Yes, friends, I am actually running for the Senate seat currently occupied by Kay Bailey Hutchison, who is retiring from that august body at the end of this year. I am not the official Texas Green Party nominee yet, pending the vote at the state convention on 9 June 2012.
When my Dad came to Austin in 1957, as a teenage immigrant from Cuba bound for the University of Texas, he spoke no English and had $100 sewn into his underwear. He worked his way through school as a dishwasher making 50 cents an hour, just as my Mom
I do not believe that the Democrats are single handedly destroying this country. I know that they, like the Republicans, are using both hands.
Most of the problems that we face as Americans are caused by unjust manipulation of government. The warfare
I want us to be problem solvers committed to the principles of this great country. Those principles are larger than a label - they live inside each of us. They are what made this country great. Join me as we return to that heritage, help me restore dignity
Born in Stillwater OK, USA, 13 November 1962. Divorced, with one son, Paxton Aubrey Collins, who currently studies theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Throughout his entire life, Ted Cruz has proven to be a passionate and effective fighter for limited government, economic growth, and the Constitution.
Ted’s calling to public service has been inspired by his first-hand observation of the pursuit of
. John Jay and his wife Chenin have two daughters, Ella and Dagny.
Paul was born in Freer, Texas. Throughout his childhood and adult life he has lived in every region of the state. He and his wife, Sherri, settled in Henderson, Texas, where they raised five children: Erin, Brandon, Lee, Joel and Sam.
Worked as a high school teacher, airline customer service agent, taxi driver, résumé writer, computer applications trainer, Visual Basic programming trainer, and service desk analyst, among other jobs.
Published web-only novel "Eastern Daylight" (1997,
Ted currently serves as a Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Houston, where he leads the firm's U.S. Supreme Court and national Appellate Litigation practice. In addition, from 2004-09, he taught U.S. Supreme Court Litigation as an Adjunct Professor
John Jay Myers owns and operates ClearSky24, a screen printing and promotions business, and he recently opened The Free Man Cajun Cafe & Lounge in the Deep Ellum music district of Dallas.
Paul is a licensed attorney in the State of Texas and Louisiana, board certified in Texas Civil Appellate Law and Personal Injury Trial Law, a graduate from Baylor University in 1977 and Baylor Law School in 1979 and is an active member of the State Bar
Member of Harris County Green Party since its founding in 2000, but active as a Green since 1995.
. Mr. Myers has been active in the Libertarian Party, having served on the Dallas County and Texas executive committees. He currently serves on the Libertarian National Committee. And whether speaking to high school and college liberty groups, or marching
* 1995-2003 Chairman of the Public Education Committee
* 1997 Chairman of the Select Committee on State Revenue and Public School Finance
* 2001 Chairman of the Select Committee on Public School Employee Health Insurance
* Legislative Budget Board Member
From 2003-08, Ted served as the Solicitor General of Texas, the chief lawyer for the State before the U.S. Supreme Court and all the state and federal appellate courts. Cruz was the youngest Solicitor General in the nation, the longest serving Solicitor
Served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1991 - 2003. During his tenure in the Texas House of Representatives, he served on numerous committees including Education, Judiciary, Pensions and Investments, Health and Human Services, Calendars and
Member of First Unitarian Universalist Church, Houston, since 1997.
Currently represent First UU Church on the Board of Trustees of the Houston Peace & Justice Center.
During Ted's service as Solicitor General, Texas achieved an unprecedented series of landmark national victories, including successfully defending:
* U.S. sovereignty against the World Court in Medellin v. Texas.
* The Second Amendment right to keep
*Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association Special Recognition "for outstanding efforts to further the wind industry of the State of Texas" (2011)
*Businessweek's Premier Lawyers of America (2008)
*"Ten Best List" by Texas Monthly (2001, 1999, 1997,
Graduate of Rice University (BA, Classics), 1984.
Cruz went on to study at Princeton where, in college debate, he was named the U.S. National Speaker of the Year and the U.S. National Team of the Year (with his partner). He also won the First Place Speaker award at both the 1992 U.S. National Debating
Paul is a graduate from Baylor University in 1977 and Baylor Law School in 1979
End Obama's illegal amnesty via Congress' checks & balances
Defund amnesty; and refuse any nominees until rescinded
No path to citizenship for 1.65 million illegals in Texas
Give police more power to ask about immigration status
Boots on the ground, plus a wall
Triple the size of the Border Patrol
Strengthen border security and increase enforcement
Source: http://www.politifact.com/personalities/ted-cruz/statements/ (05/31/2015)
Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/International/Ted_Cruz_Immigration.htm (07/01/2015)
I do not support the DREAM Act and categorically oppose amnesty. I categorically oppose amnesty, and I strongly support legal immigration for those that have followed the rules and come here to pursue the American dream.
