texans-for-lawsuit-reform-criticizes-agendawise-2Updated: TLR criticizes AgendaWise

January 10, 2012 | Blog

Last month we posted two articles about Texans for Lawsuit Reform. For those unfamiliar, TLR has been instrumental in changing the tort environment in Texas for the better. As a byproduct of their success and resources they have become a "kingmaker" in Texas conservative politics.


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Now that their work has seen substantial completion the group is starting to resemble an institution maintaining gains. This leads TLR to support candidates who are good on tort reform but bad on other conservative issues, when challengers would serve both.

This week TLR issued a response to our posts without addressing our claims, even humorously insinuating we are friendly with Steve Mostyn and Paul Burka.

In reality, last cycle we anticipated the media would portray trial lawyer Steve Mostyn inaccurately and launched TWIATracker.com, a resource offering a more complete list of relevant facts than was in circulation at that time regarding the mega donor trial lawyer and the TWIA scandal.

Also, Paul Burka has been a regular representative of one of our favorite liberal targets: the Texas political media.

AgendaWise set out to pay respects to TLR on their past record, inform Texans on their current dealings, and describe TLR’s situation. TLR’s response to our posts defended themselves as tort reformers. In doing so, they were echoing us.

In the press release, TLR finally asks the question, “if TLR will not defend tort reform who will?”

In truth, along with the rest of the conservative movement in Texas, we hope TLR will continue their work, just not at the expense of moving the needle on any other issue.

The conservative movement in Texas will never be satisifed with a standard that says getting elected and protecting tort gains is all a legislator must do to remain viable, and considered conservative.

Protecting tort reform gains is an ongoing process, to be sure, but there are other conservative hills to take, too, and Texans will be better off if TLR will choose to be part of taking them.

Update: TLR has updated its post to remove innuendo that AgendaWise is aligned with Paul Burka.

Daniel Greer

Daniel Greer is Executive Director of AgendaWise. Previously, Daniel worked for Empower Texans, a non-profit direct advocacy group focused on fiscal policy in Texas. He holds a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. A native Texan, Daniel is a member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church and lives in Bastrop County with his wife Karen, their children Griffin and Julian, Willa Lou. You can reach him at [email protected]