Ted Cruz http://kut.org en Two Texans Weighing White House Bids Applaud Supreme Court Ruling http://kut.org/post/two-texans-weighing-white-house-bids-applaud-supreme-court-ruling <p>The offices of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and Governor Rick Perry were quick to release statements lauding Monday’s <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/13-354_olp1.pdf">Supreme Court decision on contraception</a>. The ruling said family-owned and other closely held companies can opt out of an Affordable Care Act provision requiring they provide insurance coverage of birth control.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 00:20:03 +0000 Trey Shaar 10710 at http://kut.org Two Texans Weighing White House Bids Applaud Supreme Court Ruling Cruz Runs Away with Straw Poll at GOP Convention http://kut.org/post/cruz-runs-away-straw-poll-gop-convention <p>U.S. Sen. <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/ted-cruz/">Ted Cruz</a> easily won the presidential preference straw poll held at the Texas GOP’s state convention Saturday, crushing outgoing Gov. <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/">Rick Perry</a> and several other early contenders for the 2016 nomination.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cruz took 43.4 percent of the vote, according to results announced at the close of the convention. Ben Carson, a columnist and neurosurgeon from Michigan, came in second with 12.2 percent, edging Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, who came in third place with 12.1 percent. In something of a surprise, Perry, who made a failed presidential attempt in 2012, came in fourth place with 11.7 percent.</span></p><p> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 01:02:44 +0000 John Reynolds, Texas Tribune 10557 at http://kut.org Cruz Runs Away with Straw Poll at GOP Convention In Austin, Cruz Calls Obama Actions "Dangerous and Terrifying" http://kut.org/post/austin-cruz-calls-obama-actions-dangerous-and-terrifying <p>Texas Senator Ted Cruz was in Austin today speaking at the <a href="http://www.texaspolicy.com/">Texas Public Policy Foundation's</a> annual policy orientation. He spent his time attacking what he sees as a disregard for federal laws by President Obama.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Senator Cruz’s speech to lawmakers, policy </span>wonks<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and grassroots activists gave several examples of the President using executive authority to supersede federal laws. Pointing specifically to immigration reform, marijuana prosecutions and the Affordable Care Act.</span></p><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 21:40:36 +0000 Ben Philpott 9522 at http://kut.org In Austin, Cruz Calls Obama Actions "Dangerous and Terrifying" Texas Vs. Utah: A Tale Of Two Government Shutdowners http://kut.org/post/texas-vs-utah-tale-two-government-shutdowners Two Tea Party-backed, defund-Obamacare-or-we'll-shut-down-the-government Senate leaders. Two very different outcomes.<p>Ted Cruz, who became the public face of the shutdown strategy with his 21-hour talkfest on the Senate floor, has gone back to Texas a conquering hero. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 19:59:30 +0000 9013 at http://kut.org Texas Vs. Utah: A Tale Of Two Government Shutdowners For Texas' Ted Cruz, Shutdown Ends with Little Political Damage http://kut.org/post/texas-ted-cruz-shutdown-ends-little-political-damage <p>The <a href="http://kut.org/term/government-shutdown">federal government shutdown </a>is over, for now. But the battle over who gets the blame for the congressional meltdown will likely extend through the 2014 party primaries and general election. So how did the shutdown affect the political landscape in Texas?</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A recent Rasmussen poll found <a href="http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/october_2013/78_want_to_throw_out_entire_congress_and_start_over">78 percent of the country</a> would vote to get rid of the entire Congress and start over. And yesterday, the <em>Houston Chronicle</em> <a href="http://www.chron.com/opinion/editorials/article/Why-we-miss-Kay-Bailey-Hutchison-4898405.php">expressed regret</a> for its endorsement of Sen.Ted Cruz in the 2012 Senate race. Sounds like there are dark days ahead for our Congressional incumbents in Texas.</span></p><p>Actually &hellip; no, says <em>Texas Tribune</em> Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith.</p><p></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/115670547" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:10:10 +0000 Ben Philpott 8954 at http://kut.org For Texas' Ted Cruz, Shutdown Ends with Little Political Damage Austin's 'Woodstock for Wonks' Brings Out Texas' Political Rockstars http://kut.org/post/austins-woodstock-wonks-brings-out-texas-political-rockstars-0 <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F113143899" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>In a city fond of festivals&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;from Austin City Limits&nbsp;to Pachanga&nbsp;Fest&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;the just concluded <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/festival/2013/home/">Texas Tribune Festival </a>stands out as the most successful event of its kind. <em>Texas Tribune</em> Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith