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Texas Leaders Sell their Souls and Texans are left paying for it…..

Date posted: April 29, 2013


Corruption in Texas Politics at it’s worst. 

Remember this post from when we were warning about Joe Straus~

Well we were right and now Perry and Dewhurst are making deals.

Below is an e-mail I just received. 


“A friend sent the following along with her research on what the Rainy Day Fund really is.  It  follows under the title “Economic Stabilization Fund”.

“Yesterday in Austin, the Freshmen (you know, the fabulous conservatives we’ve all been excited about!) were split into groups for separate meetings and pressured to vote to raid the Rainy Day Fund (RDF) for $2 billion to fund the new water plan. The vote requires 100 supporters, so the freshmen votes are necessary to make it work. They are being told if they do not vote for it, the rest of the Republicans will instead make a deal with the Dems and will agree to spend $4-5 billion of the RDF instead of $2 billion. In return for their vote to raid the RDF, they are being promised cuts to the Business Margins tax, that the fetal pain bill and the campus carry bill will be sent to the floor for a vote (instead of being held up in committee), tax credits for R&D, and money from lobbyists. (These deals are all under the table). There is also an expectation that in a meeting w/ Perry on Monday he will pressure them to support this plan and in return will promise to veto any effort to raise the spending cap. Of course, these folks have made promises before and not kept them.

Corruption in Texas Politics

The pressure is immense. In a room with 10 freshmen, 8 signed pledges to support this plan. Hey, spending $2 billion is less than spending $5 billion, right? HOW ABOUT NOT SPENDING ANY??? What happened to that plan? And shame on any legislator that uses life and safety issues to manipulate others in giving them what they want.

Many of the conservative freshmen campaigned on a promise to protect the RDF and even put it in writing. If they now vote for raiding the RDF, their challengers will have a heyday with it. And not only that, it’s just not the right answer anyway!  

The vote happens at 2pm on Monday.” 

Now that you know the back room story….

Busting The Cap, Without Relief

Excerts From Michael Quinn Sullivan with Empower Texans~ Read the full article here.

“When members of the Texas House meet on Monday, they will take the next-to-last step in busting the state’s spending cap. This coming in a session that has produced no lasting budget reforms and no real tax relief, despite a biennium with the largest jump in state revenues in modern history. Worse, legislators are poised to do so with a massive draw from the rainy day fund.

Legislative leaders – from Speaker Joe Straus on down – are reportedly promising some conservatives that if they will just vote for this $2 billion draw and set the stage for busting the cap, then they will now move some of the conservatives’ legislation. Just trust them. Trust them? Isn’t this a GOP majority? Shouldn’t that conservative legislation be moving anyway? But it’s not.

Others may scheme, but we have to stand on principle, and fight with valor and integrity.

(Remember: this is the same House leadership which keeps scheming for ways to implement ObamaCare in Texas by expanding Medicaid. Another Medicaid expansion push is rumored to be on its way to the floor this week.)

 Conservative legislators voting for bad policies in the hopes of getting good legislation to move might do well to remember that selling out will rarely provide the pay-day they expect.

Others may scheme, but we have to stand on principle, and fight with valor and integrity.

Lawmakers started with a lot of promises, and even more money. They’ve blown through the cash, and are trying to grab even more. And thanks to a leadership undermining conservatives, those pledges are evaporating faster than water in August.

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David Dewhurst – Does He Have the Guts to Show?

Date posted: November 1, 2011

Modern day politics is all about timing and messaging. That is what these political consultants and PR firms are paid the big money to do, and that is why politicians need big bucks to win.

After this past weekend where we had 100+ Texas Tea Party leaders together for a training on how to Flip The Funnel on elections we have been given a great opportunity to show that money over issues is not how Texas politics is going to work in the future.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is seen by the political elite as the winner in the Senatorial race to replace Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson because he has the funds to buy the race. We are in transformational times and how Texas politics has worked in the past is not how Texas politics will be in the future. Enter the Grassroots Tea Party movement.

In light of all of the upcoming Lincoln-Douglas Debate between Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich in The Woodlands Senatorial Candidate Ted Cruz has invited Lt. Governor David Dewhurst to join him in 5 Lincoln-Douglas style debates.

The question is will Dewhurst show, so far that has not been his style.
Here are just a couple of the links to show this to be the case.

Another Forum & Another No-Show by Dewhurst

Waco Tea Partiers Hear From Candidates — Except Dewhurst 

It is so bad that the Cruz campaign has been able to drive that narrative with videos like this one.

Below is information on how Dewhurst has been rewriting history and may well be why he can’t afford to show up and debate.

