Is Joe Straus Playing Fast and Loose With the Law?
This is amazing. Joe Straus sent out a loyal lieutenant to tell members of the Texas House of Representatives if they dared vote against him as Speaker he would draw them out of their districts. This is a clear threat and highly unethical. But I’m hearing that Straus did not stop there. I’m hearing that more will be coming out on this and it isn’t | 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 »
Joe Straus Is Worried. Keep Up the Pressure.
100% NARAL rated Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, the Republican who relied on Democrats to get into his job and then obstructed major conservative reforms in the Texas House of Representatives, is worried he might be voted off the island. How do I know? Well, one of his advisors, Vincent Harris, left me a message on my cell phone tonight that Straus would be calling | Read More »
Michael Sullivan on the Nasty Race for Texas House Speaker
Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Michael Quinn Sullivan of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility and Empower Texans to discuss the race for Texas House Speaker, how it will impact the upcoming legislative session, and how it mimics the broader national battle between establishment Republicans and insurgent Conservatives. We’re brought to you as | Read More »
Republican Does Not Equal Conservative. Even in Texas.
It is nauseating to hear people tell me over the past 48 hours that Joe Straus, the Democrat backed Speaker of the Texas House, is a “conservative.” With redistricting at stake in a state the size of Texas, we need to come to terms with why Straus is not a conservative and should be defeated. Likewise, Republicans who vote for him will all need to | Read More »
You Texans Need to Call Cindy Burkett
I received this email earlier today from Matt Brownfield: I served as Cindy Burkett’s campaign manager for the 2010 election and am currently helping with her transition to Austin. You incorrectly posted yesterday that Representative Elect Burkett has endorsed Joe Straus for speaker. She has yet to back any candidate in the Speaker’s race and has signed no pledge cards. I respectfully request that you | Read More »