TIME TO BRING THE TEA PARTY HOME TO THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE

By Sonja Harris 

TIME TO BRING THE TEA PARTY HOME TO THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE

In March of 2009, I sat all day at the meeting on the Texas Stimulus Fund committee meeting in San Antonio, which was billed as “Public Testimony” on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Unfortunately, the Chairman, Representative Jim Dunnam, a Democrat, called city, county and public institution employees to the mike until 4 PM, all before hearing a single private citizen. Not one of our local Republican Senators or Republicans attended the meeting and Representative Dunnam left the Committee under the control of his Vice-Chair in order to make it home in time for his daughter’s Debutante party.

In 2003, first the House Democrats ran away to Oklahoma and then the Senate Democrats were spirited away to Albuquerque, New Mexico in order to deprive the Republicans a quorum capable to deliberate Redistricting.

It appears from rumors about the speaker’s race, that there are political games going on that I don’t understand. With 98 to 100 Republican seats expected, why is there a “Stop Straus” Facebook page and comments on the Quorum report suggesting that Republicans are beginning to cannibalize our own members? Come on, guys! Don’t make us ashamed of you – do what we put you there for! Elect a conservative, Republican Speaker and make sure he or she leads. And don’t give the Democrats a chance to insult conservatives as they have in the past.

Our Texas Republicans will have a clear majority in the 82nd Legislature. There’s even a chance of a two thirds majority in the State House this year – one that is safe from quorum-busting antics by the Democrats. We elected so many Republicans to ensure a clear conservative agenda, Republican Chairs for every Committee and a Republican-drawn redistricting map. The issue is not who holds the gavel but who will appoint the Chairmen of key Committees.

By Dr. Beverly Nuckols

The picture on the left shows Texas House 2009, the picture on the right shows Texas House 2011.

November 4, 2010
Honorable Members
Texas House of Representatives

Dear Honorable Members and Members-Elect,

Tuesday night’s resounding victory by conservatives in Texas and around the nation was not the result of any particular politician or group. It was the result of citizens rising up and making their voices clearly heard and it should be taken for precisely what it is: a mandate for conservative policy leadership.

The victory of nearly two dozen new conservative Republican legislators reflects the mood of Texas voters on the state’s critical issues. It was a clarion call for conservative leadership in the Texas House – leadership that has been absent the past two years. This desire for conservative leadership must be reflected from the Office of the Speaker to every committee chairmanship.

A change to a more conservative Speaker is in order. The voters who labored hard for this conservative majority expect it to diligently represent their conservative values. Texans voted with the expectation they would see meaningful change for their businesses and families. The same conservative voters who made this near-supermajority possible will be just as engaged in the months ahead, as they have been leading up to Victory Night. These voters will be watching and actively participating.

We urge you take time to ask your constituents – the people who walked your precincts and made calls to their neighbors; the people who voted for you – what kind of person they want serving as the state’s third ranking constitutional officer, and what kind of committee chairs they expect. It is their right to be involved and engaged in this important decision. We look forward to working with this reinvigorated conservative majority throughout the coming legislative session!

Respectfully,

Michael Quinn Sullivan
President, Empower Texans
(view entire letter here)

http://www.empowertexans.com/issues/letter_on_leadership

Activists call for new speaker
By Jason Embry | Thursday, November 4, 2010, 03:33 PM

Some 46 conservative activists and tea party leaders from around the state sent current and incoming members of the Texas House a letter today urging them to replace Republican Speaker Joe Straus.

“A change to a more conservative speaker is in order,” the letter says. “The voters who labored hard for this conservative majority expect it to diligently represent their conservative values.”

Signers include Michael Quinn Sullivan of Empower Texans, Peggy Venable of Americans for Prosperity of Texas, Dave Welch of the Texas Pastor Council and the presidents of nine tea party groups from around Texas.

Rumors have it that WARREN CHISUM (District 88, Pampa) may challenge Joe Strauss

http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=88

VOTING RECORD

http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=5477

Speaker of the House Joe Strauss (San Antonio)

http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/speaker/

VOTING RECORD

Texas Legislature
Bills Authored / Joint Authored Rep. Joe Straus
80th Legislature Regular Session
Report Date: 11/5/2010

Rep. Joe Straus Supported:

  • Making it easier to perform late-term, third-trimester abortions (SB 419, vote 672, 2005). And in the 2007 session, he received a 100 percent voting record from the radical pro-abortion group NARAL, and the pro-abortion group Planned Parenthood contributed to his reelection campaign
  • Homosexuals as foster parents (SB 6, vote 327, 2005)
  • Expanded casino gambling (HB 10, vote 939, 2007)
  • Increased gaming and gambling (HB 2265, vote 749, 2007)
  • Increased sale and consumption of alcohol during Sunday morning church hours (HB 168, vote 357, 2005)
  • Making it easier to sell alcohol without community approval, as is currently required (SB 1626, vote 852, 2005)
  • Increasing state budget spending by an amazing 19 percent over only two years (SB 1, vote 946, 2005)

Rep. Joe Straus Opposed:

  • Using statistically-proven methods to strengthen marriage and reduce divorce by encouraging pre-marital counseling (HB 2685, votes 384, 437, and 1407, 2007)
  • Parental rights, opposing a bill to let parents know the service-referrals that school counselors are making for their children (HB 2136, vote 592, 2007)
  • School choice (HB 1, vote 235, 2007)

http://www.legis.state.tx.us/Reports/Report.aspx?ID=author&LegSess=80R&Code=A4565#author

Speaker Straus releases confirmed pledges

Posted on November 3rd, 2010 @ 01:11 AM Confirmed List of Pledges for Republican Texas House Speaker Joe Straus

UPDATED: Partial listing as of November 3, 2010 1:25 a.m.

I am honored to have the support of 128 of my colleagues for Speaker, including 79 Republicans and 49 Democrats. I congratulate every House candidate elected, and I look forward to working with each member for the good of our state.

Click here to see the list of pledges.

Jones gets nod to again lead hot-potato redistricting issue
Published: Sunday, February 15, 2009
ENRIQUE RANGEL

http://lubbockonline.com/stories/021509/loc_388095681.shtml

Elected Officials Directory

http://www.texastribune.org/directory/

CHECK TO SEE WHO REPRESENTS YOU

http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/

Now is the time to voice your opinion

Contact your Texas Representative NOW BEFORE THE SESSION STARTS!

2009 MEMBERS http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/

This article was written by Sonja Harris and Beverly Nuckols.

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