Todd Smith’s history points to an eventual double-cross
House colleagues, voters and the media should beware of the cynical “bait and switch” tactic that will likely be used by partisan Republican Todd Smith (HD92 – Euless) when the Texas House Elections Committee begins consideration of Voter Photo ID legislation next week.
Committee assignments signal partisanship and obstruction
New Texas Republican House Speaker Joe Straus may not have yet built up the personal animosities of his predecessor, Tom Craddick, but his first major action as Speaker is unquestionably partisan and ideological.
Pete Sessions Praises the Brutal Taliban Citing Them as a Role Model for Congressional Republicans
In a bizarre and offensive interview with the editors of the Hotline, Dallas Congressman and newly elected National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX) described the Taliban as a “model” for the Republican insurgency in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Lite Governor puts Voter Photo ID ahead of education, health care, utility and insurance reform
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst is making sure that a divisive highly partisan Republican agenda item, photo Voter ID legislation, takes precedence over substantive issues that directly affect Texans. Clay Robison of the Houston Chronicle recently reported that Dewhurst is shopping around a so-called photo Voter ID “compromise,” suggesting that Democrats should cut a deal if the bill included the same kind of age limitation that Republicans stripped from similar legislation in 2007. The problem with Dewhurst’s “deal” is obvious: neither he nor his fellow Republicans have produced a shred of evidence indicating there is systematic voter fraud in Texas that would be remedied by a photo Voter ID requirement. They also have failed to substantively refute clear evidence that a voter photo ID bill would create hardships and erect barriers to participation by law-abiding Texas citizens.
Controversial county officer should explain under-the-table job offer, late night resignation and election misconduct
Less than six weeks after asking Harris County voters for another four-year term as Tax Assessor Collector, Republican Paul Bettencourt is bailing out on them – perhaps to avoid answering legal questions about pending litigation charging him with illegal partisan activity.