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 »

    The Texas Speaker’s Race

    [from the diaries...an important story that needs our attention...] I have said this a lot over the past few months: the American political landscape is going to change because of the tea party movement. It is organic. It is local. It is new to the process. It is engaged and passionate. Best of all, the movement as a whole chalked up some serious victories in | Read More »

    The Texas Speaker’s Race

    [from the diaries...an important story that needs our attention...] I have said this a lot over the past few months: the American political landscape is going to change because of the tea party movement. It is organic. It is local. It is new to the process. It is engaged and passionate. Best of all, the movement as a whole chalked up some serious victories in | Read More »

    Corruption

    I know some of you are a bit perplexed about why I, a guy in Georgia, keep writing about Joe Straus, a liberal elitist in Texas.It is very simple really. Texas is going to make big gains in the census and pick up some congressional districts. Conservatives across the country must be concerned that the man who will have the heaviest hand in drawing those | Read More »

    Corruption

    I know some of you are a bit perplexed about why I, a guy in Georgia, keep writing about Joe Straus, a liberal elitist in Texas.It is very simple really. Texas is going to make big gains in the census and pick up some congressional districts. Conservatives across the country must be concerned that the man who will have the heaviest hand in drawing those | Read More »

    Stop Joe (Straus)

    From the diaries by Erick So, let’s recap the TX House Speaker’s race up to this point. Current Speaker Joe Straus is a man whose leadership team has killed Voter ID, threatened Members with redistricting, pushed the local gas tax, killed almost 10 times as many Republican bills in the House, is a man with a 100% rating from NARAL who also happened to give | Read More »

    Stop Joe (Straus)

    From the diaries by Erick So, let’s recap the TX House Speaker’s race up to this point. Current Speaker Joe Straus is a man whose leadership team has killed Voter ID, threatened Members with redistricting, pushed the local gas tax, killed almost 10 times as many Republican bills in the House, is a man with a 100% rating from NARAL who also happened to give | 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 »

    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 »

    Larry Phillips Did It

    Well, now I can share more details.Larry Phillips, Vice Chairman of the House Ethics Committee for the State of Texas is the person identified as having threatened members of the State House.If you recall, Speaker Joe Straus sent out Rep. Phillips to tell Republicans if they did not support Straus they would be drawn out of their House Districts.Straus then said he’d have an investigation | Read More »

    Larry Phillips Did It

    Well, now I can share more details.Larry Phillips, Vice Chairman of the House Ethics Committee for the State of Texas is the person identified as having threatened members of the State House.If you recall, Speaker Joe Straus sent out Rep. Phillips to tell Republicans if they did not support Straus they would be drawn out of their House Districts.Straus then said he’d have an investigation | Read More »

    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 going to be | Read More »

    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 going to be | 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 »

    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 »