Skip to comments.Tea Party exacts its revenge on GOP establishment, David Dewhurst in Texas primaries
Posted on 05/28/2014 5:19:36 AM PDT by cotton1706
The 2014 Republican primaries have been good for incumbents and the GOP establishment over Tea Party candidates. Texas is having none of that. In Tuesday's GOP primary runoff elections, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst lost his bid for re-election to state Sen. Dan Patrick, a former talk radio host backed by Tea Party groups. This is Dewhurst's second big loss to the Tea Party he was upset by Ted Cruz in the 2012 GOP primary for U.S. Senate. Patrick will face state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D) for the unusually powerful Texas lieutenant governorship.
The Tea Party also won in the race for state attorney general, with state Sen. Ken Paxton beating state Rep. Dan Branch for the GOP nod. And former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe, backed by the conservative Club for Growth and Senate Conservatives Fund, unseated 91-year-old Rep. Ralph Hall (R).
The state's Democratic establishment fared somewhat better. In the uphill race to defeat Sen. John Cornyn (R), Democrats nominated Dallas dentist David Alameel over Lyndon LaRouche Democrat Kesha Rogers, who has called for President Obama's impeachment and campaigned with photos of Obama sporting a Hitler mustache. - - Peter Weber
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Dewhurst ended his chance at reelection through his failure to control the Senate during Wendy Davis’ fillabuster. He has allowed a Dem minority to control what passes the Senate through a rule requiring a 2/3 approval of all bills through the Senate, stopping needed legislation.
Time for a change.
1. Standing strong against the invasion of the US is a winning and necessary issue for constitutional conservatives
2. Constitutional conservatives have to be much better, serious, convincing, passionate and informed about the issues. If they are, that's when they'll win.
I wonder if I could convince my wife to move down to Texas. It seems to be the only area of sanity left in the USA.
Forgive my ignorance, but is it always hot and dry down there? And are Yankee transplants welcome?
“Forgive my ignorance, but is it always hot and dry down there? And are Yankee transplants welcome?”
Haha. You’re asking the wrong person. I live in MA.
Weather is a major turn-off to me. The summers are nasty hot. But another winter like the last one in Pennsylvania might convince me it is the lesser of two evils.
And we have scorpions as large as small cars, rattlesnakes everywhere, and the land is covered in grass-burrs and nettles.
He ran for office and won?
Because Texas is such a large state, it has a highly varied topography. The state has ten climatic regions and 11 different ecological regions. The topography types vary from mountainous to forested hill country to coast plains and prairies in the interior. Texas also has 3,700 streams and 15 major rivers but there are no large natural lakes in the state.
Despite its being known for having desert landscapes, less than 10% of Texas is actually considered desert. The desert and mountains of Big Bend are the only area in the state with this landscape. The rest of the state is coastal swamp, woods, plains and low rolling hills.
Texas also has a varied climate due to its size. The panhandle portion of the state bigger temperature extremes than does the Gulf Coast, which is more mild. For example, Dallas which is located in the northern part of the state has a July average high of 96°F and an average January low of 34°F. Galveston on the other hand, which is located on the Gulf Coast, rarely has summer temperatures over 90°F or winter lows below 50°F.
Hottern hell, millions of rattle snakes, the corner on fire ants and wild hogs topped off with gun-totn rednecks.
As long as immigrates don’t come down and try to drag their messed up politics with them, maybe. To quote David Crockett, “you all can go to hell, I’m going to Texas”.
May Mitch be the only one left standing until we can finally vote him out and replace him with a patriot.
Texas needs all the conservative thinkers we can get!. I too am transplanted from Chicago. I am in Central Texas and yes the summers are hot and dry and come to think of it the winters are as well.
FoxNews seems rather subdued. They have made only cursory mention of the election results.
Last week, they had pundits and commentators on proclaiming massive defeats of the Tea Party.
Maybe the Hemmer hour will have more news. Fox&Friends tends toward the fluff over hard news.
What was the final voting results? Nothing worse than an article stating a landslide victory but not publishing the actual numbers.
LOL! And I keep hearing about internecine Republican schisms!
The biggest laugh was during Dewhurst’s concession speech when he said “We ran a clean campaign.”
Wow what are the odds on that? With a name like Dan Patrick (having two first names) and both being former radio talk show hosts it’s got to be one in a billion odds of this coincidence.
Where are you?
Is it a charming village, big city, small town? What do you guys do for fun and work? Kids? School concerns?
I just read in another article he tried to nail Patrick on hiring illegals in a sports bar he worked at back in the 80s. Talk about grasping at straws and for him to suggest he ran a clean campaign IS laughable.
We met some fine conservative transplants from MI at our Republican polling place yesterday. Bring your money and conservative votes, but NEVER tell us that it was better where you came from. You have to be tough to live in some parts of the state due to the severe weather, but we thank God for air conditioning, and we carry on.
I live in Baltimore and work in Alexandria (VA). Pretty much ensconced in the liberal stronghold of the DC/Baltimore megalopolis. It’s tiresome and I might not mind a lot of rattlers, scorpions and tumbleweeds in a trade.
