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Murdering Mortician Freed After Hollywood Assist in Texas

Bernie Tiede, formerly of Carthage, Texas, was freed from a life sentence after being convicted of murdering his 81-year-old companion in 1999. The former mortician’s sentence was adjusted after new evidence led the Panola County District Attorney to agree that the prison term went too far. As a strict bond condition, Tiede will be released to Austin-based filmmaker and personal advocate, Richard Linklater. May 8, 2014 6:21 AM PT

Ted Cruz Renews Call for Independent IRS Investigation

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz renewed his demands for an independent investigation of the IRS targeting scandal in a fresh letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Senator Cruz argued that newly-surfaced emails obtained by Judicial Watch further demonstrate the Department of Justice’s potential bias in handling the investigation of wrongdoing by the IRS. May 7, 2014 1:12 PM PT

Another Texas Dope-the-Vote Ring Member Admits Voter Fraud

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) probe into alleged vote-buying activity in south Texas netted another guilty plea from Donna resident Diana Balderas Castañeda. Castañeda, provincially known as a “politiquera,” admitted to offering small cash amounts to voters casting ballots for pre-approved candidates. Some voters would be escorted to drug dealers after voting. May 7, 2014 4:55 AM PT

Wendy Davis Campaign Failures Result in Key Resignation

A critical staff shakeup in the Wendy Davis campaign press shop officially came into effect today as former spokesman and communications director Bo Delp resigned his post to make way for U.S. Senator Reid alum Zac Petkanas. While the announcement may strike surprise for some, the move has been long overdue given left-of-center media coverage of the campaign. May 1, 2014 1:46 PM PT

WaPo Writes Wendy Davis’ Political Obituary

When faced with the news that the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) was not going to invest in State Senator Wendy Davis’ gubernatorial bid as a top tier effort, the campaign offered a taste of internecine anger that is certain to make Texas Republicans delight as the 2014 General Election approaches. May 1, 2014 9:29 AM PT

Democratic Governors Reject Wendy Davis

Amid consistently poor polling numbers and key policy positions often indistinguishable from her Republican counterpart, the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) withheld State Senator Wendy Davis from its targeted race list for 2014. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin dashed hopes by reminding party supporters that Texas has been a reliably red state for two decades. Apr 29, 2014 3:25 PM PT

Fresh Border Patrol Agents Arriving in South Texas

After responding to a spike in manpower demand for U.S. Border Patrol agents along the southern Texas boundary with Mexico, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials were pleased to announce that roughly two dozen new agents reported to the Rio Grande Valley Sector. Some border security experts praise the move, but remain concerned about longer-term challenges. Apr 24, 2014 6:03 AM PT

Texas Lt. Governor: BLM ‘Makes My Blood Boil’

HOUSTON, TEXAS--Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst slammed the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in a statement today after Breitbart Texas revealed a federal plan to potentially seize mass tracts of privately-held land. The Lt. Governor said any such plan was “outrageous” and “made [his] blood boil.” The powerful state executive called on the Texas Attorney General to file a lawsuit against the BLM to blunt any federal designs for uncompensated “confiscation” of property. Apr 22, 2014 2:20 PM PT

Left Begins Effort to Publicize Gaps in Border Fence

A coalition of investigative journalists to include the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) recently announced a public project to map border infrastructure used to hopefully minimize unlawful crossing and other illegal activities. While the effort is understandably time-consuming and leads to frustration when clearly seeing much of the border unfenced--security experts argue the key is proper placement, rather than blanket coverage with infrastructure. Apr 21, 2014 6:49 AM PT

Bundy Ranch Hyperbole Continues

Controversial radio host Alex Jones found necessity in defending himself after his media properties’ recent assertions that a Reid family solar energy deal with the Chinese was the driving cause for the Bundy ranch standoff began to deteriorate. Breitbart News recently covered in depth that although a number of peripheral elements in Jones’ theory are absolutely true, the central claim is off by a mile—more than 20 miles, actually. Apr 18, 2014 9:20 AM PT

Poll: Abbott Holds Commanding Lead over Wendy Davis with Female Voters

Fresh Public Policy Polling (PPP) indicates that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has not only survived—but thrived—amid Wendy Davis’ prolonged effort to sour female voters against the GOP with the “War on Women” strategy. New PPP numbers show Abbott holding a commanding lead among female voters 49 to 41 percent. Apr 15, 2014 10:08 AM PT

Feds to Pursue Bundy Ranch ‘Judicially’ After Standoff

Despite aborting their roundup and allowing “trespassing” cattle returned to the Bundy ranch in southern Nevada, the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently offered public statements claiming it would continue to pursue the ranchers in court. Should the agency choose to do so, it would be the third time federal courts were utilized in the matter. Apr 14, 2014 8:44 AM PT

Feds Blink—Leave Bundy Ranch Area

BUNKERVILLE, NEVADA—The National Director for the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced the cattle roundup operation taking place near the Bundy family ranch has now ended, citing safety concerns. Apr 12, 2014 11:10 AM PT

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