The Establishment vs. the People, Texas Style
We often focus our frustration on the Washington establishment – and for good reason. But state and local establishment is also very much alive and well. Texas, notwithstanding its generally conservative environment, is no exception. The race for Texas Speaker of the House is a key test for newly elected Republicans in the state. Will they stand with the people of Texas or will they | Read More »
Texas Speaker – Will Warren Chisum Do the Right Thing, Step Aside and Endorse Ken Paxton?
Anyone following the race for Texas Speaker knows that it is possible (and critical) to knock off liberal Republican Joe Straus, but that to do so requires unifying behind a single conservative alternative. Anyone, that is, except for State Rep. Warren Chisum. Or does he? As quick background – Warren Chisum is a Democrat-turned-Republican who has been in the Texas House since 1989, representing a | Read More »
Why Ken Paxton Should be Texas Speaker, and Why it Matters
The race for Texas Speaker is now in full sprint. The finish line will be the first week of January – and it’s time for all good Texans to take action to make sure we have a conservative Speaker of the House. Erick and Drew Ryun have written several posts detailing this fight. Joe Strauss is the incumbent Speaker, having risen to that post two | Read More »
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 | 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 | 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 | 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 »
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 »
Ken Paxton Should Be the Speaker of Texas’s House
It has always bothered me when conservatives win elections but “moderate” Republicans end up running the leadership. In case you haven’t noticed, it happens all the time – once behind closed doors, the leadership does not reflect the elected Members nor the people who elected them. It is time for that to change and one place to start is Texas. For those of you unfamiliar | Read More »
Texas’ Rick Perry to lead RGA
Texas Governor Rick Perry will be named chairman of the Republican Governors Association when the group gathers in California next week. Perry’s appointment to the RGA won’t be the governor’s first rodeo: He led the same committee in 2008 and had worked in varying capacities for the group in years prior. The Washington-bound move — not the move for which some Republican donors had hoped | Read More »
Rick Perry is Fed Up With Washington
Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed In today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson, Ben Domenech and Francis Cianfrocca are joined by Texas Governor Rick Perry to talk about his new book Fed Up! – Our Fight to Save America from Washington, why Francis should move his business to Texas and whether or not Governor Perry will run for President in 2012. We’re | Read More »
The Choice Almost Nobody Wants
Far be it from me to not give credit where it is due. Unlike what I detailed last night in the inaugural edition of the Choice and Competition Death Watch, it should be pointed out that the new federal health care legislation did actually create a new choice in many states. A key piece of the legislation was the creation of a new set of | Read More »
RedState Gathering: Dr. Donna Campbell (R CAND, TX-25).
We had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Donna Campbell at the RedState Gathering. Dr. Campbell is running against Lloyd Doggett in the 25th district: Doggett, of course, is a favorite of the radical antiwar Left for his extensive and consistent anti-military voting record. Nasty piece of work, all in all, so it was nice to talk with his challenger: Dr. Campbell’s site is here. | Read More »