Hayes County GOP supports Joe Straus — Statesman

Editor’s note — Is this another defeat for the Tea Party in Texas?

Hays County Republican Party backs Straus for Texas House speaker

By Ciara O’Rourke
American-Statesman Staff

SAN MARCOS — Hays County Republican Party Chairman Shawn Blakeley issued a statement Wednesday announcing that he and the party’s executive committee are throwing their support behind Texas House Speaker Joe Straus.

Straus is again facing a challenge from the right in his bid for another term at the lower chamber’s helm. House members choose the speaker, and Straus beat out two Republican challengers in 2010 when he faced similar opposition from conservative activists.

“The speaker’s record in advancing solid conservative legislation, and balancing the budget without raising taxes, is a fulfillment of promises he made prior to last session,” Blakeley said, adding that the party’s executive committee trusts state Rep. Jason Isaac, “who has said the speaker is worthy of our support.”

Blakeley said the executive committee passed a resolution doing just that.

Via: Statesman.com

Ranger tale brings up LBJ corruption — Dallas News

By SCOTT K. PARKS
The Dallas Morning News Staff Writer
Published: 28 November 2012 10:21 PM

Texas Ranger Clint Peoples died 20 years ago and left an impressive legacy as one of the most prominent lawmen in Texas history.

Some of the Ranger memorabilia that he once owned goes on sale Dec. 9 at Heritage Auctions in Dallas. How about a gold-plated Thompson submachine gun? A Ranger badge crafted from a Mexican gold coin? Or a matched set of two elegant Smith & Wesson .357 revolvers overlaid with sterling silver flourishes?

Although he acquired some interesting pieces during his career, Peoples is worth remembering more for a mysterious 1961 murder case, one he was never able to solve. It involved the notorious Texas swindler Billie Sol

via Read about LBJ here.

Did third-party candidates deny Romney the presidency? And where were the Christians? – Beliefnet News

Editor’s note — This story from Belief Net seems to imply that many evangelical Christians stayed at home rather than vote for a Mormon.

posted byRob Kerby
Senior Editor

In 2000, Green Party candidate Ralph Nader catapulted George W. Bush into the Oval Office by siphoning off 97,488 Florida votes that otherwise would have gone to Al Gore. As a result, Bush — heavily supported by evangelical Christians – won Florida and the Presidency by the slimmest of margins – 537 votes.

Back in 1992, H. Ross Perot gave the White House to Bill Clinton, drawing away enough discontented conservatives and Christians that George H.W. Bush lost and Clinton became President with only 43 percent of the popular vote. Almost a century before, Teddy Roosevelt’s Bull Moose Party candidacy is credited with electing Woodrow Wilson.

via Did third-party candidates deny Romney the presidency? And where were the Christians? – Beliefnet News.

Tea Party senator digs in against talk of compromise – USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — The political action committee founded by Sen. Jim DeMint, a darling of the Tea Party movement, was three-for-nine in picking conservative Senate candidates this year — after spending more than $8.7 million.

Of the nine Republican Senate candidates that received money from the Senate Conservatives Fund, only Ted Cruz of Texas, Jeff Flake of Arizona, and Deb Fischer of Nebraska won election on Tuesday.

Those three and the six losing candidates benefited from some of the $16.5 million raised by the fund and an affiliated super PAC over the 2011-2012 election cycle, said Matt Hoskins, the fund’s executive director.

Despite the fund’s less-than-stellar record, DeMint and Hoskins are urging supporters to resist calls for moderation.

USA TODAY.

Romney Is President – NYTimes.com

IT makes sense that Mitt Romney and his advisers are still gobsmacked by the fact that they’re not commandeering the West Wing.

(Though, as “The Daily Show” correspondent John Oliver jested, the White House might have been one of the smaller houses Romney ever lived in.)

Team Romney has every reason to be shellshocked. Its candidate, after all, resoundingly won the election of the country he was wooing.

Mitt Romney is the president of white male America.

Maybe the group can retreat to a man cave in a Whiter House, with mahogany paneling, brown leather Chesterfields, a moose head over the fireplace, an elevator for the presidential limo, and one of those men’s club signs on the phone that reads: “Telephone Tips: ‘Just Left,’ 25 cents; ‘On His Way,’ 50 cents; ‘Not here,’ $1; ‘Who?’ $5.”

via Romney Is President – NYTimes.com.

Dewhurst and Straus as a Texas G.O.P. Microcosm – NYT

Editor’s Note:  The Texas Tribune believes that Texas House Speaker Joe Straus has enough votes for a new term.  This would be a crushing defeat for the Tea Party, who labelled him a moderate.  Some TP members wanted a “Christian conservative” to replace Straus.  The obvious anti-Semantic jesture may have cost the Tea Party more than they would ever know. Read the entire article below.

