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By Donna Garner

Texans, remember last year when so many of us battled to get the Texas House to choose a conservative Speaker of the House after we worked very hard to orchestrate the conservative tsunami at the ballot box on Nov. 2, 2010?  Instead, we ended up with left-leaning Joe Straus as Speaker because he managed to use his great wealth and the pledge card system to “buy” legislators’ votes for his Speakership.  

This is our chance to make sure that left-leaning Speaker Joe Straus never goes back to the Texas House again!  

Matt Beebe - Ready to Oust Straus

Matt Beebe has stepped forward to run against Joe Straus, and Beebe is a great candidate. (I have posted information about him further on down the page.)   

To oust Straus and elect Matt Beebe, it will take Texans throughout this state contributing their campaign donations; but working together, we can do it.

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Because Joe Straus as Speaker appointed all the committee chairs and the committees, he basically drove the agenda for the 82nd Legislative Session.  Out of 70 chair/co-chair positions in the House, not a single conservative member with a high conservative score (as per 2011 Texas Eagle Forum Scorecard) was appointed as a chair; and only one was appointed to a co-chair position.  

When we voters wonder why such bills as Sanctuary Cities, E-Verify, and  English as the official language of Texas were not passed, all we have to do is to look at the various committees appointed by Straus:   

(1)  Criminal Jurisprudence with a 47.2% rating and a Democrat Chair with a 16% rating – appointed by Straus

(2) Border & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee with an average score of 34.8% and a Straus-appointed chair with an 8% rating

(3)  State Affairs Committee with an average of 30.2% and a Straus-appointed chair with 40%  

If we conservatives are vitally concerned that the House Investigating Committee may not take its charge seriously, which is to investigate the Gulen/Cosmos Foundation/Harmony charter schools for alleged ties to Turkish/Muslim organizations and for possible misuse of public funds, all we have to do is to look at the score for the committee — 33.6% with a Straus-appointed chair (Rep. Chuck Hopson) who has a score of 29%.  

When we conservatives are upset because of the four redistricting maps that have set the conservative agenda back for ten years, all we have to do is to look at the House Redistricting Committee that has an average score of 27.2% with a Straus-appointed chair (Rep. Burt Solomons) who has a 33% rating.    

If we are concerned because so many bills put forth by conservative House members never got to the floor for a vote, all we need to do is to consider the average score of 30.3% for the House Calendars Committee.    

If we doubt the ruling passed down by Rep. Will Hartnett who was appointed by Straus to decide whether conservative Republican Dan Neil or left-wing Democrat Rep. Donna Howard  (TEF score of 4%) should have won the contested election in Travis County, all we have to do is to look at Hartnett’s 33% TEF average score.  Rep. Hartnett ruled that 222 military ballots cast overseas could not be counted but that 35 ballots upon which Travis County election workers had made mistakes should be counted.  Dan Neil lost by four votes.  


o    With all the conservative House members that we sent to Austin:

o the Sonogram Bill should have passed easily in the first several weeks of the Session instead of experiencing months of backdoor deals;  

o    the four redistricting maps (Congressional, Senate, House, State Board of Education) should have been drawn up to help rather than hinder the elections of conservatives for the next ten years;  

o    a law should have been passed that forbids Texas public schools from participating in the personally intrusive national database;

o    open-source curriculum materials should have been placed under the oversight of the elected State Board of Education who could make sure that the materials written by liberal professors are not allowed to go straight to students’ desks;   

o    the public school funding mechanism should have been rewritten to force local school districts to practice fiscal responsibility.  Instead, the legislature used $4 Billion from the Rainy Day Fund which could put Texas in jeopardy during a time of great financial uncertainty and/or unexpected emergencies;

 o    the TSA anti-groping bill should have been passed;  

o    the House pledge card system should have been banned;  

o    Sanctuary Cities and e-verify legislation should have been passed;  

o    the budget bills (SB 1 and SB 2) should not have been loaded up with provisions that had nothing to do with balancing the budget;  

o    and the use of foreign or Sharia law in our Texas courts should have been banned.  

To read more details about the appointed committee chairs/members for the 82ndLegislative Session, please go to my article published on 8.8.11 entitled Dilemma for Texas Voters


Young Conservatives of Texas scorecard – 82nd Legislative Session:   

Texas Eagle Forum scorecard – 82nd Legislative Session:  

Heritage Alliance scorecard – 82nd Legislative Session:  

Empower Texans scorecard – 82nd Legislative Session:   

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