June 13, 2011
Update: Rep. Warren Chisum and Rep. John Garza are expected to call in live to the show
This afternoon, from 4 to 6 pm, I will be guest hosting the Ryan Rush Show on The Word (KLGO 98.5/99.3 FM). Be sure to tune if you are able, and you can call in at (512) 637-WORD (9673). If you are not in the Austin area, you can listen online at http://klgo.net/.
April 5, 2011
Last Friday, the Texas House passed a budget to live within our means, with no new taxes, during this tough time and also started the defunding of taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood.
Led by numerous pro-life conservatives, the effort caused a seismic shift in the way tax dollars are used for “family planning” services. Although tax dollars cannot be used for elective abortions in Texas, Planned Parenthood is a major recipient of tax dollars for family planning services, keeping the government money stream alive and well for the well-known abortion provider.
But all that changed on Friday, when the Texas House debated and voted on the Texas budget. Rep. Randy Weber led the effort to use family planning funds to restore funding for the Alternatives to Abortion program. Later Rep. Chisum, Rep. Morrison, and Rep. Burkett put into place a priority list of how family planning funds can be distributed, leaving entities like Planned Parenthood dead last. Numerous other amendments were passed as well that shifted money away from family planning services. All these efforts collectively mean that entities like Planned Parenthood may not receive any taxpayer funding under the 2012-13 budget.
The budget still has to be debated and voted on by the Senate. Please contact your State Senator and encourage them to support the measures passed in the House to defund Planned Parenthood. Click here to find your elected officials, or you can download our Texas Legislative Guide with all of Texas’ elected officials contact information at http://legislativeguide.libertyinstitute.org/
In last week’s Legislative Update video, I talked with Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood Director and now Pro-Life Advocate, about the impact of defunding Planned Parenthood.
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.
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.
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.
December 6, 2010
From Texas Alliance for Life:
“Update on Texas House Speaker Race: Chisum and Paxton Answer Survey, Straus Does Not”
“The Speaker of the House of Representatives is one of the three most powerful offices in state government, along with Governor and Lt. Governor. The Speaker controls the success or failure of bills by appointing chairs of all of the House committees and the complete membership of the powerful Calendars Committee, which must approve each bill before it can be considered by the full House. The Speaker will be elected by a majority vote of the Texas House on the first day of the next session, Tuesday, January 11.
“On November 15, we hand-delivered a candidate survey to the office of each of the three candidates for House Speaker. The survey has 10 short questions on issues important to pro-life Texans, including issues regarding overturning Roe v. Wade, partial-birth abortion, public funding for embryonic stem cell research, and public funding for Planned Parenthood. This is the same survey that was sent to all candidates for Texas Senate and Representatives in the Primary Election and General Election. Both Warren Chisum (R-Pampa) and Ken Paxton (R-McKinney) responded within a day and gave answers consistent with the positions of Texas Alliance for Life. The current Speaker, Joe Straus (R-San Antonio), did not respond.”
“To see the responses, click on the name:”
November 12, 2010
Statesman is reporting that Republican Texas House member, Tan Parker from Denton County, has withdrawn his support of Speaker Straus and will now support Rep. Ken Paxton, who announced yesterday that he will run for Speaker, joining Republican Warren Chisum, who announced in October that he too would run for Speaker.
Rep. Tan Parket cites as reasons for the change as “representing my district” and “being responsive to Texas voters”.
See the Tan Parker letter here. TanParkerWithdrawsFromStraus