By ROSS RAMSEY

Published: November 10, 2012

David Dewhurst and Joe Straus might as well be the Republican Party in miniature.

Mr. Dewhurst, the lieutenant governor, defeated in a jolting United States Senate primary he was supposed to win, is running to the right, where he apparently thinks the party is regrouping. Mr. Straus, the Texas House speaker, already defined by his foes as a moderate, remains where the mainstream party used to hang out.

The question, for them and for the party, is this: Where will the Republican Party, in Texas and elsewhere, end up? The national punditry is already yammering about whether the Republican Party’s leaders should run to the base or reconsider and follow the country’s demographics. It is one of the fundamental questions in politics or marketing: Do you go where the most loyal and enthused voters and customers appear to be going or do you try to go where you think the crowd will be in the years to come?

via Dewhurst and Straus as a Texas G.O.P. Microcosm – NYTimes.com.

Mercedes Olivera: Latino voters show political clout nationally, but Texas may take longer | Mercedes Olivera Columns – News for Dallas, Texas – The Dallas Morning News

To many Latino political veterans, President Barack Obama’s heavy support among Latino voters in Tuesday’s presidential election came as no surprise.“I saw a lot of husbands and wives — a lot of new citizens — who were voting for the first time,” Dallas City Council member Pauline Medrano said Friday. “And a lot of them feared Romney. Latino seniors were also very afraid of what he would do their programs, such as Social Security and Medicare.”Nationally, Latinos voted for Obama over Mitt Romney 71 percent to 27 percent this week, with more than 11 million Latinos — a record number — turning out at the polls.Equally important was the increase in the number of Latino elected officials. Latinos made historic gains in Congress and in statehouses across the country, according to data compiled by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.

via Mercedes Olivera: Latino voters show political clout nationally, but Texas may take longer | Mercedes Olivera Columns – News for Dallas, Texas – The Dallas Morning News.

Why the Tea Party Failed. – Slate

The day after the election, FreedomWorks and its key state-to-state organizers dialed into a one-of-a-kind conference call. For the first time ever, they would be discussing a crushing defeat. Their “Take the Senate” campaign had ended with Democrats in greater control of the upper house. Their turnout game, powered by a new web-based canvassing app, was swatted aside by labor and the Democrats. Richard Mourdock, the Indiana politician who’d been with Tea Partiers since the 2009 Taxpayer March on Washington, had lost one of the party’s safest seats.

And now John Boehner was selling them out. The speaker of the House had just jimmied open the door to “new revenue,” which conservatives hear—correctly, typically—as “new taxes.”

“People were upset,” remembers Brendan Steinhauser, FreedomWorks’ director of state campaigns. “Does Boehner cave in to what Obama and Reid want%

via The Tea Party lost big on election night and must now work with GOP to bounce back. – Slate Magazine.

Rough time for House Speaker Straus | Amarillo.com Mobile

Despite a loss of seven seats in the 150-member Texas House of Representatives and failing to win what once looked like a winnable state Senate seat, Republicans remain in firm control of the statehouse.

Whether that’s good news for House Speaker Joe Straus is debatable in light of some developments after Tuesday’s election.

First, more than 100 conservative activists from across the state have endorsed East Texas GOP Rep. Bryan Hughes, the only challenger Straus has so far. By this time two years ago the San Antonio Republican had two, one of whom was Warren Chisum, R-Pampa.

If Straus has the 76 pledges he needs to win a third term as speaker, he hasn’t said it.

One reason may be because 40 of the 43 new House members are truly first-timers. The other three – all Democrats – are former members returning after a two-year absence.

The other reason may be the Democratic minority, which once embraced Straus, remains unhappy with him. As San Antonio’s Democratic Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer – a former ally – said before last year’s session ended, Straus “has turned his back on Texas women and minorities.”

via Rough time for House Speaker Straus | Amarillo.com Mobile.

Gallup: 2012 election had the largest gender gap in recorded history – The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room

The gender gap in the 2012 presidential election was the largest since Gallup began tracking the metric in 1952, according to data released by the polling firm on Friday.

President Obama won women by 12 percentage points, while Mitt Romney won men by 8. That’s a 20-point gender gap, edging out the 1984 election when Ronald Reagan defeated Democrat Walter Mondale in a landslide. Reagan won both men and women in that election, but carried men by 28 points and women by only 10 – a disparity of 18 points.

via Gallup: 2012 election had the largest gender gap in recorded history – The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room.