Category Archives: Texas Issues

Abbott Signs “Pastor Protection Act” Into Law

Texas Tribune,

Gov. Greg Abbott signs SB #2065 into law on June 11, 2015 joined by Attorney General Ken Paxton, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and authors of the bill Sen. Craig Estes R-Wichita Falls and Rep. Scott Sanford R-McKinney

Gov. Greg Abbott signs SB #2065 into law on June 11, 2015 joined by Attorney General Ken Paxton, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and authors of the bill Sen. Craig Estes R-Wichita Falls and Rep. Scott Sanford R-McKinney Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Gov. Greg Abbott, who signed a bill Thursday that allows clergy members to refuse to conduct marriages that violate their beliefs, said that “pastors now have the freedom to exercise their First Amendment rights.”

The signing ceremony for the so-called Pastor Protection Act, which goes into effect Sept. 1, was held outside the Governor’s Mansion. Abbott was surrounded by about two dozen clergy members at a news conference discussing the law. Others attending the signing ceremony included Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton and Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, who authored the bill.

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Disarming the Second Amendment Won’t Stop Terrorism

From Times Record News, Columnist|Craig Estes

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File-AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Rodolfo Gonzalez State Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, raises one finger to vote yes for his Open Carry Bill during the final vote held at the state Capitol Tuesday in Austin. The Texas Senate has given its final approval to licensed open carry of handguns in the state, sending the measure to the House. Open carry has been resisted by law enforcement groups, but sailed through the Senate on a 20-10 vote.

Partisan spin doesn’t usually surprise me — after almost fifteen years in politics, I’ve come to expect it from both sides in response to both triumphs and tragedies. But I was honestly surprised when, after the worst terrorist attack on our soil since September 11, the Left’s response was to blame the National Rifle Association, the Republican Party, and an imaginary class of scary-looking firearms.

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To those who contemplate trespassing –

To those who contemplate trespassing on private property near Garner, Texas –

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It would be a really good idea to:

Update your will.

Purchase and wear body armor.

Smile for the cameras that are strategically place throughout the property.

And …before you go, notify your next of kin.

The very least you should expect to happen to you is that you WILL be prosecuted for Criminal Trespass.

The following is provided for your convenience –

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State Rep. Pat Fallon says he’s challenging state Sen. Craig Estes

State Rep. Pat Fallon, R-Frisco, confirmed he is challenging state Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls in next year’s Republican primaries.

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*Editor’s note: This story has been updated throughout.

State Rep. Pat Fallon, R-Frisco, is making it official: He is challenging state Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls.

“They just desperately want somebody new,” Fallon said of voters in Senate District 30, which Estes has represented since 2001. “It’s been 16 years — it’s going to be 18 years. They want a change. They don’t see him around.”

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Fallon to oppose ‘absentee landlord’ Estes

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State House Rep. Pat Fallon officially announced his candidacy for Texas Senate District 30 Tuesday in an interview with Weatherford Democrat news staff and criticized his opponent, incumbent Craig Estes, as “an absentee landlord.”

“Where have you been? You’ve been an absentee landlord. You’ve been asleep at the switch,” Fallon said of Estes’s 17 years in the Senate. “If you haven’t been around for years and you suddenly start showing up because you’re in a contested primary, people are going to see through it. It’s very transparent. He has squandered his incumbency because he has not been anywhere. At forums, I’m going to look him right in the eye and ask him: ‘Where have you been?’”

During the interview at the Democrat office, Fallon confirmed for the first time that he will challenge Estes in next March’s Republican primary after saying for weeks in appearances during appearances in the senate district, which includes Parker County, that he “probably” will do so.

Messages to Estes requesting comment were not returned by deadline Tuesday.

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Message From Hurricane Harvey: Americans Helping Each Other

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After three days of Hurricane Harvey, the message emerging from Houston and the Texas coast is not one of chaos and destruction, but of collective strength, as Americans help each other survive through the worst of circumstances.

For once, cable news is not dominated by talking heads shouting at each other, but by images of volunteers, black and white, arriving in flat-bottomed boats to rescue neighbors from flooded buildings. Journalists are helping to direct emergency crews to save stranded drivers rather than encouraging enraged mobs to riot against the police.

And President Donald Trump, attacked for weeks for allegedly dividing the nation, is drawing attention to its unity.

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Gov. Abbott: I’m keeping a list of lawmakers who oppose me during special session

Gov. Greg Abbott says he’s going to keep a list of lawmakers who oppose his agenda during the special legislative session, and that property tax reform is his top priority.

The Texas Tribune, by Morgan Smith July 17, 2017 Updated: 5 PM

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Gov. Greg Abbott lays out items for a special session at a press conference on June 6, 2017.

Gov. Greg Abbott said that he would publicly call out lawmakers who didn’t support his 20-item legislative agenda while Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick came out swinging against House leadership during Monday appearances on the eve of Texas’ special legislative session.

Abbott said he would aggressively hold lawmakers accountable for their positions on his legislative agenda and encouraged others to do the same.

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TPPF’s Vance Ginn to testify on eliminating property taxes in Texas

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August 2, 2017

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TODAY: TPPF’s Vance Ginn to testify on eliminating property taxes in Texas

Swapping property taxes with a reformed sales tax encourages growth

AUSTIN – Today, Dr. Vance Ginn, economist with the Center for Fiscal Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation will testify before the House Ways & Means Committee on House Bill 285 which would eliminate school district maintenance and operations property taxes and replace them with higher state sales tax rate.

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Governor Abbott Applauds Sen. Larry Taylor, Rep. Phil King’s Intention To Author School Finance Reform Legislation

June 30, 2017 | Austin, Texas | Press Release |

In the upcoming special legislative session, Sen. Larry Taylor and Rep. Phil King will author legislation to create a school finance commission. This issue was one of the 20 items Governor Abbott previously announced will be added to the special session agenda. Governor Abbott thanked Sen. Taylor and Rep. King for authoring legislation that will be begin to overhaul our outdated school finance system.

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We Hear You: ‘I Never Knew the Wall Made That Much Difference’

Dear Daily Signal: Kelsey Harkness did a really good job covering the border wall in San Diego (“Underreported: How Building a Border Wall Changed San Diego”). I sent her video report to my congressman, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas.  (This after a letter saying that with them doing a continuing resolution the day before, I should have just voted for the Democrats.)

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