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mbperrin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-11-10 12:00 PM
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34. Why doesn't this article mention that the nuts are on their way out?
They're simply running out the clock after they were beaten in the most recent election days ago.


http://www.statesman.com/opinion/voters-not-singing-pra...

Voters not singing praises of extremist bloc
Updated: 3:31 p.m. Friday, March 5, 2010
Published: 5:18 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The State Board of Education bloc that pushes an extreme fundamentalist Christian agenda took a hard hit to its solar plexus in Tuesday's balloting, but while down, they're not completely out.

The bloc is usually referred to euphemistically as "social conservatives." In reality, they are religious extremists bent on injecting their worldviews into the public school curriculum. Don McLeroy, a Bryan dentist who is a leader of the bloc and who served two yearsas board chairman, was defeated in the Republican primary by Thomas Ratliff of Mount Pleasant.

McLeroy's views brought him great notoriety in Texas andelsewhere. The dentist declared, for example, that dinosaurs co-existed with humans, and he insisted on whitewashing the record of the disgraced Sen. Joe McCarthy, whose hunt for Communists in the 1950s whipped the nation into a paranoid frenzy. McCarthy saw Communists everywhere even in the Army.

McCarthy was ultimately censured by the U.S. Senate and died in 1957.

McLeroy was so extreme in his views that the Texas Senate no collection of pointy-headed liberals refused to confirm him as chairman of the State Board of Education last year. Ratliff, a lobbyist, will be unopposed in the November general election.

Lower inprofile but nonetheless surprising was Geraldine "Tincy" Miller's loss to Republican challenger George Clayton, an educator in the Dallas school district. Miller notched 26 years on the board. Ousting Miller, a former board chairwoman, was quite an accomplishment.

In Lubbock, board member Bob Craig survived a GOP primary challenge by Odessa School Board President Randy Rives, who was aligned with the McLeroy faction.

The McLeroy faction currently occupies seven of the 15 seats on the education board.The Tuesday primaries, combined with the voluntary retirement of Cynthia Dunbar who declared that President Barack Obama sympathized with terrorists plotting another attack on the U.S. takes three of the seven-member bloc out of action come January.

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