Thursday, January 6, 2011

Texas House Speaker's Race - 82nd Legislature

The drumbeat from grassroots conservatives across Texas is deafening (see links below). We can now add Chuck Norris to the list of voters asking for a new Speaker - one elected from among the Republican caucus.


How each elected state representative votes in the Speaker's election will have repercussions in this session and beyond. A vote for Joe Straus may provide some perks during this session, but a pro-Straus vote will undoubtedly provoke conservatives in Republican districts. Such a vote could potentially attract a Republican primary opponent in 2012. At the very least, those supporting Straus will feel the wrath of their constituents.


GOP Caucus Chair Larry Taylor has scheduled the GOP Caucus for Monday, January 10, one day before the 82nd Legislature convenes. As a fellow activist, now is the time to contact your own state representative and find out how he or she intends to vote. The formal vote for Speaker is traditionally a unanimous vote, but that custom will be sorely tested on Tuesday when the Members gather to elect their next leader. Voters are paying close attention, and many plan to attend the opening session in person to watch the proceedings. For those of you unable to travel to Austin, you can watch the vote at this link: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/MnuHouse.aspx.



LISTED BELOW ARE LINKS TO OFFICIAL STATEMENTS, MESSAGES AND OPEN LETTERS BY INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS EXPRESSING OPPOSITION TO JOE STRAUS, SUPPORT FOR AN ALTERNATE CANDIDATE OR SUPPORT FOR A REPUBLICAN CAUCUS:

Conservative Policy Organizations and Activists (CLICK to Open)

Coalition Letter Calling for Change in House Leadership:

Heritage Alliance District-by-District Poll : 89% of GOP Voters Want Conservative for Speaker

Heritage Alliance Statewide Poll : 89% of GOP Primary Voters Want More Conservative Speaker

Statement of Young Conservatives of Texas:

Liberty Institute Call to Action on the Speakers' Race

Message from RedState.com:

Texas Patriots Tea Party : Why We Oppose Joe Straus

Denise McNamara's Endorsement of Ken Paxton

Republican Party Resolutions (CLICK to Open):

Resolution of the Texas State Republican Executive Committee

Resolution of the Tarrant County GOP Calling for a New House Speaker

Dallas County GOP Resolution Calling for Conservative Speaker

Texas Republican Assembly Endorses Ken Paxton

Rockwall County GOP Endorses Ken Paxton

Open Letter of the Denton County Republican Leadership

Travis County Republican Party Endorses Call for Conservative Speaker

Resolution of the Executive Committee of the Harris County Republican Party

Resolution of the Galveston County Republican Party

Resolution of the Johnson County Republican Party Executive Committee

Statement of Texas Republican Liberty Caucus:

An Open Letter to Bexar County Repubicans

Statement of Collin County Conservative Republicans

Hayes County Passes Resolution in Opposition to Joe Straus

GUN OWNERS:

Message from Gun Owners of America

"In spite of Texas being such a pro-gun state overall, the current Speaker of the House, Joe Straus, has impeded getting pro-Second Amendment legislation passed."

IMMIGRATION:

Message from NumbersUSA (Immigration)

"[Reform] is unlikely if Rep. Joe Straus continues in his role as Speaker."

PRO-LIFE:

Bishop Rene Henry Gracida : Joe Straus Must Not be elected Speaker of the Texas House

Texas Alliance for Life Endorses Ken Paxton for Speaker

Texas Right-to-Life Opposes Joe Straus

Message from RNC Life (Pro-Life)

"Clearly, Joe Strauss is NOT pro-life,"

Texas Alliance for Life : Chisum and Paxton Answer Pro-Life Survey; Straus Does Not

Cathie Adams (Texas Eagle Forum) : Straus is NOT Pro-Life

TAXPAYER WATCHDOGS:

Empower Texans : 6,200 Texans Sign Letter Calling for Change in Leadership

Why Americans for Prosperity is Weighing in on the Speakers' Race

Message from Dick Armey / FreedomWorks

PRO-FAMILY CONSERVATIVES:

Message of David Barton of Wallbuilders (Traditional Constitutionalist)

Texas Eagle Forum Alert on the Speakers' Race

Texas Pastor Council : Why the Texas House Needs A Conservative Speaker

Texas Home School Coalition : Minority Mentality

Message from Gov. Mike Huckabee / HUCKPAC:

Letters and Statements of Texas Legislators (CLICK to Open):

Reps. Flynn, Hughes, Berman and Christian Endorse Ken Paxton

Rep. Leo Berman's Open Letter

Rep. Bryan Hughes' Open Letter:

Rep. Jodie Laubenberg's Statement:

Rep. Tan Parker's Statement:

Rep. Phil King Wants New Speaker

Former Rep. Bill Keffer's Message:

Rep.-Elect Kenneth Sheets:

Reps.-Elect Jim Landtroop and Charles Perry:

Rep.-Elect Cindy Burkett:

Rep.-Elect Bill Zedler:

Rep.-Elect David Simpson:

Reps.-Elect Erwin Cain and James White

Rep.-Elect Van Taylor

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