Dewhurst declares abortion bill dead, blames unruly mob | www.statesman.com

By Chuck Lindell and Mike Ward American-Statesman Staff
Updated at 3:12 a.m.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst returned to the Senate floor at 3:01 a.m., banged the gavel and announced that, “regrettably, the constitutional time expired” on the special session.Senate Bill 5 cannot be signed because it passed after midnight, he said.

After making his announcement, Dewhurst paused, then added: “It’s been fun, but, uh, see you soon.”

The crowds in the Capitol, loudly cheering early word that the bill had failed, let loose with another rousing cheer when told that it was official.

via Dewhurst declares abortion bill dead, blames unruly mob | www.statesman.com.

Legislative Session’s End Marks Big Tea Party Defeat

By The InkDemon©

It was a defeat!

Judging from all the frantic e-mails received by the InkDemon, Texas Tea Party followers wanted a lot of action out of the Texas Legislature which they did not get.  Here is a partial list.

  1. The Tea Party passionately wanted House Speaker Joe Straus removed.  That not only failed, but all of Straus’ potential opponents threw in the towel.  That left Straus being elected at the beginning of the session by “unanimous vote.”  It reminds the Inkdemon of  that song back in the 1980’s by Cyndie Lauper, Money Changes Everything. See the video below.  Suggestion: Play the video while reading.  It adds to the effect.
  2. An Austin newspaper said that before the session, it was well-known that Straus was pro-choice.  When the session ended, Straus had effectively killed all the pro-life legislation bills that the Tea Party had submitted.  OUCH!  Hey! Tea Partier!  Your candidate voted pro-choice!  That includes Rep. Jeff Leach of Plano.
  3. Hispanic and Latino voters had supported Republican causes.   Their voting percentage was a high as 45 percent.  After the Tea Party fanatics roasted them with mean talk,  that voting percentage fell to less than 25 percent.
  4. The Republicans held a majority in the Texas House of Representatives and Senate in the past legislature, but that majority was reduced after the 2012 election.  Blame that on the Latino voters switching allegiance. The GOP may never win them back.
  5. The reduction of Tea Party influence in the Senate gave Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst almost dictatorial powers.  The Tea Party opposed Dewhurst’s bid for the U.S. Senate.  Dewhurst is no friend of the Tea Party.  The Tea Party was left without sufficient votes to bring bills to the Senate floor without Dewhurst’s approval.
  6. An Austin newspaper reported that Joe Straus — the enemy of the Tea Party — pretty well had his own way in the past session.
  7. The more liberal legislature has robbed the rainy day fund to pay for programs to pay back Democrats and RINO Republicans for their support.
Bushy-Tailed Geo. W. Bush signed a 25-year extension to the Civil Rights Act

Geo. W. Bush

Now Gov. Rick Perry will call the legislature back into session.  Reason: To pass U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s redistricting boundaries.  The InkDemon does not entirely blame Holder.  After all, our old “friend” Bushy-Tailed George W. Bush signed into law a 25-year extension of the Civil Rights Act which gave Washington oversight of the Texas Legislature in matters of redistricting. Time for a joke:  “Do you know the difference between a rat and a squirrel?  Answer:  “A squirrel is just a rat with good PR.”

 


Cyndie Lauper sings Money Changes Everything

 

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.

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.

Bexar County voters reject extremism, elect Straus

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus soundly won his bid for re-election by crushing his tea-approved opponent, Matt Bebee.

Straus garnered 67% of the vote, according to the Texas Secretary of State official totals.

Click to see larger image of KKK founder

Charges of anti-Semitism marred the contest. The political forum Liberty Linked poured its effort into the race. Cathy Bean, whose Facebook page has said that she works for Liberty Linked, sponsored block walks in Straus’ District 121. The district runs from the center of San Antonio up through the old suburb of Alamo Heights to northeast Bexar County. Meanwhile, the forum board sported symbols of Latinos being beaten by Anglo armies. One member and “friend” of the board was using the handle “Nathan Forrest” which brings up images of Ku Klux Klan founder Nathan Bedford Forrest.

Locally, a less extreme political group, Voices Empower, aligned with Liberty Linked to oppose Straus. Alice Linahan leads that group.

The Conservative Election Alliance on Liberty Linked on Wednesday still displayed an image of Texans fighting Latinos. Aligned with the Conservative Election Alliance (CEA) are:

  • North Texas Tea Party
  • Collin County Conservative Republicans
  • Golden Corridor Republican Women
  • Plano Republican Women
  • Frisco Tea Party
  • African-American Republican Club

A few weeks ago, the CEA listed Amigos de Patriots, a Latino tea party group. When this blogger asked the founder of that group if she was indeed aligned with the CEA, she said she was shocked. She asked that her group’s name be removed. It was removed.

The Straus-Bebee race drew international attention, mainly due to the charges of anti-Semitism involved. The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and British-based Reuters wrote many articles on the race. As a result, Texas in general and North Texas in particular was painted with the extremist label.

Straus will have no Democrat challenger. He has support from the House Democrats. He is sure to repeat as Speaker of the House.

One issue Straus is sure to pursue is casino gambling for Texas. Straus’ minions will bill gambling as the “panacea” to cure Texas’ revenue shortfall. This blogger predicts that the gambling interests will claim that casinos will generate enough revenue to make up for the shortfall. Will casinos mean instant revenue? You decide.

Will the casinos be concentrated in the resort areas of South Padre Island, Galveston, existing horse racing venues, or inside Texas municipalities? Another possibility for a gambling mecca is the Texas side of Lake Texoma.

Now that the election is over…

On Friday, May 8, the Vatican sharply criticized the University of Notre Dame’s plan to honor POTUS O-bow-MA.   POTUS is pro-abortion.  The Catholic church is anti-abortion. 

Before the election, abortion was not an issue for American Catholics.  Now that they have elected O-bow-MA, they suddenly have discovered their values!

According to the American Daily Review:

Now that the election is over all of the sudden the American Catholic Bishops discovered that abortion is an issue. Many Catholic dioceses in the United States sent out letters which left big moral loopholes prior to the election. Although they said abortion was evil many of the letters said something to the effect that overwhelming moral concerns might override a single issue. To maintain tax exempt status, religious organizations are not allowed to mention candidates by name in giving an endorsement but they are allowed to give guidance to conduct in accordance with belief.

For years now, hundreds of elected “Catholics”, from Senator Ted Kennedy to local aldermen in big cities, have been given a bye on the issue of abortion by the organized Catholic community. The reality is that the Catholic Church in America has for some time given politicians a free hand on abortion in the hopes that other programs like welfare would be preserved.

This blogger applauds that the Catholics have been awaken.  But this blogger wonders why all the abortionists who happen to be Catholics are getting a free pass?

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