A Sad Day for Free Markets

I regret to inform you that Governor Greg Abbott has decided to allow H.B. 3287 - the tap room tax bill - to go into effect without his signature. In other words, it will become law on September 1, 2017.

As mentioned in various posts on The Trey Blocker Show Facebook page, this bill restricts the sale of beer in brewery tap rooms, places a tap room tax on sales over a certain level, and devalues almost every brewery in Texas.

I want to thank the thousands of Texans who signed our petition to Governor Abbott asking him to veto the bill for engaging in the process and making your voices heard.

This is a setback, but over the past several years, Texans have made it abundantly clear that they want a thriving and competitive craft beer industry.

Have no doubt, there will be future opportunities to promote Texas breweries and the free market principles we hold near and dear to our hearts as Texans.

All of us here at The Trey Blocker Show will be sure to let you know when those opportunities arise. Until then, I encourage everyone to contact your Texas Representative and Senator and ask them to not only campaign as pro-business, free market legislators, but to actually vote that way as well. It's what we expect. It's what we deserve.


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Episode #24: Congressman John Carter

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Episode #23: Texas State Rep. Donna Howard

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Texas has a massive backlog of untested rape kits, preventing victims from getting justice and keeping criminals on the streets. Rep. Howard passed HB 281 establishing electronic tracking for these kits so they will no longer be lost and victims can track their progress. What else can be done to solve this serious problem and ensure victims receive justice?

Episode #22: Texas State Rep. Jeff Leach

Episode #22: Texas State Rep. Jeff Leach

May 31, 2017

Can we keep Texas red as more people move in from blue areas? Would term limits and contribution caps help prevent the corrupting influences of elected office? How is the House Freedom Caucus working to pass conservative legislation? Listen to our interview with State Rep. Jeff Leach and find out!

Episode #21: Texas State Sen. Larry Taylor

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About

January 31, 2017

Dear Friends,

Today I am excited to announce the official launch of The Trey Blocker Show.  “The WHAT?” – you might be asking yourself. Yes, you heard correctly. Today I am starting an audio and video podcast that will be co-hosted by Charlie Hodge from KLBJ-AM. It will be available on iTunes, SoundCloud, and other podcast applications. You will also be able to find them all at treyblocker.com.

Why am I doing this?  Good question!

In one sentence, the purpose of the show is to educate, motivate and entertain in such a way that we improve political and social discourse.

We live in interesting times. We’ve just witnessed one of the most divisive elections in U.S. history. We’ve watched people riot because they didn’t like the outcome. That’s something we’re used to seeing in third world countries, not in the United States of America. It’s sad commentary on the state of the nation.

If there’s at least one good thing to come from this election, it’s that most people at this point are keenly aware of the monolithic bias of the mass media.

We now live in a post-objective journalistic world.

This is a good thing so long as it raises people’s awareness that they need to employ their critical thinking skills when listening to the news, regardless of source.

Journalists who argue that they are objective in their reporting, are either trying to fool you, or fool themselves.

Technology, through podcasting and other forms of social media, now allows elected officials, and even the average person, to reach a large audience without the filters and bias of CNN, Fox News, the Austin American-Statesman, or the New York Times.

This is a game changer!  It has the potential to drastically improve the way we communicate and understand each other.

Over the next six months, we will undoubtedly talk a lot about Texas politics and what’s going on across the street at the Capitol.

We will also discuss broader issues affecting the nation and the world.

Other times, we’ll just have someone on the show that we find to be interesting and cool – someone who may give us insight into the music industry, sports, entertainment, religion, or life in general.

Put simply, this is a show about people, society, and human nature.

We hope everyone finds it interesting, insightful, and entertaining.  We hope it motivates you to pay more attention to political and societal trends and to engage, regardless of your perspective.

It’s easy for us to get bogged down with day to day life, but we have a responsibility to ourselves, our families, our country, and mankind to participate in the future of this great Republic.

If we don’t, it’s at our own peril.

Please listen, please subscribe, and if you have questions or comments, please send them to podcast@treyblocker.com.

Thank you,

Trey Blocker


Behind the Mic

Trey J. Blocker

Trey Blocker is a 6th generation Texan with more than 20 years of political, legislative and legal experience. His extensive and in-depth knowledge of issues important to our state is matched only by the close personal relationships he has with the most powerful and influential political and business leaders of Texas. His clients include chief executives of Fortune 100 companies and major trade associations. Trey also serves as an ethics advisor to elected officials and candidates from both political parties, corporations, and PACs, helping them maintain compliance with the state’s complex campaign finance and legislative ethics laws.

 

Charlie Hodge

The diner scene from 5 Easy Pieces fairly well describes Charlie Hodge’s perception of the world (include chicken salad in your search if googled). Born and raised in Austin, Tx. Charlie kept a full schedule of baseball, golf, fishing, football, visiting the Texas coast and enjoying all that lake Austin had to offer. Friends and family remain close and important to Charlie keeping him grounded while encouraging him to pursue a career in broadcasting after his voice dropped a few octaves and led to an undergraduate degree from TCU. Prior to puberty Charlie aimed to be a game show host or a lobbyist finding the two eerily similar, and those findings led to his serving as a Senate page during the 72nd, 73rd and 74th legislative sessions. Now podcasting with Trey Blocker on the Trey Blocker Show seemed like a natural fit.