"Attorney General Ken Paxton today commended a U.S. District Court decision ordering the Internal Revenue Service to repay Texas and five other states more than $839 million because of an unlawful Obamacare tax on state Medicaid programs. Of that total amount, Texas stands to be repaid $304,730,608.
“Obamacare is unconstitutional, plain and simple,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We all know that the feds cannot tax the states, and we’re proud to return this illegally collected money to the people of Texas.”
In October 2015, Attorney General Paxton led a multistate lawsuit against the federal government over the Obama-era regulation that threatened to choke off Medicaid funds for the health needs of millions of Texas citizens unless Texas taxpayers paid a portion of the Health Insurance Providers Fee to help fund Obamacare.
The court’s decision also means that five other states stand to be repaid Obamacare fees by the IRS: Indiana ($94,801,483), Kansas ($142,121,776), Louisiana ($172,493,095), Wisconsin ($88,938,850) and Nebraska ($36,238,918).
Texas and Wisconsin will argue at a hearing on September 5 that Obamacare, as amended by the recent tax bill, is unconstitutional in its entirety.
View a copy of the ruling here: https://bit.ly/2Bz1U6Z
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See Texas Attorney General's message regarding Texan's Second Amendment rights and unlawful signs prohibiting concealed weapons on property where concealed handgun license holders are legally permitted to carry.
"When uncooperative governments post signs to ban Texas citizens from carrying where it is legal, they are breaking the law and infringing on Texans' Second Amendment rights. Pursuant to Senate Bill 273 passed by the 84th Legislature, citizens may file complaints against these political subdivisions that unlawfully post signs prohibiting concealed weapons on property where concealed handgun license holders are legally permitted to carry.
Individuals who observe violations must first file a complaint with the government that appears to be in violation. If the entity does not remove the sign within three (3) days, citizens may file a complaint with the Texas Attorney General's Office to investigate the matter and enforce the law. If you believe a political subdivision is unlawfully posting 30.06 signs and you have already filed a complaint with that entity, you may call The Texas Attorney General's 30.06 Hotline at 1-844-584-3006, or fill out the form below: https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/apps/3006/index.php
We need your help!
On this Saturday and Sunday (August, 25th & 26th), #TeamCruz is holding a Days of Action across the Lone Star State to help us get ready to #KeepTexasRed in November, and we want you to join us!
The Days of Action will take place across Texas, so we hope to see you there!
Bexar County — San Antonio
900 NE Loop 410 #d124
San Antonio, Texas 78209
Nueces County — Corpus Christi
Nueces County GOP HQ
5151 Flynn Parkway, Suite 103
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
Travis County — Austin
Travis County GOP HQ
807 Brazos St. #408
Austin, TX 78701
Harris County — Houston
#TeamCruz Campaign HQ
3200 Southwest Freeway, Suite 1220
Houston, TX 77027
Dallas County — Dallas
Dallas County GOP HQ
11617 N Central Expy Suite 240
Dallas, TX 75243
Smith County — Tyler
Smith County Republican Party HQ
3923 S Broadway Ave
Tyler, TX 75701
Gregg County — Longview
Gregg County Republican HQ
220 N. Fredonia St.
Longview, TX 75601
Lubbock County — Lubbock
Lubbock County GOP HQ
2542 34th St.
Lubbock, TX 79410
Amarillo County — Amarillo
Amarillo County GOP HQ
4217 SW 21st Ave.
Amarillo, TX 79106
If you aren’t able to join us at one of the locations above, please contact the #TeamCruz staffer closest to you who would be happy to get you plugged in on the day of action from wherever you are!
Ted Cruz signs are coming to Upshur County!
In the meantime, join the phone banking
and sign placement opportunities by calling
Desiree Watts at (903) 500-2292,
emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or Facebook messenger.
AND REACH OUT TO ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY.
EVERYONE NEEDS TO VOTE TO KEEP TEXAS RED.
TCGC LETTER: Requesting Immediate Executive Action: Mandate Citizenship Verification for Voter Registration by the Texas Secretary of State
Requesting Immediate Executive Action:
Mandate Citizenship Verification for Voter Registration
by the Texas Secretary of State
JoAnn Fleming, GAWTP
on behalf of the
Texas Conservative Grassroots Coalition
Aaron Harris, Direct Action of Texas
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State Board of Education Member Keven Ellis told us this would come out today. Check out how they did.
Gilmer ISD B;
Union Grove ISD A;
Union Hill ISD C;
Big Sandy ISD C;
Harmony ISD B;
Gladewater ISD C;
Ore City ISD B;
New Diana ISD C;
Pittsburg ISD B;
Gladewater ISD C
"Today, Texas unveiled a new rating system for public school districts and campuses. Essentially a report card for schools, the system aims to inform parents and educators how schools and districts perform on measures such as achievement and growth.