Why/How is Lt Gov position so powerful?
your commute must be a thing of nightmares...
“Why/How is Lt Gov position so powerful?”
From what I understand from Texas FReepers, it’s a result of Reconstruction and the constitution that was rewritten at that time.
If it works for the people and power is checked, that’s fine.
Our Dan is still in the business. He owns a radio station and still does some broadcast, sharing news from the Texas Senate.
That's what one Yankee had to say about Texas.
It’s not fun. A lot of time spent in prayer though so the time isn’t wasted.
The ban on open carry of pistols also dates from Reconstruction.
Other races at:
I like it.
I know next to nothing about him but glad the Tea Party came through!
Hey, you forgot rabies, dengue, fire ants, killer bees, leprosy, chaga's disease, hanta virus, West Nile, bubonic plague, Formosan termites, and Crazy Raspberry ants...I'm sure I've forgotten some of the other plagues. flora, and fauna.
You forgot to mention the gigantic, aggressive bugs. I spent one summer at NTSU and the humidity was horrid. Between the heat and the inhospitable wildlife, I am convinced I don’t want to live there. I made my TX husband promise me that I never have to do so. ;)
Whew hew!!! Way to go fellow Texans.
I miss the Northeast every day. The climate and environment, but not the politics and not the cost of living.
Raising kids here and living in a decent home/neighborhood is worth the wildlife and the oppressive heat.
The summer is like winter. It’s too much. But so is snow.
My friends go to the beach in Delaware and New Jersey in the summer. That’s the answer if possible.
Texans are not great about welcoming northeasterners, but it’s better than it was. I could never run for public office here, I don’t think.
There are plenty of liberals here, don’t kid yourself. San Antonio just lost its mayor to Obama’s Cabinet. He’ll run for VP or so; and they usher the illegals around like they’re wonderful a little too much for my liking.
The cost of living and availability of activities and good private schools and good State colleges is the draw.
Public schools are run by Washington, like everywhere. And Bush was the king of no child left behind which is a problem. Lots of liberal indoctrination there. Texas is not in charge of how their kids are being educated, Washington is, so I emphasize, private schools.
There are some very nice neighborhoods in Houston. It is the city here that reminds me of the Northeast.
Well, first off...yes, you are welcome. There is a period in which we decide on adoption...or not. lol
If you're a conservative...come on down, love to have ya.
As to hot and dry? We have great weather here about 8 months out of the year. The other four month is definitely HOT. Depending where you live...dry or humid to warm wet blanket humid. yuk.
Fourth seesaw of the seesaw. Pundits having a lot of fun analyzing it all. Tea party may “lose” the next round but good ideas have a funny way of surviving.
“You can’t run against them,” someone said recently. That’s right. What are you going to say? “We’re in favor of bigger government, higher taxes, and no accountability?” It’s impossible. Some get it, some don’t—or choose not to.
But no Zombies.
Lieutenant Governor - Republican
Dan Patrick 487,220 65%
David Dewhurst 261,807 35%
Attorney General - Republican
Ken Paxton 465,755 64%
Dan Branch 266,228 36%
Bring your money and conservative votes, but NEVER tell us that it was better where you came from.
The only thing I’d bring from my prior state is sub-1% property tax rates.
I hadn’t heard that - I think a big part of Dewhurst’s loss was because of his nasty campaign...
I suspect Sheila Jackson Lee might be one, also the Castro Brothers from San Antonio, and also Willie Nelson.
That’s what they got Grimm on: paying illegals off the books at a restaurant he used to have. They thought they were digging a pit for him when they waited to indict him until it was too late to take him off the ballot. Watch Staten Island and Brooklyn elect him anyway, with or without a campaign manager.
The Rain Shadow of the Rockies extends across the Great Plains from Canada into Mexico.
There are few large cites in this vast dry area, with Denver and El Paso being glaring exceptions.
To the East of the Rain Shadow of the Rockies is the Tree Line of the Eastern Hardwood Forest that extends all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.
Ft. Worth, Oklahoma City and Kansas City straddle this Tree Line.
As can be seen on any National Election Map, the Rural Counties in the US portion of the Great Plains vote for their Conservative Core Values, with few exceptions.
Pockets of Socialist Infections of Major Cities are the primary sources of Governmental Disfunction that Welfare Dependent Democrat voters chose to harm themselves with.
In TEXAS, the primary pocket of Socialist Infection is in the Austin to San Antonio Metroplex.
Major problems in TEXAS include the continuing Invasion of Illegal Aliens from Mexico, the continuing major drought, and Federal Harassment at all levels of TEXAS business decisions, in that order.
Y’all come visit us in August, and stay a spell!
The importance of TEXAS was best stated by Sam Houston:
“TEXAS can get along without the United States, but the United States can NEVER get along without TEXAS!”
BTW, one of our slogans used by newcomers is: “I wasn’t born in TEXAS, but I got here as fast as I could.”