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20 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Borders and Battlegrounds – Episode 120
The border needs to be closed. This is the standard of success and it is achievable. For the sake of our state, the rule of law, and the future of our country, Texas must close the border down. This is the first thing we tackle on today’s episode. There is a big political battle shaping up in Tarrant County where Tim O’Hare and Betsy Price are both running to be the next County Judge. This matchup is a clear depiction of the civil war playing out in the Texas GOP. That this is playing out in the largest red county in Texas makes it significant for all Texans, regardless of where they live. Lastly and sadly, Cody Vasut seems more concerned about the House vs. Senate pissing match than protecting children from genital mutilation. It’s the ultimate abdication for Vasut to literally call for the ousting of Dan Patrick over how many HB’s died in his chamber, while staying silent on Dade Phelan and Dustin Burrows despicable actions of killing legislation that would stop the barbaric practice of genital mutilation surgery on children in Texas. We have many issues facing Texas and today we try to bring attention to some of the more important ones. Hope you enjoy. Please consider taking a minute to subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform and leave a review. You can listen on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, or Youtube. The post Borders and Battlegrounds – Episode 120 appeared first on Luke Macias.
25 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Election Integrity: Who Killed It? – Episode 119
There is a lot of finger-pointing going on right now, as Texas Republicans failed to pass election integrity legislation. Today, I bring on Daniel Greer, one of the election integrity experts in Texas. Daniel does a great job peeling back the onion and revealing that the Texas Republican House leadership has a long history of killing election integrity legislation, and this session was no exception. He also details the lack of coordination from Governor Abbott, who just recently started clarifying his position on this issue. Please consider taking a minute to subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform and leave a review. You can listen on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, or Youtube. The post Election Integrity: Who Killed It? – Episode 119 appeared first on Luke Macias.
22 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
The Predicted Failure of the Republicans in the Texas House – Episode 118
Republicans in the Texas House killed most Republican priorities this session. This is not a surprise. Sadly, it was not only predicted by this show and other activists, but it was even discussed openly in the Texas House of Representatives. Tony Tinderholt and Bryan Slaton publicly voiced their concern about how slowly GOP leadership led the house this session. Cole Hefner not only publicly opposed that criticism, but he actually tried to make the case that the Texas House was working hard. This is a joke, and Hefner was proved to either be naive or an active deceiver of Texans. Republican leadership doesn’t support Republican priorities, and that reality is hopefully made even more clear through today’s show. Please consider taking a minute to subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform and leave a review. You can listen on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, or Youtube. The post The Predicted Failure of the Republicans in the Texas House – Episode 118 appeared first on Luke Macias.
18 minutes | May 18, 2021
Republican in the Texas House Failed to Protect Our Children – Episode 117
This absolutely ludicrous, disgusting capitulation to the radical left should disturb all Texans (except for the most radical elements of our state). Guys, this issue alone is yet another revelation of just how morally compromised Republican leadership is in the Texas House. This is a sick game that is costing the lives of Texas children. Representative Krause has yet to clarify his earlier defense of Dustin Burrows, the chairman who was most responsible for killing this bill. Also notable, all Republican members of the Calendars Committee are silent on why they voted to kill this bill and place it on a page they knew would never be reached by the midnight deadline last Thursday. Today, we discuss exactly where Texas is and how this affects each of us. Please consider taking a minute to subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform and leave a review. You can listen on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, or Youtube. The post Republican in the Texas House Failed to Protect Our Children – Episode 117 appeared first on Luke Macias.
30 minutes | May 4, 2021
GOP Priorities and Culture Update – Episode 116
We start off this week discussing the story that broke last week covering the sexual relationship between Representative Lacey Hull, Cole Hefner, and their mutual campaign consultant, Jordan Berry. This is just one of the many scandals plaguing the Legislature, and the cultural problems in the chamber are being reflected in their votes. Many GOP priorities are actively being killed by Chris Paddie and Dustin Burrows. We overview each of them today. Saturday’s election brought about several victories. Southlake took down the critical race theory agenda that was being pushed in their school, Austin and San Antonio had strong results on ballot measures, and Lubbock outlawed abortion. A lot is going on this week, and it’s a blessing to keep you updated on all things Texas! Please consider taking a minute to subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform and leave a review. You can listen on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, or Youtube. The post GOP Priorities and Culture Update – Episode 116 appeared first on Luke Macias.
