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Texas Runoffs Could Be End For Dewhurst
CBS DFW ^ | 5/27/14 | AP

Posted on 05/27/2014 6:23:42 AM PDT by jimbo123

Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has been one of the most powerful figures in Texas since 2002, but he could be ousted Tuesday by GOP voters who appear ready to steer the state even further to the right by backing tea party favorites over establishment candidates.

Despite spending $5 million of his own fortune on his campaign, Dewhurst has struggled to gain ground on state Sen. Dan Patrick. A victory by Patrick, a fiery conservative talk radio host and founder of the Legislature’s tea party caucus, would complete the overhaul of every elected statewide office next year when Gov. Rick Perry steps aside.

Republican nominations for four major offices — including attorney general and agriculture commissioner — and nearly a dozen statehouse seats will be settled after crowded primary battles in March resulted in a busy slate of runoffs.

With Texas Democrats again underdogs in November, many tea party-aligned candidates favored to win Tuesday would be poised to pursue an aggressively conservative agenda that would likely include further spending cuts, expanded gun rights and more restrictions on abortion.

“We’re supposed to be this very conservative state, and the people in Texas are, yet our Legislature doesn’t always reflect that,” said Republican Konnie Burton, a tea party leader from Fort Worth who is running for Davis’ state Senate seat.

(Excerpt) Read more at dfw.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: danpatrick; daviddewhurst; karlrovefail; nomorerinos; texas

1 posted on 05/27/2014 6:23:42 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

I’m on my way to the polls. Patrick will be my vote!


2 posted on 05/27/2014 6:29:28 AM PDT by TexasRedeye (Eschew Obfuscation)
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To: jimbo123
Is dewhurst running again for Lt. Gov? Is he spending $5 million of his own money to be the second fiddle?

There must be a whole lot of unseen "benefits" in local Texas politics.

The lt gov in PA gets to go to all of the funerals from November through April and then goes to all the cold chicken dinners in the May thru October time frame.

The lt gov is not allowed to speak in public unless reading from a script.

All of the graft, by law, must go to the gov and not a dime to the lt gov.

3 posted on 05/27/2014 6:34:53 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Exterminate the terrorist savages, everywhere.)
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To: USS Alaska

Lt. Gov in Texas is very powerful. He is president of the Texas Senate and appoints all committee heads and determines which committee gets each bill. And he decides which bills get voted on.


4 posted on 05/27/2014 6:38:07 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Konnie Burton says we’re quite conservative but our legislature doesn’t reflect that sometimes. I agree. It’s the bane of many legislatures vs. citizens all over the country.

Cities become too large and are city-states unto themselves where conservative values go to die. Austin, San Antonio, Houston, The Metroplex and even here in Corpus. I see the same pathology. The reps from those places become more squish with each election. It takes a man or woman or real principle and backbone to stand up and say NO.

So here we have the opportunity to toss out a Lt. Governor who has definitely lost his spine, who sides with Democrats, and compromises his principles.

Since I couldn’t wait to vote today I did so a week ago Monday in the early voting session. I was pleasantly surprised to come out of the voting booth to find a line of cheerful voters. I had hopes that all were wanting to stick a finger in the eye of the likes of David Dewhurst.


5 posted on 05/27/2014 6:39:37 AM PDT by CARTOUCHE (9999 EOM)
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To: jimbo123

I sure hope Dewcrist is gone


6 posted on 05/27/2014 6:41:53 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: USS Alaska

Lt Gov is more powerful than the Governor in real respects


7 posted on 05/27/2014 6:43:30 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: jimbo123

Dewhurst is a RINO coward. Good riddance!


8 posted on 05/27/2014 6:48:42 AM PDT by uncommonsense (Liberals see what they believe; Conservatives believe what they see.)
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To: jimbo123

Dewhurst is done in Texas politics. The vote today is just a confirmation of his exit from the scene.


9 posted on 05/27/2014 6:52:55 AM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: USS Alaska
"Is he spending $5 million of his own money to be the second fiddle?"

In TX, Lt. Gov is more powerful than the governor from a legislative perspective. That's why I want this coward gone!

The Texas Constitution names the Lieutenant Governor the Constitutional President of the Senate, but the Constitution also gives the Senate the authority to write its own rules. That's where the Lieutenant Governor derives most of his power.