Improving the performance of public schools is a task fraught with many pitfalls, and while some stakeholders are understandably resisting stricter accountability, the moral and economic imperatives of a competitive world do not simply vanish because of disagreement.
In Texas, 55 percent of third-graders are reading below grade level, and 52 percent are below grade level in math proficiency. Fifty-one percent of eighth-graders in the state also read below grade level, according to the Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness, and those figures are declining.
Additionally, a 2018 national assessment ranked Texas 46th in fourth-grade reading (declining), and 42nd in eighth-grade reading (also declining). Furthermore, 84% of Texas high school students fail to obtain a college-ready score on the SAT/ACT.
Passed by the legislature under two house bills, HB 2804 and HB 22, the A-F system assigns letter grades, ‘A’ for exemplary performance, through ‘F’ for unacceptable performance. Campus ratings are based on three factors:
- Student Achievement: For elementary and middle school students, achievement is solely determined on the basis of STAAR scores. High school achievement will be a composite of STAAR, college/career/military readiness, and graduation rate
- School Progress: Utilizes the higher score between academic growth (maintaining or improving STAAR proficiency) and relative performance (to other similarly situated schools)
- Closing the Gaps: Measures various student groups (race, economically disadvantaged, English learners, special education, etc.) via varied components and achievement targets to satisfy federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements
A detailed explanation of each aspect of the A-F Accountability System is available from the Texas Education Agency.
On a fundamental level, it is critically important that lawmakers craft a system of public education that allows all Texas students to learn and grow at grade level or above, but it unsurprisingly has met pushback from educrats more interested in keeping their own jobs than educating our children.
The Texas Association of School Administrators, staunch defenders of the status quo, dedicated webspace to fighting against the system, calling it a “mistake,” and arguing instead for community standards over state scrutiny.
While arguments against a single standardized state test are worth consideration, a patchwork of different community standards robs parents of meaningful comparisons. Additionally, STAAR has undergone recent revisions that give parents more tools, improvement incentives, and teacher input. Fears over the system treating high poverty schools unfairly are also circulating, although those concerns are addressed by the revised system.
This year, only school districts will receive official grades. Individual campus grades will be released in one year; however, interested parties will be able to view each school’s raw score and calculate a letter grade on that basis.
In addition to campus and district ratings, Texans may also view reports on the financial health of their local school district, including the outstanding debt-per-student, as well as the ratio of teachers to administrators and the average teacher salary.
For results and information about school district and campus scores, visit TXschools.org."
August 15, 2018by Salvador Ayala
"Aitan Goelman, Strzok’s lawyer, said FBI Deputy Director David L. Bowdich ordered the firing on Friday — even though the director of the FBI office that normally handles employee discipline had decided Strzok should face only a demotion and 60-day suspension. Goelman said the move undercuts the FBI’s repeated assurances that Strzok would be afforded the normal disciplinary process.
“This isn’t the normal process in any way more than name,” Goelman said, adding in a statement, “This decision should be deeply troubling to all Americans.”
The FBI declined to comment.
The termination marks a remarkable downfall for Strzok, a 22-year veteran of the bureau who investigated Russian spies, defense officials accused of selling secrets to China and myriad other important cases. In the twilight of his career, Strzok was integral to two of the bureau’s most high-profile investigations: the Russia case; and the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.
But when a Justice Department inspector general investigation uncovered politically charged messages that Strzok had exchanged with another FBI official, he was relegated to a position in human resources. Conservatives soon made Strzok the face of their attacks against the special counsel investigation into the president’s campaign, and the FBI took steps to remove Strzok from its ranks.
President Trump on Monday used Strzok’s firing to suggest the Russia investigation should be dropped, and the Clinton case redone.
“Agent Peter Strzok was just fired from the FBI - finally. The list of bad players in the FBI & DOJ gets longer & longer. Based on the fact that Strzok was in charge of the Witch Hunt, will it be dropped? It is a total Hoax. No Collusion, No Obstruction - I just fight back!” he wrote
Minutes later, he added, “Just fired Agent Strzok, formerly of the FBI, was in charge of the Crooked Hillary Clinton sham investigation. It was a total fraud on the American public and should be properly redone!”
On Monday, Strzok’s team launched a GoFundMe page with a lengthy statement to raise money for his “legal costs and lost income,” and said on the site that his firing was “apparently driven by political pressure.” Because Strzok is a senior-level FBI employee, and because the FBI’s No. 2 official directed his firing, he has few realistic avenues left to get back his job. It’s unclear if he plans to pursue legal action against the bureau."