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"Dan Patrick's very first move is to shut out the voices of millions of Texans. Patrick’s elimination of the 2/3 Rule is far more than a partisan attack on Democrats; it damages and weakens every member of the Texas Senate from both parties. Patrick is stripping power from his members and giving it to himself. It’s a Tom DeLay-style power grab."

Three simple actions to make Texas stronger and help unite all Texans

Greg Abbott faces an early test of both leadership and character. While Governor Abbott has softened his rhetoric lately, it’s fair for Texans to doubt that he’s sincerely moving past the harsh tone and divisive approach he's brought to public office.

"Rick Perry spent 14 years as Texas Governor and never invested a day or a dollar in the future of Texas. He used the great resources of our state and the hard work of Texans to benefit himself and his political supporters. Even today, he is using our State Capitol and the goodwill of Texans as tools to advance his political ambitions...

What would Perry say if he'd been given and accepted honest and responsible advice?

If Rick Perry’s communications team and policy advisors actually provided him with honest and responsible guidance in anticipation of his farewell address, their memo to him should be something along these lines:

Statement by Lone Star Project Director Matt Angle

"The inauguration of Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick, and the opening of the 84th Legislature is hard confirmation of the destructive, Washington-style political culture Rick Perry and one-party Republica

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Lone Star Reports

"Dan Patrick's very first move is to shut out the voices of millions of Texans. Patrick’s elimination of the 2/3 Rule is far more than a partisan attack on Democrats; it damages and weakens every member of the Texas Senate from both parties. Patrick is stripping power from his members and giving it to himself. It’s a Tom DeLay-style power grab."

Three simple actions to make Texas stronger and help unite all Texans

Greg Abbott faces an early test of both leadership and character. While Governor Abbott has softened his rhetoric lately, it’s fair for Texans to doubt that he’s sincerely moving past the harsh tone and divisive approach he's brought to public office.

"Rick Perry spent 14 years as Texas Governor and never invested a day or a dollar in the future of Texas. He used the great resources of our state and the hard work of Texans to benefit himself and his political supporters. Even today, he is using our State Capitol and the goodwill of Texans as tools to advance his political ambitions...

What would Perry say if he'd been given and accepted honest and responsible advice?

If Rick Perry’s communications team and policy advisors actually provided him with honest and responsible guidance in anticipation of his farewell address, their memo to him should be something along these lines:

Statement by Lone Star Project Director Matt Angle

"The inauguration of Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick, and the opening of the 84th Legislature is hard confirmation of the destructive, Washington-style political culture Rick Perry and one-party Republican control has brought to Texas.

Yesterday we featured incoming Republican State Senators whose election causes real concern for the well-being of Texas families. However, they aren't the only new additions to the Texas Capitol who will likely make things worse instead of better. We should be equally concerned about many of the new State House members. Like their Senate counterparts, the incoming class of House Republicans includes divisive ideologues with controversial pasts and policy ideas way out of line with mainstream Texans.

New members bring more partisanship & divisiveness

As Texans, we’re naturally optimistic - even about newly-elected public officials. We assume they bring character, fresh perspective and good intentions to their jobs. Don’t get your hopes up about the new group taking the oath in Austin this month. This year’s class of new legislators - more so than any other new class in our memory - brings with them divisive temperaments and rigid ideology.

Allegations against Farenthold could lead to sanctions for violating official code of conduct

Few would mistake Republican Blake Farenthold (TX CD27 – Corpus Christi) as a congressional "mover and shaker" or even a particularly serious Member of Congress. He cuts a comical figure, while often spouting typical divisive Tea Party Republican rhetoric.

New Hispanic votes for Abbott offset by loss of African American votes

Abbott campaign claims and follow-up media reports imply that Greg Abbott significantly expanded electoral support from Hispanic voters in Texas during the 2014 campaign. That is not accurate - especially after taking into account the large growth in the Texas Hispanic population since just 2010.

Three quick actions Greg Abbott can take now to start shedding his corrupt, hyper-partisan brand.

Election margin aside, Greg Abbott enters office wearing the brand of a harsh and divisive partisan who has ignored ethical boundaries to help his friends and donors. Neither Rick Perry, nor George W. Bush before him, entered office with a more partisan profile or more examples of using public office to help their political benefactors.

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