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Jodie Laubenberg insecure

Jodie Laubenberg is feeling insecure about her poor performance on legislative scorecards this session. At a recent town hall meeting, Laubenberg nervously noted that she had fallen in rankings that establish a lawmaker’s conservatism. Between 2007 and 2013 Laubenberg always scored an A+ on Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index. This session she got a C…

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Why some scorecards are useless

In Texas, centrist Republican scorecards are irrelevant and conservative scorecards are highly potent. The simple reason for this is that general elections in Texas are all but predetermined, while primaries are up for grabs between crony candidates and conservatives. The primary crowd is conservative. Examples of conservative scorecards are Empower Texans, Eagle Forum, Concerned Women…

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Jason Villalba pushing “big tent” fallacy

Representative Jason Villalba appeared on last Sunday’s Lone Star Politics, a program out of DFW. Villalba highlighted Governor Greg Abbott’s performance among Hispanic voters, but neglected to mention Lt. Governor Dan Patrick performed markedly better than Abbott with Hispanics, perhaps due to his strong rule-of-law immigration platform. Abbott trailed his opponent among all Hispanics by…

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Inclusive list calls many legislators “courageous”

The Texas Conservative Coalition has put out a “Courageous Conservatives” list. The group says they reviewed more than 200 votes to compile the list, something viewers will have to take their word on since they did not disclose the votes. This list does not provide rankings, just a large, unsorted group with “courage”. It turns…

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Ted Cruz snubs prominent Texas tea party

North East Tarrant Tea Party has invited some of the 2016 Presidential field to address the group. Rick Santorum was the first presidential candidate to commit, and will be speaking to the group in October. In 2012 Santorum beat the field, save Romney, who spent a small fortune to beat him. The group is hoping…

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The Magic is gone

The word from Battleground Texas is that the group is suffering more in a long string of departures. The state of Battleground Texas is the state of Obama’s magic without the institutional power he has in DC. That is, expired. Obama tingled his last leg a very long time ago, and the trendy symbol of…

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Tom Mechler, anti-transparency reactionary

Speaking this week to a group in Austin, Tom Mechler said he favors Republican Representatives to select the House Speaker in caucus, which is a secret vote. This would effectively put lobbyists in charge of choosing Texas’ speaker again, a state of affairs the Free Market Foundation changed roughly 5 years ago with a landmark…

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Will crony GOP use “flood the field” strategy in speaker race too?

The establishment GOP is good at recruiting candidates to win a piece of the support so they can funnel endorsements to the GOP’s main guy later. Most of these candidates will run as conservatives, but they will receive much more flattering coverage than the real conservatives whom the establishment is truly worried about. This divide-and-conquer…

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Cruz-Rove cage match raises questions

Ted Cruz and Karl Rove are feuding over a 2009 endorsement for Cruz from George H W Bush in the Texas Attorney General’s office race. Cruz leg-dropped Rove with a claim that Rove came after him when he found out about the endorsement. Rove half-nelsoned Cruz with a counter claim that Cruz’s claim was false.…