calls it &#39;Woodstock for Wonks&#39;: three days of peace, politics and policy on the UT-Austin campus, featuring a who&#39;s-who of Texas politicos. &nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 03:03:56 +0000 David Brown 8820 at http://kut.org Austin's 'Woodstock for Wonks' Brings Out Texas' Political Rockstars Ted Cruz Rehashes His Big Week in Washington http://kut.org/post/ted-cruz-rehashes-his-big-week-washington <p>Senator Ted Cruz &nbsp;told a crowd in Austin tonight that he doesn&#39;t want the federal government to shut down. But the Tea Party favorite also said a shut down would happen if President Barack Obama and Democrats in the U.S. Senate refused to let Republicans de-fund the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>A Monday deadline looms for passage of a spending measure that&#39;s currently back in the House of Representatives.</p><p> Sat, 28 Sep 2013 00:45:33 +0000 Ben Philpott 8815 at http://kut.org Ted Cruz Rehashes His Big Week in Washington 'Green Eggs And Ham': A Quick Political History http://kut.org/post/green-eggs-and-ham-quick-political-history During the fifth hour of his <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/09/25/225958003/watch-live-sen-ted-cruzs-senate-floor-speech">televised marathon speech</a> protesting Obamacare, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz caught the attention of Dr. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 18:33:09 +0000 8802 at http://kut.org 'Green Eggs And Ham': A Quick Political History Interview: The Texas Tribune's Evan Smith Talks Ted Cruz http://kut.org/post/interview-texas-tribunes-evan-smith-talks-ted-cruz <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F112450387" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p><p>After 21 hours of talking - whether it was an official filibuster or not is still up for debate - Republican U.S.&nbsp;Senator Ted Cruz of Texas <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/sen-cruz-wrapping-marathon-protest-against-obamacare">departed the Senate floor</a> Wednesday.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 20:40:00 +0000 Jennifer Stayton 8782 at http://kut.org Interview: The Texas Tribune's Evan Smith Talks Ted Cruz With A Call For Prayer, Cruz Wraps Up Protest Against Obamacare http://kut.org/post/sen-cruz-wrapping-marathon-protest-against-obamacare <strong>Update at noon ET. It's Over:</strong><p>Saying that "it's fitting that this debate concludes with a prayer" because he believes Americans are pleading with Congress to defund President Obama's health care law, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas just wrapped up his marathon protest on the Senate floor.<p>Cruz began speaking just after 2:40 p.m. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 16:09:02 +0000 8778 at http://kut.org With A Call For Prayer, Cruz Wraps Up Protest Against Obamacare Ted Cruz Ends Filibuster-Style Senate Speech Against 'Obamacare' (Update) http://kut.org/post/ted-cruz-ends-filibuster-style-senate-speech-against-obamacare-update <p><strong>Update:&nbsp;</strong>Sen. Cruz's remarks have ended. For a recap, see:&nbsp;<a href="http://kutnews.org/post/sen-cruz-wrapping-marathon-protest-against-obamacare">With A Call For Prayer, Cruz Wraps Up Protest Against Obamacare</a>.</p><p><strong>Original Post</strong> (Sept. 24): Tea Party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz seems to be taking a play from another Texas politico: Wendy Davis.</p><p>On the floor of the U.S. Senate moments ago, Sen. Cruz announced he will deliver extended, filibuster-style remarks on his support for&nbsp;defunding President Obama’s signature package of health care reforms, the Affordable Care Act, also known as&nbsp;Obamacare.</p><p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 19:18:18 +0000 KUT Staff 8773 at http://kut.org Ted Cruz Ends Filibuster-Style Senate Speech Against 'Obamacare' (Update) Some GOP Leaders Tee Up Cruz For Blame If There's A Shutdown http://kut.org/post/some-gop-leaders-tee-cruz-blame-if-theres-shutdown Just a week before the federal government could shut down if no agreement is reached to fund it past the end of September, it's anyone's guess whether Democrats and Republicans will avoid plunging over this particular cliff.<p>More certain, however, is that if a shutdown happens over Obamacare and Republicans wind up taking the heat, many GOP fingers of blame will point squarely at Sen. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 11:27:20 +0000 Frank James, NPR 8767 at http://kut.org Some GOP Leaders Tee Up Cruz For Blame If There's A Shutdown Sen. Ted Cruz Has House Republicans Seeing Red http://kut.org/post/sen-ted-cruz-has-house-republicans-seeing-red House Republicans, meet Sen. Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz, House Republicans.<p>Given the surprise expressed by some House members at the Texas senator's approach to the defunding of Obamacare, perhaps an introduction was in order.<p>A few dozen House members Wednesday morning successfully coerced a reluctant Speaker John Boehner into tying the Obamacare language to a must-pass government funding bill. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:02:34 +0000 8737 at http://kut.org Sen. Ted Cruz Has House Republicans Seeing Red Has 'Cruz-Mania' Made Senator Cornyn an Afterthought? http://kut.org/post/has-cruz-mania-made-senator-cornyn-afterthought <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F108960739" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Texas <a href="http://www.cornyn.senate.gov/public/">Senator John Cornyn</a> has been in office since 2002. He’s currently the GOP minority whip.