Source: http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2012/feb/21/texas-democratic-party/ (06/02/2015)
Border wall: James and Leppert oppose a wall, Dewhurst and Cruz tout "boots on the ground" and a wall in some places.
Cruz on immigration: Wants to triple size of Border Patrol.
When discussing what to do about the 1.65 million illegal immigrants living in Texas, Cruz weaved into the Second Amendment, alleging his opponent didn't support gun rights. "What does this have
Q: How to respond to the split within your party on immigration? What you're saying is that the Republicans should vote to fund the governments for all departments except one: no funding for
The controversy surrounding domestic surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA) is expected to divide hawks from libertarians in the 2016 race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to the National Journal.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul
Source: http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/nsa-surveillance-phone-data-patriot-act (07/01/2015)
Sen. Ted Cruz began on Monday shopping his bill to temporarily ban the transfer of Guantánamo Bay detainees, arguing it’s “prudent” to halt such transfers while the deal to release Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is still being examined.
The Texas Republican said
Source: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/ted-cruz-guantanamo-bay-detainees-107625.html (07/02/2015)
There is no place for gays or atheists in my America. None. Our Constitution makes that clear.
Cruz Said Liberals Were Obsessed With “Mandatory Gay Marriage In All 50 States” And Touted Support For Bill Stripping Court Jurisdiction Of Same-Sex Marriage Litigation. At Iowa’s Faith and Freedom Coalition In Waukee, IA, Politico reported that, “Cruz
Source: http://www.hrc.org/2016RepublicanFacts/ted-cruz (07/01/2015)
Cruz has consistently opposed granting protections to LGBT Americans. Cruz has opposed both local ordinances in Texas that would protect LGBT Americans, and ENDA’s explicit federal workplace protections.
Source: http://www.hrc.org/2016RepublicanFacts/ted-cruz (07/02/2015)
While there may have been an age difference, Josh Duggar’s transgressions are far less an affront to God than what gays do to each other.
Sen. Ted Cruz is again putting down a marker in defense of traditional marriage, introducing a bill aimed at protecting states' rights in the same-sex marriage debate.
On Tuesday, Cruz re-introduced the State Marriage Defense Act, which would prevent the federal government from asserting its own definition of marriage on the states.
Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/02/11/politics/ted-cruz-2016-gay-marriage-bill/ (07/01/2015)
Source: http://www.hrc.org/2016RepublicanFacts/ted-cruz (05/31/2015)
Paul Sadler knows real economic development means growing jobs that provide fair pay for an honest day's work, and retirement security for middle class families. Our state needs a United States Senator who cares about delivering real results for our economy
Source: sadlerforsenate.com/where-i-stand (05/24/2012)
Appearing at a candidate forum in late January, three likely Republican presidential contenders — Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul — all made a striking confession: They considered “the increasing gap between rich and poor” to be a problem.
Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/30/business/ (07/02/2015)
Tragic: America's middle class is headed in the wrong direction. To get back to rising wages and rising living standards for all we need more economic dynamism and fewer government roadblocks to growth.
Source: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorTedCruz/posts/533204900125148 (07/02/2015)
Paul believes new energy solutions, an educated workforce and investing in infrastructure are the keys to securing our nation's economic future.
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said Monday that Republicans should take advantage of their control of Congress to abolish the Internal Revenue Service.
“We need to pass fundamental tax reform making our tax code simpler, flatter, fairer,” he said Monday at
Source: http://poorrichardsnews.com/post/108002855168 (05/31/2015)
On tax reform, we, right now, have more words in the IRS code than there are in the Bible — not a one of them as good.
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/wp/2015/03/11/ (07/02/2015)
Cruz told Fox News he was disappointed with Obama’s goals to increase government spending and taxes, which he described as hurting hardworking Americans.
Then Cruz said the country’s rich and powerful "have gotten fat and happy" on Obama’s watch. "Today
Source: http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2015/jan/30/ted-cruz (07/02/2015)
Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax.
