"You don't have to be as smart as a fifth-grader to know what causes the climate is the sun. The sun. I have people tell me, ‘Carbon dioxide warms the Earth.’ No, it doesn't. The sun warms the Earth."
Around 1 in 3 Texas children
"One out of five of our children live in a family that’s on food stamps."
Some Austin teachers fare better
Austin school district "teachers are the lowest paid of any urban" Texas district and the "lowest paid of any surrounding school district."
Squishy at both ends
"Every year we spend roughly $500 billion on tax compliance. That is roughly the budget of our entire military, entirely wasted on tax compliance."
Others strapped too
"Austin is the only city in an arid landscape in the western United States dependent on a single source of water."
UPDATED: Hospitals strapped many ways
"In the last 24 months, 10 rural Texas hospitals have been forced to shut their doors because state leaders" chose not to expand Medicaid.
No such evidence
"Transgender individuals in the U.S. have a 1-in-12 chance of being murdered."
UPDATED: Yes as governor, no as presidential prospect
On reauthorization of Export-Import Bank.
More relief in 2006
I "helped pass what, if enacted, would be the largest tax cut in Texas history through the State Senate."
Room to improve
Texas agriculture is "at 98 percent efficiency" in water use and "just about maxed out as to what we can do on the conservation end of it."
Different measures show New York worse
Austin has "gone from being the 24th most congested city just about 10 years ago to being the fourth most congested — more congested than NYC."
Pizza time travel
"Fifteen years ago, you couldn't even get a pizza delivered in that neighborhood."
Tough all over
"The unemployment rate among blacks in Texas is 9.5% -- far more than double white unemployment -- and wages have fallen for black workers in Texas since 2000."
Governments say nothing doing
"ISIS camp a few miles from Texas, Mexican authorities confirm."
On in-state tuition for unauthorized immigrants.
"Legislation being considered in Texas would strip the salaries and pensions of clerks who issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples — even if the Supreme Court strikes down Texas’ marriage ban later this year."
"Half of all Americans have less than $10,000 in their savings account."
Seem iffy? Probably is
Says Ted Cruz said, "There is no place for gays or atheists in my America. None. Our Constitution makes that clear."
Hurd cited focus on other committees
"Just two weeks ago, Congressman Hurd quit his post on the House Committee on Small Business saying that he was unable to find the time to serve."
Speculative and wrong
Says Ted Cruz just flip-flopped about the president needing to be U.S.-born.
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