Attorney General Ken Paxton Is MIA After Disclosure Issues Revealed


by: Omar Araiza

Mon May 05, 2014 at 01:00 PM CDT


Twinsies, state Sen. Ken Paxton and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz
Texas state Senator Ken Paxton (R-McKinney), leading Republican candidate for Attorney General and known-BFF of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, has gone MIA since improprieties in his financial disclosures were revealed by documents obtained by The Texas Tribune.

According to The Texas Tribune, Paxton "was being paid to solicit clients for a North Texas financial services firm at a time when he was not registered with the State Securities Board." Paxton also failed to "reveal his solicitor work on the employment history section of his personal financial statements, which must be filed regularly with the Texas Ethics Commission."

One would think a candidate running for Attorney General would know the laws a little better, and have an actual record of complying with them.

Read more below the jump.

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Democrat Henry Cuellar Doesn't Want President Obama To Act On Deportations; Offers No Solutions


by: Omar Araiza

Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 10:30 AM CDT

While liberal Democrats embrace the possibility of President Obama putting a halt to record breaking number of deportations through the use of an executive order-- the same perfectly legal move that allowed him to stop deportations of young Dreamers-- not all party members are welcoming such strategy.

Moderate Democrats U.S. Representatives Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo, TX) and Dan Lipinski (D-Illinois), openly reject the notion of President Obama acting on immigration while the Republican-led House continues to hold reform legislation hostage.

Unfortunately for the immigrant families in these two Representatives' districts, the two offered no alternative solution to what else can be done to immediately prevent families from being continued to be broken apart.

Read more below the jump.

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Ted Cruz has Spent More Time in Iowa than South Texas


by: Katie Singh

Sun Apr 20, 2014 at 03:00 PM CDT

It's no April Fools' Joke -- since becoming Senator, Ted Cruz has visited Iowa more times than he's visited the Rio Grande Valley.

Cruz took his second trip to the Rio Grande Valley as Senator this week, giving stump speeches in Harlingen and Laredo. During the speeches, he did not discuss immigration or border security, claiming that residents of the border region care about the same issues as Texans in other parts of the state. Instead, Cruz's stump speeches focused on criticizing the President and the Affordable Care Act.

By this point, Ted Cruz's presidential ambitions are no secret, and even Cruz himself seems to have given up the pretense. He's visited several key presidential primary states more than he's been to South Texas, preferring to advance his own personal ambitions over helping some of his most vulnerable constituents.

See where Ted Cruz has been spending his time after the jump.

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