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.

Texas Special Session Update: Day 2-More Bills Filed, Congressional Redistricting Added to “Call”

June 1, 2011

Gov. Perry has added Congressional redistricting to the list of items to get done during this first Special Session, as expected.  See the propsed Solomons-Seliger (Plan C125) map here.

Speaker Straus announced this morning that there will be no “floor action” this week on legislation but three House committees will meet to consider bills: Appropriations, Public Education, and Redistricting.  House will briefly be on the floor tomorrow and will then adjourn until Monday.

Lt. Gov. Dewhurst announced yesterday that the Senate is adjourned until tomorrow, and two Senate Committees will meet tomorrow-Finance and Education to take up various bills.

More bills have been filed in the House and Senate.

Texas Sonogram Bill Receives Final Passage, Headed to Gov. Perry’s Desk for Signature

May 5, 2011

Today, the Texas House voted to “concur” with the Senate to pass the sonogram Bill.  That is the final legislative step.  The sonogram bill now will be sent to Gov. Perry who has already said he will sign it into law.  Because the sonogram bill passed with over 2/3rds support in both chambers, the bill will become effective immediately when Gov. Perry signs it.

Great thanks go to Sen. Dan Patrick and Rep. Sid Miller for leading this vital effort.  Thanks also goes to Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, and Speaker Joe Straus for making this effort a top priority; and so many Senate and House members for their support of this legislation.

Thank you so much to all the Texans around the state that called their elected officials, sent them letters and emails, and personally visited with them at the Capitol or in their districts.  Thanks also to so many of people that we have had the pleasure of working with everyday at the Capitol here in Austin, on this issue.

More information about the sonogram bill (HB 15), can be found here.

Liberty Institute’s Constitutional Scholars Confirm Legality of Texas House Republican Caucus Meeting

January 6, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas, January 6, 2010 – Today Libery Institute sent a , Letter to Chairman Taylor showing the detailed and independent legal analysis of Liberty Institute’s legal staff, supporting the conclusion also reached by Rep. Larry Taylor, that a Republican Caucus meeting is legal under the Texas Constitution and other rules. The meeting, which will address the selection of the Texas Speaker of the House, is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Monday, January 10, just one day before the Legislature convenes.

In regard to the letter, Kelly Shackelford, president/CEO for Liberty Institute, released the following statement:

“This letter makes it clear what everyone knew all along: that the House Republican Caucus is within its right to meet, and there are no legitimate legal concerns for their meeting. Any suggestion or conjecture to the contrary is merely a smokescreen. Anyone who does not attend will simply be doing so for their own political reasons.”

Liberty Institute is a nonprofit policy and legal organization with offices in Plano and Austin. In 2008, Liberty Institute, formerly Free Market Foundation, won a lawsuit which now gives citizens and groups the right to speak out on who serves as Texas Speaker of the House, which had been illegal (Free Market Foundation v. Reisman).  Kelly Shackelford was named one of the Top 25 Lawyers in the past 25 years, by Texas Lawyer magazine in 2010.

A RALLY IS SCHEDULED FOR 12:30 P.M. at the Texas Capitol on Monday, January 10, 2011.

Who does your Texas House member support for Speaker of the House.  Click here to find out-UpdatedJoeStrausforSpeakerPledgeList

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]

Hays County GOP: Vote Against Joe Straus

December 15, 2010

According to the Hays Free Press, the Hays County GOP has passed a resolution asking newly elected State Representative, Jason Isaac, to vote against Joe Straus for Speaker.

Speaker Joe Straus Defections Continue: Rep. Randy Weber Withdraws His Support From Straus

December 14, 2010

From Rep. Randy Weber’s Facebook page:  “Well, I have formally requested that Speaker Joe Straus take me off of his pledged list. My District has spoken & I have listened. Please pray that Texas will be strengthened and in GOD’s will, no matter who the Speaker is. We will be Stronger for it. rw”

Also, as of today, Texas House Republicans have a supermajority (101 of 150 seats) in the Texas House.  Why?  Because Rep. Aaron Pena and Rep. Alan Ritter switched parties, from Democrat to Republican.  Details here- 

“Pena said Texas Democrats have strayed too far from his conservative views” according to a story on the Houston Chronicle’s website.  We hope he’s ready to show his conservative side by supporting a conservative Speaker of the House.

Click here for details about current Speaker Joe Straus and nonconservative past. THE CASE AGAINST JOE STRAUS FOR TEXAS SPEAKER

Click here to contact you Texas House member and ask he/she to support a true conservative for Texas Speaker of the House and to oppose Joe Straus.

Rep. John Zerwas will have to explain his support tonight for Speaker Joe Straus. Constituents in his district are not happy about this.  They believe he should represent his district by following the overwhelming message that they want a conservative Texas Speaker of the House.

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