Republican Donors Block Legislation -The 82nd State Legislature Record & Lessons Learned

Cross Posted from the North Texas Tea Party – Election Analysis

The most concise summary of the session: despite having the first super-majority of the GOP in the modern era and an agreed upon Top 20 list of legislation that conservative groups desired passed, only 5 of the Top 20 Conservative bills were signed into law in any form. While most expected trouble getting bills through the Senate, only one of the 15 failures made it to the Senate.

The hows and whys are a lesson in the power of the professional political class and legislative obstructionism to the will of the conservative mandate delivered in the election.  If such a mandate is ever to be translated into effective legislative solutions, those obstructions need to be dealt with.  The following key legislative battles and how they failed pinpoint many of the problems that need electoral solution.


This was the most complex Kabuki theater played in the State Legislature, a choreographed dance. The bills were crafted in both houses- and scheduled in such a way- to allow the GOP machine to vote for the bill in each house.  This allowed the GOP regulars to supposedly earn immigration bonafides for the next election, but because each bill was different enough, it went into conference committee where it was essentially ‘chubbed’ until it was too late to pass a concensus bill.

GOP Boosters Urge a "No" Vote on Sanctuary Cities - Photo by Texas Tribune

But the Governor messed it up for the Austin Machine by giving in to the pressure from the ‘Great Unwashed’ and putting it into the special session at the last minute, leaving no time for the subtle sleight of hand.  As discussed HERE and HERE, it came down to orders being issued by just a handful of big donors NOT to pass the restrictions on Sanctuary Cities. Bob Perry of Perry Homes (who donated over $3 MILLION to state candidates last year),  HEB’s Charles Butt (almost $500K last year) , Dr. Steve Hotze of the supposedly Conservative Republicans of Texas (over $700K last year), and Norman Adams of Texas GOP Vote.  Four men said that Sanctuary Cities will remain, even though only 17% of Texans support their existence . Money over the clear wishes of the citizens.

Who are the legislative ‘performers for this charade?  Naturally, Straus and Dewhurst were in on the game, as was the Chair of the State Affairs Committee (Rep. Byton Cook), and the Chair of the Calendar Committee.


Question if Governor Rick Perry had been a strong leader and not pron to being soft on illegal immigration would we have Sanctuary Cities legislation? Unlike  Governor Nikki Haley who signed Illegal Immigration Reform Law 

Grassroots/Tea Party Citizens Groups Join together to expose the Texas Leadership

Jo Ann Fleming  TX Legislature’s TEA Party Caucus Advisory Committee, Executive Director (volunteer) Grassroots America – We the People

Bob Hall – Canton TEA Party and Roberto Gonzalez – Cuban American, Clear Lake Tea Party

Read King Grassroots Activist from Denton, Texas, Barbara Mabray Grassroots activist from Georgetown, Texas  and Alice Linahan  Board Member of and founder of Voices Empower, Ray Myers Kaufman County Tea Party.

” If you love freedom, let our voices be heard. We will be silent,” No More!” – Ray Myers


About Alice Linahan

Alice Linahan is a Conservative, politically-active Texas Mom who has worked hard in the trenches of the Tea Party movement. As an active Real Estate blogger turned online newspaper owner, Alice launched Resolute Media Group along with two partners. It quickly grew into playing an integral part in holding politicians and the progressive/liberal media accountable by getting real stories out to Americans across the country using social media integration and Resolute Media’s “North Texas Navigator”. Now Alice has launched Voices to Action Consulting. Alice is working hard to train boots on the ground activists using social media techniques to get accurate information out to the passive majority of Americans. In addition she is working on projects at both the state and national level to save our Country from attacks from within our own borders. In addition I am currently on the Advisory Board for a new series of e-books by Harper-Collins entitled "Voices of the Tea Party". I have been published in such publications as Focus on the Family's Citizen Magazine and am board member of Women on the Wall, an organization working on building a safe and prosperous Texas for our children and grandchildren to thrive.
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