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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Portland, Oregon

    Default Meanwhile... in the Texas Legislature

    The unraveling within the Republican Party seems to be continuing --

    AUSTIN — Rep. Jonathan Stickland thundered down the center aisle of the Texas House, waving papers in the air and hollering at the speaker’s dais.

    “No!” he screamed, demanding his colleague’s questions be acknowledged. “You are hammering through this, Dennis! We have rights!”

    Rep. Dennis Bonnen, a top lieutenant of the House speaker, stood calmly at the dais. The chamber fell silent as Bonnen, befuddled, watched Stickland gesticulating. He adjusted his glasses and instructed Rep. Matt Schaefer to resume his questions.

    The Texas Freedom Caucus was fed up. That night, Stickland, Schaefer and the group’s 10 other Republican members decimated dozens of bills, exacting political retribution on GOP leaders they said failed to push far-right agenda items like anti-abortion legislation and a so-called bathroom bill.

    The press called it the Mother’s Day Massacre. House lawmakers who watched their bills die called it an unnecessary slaughter of good legislation, measures killed because a few legislators decided not to play nice. What everyone agreed on is the caucus handed a key bargaining chip to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Straus’ archrival who leads the Senate, one he's using to push their priorities in the legislative session’s final days........
    David G
    Harbor Woodworks

    "It was a Sunday morning and Goddard gave thanks that there were still places where one could worship in temples not made by human hands." -- L. F. Herreshoff (The Compleat Cruiser)

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2001

    Default Re: Meanwhile... in the Texas Legislature

    More of that "raw power" they love so much.
    The best statement I've seen from this latest carnage came from a student who lived through it -

    "My generation will not allow this to continue!"

    Remember voting age is 18. Read it and weep reds.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2008

    Default Re: Meanwhile... in the Texas Legislature

    I wonder if the GOP is actually beginning to break under the strain of it's own extremism and tactics?

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Bradford, VT

    Default Re: Meanwhile... in the Texas Legislature

    I understand that the residents of Texas consider it a good thing that the legislature is in session only a small proportion of the time.

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