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Agenda Wise – Ascension Name ID rising

Agenda Wise.com as “NEW MEDIA” is doing work that the “OLD MEDIA” will not. Take Ascension as a Perfect Example.

“Knowledge is Power” and as we move into election season there are issues we must be aware of before the crisis occurs so we can be better prepared to hold our elected officials accountable.

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The media has begun to write about ascension, the process by which Rick Perry and David Dewhurst are replaced if they win in 2012.

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This wasn’t the plan. Normally, the insiders in the Austin lobby and media keep Texans in the dark and do what they want, living by the old maxim “it is better to ask forgiveness than permission”.

The days of keeping Texans in the dark are coming to an end thanks to new media outlets and activists reporting on things that are ignored by the media and stifled by the lobby.

Weston Hicks first wrote about ascension in early August and filled out a series of scenarios for Texans, including many things that still haven’t become part of the discussion and likely won’t until later.

Insiders are now shifting around in their seats.

A week ago the Fort Worth Star wrote that if both Perry and Dewhurst won, “two statewide officeholders would have to be replaced simultaneously.” This is not completely accurate since each would take their new positions in D.C. at different times in January and in this case that’s important.

This week Austin “insiders” began picking their winners. They will try to end the debate before Texans have a chance to be educated or engage in the selection process.

Perhaps Senators will make a pledge, like State Reps do for House Speaker, so they can morally bind themselves to a bad choice. This gives them an excuse to constituents who can’t figure out why a far-off vote, the most important one, is predetermined to contradict consituents’ wishes.

Here’s a hint to Texans on these “pledges”: they smell wrong because they are wrong.

Texans needed to know about ascension possibilities sooner rather than later. We also need to know about the games that will be played to keep citizens out of the process. Insiders only monopolize things that stay unknown. Ascention needs to become dinner table conversation in Texas.

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Daniel Greer

Daniel Greer is Executive Director of AgendaWise. Previously, Daniel worked for Empower Texans, a non-profit direct advocacy group focused on fiscal policy in Texas. He holds a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. A native Texan, Daniel is a member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, played baseball at St. Edwards University, and lives in Austin with his wife Karen and their two dogs. You can reach him at dgreer@agendawise.com.
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