Joe Straus, Texas Speaker, Endorses Mitt Romney for President

February 21, 2012

See details here in the Texas Tribune.

The article discusses a recent poll showing Rick Santorum with a large lead in Texas for the GOP nomination, over Gingrich and Romney.

I can’t say this is a surprise to me.  If I had to guess before who Joe Straus might endorse, my first pick would be Romney as many people believe Romney is the more “moderate” of the three candidates leading the field and Joe Straus is often labeled as a moderate as well, particularly on social conservative issues.


Official Vote on Texas Speaker of the House Today

January 11, 2011

2:00 p.m. Gov. Perry address,names emergency items in addition to balanced budget-eminent domain protection and elimination of “sanctuary city” policies.

1:12 p.m. Berman objects to Straus vote by acclamation, asks for record vote.  Record vote coming. 132-15, Straus prevails.

Voting against Straus: Leo Berman, Cindy Burkett, Erwin Cain, Wayne Christian, Dan Flynn, Phil King, Jim Landtroop, Jodie Laubenberg, Charles Perry, Ken Paxton, Tan Parker, David Simpson,Van Taylor, James White, Bill Zedler

Bryan Hughes and Jason Isaac “voted present not voting.”

12:37 p.m. Rep. Paxton requested a personal privilege speech. Explains he will not have his name as a nominee for Speaker. Rep. Eissler nominates Straus. Nominations over. Rep. Eissler “we can’t always get what we want, but under Straus we will always get what we need.”

Democratic Rep. Senfronia Thompson giving speech supporting Straus.

Republican Rep. Drew Darby gives second/supportive speech in favor of Straus.
“No one should question the commitment to family values of Joe
Straus.”

Democrat Rep. Pete Gallego speaks in favor of Straus.

12:34 p.m. Speaker election coming.

12:10 p.m. Opening session has begun. Chisum announced earlier today that he is now supporting Straus, as he pledged to support the outcome of the Republican caucus vote.

Secretary of State Hope Andrade delivering opening remarks “there is no other state that I would rather be in than Texas.”

I will post live updates from inside the Capitol.


Texas Speaker of the House Decision Could Come Today!

January 10, 2011

Joe Straus wins Caucus vote for Texas Speaker of the House, gets 70 votes and voting is then stopped.  100 members were present, 1 member was absent due too illness, I am told.  So I guess one could argue that Straus could have received more support if they kept the vote going?  Official vote for Speaker of the House is tomorrow, on the House Floor.  Stay tuned!

2:15 p.m. -Media is being allowed into caucus, decision?

1:37 p.m. -Straus, Paxton, and Chisum have all arrived. Meeting looks to have begun.

1:22 p.m. Plenty of members arriving, should be no problem establishing a quorum.

1:11 p.m. Rep. Randy Weber, Rep. Kleinschmidt, Rep. Kolkhorst have arrived.

1:00 p.m.-We’re outisde the Republican Caucus meeting, at the Reagan building. Meeting to start in 30 minutes, House members already arriving. Rep. Charlie Geren and Rep. Tryon Lewis thus far.

Act now!  Details below.

Check back during the day.  We’ll be posting updates from the Capitol and the Reagan building, where the Republican Caucus will be meeting to discuss a Speaker of the House selection.


Texas Speaker of the House Vote is On Monday/Tuesday: Act Now!

January 7, 2011

There will be a rally on Monday, January 10th, at 12:30 p.m. at the north side of the Capitol to ask for “no” vote on Joe Straus for Speaker of the House and a “yes” vote for  a true conservative for Speaker of the House.  Please be respectful and courteous to House members and their staff.  Your message will be more effective if you stick to this approach.

Have you called your State Representative about the Speaker of the House issue?  Make your call today and ask for your Texas State House member to support a conservative Speaker of the House.  Ask them to oppose current moderate Speaker, Joe Straus.

Many people have called and ask for phone numbers to contact their Texas House Member about the Speaker of the House issue.

Here is the new phone number list, updated with the new House members elected in November of 2010, as well.

TexasHousePhoneNumbers

Is your House member suppporting Joe Straus for Texas Speaker of the House?  You may be surprised so you’d better check the list.  The following House Members were listed as supporting Straus but have now made it clear they are no longer on the Straus support list: Paul Workman (says he hasn’t made a final decision), Larry Gonzales, Jodie Laubenberg, Ken Paxton, Tan Parker, Bryan Hughes, Bill Zedler, Debbie Riddle, Randy Weber. You’ll see lines drawn through their name on this list.  There are also numerous other Texas House members who never pledged to Straus, so their name is not on this list as well.

UpdatedJoeStrausforSpeakerPledgeList

Don’t know who your Texas House member is?  Click here.

What are the concerns about Joe Straus for Texas Speaker?  See here-THE CASE AGAINST JOE STRAUS FOR TEXAS SPEAKER

Representatives Ken Paxton and Warren Chisum are also running for Texas Speaker of the House and are widely known as solid and proven conservatives.


The Case Against Joe Straus for Texas Speaker

January 4, 2011

Update: For More Information about “The Response” Prayer Rally and the numerous religious leaders of various racial, ethnic and denominational backgrounds, click here.  http://theresponseusa.com/endorsers.php

Texas Freedom Network (TFN) was started by Cecile Richards, the current head of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.  Planned Parenthood is the largest aboriton provider in the U.S.  TFN’s stated purpose is to target and attack people because of their religious beliefs, specifically “to counter the religious right”.

There will be a rally on Monday, January 10th, at 12:30 p.m. at the north side of the Capitol to ask for “no” vote on Joe Straus for Speaker of the House and a “yes” vote for  a true conservative for Speaker of the House.

Click here for a word document format of this information to share with others. THE CASE AGAINST JOE STRAUS FOR TEXAS SPEAKER

Representatives Warren Chisum and Ken Paxton are also running for Texas Speaker of the House and are known a solid conservatives.

Contact your Texas House Member today!  Click here.

UpdatedJoeStrausforSpeakerPledgeList  Rep. Beverly Wooley recently added her name to this list.

Joe Straus was Selected in 2009 as Speaker By 65 Democrats & Only 11 Republicans:

Joe Straus has Strong Planned Parenthood/NARAL Support:

Under Straus, Choose Life License Plate Bill Denied:

  • This bill never received a regular hearing, because Democrat Chair, Joe Pickett opposed the bill.
    —  This bill only received a subcommittee hearing and no vote was ever taken on this bill in committee. Instead, extraordinary measures had to be taken over and over to keep it going through the process by amending similar language to other bills, and still it ultimately did not pass and become law.
  • Straus appointed Joe Pickett to this committee.
  • This bill had Bipartisan Support (83 of 150 Members had Signed on to support it).

Under Straus Sonogram Bill Denied:

  • SB 182 passed the Senate on May 1st and took almost a month for it to reach the House Calendar. When it did (May 26th), it was too late.
  • Bipartisan support.

Joe Straus Supported Planned Parenthood Backed Sex Education; HB 1842 (2007):

Denial of Voting Rights on State Board of Education (SBOE):

Committee Chair Split & Liberal Power:

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Community Considers Joe Straus a Friend:


Texas House Members Phone Number List: Ask for a Conservative Texas Speaker of the House

January 4, 2011

Many people have called and ask for phone numbers to contact their Texas House Member about the Speaker of the House issue.

Here is the new phone number list, updated with the new House members elected in November of 2010, as well.

TexasHousePhoneNumbers

Is your House member suppporting Joe Straus for Texas Speaker of the House?  You may be surprised so you’d better check the list.  The following House Members were listed as supporting Straus but have now made it clear they are no longer on the Straus support list: Paul Workman (says he hasn’t made a final decision), Larry Gonzales, Jodie Laubenberg, Ken Paxton, Tan Parker, Bryan Hughes, Bill Zedler, Debbie Riddle, Randy Weber. You’ll see lines drawn through their name on this list.  There are also numerous other Texas House members who never pledged to Straus, so their name is not on this list as well.

The rest of the Texas House members on this list, still support Joe Straus for Speaker. Also, Rep. Beverly Wooley asked that her name be added to the Joe Straus Support List.  She is not reflected on this list as it was produced by Speaker Straus before Rep. Wooley announced her support.  See for yourself.

UpdatedJoeStrausforSpeakerPledgeList

Don’t know who your Texas House member is?  Click here.

What are the concerns about Joe Straus for Texas Speaker?  See here-THE CASE AGAINST JOE STRAUS FOR TEXAS SPEAKER

Representatives Ken Paxton and Warren Chisum are also running for Texas Speaker of the House and are widely known as true conservatives.


More Opposition to Joe Straus for Texas Speaker; New Endorsements For Ken Paxton For Speaker-Add Texas Alliance for Life & Texas Republican Assembly to the List

December 29, 2010

Joe Straus for Speaker campaign looks weaker and weaker every day as more opposition to his  role as Texas Speaker of the House, grows.

Joe Straus was selected in 2009 by 65 Democrats and only 11 Republicans, giving him the 76 votes he needed to become Texas Speaker of the House, even though a huge majority of his Republican House members did not support him.  Republican Joe Straus was given victory by the Texas House Democrats.