Dewhurst continued to rewrite his record

Dewhurst continued to rewrite his record to make it more palatable to Republican primary voters. In the interview, he said: “In the last 10 years, if you count this next biennium, I have the most fiscally conservative record in probably the country.” (http://www.wfaa.com/news/politics/Inside-Texas-Politics-102-130935503.html)

But the facts tell a different story:

On Income Tax

Dewhurst In 2006: “I’d Rather See A Tax A Based On Income.” “‘I think I’d rather see a tax that’s based on income – you earn money, you pay something, you don’t earn money, you don’t pay anything,’ Dewhurst said.” (April Castro, “Businesses Studying Proposed Tax Structure,” The Associated Press, 3/30/06)

On The Job-Killing Dewhurst “Wage Tax”

In May 2005, A Lead Editorial In The Wall Street Journal Slammed David Dewhurst’s Tax & Budget Plan.  “Everything’s big in Texas, and, if powerful Republican Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst has his way, that will soon include the state budget.” (Editorial, “Deep In The Heart Of Taxes,” The Wall Street Journal, 5/10/05)

On The Job-Killing Dewhurst “Wage Tax”

The Dewhurst Wage Tax Would Cost Texas 40,000 Jobs. “A wage tax is a toll on employers for hiring workers, and according to one study the latest Senate plan would cost about 40,000 jobs, or the equivalent of eight auto factories.” (Editorial, “Deep In The Heart Of Taxes,” The Wall Street Journal, 5/10/05)

On Tax Hikes

Dewhurst Told Business Groups In 2005: “It’s Time To Start Paying Your Fair Share.” “Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst angrily accused some top business groups of spreading false information about the Senate’s tax plan Tuesday, and he issued them a stern warning: It’s time to start paying your fair share. ‘There are a lot of lobbyists running around the Capitol today that are interested in protecting special interests and loopholes in the [tax] law,’ Mr. Dewhurst said. Noting that five of six businesses don’t pay the state’s current franchise tax, he added, ‘That is called a loophole.’” (Terrence Stutz, “Dewhurst Blasts Tax Plan Foes Lieutenant Governor Tells Businesses: Pay Your Share,” Dallas Morning News, 5/4/05)

David Dewhurst, August 2003: “We Think We Can Shift Into A Montage Of Different Smaller Tax Increases In Different Areas And Also Put One Or Two Non-Tax Revenue Proposals Into The Mix.” “Regarding the funding of schools, the Republican said Senate leaders were committed to reducing school property taxes by at least 50 percent about $ 7.7 billion a year and replacing the money with a variety of tax increases and some new non-tax sources, including some savings. ‘We think we can shift into a montage of different smaller tax increases in different areas and also put one or two non-tax revenue proposals into the mix,’ he said.” (Terrence Stutz, “Panel To Weigh Tax Hikes In Texas School-Funding Overhaul,” Dallas Morning News, 8/1/03)

On The Rainy-Day Fund

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear what Grassroots and Tea Party people think about the job David Dewhurst and the Texas Leadership have done. Watch this video and get the real story on the Texas Budget.
JoAnn Fleming, Chair – Advisory Committee to the TEA Party
Where applicable, a political advertisement paid for by the GAWTP PAC, PO Box 130012,Tyler, TX 75713, Jimmie Taylor, PAC Treasurer.   www.gawtp.com

 

In January 2011, Dewhurst Was Open To Tapping The State’s Rainy-Day Fund. “Dewhurst left open the possibility of tapping the state’s $9 billion Rainy Day Fund, but he said the baseline budget proposals will stay within the $72.2 billion the state expects to collect in taxes and fees. He ruled out any new taxes.” (Chris Tomlinson, “Lt. Gov. Says 8,000 State Jobs Cut In Draft Budget,” The Associated Press, 1/14/11)

Dewhurst Flip Flop On In-State Tuition For Illegal Immigrants

Ted Cruz statement:  ”This is another Republican primary year conversion by David Dewhurst. He was for in-state tuition for illegal immigrants before he was against it. The next Senator from Texas needs to be a strong conservative who knows what he believes.  I strongly oppose in-state tuition for illegal aliens, and categorically oppose amnesty or preferential treatment for illegal immigrants.”

In the WFAA interview, Dewhurst Is Criticizing The Texas DREAM Act – But He Won’t Say Whether It Should Be Repealed. “Though critical of the law, Dewhurst didn’t say whether it should be repealed.  ‘I would not have signed that law, I if I were Governor Perry,’ he said.  ‘From a perspective of fairness, I don’t think it’s fair for our fellow American citizens not to have that break.’”

