Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Texas Senate Loses Yet Another Moderate
texasobserver.org ^ | 5/19/14 | Christopher Hooks

Posted on 05/19/2014 6:12:24 PM PDT by cotton1706

The Texas Tribune’s Reeve Hamilton broke word this morning that state Sen. Robert Duncan (R-Lubbock) is stepping down to become the next chancellor of the Texas Tech University System. A special election will be called to fill out Duncan’s term, which ends in 2016.

Duncan, a veteran of the Texas Senate, was no liberal. But he was more moderate than many of his colleagues in the Senate GOP caucus, and he was seen as a force for stability by Senate watchers. In 2013, Texas Monthly named him one of the session’s best legislators—the sixth time it had done so. The magazine raved about his “credibility, calm, and collegiality.” In 2009, it stipulated that “there was hardly an issue—the budget, eminent domain, health care reform, college tuition—that wasn’t improved by his intellectual rigor and deft touch as a mediator.”

Now he’s leaving—and if current trends hold, he may well be replaced by a tea party fire-breather for a 2015 session that will be seriously deficient in “credibility, calm, and collegiality.” Here’s another way to think about that: The Rice University political scientist Mark P. Jones created an ideological pecking order of the Texas Senate after last session. He compared votes and identified the most liberal (relatively speaking) and conservative senators.

There were 19 GOP senators last session. Of the six most moderate, only three will be left next session. It’s possible that there will be only two. Duncan is leaving, and state Sen. Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands) already left, each to take a university job. State Sen. John Carona, the most moderate according to Jones’ standard, lost a re-election bid.

(Excerpt) Read more at texasobserver.org ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: elections
Moderates everywhere are weeping!
1 posted on 05/19/2014 6:12:24 PM PDT by cotton1706
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: cotton1706

The written media in Texas are all as liberal as their bretheren.

They know they can’t get their pink tennis shoe baby-killer in so they root for the eGOP in the hopes the liberal agenda will still be carried forward.

And it works more often that we would like.


2 posted on 05/19/2014 6:15:08 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Fight Tapinophobia in all its forms! Do not submit to arduus privilege.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706
Duncan, a veteran of the Texas Senate, was no liberal.

Yes, yes he was.

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

/johnny

3 posted on 05/19/2014 6:15:26 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: freedumb2003
With the liberal republicans out of the senate, and Dewhurst out of the Lt. Governor seat, conservative legislation might have a chance of moving forward.

The Texas legislature has been held hostage by Dewhurst and his liberal republicans for too long.

/johnny

4 posted on 05/19/2014 6:17:09 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706

Good riddance.


5 posted on 05/19/2014 6:17:18 PM PDT by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706
Moderates everywhere are weeping!

Isn't moderate just another word for RINO?

6 posted on 05/19/2014 6:19:00 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: tennmountainman

“Now he’s leaving—and if current trends hold, he may well be replaced by a tea party fire-breather for a 2015 session that will be seriously deficient in “credibility, calm, and collegiality.”

Wahhhhhhhhhhh.


7 posted on 05/19/2014 6:19:40 PM PDT by Luke21
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: JRandomFreeper

Did you see this paragraph?? I don’t know what’s the deal with this two-thirds rule but no democrats should have committee chairs in a body controlled by republicans.

“If he wins next week’s lieutenant governor runoff, Dan Patrick has talked about ending the senate’s two-thirds rule and stripping all committee chairmanships from Democrats, which would turn the chamber, effectively, into his own private club. As if that weren’t enough, the bottom third of Jones’ chart—the small group of plugged-in, moderate Republicans—is fading away. In 2011, Texas Monthly wrote that “legislatures can’t function without members like Robert Duncan.” It looks like we’ll soon find out if that’s true.”


8 posted on 05/19/2014 6:19:49 PM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706
he may well be replaced by a tea party fire-breather for a 2015 session that will be seriously deficient in “credibility, calm, and collegiality.

Bite me, you whiny b1tch.

Libs are such sore losers. Especially when they are forced into a fair fight.

9 posted on 05/19/2014 6:21:36 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706
the Texas Tribune is a George Soros funded Non profit 501c3
run by radical leftist Named Thorton to turn Tx Blue !

Its not a new source its pure Tx media matters propaganda

10 posted on 05/19/2014 6:22:21 PM PDT by ncalburt ( Amnesty-media out in full force)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mastador1

“Isn’t moderate just another word for RINO?”

Yes, there are any number of iterations: moderate republican, responsible republican, common-sense republican, pragmatic republican, reasonable republican, etc.

Basically, a republican that gives the democrats a vote when they need one, or just for the hell of it.


11 posted on 05/19/2014 6:22:42 PM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706

Translation: He just got a HUGE pay raise.


12 posted on 05/19/2014 6:23:11 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706

We need more moderates. That’s the only way that the looney lefties like Obama and Reid can advance their agendas. No one likes lefties, but they love moderates. Moderates give lefties the victories that they can’t get any other way. Go moderates!


13 posted on 05/19/2014 6:23:32 PM PDT by centurion316
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ncalburt

“Its not a new source its pure Tx media matters propaganda”

I live in MA. I don’t know these things. As long as he’s really retiring!


14 posted on 05/19/2014 6:24:05 PM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Luke21

Boo hoo, someone’s gravy train might go away!


15 posted on 05/19/2014 6:24:51 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Conservatives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706
Why do you think I carry rope with me when I might run across a politician?

Dewhurst requires the dems and his liberal republicans to run the legislature.

Lt. Governor is the most powerful elected office in the State of Texas. We need someone besides Dewhurst there.

/johnny

16 posted on 05/19/2014 6:25:52 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: JRandomFreeper

“Lt. Governor is the most powerful elected office in the State of Texas. We need someone besides Dewhurst there.”