Now, with 101 Republicans in the Texas House (there were 76 in 2009), many constituents and State Reps are saying-not this time.

The Joe Straus camp has deceptively tried to convince people that his is pro-life, even though he took money from Planned Parenthood.

Today, Ken Paxton, a conservative Republican House member picked up the endorsements of Texas Alliance for Life and the Texas Republican Assembly.  TAL goes into great detail to explain why Joe Straus is not pro-life and why Ken Paxton is pro-life.  It’s a pretty easy case to make.  See the release here. TAL-Paxton-Endorsement[1]


Texas Conservative Coalition Leader Endorses Paxton for Texas Speaker of the House, Other Join

December 21, 2010

See full release here. TxConservativeLeaderEndorsesPaxton


NY Times: Democratic Tide in 2009 Led to Joe Straus Becoming Texas Speaker of the House

December 7, 2010

Below is an excerpt from a New York Times article written in January of 2009, just after President Obama was sworn into office and just after Joe Straus had become Texas Speaker of the House.  See full article here. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/28/us/28austin.html

“AUSTIN, Tex. — On first blush, it is easy to think the Democratic tide that swept President Obama into office barely touched Texas. After all, Republicans still run the state and hold all the top offices and, if Texas voters had had their way, John McCain would be in the Oval Office.

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Eric Gay/Associated Press

Joe Straus on his first day as speaker of the Texas House with his wife, Julie, and his daughters, Sara, right, and Robyn. His record and his short tenure made his rise something of a surprise.

But a recent coup by moderate Republicans against the speaker of the state’s House of Representatives suggests otherwise.”


Texas Speaker Joe Straus & Planned Parenthood: Straus Recieved Money From Planned Parenthood in 2008: Documentation Here

December 2, 2010

See the document attached, page 12. StrausPlannedParenthoodPACcontribution

Have you called your State House member and asked he/she to vote for a true conservative speaker of the House? Click here for contact information. http://capwiz.com/libertyinstitute/callalert/index.tt?alertid=19405501

Sometime between now and January 11, 2011,the 150 member Texas House of Representatives will select a Speaker of the House.  The vote for a Speaker is a vote by House members just like any other legislative vote during the legislative session.  Don’t let elected officials shut you out of the process.  You have the right and freedom as their constituents to let them know how that they can represent you best by selecting a true conservative for Texas Speaker of the House.

The current Speaker is Joe Straus, well known as a moderate Republican, from San Antonio. 

The Republican/Democrat split in the Texas House is 99-51, due to a dramatic increase of wins by Republicans in State House races in the Novermber 2010 elections.  The split in 2009 when Straus was elected was 76-74.

Winning for Women is a Planned Parenthood of San Antonio political action committee (PAC).  This is the Planned Parenthood PAC that gave money to Joe Straus. http://sanantonioyoungdemocrats.blogspot.com/

How many other “pro-life” Republican Texas House members have received money from Planned Parenthood?  I would be very surprised if any other “pro-life” Texas House Republican has this distinction, other than Joe Straus.

Also, Joe Straus Supported Planned Parenthood Backed Sex Education Bill; HB 1842 (2007)

●             Joe Straus was a coauthor of the so-called “Texas Prevention First Act”, a Planned Parenthood backed bill that would have changed sex education and would have prevented schools from teaching about the actual failure rates for condoms and contraception with “human use reality rates” so students know that condoms can be more unreliable than advertised.   The main author of HB 1842 was Democrat Rep. Mark Strama, a very strong ally of Planned Parenthood.  Click here for details. HB 1842 was on of Planned Parenthood’s top priorities to pass in 2007. This bill was also supported by NARAL/Pro-Choice America, NOW, and the ACLU of Texas.  http://www.ppgmv.org/ppaustin/lobby-day-2007.htm

Also see the list of here of opposition to HB 1842 by pro-family/pro-life groups:  http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/80R/witlistbill/html/HB01842H.htm

Planned Parenthood “Thanks” Joe Straus:  If  you are a true pro-life legislator, does Planned Parenthood ever thank you for your efforts.  No, they don’t.  Unless you’re Joe Straus.  below.

Have you called your State House member and asked he/she to vote for a true conservative speaker of the House? Click here for contact information. http://capwiz.com/libertyinstitute/callalert/index.tt?alertid=19405501


Joe Straus Opposition Builds Among Freshmen; Van Taylor Endorses Ken Paxton For Texas Speaker

November 30, 2010

Rep. Van Taylor announced today that he is supporting Rep. Ken Paxton for Texas Speaker of the House.  The other person who have filed to become Texas Speaker are Rep. Warren Chisum, and the incumbent Texas Speaker, Joe Straus.

