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TXGOP party platform survey

The Republican Party of Texas is soliciting party platform input from party members. The GOP has long had an appetite to shorten the platform, a move that would reduce grassroots power over elected officials. The TX GOP survey is also taking grassroots temperatures on a digital-only party platform for the next convention, a move likely…

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TAB on wrong side of family values

Recently, Jonathan Saenz, President of Texas Values, blamed Texas Association of Businesses for the death of legislation aimed at protecting family values in Texas, according to the Texas Observer. Two points included in the article were that the Austin leadership of TAB has swerved leftward, and it is highly questionable if their membership is aware…

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House activism

The Texas House has taken to activism, doing petitions and political letters this session, though not particularly well. For actual activists, this imitation can only be taken as sincere flattery from the beleaguered lesser legislative body. One of their in-House petitions was from the House GOP caucus in support of the now-dead House sales tax…

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Norm Adams political giving

Active member of the Republican Party, insurance salesman and purveyor of the website Texas GOPvote, Norm Adams, has been working with establishment Republicans for years to weaken opposition to illegal immigration. Recently Adams, via Texas GOPvote, defended Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana) for advancing a bill that would grant IDs to illegal immigrants, a position both…

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Evolving House conservatives

It looks like Texas will need a special session on religious liberty. This after Texas was betrayed by its Straus-led House of Representatives. With a Supreme Court ruling close, marriage and religious liberty in Texas will be vulnerable to giant hits if Governor Abbott chooses not to call a special session for religious liberty. At…

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Abbott, Jade Helm, and sophisticowards

Governor Abbott is acting responsibly by keeping a close watch on Obama’s strange dispersion of troops for urban warfare training exercises in Texas. The sophisticoward set is speaking derisively about Abbott on account of this, but that’s what they do when they get afraid, and are to be ignored on issues like this. Obama is…

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Americans for Prosperity Texas changing colors

This week the Dallas Morning News pointed out conservative groups that are not taking a public stand with Dan Patrick and the conservative grassroots. After writing about a cabal of big business groups banding together to push a sales-tax-cut smokescreen the DMN continues: Peggy Venable, Americans for Prosperity Texas’ longtime leader, last week introduced an…

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Here’s what they think of you

Speaker Joe Straus lackey Representative Joe Picket (D-El Paso) treated conviction conservative Jonathan Stickland like a dog for trying to oppose red light cameras in the Picket-chaired Transportation Committee. It was a revelation of the total contempt the crony establishment has for average Texans, one masked most of the time in flattery and other kinds…

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Patrick’s opponents getting desperate

Dennis Bonnen has been reduced to trying to convince Texans he cares more about border security than Lt. Governor Dan Patrick does, claiming Patrick is “holding border security hostage”. The claim appeared in the Dallas Morning News, and is part of a genuine Joe Straus scheme to hold property tax reform hostage with a lame…