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Posted on 05/28/2011 7:22:32 PM PDT by randita
Patrick Exploring GOP Senate Run In Texas
Texas state Sen. Dan Patrick (R) announced Friday on Laura Ingraham's radio show that he is forming an exploratory committee to run for the seat being vacated by retiring-Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchsion (R-TX), potentially joining an already crowded Republican field. Patrick, a Houston-based conservative talk show host, brings another Tea Party-friendly voice to the race.
"If I decide to enter the race I will be the only candidate with a proven conservative voting record and a long history of fighting for conservative causes," Patrick said in a statement to Hotline On Call.
Speculation swirled around Patrick's interest in launching a Senate bid earlier this week after he lobbed harsh criticism in the direction of Texas Lt.Gov. David Dewhurst (R), who is widely rumored to be eyeing his own Senate run. Most political observers consider Dewhurst the favorite in the race thanks to his high name recognition and substantial personal wealth, but some conservatives in and outside the Lone Star state have expressed concern with what they view as Dewhurst's moderate record.
Patrick's entrance into the field could hurt the chances of former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz (R) and former Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams (R) -- the two candidates most likely to attract Tea Party support. Patrick likely would appeal to the same base of voters as Cruz and Williams.
Other Republicans in the race include former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert (R), former Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams (R) and Texas Railroad Commissioner Elizabeth Ames Jones (R).
Field getting crowded.
Dan Patrick would be a good Senator, but there are already two good conservative (Michael Williams and Ted Cruz) running. Patrick would just clutter the field. Maybe he could run for the House. Texas is getting two new seats.
He is my state Senator, and I’d prefer he stay in Austin where he has been very effective in the conservative cause and has been accessible.
Right now I am supporting Cruz although I would be just as happy with Williams or Patrick.
Danica Patrick is running for the Senate?
Dan Patrick introduced legislation in the Texas Senate to disallow groping and other molestation by security personnel, otherwise known as TSA agents. It's already supposedly protected under the 4th Amendment against unreasonable searches, but anyway...
The legislation unanimously passed the Texas House with a 138-0 vote and appeared to be easily cleared by the Texas Senate. TSA lobbyists swarmed Texas senators and sent a letter basically threatening a 21st century blockade by threatening that no flights would be allowed to go in or out of Texas.
Dan Patrick was very vocal in calling out the culprit, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, a former? CIA spook.
Dan Patrick is not my senator, but I have followed his conservative voting record. As for a Dewhurst candidate for governor, no thank you.
The Texas Senate should have stood its ground against the TSA. They should have called the TSA's bluff on a threatened blockade. Let's get real. Does Texas need the rest of the states, or do the rest of the states need Texas. I firmly believe that the blockade would be over in less than a week.
I'm tired of sending MY tax money to Washington that mysteriously becomes "federal money." We get a small percentage back and Washington tells us what we have to do with it. How did prior generations ever let this happen?
Actually Texas is getting 4 new seats!!
If any of those new seats are in the Houston area, he could easily run.
And we have at least one RINO Congressman that needs to go but is going to be tough to unseat - maybe if we can elect four new conservative Congresmen they can dilute his influence. And, of course, there is always CONGRESSWOMAN Sheila Jackson Lee that needs to be dealt a losing hang. Cornyn also comes up for reelection in 2014 so looks like for once we may have at least a couple of leftover conservatives with lots of name recognition waiting in the wings to kick his butt out. Lots of stuff fixin’ to happen down here.
Patrick would be far better than Williams or Cruz.
“two good conservative (Michael Williams and Ted Cruz) running”
Yeah, right, just what we need for another senator; Ted Cruz, Harvard Lawyer.
I’d vote for Spongebob...but Patrick??? He’s such an idiot. And is BikiniBottom even a US territory?
I prefer Michael Williams.
Elizabeth Ames Jones:
The Administration’s No New Energy Policy
May 27, 2011
The Memorial Day weekend traditionally marks the beginning of the summer driving season but this year Americans are looking at the prices at the pump and reconsidering the cost of a vacation via the great American highway. Four dollar a gallon gasoline has folks tightening their belts rather than loosening their collars and relaxing for a week or two this summer. There are numerous forces affecting the price of gas, including monetary policy and the war on terror premium, but the principal economic force driving these prices is future supply concerns and growing demand around the globe.
Even before the BP blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, in April of last year, the Obama administration embarked on a policy to reduce domestic oil production. In point of fact, President Obama signed an executive order banning drilling in Bristol Bay, Alaska, fully one month before the BP disaster. Additionally, in the wake of the poorly handled BP disaster, the President signed a drilling ban in the Gulf to “assess” the safety of deep water drilling. Subsequently, that ban was lifted but the number of permits issued since the ban ended is less than a dozen due to the bureaucratic backlog, which is moving at less than half fast speed.
The loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs along the Gulf Coast is not the only result of this “permitorium.” The shut down of the offshore drilling industry means that future domestic oil production will fall at a time when global demand (from China and India) is rising. The exciting advancements of technology, like the application of horizontal drilling and multi-stage hydraulic fracturing technology, to unleash our onshore American natural gas and crude oil simply can’t overcome a plan that cripples the fundamentals required by companies to put deals together to explore, drill, find, and produce oil and natural gas, too. When that happens, you get less of the supply to go around. It is a tried and true economic theorem that if you reduce the supply of a commodity, higher prices are the result. Once again, the American family pays the price.
Currently, 56% of the U.S. trade deficit is the result of oil imports. Two hundred billion dollars of American wealth is transferred overseas every year to countries that don’t like us very much. If current Obama Administration policies don’t change soon these numbers will only get bigger. Regardless of these numbers the Obama Administration only wants to hear about green energy.
Some activists have always dreamed of the day when the world is powered by green energy. The problem with this fantasy is that the technical challenges involved make this an impossible dream. If you include hydroelectric power, the total output of green energy is less than 3% of the total energy produced in the U.S. Wind power needs natural gas as a back up to be practical; and solar, while it sounds good, is only 20% efficient for the very best panels. The higher cost of these solar panels results in a cost per kilowatt-hour of more than twice the current value of a natural gas fired power plant. Energy security is only an empty pipe dream if you are banking on sources other than oil and natural gas to do the heavy lifting to fuel America for decades to come. Simply put, there is nothing coming down the pipe that can turn green energy into reality, unless one wants the American people to make sacrifices.
Speaking of pipelines, for more than three years the U.S. State Department has tied up the building of an oil pipeline from Canada with bureaucratic lethargy. This pipeline would bring oil to the U.S. from a dependable ally that has not had any political turmoil for more than two hundred years. Instead the administration would rather send $2 billion to Brazil to assist them with their off shore drilling projects.
Recently, the President has been speaking out of both sides of his mouth when it comes to production of our energy resources. The message given is “let’s drill” while regulatory hurdles are placed in front of the drilling. From where or whom is this mentality derived? Is it ignorance or arrogance? The Administration doesn’t have the slightest understanding of oil and gas law, contracts, and the role of geology in the process. They don’t understand how deals are done, and it is hurting America.
The reality is that there is plenty of domestic hydrocarbon energy to be produced if only the government would get out of the way and let us go and get it. According to the government’s own estimates of the technically recoverable undiscovered petroleum resources of the Gulf of Mexico and offshore Alaska totals 68 billion barrels of oil and 342 trillion cubic feet of gas, or a combined total of 128 billion barrels of oil equivalent. This does not even include the large potential reserves of the Alaska National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR). Simply put, 128 billion barrels of potential oil is what the Obama administration is restraining the United States from developing. Failing to aggressively open up these resources for leasing, by moratorium or “permitorium,” the failure and delay in granting permits to drill is a total fiasco of government. Only a radical environmental ideologue could appreciate the logic of this policy that throws the energy security of our nation under the bus.
The demand for oil is not going away just because some bureaucrats have the ill-conceived or ill-informed idea that all our energy needs can be met by green energy. The Energy Information Agency (EIA) places our daily petroleum consumption at almost 21 million barrels a day. By 2030, the EIA projects that the consumption will grow to 23 million barrels a day. If we were the only country using oil this would not be a problem but we aren’t.
Global demand for oil is growing as a result of the modernization efforts underway in India and China. China is now Saudi Arabia’s biggest customer. In fact China is laying down 600 miles of four-lane concrete highway every year and to populate that highway they are producing 14,000 new cars every day. The Department of Defense (DoD) began studying the growth of these emerging economies and late last year published it’s bi-annual report called the Joint Operating Environment (JOE). In that report it states the following:
A severe energy crunch is inevitable without a massive expansion of production and refining capacity. Energy production and distribution infrastructure must see significant new investment if energy demand is to be satisfied at a cost compatible with economic growth and prosperity.
Apparently no one in the Obama White House read that report. The fact of the matter is that we need to be encouraging the oil and natural gas industry to find new sources of domestic energy; it should be a national imperative. Other countries are getting into the energy producing game, thanks to shale oil and shale natural gas. We will eat their dust if we fail to provide the energy our economy needs. We can say adios to energy and economic security and global competitiveness for generations to come.
Chairman Elizabeth Ames Jones, 54, was overwhelmingly elected statewide in 2006 to serve a six-year term on Texas’s energy oversight agency, the Railroad Commission of Texas after serving two terms in the Texas Legislature.
I would figure 1 or 2 of the new seats will probably be Hispanic rat seats. Gotta stick them voters somewhere.
I’m glad Texas has a primary runoff.
I would figure 1 or 2 of the new seats will probably be Hispanic rat seats.”
How silly of me to not think of that. Let’s hope it’s only 1 or 2.
Patrick for US Senate: I could warm up to that! Need to learn a bit more about him and some of his positions especially on the 2nd Amendment and the RTKBA and his feelings on the right for law abiding citizens to openly carry firearms.