Survey: Waivers let thousands graduate from Texas high schools despite failed end-of-course exams

From The Dallas Morning News, by 11/19/15 –

Ely del Rosario, 11, works on her multiple reading words and locating words in a dictionary exercise with Lauren Iden, her Developmental Program teacher at Spring Creek Elementary School in Dallas on Thursday, April 11, 2013. Lauren is helping her prepare for the new State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness Test, or (STAAR) (David Woo/The Dallas Morning News)

Ely del Rosario, 11, works on her multiple reading words and locating words in a dictionary exercise with Lauren Iden, her Developmental Program teacher at Spring Creek Elementary School in Dallas on Thursday, April 11, 2013. Lauren is helping her prepare for the new State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness Test, or (STAAR) (David Woo/The Dallas Morning News)

Updated at 10:59 p.m.: Revised to include comments from Sen. Kel Seliger.

AUSTIN — More than seven of every 10 Texas high school seniors who applied for a special waiver this year won permission to graduate, despite failing one or two of the five required end-of-course tests, according to a new survey.

The Texas Association of Business, the state’s leading business lobby, asked the largest 100 school districts about waiver applications.

Seventy-eight districts responded, saying 5,578 of their students who failed one or two exit-level tests petitioned them for permission to graduate anyway. School district committees granted a waiver to 3,974 — or 71 percent — of applicants, the association said Thursday.

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Parker County Conservatives Welcome Mayor Beth Van Duyne and Joseph Wade Miller

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Oregon County Passes Initiative Allowing Sheriff to Void Gun Control Laws If He Thinks They’re Unconstitutional

From The Daily Signal, by Natalie Johnson, 11/06/15


Nearly a month after a tragic mass shooting shook Umpqua Community College, a rural Oregon county roughly two hours west of the school passed a measure directing the sheriff to bypass state and federal gun laws if he judges them unconstitutional.

Coos County residents smoothly approved the Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance on Tuesday with more than 60 percent voting for its passage. The ordinance bars public employees from using county funds to enforce any laws the sheriff deems unconstitutional.

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MUST WATCH: Whistleblower doctor explains HORRIFIC reality dealing with Muslim invaders in Germany

From The Right Scoop on Oct 8, 2015 –

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This is unbelievable.

A Czech doctor, who works in a German hospital, is so disgusted and overwhelmed with the Muslim migrant invaders that she is threatening to leave the country and go back home to the Czech Republic. She explains, via an email letter (because the press is forbidden from reporting on this), how horrific the conditions are in these hospitals, with the Muslim invaders bringing diseases they weren’t even prepared to treat. But that’s just part of it. The superior attitudes of these Muslims and their belief that they should get everything for free is wreaking havoc everywhere, from the hospitals to the pharmacies.

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Choosing a Home-Defense Gun

From The American Rifleman, by B. Gil Horman, 10/16/15 –


Possibly the only topic to generate more arguments than politics is the never-ending discussion of what qualifies as the “best” home-defense gun. The truth of the matter is, no single shooting solution meets the needs of every individual or household. Every firearm is an exercise in compromise. Each platform has limitations to be considered carefully when making a choice.

Many firearms can be useful for a variety of applications, such as target shooting, hunting and concealed carry, as well as protecting your family. However, the following discussion focuses on firearms in the primary role of home defense. The general advantages and disadvantages of each gun type should be considered in light of the fact that most houses and living areas limit the defender’s mobility. Remember, practical defensive shots will be fired at very close range, i.e. contact distance, to across-the-room ranges of 5 to 10 yards.

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Hospital district not weighing in on suit

From The Weatherford Democrat, by Christin Coyne, 10/22/15 –

hospitalDespite owning the land and building in dispute and facing the possibility of losing $85,000, the Parker County Hospital District is not weighing in on a lawsuit involving the taxable value of the hospital.

Weatherford Texas Hospital Company, a subsidiary of Community Health Systems, is suing the appraisal district, arguing that the taxable value of the hospital should be approximately $35 million rather than $60 million, which the district has valued the property at since 2012, according to Parker County Appraisal District Chief Appraiser Larry Hammonds.