In 2007 Dewhurst Said, “Historically The Senate Has Been In Favor Of Providing In-State Tuition For Everyone Living Here.”“‘We’d take a look at it, but historically the Senate has been in favor of providing in-state tuition for everyone living here,’ he said.” (R.A. Dyer, “Migrant Tuition Bill Derailed,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5/10/07)

At Least One Bill That Would Have Barred Illegal Immigrants From Receiving In-State Tuition Died In The Texas House. “Legislation that would have barred undocumented immigrants from paying in-state tuition at public universities was derailed Wednesday after Texas House lawmakers raised technical objections. The legislation, House Bill 159 by Rep. Bill Zedler, R-Arlington, would have reversed a 2003 law.” (R.A. Dyer, “Migrant Tuition Bill Derailed,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5/10/07)

Dewhurst Didn’t Lift A Finger & Dismissed The Bill;  He Said The Chances Of That Bill Passing His Senate Were “Slim.” “Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, a Republican, indicated Wednesday that had the bill survived the House, its chances would have been slim in the Senate.” (R.A. Dyer, “Migrant Tuition Bill Derailed,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5/10/07)

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Questioning the Leadership of the Texas Republican Party

Date posted: October 12, 2011

by Donna Garner

10.10.11  

First, let me say that I am a life-long Republican; and I do not believe in establishing a third party. My goal is to help the Republican Party to come back to its conservative roots. It is out of that concern that I speak.  

Well-meaning Texas conservatives have done their due diligence and have written to the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) members as per my article entitled “Texas Republicans at a Crossroads” – 10.6.11:  

Among other points, these conservatives have objected to the fact that only 14 out of 46 Legislative Priorities that were tied to the 2010 Republican Platform were ever brought to the House and Senate floors for a vote during the 82ndLegislative Session!  This means that only a very small number of conservative bills even made it out of committee.  Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus should be held accountable for this because they were the ones who appointed the committee chairs and members.   

[To read more about these committee chairs and members, please go to the article that I wrote on 8.8.11 and republished on 10.11.11 entitled “Dilemma for Texas Voters”.

As a response to the concerns that have been sent to the SREC members by well-meaning conservatives, the SREC in turn has sent back a standard reply that sounds to me as if it has been taken from a scripted “talking points” memo.   

Therefore, I need to clarify some points, many of which are based upon the public record and upon my own observations and commentary.  

Steve Munisteri was elected as the State Chair of the Republican Party of Texas at the 2010 Republican Convention.  According to Wikipedia, Munisteri has a very colorful background (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Munisteri ).  He came from a well-to-do Houston family, is a lawyer, and had his own law practice for 27 years in Houston.  He is  divorced, has no children, and has made much of his fortune by being a boxing promoter.  He also served as the first state chair for Young Conservatives of Texas when it was founded in 1980.    

Since then, Munisteri seems to have changed; and I now question Munisteri’s conservatism particularly because of his relationship with left-leaning House Speaker Joe Straus.  After Munisteri gained the chairmanship of RPT at the 2010 Republican Convention, he appointed the former RPT Executive Director Eric Opiela as the assistant legal counsel for RPT.   

Eric Opiela

Eric Opiela works for Joe Straus. No one seems to know exactly where Opiela is working for Straus, but it may be at the Johnson Law Firm which is the #1 gambling lobby in Texas.  Please remember that Joe Straus and his family have made a living off the gambling industry.  

When Munisteri was elected to the RPT chair, he found binding rental contracts that had been negotiated before Cathie Adams (the previous RPT Chair) was elected in 2009.  These rental contracts for RPT office space cost almost $20,000 per month or close to $250,000 annually.  Ironically enough, it seems to have been Eric Opiela who negotiated those binding rental contracts.  

Photo courtesy of the Texas Tribune

To pay for these expensive-yet-binding contracts, Munisteri sought the help of the “debt busters” who are Joe Straus’ lieutenants. Most of the money coming into the RPT is now coming from moderate Republicans who supported Kay Bailey Hutchison for Governor; Munisteri also was a Hutchison supporter.   

[Could Munisteri’s stonewalling of the legislative voting report be an attempt by him to protect the left-leaning voting records of Straus’ lieutenants who so badly want to be re-elected in 2012?]  

It is my opinion that the RPT and SREC are looking for excuses not to send out the already-prepared legislative voting report presented to them by Rep. Wayne Christian (the chair of the Platform Committee).  This report was prepared free-of-charge by a third-party who is experienced at producing such reports in a factual and non-biased way.  

Munisteri, however, is pushing the SREC to ask another group to prepare a legislative voting report; but this time he wants ALL legislative votes to be published rather than only those that relate to the RPT Platform.  

