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Agenda Wise – Ascension Name ID rising

Date posted: September 8, 2011

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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Ascension – Best Case Scenario

Date posted: August 19, 2011

 

Best case scenario By Weston Hicks at Agenda Wise Reports

The best case scenario involves the Governor and Lt. Governor breaking custom in a final act of service to Texans.

Customarily, winners of the Presidency and Senate races resign their current offices in the days following the election. However, there’s no law that forces them to do so. It’s only required they resign before they take their new office.

The 83rd Legislature is likely to be more conservative than the 82nd, and will definitely be more accountable without outgoing moderates, the 83rd.

The 83rd Legislature will convene roughly one week after the US Legislature convenes, and roughly a week and a half before the Presidential inauguration.

Lt. Gov. Dewhurst possibilities

Whenever the Lt. Gov resigns, president pro tempore Mike Jackson will have 30 days to call a “committee of the whole” to choose a new Lt. Gov.

This gives a couple of possibilities for Lt. Governor Dewhurst to help conservative Texans.

First, he could be seated in the US Senate a week late, waiting until 5 minutes after the 83rdLegislature is convened to resign. This is uncommon, but no more uncommon than the date of resignation mattering. At this stage, there is nothing to indicate a late seating would be disallowed.

Short of that, Lt. Governor Dewhurst could wait until the day before he’s seated in the US Senate to resign his current office. This would make it very hard, physically and politically, for Senate Pro Tempore Mike Jackson to call a Committee of the Whole from the outgoing 82nd Senate to choose a Lt. Governor replacement.

In order to use the 82nd Senate he’d have to call the committee inside a week, bending over backwards to get a lame duck Senate to Austin, when the newly elected, more accountable Senate is already in town preparing for the new session.

Governor Perry

All Perry would have to do is wait for the 83rd Legislature to convene to resign, which is well before the Presidential inauguration.

The Gov. and Lt. Gov. choosing to do this is the best outcome for conservative Texans, but it’s not sure thing.

After all, Gov. Perry and Lt. Gov. Dewhurst could pretty easily, even justifiably, say they’d never be so presumptuous as to assume a win on election day.

Having pushed off taking a position until after the election, it becomes very easy for President-elect Perry and Senator-elect Dewhurst to say they must go to Washington DC to prepare, and that they trust the system in place for ascension.

On the other hand, if Governor Perry waited, he’d be seen as a game-changer and protector of his state on his way into a first 100 days of a presidential term all about game-changing. Washington DC and Americans would be put on notice about President-elect Perry’s loyalty, boldness, and ability to juggle many things.

Tomorrow we’ll discuss likely noise to come from people who would like a lame duck 82nd Legislature to choose the next Gov. and Lt. Gov. of Texas.

Weston Hicks

Weston Hicks researches and writes about associations in the Texas political realm, media choices, and political strategy. Over the past year he has advised on grassroots and voter initiatives. He has a B.A. in History from the University of Texas at El Paso and a J.D. from University of Texas School of Law. He enjoys spending time with wife and three children, reading theology and political theory, and watching FC Barcelona. You can reach him at whicks@agendawise.com.

 

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Ascension – Worst Case Scenario – Rick Perry’s Run for the Presidency

Date posted: August 15, 2011

Please read Ascension by AgendaWiseReports.com  from August 13, 2011

“Texas conservatives have something really, really important to consider.It’s called “ascension” and, shortly after election day 2012, it could provide us a liberal Governor and Lt. Governor who could never win a normal election.What is “ascension”?    

This week we’ll consider some ascension scenarios, anticipating what can happen if Governor Perry and Lt. Governor Dewhurst win their elections and have to resign with time left on their terms.

Worst case scenario

If Governor Perry steps down right away, as is customary, David Dewhurst would become the Governor, and the Senate from the 82nd legislature (not the then newly-elected 83rd legislature) would vote for his replacement. This new Lt. Governor would be the eventual Governor.

It could go even worse for conservatives than it first appears.

Sixteen Senate votes is all that’s needed to determine the new Lt. Governor, soon to be Governor. The 82nd Senate is has 12 Democrats. All the Democrats would need is four votes from liberal Republicans who lost primary challenges to conservatives, or who didn’t run for re-election.

They’d have little to lose politically, from the perspective of voters, and many of them have made of career of playing Washington Generals to the Democrats’ Harlem Globetrotters. If they’re leaving the game, who knows what may happen!

Then, when Dewhurst steps down and the new Democrat Lt. Governor becomes Governor, the same crowd could elect a Democrat Lt. Governor to finish Dewhurst’s term.

Call this the worst case scenario for the lame duck 82nd Senate. Insiders may call it unlikely, and perhaps it is, but it is possible.

After all, Tom Craddick became speaker not so long ago with the help of a small group of “Craddick Democrats”. All a senate democrat would need, in this case, is four such republicans.

 

Weston Hicks

Weston Hicks researches and writes about associations in the Texas political realm, media choices, and political strategy. Over the past year he has advised on grassroots and voter initiatives. He has a B.A. in History from the University of Texas at El Paso and a J.D. from University of Texas School of Law. He enjoys spending time with wife and three children, reading theology and political theory, and watching FC Barcelona. You can reach him at whicks@agendawise.com
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