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No crony incumbents safe, especially short-timers

Conservatives wanting to reshape the composition of the state’s lower house should be targeting all freshmen lawmakers who did not measure up from the first vote of the session reelecting Joe Straus as Speaker to the last. There is ample data proving out common sense. First or second time incumbents are easier to take out…

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What goes around comes around

The crony GOP has stood with folded arms in America’s most recent time of need. For six years they’ve allowed Obama to have his way with the American people, often assisting him – most egregiously when they made sure the only candidate who couldn’t beat Obama was nominated in 2012. Texans must keep this reality…

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Joe Straus – TTLA’s longtime helper

This is a rework of an evergreen article originally published in 2012. Team Straus has, for many years, preserved the political relevance of the enemies of tort reform in Texas – Texas Trial Lawyer’s Association (TTLA) and the Democratic Party – in a time when the politics would have rendered them irrelevant. The Republican Party…

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Kevin Roberts political giving

Kevin Roberts, based in Houston Texas, is running to represent Texas House District 124. Roberts is an attorney and Chief Operating Officer of the Lanier Law Firm. This is an open seat being vacated by embattled Representative Patricia Harless. With the increase in conservative power in Texas, Harless was seen as a primary target in…

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Strike Three Battleground Texas

Battleground Texas, Barack Obama’s organizing spawn, lost another election in Texas last week, their second with Leticia Van de Putte. Van de Putte, formerly a Democrat Senator, lost her bid to become Lt. Governor to Dan Patrick in 2014. She lost her bid to be Mayor of San Antonio to Ivy Taylor. Texas Democrats have…

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TX GOP quiet platform activity

The Texas GOP is working to keep a low profile as it tours the state holding “grassroots” meetings to try to shorten the party platform, a move that would reduce voter power. Tom Mechler, the new Republican Party of Texas Chairman, early this year announced that grassroots meetings would be held to gather input on…

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Evergreen: A tale of two factions

This article was originally published May 18, 2014. Gordon Gecko has fallen on hard times in Texas. The AG race was between crony capitalist Dan Branch and conviction conservative Ken Paxton. Eleven Branch endorsers either lost their primary or retired their House seat. They averaged a 60% on conservative indexes. Two of them, Reps. Chen-Button…

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Straus embraces Jeb

Grassroots enemy Speaker Joe Straus is backing Jeb Bush in the Republican primary. The embattled Speaker has recently told multiple media outlets that he’s supporting Bush because he’s longtime friends with Jeb and the Bush family. While that is a reason to support a candidate, Jeb and Straus both empower liberals inside and outside the…

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Tom Oliverson Political Giving

Representative Allen Fletcher (R-Houston) announced before the end of the legislative session that he would not be running for reelection. Tom Oliverson, an Anesthesiologist, is the first announced candidate to replace Fletcher. More candidates are expected to enter the contest. Originally, Fletcher announced he would run for Harris County sheriff in 2016 but later switched…