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Texas Scorecard

Someone’s always keeping score… we think it ought to be the taxpayers.
May 28, 2017
In just 24 hours the 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature will come to an end and lawmakers will be heading home with tall tales of their governing prowess.
For members of the Texas House, that’s exactly what it will be: tall tales. The House failed to deliver on key reforms favored by Texans on fiscal, governance, and social issues.
And on the one thing Texans care about most, the session will have been a complete failure because of the obstructionism of House Speaker Joe Straus. Every member of the Texas House has to go home and explain why there was no property tax reform or relief. None. Nothing. Zilch.
It wasn’t the Senate’s fault; the senators and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick tried. The upper chamber passed a comprehensive property tax reform measure… which Speaker Straus and his sycophantic wingmen killed.
Republicans cannot blame the Democrats. The death of meaningful property tax reform – and a bevy of other widely popular issues – rests with the Republican leadership of the Texas House. It is the fault of Straus and guys like GOP State Reps. Byron Cook (Corsicana), Charlie Geren (Fort Worth), Todd Hunter (Corpus Christi), and Tan Parker (Flower Mound).
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and the Texas Senate get to go home on Tuesday as heroes, having ably done their part for the good of Texas. The Senate had the most reform-minded, citizen-focused session in history.
As it stands, every member of the Texas House must go home in shame knowing their leadership team failed Texas. The House failed Texas.
Their only hope, and the hope of all Texans, is that Gov. Greg Abbott won’t let this legislative session end in failure. Members of the Texas House who want to deliver real results for taxpayers should begin asking Abbott to call a special session to address the myriad of issues Straus and his cronies killed.
At a minimum, Gov. Abbott should call a special session and demand lawmakers deliver real property tax reform, address government ethics, and ensure the safety and privacy of all citizens.
Texans demand results. The Senate delivered. The House failed. But, maybe in overtime, they will reject the cronies and fight for taxpayers.
For Texas!
Michael Quinn Sullivan
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News Digest
Straus Dares Abbott to Declare Special Session
by Cary Cheshire
The House Speaker announced late Friday that he is refusing to appoint conferees to work with the senate on the Texas Privacy Act. Read more…
Texas Legislature Passes Budget With Conservative Support
by Cary Cheshire
The budget passed with universal support from Republicans and only minor opposition from Democrats. Read more…
Field Narrows in RPT Chairman Race
by Cary Cheshire
SREC members will choose either James Dickey or Rick Figueroa to be the next party chairman. Read more…
Texas House (Again) Kills School Choice
by Michael Quinn Sullivan
House leadership cheerleader Ron Simmons thwarted by his own team as school choice is again defeated in the legislature’s lower chamber. Read more…
Hosed by the House
by Michael Quinn Sullivan
Over the weekend, the leadership of the Texas House of Representatives once again thumbed their noses at taxpayers. Read more…
Texas House Passes Voter ID Fix with Revisions
by Cary Cheshire
The legislation is considered a “must-pass” bill by most Republicans. Read more…
Dallas Officials Infuriated They Can’t Impose Eminent Domain
by Ross Kecseg
Councilwoman Greyson says she’s “infuriated” the city wasn’t able to steamroll a landowner in the same way they do “ordinary people.” Read more…
Legislature Gives Final Approval to Houston Pension Deal
by Charles Blain
Houston’s pension reform deal has finally made its way out of the legislature and to the Governor’s desk. Read more…
Democrat Poll Workers Plead Guilty to Voter Fraud
by Erin Anderson
“They decided to cheat, they got caught,” said Harris County’s top election official. Read more…
Collin County Officials Deny Further Payment to Paxton Prosecutors
by Ross Kecseg
Collin County taxpayers were faced with the prospect of paying millions of dollars on a witch-hunt in Harris County. Read more…
Activists Face Down County Judge
by Greg Harrison
“You are violating my rights under the Texas Open Meetings Act – and that happens a lot in here.” Read more…
Dallas County Has a Voter Fraud Problem
by Erin Anderson
New evidence in the criminal investigation of voter fraud in Dallas County… Read more…
Senate Free Speech Bill Faces Uphill Battle in House
by Austin Goss
SB 1151 by State Sen. Buckingham (R-Lakeway) passed the Texas Senate, largely along party lines, with 20 votes for and 9 against. Read more…
Border City Wastes Tax Dollars in Response to Tourism Slump
by Miriam Cepeda
City of McAllen undermines border security discussion with feel-good advertisements inside Mexico, all at the taxpayer’s expense. Read more…
Odessa City Governments Under Fire
by Lauren Melear
Residents question the leadership of both the Odessa City Council and Odessa Development Corporation… Read more…
ACLU Sues Houston Over Homeless Ordinance
by Reagan Reed
ACLU claims anti-encampment and panhandling ordinances violate rights… Read more…

Did you miss this week’s Live video conversations?
The Jim & Michael Show
Sunday, May 21, 2017
On this episode of the Jim & Michael Show: RPT Chairman Tom Mechler steps down; Prolife wins & losses in SB8; Undone priorities; BBOTW with State Rep. Jonathan Stickland
Legislative Update
Monday, May 22, 2017
Michael Quinn Sullivan, Tony McDonald, & Cary Cheshire discuss which conservative priorities are still alive this session and where they currently stand as we head into the final week of the 85th Texas Legislature.

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