Cruz signed the Contract From America
The Contract from America, clause 10. Stop the Tax Hikes:
Permanently repeal all tax hikes, including those to the income, capital gains, and death taxes, currently scheduled to begin in 2011.
Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Economic/Ted_Cruz_Tax_Reform.htm (07/02/2015)
Adopt a single-rate tax system.
The Contract from America, clause 4. Enact Fundamental Tax Reform:
Adopt a simple and fair single-rate tax system by scrapping the internal revenue code and replacing it with one that is no longer than 4,543 words--the length of the original Constitution.
Paul Sadler served the people of East Texas as a member of the state legislature from 1991 to 2002. He led the Texas House's Committee on Public Education, and passed legislation to raise teacher pay three times and to create the teacher health insurance
He knows that he federal government should return much of its influence over Texas public schools to local school boards and Texas parents. The federal government should support our public schools, not run them.
He led the Texas House's Committee on Public Education, and passed legislation to raise teacher pay three times and to create the teacher health insurance program. Paul knows what it takes to recruit and retain the best and brightest young people into
The federal government should support our public schools, not run them.
Cruz continues: “We saw last year…Senate Democrats introduced and voted on an amendment to repeal the free speech protections of the first amendment.”
Which amendment is he talking about?
It was a bill that would have once more enabled Congress to establish
Source: http://www.ringoffireradio.com/2015/03/ (07/02/2015)
I was just bribed by the Kochs to introduce a bill that would give them and their allies America’s national forests, parks, and other public lands and open them for mining, drilling, fracking and logging.
Ted Cruz said something this weekend you will basically never hear a politician say: Unlimited campaign contributions are good.
At a Republican event in New Hampshire on Sunday, the Texas senator said free speech means everyone "has a right to speak
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/03/16/ (07/02/2015)
I read this morning a Newsweek article from the 1970s talking about global cooling. And it said the science is clear, it is overwhelming, we are in a major cooling period and it's going to cause enormous problems worldwide. … Now, the data proved to be
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/03/30/ (05/31/2015)
Open up the Coastal Plain of Alaska (ANWR) for development
Source: http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=918 (05/31/2015)
Require both Congress and the President to approve any EPA regulation that has a negative job impact
Support passage of the REINS Act, separate piece of legislation not included in this bill, which would require congressional approval of all major rules and regulations.
Increase energy development on federal land
Provide states the option of leasing, permitting and regulating energy resources on federal lands within their borders; or
If states do not wish to manage energy development on federal lands within their borders,
The soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines serving our country -- many of them Texans -- deserve a United States Senator who honors their service and sacrifice. Paul will fight to make sure the United States armed forces remain the best trained and most well-equipped in the world.
In speaking to an audience at Liberty University, an evangelical Christian school in Virginia, Texas Senator Ted Cruz received an extended applause for criticism directed at US President Barack Obama's relationship with Israel.
"Instead of a president
Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/ (07/02/2015)
Likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said today he would take put U.S. troops on the ground in the fight against ISIS if it was necessary to "accomplish the mission."
"The mission should be defeating ISIS before they succeed
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/This_Week/sen-ted-cruz-deploy-us-troops-isis (05/31/2015)
President Obama was right to seek Congress’s authorization to use military force against Syria. But having carefully considered the president’s substantive arguments, I am compelled to vote against the requested authorization.
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ted-cruz-why-ill-vote-no-on-syria-strike (05/31/2015)
In particular, the Texas Republican criticized what he calls Obama’s refusal to label the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians in Egypt and the burning of 45 people in Iraq this week as “radical Islamic terrorism.” Cruz also complained that the White House did not explicitly acknowledge that those beheaded in Egypt were Christian.
Source: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/ (07/01/2015)
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said on Tuesday that if the nuclear deal with Iran being negotiated by the U.S. and five other countries is approved, the result will be war.
"This deal makes war a certainty," promised Cruz, a Republican contender for president
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/05/ted-cruz-iran-war_n_7216698.html (05/31/2015)
Ted Cruz has led the way in defense of our right to keep and bear arms.
Authored a brief on behalf of 31 states supporting the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms
Argued against unreasonable and burdensome gun restrictions
Honored by a 2008
Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Domestic/Ted_Cruz_Gun_Control.htm (05/31/2015)
Voted NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets.
