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Wed May 30, 2012, 12:15 PM

Texas Legislature to get more bat shit crazy next year

Texas Tribune 5/30/12

Straus Loses Lieutenants, and Senate Sees a Shift

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In Texas Senate races, it was a night for the conservatives. Four Republican senators are leaving of their own accord, and all four could be replaced by candidates more conservative than the incumbents. Replace Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, with Ken Paxton, R-McKinney; Mike Jackson, R-La Porte, with Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood; Chris Harris, R-Arlington, with Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills; and Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, with Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown.

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And then the election lost Straus some of the people he hoped to rely on in such a contest. The ranks of the vanquished include some chairmen: Public Education's Rob Eissler, R-The Woodlands; Licensing & Administrative Procedures' Mike "Tuffy" Hamilton, R-Lumberton; and Vicki Truitt, R-Southlake, chairwoman of the Pensions, Investments & Financial Services Committee. Marva Beck, recruited by Republicans two years ago to knock off Rep. Jim Dunnam of Waco, the leader of the Democrats, was herself turned out by voters. J.M. Lozano of Kingsville, elected as a Democrat and then convinced by Straus and others to switch to the GOP, narrowly escaped defeat; he's got a runoff ahead of him. Chuck Hopson, R-Jacksonville, chairman of the General Investigating & Ethics Committee, is also headed to a runoff.

As with the new cohorts in the Senate, some of the nominees for the House are as conservative as the people they beat Matt Schaefer, for instance, who defeated Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler or more conservative than the people they are replacing, like Giovanni Capriglione, who beat Truitt.


If we thought this last session was bad, we ain't seen nothing yet!

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sonias May 2012 OP
Turbineguy May 2012 #1
sonias May 2012 #3
TexasTowelie May 2012 #2
sadbear May 2012 #4
sonias May 2012 #5
sadbear May 2012 #6
derby378 May 2012 #7

Response to sonias (Original post)

Wed May 30, 2012, 12:22 PM

1. More batshit crazy is better.

It seems there just aren't enough homeless, not enough families have lost their homes and there's still an insufficient amount of misery in this country.

At least according to the teabaggers.

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Response to Turbineguy (Reply #1)

Wed May 30, 2012, 12:39 PM

3. Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler is as crazy as they come

And to imagine that the guy that beat him is more bat shit crazy than Leo seems totally unbelievable. Leo was a birther who filed a birther type bill in the house last session. And he also filed a bill to deny citizenship to any child of undocumented immigrants born in this country. Nevermind Texas has no authority over immigration issues. He was brewed as tea party strong as you can brew them, so this Matt Schaefer guy that beat him has got to be double nuts.

Well I'll have to agree with you on one point - more bat shit crazy is better in the sense that nothing will get done that won't totally be the fault of the Texas republicans.

Teabaggers taking Texas bat shit crazy - full speed ahead!

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Response to sonias (Original post)

Wed May 30, 2012, 12:28 PM

2. And in other news, Texas has decided to change its name to Oklahoma South.



More rabid right-wingers in the government should scare everyone.

No offense meant to any DUers from OK.

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Response to sonias (Original post)

Wed May 30, 2012, 04:15 PM

4. Whatever happens (or more likely, doesn't happen) Texas Democrats are blameless

It's all in their hands, and with them in charge, it's all going to shit sooner or later. Texas will be blue in the next ten years.

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Response to sadbear (Reply #4)

Wed May 30, 2012, 05:09 PM

5. I wish it would come sooner

We're going to have one hell of a mess to clean up after we kick them to the curb!

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Response to sonias (Reply #5)

Wed May 30, 2012, 05:37 PM

6. That's what we Democrats do:

Clean up after republicans.

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Response to sadbear (Reply #4)

Wed May 30, 2012, 06:54 PM

7. We can't afford to wait 10 years

The time to turn Texas blue is NOW. Otherwise, what the hell are we doing here in the first place?

Carol Kent is going to be our next state rep for District 114, which was Will Hartnett's stomping grounds for a long time. We gotta believe, or we'll never achieve. Team Carol. Hell, yeah.

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