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Sheriff Addresses #BlackLivesMatter ‘Rhetoric’ in Press Conference on Executed Deputy

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The escalation of anti-white and anti-cop rhetoric has been building since militant black activists began marching in support of #BlackLivesMatter after the suicide of Sandra Bland. Read more »

ESPN Shows Ignorance

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There is political correctness and then there is simply stupidity. ESPN'a most recent suspension of Curt Schilling is an example of stupidity and the stupidity is on the part of ESPN. Read more »

Reining in Big Government with the REINS Act was One of the Topics at the Portland Chamber Lunch

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My Field Reprehensive Luis Buentello and I enjoyed catching up with folks at the Portland Chamber lunch. In my keynote, I talked about issues like the REINS act, the need for a long term highway bill and why the Iran deal is bad for America. Read more »

Meet Heidi Cruz

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The South Texas Grassroots Volunteers, which includes Bexar County, were treated to a visit by Heidi Nelson Cruz, wife of presidential candidate Ted Cruz. A room filled with over 200 supporters welcomed her at the Bexar County Republican headquarters on Tuesday night, August 25, 2015. Read more »

Congressman Smith Statement on EPA Waters of the U.S. Rule

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Thursday I released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the U.S. rule which a federal judge in North Dakota has blocked from taking effect on Friday, August 28th. Read more »

Texas AG Pleads Not Guilty, Attorney Withdraws

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stood before Judge George Gallagher in a state district court in Collin County and the AG pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges leveled against him. Moments later, Paxton’s criminal defense attorney, Joe Kendall, filed a motion to withdraw from representing Paxton in the proceedings. Read more »

Join Congressman Blake Farenthold for a Town Hall Meeting

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I will be holding town hall meetings August 31 to September 2 to talk about the issues we are facing, hear your concerns, and answer your questions. Please join me at one of the following locations:

Monday, Aug. 31, 2015

Ingleside
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. CT
Ingleside Humble Youth Center
2821 Main St.

Rockport
1 to 2 p.m. CT
Rockport City Hall
622 E. Market St. Read more »

What it Means to be a Texan, Officially

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As Texans, we have a style of our own – from our hospitality to our headwear.

But you may be surprised to hear the iconic symbol of Western culture, the cowboy hat, only became an official state symbol a couple months ago courtesy of the 84th Texas Legislature. This makes Texas the first state to designate an officially sanctioned hat. Read more »

Donald Trump’s Immigration Myths

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Donald Trump’s newly released immigration position paper is the precise mix of fantasy and ignorance that one would expect from the newly self-described Republican. Trump’s policies would grind down economic growth, slow assimilation and ultimately fail to rein in unlawful immigration. Read more »

Nueces County Doctors Discuss Healthcare Problems

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I met with the Nueces County Medical Society last week. We are in dire need of funding to expand residency programs in South Texas. More than a dozen doctors in Corpus Christi discussed the issues they face delivering healthcare in South Texas. Shockingly, Texas is 48th in the nation in physicians per capita. Clearly, more needs to be done to improve the state’s standing in this area, such as more residency slots. Read more »

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