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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
Thu
05
Feb

Budget-writing process begins in Senate

AUSTIN — On Jan.
Tue
03
Feb

BBB Alert: Scammers attack BBB!

Fri
30
Jan

Perry touches on pot policy in international forum

AUSTIN — January 20 was inauguration day for Gov. Greg Abbott, successor to Rick Perry, who completed a record-setting 14 years as governor. Abbott is the 48th governor of Texas. Abbott expressed gratitude to the people who elected him and promised to “promote policies that limit the growth of government, not the size of your dreams.” “Texas truly is the land ofopportunity, the place where anyone can achieve anything,”Abbott said. “But as great as  Texas is there’s more we must do: More for the families stuck in traffic. More for parched towns thirsty for water. More for parents who fear their child is falling behind in school. More for employers searching for skilled workers. More for our veterans who return broken from battle.”

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Fri
30
Jan

The campaigns that just will not end

When the election was over, many breathed a sigh of relief. It wasn’t necessarily because a particular candidate had won or lost, but rather that the partisan bickering had ended for a season. Also, it seemed possible that with Republicans in control of Congress and a lame-duck Democrat president the two sides might work together on middle-of-the-road legislation that would help middle- class Americans who have not yet seen much benefit out of an improved economy. Instead of an endless campaign and stalling on the big issues of the day, both parties have an opportunity to compromise and govern.

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Thu
22
Jan

We don’t need to pay more gas taxes

Some members of Congress — apparently intent on ensuring  that no positive developmentin American life goes unpunished — have had a surprising reaction to the steep decline in gas prices that has taken place in recent months: It’s time to make fueling your car more expensive.
 
Thu
22
Jan

Governor Perry ends tenure with final address to lawmakers

USTIN — Gov. Rick Perry delivered his farewell address to a joint session of the House and Senate on Jan.
Tue
20
Jan

Would your child’s car seat pass inspection?

Securing your children properly in age- and size-appropriate child safety seats — in the back seat of your vehicle — is the most effective thing you can do to protect them in the event of a crash. In fact, in motor vehicle crashes, child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers.

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