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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…