Statement by Lone Star Project Director Matt Angle
Texas is the greatest state in our nation, but that is despite Rick Perry and not because of him. In fact, perhaps the best evidence proving the resiliency of Texans is that we have withstood a failed and self-serving governor like Rick Perry.
It has become crystal clear that what’s most important to Texans, is least important to Texas leaders in Austin. Right now, Texans are stuck with leaders who care about taking care of their donors and the most narrow-minded Republican activists, and virtually nothing else. Texans worried about educating their kids, relieving traffic congestion, better jobs or lower home insurance rates are left out of the mix.
Currently, Texans are in charge of their own paychecks. If they want to direct their employer to make automatic payments, they can. That could end very soon if state leaders fold to pressure from Tea Party ideologues.
Texas House Democrats who fought through the political pandering and won
Texans who followed the recently ended session of the Texas Legislature saw more political pandering and divisive rhetoric than any time in recent memory. Most of the hostility was not between Democrats and Republicans though – it occurred between hostile factions of the Republican Party. The infighting created an environment that made productive work very difficult for any responsible member.
Lone Star Project research has compiled significant information regarding the involvement of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in a series of questionable property transactions in Collin County. Some of the information gathered by the Lone Star Project has already been made public in press reports, while other information has not yet been reported on at all.
The 20 years of unchecked one-party Republican control in Texas have been marked by ongoing hostility toward Hispanic and African American Texans. Since just 2011, Texas Republican leaders have been ruled by federal courts to have intentionally discriminated against Hispanic and African American Texans three times: