The Republicans who helped Indict Rick Perry

    The Republicans who helped Indict Rick Perry

    Much as we wish we could place the blame solely on the Democrats for the revenge indictment of Rick Perry, there are several Republicans who helped pave the way for it. The Texas State House of Representatives has long been a moderate’s haven under the gavel of left-of-center Speaker Joe Straus*, whose squishiness is well known here at RedState. As Breitbart notes, when Governor Perry | Read More »

    The Battle over Texas

    The most important race in Texas is the one you haven’t heard about. Texas Representative Scott Turner is making his way around Texas, taking his conservative message directly to the people, to explain why he, and not Joe Straus, should be Speaker in the Texas House of Representatives. The message is simple: Without a conservative Speaker there will be no conservative legislation. Conservative leadership in | Read More »

    Lobbyist Sid Miller Cons Tea Party Voters

    Imagine a state legislator who, even before his final term in office ends, opens up a lobbying practice with a client base that includes state vendors and payday lenders. Now imagine that it is discovered that this same former state legislator turned revolving door lobbyist used his campaign account to play the stock market and personally profited by more than $21,000 from a loan that | Read More »

    Call Them Back, @GovernorPerry [update]

    UPDATE: Governor Perry has called them back effective July 1st.————–When last the Republicans filibustered anywhere, it was Rand Paul who led Mike Lee of Utah, Ted Cruz of Texas, and others to filibuster over the use of drones against Americans in the United States. The Democrats chose to filibuster legislation that would save the lives of American citizens. It is telling.Last night in Texas, white | Read More »

    Rick Perry’s Failure to Lead Leads Texas Closer to Obamacare

    Rick Perry's Failure to Lead Leads Texas Closer to Obamacare

    Late Thursday afternoon, the Republican-controlled Texas House of Representatives took the first step toward capitulation on the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. A few hours later, the amendment directing the Texas state healthcare bureaucracy to start preparing for the expansion was reconsidered and rescinded after a handful of conservatives scrambled to rescue the situation — but the fact that it passed at all is a wake-up call.Here’s | Read More »

    Remember Texas State House Republicans: Joe Straus Isn’t Your Friend

    With the vote for Texas House Speaker soon, it is important to remind Texas State House Republicans that current Speaker Joe Straus is neither their friend nor really one of them. In fact, as we reported back in November, RedState has uncovered never-before-seen, profanity-laden e-mails between senior staff and legislative lieutenants of Texas’ liberal GOP House Speaker Joe Straus demonstrating disrespect for, and even hostility towards, grassroots activists and conservative lawmakers. Here again is that information.

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    Quixotic Texas Speaker’s Race Hurting Conservatives

    If you look up the definition of quixotic, one definition reads: “Caught up in the pursuit of unreachable goals; someone who is idealistic without regard to practicality; unrealistic.” In the race for Texas’ Speaker of the House, we have been down this quixotic road before. I personally campaigned for Ken Paxton in 2010, believing that he had a chance to win. As it turns out, | Read More »

    Picking Fights

    “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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    Picking Fights

    “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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    Did Joe Straus Let TLR Call the Shots on Texas Redistricting?

    New e-mails recently made public indicate that a special interest lobby group, Texans For Lawsuit Reform (TLR), played a key role in the development and passage of a Texas redistricting map that was opposed by a number of grassroots activists and Tea Party groups. These e-mails show how TLR and its leadership worked closely with top aides to Texas House Speaker Joe Straus in the | Read More »

    Private Emails From Texas Speaker Joe Straus’s Office Reveal War Against Conservatives

    Private Emails From Texas Speaker Joe Straus's Office Reveal War Against Conservatives

    “These e-mails from the redistricting process shed new light on just how dismissive the Straus team was of Republican Party and conservative efforts to draw more fair districts – and should serve as a warning bell to the new House that it is time for Straus to go.” RedState has uncovered never-before-seen, profanity-laden e-mails between senior staff and legislative lieutenants of Texas’ liberal GOP House | Read More »

    The Establishment Hates Ted Cruz, You and Me

    The most difficult thing to explain to your average Republican voter is how people like David Dewhurst, Charlie Crist and all the establishment, ladder-climbing, butt-kissing, near permanent political staff flacks who grow up to be lobbyists they put around them literally hate you, me, and conservative fighters like Ted Cruz. And newsflash — it’s not just Washington, but in state capitols throughout America, just like | Read More »

    The Establishment Hates Ted Cruz, You and Me

    The most difficult thing to explain to your average Republican voter is how people like David Dewhurst, Charlie Crist and all the establishment, ladder-climbing, butt-kissing, near permanent political staff flacks who grow up to be lobbyists they put around them literally hate you, me, and conservative fighters like Ted Cruz. And newsflash — it’s not just Washington, but in state capitols throughout America, just like | Read More »

    TEAParty911.com Founder Endorses Matt Beebe in Texas HD-121

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: John Tweedell, TEAParty911.com Communications Director Mobile: (903) 539-6786 Email: [email protected] Alternate Contact Email: [email protected] TEAParty911.com Founder Endorses Matt Beebe in Texas HD-121 Sulphur Springs, TX, March 19, 2012 — In a surprise announcement today, TEAParty911.com’s founder, Michael Kinzie, announced his personal endorsement of Matt Beebe for the Texas House of Representatives in District 121 in the San Antonio area. Prior to | Read More »

    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 »