These rules, adopted by a majority of Senators at the beginning of each Legislative Session, set down in great detail how business is conducted in the Senate.

Senate rules give the current Lieutenant Governor a great deal of influence in shaping state policy and influencing laws that may eventually be passed by the Senate.

The rules allow the present Lieutenant Governor to decide all parliamentary questions and use his discretion in following Senate procedural rules. He can set up standing and special committees and appoint committee chairpersons and individual members.

The order in which bills are considered is also set by the Lieutenant Governor under Senate rules.


10 posted on 05/27/2014 6:55:08 AM PDT by uncommonsense (Liberals see what they believe; Conservatives believe what they see.)
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To: jimbo123
...could be!

Dewhurst did this to himself, he lied and ran negative against Ted Cruz, now he's repeating that strategy with Dan Patrick.

...not that Dan didn't have skeletons, which all had been addressed during the initial primary.

I like the idea of Dan disrupting the GOP Good ole Boyz club in Austin.

Jerry Patterson's hands aren't clean in this primary and I'm sure that will be remembered.

11 posted on 05/27/2014 7:02:38 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: jimbo123

None of the incumbents got my vote last week!

All new is better than these retreads! I just wish the hell more Texans had gotten off their butts to vote out Cornyn! Cornyn is just like Dewhurst - all hat and no cattle!

I am not sure how much more restrictive we can get on abortion, since SCOTUS some how “found” a right to privacy that involves killing someone else!

But, open carry would be high on my list! Further spending cuts and LIMITING the cities and counties from nickle-ing us to death with fees, tax rate hikes and other odds & ends!


12 posted on 05/27/2014 7:05:01 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: jimbo123

Round em up Texas Freepers!


13 posted on 05/27/2014 7:10:33 AM PDT by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: TexasCajun

And Patterson bequeathed his old job to George P. Bush, the stalker who has accomplished nothing in his life except for conning the GOP-e into giving him money because he is half-Mexican.


14 posted on 05/27/2014 7:10:34 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: TexasRedeye
Patrick will be my vote!

Ditto here. Already voted.

The office of Lt. Governor is often overlooked as one of the more powerful state-wide offices. If we can get a real conservative in there, it will be a game changer.

15 posted on 05/27/2014 7:25:30 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: jimbo123

“Lt. Gov in Texas is very powerful. He is president of the Texas Senate and appoints all committee heads and determines which committee gets each bill. And he decides which bills get voted on.”

You mean a “mini” Harry Reid?


16 posted on 05/27/2014 7:35:21 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: USS Alaska
"There must be a whole lot of unseen "benefits" in local Texas politics."

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I don't know why but Lt. Governor gets the first plum; the actual governor gets the second plum.

Lt. Governor has more power than Governor; at least in Texas.

I don't know why.....

17 posted on 05/27/2014 7:43:48 AM PDT by hummingbird (Mark Levin and Article 5. Period.)
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To: jimbo123
"Lt. Gov in Texas is very powerful. He is president of the Texas Senate and appoints all committee heads and determines which committee gets each bill. And he decides which bills get voted on."

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jimbo123, thanks for the "edumacation"!

18 posted on 05/27/2014 7:45:46 AM PDT by hummingbird (Mark Levin and Article 5. Period.)
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To: uncommonsense; USS Alaska
"Is he spending $5 million of his own money to be the second fiddle?" In TX, Lt. Gov is more powerful than the governor from a legislative perspective. That's why I want this coward gone! The Texas Constitution names the Lieutenant Governor the Constitutional President of the Senate, but the Constitution also gives the Senate the authority to write its own rules. That's where the Lieutenant Governor derives most of his power. These rules, adopted by a majority of Senators at the beginning of each Legislative Session, set down in great detail how business is conducted in the Senate. Senate rules give the current Lieutenant Governor a great deal of influence in shaping state policy and influencing laws that may eventually be passed by the Senate. The rules allow the present Lieutenant Governor to decide all parliamentary questions and use his discretion in following Senate procedural rules. He can set up standing and special committees and appoint committee chairpersons and individual members. The order in which bills are considered is also set by the Lieutenant Governor under Senate rules.

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"Thanks muchly", uncommonsense!

19 posted on 05/27/2014 8:01:26 AM PDT by hummingbird (Mark Levin and Article 5. Period.)
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To: TexasRedeye
I’m on my way to the polls. Patrick will be my vote!

