Sen. Cruz: Securing the Freedom of Imprisoned Americans in Iran Should Be Top Priority

Senator Ted Cruz

Calls for unconditional release of U.S. citizens and permanent residents; urges U.S. and allies create multinational task force for political prisoners’ freedom WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced companion legislation to U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s bipartisan resolution calling for the unconditional release of U.S. citizens and permanent legal residents unjustly detained for political purposes by Iran. This bill also urges the U.S. and its allies whose nationals have been detained to consider […]

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Statement on Governor Abbott’s Proclamation on the Upcoming Special Session

AUSTIN – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following Gov. Greg Abbott’s proclamation for a Special Session beginning with legislation to extend the expiration dates for several health related agencies.  The Special Session will begin on July 18, 2017: “The Senate is prepared to hit the ground running to pass the conservative agenda that both Gov. Abbott and I share for the call. Senator Van Taylor, R-Plano, will file Senate Bill 20, the Sunset […]

Vice President Pence on the Consumer Freedom Amendment: “That’s What Freedom Looks Like”

Pence and Limbaugh discuss merits of Sen. Cruz’s effort to lower health care premiums WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Vice President Mike Pence appeared on the Rush Limbaugh Show where they discussed the merits of Sen. Cruz’s Consumer Freedom amendment to the Better Health Care Act. Vice President Pence told Limbaugh, “There’s a broad range of other regulations that the House allowed to be waived; that frankly Senator Cruz has developed some very creative proposals. Including freedom policies, which […]

Cornyn: Health Care Status Quo Isn’t Working

 ‘In my state alone, in the state of Texas, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, as many as 600,000 new low-income Texans will benefit from the provisions of the Better Care Act. It will help qualify them for a tax credit not available to them under Obamacare.’ ‘We’re going to continue to talk and listen and exchange ideas on how we can continue to make improvements. But, in the end, the choice is clear. You […]

Cornyn Statement on Nomination of Susan Combs at Interior Department

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after President Trump announced his intention to nominate former Texas Comptroller Susan Combs to be Assistant Secretary of Policy Management and Budget at the U.S. Department of Interior: “Having served at multiple levels of state government, Texans have long benefited from the leadership and tireless work ethic of Susan Combs. “As Agriculture Commissioner and then Comptroller of one of the nation’s largest economies, she has a […]

Cornyn on Fox: Repeal Obamacare or Accept Status Quo

 ‘In the end, the choice is Obamacare and the status quo, or something better. We think that we’ve got a better product, something that will bring down costs, make it more accessible. That’s why we need to vote.’  WASHINGTON – Today U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) appeared on Fox News’ Your World with Neil Cavuto to discuss the Senate Republican plan to replace Obamacare.  Excerpts from his appearance are below, and video can be found […]

Cornyn: Obamacare Continues to Fail Texans

‘A small business owner in Donna, Texas, epitomizes this reality in a letter that was written to me a few weeks ago… Either he could buy his employees expensive health insurance that his business could not afford, or he could pay fines totaling more than $100,000. Instead, he made the painful choice to lay off six of his employees in order to remain under the Obamacare-imposed threshold.’  ‘What he’s really talking about is a massive […]

Hon. Ruben Cortez Lauded For Leadership on Texas State Board of Education

Cortez Granted the 2017 Cesar Chavez Spirit Award for Leadership Award in San Antonio  Texas State Board of Education Board Secretary Ruben Cortez (D- Brownsville) was honored as the recipient of the 2017 Cesar Chavez Spirit Award for Leadership by the Cesar E. Chavez Legacy and Educational Foundation (CECLEF). The CECLEF has a long history of social advocacy and established to preserve the life & legacy of Cesar E. Chavez, legendary American labor leader and civil rights activist. Isidro […]

Two West University Residents Making A Difference At The Katy Prairie Conservancy

The Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC) now boasts two West University residents on staff with the recent hiring of Elisa Donovan as Assistant Director and General Counsel, joining Advancement Director Ali Dodson, who joined the nonprofit in late 2016. Both women share an environmental vision for the Katy Prairie’s 20,000 acres that involves preserving, restoring, and connecting area residents to this vital ecosystem just to the west of downtown Houston. “We are thrilled to have both […]

Whoppers that didn’t get away!

Mason Munoz with his 55.5lb catfish caught at Lake Palestine.

By Tom Berhens Let me tickle your tonsils… Mason Munoz caught a 55.5-pound blue catfish on June 8 at Lake Palestine. He did it by noodling, using only his bare hands and feet. Noodling is done by sticking your hand under water, probing deep pockets such as under docks, overhanging lake banks, or anything else that might hold a fish. The noodler, after feeling a fish (he or she hopes-yes there are women who do […]