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.”

Straus Opposition Begins To Pile Up: RedState Recommends Ken Paxton

November 16, 2010



Straus was Elected By 65 Democrats & Only 11 Republicans:

  • Straus Still Relies on Democratic Support (link shows Ds at his press conference last week).
    • Democrat Reps at Straus Press Conference-Senfronia Thompson, Richard Raymond, others.


Straus Enjoys Strong Planned Parenthood/NARAL Support:

Choose Life License Plate Denied Under Straus Reign:

  • Never received a regular hearing, because of Demcorat Chair, Rep. Joe Pickett opposed the bill.  Rep. Pickett was appointed by Straus.
  • Choose Life Bill Had Bipartisan Support (83 of 150 Members had Signed on to support it).
  • Choose Life Bill died in the House without a vote in committee or on the House Floor. http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=81R&Bill=HB109

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.

Texas Speaker of The House Race Update: Freshman House Member Will Support “Best Man”

November 8, 2010

Republican, and incoming freshman Texas State House member-elect, David Simpson says he is will “support best man for the job.”  This is according to an article linked here.  According to this srticle, Simpson is “leaning” toward Chisum. 

Straus has been critical of the State Board of Education, which now has a split of 11 Republicans and 4 Democrats.  Watch our video here to see leadership of conservatives on the State Board of Education. 

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