44 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Budget Drama is More Than You Think – Episode 115
Gennie Morrison took over the Texas House on budget night, and to say it was a takedown of Dade Phelan and Greg Bonnen is an understatement. Several top conservative legislators like Slaton, Biedermann, and Tinderholt passed strong amendments, and Dade Phelan defended government-funded programs for critical race theory and gender modification. Dade Phelan was placed in a position where more than 10 members were willing to challenge his ruling, which would have destroyed his speakership. He stood down and allowed them to have their way as a result. Phelan also worked to defend critical race theory and gender modification programs in the state budget. Today, we’ll overview those actions in detail. The Texas budget is not providing Texans with any meaningful property tax relief, so homeowners need to buckle up for the next several years. This is what we discuss on today’s podcast. Please consider taking a minute to subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform and leave a review. You can listen on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, or Youtube. The post Budget Drama is More Than You Think – Episode 115 appeared first on Luke Macias.
21 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
Constitutional Carry Passed the Texas House and is Now Being Killed in the Senate – Episode 114
Constitutional carry passed the Texas House and is being killed in the Texas Senate, likely by Joan Huffman. We go into all the details of this policy and the fact that Kyle Biedermann, Bryan Slaton, and Jeff Cason’s efforts on making the House bill even better should be greatly appreciated, along with Matt Schaefer’s excellent defense of the policy. We also discuss a ban on sex-change surgeries for minors in Texas. Legislation is now moving through the process to ban some of the barbaric child abuse that is occurring in Texas. Senior Democrats have said that Dade Phelan is breaking his promise that this policy would not be allowed to be debated, and it will be interesting to see how they react as the policy advances. Pedro Gonzalez has written a very interesting and revealing piece in Newsmax about how Texas’s Lincoln Project is targeting Allen West. Texans must understand that the establishment hates that it’s being held to a higher standard this session and will work to take back control of the party. This piece does an excellent job showing how those efforts are already underway. Please consider taking a minute to subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform and leave a review. You can listen on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, or Youtube. The post Constitutional Carry Passed the Texas House and is Now Being Killed in the Senate – Episode 114 appeared first on Luke Macias.
54 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Chip Roy: Fighting to Change the System – Episode 113
Chip Roy is someone I respect tremendously. I was proud to work tirelessly on a personal level to ensure Chip was re-elected in 2020. He was one of the top targets for Democrats nationwide, and he won; not only that, but he didn’t legislate in the mushy middle, like so many purple-district congressmen. He is instead ranked as one of the most conservative members of Congress. Today, we talk about what it takes to actually change the broken system in Washington. We also discuss the absolute travesty that is happening with the open border we have in Texas. Chip shares some amazing stories from his time down on the border. You will want to listen to the end to hear all that he has to share. You are going to learn a ton by listening to this conversation. Please consider taking a minute to subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform and leave a review. You can listen on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, or Youtube. The post Chip Roy: Fighting to Change the System – Episode 113 appeared first on Luke Macias.
18 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Speaker Phelan Teams up with Democrats to Protect Child Sex Changes – Episode 112
We’re losing the cultural war, and many so-called “conservative” leaders in the Texas Legislature are complicit. Luke discusses a key battle going on right now in the Texas House, including emotional testimony from legislators working against the tide. Listen to the episode to see Repsenatantive Slaton break down crying as Representative Tinderholt asks him why he keeps presenting his amendment. The post Speaker Phelan Teams up with Democrats to Protect Child Sex Changes – Episode 112 appeared first on Luke Macias.
21 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
What Prayer Reveals About the Texas House- Episode 111
James Talarico led the Texas House in a sad and revealing prayer last week. Jonathan Stickland was the first to talk about this issue, and Talarico is now getting national attention for his deceiving prayer. Democrats across the nation are praising him for spewing universalist language, right in the heart of Texas. Yesterday in the #txlege “Republican” leadership allowed a progressive liberal to open the day with this “prayer.” I am disgusted such blasphemy was spoken in the chamber. Lord forgive us for turning our state over to this trash. Where are the bold followers of Jesus Christ? pic.twitter.com/YYCHyzprcZ — Jonathan Stickland (@RepStickland) March 25, 2021 Earlier this year, conservatives were outraged by Congress closing a prayer with “Awomen,” rather than “Amen.” This is offensive, but Talarico’s prayer was just as bad—if not worse. The Texas House is not a body that is led by a strong moral ethic; this much we know is true, and it’s important that we recognize that. It changes the way you address the Legislature and what you expect from them. Have a blessed week. The post What Prayer Reveals About the Texas House- Episode 111 appeared first on Luke Macias.
