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 →
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. Continue reading →
By polling, an overwhelming majority of Texans have supported – and continue to support – this pro-family, pro-business, and pro-growth agenda. The only unfortunate part of this healthy growth is that it has been largely partisan – that is, this positive agenda has not been championed by Texas Democrat legislators but rather by Republicans. Given the wide public backing, these highly supported measures should have been the focus of both parties, not just one.
Good morning, Friend,
Most Texans go about their lives mostly unaware of the actions and activities of Texas’ House Speakers. That’s probably a good thing; we tend to like our government out of the way.
Texas’ House Speaker wields enormous influence over public policy by virtue of which lawmakers get appointed to which committees. In 2011, that power will be outsized. Between redistricting — deciding the partisan winners and losers through government — and the weak budget situation, the people appointed to key committees will decide just how strong Texas will be for a decade to come.
Believe it or not, this 24-hour period tells us a lot about our current Speaker, Joe Straus (R-San Antonio), and explains the challenges he has in keeping his job. Continue reading →