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12
Mar

Can Walker go from Wisconsin to White House?

In a Quinnipiac poll released Thursday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was the leading choice of Republican voters to be their 2016 presidential nominee. That is quite the surge for Gov. Walker, who was buoyed, no doubt, by his recent boffo appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference. The Wisconsin governor and as-yet undeclared presidential candidate is perhaps bestknown for taking on the Badger State’s powerful public employee unions in 2011. That garnered national attention for drawing more than 100,000 protesters to the state Capitol in Madison.

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05
Mar

Netanyahu knows he can’t trust Iran

Today marks the third occasion that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of Congress. But unlike his uncontroversial appearances in 2011 and 1996, Mr. Netanyahu’s speech today has fomented much sound and fury in the nation’s Capital. Israel’s leader accepted an invitation from House Speaker John Boehner to convey to lawmakers his nation’s grave concern that the Obama administration will strike a long-term nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran, which, Mr. Netanyahu fears, “could threaten the survival of Israel.”

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05
Mar

Senate panel passes legislation to fund state highways

AUSTIN — The Senate Transportation Committee on Feb. 25 tentatively approved two pieces of legislation that would take a portion of various motor vehicle related taxes and dedicate that money to road and bridge construction and maintenance. Senate Bill 5, enabling legislation, and Senate Joint Resolution 5, which would put a constitutional amendment on the November statewide ballot, are meant to help cover the shortfall in the state highway funding program. According to Senate documents, the two measures work together to dedicate a portion of the motor vehicle sales tax and other taxes associated with vehicle use, but not the gas tax, to TxDOT so the agency “can reasonably predict and plan projects six to 10 years into the future, to replace congestion and to preserve our system.”

Thu
26
Feb

Beware Obamacare subsidies’ hidden tax bite can be painful

Remember Adriana? She was the smiling face that greeted visitors to healthcare. gov, the glitch-ridden Obamacare website that had a disastrous rollout in October 2013. The Maryland woman became the Internet whipping gal for those who had bad experiences with the site. Adriana has been succeeded as the unintended poster gal for Obamacare by Los Angeles resident Janice Riddle, after the story of her unexpected Obamacare tax bill made national news.

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Thu
26
Feb

Governor gives lawmakers his state budget priorities

AUSTIN — On Feb. 17, Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his first State of the State address during a joint session of the Texas House and Senate and released his recommendations for the two-year 2016-2017 state budget. In his 43-page Governor’s Budget document, Abbott said he aims to: “Constrain the size and growth of government. Reduce agency spending. Suspend, reduce, and eliminate unnecessary taxes and fees. Ensure government supports job creation and is accountable and transparent.”

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Thu
19
Feb

Dallas love triangle ended in murder

By Bartee Haile
 
On Feb. 23, 1942, the estranged wife of a Dallas newspaper columnist went on trial for the fatal shooting of her husband’s not-so-secret lover. Back in 1979, D Magazine talked a former employee of The Dispatch into reminiscing about Dallas’ gone but not forgotten tabloid that drove the establishment nuts and kept its readers entertained. No one had to twist Al Harting’s arm, however. He liked nothing better than to relive those wild and crazy days as a reporter for The Dispatch.

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Thu
19
Feb

Abbott joins other governors in urging against veto

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Feb. 12 announced he had joined a coalition of 24 governors in signing and sending a letter to President Obama that urges the nation’s chief executive “to reconsider his threat” to veto legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline. “With one stroke of a pen, you have the power to give thousands of Americans the shot at a good-paying job that will help them provide for their families and get ahead in a tight economy,” the letter says.

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Thu
12
Feb

Senate panel hears testimony on funding needs

Jim Clifton, chairman and CEO of Gallup, the nation’s most respected polling firm, made a rather remarkable appearance Wednesday on CNBC. It came the day after Gallup’s website featured an opinion piece by Mr. Clifton, headlined, “The Big Lie: 5.6 Percent Unemployment.” “Here’s something,” wrote Mr. Clifton, ”that many Americans – including some of the smartest and most educated among us – don’t know: The official unemployment rate, as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, is extremely misleading.” A day later, Gallup’s CEO walked back that assertion – or so it appeared.

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Thu
12
Feb

Why the jobless figure misses so many Americans

Jim Clifton, chairman and CEO of Gallup, the nation’s most respected polling firm, made a rather remarkable appearance Wednesday on CNBC. It came the day after Gallup’s website featured an opinion piece by Mr. Clifton, headlined, “The Big Lie: 5.6 Percent Unemployment.” “Here’s something,” wrote Mr. Clifton, ”that many Americans – including some of the smartest and most educated among us – don’t know: The official unemployment rate, as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, is extremely misleading.” A day later, Gallup’s CEO walked back that assertion – or so it appeared.

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Thu
05
Feb

Off-shore drilling worth pursuing

If you listen to the environmentalists, the president’s new plan to allow oil and gas drilling in previously off-limits areas is dangerous and sends the wrong message to a nation still searching

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