“Well, there are some things a man just can’t run away from.” – John Wayne, Stagecoach (1939)
Throughout the last two years, Erick, Drew Ryun and myself have introduced RedStaters to many problems within the leadership of the Texas State House. Supporting evidence has been provided, most recently with Erick’s exclusive a few weeks ago, showing the Speaker’s office as the catalyst behind the war against house conservatives. It’s not a new fight but with the January vote on House leadership looming, it’s time to saddle up.
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Time To Defend Our Own
Much of the time we find ourselves fighting liberals and working to roll back the terrible legislation that they’ve passed. During elections we advocate for conservative candidates who promise to charge into the breech for us and we’re often frustrated by how little they do once we elect them. Every now and then a statesman comes along that’s worth defending and when we find them | Read More »
Status Quo or Conservative Agenda?
Conservatives across the nation have been given an incredible opportunity to prove the viability of our ideals. In the November election Republicans gained nearly 700 state legislative seats, a number of Governorships, a majority in the US House and a near tie in the Senate. Democrats were held to the smallest freshman class of any party since 1915. Many lessons can be derived from this | Read More »
Primary Opponents: An Empty Threat?
That’s the title of a blog post written last week by the Texas Monthly’s Paul Burka. It seems that he disagrees with the assertion from my last post that a vote for Speaker Joe Straus will go a long way to ensuring that Republican Representatives will face a primary challenger next year. Here is his rather apt assessment of the attitude conservatives are holding regarding | Read More »
Texas House Members: Your Primaries Are One Year Away
From the diaries by Erick What’s more corrupt than the lieutenant of a sitting Speaker of the House making threats against Representatives who refuse to support that speaker? Is it possible for someone to go further up the shameless meter than to draw redistricting maps to cut Representatives out of their districts in order to punish them for standing up to a bad politician? If | Read More »
Joe Straus Stands Against Free Speech
Freedom of speech is under attack courtesy of Texas House Speaker Joe Straus. He is effectively trying to stuff as much speech as possible into the definition of “political advertising,” hassling average Texans out of the conversation. In his interim charge to the General Investigating & Ethics Committee Straus commanded the following: Review the definition of “political advertising” and determine whether the definition should be expanded | Read More »
Your Voice is like Kryptonite to Bad Politicians
I love analogies. The kryptonite analogy really captures the attitude of politicians who have been at the trough too long. Still, most politicians have the discipline not to tell you outright to butt out of the political process, much less investigate you like the Stazi. Like Erick pointed out the other day, even in Texas being a Republican doesn’t necessarily mean you are a conservative. | Read More »