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Breitbart Texas Reporter in Rollover Accident While on Border Assignment

Breitbart Texas reporter Bob Price was in a rollover car accident Saturday evening while on assignment riding along with a Brooks County Sheriff's Department volunteer reserve deputy named Daniel Walden. Thankfully, neither Price nor Walden were seriously injured in the accident, which occurred on U.S. Highway 281 just north of the Hidalgo County line around 9:25 pm Central Time. Nov 23, 2014 9:17 AM PT

Texas Construction Firms, Desperate For Workers, Call for Immigration Reform

AUSTIN, Texas -- After President Barack Obama announced on Thursday his intention to enact immigration reforms by executive order, his plans are being criticized by construction companies in Texas, who say that this approach is inadequate to address their hiring needs. A group of representatives from the industry convened in Houston with other business leaders this week and called for Congressional action on immigration. Nov 23, 2014 5:46 AM PT

More Texas House Republicans Choose NARAL-Favored Candidate for Speaker

AUSTIN, Texas -- Ten more Texas House Republicans added their names to the list of Members who are endorsing Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) for re-election as Speaker in an email sent to Breitbart Texas on Thursday afternoon. As Breitbart Texas has reported, pro-life advocates have concerns about Straus' leadership of the House, and question whether, once again, the 2015 Legislative Session will lead to frustration as pro-life bills fail to be advanced to the floor for a debate and vote. Nov 20, 2014 2:59 PM PT

Congressional Action Spurred on Keystone Pipeline Legislation

Hours after Congress returned from a seven week recess and a bloodbath for Democrats at the ballot box, a surprising bipartisan effort began to enact legislation to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline and send a bill to President Barack Obama's desk as early as next week. One catalyst for the sudden movement on this stagnated project is the nation's sole remaining undecided Senate seat: Louisiana, where Democrat Senator Mary Landrieu is facing a tough challenge from Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy in a runoff election next month after neither candidate reached the 50 percent threshold in the general election. Nov 14, 2014 5:32 AM PT

Battle for Texas Speaker Heats Up, More GOP Reps Declare Support for Straus

AUSTIN, Texas -- The vote for the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives for the 84th Legislative Session will not take place until January, but the battle is already heating up. As Breitbart Texas reported, State Representative Giovanni Capriglione (R-Southlake) shocked members of the NE Tarrant County Tea Party on Monday when he told them he would be supporting the current Speaker, Joe Straus (R-San Antonio), for reelection over Representative Scott Turner (R-Rockwall). Now, in a press release emailed to Breitbart Texas late Thursday night, six more Republican State Representatives have declared their support for Straus. Nov 14, 2014 5:28 AM PT

Cornyn Elected Senate Majority Whip

AUSTIN, Texas -- Now that the Republicans have retaken control of the United States Senate after last week's elections, Texas Senator John Cornyn, who had served as Minority Whip for the Republicans, has officially been elected by Senate Republicans as their Majority Whip. Cornyn will be the second most powerful Republican in the Senate, after Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), who fended off a challenge from Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, was elected Senate Majority Leader. Nov 13, 2014 3:37 PM PT

90 Percent of Texas Construction Firms Having Trouble Finding Enough Workers

AUSTIN, Texas -- American construction companies are facing increasing challenges hiring and retaining qualified workers. The problem is especially bad in Texas, where 90 percent of construction companies report problems finding qualified craft professionals and half are losing their workers to other industries, mostly to the oil and gas industry. Nov 13, 2014 9:40 AM PT

Leaked Memos from Wendy Davis Consultants Warned of Major Problems

AUSTIN, Texas -- A pair of leaked memos -- written at the beginning of the year by two consultants to Democrat Wendy Davis' failed campaign for Texas Governor -- paint an extremely unflattering picture of a "dysfunctional" campaign team. Nov 13, 2014 5:23 AM PT

Texas Grassroots Activists Push to End In-State Tuition for Illegals

AUSTIN, Texas -- On the first day of bill filing for the 84th Legislative Session, Texas State Representative Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford) filed HB 209, which would repeal a 2001 law allowing illegal immigrants to get in-state tuition at Texas universities if they met certain criteria. The legislation was cheered by conservative grassroots activists, who have long opposed allowing illegal immigrants to pay the lower in-state tuition rates charged to Texas residents as one of the "magnets" that creates incentives for people to illegally cross the border. Nov 12, 2014 5:20 AM PT

Abbott: New Secretary of State Will Give Border Communities a Strong Voice in Austin

AUSTIN, Texas -- Governor-elect Greg Abbott held a press conference in the Old Supreme Court Room at the Texas Capitol on Tuesday to introduce his selection for Secretary of State, Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos. As Breitbart Texas reported earlier, Abbott first announced the appointment at a meeting in Brownsville, the county seat for Cameron County. This is his Abbott's first official appointment for his administration, which will officially begin when he is sworn into office in January. Nov 12, 2014 5:10 AM PT

Rush Limbaugh: "Texas Had a War on Liberals" with Konni Burton's Election to Wendy Davis' Seat

In contrast to Davis, who rose to fame after filibustering against Texas' abortion bill, Burton is staunchly pro-life, as well as deeply conservative on fiscal issues. She was endorsed by Texas Senator Ted Cruz and won the enthusiastic support of grassroots conservatives around the state. When the final votes were tallied, Burton had defeated her opponent, Democrat Libby Willis, by more than eleven thousand votes, a 52.19 percent to 45.44 percent margin. Nov 11, 2014 11:46 AM PT

Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, & Speaker Straus Launch 'Texas Veterans Initiative'

AUSTIN, Texas -- The day before Veteran's Day, Texas leaders launched a new "Texas Veterans Initiative" that will commit more than $1 million in funding to a public-private partnership to provide expanded mental health services for Texas' veterans. The news was announced in a joint press release from Governor Rick Perry, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, and Speaker of the House Joe Straus. The release describes "an innovative pilot program" that "will allow the state's $1 million investment to match local and private funds to expand and evaluate community-based mental health programs serving veterans and their families." If the program is successful, the Legislature could expand it during the 2015 Legislative Session. Nov 11, 2014 9:04 AM PT

Dan Patrick Credits Victory to Social Media, Selfies, and Staunch Conservatism

AUSTIN, Texas -- In a deeply conservative state like Texas, Republican Dan Patrick was heavily favored to defeat his Democrat opponent, Leticia Van de Putte, in the race to be Texas' next Lieutenant Governor; especially, as many political observers predicted, a Republican advantage against the backdrop of President Obama's plummeting popularity. However, the path Patrick took to that victory -- and some of the data behind his win -- are "shocking the media" and "baffling the pundits," according to a memo being circulated by one of Patrick's top advisers. Nov 11, 2014 5:27 AM PT

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