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Archive for April, 2008

Senators to Prez: Stop stockpiling oil at a time of crisis

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Link to article here. Sen. Hutchison: “Immediately Halt Deposits in the Strategic Oil Reserve” Published in Texas Insider: 04-30-08 Letter to the President Signed by 16 Senators, Cites “Busiest Driving Season” of the Year WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, today urged the administration to immediately halt […]

Hutchison: Time to remove ethanol from food price hike/rationing equation

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Link to article here. Undoing America’s Ethanol Mistake By Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison Published in Texas Insider: 04-30-08 The Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman once said, “One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.” When Congress passed legislation to greatly expand America’s commitment to biofuels, […]

Perry appoints two tollers to Transportation Commission

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Link to article here. It’s hard NOT to laugh out loud at Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff’s comment in this article: “We’ve got a lot of goodies in the last few years, I guess we’ve got to be thankful for what we got while she was there,” he said. By my calculation, all San Antonio […]

Road lobby to lawmakers: If goal is to MAXIMIZE profits, use a private toll contract

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Today the Joint Study Committee on Private Participation in Toll Projects (mandated by the private toll moratorium bill) invited boatloads of bureaucrats and private sector road building contractors (engineering firms, law firms, financial consultants, etc.) to sing the praises of private toll deals before state lawmakers (and the Governor’s 3 appointees, all pro-privatization and pro-TxDOT…think […]

O’Reilly: Fight back against gas price gouging

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Link to article here. Fight Back Against Big Oil By Bill O’Reilly Published in Texas Insider: 04-28-08 So now we have the presidential candidates running around telling voters that they will help solve the problem of high gas prices. Well, if you believe that, you’ll believe that Hugo Chavez drives a Yugo. It’s just bull. […]

TxDOT shifts maintenance money to new road construction

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Link to article here. We all know TxDOT has been manipulating their budget to make it look like the gas tax will only cover road maintenance and no new road construction so they can push their toll road agenda. Sworn testimony in TURF’s lawsuit to stop TxDOT from using taxpayer money to sell tolls roads […]

Farm Bureau slams Trans Texas Corridor, supports alternatives

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Link to article here. Texas Farm Bureau supports transportation alternatives Southwest Farm Press Apr 25, 2008 Texas Farm Bureau offered several viable transportation and funding alternatives to the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) in meeting Texas’ future transportation needs during testimony before the Senate Transportation Committee. “Let me assure you, as an industry we absolutely support […]

Macias election contest update

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Right to New Judge Asserted in HD 73 Election Contest Mandamus Requested from Third Court of Appeals April 24, 2008 Today, State Representative Nathan Macias filed a Writ of Mandamus Petition and a Request for Temporary Relief with the Third Court of Appeals in Austin. Macias is asking the Third Court of Appeals to reverse […]

Senate Transportation Committee debates road funding, questions market valuation

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Overall, today’s Senate Transportation Committee hearing studying several interim charges on public-private partnerships (PPPs or CDAs in TX), market valuation, the Trans Texas Corridor and road financing, at least began a much needed evaluation of the many areas of concern to the taxpaying public. That said, there were also plenty of political bombs dropped and […]

Food rationing hits the U.S., in part, due to high fuel costs

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Link to article here. Fuel prices have been steadily driving up the cost of food. Read more here. Food Rationing Confronts Breadbasket of the World By JOSH GERSTEIN, Staff Reporter of the Sun | April 21, 2008 MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Many parts of America, long considered the breadbasket of the world, are now confronting […]


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