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The DNC Bills Ted Cruz and GOP $24 Billion for the Government Shutdown They Orchestrated Last Year

by: Joe Deshotel

Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 00:30 PM CDT

When the DNC found out Ted Cruz was hosting another secret dinner with Tea Party congressmen, similar to one where they strategized over last year's government shutdown, they decided to bill him and the GOP $24 billion for their last misadventure before they get a chance to rack up another.

When your battle cry equates government to waste, you probably shouldn't do things that cost taxpayers more money. And if you champion the market, you probably shouldn't do anything that will disrupt it to the tune of billions.

Read the letter and see the bill the DNC sent to Cruz below the jump...

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Don't Think of A RINO: How Battleground Texas is the New Scare Word for Texas GOP

by: Joe Deshotel

Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 01:01 PM CDT

In George Lakoff's New York Times Bestseller "Don't Think of an Elephant" the Berkeley cognitive linguist said Democrats have to change the "frame" of the dialogue in order to persuade voters and motivate them to the polls -- the GOP he said, had run circles around Democrats in that department.

The GOP's near total political domination of Texas matched with low turnout allowed a dedicated group of right wing and Tea Party activists to turn their sights on the moderate wing of their party, dubbed RINOs (Republicans In Name Only). Several election cycles of comparing scorecards and trying to out right-flank each other in the Primaries with increasingly harsh rhetoric, the Texas Republican Party has indeed solidified a base. But that base is shrinking, and that hardening has led to a brittleness along with a new external threat.  

Recognition that unity among conservatives (except LGBT conservatives of course) is crucial to the sustainability of the party, the GOP scare word at the 2014 Convention wasn't RINO -- it was Battleground Texas.

See why the likes of Dan Patrick are the new RINOs below the jump...

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Texas Tea Party Trustee With History of Anti-Muslim Remarks Asked to Resign by CAIR and Others

by: Joe Deshotel

Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 04:01 PM CDT

A newly elected Tea Party trustee at Keller ISD apologized for calling it a "shame" that Southlake elected a Muslim member to its City Council.

Jo Lynn Haussmann posted on Facebook: "SOUTH LAKE - Do you realize because SO FEW voters took the time and responsibility to VOTE in the municipal elections - YOU NOW HAVE A 'MUSLIM' on the City Council!!! What A SHAME!!!!!"

Haussmann who herself only got 50.5% of the vote was endorsed by the right wing group Texans for Fiscal Responsibility who said, "She is well respected by state legislators and other local leaders."  

That list of legislators include Giovanni Capriglione, who gave himself some credit for recruiting her also said that the, "opposition ranges from someone who isn't even registered to vote, to a progressive liberal whose public comments are too deranged to even post." Yep. take a moment to let that sink in.

Now see who else endorsed Haussmann and what the School Board has to say below the jump...

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Dan Patrick And Tea Party Candidates Put Texas GOP at Crossroads

by: Joe Deshotel

Thu May 29, 2014 at 03:38 PM CDT

The Texas GOP has finally formalized its ticket for the fall of 2014 and it's looking more like the tea party from Alice in Wonderland than its namesake in Boston 241 years ago. Even conservative columnist William Murchison wrote in the American Spectator that, "Dan Patrick-Tea Party-Club for Growth style in Texas Republican circles is more about noise than know-how."

The winning campaign formula was quite simple: go heavy on buzzwords and stay light on policy. But, that makes sense in the GOP primary where a candidate's conservatism is measured by his skepticism of the government.   And I say "his" because there is not a single woman on the GOP's statewide ballot.

But these things don't take place in a vacuum and as the chasm between social conservatives (whose rhetoric is used to win GOP Primaries) and business conservatives, can no longer be ignored. The tough talk on immigration from the GOP's victorious runoff candidates led by Patrick threatens the Texas agriculture industry and has the business community undoubtedly worried.

You don't have to take my word for it see what the Texas Farm Bureau has to say below the jump...

