Is Texas as Free as the Freest State? 84th Legislative Session Recap

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Lawmakers headed home leaving Austin behind.  The 84th Legislative session of 2015 is over. Were changes made to benefit every Texan?BOTTOM LINE UP FRONT:  Texans chose to elect more conservatives, so we gained more conservative results than we did in the 2013 legislative session.Hard-working Texans grew the economy, which grew the amount of taxes sent to Austin. Financial stewardship of your money was improved, although corporate welfare, waste, and accounting gimmicks linger in the budget. The economy allowed for enhanced spending on border security, schools, roads, the teacher’s health care system, and provided raises for correctional officers at our prisons. ... Read More

An Open Response to Texas Gun Rights

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Texas Gun Rights, a group located in Round Rock and self-described as the largest gun rights group in this great state of Texas, recently circulated an email to its subscriber list with the subject line “We were betrayed”, and asked that I be contacted to reverse my position on gun rights.My response?Let’s look at my never-wavering, pro-gun rights position.... Read More

Texas Prioritizes Freedom With The Open Carry Bill

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Early this week, the topic of open carry has been the subject of much debate on the floor of the Texas Legislature, and will continue to be of primary attention to Rep. Schaefer.HB 910 passed its final vote Monday on the floor of the Texas House by a vote of 101-42. The bill will allow Texans who possess a Concealed Handgun License (CHL) to openly carry a handgun in a shoulder or belt holster. Eighteen amendments were offered to the bill by both Republicans and Democrats—but only one substantive amendment was passed.... Read More

Rep. Schaefer’s Liberty Brief

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Lone Star Card Fraud Prevention (aka Food Stamp Card) Rep. Schaefer filed HB 1973, joint authored by Rep. Moody (D – El Paso), which will require a name, photo, the fraud hotline website and phone number, and the words “Funds provided by taxpayers,” to be added to all Lone Star cards. Current Lone Star cards display less information than the average library card. In 2014 there was over $20 million in known fraudulent Lone Star card abuse in Texas with 10 counties accounting for 64% of fraudulent charges. Fraud amounts have been increasing year-to-year. Texas only has 19 inspectors for oversight of approx. 2.5 million Lone Star card holders.... Read More

Liberty Brief

Monday, February 23, 2015
Supreme Court Likely to Rule Against Texas on Same-Sex Marriage The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in April, and will likely rule in late June, regarding whether states like Texas must recognize same-sex marriage. Most legal scholars believe the Supreme Court will rule against the Texas Constitutional provision, which protects traditional biblical marriage. Alabama’s constitutional provision defining marriage as being between one man and one woman was recently ruled unconstitutional by a federal district court judge, and the U.S. Supreme Court let the ruling stand rather than maintaining the status quo until final appeals where heard.... Read More

Abbott’s 1st Public Photo As Governor Taken With Apache Belles

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Today, Rep. Schaefer was honored to host the Apache Belles, from Tyler Junior College, at the Texas State Capitol. The Belles received a private tour of the House Floor and were recognized by the House of Representatives during session. They were also given a chance to tour the Capitol and meet with local elected officials before performing in the Inaugural Parade. Governor Greg Abbott also took his first public photo after being sworn into office with the Apache Belles.... Read More

Celebration day for St. Gregory Cathedral School on Thursday

Friday, November 21, 2014
Tyler Paper- Thursday was a day of celebration for St. Gregory Cathedral School, a three-time National Blue Ribbon Award recipient from the U.S. Department of Education.The school received its third Exemplary Blue Ribbon School Award Thursday.The festivities included a mass of thanksgiving, blessing of the new flagpole, the Blue Ribbon Award ceremony and the hoisting of the blue ribbon flag, a special flag that only Blue Ribbon schools can fly. Students, parents, faculty, staff, clergy and civic leaders gathered in Carney Gymnasium for the ceremony.... Read More

JFA Hosts Abortion Dialogue Workshop at #Talklife Conference Nov 1

Thursday, October 23, 2014
WORKSHOP: Taking abortion from Debate to Dialog... Read More

President of Mexico Condemns National Guard Along Border

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Interview with the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto with the newspaper El Universal published 12 September 2014:…Reporter: Mr. President, a related theme in a certain form is the one emerging in Texas. The governor of this state has ordered the National Guard to go reinforce the border with Mexico. This attitude is a bit unpleasant, but is emerging inside the same framework of activity in the movement of human trafficking and the migration of children and young people throughout the whole country.. What is going on?... Read More

DPS: Border Security Incidents and Public Corruption

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Significant border security incidents released by the TX Department of Public Safety on September 11th:Public Corruption: Public servants who engage in illegal activity or conspire with criminal organizations not only contribute to the furtherance of crime, they betray the public trust. This form of corruption is especially concerning in the Rio Grande Valley, where corrupt officials who permit traffickers to transit an area without interference, potentially allowing drugs, people, weapons, and other unknown threats to enter the country. Mexican cartels are adept at corrupting law enforcement officers in Mexico, and they also seek to corrupt public officials at all levels in the U.S.... Read More