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Dewhurst’s Desperation

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I’ve written many times about my respect for, and admiration of, David Dewhurst’s service to our nation and state. He has honorably and ably served us in uniform, in hostile environments, and in elected office. Sadly, his stellar legacy was marred – and senatorial dreams dashed – by his 2012 campaign’s dishonest attacks on Ted…

Deuell Gets Desperate

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“Desperate times call for desperate measures” must be the new campaign motto for establishment State Senator Bob Deuell. As one of the most liberal Republicans in the Texas Senate during the 83rd Legislature, Deuell failed to secure enough votes during the March primary to avoid a runoff against two more conservative and drastically underfunded challengers….

Conservatives Win Big!

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Tuesday night’s results made for a very good morning for conservatives in Texas. A few fast facts about last-night’s Republican primary: The most liberal Republican in the Texas Senate lost. Conservative ranks in the Senate are swelling. Every House conservative won re-election (with re-enforcements coming from the open-seat races). House incumbents affiliated with Speaker Joe…

Bankruptcy Attacks Bogus

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During the recent debate between the Republican candidates for Lt. Governor, I learned of an attack against Senator Dan Patrick over his bankruptcy in the late ‘80s. The attack struck me initially as a cheap shot because bankruptcy is a legitimate way for debtors to deal with their default and is nothing to be ashamed…

Cruz Leads Where TXLege Fails

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Ted Cruz recently spoke at a school choice rally in Houston, celebrating the kickoff of National School Choice Week.  Thousands of similar rallies all over the country are scheduled, as school choice initiatives in over 23 states are growing in both success and popularity. Texas is not on that list. As a result, reports estimate…

Good Guys Winning In ’14

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With the filing deadline behind us, we can immediately declare some winners based solely on a lack of challengers. At the top of the heap are the A-rated House members on the Fiscal Responsibility Index; only three of 19 even drew a challenger. Of the 19 worst-rated GOP legislators, six drew opponents in addition to…

Disappointing Attack

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Yesterday, Texas Lieutenant Governor candidate Todd Staples issued a press release misrepresenting the record of his opponent, Sen. Dan Patrick, on the Fiscal Responsibility Index. In 2007 Sen. Patrick voted against the bloated budget and had the 4th -highest rating of all 31 senators on that inaugural Fiscal Responsibility Index. As a note, Mr. Staples…

Dan Patrick For Lt. Gov.

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Texas uniquely vests a great deal of power and responsibility in the office of Lieutenant Governor. In the 2014 election cycle, Texans suffer from an embarrassment of riches. It speaks highly of the fortunes of the state that four, thoughtful, qualified individuals of strong character and integrity are seeking this most important office. The distinction…