Greg Abbott is afraid of alienating Hispanic voters, while Lt. Gov. hopefuls fear angering the Tea Party.
Attorney General Greb Abbott, GOP candidate for governor, is finding himself at odds with would-be No. 2s over repealing the Texas DREAM Act.
Republicans running for Texas lieutenant governor are practically tripping over themselves to oppose the 2001 law that affirms in-state college tuition rates to young undocumented immigrants living in Texas.
Abbott, increasingly weary of alienating Latinos, had been repeatedly dodging questions over the matter time and again, until his campaign finally spoke on the issue. Sort of.
In a written statement on Thursday, Abbott spokesman Matt Hirsch said Abbott believes the goal of the law is laudable but needs revamping.
"Greg Abbott believes that the objective of the program is noble," Hirsch said. "But, he believes the law as structured is flawed and it must be reformed."
All four Republican Lt. Gov. hopefuls are taking much more definitive stances. Sen. Dan Patrick spotlighted immigration over a 30-second TV ad falsely claiming he's the only GOP candidate for Lt. Gov. who's running "to oppose in-state tuition for illegal immigrants."
Read more on what challenges the Texas DREAM Act may face in the 2015 Legislative Session below the jump.
Top Texas Republicans continue to court Robbie Cooper, the owner and writer of a racist Texas-based blog called Urban Grounds. As BOR reported last week, Cooper writes deeply racist posts in which he calls black people "animals" and the N-word.
On Monday, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst went to dinner in Austin with Cooper and a "small group" of other conservatives. Cooper, who says he survives "almost entirely on hate & caffeine And sometimes whiskey," appeared thrilled with the dinner:
"Lt. Gov. Dewhurst was very generous with his time - he sat and listened and answered questions from our small group for a couple of hours...I asked Dewhurst what work is still left to be done for him in his current job - what would he like to accomplish that he hasn't already done in 10 years. He talked about our economic and financial successes here in Texas (for which he doesn't get nearly enough credit, and Governor Perry perhaps gets too much credit), and said that there is still a lot of work to be done just to maintain that economic prosperity; we can't rest on our laurels or past accomplishments," Cooper wrote.
Disturbingly, Dewhurst is joined by both Greg Abbott and Rick Perry in courting Cooper's favor. In January, Abbott gave Cooper a 20-minute exclusive interview, and has thanked him for his support on Twitter. Rick Perry took Cooper and a small number of other conservatives shooting a couple in 2010.
Why are Texas' top Republicans openly courting a racist blog?
Thursday evening at a forum in Clear Lake, all four Republican candidates for Lieutenant Governor stated their support for a repeal of the 17th amendment, which allows for direct election of US Senators rather than election by a state's legislature.
Let that sink in: the four Republicans vying for the #2 job in the state don't think Texas voters should select their own US Senators.
What happened at the Clear Lake Tea Party forum, why is it obvious that David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick support this, and how did this become the cool new trend for Tea Party-elected outsider candidates?
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst likes to tout his conservative credentials, but according to Dan Patrick, he is just not conservative enough.
Last week during an extended interview with the Texas Tribune the Senator from Houston made his case to replace Dewhurst and previewed a Texas Senate with himself presiding. Patrick was critical of Dewhurst's handling of the special session agenda and said that the minority party is too powerful under the Senate's current rules and leadership.
Patrick was for Dewhurst before he was against him. He endorsed the Lt. Gov. just over a year ago for US Senate in his epic primary loss to Ted Cruz. Now Patrick has flip-flopped, endorsed Cruz and set his sights on the number 2 spot in Texas politics.
Find out below the jump which two major changes Dan Patrick would make that could drastically increase partisanship in the Senate chamber...
(Thanks to Progress Texas for helping set the record straight! - promoted by Katherine Haenschen)
In a GOP primary debate last night, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst suggested none of the committees led by Democrats matter. Democrat Sen. Leticia Van de Putte reminded him that Texas veterans - the committee she chairs - actually matter quite a lot.
Last night, a recording from earlier this month was released by NBC-DFW revealing some unsurprisingly unprofessional behavior we've come to associate with Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst. In the recording, our Lieutenant Governor uses his political power to navigate the legal process in an attempt to get a family member out of jail.
In his explanation to the Allen police sergeant, Dewhurst states that he is "the no. 1 pick of all the law enforcement agencies within Texas." Which apparently means we're supposed to believe that this is just Dewhurst "acting as a concerned family member," and that he's just "acquiring information," as his spokesperson states. Because emphasizing your endorsements from public safety is what any concerned family member would do, right?
On July 15, financial reports for candidates, PACs, and political parties were due to the Texas Ethics Commission. For the state of Texas, any candidate running for a state office has to report biennially, every six months, while those who are running for a federal office must report quarterly, meaning every three months. Further, incumbent state-level candidates can not raise funds while the legislature is in session; meaning fundraising reports for all statewide offices, except US Senate, only reflects funds raised for a few days out of the last six months in addition to funds left over from previous campaigns. While the reports were due on July 15, the fundraising deadline reflected in these reports was on June 30.
This roundup will only include candidates who have announced for statewide office or have publicly sent signs they will announce within the next few weeks. Many of the candidates listed had not announced publicly they were running for a statewide office before the June 30 deadline.
Click below the jump to see a complete fundraising report that shows the total cash raised and cash on hand for announced statewide candidates.
Rick Santorum was in Texas Wednesday to "let the light shine" on the abortion issue, but he seemed a bit confused. He straddled the dual narrative Texas Republicans have been juggling, that this "pro-life" bill is actually about "protecting women" and not ending abortion. He said it was the Democrats who held an "extreme point of view by any stretch of the imagination," but that the Republicans pushing this bill were the "courageous individuals" for "doing things that [are] not politically popular."
I think what he meant to say is, this issue is very popular in the Republican primary and by being "pro-life" he means until birth do thy part. The Burnt Orange Report and others have reported the fact that the bill's author rejected an exception for rape or incest, which by all accounts is the extreme position. What is not in line with the "protecting women"/reducing fetal pain rhetoric is that Republicans tabled several amendments that would have prevented unwanted pregnancies (that lead to abortions).
Click below the jump to see the video of Rick Santorum and read about his cynical petition to "go toe-to-toe with Wendy Davis"...