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Jodie Laubenberg: Swindled by House Leadership

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A few years ago, Texas conservatives would be hard pressed to find a more reliable ally in Austin than State Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (R-Parker). She fought for taxpayers and even supported then-State Rep. Ken Paxton (R‑Plano) in his bid for Speaker of the House against liberal Joe Straus. Laubenberg wasn’t limited to fiscal conservative bona…

Straus’ Revisionist History

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In a recent interview, liberal House Speaker Joe Straus was asked to respond to allegations from many, including Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, that conservative bills went to House Calendars only to die without a vote. Citing the example of SB 1968 by State Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Brazoria), legislation that would have stopped the state government…

Harless Claims Hijacked Ethics Bill “Was Never Going to Pass”

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Just days after the end of the 84th legislative session, one state representative is admitting that provisions added to Gov. Greg Abbott’s landmark ethics legislation by the leadership of the Texas House were designed to kill the bill. State Rep. Patricia Harless (R–Spring) took to her Facebook account to defend her vote in favor of provisions…

Dan Patrick Got It Done

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On his first vote as a state senator, Dan Patrick voted alone. In the recently concluded legislative session, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and the state senate substantively delivered on every measure he campaigned on last year. A main stay of Patrick’s policy agenda, since he first ran for a Houston-area state senate seat a decade…

Abbott: House Hijacking of Ethics Bill Unconstitutional

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In an interview with reporters yesterday about the death of his landmark ethics legislation, Gov. Greg Abbott laid the blame for the bill’s death squarely at the feet of State Rep. Byron Cook (R–Corsicana) and the leadership of the Texas House. “It’s important for legislators not to try and pass laws that have already been…

Taylor Criticizes House ‘Distortion’ Of Ethics Package

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State Sen. Van Taylor (R-Plano) expressed astonishment on Wednesday night for the elimination of meaningful ethics reforms of elected officials in the House. Instead of finding additional opportunities for ethics reform focused on elected officials, the House elected to pursue more regulations against the free speech of private citizens. The Senate version was applauded by…

False Accusations

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The battle between the two chambers of the Texas Legislature escalated late last week when State Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) launched yet another attack on Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. The two have been publicly trading barbs over tax relief policy in a dispute that has come to define much of the legislative session. Led by…

Home School Students Score in Texas Senate

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Home school students may soon be able to play football and other sports alongside public school students in the Lone Star State. On Monday, the Texas Senate advanced Senate Bill 2046, the “Tim Tebow bill.”  Named after the homeschooled and Heisman winning Florida quarterback, the legislation would allow home schooled students to compete in their…