Archive for the ‘Republicans’ Category

Texas House Votes To Defang Runaway Travis County Public Integrity Unit

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

More good news from the Texas legislature: The Texas House has voted to remove jurisdiction over statewide elected and appointed officials from Travis County’s corrupt, partisan Public Integrity Unit. Instead, such investigations would be handled by the unimpeachable Texas Rangers rather than the likes of Ronnie Earl and Rosemary Lehmberg.

It was only a historical fluke that Travis County managed to exercise such authority in the first place, and given the Public Integrity Unit’s willingness to pursue abusive vendettas against Republican political figures such as Tom DeLay and Rick Perry, removing that responsibility was long overdue.

Democrats will no longer be able to get revenge against Republicans from the Travis County prosecutor’s office for what Republicans and voters have done to them at the ballot box over the last two decades…

Texas Tribune Interviews People in Times Square About Ted Cruz

Monday, March 30th, 2015

This is where “lazy man-in-the-street journalism” meets “lazy Monday morning blogging.” Your usual mixed bag of “who,” “he’s great” and “he sucks.”

One thing stuck out, though: Ted Cruz supporters were a lot more articulate and issue-oriented on why they supported him than the Cruz detractors.

LinkSwarm for March 27, 2015

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Those two outstanding Obama successes, ObamaCare and Middle East foreign policy, just keep succeeding…

  • Yet another ObamaCare timebomb threatens small businesses.
  • In case you hadn’t noticed, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are intervening directly in Yemen with other Sunni Arab nations, raising the significant possibility that Iran’s Big Yemen Adventure will turn into a full-blown Sunni/Shia Civil War.
  • Don’t you hate it when a bomb goes off in your mosque right in the middle of your “Death to America” chant?
  • But Iran supporting terrorists and attacking America’s allies in the region won’t stop Obama and Kerry from giving in on every Iranian demand for their toothless Iranian nuclear weapon deal.
  • Also, the Obama Administration just declassified a report on Israel’s nuclear program. It’s almost as if Obama truly wants to punish America ‘s allies and reward America’s enemies.
  • Think the Israelis are pissed at the fall of Yemen? It’s nothing compared to the rage of the Saudis and other Arabs.
  • Even Turkey’s Islamic government has decided Iran has gone too far.
  • Obama’s superpower is ignoring reality.
  • Think UK Muslim child rape stories couldn’t possibly get any more creepy or depressing? A gang in Croydon targeted Down Syndrome girls. (Hat tip: JihadWatch.)
  • Is Obama hindering the fight against Boko Haram because he favors the Muslim Nigerian Presidential candidate over the Christian one?
  • Harry Reid to retire from Senate. That hissing sound you hear is the air rushing out of Democrats’ chances to retake the senate in 2016… (Hat tip: Jim Geraghty.)
  • Speaking of Democrats and the Senate, there are bruising primary battles heating up up between the party’s corrupt wing and the party’s insane wing. (Sure, National Journal uses the words “pragmatic liberal” and “progressive,” but we all know what they mean.) (Hat tip: Instapundit.)
  • Of course Ted Cruz can win.
  • It doesn’t hurt that he’s running against corporate welfare.
  • Cruz set out a fundraising goal of raising $1 million the first week of his campaign. he did that in just over a day and has already hit $2 million.
  • Different jobs, different perks. If you work at a high tech start-up, you may get free snacks and catered meals. If you work at the DEA, you might get orgies with prostitutes paid for by drug lords.
  • An early leader for Mother of the Year.
  • A tale of two rapes, one that didn’t happen the media hyped, and one that did the media ignored.
  • Judging from the comments in this Slashdot thread, techies are getting tired of frivolous Social Justice Warrior lawsuits.
  • Since that was a mostly very depressing roundup of news, here’s a Golden Retriever puppy sliding down a ramp.

    LiveStream of Texas Tribune Interview with Ted Cruz

    Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

    Supposed to start at 2 PM.

    Ted Cruz’s Presidential Race Announcement Speech

    Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

    Here’s Ted Cruz’s full kickoff speech for his 2016 Presidential campaign:

    Ted Cruz Announces Presidental Run With a Tweet

    Monday, March 23rd, 2015

    Despite advance word that Cruz would announce his run today, he actually did so with a tweet Sunday night:

    Cruz had a very strong social media team for his 2012 Senate race, so this move isn’t a big surprise. Now we’ll see if it, and his early jump, can get him any separation in a very crowded field…

    Ted Cruz to Declare Presidential Bid Tomorrow

    Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

    Texas Senator Ted Cruz is expected to announce his 2016 Presidential bid tomorrow at Liberty University in Virginia.

    This should not be a surprise to anyone following this blog, or keeping track of his travel schedule.

    Probably more on the announcement tomorrow…

    Jason Villalba, The King of Thin-Skinned Twitter Blockage

    Saturday, March 21st, 2015

    Texas State Rep. Jason Villalba, ostensibly a Republican, seems to be going out of his way to alienate actual Republican voters.

    First he was among the (sadly many) Republican Representatives to vote to reelect Joe Straus Speaker, then got caught praising Straus’ progressive agenda.

    Next came Villalba’s introduction of H.B. 2918, which attacks the rights of photographers, bloggers and CHL holders under the guise of protecting police from being assaulted by cameras.

    Naturally, this has lead to a raft of criticism on Twitter and elsewhere. (There’s aeven a Recall Jason Villalba Facebook group. Since Texas does not have any recall election mechanism for state-level officials, I presume they mean to back a primary challenge to him in 2016.)

    So what has Villalba’s reaction to this criticism been?

    Villiba Block

    So go ahead and add “thin-skinned” to the list of Rep. Villalba’s flaws…

    Scott Walker Signs Right-to-Work Bill Into Law in Wisconsin

    Monday, March 9th, 2015

    “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Monday signed into law a measure that prohibits requiring a worker to pay union dues, striking another blow against organized labor four years after the state effectively ended collective bargaining for public-sector employees.”

    National unions poured tens of millions into Wisconsin trying to defeat Walker, and only succeeded in making him stronger and losing worse than they would have otherwise.

    Four Texas Congressmen Voted To Cave on Obama’s Amnesty

    Thursday, March 5th, 2015

    If you hadn’t heard, House Republicans caved in to fund Obama’s unconstitutional illegal alien amnesty.

    Even more infuriating: Four Texas Republican congressmen were among the 75 Republicans who caved:

  • John Carter (my own congressman)
  • Kay Granger
  • Will Hurd
  • Mike McCaul
  • Will Hurd at least has the excuse that he represents a majority Hispanic swing district representing San Antonio and several border counties, so it’s possible that he’s following the wishes of his constituents.

    Carter, Granger and McCaul do not.