There is a story from the floor of the Texas House that you need to know about. It’s about the Budget and Democrat Donna Howard’s amendment that taps into the Rainy Day Fund. We have heard from our sources that the story goes like this.
Republican House members were told by Speaker Joe Straus‘ Leadership Team don’t worry about this amendment it will be taken care of, don’t even fight it. That was what got everyone off the band wagon to stop fighting the amendment, what happened next ……
The bill went on and passed with a 2/3 vote which was required to tap into the Rainy Day fund. They tried to have it stripped in the 3rd reading but it required a 2/3 vote and they fell short of that. Question what was Speaker Straus’ motivation?
Now the amendment must come out in conference otherwise the Rainy Day Fund will be tapped. Remember Perry has already caved once to the left and tapped into the RDF.
The next question……
Perry are you willing to “STAND WITH US” and VETO the Budget?
Next I would like to know who truly yields the power in Texas Politics. Is it Governor Perry or Left Leaning Joe Straus?
According to the preliminary record, the 17 Republican representatives who voted to recklessly auto-spend the RDF were:
Fred Brown of Bryan
John Davis of Houston
Rob Eissler of The Woodlands
Mike Hamilton of Mauriceville
Rick Hardcastle of Vernon
Will Hartnett of Dallas
Chuck Hopson of Jacksonville
Susan King of Abilene
John Kuempel of Seguin
George Lavender of Texarkana
Dee Margo of El Paso
Lanham Lyne of Wichita Falls
Diane Patrick of Arlington
Alan Ritter of Nederland
Todd Smith of Bedford
Burt Solomons of Carrollton
Raul Torres of Corpus Christi
It is interesting to note that as I stated in this earlier article it was Democrat Donna Howard who put forth the amendment to tap into the Rainy Day Fund. Does her name sound familiar? It should, she is the House Rep. that the Straus team helped in the runoff election against Republican Dan Neil. Dan Neil – The Next Steps
Do you also remember the name above Will Hartnett Republican from Dallas. Rep. Will Hartnett (R-Dallas) was chosen as Master of Discovery by Speaker Joe Straus; in the Donna Howard/Dan Neil recount in Travis County. It was Hartnett’s report in which he ruled that the words “shall” and “must” in the Texas Election Code are considered optional instead of mandates! It was that report that promoted the Republicans to not push forward in a special election to try and put their own Dan Neil into office instead of Donna Howard.
I had a funny back and forth with Mr. Harnett on my blog back in March where he did not like that we were questioning his ruling. He actually went as far as calling a constituent in Travis County a Nitwit and told me that………
“This blog, however, is filled with cheap talk. Crack open the law books and do some homework before spouting off about legal matters!”
Note to State Representatives it is not a good idea to go online and attack voters. Just a thought.
You see in Republican Texas politics, it is not all about conservative legislation getting passed. It is about who is funding the campaigns of State Reps. so they can get elected or, as we saw in the Speakers race, re-elected even when the majority of Texans disapprove.
As reported by Michael Quinn Sullivan in his article Majority Decision, Mr. Straus himself has ties in his office to none other than Mr. Mostyn the largest donor to the Democratic Party in Texas and who Gov. Rick Perry was in a battle against with Tort reform in Texas. You see, Steve Mostyn, by some named the George Soros of Texas, happens to also be the employer of Mr. Straus’ first chief of staff, former Democrat legislator Clyde Alexander. Mr. Mostyn is also the attorney for Mr. Straus’ current chief of staff, Denise Davis, in a lawsuit to which she is a party.
So my question is what are the true battles in Texas and what are the intentions of some Republicans in the Texas legislature. Could it be that Joe Straus’ gambling interest and ties to people like Steve Mostyn are more important than getting good Conservative legislation out.
If Rick Perry would go to battle, truly battle for Conservatives and Conservative legislation and work with those in the Tea Party movement who want to take out the likes of Joe Straus and Steve Mostyn that would be one thing.
That is not what we have seen so far. At this point Perry is having trouble battling “Progressive Liberals” in Texas. Do we really want to put him on the national scene to try to fight Obama?
A good start for Perry would be to VETO any bill that taps into the Rainy Day Fund and join forces with Grassroots, Tea Party and Immigration groups to get good Conservative legislation passed.