Texas Measure Would Ban Straight-Ticket Voting

    Texas State Representative Joe Straus (R-Alamo Heights) is proposing a measure in the Texas House that would ban straight-ticket voting. Texas is currently one of 17 states that provides this option on the ballot.

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    Congrats Senator Cornyn, Now Be Careful Who You Pick

    Dear Senator Cornyn,Congratulations. You are now de facto NRSC Chairman. I trust you will do a competent job.I’m very concerned though, sir. Members of the House and Senate, when they get in leadership positions, sometimes surround themselves with people who want to be there for the resume line, not the cause.Your cause, sir, is to pick up seats in 2010. That will be a year | Read More »

    Texas gained almost 248,000 jobs

    Come on down – even if you live in a blue state.Updated October 29, 2008Texas continues to fare better economically than most other states. With our mix of industries and avoidance of the housing price bubble, Texas should have more resistance to – but not immunity from – recessionary conditions.In fiscal 2008, Texas’ gross state product grew by 4.1 percent, versus 1.5 percent for the | Read More »


    Looking good for TX-07, TX-22.

    Via AoSHQ’s headline feature, Doubleplusundead has some good news on that front. The Houston Chronicle is reporting that Lampson (D) in TX-22 is fading against Olson (R), while Culberson (R) in TX-07 is maintaining his own lead.The NRCC has an ad out for Olsen:…which is probably going to give Democrats fits, which is always nice. Anyway, Culberson is currently being outspent by challenger Skelly, and | Read More »

    Nick Lampson Lies. The TV Station Is Unhappy

    How desperate is Nick Lampson in TX-22? He sent out an email blast the other day that readProsecutors were quick to move on a felony complaint that was filed after evidence was discovered showing Pete Olson (with the same addresses and signature of candidate Olson) voted and maintained voter registration in Connecticut and Virginia. Voter fraud is a felony in both states. It’s a total | Read More »

    In TX-22, Will Nick Lampson Get His Wife’s Vote?

    Tonight, liberal incumbent Nick Lampson and conservative challenger Pete Olson will debate at a candidate’s forum. Or at least they’re scheduled to debate – who knows if Lampson will actually show up, since he’s skipped out on these irritating debate things before.If I were one of the Texas-22 citizen questioners attending this debate, I would ask a simple question of Congressman Lampson: does Lampson anticipate | Read More »

    Hilarity Ensues in TX-22 at Nick Lampson’s Expense

    The NRCC has yanked ads from TX-22, where they’d been pouring money in to Pete Olson’s campaign against Nick Lampson. According to documents obtained by FortBendNow, the NRCC had initially planned to spend $1,489, 320 on television ads in the Houston market, but has now reduced that amount to $593,730. The NRCC has not commented on the reason for the almost $900,000 cut. The Lampson | Read More »

    In TX-22, Who’s Endorsement Would You Prefer?

    In TX-22, Democrat Nick Lampson, formerly the most endangered House Democrat (now #2 behind Tim Mahoney), picked up the Houston Chronicle’s endorsement.Whoopee.The Chronicle says Lampson might become chairman of the subcommittee on NASA related stuff if he gets re-elected.Meanwhile, Pete Olson, the Republican challenger, picked up the endorsement of Louisiana’s conservative reformer, Gov. Bobby Jindal.I think I’d take Jindal over the MSM any day of | Read More »

    Viable Options

    Up top one more time. Please note that I’ve added Saxby Chambliss. — ErickWith only a few weeks left until election day, let’s be blunt: McCain-Palin ’08 does not seem to be making headway against the polling. McCain has one more debate in which he could, and we should hope that he does.At the same time, the Senate and House Republicans are going to get | Read More »

    A Bitter But Necessary Pill

    A great many free market conservatives are disillusioned with the Senate’s vote last night on the financial recovery plan. Their reaction is understandable. The choice last night was between doing something and doing nothing. Many of you may believe we made the wrong decision, but you should understand the factors we considered before the vote.First of all, the mortgage mess is especially infuriating because some | Read More »

    This year’s Rightblogs’ Slate

    In 2006, on behalf of RedState, I joined with other right of center bloggers to choose a slate of candidates worth supporting.RedState has its own slate of candidates that we have endorsed. This other slate is a larger selection of candidates chosen together by right of center bloggers. We all had the chance to nix a choice until we had a slate of candidates from | Read More »

    So much for those 34 EVs for Barr (or Nader)

    If McCain wins by a handful of electoral votes this fall, I guess we’ll have to hear that he was selected by a Texas Supreme Court packed with Bush cronies.

    Bob Barr wins Texas by default!!

    Bob Barr has filed suit in Texas to get Obama and McCain removed from the ballot.Link to DMN article…Aside from the very interesting legal issues, what has me concerned is the impact that this will have to those that vote absentee. Texas has a large military representation. There have been enough issues in the past with military and other absentee voters being disenfranchised, this could | Read More »

    Ike Reminds

    I live to the west of hurricane Ike’s visit to Texas. Given the path and trajectory, it appears we will be spared much of the wrath of this hurricane. Local forecasts are calling for downgraded winds with a potential of 4 to 6 inches of rain. We’ll see. While we wait, I am reminded of Katrina and Rita, and I am – again – reminded | Read More »

    I Don’t Like Ike: Hurricane Ike Open Thread

    Hurricane IkePost updates, prayers, and thoughts on Hurricane Ike here. As always, there are links to the RedCross and other helpful organizations via the link below.