Texas Joins the Fight for States’ Rights

    Texas is now officially on the States’ Rights bandwagon.  Don’t blame us for being slow; it just took a while to occur to us here in Texas that this could even be a issue! State Rep Brandon Creighton has sponsored HCR 50, calling for the Federal Government to “cease and desist”  any and all mandates “beyond the scope of … constitutionally designated powers.”  Don’t just | Read More »

    Another City Tries to Quash Tax Day Tea Party Gathering

    Brendan Steinhuser of FreedomWorks is reporting that another official of an American city is trying to prevent organizers of a tea party tax protest from being “allowed” to stage their protest, this time in Burleson, Texas. Unlike the the situation in Cape Coral, Florida where it was overburdening regulation that served as a stumbling block to the freedom of the people to assemble, the Texas | Read More »

    TX GOV: KBH Mocks Perry for Palin endorsement

    Lone Star Times reports that U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s website has posted a copy of a Texarkana Gazette editorial mocking Gov. Rick Perry for having received Sarah Palin’s endorsement: Palin has a certain cachet among conservatives. … But Lord, have mercy, she is an outsider with an opinion about Texas politics and government. And she sounds like the Yankee she is, if we use | Read More »

    Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?

    Remember Scooby-Doo? Debuting in 1969, the plot to every one of the cartoons is the same: Bad guy pretends to be a ghost or monster to steal something. Then he gets caught by the title Great Dane and teenagers Shaggy, Velma, Fred and Daphne. The crook then cries out, “I would’ve got away with it, if it wasn’t for those pesky kids!” When it comes | Read More »

    The Tax Man’s Spy Eye in the Sky

    Maybe you are a homeowner with substantial acreage in your possession. Maybe you have a nice fence with which you might makes “good” neighbors of those whom you may want to keep off your land. Maybe you then built a small barn or a shed but forgot to mention it to your county appraiser and regulatory offices by applying for a building permit. Don’t worry. | Read More »

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    It’s No Fun Being An Ilegal Alien…….. 16 Illegals Sue Arizona Rancher. Guess why.

    An Arizona cattle ranch owner is being sued for………. wait a sec……….. duct tape securely wrapped around head…….. being sued for violating the civil rights of illegal aliens. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/09/16-illegals-sue-arizona-rancher ———————– Washington Times by Jerry Seper Monday, February 9, 2009 An Arizona man who has waged a 10-year campaign to stop a flood of illegal immigrants from crossing his property is being sued by 16 Mexican | Read More »

    Well, so *what* if kids can’t hunt for fossils?

    The Democrats are trying to pass a public lands bill here. Besides, fossil enthusiasts are too small a group to be worth any consideration past the minimum. From CQ (no link, sorry): A public lands bill on its way to the House floor is meeting resistance from an unlikely constituency: amateur fossil hunters. The bill (S 22), which encompasses dozens of measures to expand national | Read More »

    Rep Carter forcing a Rangel Scandal?

    Via Instapundit, Warlord Rep. John Carter of Mars Texas (R, TX-31) is merrily causing trouble with an untroubled brow and a light heart: Carter tries to push Rangel out Republican Rep. John R. Carter of Texas offered legislation Wednesday that would require Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles B. Rangel to relinquish his gavel until the ethics committee completes an investigation into Rangel’s finances. Under | Read More »

    Sarah Palin endorses Rick Perry for reelection

    The Texas Republican gubernatorial primary race has just gotten more interesting. The Dallas Morning News is reporting that Sarah Palin has endorsed Texas Governor Rick Perry for reelection. According to Wayne Slater, who wrote the Morning News story, Gov. Perry’s campaign is using the Palin endorsement to try to peel away conservative support among women for Sen. Kay Baily Hutchison, Perry’s main opponent in the GOP primary | Read More »

    Support the Rangel Rule Bill!

    It’s not up yet at THOMAS, but really: it’s the thought that counts. From Representative JOHN CARTER OF MARS!… err, actually, Texas’ 31st district (and a Republican, of course), we have this fun little bill: All U.S. taxpayers would enjoy the same immunity from IRS penalties and interest as House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) and Obama Administration Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, if | Read More »

    State Rep. Bryan Hughes proposes allowing fireworks for Texas Independance Day

    Kudos to the Texian Online for being on top of this one.  “A bill proposed by State Rep. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) would allow the sale of fireworks from February 20th until midnight on March 2, Texas Independence Day. The legislation, HB 599, would add the Texas Independence Day window to three other periods when fireworks may be legally sold to the public in Texas: the | Read More »

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    Join Governor Perry in Promoting a Culture of Life in Texas

    Thirty-six years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Roe v. Wade, and since then more than 49 million abortions have been performed in America. As Governor of Texas, I have worked hard to promote a culture of life. I’m proud to have supported and signed a number of key bills including bans on partial-birth abortions and taxpayer-funded abortions in Texas, as | Read More »

    A Message for Texas Republicans

    Who would think that Texas Republicans weren’t really all that different from those in Massachusetts, Connecticut, or New Jersey?   I must admit I haven’t kept up with politics, especially at the state level, for very long. With a session of about four months every other year with little media attention, it can be easy to miss. It wasn’t until 2007 that I tried to | Read More »

    Democrats shut down Drug War debate in El Paso.

    Crossposted at Moe Lane.com Last week, El Paso’s City Council took an interesting stand on Federal drug policy. The City Council had voted unanimously last week on a resolution originally drafted by the city’s Committee on Border Relations that expressed support for Juarez and called upon the federal government to take several steps to aid Juarez and Mexico. Those steps included clamping down on gun-running | Read More »

    A Plea to the President

    More than two years after they were sentenced, former Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean still sit in federal prison for their actions in attempting to apprehend a drug runner who was smuggling 743 pounds of marijuana valued at $1.2 million from Mexico into the United States. To protect them from prison gangs eager to attack law enforcement officers, the Bureau of Prisons | Read More »