Archive for January, 2013

Capital Tonight: Looking ahead to the legislative session

In less than a week, lawmakers will be returning to the state Capitol and they’ll have a laundry list of issues to tackle as soon as they’re and gaveled in. Tonight, our LeAnn Wallace took a look at what some of those emergency items might include. The Quorum Report’s Harvey Kronberg also weighs in on some of those potential emergency items and gives his thoughts on the odds that a bill reforming the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas will make the list.

On Monday, Texas Comptroller Susan Combs will release the revenue estimates for the next biennium. With the state forecasted to be working with a surplus this session, there will be plenty of cash across the board.

Tonight, we talked to a lawmaker and a lobbyist who both urge that if the state water problems are not made a priority, the trickle down effect on the economy will be disastrous. Our Capital Commentators Harold Cook and Ted Delisi weigh in on the water crisis as well as the outcome of the fiscal cliff showdown in Washington, DC.

You can click here to watch Thursday’s show.

 

Abbott slams Congress on Fiscal Cliff deal; threatens lawsuit

Attorney General Greg Abbott isn’t happy with the final fiscal cliff deal reached in Washington, yesterday; and he’s threatening more litigation against the federal government.  The Republican is criticizing lawmakers for what he says is a lack of spending cuts and an expansion of the federal government.

In a statement, Abbott said:

The so-called “Fiscal Cliff” offered Congress a chance to make real changes and address our country’s looming debt crisis. Instead the politicians in Washington decided to continue to pass our problems along to future generations.

Washington leaders side-stepped the opportunity — the obligation — to reduce spending, keep taxes low, and create an environment where the economy can grow. They should have employed the Texas model of limited government, lower taxes and a fair and predictable regulatory climate. Unfortunately, the deal cut this week in Washington keeps America on the wrong path.

The fiscal cliff “deal” will actually increase the deficit by $4 trillion over the next decade. At some point, the spending spree in Washington must end and the longer we wait to address our nation’s debt crisis the more painful the consequences will be. The irresponsible spending in Washington will surely impact Texas–and it won’t be pretty.

Washington’s refusal to use this opportunity to curb the expansion of government will undoubtedly add to my long list of litigation against the federal government. To date I have filed more than two dozen lawsuits designed to protect Texans from Washington overreach. While the federal government continues to grow, Texans can be sure that I will continue to fight them every step of the way.

Year in Review: Texas politicians pursue White House ambitions

Texas was front and center during last year’s search for a GOP presidential candidate.  Both Governor Rick Perry and longtime Congressman Ron Paul threw their hats into the ring, and while neither won the nod, they each left their stamp on national politics.

The possibility of Rick Perry for president came to a crushing halt at the beginning of 2012. After a series of debate mishaps, and poor performances in primaries and caucuses, Perry called it quits on the national scale.  “So I will leave the trail and return home to Texas, wind down my 2012 campaign, and I will do so with pride, knowing I gave fully of myself of a cause worthy of this country,” Rick Perry said from South Carolina.

After taking some time to regroup, Perry was back on the campaign trail, this time helping his former rival Mitt Romney, and doing what he could to help Lt. Governor David Dewhurst win a Republican primary battle against Tea Party darling Ted Cruz.  Both Romney and Lt. Gov. Dewhurst lost their respective elections.

But for many fans of the Libertarian-leaning Dr. Ron Paul, 2012 still seemed like the year a Texan would once again lead the nation.

“There’s a big fight going on, and we’re involved in it,” Dr. Ron Paul said. “But everybody else, a bunch of them, are joining us and saying you’ve gone too far, the Ron Paul people were right about overstepping their bounds.”

Even as all the other Republican candidates began to bow out—leaving room for Romney to accept the party’s nomination—Congressman Ron Paul pressed on…

But in the end, it wasn’t Perry or Paul’s year—or Mitt Romney’s for that matter—to move into the White House.

With 2012 now in the history books, the speculation over whether a Texan, Rick Perry or otherwise, will take over in 2016 begins to grow.

Click here to watch our 2012: Year in Review edition of Capital Tonight.

 

 

Rep. Doggett talks gun control, fiscal cliff

Rep. Lloyd Doggett is calling for stricter gun laws in the wake of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Doggett took aim today at Gov. Perry’s proposal that teachers and administrators be armed in schools.

Speaking in Washington, D.C. today, Doggett said, “The idea that if every teacher packs a gun that we’ll be safer makes no more sense than the effort last year, to have guns on our university campuses.”

You can see his full interview with our Washington, D.C Bureau Reporter Erin Billups, here.