Click here for full release. Rep.VanTaylorEndorsesPaxtonforSpeaker

“The Speaker of the House of Representatives is one of the most powerful and influential political figures in the state, vested with the responsibility of overseeing the course of lawmaking in every area of possible interest to any Texan.”   Texas Federal Court Judge, Lee Yeakel.

What are the actual powers and duties of the Texas Speaker of the House?  Click here.

Sign the letter to support a conservative for Texas Speaker. http://conservativespeakermandate.com/


Paxton Over Straus Again: Six Members-Elect Choose Ken Paxton for Texas Speaker

November 22, 2010

Add six (6) more names to the list of House member and members-elect who have now decided to vote against Speaker Joe Straus and are now supporting Rep. Ken Paxton.

The newly elected State Representatives adding their names to the Paxton support list are:  Cindy Burkett, Bill Zedler (formerly on Straus support list), Charles Perry, Jim Landtroop, Kenneth Sheets, and David Simpson.


Texas Speaker Race Update: Liberty Institute Sends Legal Letter to House Members

November 18, 2010

Today, Liberty Institute delivered a letter to all the Texas State House of Representatives members and members-elect explaining their legal right to communicate with their constituents on the Speaker of the House race. On Monday, Rep. Hopson sent a letter telling House members they could be breaking the law and risking jail time if “influence[d]” by their constituents on who the next the Texas Speaker should be.

“We fought a lawsuit over this very issue and won,” said Kelly Shackelford, president/CEO of Liberty Institute. “Vague threats to try to intimidate Legislators and Texas citizens are baseless and won’t work.”

Liberty Institute’s letter states, “…the law is clear. Citizens, organizations, corporations, and legislators enjoy broad protection to discuss who shall be selected as Speaker. Any attempt to chill that constitutionally protected speech is illegal.”


Texas Speaker Endorsement: Mike Huckabee Chooses Ken Paxton

November 17, 2010

Click here for full details. http://www.huckpac.com/?Fuseaction=Blogs.View&Blog_id=3310

Speaker Joe Straus Details: Selected By 65 Democrats & Only 11 Republicans: 

Strong Planned Parenthood/NARAL Support:

Choose Life License Plate Bill Denied:

Sonogram Bill Denied: 

Denial of Voting Rights on State Board of Education:


Straus Support Falling Apart, Ken Paxton Will Run For Texas Speaker

November 11, 2010

We’ve said from the beginning to State House members, when it comes to the Texas Speaker of the House issue, listen to the voters, to your constituents.  Texas voters delivered a victory at the polls for conservatives.  That’s what they expect for the leader of the Texas House, as well.

Have you told your State House member that you want a conservative for Texas Speaker of the House? Click here to make contact. http://capwiz.com/libertyinstitute/state/main/?state=TX&view=myofficials

Rep. Bryan Hughes heard from his constituents, and pulled his pledge.  See his letter here. BryanHughesWithdrawsSupportFor Straus

We have also heard that another Republican House member said the pledge to Straus was still intact, but when this member was asked if pledge means an actual vote for Straus, the response was-“I will listen to my constituents.

Yet another member is also listening to the people, and that is Republican State House member, Ken Paxton, who made it official today:  he’s running for Texas Speaker of the House.   Add Paxton to the growing list of House members who were on the support list for Straus, that Straus released last week within hours of a historic Republican resurgence in the Texas House, gaining over 20 additional seats.  Just yesterday, Rep. Bryan Hughes pulled his pledge from Straus, following Rep. Debbie Riddle, who last week asked that her name be removed from the Straus support list.

Courtesy of the Texas Conservative Coalition website: “State Representative Ken Paxton was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002 and is currently serving his 4th term representing district 70.  Ken Paxton received his BA and MBA from Baylor University.  Representative Paxton also earned a law degree from the University of Virginia Law School in 1991. He and his family live in McKinney, Texas.  Rep. Ken Paxton has fought tirelessly against property taxes.  He authored and passed HB 1038, requiring county chief appraisers when determining the market value of a residence homestead to not exclude from consideration the values of other property in the neighborhood that sold at foreclosure or that declined in value because of the economy.”

He was elected to his fifth term in November of 2010.

He is well known as a solid, fiscal and social conservative.  See his full release letter here.  Ken Paxton is at the very top of legislative scorecards for actual legislative votes as tallied by numerous leading conservative organizations in Texas. His annoucement includes the message that we have been saying, the voters want conservative leadership and they want their elected representatives to listen. Ken Paxton Speaker Announcement

Like I have been saying since last week, the Texas Speaker race is far from over.  Let me update that: the Texas Speaker Race is just getting started.


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