Will enjoy voting against Dewhurst today. 3 votes against in our household.

20 posted on 05/27/2014 8:05:48 AM PDT by zeugma (I have never seen anyone cross the street to avoid a black man in a suit.)
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To: jimbo123

How can this be?

The media has declared the Tea Party dead.


21 posted on 05/27/2014 8:06:43 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The “fourth estate”has morphed into a 5th column)
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To: CARTOUCHE

Dewdrop never had a spine. I can’t figure out what got him where he is in business or politics.

I’m headed down to the polls to vote AGAINST dewdrop today. Yahoo! I want to see him GONE! That would be one heartwarming victory.


22 posted on 05/27/2014 9:02:21 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: fwdude
The office of Lt. Governor is often overlooked as one of the more powerful state-wide offices

One of the most powerful??? The Lt. Gov. in Texas is THE most powerful position in State Government. The Lt. Gov. sets the agenda for all legislation to be put on the floor for vote. If he does not like or want a particular committee passed bill, he simply will let the clock run out and not introduce it on the floor for a vote. The Governor of Texas is more like a Cheerleader. The Lt. Gov. actually runs the state!

23 posted on 05/27/2014 9:16:22 AM PDT by TexasRedeye (Eschew Obfuscation)
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To: TexasRedeye

Yes, I realize the power of the office, but didn’t want to slight any second-place contenders.


24 posted on 05/27/2014 9:22:26 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: TexasRedeye

Yes, I realize the power of the office, but didn’t want to slight any second-place contenders.


25 posted on 05/27/2014 9:22:27 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: zeugma

It’s maddening, but the conservative Texas Values Action group shows DewJerk and Patrick on a scale as equally conservative. I’m not sure it the criteria used are up to par.


26 posted on 05/27/2014 9:24:53 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: tennmountainman
Round em up Texas Freepers!

You betcha! We're giving Dewberry the boot ;)

27 posted on 05/27/2014 9:24:56 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: hummingbird

You’ve been shown why the Lt Governor position is so powerful. Here is a good explanation why the Governor’s position is “weak” compared to the Governors of other states: http://texaspolitics.laits.utexas.edu/1_1_0.html

Even though the Lt Governor in any other state would ordinarily be “second fiddle,” in Texas that arguably isn’t so.


28 posted on 05/27/2014 9:58:11 AM PDT by RedWhiteBlue (Mama tried)
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To: Jane Long

Looking forward to following the results tonight.
Hey Jane, what times do the polls close in Texas?


29 posted on 05/27/2014 10:01:02 AM PDT by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: tennmountainman

TX polling places are open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Central Time. TX is divided between Central / Mountain time zones.


30 posted on 05/27/2014 10:22:11 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Jane Long

Thanks Jane.

Really looking forward to following the great results.


31 posted on 05/27/2014 10:32:05 AM PDT by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: uncommonsense
In TX, Lt. Gov is more powerful than the governor from a legislative perspective.

Eating habeneros peppers and drinking tequila has fried the Texas political brain.

Having the Lt. gov with more power than the gov is backwards {but I believe you}.

32 posted on 05/27/2014 10:50:15 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Exterminate the terrorist savages, everywhere.)
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To: USS Alaska
"Having the Lt. gov with more power than the gov is backwards"

Lt Gov doesn't have more power, but he does have a great deal. We know that and elect accordingly. That's why Dewhurst is getting booted - too much RINO for us fried brain Texans.

33 posted on 05/27/2014 3:10:18 PM PDT by uncommonsense (Liberals see what they believe; Conservatives believe what they see.)
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To: uncommonsense
See post #28 above - we like choice and accountability in Texas, not imperial tyrants:

the authors of the new constitution sought to rein in future governors. They did so by dispersing power that might otherwise be lodged in the chief executive's hands among a vast array of independently elected officials. Broad powers over the legal system, state budget and finances, education, transportation, agriculture, public utilities, and land development are delegated to officials who need not share the policies nor even be of the same political party as the governor.

The dispersal of power among different officials creates what is often called the plural executive. Unlike the federal system, where the cabinet secretaries and the other top executive officers serve at the pleasure of the President, the voters elect the corresponding officials in the Texas system, giving the Governor no direct authority over them.


34 posted on 05/27/2014 3:18:37 PM PDT by uncommonsense (Liberals see what they believe; Conservatives believe what they see.)
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