24 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Patrick Battles Abbott & Hefner Pushes Himself – Episode 110
The battle over government-mandated power prices that have left ratepayers on the hook for billions of dollars has put Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick at odds with Gov. Greg Abbott. Abbott is also teaming up with House Speaker Dade Phelan to keep the Texas House from being allowed to take a position on this policy. State Rep. Cole Hefner, a member who is very close to Dade Phelan, decided it was time for him to prioritize the GOP agenda. The Republican Party of Texas has 9 priorities, and most legislators have kept from supporting them. Hefner recently announced that he was authoring, or co-authoring, 8 agenda items. What was strange was that, instead of co-authoring 1 or all 3 of the currently filed constitutional carry proposals, Hefner copied and pasted State Rep. Kyle Biedermann’s bill into his own bill. Similarly, instead of co-authoring Bryan Slaton’s monument protection bill, he copied and pasted and filed the same bill with his name on it. Hefner also copied State Rep. Steve Toth’s legislation regarding banning sex-change surgeries on minor children. It’s times like this that reveal a truth that we all know. For house leadership, personality trumps policy. Honestly, I don’t know if we will actually protect monuments this year, but more important to many politicians is who gets the credit. Recently State Rep. Matt Krause tweeted out an antithetical message to that of Cole Hefner: 5th Session in a row we’ve been working on that concept. Thanks for the acknowledgment @JasonVaughn! But I don’t care how we get it done – as long as it gets signed into law. It’s good policy! https://t.co/jwV1yNCkdc — Matt Krause (@RepMattKrause) March 20, 2021 Ronald Reagan famously kept this quote on his desk: “There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he does not mind who gets the credit.” Hopefully, the Texas House gets past this personality contest and starts to focus on actually delivering conservative results. Texas needs it, and we’re done with the excuses we keep hearing every session. I hope you enjoy this week’s episode. The post Patrick Battles Abbott & Hefner Pushes Himself – Episode 110 appeared first on Luke Macias.
35 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
What Are GOP Priorities? – Episode 109
What are the Texas GOP Legislative Priorities? How does an issue become a priority, and how much effort is the Texas GOP putting into passing these priorities in 2021? Today we bring Shelby Williams, Rich Deotte, and Jill Glover together for an in-depth conversation about legislative priorities. The sad reality is that Governor Abbott and the various GOP caucuses are avoiding most of these issues as much as possible and without grassroots pressure, these priorities will die this session. I hope you enjoy this conversation and take action if you want to be more involved. Please consider taking a minute to subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform and leave a review. You can listen on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, or Youtube. The post What Are GOP Priorities? – Episode 109 appeared first on Luke Macias.
26 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
Abbott Plays Politics with COVID While Burrows Embraces a Dictatorship – Episode 108
Governor Greg Abbott is opening Texas tomorrow. This is good news for Texans. The sad thing is that not only does Gov. Abbott believe he single-handedly is the one who gets to decide if Texas is open, he believes that he single-handedly gets to decide which businesses are open and which facial coverings must be worn by all Texans. Today we take a walk down memory lane. When the pandemic first hit, Abbott, claimed that a statewide mask mandate was not in alignment with the views that Texas had on freedom and liberty. Then as the political pressure mounted, he calculated that his legacy would be better off if he instituted a statewide mask mandate similar to that of New York and California. Abbott assumed that less emotional governors like Florida’s Ron DeSantis would be proved wrong and his unwillingness to have a statewide mask mandate would prove ill-informed and lead to more death. He was wrong. And it took him eight months of mandates to decide he was wrong. Now, State Rep. Dustin Burrows is working desperately against the Texas Senate and the Texas Republican Party to pass legislation that endorses Abbott’s dictatorial handling of the pandemic. The good news for Texans is that State Sen. Brian Birdwell, along with many Texas senators, is pushing legislation to end Abbott’s overreach. Right now, the only Republican senators who haven’t signed on to support Birdwell’s legislation are: Kelly Hancock Joan Huffman Bryan Hughes Jane Nelson Kel Seliger Larry Taylor If you care about the Lone Star State, you will enjoy this podcast. The post Abbott Plays Politics with COVID While Burrows Embraces a Dictatorship – Episode 108 appeared first on Luke Macias.
24 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Slaton Shaking Up Austin – Episode 107
First Bryan forced the abortion issue to be debated right out of the gate, then he took on the most liberal Mayor in Texas. Today we sit down and talk about Bryan’s first 60 days in office. What he thinks about Dustin Burrows attempt to endorse Governor Abbott’s shutdown orders with HB 3. Take 30 minutes to hear, from the inside, why the Texas Houses is moving so slowly, and what Texans can do to move a conservative agenda forward. Please consider taking a minute to subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform and leave a review. You can listen on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, or Youtube. The post Slaton Shaking Up Austin – Episode 107 appeared first on Luke Macias.