Foreign Policy and the Constitution

Tom Cotton
U.S. Senator from Arkansas

From Imprimis, Posted on October 20, 2015 in Foreign Policy

Tom CottonTom Cotton was elected to the U.S. Senate from Arkansas in 2014, following one term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He serves on the Senate Banking Committee, the Senate Intelligence Committee, and the Senate Armed Services Committee. A graduate of Harvard College, he studied government at the Claremont Graduate School and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2002. In 2005, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, rose to 1st Lieutenant, and served deployments in Iraq with the 101st Airborne and in Afghanistan with a Provincial Reconstruction Team. His military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and Ranger Tab.

The following is adapted from a speech delivered on September 15, 2015, at Hillsdale College’s Sixth Annual Constitution Day Celebration in Washington, D.C.

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From NRA-ILA, 10/22/15 –



New Right-to-Carry permit holder defends himself against armed robbers, FOX 2 Detroit, Detroit, Mich. 10/19/15

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A 23-year-old Right-to-Carry permit holder was waiting for a bus after work when a trio of armed men attempted to rob him. One of the thieves put their hands inside the permit holder’s pocket and stole $220. The permit holder responded to the robbery by drawing a gun and firing at the criminals, striking two and causing all to flee. The two wounded robbers were captured by police while seeking medical attention at a nearby hospital.

The permit holder obtained his Right-to-Carry permit mere weeks before his harrowing encounter. Speaking with a local media outlet, the permit holder’s brother noted, “I believe you should have the right to protect yourself from any danger… We should be able to walk and go where we want freely and not be in fear of our life that that’s why I believe your CPL is protecting you from any danger you may come across.” (FOX 2 Detroit, Detroit, Mich. 10/19/15)


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Propositions 1 thru 7 – Are you an informed voter?

Information and recommendations provided by State Rep Phil King

Proposition 1 (SJR 1)

“The constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes from $15,000 to $25,000, providing for a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for those purposes on the homestead of an elderly or disabled person to reflect the increased exemption amount, authorizing the legislature to prohibit a political subdivision that has adopted an optional residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation from reducing the amount of or repealing the exemption, and prohibiting the enactment of a law that imposes a transfer tax on a transaction that conveys fee simple title to real property.”

DIGEST: Proposition 1 would increase the mandatory homestead exemption from $15,000 to $25,000. The taxable value of homesteads owned by the elderly or people who are disabled also would be correspondingly reduced. These provisions would take effect January 1, 2015, and would apply only to a tax year beginning on or after that date.

SUPPORTERS SAY: The property tax is one of the most onerous taxes. In areas of rapid economic growth where demand for housing is strong, homeowners, especially those living on fixed incomes, may be priced out of their homes by rising property taxes. The amount of the mandatory school district residence homestead exemption has not been updated since 1997, while appraisals have continued to increase. This amendment provides much needed tax relief by increasing the amount of the homestead exemption, reducing the amount of taxes paid by a homeowner. By making this effective for 2015 taxes, it ensures that relief is felt immediately. It also promotes economic growth by allowing homeowners to retain more of their money.

OPPONENTS SAY: The homestead exemption increase will only nominally provide property tax relief for homeowners. The exemption will reduce property taxes for the average homeowner by about $126 a year. The homestead exemption increase provides no benefit for those who rent homes. Property taxes are a local matter. The best way to control local property taxes is for voters to hold local officials accountable.


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Cardinal Sarah urges Synod to reject liberal agenda pushed by organizers in blistering speech, interview

From LifeSiteNews, by Andrew Guernsey, 10/14/15 – 

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ROME, June 11, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – “What Nazi-Fascism and Communism were in the 20th century, Western homosexual and abortion ideologies and Islamic fanaticism are today.” So spoke Cardinal Robert Sarah in a blistering opening speech at the synod last week, now made public, in which the Guinean Cardinal identifies the greatest modern enemies of the family as the twin “demonic” “apocalyptic beasts” of “the idolatry of Western freedom” and “Islamic fundamentalism.”

In a recent interview with Aleteia, Sarah also expressed grave concerns about the manipulation of the Synod towards a liberalizing “agenda they are trying to impose,” while in his speech in the Synod hall he expressed misgivings at the way the Synod has been conducted.

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