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BREAKING: Ted Cruz Loses Texas Residency Due to Time Spent in Iowa, Must Renounce Senate Seat


by: Katie Singh

Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 02:00 PM CDT

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Freshman Senator Ted Cruz lost his Texas residency today due to the inordinate amount of time he has spent in Iowa in recent months. As a result, Cruz will have to renounce his senate seat by the end of the week.

Cruz's frequent visits to Iowa during Congressional recesses have come to outnumber the amount of time Cruz spends in Texas, leading the Texas Secretary of State to rule that Cruz is no longer eligible to represent Texas in the Senate.

In a press conference, Cruz appeared to be unfazed by the ruling. "I don't need to be a Senator to spread my message of freedom and liberty to the American public. I think I can be more effective as an outsider." said Cruz. "In fact, I was beginning to have doubts about the constitutionality of the U.S. Senate anyway. Why would the Founders design an institution that just makes more Washington insiders instead of promoting liberty? It seems to me like this is another failed policy forced on the American people by Barack Obama and I am happy to be leaving it."

"Besides," added Cruz, "It's not like I was accomplishing anything in the Senate anyway."

Read about Cruz's back-up plan below the jump.

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott Says, 'YOLO', Comes Out In Support Of Gay Marriage


by: Omar Araiza

Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 00:00 PM CDT

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Attorney General Greg Abbott has been one of the state's most adamant opponents of LGBT rights, going as far as promising to continue to uphold Texas' now ruled-unconstitutional marriage ban despite his long-time friend being one of the gay plaintiffs in the lawsuit. This same friend flew to be by Abbott's bedside when Abbott suffered the horrible accident that left him paralyzed below the waist.

But it seems Abbott has now experienced a change of heart.

"I had an epiphany this morning when I looked at myself in the mirror," Abbott admitted to the Associated Press. "I thought, "Gosh, Mark (Phariss) and Victor (Holmes) make such a cute couple. They've been happily in love for over sixteen years now. It'd be such a shame if I were the person standing between their love and the true happiness of all other LGBT couples in Texas."

"Look, this whole governor gig thing may not play out as smoothly as I thought it would, with me seriously offending someone new every week. I just don't want to be forever known as that guy who stood against the love of his long-time friend and the rest of the thousands of LGBT couples in Texas simply looking to be treated like everyone else. That sounds like the bad guy in a James Cameron movie."

Read what else Greg Abbott and other prominent Republican figures had to say below the jump.

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Greg Abbott and Ted Cruz Come Out Against Resources to Target Poverty in San Antonio


by: Emily Cadik

Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 11:30 AM CST


Last week San Antonio's East Side neighborhood was selected as one of the five communities to receive the Obama administration's Promise Zones designation, meaning it will be part of a collaborative revitalization initiative aimed at turning around 20 of the highest poverty communities in the country.

Never one to accept anything that comes from the Obama Administration, Greg Abbott denounced the initiative, saying, "The truth is, we don't need Barack Obama's Promise Zones; we already have Promise Zones and they are called entrepreneurs."

Ted Cruz also attacked Promise Zones in a complete non sequitur, saying, "All of America needs to be a real 'Promise Zone' - with reduced barriers to small businesses creating private-sector jobs - and we should start by repealing every word of Obamacare, building the Keystone pipeline, abolishing the IRS and rolling back abusive regulations."

Read more about what the initiative will actually mean for San Antonio after the jump.

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Ted Cruz Honors Nelson Mandela, Supporters Blast the Senator in Bigoted Display


by: Shelby Alexander

Fri Dec 06, 2013 at 10:04 AM CST

The passing of Nelson Mandela brought the world to a halt late yesterday, and has continued today as people from all over reflect on his profound grace, courage, and his leadership in bringing healing after turmoil to the people of South Africa.

Around the world, many have publicly commented and paid their respects to South Africa's first black president, who was elected after spending 27 years imprisoned for his efforts to fight the apartheid and their racist white-minority rule that oppressed the country.

"We've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth," said current U.S. President Barack Obama, the first black leader of his own country who said his first public activism was an anti-apartheid protest. "He no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages." Senator Wendy Davis said  "He was a hero who brought different groups together to improve the lives of all. He fought for the very soul of democracy - that everyone have a voice in their government."

And even our Senator Ted Cruz shared kind words and condolences to Mandela's family and the people of South Africa. Unfortunately, the response to his statement on his Facebook page did not reflect this sentiment.

And while Ted Cruz's Facebook page has never been ground zero to discover human intellect and compassion, the outpouring of racism, bigotry, and ignorance was absolutely unprecedented to see for a man who had just recently passed and did so much for the country he led. Instead, the majority of comments referred to Mandela as a communist and a terrorist. This tastelessness should be considered not just a low for Republicans, but for Texans and Americans all over. Cruz should be ashamed of his supporters for this level of tastelessness.

Read some of the horrible responses below the jump.

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Conservative Group Airs Thanksgiving Ad Thanking Senator Ted Cruz


by: Katie Singh

Fri Nov 29, 2013 at 11:00 AM CST

If you're one of the many Texans who complemented their turkey with some football yesterday, you may have encountered an unexpected and perhaps unwelcome advertisement: an ad thanking Senator Ted Cruz for his service.

In case you were wondering, no the ad wasn't from the DNC thanking Ted Cruz for tanking Republican approval ratings, and yes, the ad was completely serious.

