Articles by John Dalton

Train Wreck Ahead Courtesy of Joe Straus

The train wreck of the 85th Legislature is about to be eclipsed by the rail jumper of the FIRST 85th Special Session. Why? A Texas Senate that passed 18 of 19 of the Governor’s Call requests in the first two weeks cannot be the problem.[1] Clearly, the answer is the leadership of the Texas House of Representatives! Speaker Joe Straus is one of the most powerful elected officials in Texas and is not reluctant to use that power.  Straus was elected as Speaker in 2009 by combining the votes of all House Democrats and 11 Liberal House Republicans, overthrowing the…