Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Our Liberal Texas Senate

As you all know, the Texas State Senate is entirely too liberal.  Although we have a majority of 19 Republicans in the Senate, only eight of our Senators received a score of 70 or higher on the Conservative Index Average.   

And only three:  Jane Nelson, Dan Patrick and Brian Birdwell, received an 80 or higher.

One of the worst offenders is 11-year incumbent Craig Estes in SD 30.  His composite rating, after combining legislative scorecard ratings from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Heritage Alliance (fiscal), Young Conservatives of Texas, and Eagle Forum, is a dismal 57%.
  
Average Conservative Rating for State Senator Craig Estes, 11-year Incumbent for Senate District 30
Legislative
Session
Texans for Fiscal
Responsibility (TFR)
Heritage Alliance
Fiscal
Young Conservatives
of Texas (YCT)
Eagle
Forum
Average
Conservative Rating
2009
67
53
63
64
62
2011
57
55
55
60
57* 
*Ranked 15th out of 19 Republican State Senators
**Refused to sign the Texans for Fiscal Responsibility “Taxpayer Pledge.”
It is primary season, and we have an opportunity to elect a conservative in SD 30.  Jim Herblin, an old friend who was on the front lines in the '90's on the Richardson School Board (advocating for abstinence-based curriculum), is now a resident of Prosper, Texas.  He is running to replace Craig Estes.  Jim is the total package: both a social and a fiscal conservative.  As a CPA and forensic accountant who specializes in attest and tax services, Jim would be a wonderful asset for conservatives in the Texas Senate.

Although Jim is a great candidate, he is running against an entrenched incumbent with support from lobbyists and the establishment.  He needs the help of conservatives and the grassroots to beat Estes.

The good news is that district lines have changed, and the population center for SD 30 is now centered in Denton/Collin rather than Wichita Falls, hometown of Estes. This is a huge advantage for Jim.

Jim has already been interviewed by the Young Conservatives of Texas, and he is anxious to earn the endorsement of like-minded social and fiscal conservatives across the state.

Please visit Jim's web site at www.JimHerblin.com.  

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