The term 'large capacity ammunition feeding device' means a magazine or similar device that has an overall capacity of more than 10 rounds of ammunition
Honored by a 2008 resolution passed by the National Board of the NRA, thanking Ted for leading the States before the Supreme Court in the DC gun case, and noting that his "efforts made this victory for the American people possible."
Oppose the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty.
Cruz signed Letter to Pres. Obama from 50 Senators
Dear President Obama:
We write to express our concern and regret at your decision to sign the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty. For the following reasons,
At the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention in Myrtle Beach, while waiting to get my question in, an attendee asked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to address the job losses under NAFTA. He said he supports the trade deal.
Source: http://ladylibertine.net/2015/01/23/ (07/02/2015)
The biggest regulatory threat to the Internet is "net neutrality."
In short, net neutrality is Obamacare for the Internet. It puts the government in charge of determining Internet pricing, terms of service, and what types of products and services can
Source: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorTedCruz/posts/641819565930347 (07/02/2015)
This election presents a stark choice. Two visions: we can continue down the road of the Obama Democrats, towards more and more spending, debt and government control of the economy and our lives. Or we can return to the founding principles of our nation-
Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Economic/Ted_Cruz_Budget_+_Economy.htm (05/31/2015)
Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge.
Cruz signed the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge to limit government
[The Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge is sponsored by a coalition of several hundred Tea Party, limited-government, and conservative organizations].
FactCheck: Yes, gross federal debt now exceeds GDP
Ted Cruz said the rising national debt was, as of today, "larger than our gross domestic product." Cruz's prepared text attributes his conclusion to an Oct. 2011 blog post by the Atlantic magazine suggesting
Direct all additional revenues generated by exploration and drilling on federal lands (excluding the share allocated to the states) exclusively to national debt reduction—“Debt Freedom Fund.”
We need to pass a strong balanced budget amendment. We need
We need to pass a strong balanced budget amendment. We need to stop bankrupting our country. Right now our kids and grandkids are inheriting a country where our national debt is larger than the size of our entire economy. Let me speak right now to everyone
Paul believes access to quality, affordable healthcare is a fundamental American value. Unlike his Republican opponents, Paul will oppose efforts to allow insurance companies to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions and to drop policy-holders
Chief justice John Roberts “violated his oath” when he backed Obamacare in a crucial supreme court decision last week, the Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said on Tuesday.
The Texas senator, who has vowed to “repeal every word of Obamacare”
Source: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jun/30/ (05/31/2015)
Paul will oppose efforts to allow insurance companies to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions and to drop policy-holders who get sick.
Paul Sadler will never play politics with women's health care.
Let's face it -- from Austin to Washington, our political system is broken. The people of Texas deserve a government that works. Paul Sadler is running for the U.S. Senate because he knows our seat in that hallowed chamber doesn't belong to one political
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today outlined his vision for unleashing American jobs and opportunity by harnessing our nation’s energy resources. He spoke at the Heritage Action for America’s 2014 Conservative Policy Summit.
“A Great American Energy Renaissance
Since leaving the legislature, Paul has worked as a bipartisan advocate for clean, affordable and abundant wind energy in Texas and the surrounding states. Paul is a nationally recognized expert on alternative energy sources, and knows that America can
Paul is a nationally recognized expert on alternative energy sources, and knows that America can -- and must -- reduce its dependence on Middle Eastern oil through clean, safe and affordable American energy solutions.
Expand the offshore areas of the Outer Continental Shelf available for development
Streamline the permitting process for additional offshore exploration
If you love the environment, Sen. Ted Cruz says you should love the Keystone XL pipeline too.
“If you’re a Birkenstock-wearing, tree-hugging Greenpeace activist, you should love the Keystone pipeline,” Cruz said at the Heritage Action’s Conservative
Source: http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=news&id=937 (05/31/2015)
Repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard
Leave regulation of hydraulic fracturing in state hands
Stop certain EPA regulations that will adversely impact coal and electric power plants
Prevent excessively broad environmental review of coal export terminals
Streamline the permitting process for upgrading and building new refineries
Remove barriers to developing and approving additional national pipelines and cross-border energy infrastructure
Expand LNG exports by facilitating permits
End the crude oil export ban
Today roughly half of born-again Christians aren’t voting. They’re staying home.
He supports increased funding for the Veteran's Administration, and job training to help our youngest veterans transition to the civilian workforce.
He supports job training to help our youngest veterans transition to the civilian workforce.
He supports increased funding for the Veteran's Administration.