That’s a very odd system. But I live in the oldest commonwealth in the country.


17 posted on 05/19/2014 6:30:24 PM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706
Texas politics is weird. The Governor can't even pardon a criminal without permission of the parole board.

Governor can't do much but repel invasions, actually...

/johnny

18 posted on 05/19/2014 6:32:19 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: JRandomFreeper

That’s odd. I have no problem with checks to power, but the pardoning power is intended to check the judiciary. But as we saw with Clinton, it can be abused as well.


19 posted on 05/19/2014 6:37:36 PM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706
That’s a very odd system. But I live in the oldest commonwealth in the country.

It was different before Reconstruction. Some jokers from up north thought it would be a good idea if the Texas governorship was a relatively weak office. In short, we didn't come up with that idea.
20 posted on 05/19/2014 6:37:41 PM PDT by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706

Moderates wear pink boxer shorts with bunnies, kitties, and unicorns.


21 posted on 05/19/2014 6:38:43 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Milton Miteybad

They were listening to the wrong jokers from up north then. The constitution of MA was written by John Adams himself, and he always recommended a strong executive, checked by the other powers of course.


22 posted on 05/19/2014 6:41:21 PM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706
We didn't have a choice during Reconstruction. It was forced on us. The entire Texas Constitution needs to be re-written to fit on 4 double-spaced, typewritten pages.

/johnny

23 posted on 05/19/2014 6:45:18 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706
The political changes instituted in the southern states during Reconstruction, you may recall, were not voluntary. Mr. Adams was no longer in a position to offer his wise counsel by that time, and further, it appears that every person from Massachusetts who may have been in a position to influence the Reconstruction reform process in Texas in the 1870s couldn't have cared less what Mr. Adams may have thought about the need for a strong executive. Either that, or they had forgotten it or failed to learn it in the first place.

Besides...in Texas, we do have a strong executive. It's just not the Governor. And it hasn't held us back a bit.
24 posted on 05/19/2014 6:56:34 PM PDT by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706

Adios. Texas Tech has a problem. We Don’t like these weenies. and we stop giving. We are legion.


25 posted on 05/19/2014 7:02:12 PM PDT by SADMILLIE
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706

If Texas keeps going more conservative, they will become so prosperous they might buy California and sell it to Mexico.


26 posted on 05/19/2014 7:03:17 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: freedumb2003

No such thing as a “moderate”.


27 posted on 05/19/2014 7:05:39 PM PDT by albie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706

Don’t let the door hit’cha in the rear end on the way out.


28 posted on 05/19/2014 7:13:13 PM PDT by servantboy777
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mastador1
Isn't moderate just another word for RINO?

No. Moderate is simply a false narrative pushed by the Left to goad Republicans into giving up their principles. It creates a fabricated political plain in which that the "middle" (i.e. liberalism) is mainstream and that Republicans need to be in order to appeal to voters and win. Of course, nothing is said of Democrats who remain true to their liberal philosophy.

The fact that Republicans keep falling for this crap, and then scratches their heads and wonder why they still lose election, is beyond me.

29 posted on 05/19/2014 7:14:29 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (100% pure organic, free-range conservative)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706

If Texas Monthly praised him.....


30 posted on 05/19/2014 7:39:17 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mastador1

>>Isn’t moderate just another word for RINO?<<

Votes
Always
Government
INterests
Only

VAGINO...


31 posted on 05/19/2014 7:41:12 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Fight Tapinophobia in all its forms! Do not submit to arduus privilege.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706
The magazine raved about his “credibility, calm, and collegiality.”

Aka, his willingness to be rolled by Democrats.

32 posted on 05/19/2014 7:44:04 PM PDT by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706
Duncan, a veteran of the Texas Senate, was no liberal. But he was more moderate than many of his colleagues in the Senate GOP caucus, and he was seen as a force for stability by Senate watchers.

Odd how nobody ever mentions that if conservatives get the majority in the Texas Senate, it would be every bit as "stable", if not more so.

33 posted on 05/19/2014 7:44:12 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: freedumb2003

You have to get the last word changed to more accurately describe them.


34 posted on 05/19/2014 7:49:34 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: Mastador1

>>You have to get the last word changed to more accurately describe them.<<

Oh, yeah, I thought about “Anytime.” But nowadays everything is something something “-O”

Thus VAGINO...


35 posted on 05/19/2014 7:55:24 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Fight Tapinophobia in all its forms! Do not submit to arduus privilege.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: Colonel_Flagg

From your fingers to God’s eyes!


36 posted on 05/19/2014 8:03:39 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL Vets, too!l)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: JRandomFreeper
We didn't have a choice during Reconstruction.

The US Congress was in full blown punishment/payback mode. Especially due to Lincoln's death.

37 posted on 05/19/2014 8:56:26 PM PDT by Antoninus II
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: JRandomFreeper

Ben Butler was an early taste of what was ahead if the Confederacy fell...


38 posted on 05/19/2014 8:58:56 PM PDT by Antoninus II
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: cotton1706

We had a Governor here in TX many moons ago (Ferguson) who was caught selling pardons.
The Governor hasn’t had the power since.


39 posted on 05/19/2014 10:51:45 PM PDT by Clump ( the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: JRandomFreeper
Close the boarder and open carry here we come!
40 posted on 05/20/2014 4:39:55 AM PDT by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Milton Miteybad

“Besides...in Texas, we do have a strong executive. It’s just not the Governor. And it hasn’t held us back a bit.”

That’s interesting. Whatever works for the people and as long as power is checked and balanced. See my book at the website in my tagline.


41 posted on 05/20/2014 6:41:33 AM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson