Author: East Texas Review

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Sen. Cruz with ‘Spirit of Enterprise’ Award

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today attended a reception hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. There, Sen. Cruz received the “Spirit of Enterprise” award in recognition of the pro-growth, pro-jobs policies he has advanced during his time in the Senate. “During my time in Washington, I have worked to promote policies that foster economic opportunity for the 27 million Texans I represent,” Sen. Cruz said. “I am honored to receive the ‘Spirit of Enterprise’ award from the Chamber, an organization that works hard to advance policies that create jobs and expand opportunity. When I meet with business leaders...

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Beware of Callers Posing as the IRS in Tax Scam

    With the April 18th income tax deadline looming, Attorney General Ken Paxton is warning Texans to be aware of a recurring tax-related scam involving unsolicited calls from people masquerading as Internal Revenue Service agents. Scam artists tell consumers that they owe back taxes and threaten to have them arrested if they don’t provide immediate payment.   If you receive an unexpected call from someone who claims to be with the IRS, follow these tips from the Consumer Protection Division of the attorney general’s office: Hang up! The IRS never makes unsolicited threatening phone calls. The IRS will...

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ Remarks to the National Association of State Boards of Education

Thank you, Kris, for that kind welcome. And thank you all for the work you do as members of your states’ boards of education. I know you all are anticipating some discussion about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the implications for your states. But since we haven’t yet had the chance to meet, I want to begin by telling you a little bit about my background and how I got involved in education. … These experiences have informed my thinking on education, which is this: I believe in kids; I trust parents; I trust teachers; and I want...

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East Texas’ Energy Impact

 By Kelly Hall  Across Texas, our oil and natural gas industry fuels our local and state economies, generating jobs and providing tax revenue for everything from roads to schools.  And, that’s especially true right here in East Texas. That’s why the Longview Chamber of Commerce is a proud partner for Texas Energy Day on March 22nd – a day intended to remind all Texans and our state lawmakers about the role of oil and natural gas in our daily lives and our state and local economy.  Here in Longview, we’re an energy epicenter in some very real and remarkable...

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Prayer Room at Public High School Raises First Amendment Concerns

In a recent letter  to the superintendent of the Frisco Independent School District, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office outlines legal concerns over Liberty High School’s prayer room, which may violate the First Amendment’s protection of religious liberty.   Recent news reports have indicated that the high school’s prayer room is dedicated to students who practice Islam, while apparently excluding students of other faiths. “Liberty High School’s policy should be neutral toward religion,” reads the letter from Deputy Attorney General Andrew Leonie to Frisco ISD Superintendent Jeremy Lyon. “However, it appears that students are being treated different based on...

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