Monday, December 22, 2014

YCT releases priorities for the 84th #TXLEGE

"And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching."
Hebrews 10:24-25

Once again, YCT shows why it's one of the best organizations monitoring government in this state:

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Texas continues to blow through Economic Records

"Honor the Lord with your possessions,
And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
So your barns will be filled with plenty,
And your vats will overflow with new wine."
Proverbs 3:9-10

WOW, from TPPF:

New State-Level Employment Report:
Texas Sets Another Job Creation Record

Texas sets the fourth consecutive monthly record of job creation

AUSTIN – The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released state-level labor market data for November 2014. The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Fiscal Policy Economist Dr. Vance Ginn issued the following statement:

“When it comes to providing economic opportunity, Texas continues to set records. Last month the state set the fourth consecutive monthly record of annual job growth with a remarkable 441,200 total net nonfarm jobs added. These jobs added were almost 100,000 more than those added in second place California. Texas private sector employers created an impressive 409,700 net jobs alone.

“This record-setting pace of job creation helped lower the state’s unemployment rate to 4.9 percent, which is now 95 consecutive months at or below the national average. The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas recently noted that more than 60 percent of all jobs added since 2000 were in the highest two wage quartiles. Jobs are plentiful and well-paying in Texas.

“In spite of a 45 percent decline in oil prices since July, Texas added 34,800 net nonfarm jobs in November. Texas is a highly diversified state that’s more resilient to oil price shocks than in the 1980s. In the 1980s, oil and gas activity was more than 20 percent of the state’s economy, but today it’s less than 15 percent. In addition, oil and gas jobs are only 2.6 percent of total nonfarm employment. The lower oil prices have led to cheaper gasoline prices translating into a cut in expenses for Texas families just in time for Christmas.

“Though Texas has seen good economic news, there are steps that the Texas Legislature could still take to further improve the economy, and insulate it from events. These steps include reducing the footprint of government by eliminating the margin tax, effectively limiting state spending, and creating a mechanism to slow state spending while temporarily cutting the state’s sales tax rate. By putting more power and money in the hands of Texans, the economic foundation that makes Texas prosperous for the neediest among us will be fruitful for everyone far into the future. This is something we can be thankful for in this season of good cheer.”
Vance Ginn, Ph.D. is an Economist in the Center for Fiscal Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. 

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin, Texas.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Rabbi Lapin excoriates American Jewry

"Now when the people complained, it displeased the Lord; for the Lord heard it, and His anger was aroused. So the fire of the Lord burned among them, and consumed some in the outskirts of the camp.'
Numbers 11:1

Rabbi Lapin was on with GB this morning and BOY did he let his own people have it:


  • "You have a very large proportion of American Jews, a majority of American Jews, that has...forsaken the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and they've adopted...the sacred sacrament of secular fundamentalism."
  • Question for non-observant Jews: "If an invisible private detective followed you around 24/7, how long would it take him to discover that you are Jewish as opposed to a loyal member of the Democratic [sic] party?!?"
  • "If a Billion Muslims became Evangelical Christians tomorrow, would the world be a better place?!?"

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Charlie Geren accuses private citizen of "Embezzlement"

"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them."
Ephesians 5:11

Gadzooks; from Michael Quinn Sullivan's personal blog:
Earlier today I received an email from a reporter at the Texas Tribune. The reporter is working on a profile of conservative State Rep. Scott Turner, who is running against Straus for the speakership. The reporter wanted my comments about a quote from “Republican” State Rep. Charlie Geren of Fort Worth.

Rather than address Turner’s candidacy and the issues he has raised about House governance, Geren and Straus are making their campaign about me. Geren told the reporter he was looking forward to using a Straus win “to show Tim Dunn how much money Michael Quinn Sullivan is embezzling from him.” (Tim is the chairman of Empower Texans’ board of directors.)

Embezzlement is a crime in Texas, one for which I have never been accused or convicted. So there’s Charlie Geren, recklessly committing per se defamation.


While I appreciate that the reporter didn’t want to be complicit in defamation, there is a recurring theme at play in the Straus Team: they bully, they accuse, they attack, and the media plays along or looks the other way.

But let’s go to the substance of the speakership race here. Joe Straus and Charlie Geren want to ignore the significant opposition to their failed leadership from Texas conservatives.

The GOP executive committees of Texas’ largest counties have endorsed Scott Turner’s candidacy, as have a large number of the State Republican Executive Committee members and grassroots groups from around the state. Joe Straus’ speakership has been rejected at every turn by conservative activists. House members supporting Straus demonstrate their allegiance is to the Austin establishment and not their constituents.


Joe Straus and his cronies represent those bad old days. They are upset that more and more Texans are seeing their fouls and responding to their strike-outs.
 Read the whole thing here.

Hall nominated for Texan of the Year

"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."
Galatians 6:9

Well, well, well:
All Wallace Hall did was take on the most powerful people in Texas over the state’s most cherished institution.

All it cost him was years of having his name dragged through the mud, threats of being impeached from his position as a regent at the University of Texas and the lingering threat of an ongoing grand jury investigation.

His dogged fact-finding, though, led not only to an independent investigation about the link between politics and admissions at UT and its law school but it also contributed to the resignation of UT-Austin President Bill Powers, a Texas giant.

An independent firm is now investigating the connection between powerful people and UT’s admissions practices. The results could shake the state.

For his uncommon impact, Hall, 52, is a finalist for 2014 Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year.


Hall kept digging, even as he faced more scrutiny — not just as a regent, but in his business and his personal life. The Texas House, under Speaker Joe Straus, set up a special panel that considered impeachment. It settled on censure, something many people considered a vindication of Hall.


The drama is far from over, but the role played by Wallace Hall leaves a mark that won’t soon be forgotten in Austin’s halls of power.
Read the whole thing here.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ted Cruz sets record straight

"Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong."
1 Corinthians 16:13

STC appeared with Bret Baier to clarify some of the nonsense folks have tried to spin about last weekend:


  • Notion he helped Reid: "That's just silliness."
  • The whole purpose was to force a vote on Amnesty.
  • He was clear with Reid and McConnell for a week in advance.
  • As a result of said vote, every D is on the record supporting amnesty.
    • A dozen criticized it when it happened.
  • "I believe in the primary process, I trust the grassroots."
  • Compares himself in D.C. to Uber; compares legacy D.C. culture to Taxi commissions.
  • "I'm not trying to play the Washington rules."

Casar under performs Obama by Eleven Points!!!

"Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it."
Matthew 24:26

A source e-mails:

Readers can view election results here; view district 4 boundaries here.

In other Casar related news, Battleground Texas let the cat out of the bag this morning:

That Casar received major league support from Battleground Texas has to be the least surprising news of this whole campaign; personally, we find it telling that neither side mentioned this until after the election.

Bottom Line: Not only did Battleground Texas get smoked statewide on November 4th.  Not only did three Republicans get elected to the Austin City Council last night.  But, even in their consolation prize in Northeast Austin, Battleground Texas' new golden boy trailed the previous golden boy by double digits.