28 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
HB 3 and It’s Disastrous Effect on Texas Freedoms – Episode 106 B
The more I read this bill the worse it got. Today I sat down with two conservative lawyers, Matt Rinaldi and Tony McDonald. They honestly do an excellent job pointing out the significant flaws in HB 3. This legislation gives the Governor, during a pandemic, dictatorial authority over Texas citizens and businesses. It also threatens businesses who don’t obey every one of Governor Abbott’s executive orders, with legal liability due to their disobedience. It’s an attempt to create more loyal subjects, not freer citizens. The worldview of this bill is one that runs antithetical to our founding fathers, the state constitution, and the Republican Party Priorities which clearly state executive power needs to be curtailed. Dustin Burrows is declaring open warfare with Allen West, any State Representative who has criticized Abbott, and any business who disobeyed Abbott’s shutdown orders. This bill is a direct contradiction to the position of Senator Charles Perry, who is also a constituent of Dustin Burrows. It’s truly remarkable just how much this bill is a pure endorsement of the big government dictatorial actions of Greg Abbott. Not only that, but Dade Phelan has prioritized the passage of this bill by giving it such a low bill number. Instead of handling these issues separately like the Texas Senate, House leadership has decided to use D.C. tactics of putting everything in one omnibus bill, which means there are some little nuggets of good things to cover up their destruction of the Texas constitution. Hopefully, this is not a trend that continues out of Dade Phelan. We shall see. The post HB 3 and It’s Disastrous Effect on Texas Freedoms – Episode 106 B appeared first on Luke Macias.
40 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Long Term Grid Threats and Our Current Crisis Explained with Bob Hall – Episode 106
Today I sit down with a long-term fellow conservative warrior and friend, Senator Bob Hall. Here is what some of you might not know. Bob Hall has been talking about protecting our power grid ever since he got elected to the Senate 6 years ago. There is no person better informed on the threats to the grid. Senator Hall has also been asking his fellow legislators to protect the grid for his entire tenure. None of the grid-related legislation that Senator Hall has pushed has become law and the question remains; will the legislature take a leadership role or reactive role in fixing the issue. You will learn a lot if you are able to take 30 minutes to listen to this conversation. Please consider taking a minute to subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform and leave a review. You can listen on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, or Youtube. The post Long Term Grid Threats and Our Current Crisis Explained with Bob Hall – Episode 106 appeared first on Luke Macias.
13 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Texas Power Failure Highlights Systemic Corruption – Episode 105
Wealthy government subsidized oligarchies have been exposed. Tony Tinderholt and Bob Hall started asking for more accountability and oversight over our grid long ago and have been mocked for doing so. Power companies, their lobbyists and their PAC’s have worked tirelessly to keep politicians on their side. Now that millions of Texans are without power and lives are literally being lost, the winds have shifted. Today I take a few minutes to open your eyes to a few of the issues that have been going on for the last several years and just how hard it has been to hold this system accountable. Now a lot of politicians feel the need to do something about it, which is good, but we need to fight to make sure real reform takes place. God Bless, Luke Please consider taking a minute to subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform and leave a review. You can listen on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, or Youtube. The post Texas Power Failure Highlights Systemic Corruption – Episode 105 appeared first on Luke Macias.
36 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
Texas Redistricting with Trey Trainor – Episode 104
It is the two-year anniversary of The Luke Macias Show and Federal Election Commissioner Trey Trainor drops by to celebrate. Luke and Trey discuss redistricting in the state of Texas. How does it work and who gets to draw the new maps? The post Texas Redistricting with Trey Trainor – Episode 104 appeared first on Luke Macias.
25 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Character Matters – Episode 103
Character matters and religious liberty isn’t enough. James Dickey and Briscoe Cain have both recently talked about the importance of character from public officials, but refuse to recognize their attempt to keep corruption in power in the legislature. Texans should watch two key items this week. The State of the state and Texas House committee assignments. I take some time to overview why both of the items are worth following. Lastly, religious liberty just isn’t enough. Ryan Anderson has articulated why this is, and we overview his recent op-ed today. Hope you enjoy this week’s episode. The post Character Matters – Episode 103 appeared first on Luke Macias.
41 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
The Texas Crossroads Explained – Episode 102
Texas is truly at a crossroads, and the direction we take will have a dramatic effect on the entire world. Over the last eight years, our politicians’ decision to largely stay on the sidelines of cultural battles was something they could get away with more easily than they’ll be able to in 2021. Today, my friends Michael Quinn Sullivan and Jon Francis join me as we discuss the current battlefield that Texas finds itself in and what decisions we have to make to ensure that our freedoms are still enjoyed for years to come. We discuss the difference between Govs. Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis and how their actions will affect which state leads our nation against the attempted leftist takeover. Whether we want to admit it or not, the left is trying to destroy anyone in the center or right of center in this country. That fact cannot be disputed. Unfortunately, those leftists have a significant amount of influence within the Democrat Party, as well as all other major societal institutions. So, what do we do? Well, you will have to listen in on the conversation to find out. We do take some time to discuss what citizens can specifically consider doing as they decide how best to engage in the battle. I hope you enjoy the conversation. God Bless, Luke Please consider taking a minute to subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform and leave a review. You can listen on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, or Youtube. The post The Texas Crossroads Explained – Episode 102 appeared first on Luke Macias.
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