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Trump Admin Removes Obama-Era Fossil Fuels Valuation Rule

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced that the Consolidated Federal Oil and Gas and Federal and Indian Coal Valuation Reform Rule (Valuation Rule) would be repealed effective September 6, 2017.

"Repealing the Valuation Rule provides a clean slate to create workable valuation regulations," said Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke in a statement. "We are committed to working closely with stakeholders and the newly chartered Royalty Policy Committee to explore options for future rulemakings and to avoid the structural defects that were found in the prior rule. The Department and the Office of Natural Resources Revenue remain committed to collecting every dollar due. These are taxpayer and American Indian assets, and the public and American Indians deserve an accurate accounting and valuation."


Tea party groups settle lawsuits over IRS mistreatment

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has settled lawsuits with tea party groups that received extra, often burdensome scrutiny when applying for tax-exempt status, ending another chapter in a political scandal that dogged the Obama administration and remains a source of outrage for Republicans.

The Internal Revenue Service is apologizing to the groups as part of the proposed settlement agreements outlined in court filings Wednesday. The groups and the Justice Department are asking a judge to declare it illegal for the tax agency to discriminate based on political views, according to the agreements, which still must be approved by a judge.

Republicans erupted in 2013 after the IRS apologized for submitting conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status to intensive scrutiny, in part by zeroing in on groups with words like "Tea Party" or "Patriot" in their names. Many had their applications delayed for months and years. Some were asked improper questions about their donors and even their religious practices, an inspector general's report found.


Texas House Speaker Joe Straus says he will not seek re-election

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, a San Antonio Republican, announced Wednesday he will not run for re-election.  He did not rule out running for higher office.

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, a San Antonio Republican, announced Wednesday he will not run for re-election in 2018, a decision that has the potential to upend the political balance of power in the state.

Straus, who has lately been the most powerful moderate Republican in the Texas Capitol, said he will serve until the end of his term. That means there will be a new speaker when the Legislature next convenes in 2019.

His decision will immediately set in motion a scrum for control of the House, pitting arch-conservative members who have opposed Straus against more centrist Republicans. Within hours of Straus' announcement, one of his top lieutenants, Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond, announced that he had filed to run for the speaker's post. State Rep. Phil King, R-Weatherford, had previously announced his candidacy, and others are expected to jump in.



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Grassroots America Endorsements for 2018

State Representative Matt Schaefer HD 6 (Tyler), Chairman

State Representative Bill Zedler HD 96 (Arlington), Vice-Chairman

State Representative Tony Tinderholt HD 94 (Arlington), Sec-Treasurer

State Representative Jeff Leach HD 67 (Plano), Policy Director

State Representative Matt Shaheen HD 66 (Plano), Grassroots Liaison

State Representative Kyle Biedermann HD 73 (Fredericksburg)

State Representative Briscoe Cain HD 128 (Deer Park)

State Representative Matt Krause HD 93 (Fort Worth)

State Representative Mike Lang HD 60 (Granbury)

State Representative Matt Rinaldi HD 115 (Irving)

State Representative Jonathan Stickland HD 92 (Bedford)

State Representative Valoree Swanson HD 150 (Spring)


More TEA Party Endorsed Candidates Endorses Bryan Slaton for Texas HD2

Bryan Slaton for Texas HD-2Born in Mineola, Texas, Bryan Slaton is a proud East Texan with values and principles that resemble(represent) the great people of East Texas. These values were formed as he grew up regularly participating in church and family gatherings. Bryan attended Ouachita Baptist University, where he earned a double major in Youth Ministry / Speech Communication. He then attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and earned a Masters of Divinity with Biblical Languages. He served in the ministry as a Youth and Family Minister for 13 years.

Continuing his education, Bryan graduated from The University of North Texas, where he earned a Bachelor degree in Business Administration Accounting. Bryan now works at his family-owned company, Slaton Financial Services. He understands what it takes to balance a budget and cut wasteful spending, no matter the scale.

Bryan currently attends Fellowship Church with his wife in Royse City. Bryan's commitment to limited government and his ability to be an advocate for citizens was demonstrated during the Blacklands Corridor/ Northeast Gateway project. He opposed taxes being raised and land being taken away from private citizens in order to build toll roads. Bryan Slaton is passionate to help the people in East Texas obtain and maintain a Government that they not only deserve but for which they are calling.


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