If this second report were to be published, the votes that distinguish the legislators who adhered to our Platform and those who did not would be lost in the mass of votes. This was NOT the intent of the grassroots who voted to inform voters of how their elected officials voted on issues related to our Platform.   

Munisteri has even gone so far as to offer to pay $10,000 for this second report himself; but based upon his past history and liaisons, I for one cannot trust him.  How do we know that Joe Straus is not sticking $10,000 in one of Munisteri’s pockets while Munisteri is writing out the check with his other hand?  Besides, if Munisteri “pays” for the report, then he will be able to control the content of the report.  What good will it do for voters to have a massaged legislative voting report to take with them to the polls?    

Bottomline: The 6,000 delegates spoke with one voice at the 2010 Republican Convention; the RPT and SREC need to act upon that vote. The parliamentarian and legal counsel at the convention said the proposal was valid and did not go against the bylaws and rules. Wayne Christian was the duly elected Chair of the Platform Committee, and he did what he was instructed by the delegates to do.  

Now Munisteri’s chosen legal counsel is objecting to the plank passed at the Convention. This person is saying it does not align with Article IX, Section 3 of the SREC Bylaws:  

SREC Bylaws, Article IX, Section 3 (http://www.senatedistrict10.com/Resolutions/20100925SRECBylaws.pdf)  

Funds shall be allocated for rental space and for personnel, as budgeted by the SREC.  No party fund or resources shall be used, either directly or indirectly, to influence intraparty contests. [“Intraparty” means within the Republican Party.]  

Why does sharing the voting record of legislators amount to influencing contests within the Republican Party?  Obviously, it would not since the legislative voting report is non-partisan and contains no percentages or scores.This is a bogus argument being promoted by Munisteri to the SREC. 

If Munisteri’s legal counsel insists that the plank as passed at the 2010 Republican Convention was not valid, then the SREC needs to change its Bylaws to fit the plank passed by the 6,000 delegates at the Convention.  The SREC Bylaws should be in place to  serve the people and not vice versa.   

I believe “Munisteri’s $10,000 idea” is meant to delay the legislative voting reportfrom being published.  If the SREC does not meet until Dec. 4, 2011 and should decide to reject Rep. Christian’s report and produce yet another report, I doubt that this second report would be available in time to help the voters when they start early voting on February 21, 2012.  

We voters need the legislative voting report (approved by the large number of Republican Convention delegates) when we go to the polls in the 2012 primaries so that we can best choose those Texas Legislators who will vote for the bills tied to the 46 Legislative Priorities in the Party Platform.   

Photo Courtsey of the Texas Tribune- Flickr

Those 6,000 delegates to the 2010 Republican Convention should not be satisfied until the plank that they duly passed is implemented correctly and the legislative voting report already presented to Munisteri and the SREC is sent outto the RPT voter base.   

The legislative voting report cost nothing to prepare because it was done by volunteers, and it will cost nothing to transmit by e-mail to the RPT voter base.  RPT frequently sends out e-mails to its voter base; the legislative voting report needs to be transmitted in the very same way. 

My message to Steve Munisteri and SREC:  “Please quit obfuscating and do what the 6,000 delegates to the 2010 Republican Convention instructed you to do.”

 

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Dewhurst continued to rewrite his record

Date posted: October 3, 2011

Just in case you missed it yesterday……..

Dewhurst continued to rewrite his record to make it more palatable to Republican primary voters.

Dewhurst continued to rewrite his record to make it more palatable to Republican primary voters. In the interview, he said: “In the last 10 years, if you count this next biennium, I have the most fiscally conservative record in probably the country.” (http://www.wfaa.com/news/politics/Inside-Texas-Politics-102-130935503.html)

But the facts tell a different story:

On Income Tax

Dewhurst In 2006: “I’d Rather See A Tax A Based On Income.” “‘I think I’d rather see a tax that’s based on income – you earn money, you pay something, you don’t earn money, you don’t pay anything,’ Dewhurst said.” (April Castro, “Businesses Studying Proposed Tax Structure,” The Associated Press, 3/30/06)

On The Job-Killing Dewhurst “Wage Tax”

In May 2005, A Lead Editorial In The Wall Street Journal Slammed David Dewhurst’s Tax & Budget Plan.  “Everything’s big in Texas, and, if powerful Republican Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst has his way, that will soon include the state budget.” (Editorial, “Deep In The Heart Of Taxes,” The Wall Street Journal, 5/10/05)

On The Job-Killing Dewhurst “Wage Tax”

