First Amendment

How do you solve a problem like the old Confederacy? For conservatives, about 50% of what those who took up arms 154 years ago against the President of the United States is in direct conflict with the most basic principles...
The Mayor of Houston has backed down on the subpoenas that she issued to five pastors for "all speeches, presentations, or sermons" on a variety of topics, including the mayor, and "gender identity."Despite backing off of...
We’ve spent the last several weeks back home meeting with our constituents...My constituents did not say, "Well, the most important thing you can do is pass a constitutional amendment gutting the First Amendment – the right...
Last week, I spoke in the Judiciary Subcommittee on The Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights hearing in opposition to the Democrats’ proposed constitutional amendment to repeal the First Amendment and restrict the...
I released the following statement after the IRS announced it will scrap a proposed rule defining political activities of social welfare groups.I’m glad the IRS has withdrawn their proposed rule and delayed a final decision...
We recently witnessed the spectacle of a CEO being forced to resign due to a campaign contribution he provided to PROP 8 in California during the 2008 election, and we saw the Supreme Court in McCutcheon v Federal...
U.S. Senate Candidate Steve Stockman who currently serves as a Congressman in the 36th Congressional District of Texas appears to have an issue with freedom of the press and the First Amendment.  Stockman, who has been...
Being a photographer for most of my life, I well understand the outrage the photojournalists feel toward the Obama Administration. Photojournalists have been ‘locked out’ from going to the White House and official events to...
Agendawise has sued Texas House Speaker Joe Straus and Texas Senate LT Governor David Dewhurst for denying them equal First Amendment press rights. Specifically, the Texas Tribune was allowed server space to broadcast the...
The proposed San Antonio Non-Discrimination ordinance that Mayor Julian Castro would like passed is probably the most controversial issue that I can remember being argued in San Antonio. This issue has not only been in the...
I issued the following statement on a federal judge’s decision to dismiss all charges in a lawsuit brought by True the Vote, a voter integrity non-profit organization that was aggressively targeted by the IRS.American...
It's pretty remarkable that one of the most wacky, tyrannical definitionally un-American governing actions I've seen in this country, comes not from San Francisco or Burlington, Vermont, or not even from New York, L.A. or...
The Democrats have waged war on the religious liberty, particularly the Catholic Church. Forty-six Senate Democrats are cosponsoring legislation to reverse the Supreme Court’s Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision and...
On Thursday I managed the rule on the House floor for the Customer Protection and End User Relief Act. This legislation would reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission while protecting end users like farmers,...
Last week, I joined Senator Ted Cruz to introduce legislation that would amend the tax code so that the IRS no longer creates its own definitions to determine whether an organization is engaging in political activity. H.R....
I spoke on the Senate floor yesterday against a proposed rule from the IRS targeting 501(c)(4)s that would effectively make the IRS a campaign-finance regulator.
Expressing Merry Christmas is covered under the 1st Amendment since it grants us Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion. But in reality we are legislating to keep our traditions alive in our...
Here is yet another example of the left hating free speech. Tim Carney of the Washington Examiner began a recent piece on how he supported the concept of more disclosure in campaign finance but added, “The best argument...
Thursday, September 5, 2013 San Antonio City Council passed the non discrimination ordinance that violates our First Amendment Rights, our Right of Conscience. In spite of the fact that the majority of concerned citizens...
State Representative James White has sent a letter to Republican Congressman James (Jim) Sensenbrenner blasting Sensenbrenner and Eric Holder, and demanding that they stop messing with the 10th Amendment rights of Texas.Rep...

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