Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick

Victory for Texas Conservatives at GOP Convention

If you want to know why the results of the Texas Republican Convention last week at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio should be of interest to all Texans and if you’re even vaguely curious about who the winners and losers were among the power brokers and factions who descended on the downtown convention center in the Alamo City, read on. Your correspondent was one of 8,700+ Republican delegates from all over the state who participated in the largest Republican convention in the nation. The purpose of the biennial state convention is to elect state party leaders,…


Governor Abbott’s Substantive Tax Reform Plan for Texas

Earlier this week, Governor Greg Abbott announced the rollout of a thirty-three page Property Tax reform plan for Texas  at a news conference on January 16th. He threw down the gauntlet to entrenched interest groups opposing property tax reform informing Texans all over the state that tax reform continues to be  a high priority for his office. He declared: “Texans are fed up with property taxes being raised with impunity. They are tired of endless government spending while honest hardworking people struggle to keep up with paying their tax bills. We can no longer sit idly by while homeowners are…


Bexar County Republican Party Revolt

The evening of September 26th in Alabama saw the political establishment – with all its powerful insiders and all their tens of millions of dollars – clash with the buzz saw of the American grassroots.  Judge Roy Moore convincingly trounced the better-funded and better-connected Luther Strange, because people are increasingly voting for serious reform in government.  Voters want political promises kept and our lawmaking bodies to start respecting both the Constitution and their hard-earned tax dollars. In San Antonio, a remarkably similar battle is playing out on the state battlefield, and the effective end of the Bexar GOP – as…


Hurricane Harvey Disaster Response – Who is My Neighbor?

All eyes are on Texas as America experiences one of the worst natural disasters  to beset America (some say of biblical proportions). We pray and act, giving our time, talent, and treasure to help thousands who are suffering from this catastrophe on the Gulf Coast. We all can help. Our Lord said so! The gospel message in Luke 10:30-37 is clear. In his recent newsletter on Hurricane Harvey, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick recommends readers support worthy relief organizations like Samaritan’s Purse. Samaritan’s Purse is one of these wonderful organizations. They are collecting donations to mobilize disaster relief teams to the…


Summer’s Gone – Legislature Adjourns Early – Results

Yes, summer’s gone as the Beach Boys’ mournful ode to the waning days of hot summer days reminds us (not yet in South Texas!) and so is the summer special season at the state capitol. “Sine die” adjournment was abruptly called by the Texas House leadership a day early last Tuesday, August 15th. By prematurely adjourning the Texas House without warning before the scheduled time and arrogantly ignoring the objections from the floor, denying members the right to vote on the early adjournment, Straus ensured the demise of the Governor’s priority legislation such as property tax reform, paycheck protection, privacy…


You’ve Done Well, Captain Patrick!

Good news out of Austin. Since July 18th when the Texas legislative special session kicked off, state senators under the steady hand of Lt. Governor Patrick have passed in a little more than week’s time substantive high priority, high profile bills affirming Texas as the bastion of American freedom and a bulwalk defending the country’s Judeo-Christian heritage with regards to the sanctity of life, traditional marriage and family life, and individual freedom against the constant assaults on America. The critical sunset bill was passed with superhero blinding speed after the first two days of the session. Then the state senate…


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…


Sizzling Summer Legislative Session Has Begun

Congratulations to Governor Greg Abbott and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick. The hot summer legislative session of 2017 has begun at the Texas state capitol. This past Tuesday was opening day for the legislative special session called by the Governor to complete the work left undone by the state legislators at the end of May. First order of business was the sunset deadline, an automatic process which would have shut down state agencies this year.  In 1977 the Texas Legislature created the Sunset process to periodically assess the necessity for existing agencies carrying out the responsibilities of state government. The Senate…


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…


The Politics of Gender Dysphoria

It’s come down to this …. the bathroom wars in America. Judging by the acrimonious legislative battle in Austin these past months, Texas is in the crosshairs of the second generation sexual revolutionaries looking to score another victory for freedom and diversity by recreating and redefining the nature of human beings. After all this is the 21st century, according to the progressives. “Get with it, people!” In the last one, contraception and abortion laws fell, homosexual attraction was erased as a pathological disorder from 1973 on as decided by some members of the American Psychiatric Association, the same year seven…