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">And yet, based on media appearances and general buzz, you might think </span>Cornyn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was the state’s junior Senator – second fiddle to Tea Party favorite and conservative media darling <a href="http://www.cruz.senate.gov/">Senator Ted Cruz</a>.</span></p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 15:41:10 +0000 Ben Philpott 8611 at http://kut.org Has 'Cruz-Mania' Made Senator Cornyn an Afterthought? Sen. Ted Cruz Calls on Texans to Oppose Obamacare http://kut.org/post/sen-ted-cruz-calls-texans-oppose-obamacare <p></p><p><a href="http://www.cruz.senate.gov" target="_blank">U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz</a> is spending some time in Texas as the August recess winds down.&nbsp;Today’s stops included a visit to <a href="http://www.ni.com" target="_blank">National Instruments in Austin</a>, where he’s calling for people to join his effort against the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>He's urging the public to sign an online&nbsp;petition aimed at influencing members of the U.S. Congress to vote to get Obamacare defunded in a government appropriations bill.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:02:40 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 8529 at http://kut.org Sen. Ted Cruz Calls on Texans to Oppose Obamacare U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz To Renounce Canadian Citizenship http://kut.org/post/us-sen-ted-cruz-renounce-canadian-citizenship Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in the 2016 election. But to run for president, the U.S. Constitution says a candidate must be a "natural born" U.S. citizen; it <a href="http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html">doesn't mention dual citizenship</a>.<p><em>The Dallas Morning News</em> has reported that Cruz holds <a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20130818-canada-born-ted-cruz-became-a-citizen-of-that-country-as-well-as-u.s..ece">dual U.S. and Canadian citizenship</a>. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 13:37:43 +0000 8511 at http://kut.org U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz To Renounce Canadian Citizenship Cruz Staging Number of Events Across Texas http://kut.org/post/cruz-staging-number-events-across-texas <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; ">U.S. Sen.&nbsp;</span><a data-tooltip="/directory/ted-cruz/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/ted-cruz/" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); " title="">Ted Cruz</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; ">, whose trips to early primary states have sparked speculation about a possible 2016 presidential run, is hitting the road in Texas next week to bash </span>“Obamacare<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; ">,” stage town hall meetings and press the flesh with the people who sent him to Washington, D.C.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">Cruz’s central focus during the August recess remains his drive to defund the Affordable Care Act. But during the two-week swing, he’ll also squeeze in a few fundraisers, take a tour of the Keystone Pipeline near Houston, visit the U.S.-Mexico border, meet with business leaders, go to a military base and attend a ribbon-cutting for a veterans facility in Austin.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 17:28:22 +0000 Jay Root, Texas Tribune 8489 at http://kut.org Cruz Staging Number of Events Across Texas Poll: Most Texans Still Don't Want You to Mess with Them http://kut.org/post/poll-most-texans-still-dont-want-you-mess-them <p>A <a href="http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/07/texas-miscellany.html">recent poll</a> from Public Policy Polling found 78 percent of Texans agree:</p><p>Don't Mess with Texas.</p><p>Nine percent say people should mess with Texas, and 13 percent are unsure.</p><p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 19:00:00 +0000 Gefei Liu & Kate McGee 8297 at http://kut.org Poll: Most Texans Still Don't Want You to Mess with Them PolitiFact: Sure, Americans Invented Pong - But What About Space Invaders? http://kut.org/post/politifact-sure-americans-invented-pong-what-about-space-invaders <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F97466416&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;color=00afff" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>U.S. Senator Ted Cruz recently praised American ingenuity at a college graduation in Michigan, saying “Americans were the first to walk on the moon. We invented ‘Pong,’ ‘Space Invaders’ and the iPhone.”</p><p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:43:00 +0000 Nathan Bernier 8159 at http://kut.org PolitiFact: Sure, Americans Invented Pong - But What About Space Invaders? UT/TT Poll: Texans Favor Cruz Over Perry for President http://kut.org/post/uttt-poll-texans-favor-cruz-over-perry-president <article><h1><span style="font-size: 13.63636302947998px; line-height: 1.5;">U.S. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 20:53:05 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 8145 at http://kut.org UT/TT Poll: Texans Favor Cruz Over Perry for President