The Dewhurst Wage Tax Would Cost Texas 40,000 Jobs. “A wage tax is a toll on employers for hiring workers, and according to one study the latest Senate plan would cost about 40,000 jobs, or the equivalent of eight auto factories.” (Editorial, “Deep In The Heart Of Taxes,” The Wall Street Journal, 5/10/05)

On Tax Hikes

Dewhurst Told Business Groups In 2005: “It’s Time To Start Paying Your Fair Share.” “Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst angrily accused some top business groups of spreading false information about the Senate’s tax plan Tuesday, and he issued them a stern warning: It’s time to start paying your fair share. ‘There are a lot of lobbyists running around the Capitol today that are interested in protecting special interests and loopholes in the [tax] law,’ Mr. Dewhurst said. Noting that five of six businesses don’t pay the state’s current franchise tax, he added, ‘That is called a loophole.’” (Terrence Stutz, “Dewhurst Blasts Tax Plan Foes Lieutenant Governor Tells Businesses: Pay Your Share,” Dallas Morning News, 5/4/05)

David Dewhurst, August 2003: “We Think We Can Shift Into A Montage Of Different Smaller Tax Increases In Different Areas And Also Put One Or Two Non-Tax Revenue Proposals Into The Mix.” “Regarding the funding of schools, the Republican said Senate leaders were committed to reducing school property taxes by at least 50 percent about $ 7.7 billion a year and replacing the money with a variety of tax increases and some new non-tax sources, including some savings. ‘We think we can shift into a montage of different smaller tax increases in different areas and also put one or two non-tax revenue proposals into the mix,’ he said.” (Terrence Stutz, “Panel To Weigh Tax Hikes In Texas School-Funding Overhaul,” Dallas Morning News, 8/1/03)

On The Rainy-Day Fund

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear what Grassroots and Tea Party people think about the job David Dewhurst and the Texas Leadership have done. Watch this video and get the real story on the Texas Budget.
JoAnn Fleming, Chair – Advisory Committee to the TEA Party
Where applicable, a political advertisement paid for by the GAWTP PAC, PO Box 130012,Tyler, TX 75713, Jimmie Taylor, PAC Treasurer.   www.gawtp.com

 

In January 2011, Dewhurst Was Open To Tapping The State’s Rainy-Day Fund. “Dewhurst left open the possibility of tapping the state’s $9 billion Rainy Day Fund, but he said the baseline budget proposals will stay within the $72.2 billion the state expects to collect in taxes and fees. He ruled out any new taxes.” (Chris Tomlinson, “Lt. Gov. Says 8,000 State Jobs Cut In Draft Budget,” The Associated Press, 1/14/11)

Dewhurst Flip Flop On In-State Tuition For Illegal Immigrants

Ted Cruz statement:  “This is another Republican primary year conversion by David Dewhurst. He was for in-state tuition for illegal immigrants before he was against it. The next Senator from Texas needs to be a strong conservative who knows what he believes.  I strongly oppose in-state tuition for illegal aliens, and categorically oppose amnesty or preferential treatment for illegal immigrants.”

In the WFAA interview, Dewhurst Is Criticizing The Texas DREAM Act – But He Won’t Say Whether It Should Be Repealed. “Though critical of the law, Dewhurst didn’t say whether it should be repealed.  ‘I would not have signed that law, I if I were Governor Perry,’ he said.  ‘From a perspective of fairness, I don’t think it’s fair for our fellow American citizens not to have that break.’”  

In 2007 Dewhurst Said, “Historically The Senate Has Been In Favor Of Providing In-State Tuition For Everyone Living Here.”“‘We’d take a look at it, but historically the Senate has been in favor of providing in-state tuition for everyone living here,’ he said.” (R.A. Dyer, “Migrant Tuition Bill Derailed,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5/10/07)

At Least One Bill That Would Have Barred Illegal Immigrants From Receiving In-State Tuition Died In The Texas House. “Legislation that would have barred undocumented immigrants from paying in-state tuition at public universities was derailed Wednesday after Texas House lawmakers raised technical objections. The legislation, House Bill 159 by Rep. Bill Zedler, R-Arlington, would have reversed a 2003 law.” (R.A. Dyer, “Migrant Tuition Bill Derailed,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5/10/07)

Dewhurst Didn’t Lift A Finger & Dismissed The Bill;  He Said The Chances Of That Bill Passing His Senate Were “Slim.” “Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, a Republican, indicated Wednesday that had the bill survived the House, its chances would have been slim in the Senate.” (R.A. Dyer, “Migrant Tuition Bill Derailed,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5/10/07)

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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.

Photo courtesy of Note and Point

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 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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