From RedState.com, by Erick Erickson (Diary), Thursday, July 5th at 4:46AM EDT - On this Independence Day, it is time to focus on improving the crop of Republican congressmen by examining some of the remaining Republican primaries.
Want the GOP to stand up to Barack Obama?
Tired of the GOP cutting deals?
Want to make sure the GOP doesn’t back out of full and complete repeal of Obamacare if they sweep in November?
Then you absolutely must support these candidates still in Republican primaries.
From RedState.com, Posted by Erick Erickson, June 20th at 11:51AM EDT – Why do so many Republicans vote like squishes, often siding with Democrats on issues — or at least not voting with conservatives in the House?
The most common theory is that these Republicans are in tight races in swing districts. They have to sometimes cross the aisle. They have to sometimes vote like squishes just to stay elected.
How do you decide who to vote for?
Do you follow a procedure that includes gathering factual information about the candidates, including their conduct and performance in business, in the community or in public office? Or, do you simply listen to, and believe the things candidates say about themselves?
It’s been my experience having been involved in a significant number of election cycles, that generally candidates tell you what they believe you want to hear! So how can you determine which of the candidates have a credible plan for keeping their promises to the voters as opposed to those who simply speak words necessary to get elected?
Patriots, President Obama will be presenting the American people with a plan to create more jobs when he returns from another vacation at Martha’s Vineyard. I thought Stimulus 1 and 2 were suppose to boost the economy and create jobs. Don’t hold your breath on this plan either… We must remain the strong, united and effective voice we have been. Keep speaking up! Talk to your neighbors, your friends at work and the people you sit beside at church. Continue reading →
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 years ago by garnering the overwhelming support of Democrats (65) as well as 11 weak-kneed Republicans. The result? Almost half of committee chairmanships to liberal Democrats and still others to those weak Republicans, causing a much larger percentage of Republican bills to be killed than Democrat bills, and abandonment of important measures like Voter ID.
But while it is obvious that Joe Straus should not be the Texas Speaker – it’s TEXAS, after all – why should it be Ken Paxton, and why should you care?
Ken should be Speaker because he’s a good man, he’s well liked and he’s a limited government conservative with a proven track record. You should care (whether you live in Texas or not) because if we are truly going to reduce the size and scope of the federal government, we must have competent, conservative leadership at the state and local level to promote federalism from the bottom up. Continue reading →
Why should you who may or may not live in Texas care about the election of the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives? Unless you live in Texas he doesn’t affect you. Except he does, which makes it important that we help Texans stop Straus.
Texas is going to make out like a bandit in redistricting next year. They will pick up several seats that may be drawn to help Republicans hold on to Congress and prevent Nancy Pelosi from becoming Speaker again. But there is problem. Continue reading →
from The Lone Star Report
Written by: William Lutz
Rep. Ken Paxton (R-McKinney) confirmed he will run for Speaker of the House, a post currently held by Joe Straus who is seeking re-election. The seat is also being sough by Rep. Warren Chisum (R-Pampa). We post Paxton’s entire statement below.
“Today, on Veterans Day, we honor the service of those who have given so much to our state and nation, many of whom paid the ultimate sacrifice. It seems appropriate that we focus on how we can best protect our hard-won freedoms which are increasingly under attack.
On Election Day, we witnessed a monumental shift in the political climate, and I believe that historic opportunities demand bold action in defense of our conservative values. Voters across Texas sent a clear message that they favor leadership dedicated to protecting our freedoms and fighting government growth. Texans have provided us with an historic mandate, and they expect us to use this mandate to honestly advance conservative principles and not simply protect the status quo. These goals can only be accomplished with a conservative Speaker. Continue reading →