The "Thank You, Ted Cruz" ad was sponsored by the Conservative Campaign Committee and aired during Thanksgiving NFL games on 12 TV stations across Texas. In the ad, a conservative narrator thanks Ted Cruz for "'step[ping] forward' to take on the 'disastrous Obamacare scheme' by 'doing everything he could to stop Obamacare before it could hurt Americans,'" suggesting that the group is totally out of touch with the actual needs of Texans, who desperately require the health insurance that the Affordable Care Act provides.

See the ad, and read more about who's behind it, after the jump.

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Ted Cruz Promotes Heritage Foundation's Latest False Claims About Affordable Care Act


by: Katie Singh

Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 01:00 PM CDT


Senator Ted Cruz posted this on his Facebook page last week--but it's not actually true

It's been almost a week since the Republican government shutdown ended, and it's becoming clear that the shutdown was a massive failure for the GOP on every possible level. A Gallup poll released today found that Obamacare has actually increased in popularity due to the shutdown, which has left Republicans scrambling to find new ways to fight the health care law.

The Heritage Foundation chose to return to its usual misinformation tactics, and released a study last week that claimed most people will pay more for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Senator Ted Cruz quickly jumped on the new report, posting a link to it on his on his Facebook page last Friday.  

There's just one problem with the Heritage Foundation's latest findings--they're not true.

Read about why the Heritage study was wrong after the jump.

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Blake Farenthold To Veterans Who Were About To Lose Disability Checks: You Have To Make Sacrifices


by: Omar Araiza

Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 02:00 PM CDT

As Burnt Orange Report staff writer Joseph Vogas reported earlier this week, no Texas Republican voted to reopen the U.S. government or avoid defaulting on our debts. Included among the Texas Republicans was Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Corpus Christi).

Farenthold sat down with Kristv news to discuss what exactly the shutdown did to the country and his motives for supporting it.

Kristv news quickly pointed out that many of Farenthold's constituents have said they will not vote for him again. Kristv asked Farenthold about the people who say he's lost their vote; people like retired veterans who were on the verge of losing their disability checks next month.

"I feel like my mandate when I was elected was to go reduce the size of government, lower taxes, and increase freedom, and freedom isn't free, and sometimes you have to make a small sacrifice to move forward with what you're after," Congressman Farenthold said.

The stalemate in Washington was necessary to achieve party goals. Veterans could have afforded to make a small sacrifice.

Read more on the interview below the jump.

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"A Plan I Liked": Ted Cruz's Speechwriter Laments Loss Of Government Health Insurance


by: Joe Deshotel

Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 10:00 AM CDT

Speechwriter and Communications advisor for Ted Cruz lit up Twitter last night when she complained that, "It's almost November and I have no idea what my health plan will be or what it will cost in January."

It wasn't long before she was apparently inundated with tweets reminding her of why she lost her current health insurance -- Senate Republicans pushed an Amendment to force Congressional staff onto DC exchanges after cutting their initial employer-provided plans.

What's worse is her boss Ted Cruz wanted to remove all federal employees' insurance coverage and force them to the very exchanges they are voting to defund. So not only did they strip their staff of insurance but they immediately transitioned into trying to defund the alternative without providing any additional options. The exchanges were set up, not for people like Congressional staff who already were insured, but for the tens of millions of Americans who do not currently have access to affordable health insurance.

The bottom line is Congressional Republicans' only goal is to see the president fail, even if the collateral damage is their own employees' health coverage. Fortunately for Amanda and her colleagues, Obamacare covers preexisting conditions, including being thrown under the bus.

Click below the jump to see some of the great reactions to this audacious tweet...

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DNC Campaign Reminds Texans That Sen. Ted Cruz Isn't Representing Their Interests


by: Katie Singh

Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 01:00 PM CDT

The government shutdown is now well into its second week, and although discussions between the President and the GOP have begun, the shutdown seems unlikely to end anytime soon. The political ramifications of the shutdown have been disastrous for the Republican Party. A recent NBC News poll found that over half of Americans blame the Republicans for the shutdown (as well they should), and approval ratings for the GOP and the Tea Party are at record lows.

Now, the Democrats are capitalizing on Republicans' self-inflicted damage with a new ad campaign. This week, the DNC rolled out a new campaign aimed at the Tea Party architects of the shutdown, focusing on Senator Ted Cruz. With a series of Google and Twitter ads and robocalls, the DNC is targeting Texas voters by highlighting how the shutdown has hurt Texans. Thanks to Ted Cruz's reckless actions, thousands of Texans have been harmed by the government shutdown, and now the DNC is holding him accountable.

Read what the DNC is saying about Ted Cruz after the jump.

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Ted Cruz Wants To Replace Obama, Not Obamacare


by: Joe Deshotel

Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 08:00 AM CDT

Ted Cruz doesn't want to replace Obamacare, he wants to replace President Obama.

Ted Cruz made his appearance at this year's Texas Tribune Festival in front of a "Come and Take It" flag, ironically it was via Skype and he was actually in Washington D.C. It was though, the perfect metaphor for a conversation that gave insight into the real reasons behind his grand stand on the Senate floor -- his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

This act of self-aggrandizement has drawn some parallels to what Wendy Davis did this summer but besides polar opposite motivations (preserving access to care vs. denying it)  Ted Cruz defied both his party and the majority of individuals who do not support the Affordable Care Act.

Even though Texas has the highest uninsured population, Cruz will personally benefit greatly with Republican primary voters by appearing as the one individual who made a last stand against the funding of Obamacare.

Evan Smith asked, "What did you intend to accomplish and what in the end did you accomplish?" and Cruz responded,

Click below the jump to find out how Ted Cruz is really just like those other "squishy" politicians, only better...

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