Bexar County Republican Party

Censure of Speaker Straus Temporarily Blocked by Bexar GOP Chair

At the evening meeting on Monday, October 9th of the Bexar County Republican Executive Committee, Chairman Robert Stovall and his parliamentarian, Ron Stinson,  successfully blocked a motion to Censure Speaker Joe Straus, but blatantly violated parliamentary rules in doing so. In a standing-room-only meeting that overwhelmed the capacity of the air conditioning system, 130 precinct chairs, a record attendance level, endured the heat for over two hours as Stovall ignored motions and points of order by voting members. Present were at least 86 precinct chairs who had committed to voting for the Straus Censure – the required 2/3 necessary to…


“Bexar County Executive Committee Meeting was like a Bad Dream”

What happened at the Bexar County Republican Executive Committee meeting this past Monday night was, according to one precinct chair, “like a bad dream”. While many members of the committee expected a lively debate and greater than normal attendance, which there was, what was not envisioned was what appeared to be a carefully orchestrated effort to stifle and obstruct any possibility that committee members would hear a resolution to censure Speaker Joe Straus and be able to vote. The widespread dissatisfaction of the attendees towards Chairman Robert Stovall’s questionable rulings  culminated in a raucous, confrontational atmosphere throughout most of the…


Pattern of Obstruction and Political Chicanery

On October 9th, the Bexar County Republican Party Executive Committee will vote on the Rule 44 Censure resolution addressing Speaker Joe Straus. While county officials have attempted to construct a firewall to stop any deliberation let alone a vote by the whole committee through parliamentary tricks, it is highly doubtful that these tactics will prevail in stopping the democratic process that Texas Republicans in Bexar County prize and hold dear. Many precinct chairs are outraged by the artificial and arbitrary restrictions set up by County Chair, Robert Stovall, and his staff to silence and disenfranchise Straus’ critics. Popular support for…


Vote of Confidence for the Governor, Opposition to Straus

Two weeks ago something momentous happened at the local Republican Party meeting in San Antonio. The Bexar County GOP county executive committee, mostly made up of the front line party activists known as precinct chairpersons, held a quarterly meeting when a member raised his hand to make a motion that the committee members pass a resolution to support Governor Greg Abbott’s agenda for the legislative special session with emphasis on the Texas Privacy Act (crudely labeled the “bathroom bill” by everyone in the media) and to replace the Republican Speaker of the House, Representative Joe Straus (R- District 121), due…


High Stakes Showdown in Austin

The 2017 Texas legislative special session will begin next week on July 18th at the state Capitol. Governor Greg Abbott underscored his frustration in his announcement on June 6th expressing that a “special session was entirely avoidable, and there was plenty of time for the legislature to forge compromises to avoid the time and taxpayer expense of a special session.” The 30 day summer session has a substantial agenda pinpointing twenty legislative priorities of the Governor that were left undone in the 140 day regular session which ended in May. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was more direct in his assessment…