Straus and Dewhurst Silence Conservatives in Texas Budget Negotiations




Fellow Grassroots Texans:


Joe Straus and David Dewhurst are up to their same old tricks.  Please find below an important legislative update from JoAnn Fleming.



Legislative Update – Conservatives NOT in charge

by JoAnn Fleming


Budget conferees announced


As we predicted, conservatives are NOT in charge of the budget process – even though Republicans are at the helm of all of state government and have a majority in both chambers of the legislature.  Here are the conferees and their ratings:


DEWHURST – Senate Budget Conferees 83rd legislative session


Average conservative rating of senate budget conferees = D-


Duncan (R) F
Nelson (R)  B plus
Whitmire (D) F
Williams (R) D plus

Finance Committee Chair (and possible candidate for


Hinojosa (D) F


STRAUS – House Budget Conferees 83rd legislative session


Average conservative rating of house budget conferees = D plus


Jim Pitts (R) D Appropriations Committee Chair
Sylvester Turner (D) F
John Otto (R) C-plus
Myra Crownover (R) C
John Zerwas (R) C-plus (wants to expand Medicaid under ObamaCare)




We’ll see if this works…but the folks pushing to take the money are frantic…

The motion by House GOP Caucus Chairman Brandon Creighton passes on a 77-68 vote…

There are 95 Republicans in the Tx House. When the record vote is posted on this, we will find out who those 18 Republicans are – how many & who were missing for the vote and how many & who voted with the Democrats to support expanding Medicaid under ObamaCare? Five members did not vote at all.


HERE’S WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON – the Republican Establishment would rather hold hands with the Dems and burn down the Capitol rather than give the TP Freshmen and Sophomores a chance to debate anything.



The House Calendars


Texas Monthly by Paul Burka


Mon April 22, 2013 8:31 am


Burka writes:  Has anyone else noticed how innocuous the daily House calendars have been? General State is short and filled with bills of little consequence; debate proceeds at a snail’s pace, maybe six bills covered in a day. Major State is primarily for Sunset bills.


I do not believe this is happening by chance. It is the strategy of the leadership. The last thing the Straus team wants is a lot of vigorous debate between R’s and D’s and long lines at the back microphone, nor do they want want to give the tea party members anything to get riled up about. So the calendars will continue to be boring and innocuous under the watchful eye of Calendars chair Todd Hunter. I’m not guessing about this; I aired my suspicions to a Straus insider and got an affirmative answer. No long calendars. No contentious bills that could blow up the session. No chance for the tea party freshmen to do their thing. Let’s just get the hell out of Dodge. That’s the plan, man.




JoAnn Fleming, Executive Director (volunteer), Grassroots America – We the People

Chair – Advisory Committee to the TX Legislature’s TEA Party Caucus

(903) 894-7204 home office or (903) 360-2858 cell


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