U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz were the farewell lunch speakers for a conference held by the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation on Friday afternoon, and, when it comes to policy, there was hardly an ounce of distinction between the two Republicans. There were, however, differences to be noted, the same kinds of difference one might notice between a work horse and a show horse. Cruz played the audience as if his campaign for president had never fizzled out. He discussed the issues before Congress in red-hot terms, throwing verbal bombs at the outgoing Obama administration and Democrats, alternatively giving descriptions of them that could match either a zombie who didn’t know what had hit him to “radicalized” worshipers of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. On the…View Original Post
U.S. Representative Mike Conway of Midland says that a corrido written for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was a political ploy on par with Russian hacking in influencing the election. The Republican lawmaker, a one-time business partner of former President George W. Bush, told the Dallas Morning News that Democrats used Mexican entertainers to subvert the election by firing up Hispanic voters in Nevada. “Harry Reid and the Democrats brought in Mexican soap opera stars, singers and entertainers who had immense influence in those communities into Las Vegas, to entertain, get out the vote and so forth,” Conaway told The Dallas Morning News this week. “Those are foreign actors, foreign people, influencing the vote in Nevada. You don’t hear the Democrats screaming and saying one word about that.” Asked whether he considers that…View Original Post
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Beyond here there be dragons, or at least the most interesting articles I’ve read this week by other writers. “And Cut!” A threat to Texas film and TV incentives By: Danny Gallagher From: Dallas Observer Synopsis: The Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program, which lures production into Texas with tax rebates, is once again the cross-hairs of culture conservatives in the Legislature. “It changed the way the game was played,” says Janice Burkland, the director of the Dallas Film Commission. “Everything became incentives first and location, equipment and crew second and third.” But not everyone who has moved into the offices of the Texas State Capitol sees the program the same way. Last year, legislators cut the program’s funding by two-thirds and just recently, three…View Original Post
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This past weekend my wife and I were on our way from Austin to Waco to sell a load of pecans when I noticed the Bell County Exposition Center advertising an upcoming monster truck show, a rodeo, and a sold out Willie Nelson and Family concert. I thought about the increasing rhetoric about a country divided by strident and opposing viewpoints. But here was Willie—a long-haired, liberal who said he once smoked pot on the White House roof, a singer who professes love for Bill and Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and President Obama—selling out a show in a county that gave just 39 percent of its vote to Hillary Clinton. The next day, Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep gave an impassioned speech at the Golden Globes calling out President-elect…View Original Post
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The unanimous election of Joe Straus to a fifth term as Texas House speaker was pro forma, with not even his most ardent opponents fielding a candidate against him. After taking the dais, Straus used the moment to frame no-compromise, right-wing House members as agents of discord instead of cooperation for what is best for Texans. Two years ago, the tea party Republicans ran a candidate against him, and garnered just 19 votes in the 150-member House. Straus admonished them by saying the speaker’s race had been marred by “misleading and personal attacks,” going on to say, “You can not effectively govern this House by dividing it.” This time around, the tea party Republicans decided that voting for Straus was the best strategy. Representative Matt…View Original Post
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