The most important thing about yesterday’s vote: national reciprocal concealed-carry is doable.
Senator John Cornyn’s (R, Texas) common-sense proposal that states with concealed-carry permits recognize other states’ concealed-carry permits was up for a vote yesterday as an amendment to Reid’s otherwise-useless “gun control” bill; and it came close to passing. Pretty freaking close, in fact (57/43). Flip South Dakota, New Hampshire, and West Virginia next year, and that’s sixty for cloture and let’s-see-what-bill-Obama-won’t-dare-veto. Here’s Sen. Cornyn’s description | Read More »
Grassroots or RNC Elites?
The rules changes crammed down the “yelling at the top of their lungs “NO” ” throats via a scripted teleprompter-driven “approval” at Tampa are under fire this week when the Republican National Committee meets. Breitbart reports that about 60 well known national conservatives have sent a letter of protest to RNC Chair Reince Priebus calling for changing those terribly unpopular rule changes that caused an | Read More »
Rick Perry’s Freedom Agenda
This morning’s post on Texas generated a lot of commentary. I’ve talked to people close to Governor Perry and want to give some information from their perspective. Yesterday, the Texas House voted to begin the expansion of medicaid under Obamacare. Later in the evening, they rescinded the effort. Several reporters and others I talked with explained that while Governor Perry is “rock solid” on the | Read More »
Rick Perry’s Failure to Lead Leads Texas Closer to Obamacare
Late Thursday afternoon, the Republican-controlled Texas House of Representatives took the first step toward capitulation on the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. A few hours later, the amendment directing the Texas state healthcare bureaucracy to start preparing for the expansion was reconsidered and rescinded after a handful of conservatives scrambled to rescue the situation — but the fact that it passed at all is a wake-up call.Here’s | Read More »
The Economic Rise of the South
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss North Korea’s threat to bomb Austin, the draw of low tax southern states, and why embracing energy and manufacturing has allowed some states to better whether this downturn.
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Energy 101: Modern Drilling Practices
Innovations on the drilling side of the industry have turned pipe dreams (excuse the pun) into reality.
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Tech at Night: Google Reader popularity again proves nobody cares about privacy. Catch my latest on Aaron Swartz.
More proof people don’t care about privacy: Google announces a service is ending, and the competitor I use to prepare Tech at Night becomes flooded to the point of unusability Wednesday night. People just don’t care what Google is doing.
The Street View WiSpy scandal didn’t scare people off, even as Texas hits Google for those offenses. Glass excites them. The shift toward human biases doesn’t raise questions. People love Google’s services, and privacy doesn’t enter into the equation. So keep regulation out.
Make sure you catch my recent RedState post on Aaron Swartz, and how the blame casting against his prosecutor is not only unfair, it’s wrong.
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Today, House Conservatives Will Prove They Are the Problem
Yesterday, the White House announced it would stop White House tours in response to sequestration. Congressman Louie Gohmert of Texas responded by offering an amendment to the pending continuing resolution that would prohibit federal dollars spent to cover the costs of President Obama’s golf games. Speaker John Boehner and the Republican Leaders ruled that Congressman Gohmert’s amendment was not relevant to the continuing resolution and | Read More »
Circle The Wagons: The Left Goes Gunning For Texas
There are some Texans who may think that what happened in Colorado–and is currently happening in North Carolina and Virginia–cannot happen in Texas.
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Texas House Republicans Meet TODAY to Plot Cave on Obamacare
Empower Texans brings rather troubling news that today Texas State House of Representatives Republicans will meet at 1p.m. CT to begin “discussing” caving on Obamacare and expanding Medicaid.Governor Rick Perry is solid on the issue, but if enough members of the Texas legislature disagree with him, they could override him.The ring leader is apparently State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, along with Representative John Zerwas.[UPDATE:] I’m being | Read More »
A new Bakken, a new Marcellus, a new Utica? Yes The Mancos Shale oil play could be!
[What do you get at RedState when you merely cut and paste outside content and call it a diary? A. Not a diary B. A violation of the posting rules C. Banned D. All of the above The correct answer is D. Use the contact form if you have a problem. - Mgmt.] The San Juan Basin has one of the largest accumulations of natural | Read More »
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Texas Attorney General on Guns, the EPA and Medicaid Fraud
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to discuss new the battle against the Second Amendment, challenging the EPA, and his efforts to tackle Medicaid fraud.
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Jerry Brown gets smacked by Rick Perry over California’s business climate, and reacts… poorly.
(Via Hot Air Headlines) I can’t believe that Jerry Brown led with his chin with this one: Gov. Jerry Brown publicly scoffed at Gov. Rick Perry’s attempt to draw Californians to Texas for better business, saying that the ad campaign is “barely a fart.” [snip] Brown told reporters that if Perry wanted to be taken seriously, he would have to spend at least $25 million | Read More »
Smokers Are Singled Out in Obamacare Rate Hikes
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech discuss the premium spikes smokers will see under Obamacare, where medical malpractice reform efforts have helped access to care and healthcare’s coming two-tier system.
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Jihad in U.S. Schools: Anti-Christian, Revisionist History Curriculum Backed by CAIR and Muslim Brotherhood
In December, I reported on the move by the federal government to replace traditional curriculum with government information documents. This is part of the trend towards the centralization of education, which has resulted in parents and teachers having less impact on what goes on in the classroom while the federal government’s control is expanded. One of the main concerns regarding the government information documents is | Read More »
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