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David vs Goliath - Colleyville/Grapevine Local Elections

by: easyaim

Tue May 13, 2014 at 05:08 PM CDT

  Local non-partisan elections got very partisan last weekend in Northeast Tarrant County in the Grapevine-Colleyville area near Fort Worth.
 It started when the right-wing group "Empower Texans" endorsed four candidates in the area city council and school board elections.
 Although "Empower Texans" has a very benign-looking website they are well-known as a front to Michael Q. Sullivan's right-wing group whose agenda includes cutting funds to public schools and supporting campaigns of far-right candidates.
 This attempt by hard-right conservatives to move into the local governments was discovered by Democratic Party activist and Colleyville resident Mark Bauer. He sent out an email warning the area progressives and organized a phone bank that consisted of a bipartisan group of both Democrat and Republican voters to support the moderate candidates. A photo of the phone bank was downloaded from Bauer's Facebook page and was used in various right-wing reports and literature to fire up their base.

Phonebank photo

 The Northeast Tarrant Tea Party is one of the strongest Tea Party clubs in Texas and they sent out expensive mailers that attempted to paint the opposition as far-left liberals by association.

 However, Bauer's phone bank reached over 1,000 voters and the results were successful: three of the four candidates supported by the progressive group won or made it to a run-off (Jesse Rodriguez - GCISD School Board, Jorge Rodriguez - GCISD School Board, and Duff O'Dell - Grapevine City Council in a run-off).
 Ironically, Stan Hall, the moderate Colleyville City Council incumbent who lost had a better Republican voting record than the right-wing supported candidate Chris Putnam - another case of the Republicans "eating their own".
 The lesson learned: although progressive citizens are in the minority in many areas of Texas, a well run phone bank and block walking effort can defeat the Tea Party efforts.


Empower Texans attacks Colleyville Liberals

"Colleyville Local Election Takes On a Partisan Tone"

Empower Texans endorses Deverick Jordan  (Grapevine City Council)

Empower Texans endorses Mark Assaad  (Grapevine-Colleyville ISD)

Empower Texans endorses Troy Greisen  (Grapevine-Colleyville ISD)

Empower Texans endorse Chris Putnam (Colleyville City Council)

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Rep. Louie Gohmert Launches PAC to Defend Tea Party From "War Against Conservatives"

by: Katie Singh

Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 10:11 AM CST

After fighting against single moms, vaccines, and babies, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tyler) has set his sights on a new target: fellow Republicans.

In an interview with the Daily Caller last week, Gohmert announced that he will be heading up a new political action committee to defend members of the Tea Party from establishment Republicans. The PAC will reportedly be called the GOH Conservative PAC.

According to Gohmert, starting the PAC is necessary to combat the Republican Party's "war on conservatives." Said Gohmert, "If somebody declares war on me I'm not just going to lie down and take it. I'm going to fight."

Read more about Louie Gohmert's new venture below the jump.

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Texas Tea Party Group Sues GOP for Violating Freedom of Speech

by: Katie Singh

Thu Dec 19, 2013 at 00:00 PM CST

The Tea Party and the Republican Party used to be inseparable, especially here in Texas. But now, it seems like the two just can't get along. Everywhere you look, there's conflict brewing between Republican Party stalwarts and the Tea Party rebels.

The latest fight is happening in Brazoria County. Two Tea Party groups, the Alvin Tea Party Patriots and the Lake Jackson Tea Party, had regularly held their meetings in the Alvin Courthouse. All was well and good between the Tea Party and the Republican county officials. But then the Tea Party turned its sights from Democrats to fellow Republicans--the ones they call "RINOs" (Republicans in Name Only). When the Tea Party started targeting their own party, county officials weren't having it, and proceeded to ban the Tea Party from using the Alvin Courthouse for meetings.

Of course, the Tea Party didn't take this lying down. They've responded with a lawsuit against several Brazoria County officials, alleging that banning them from the courthouse is a violation of their right to free speech. The conflict is escalating, and the fragile Republican coalition has at last begun to turn on itself.

Read more about the delightful drama after the jump.

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Steve Stockman Helped "Launch the Tea Party" But Can't Get Their Endorsement

by: Joe Deshotel

Wed Dec 18, 2013 at 00:41 PM CST

Finally a GOP member of Congress proposes an alternative to Obamacare, and you won't even need a doctor. Congressional crankster Steve Stockman launched a new campaign gimmick where he will send you an "Official Obama Barf Bag" for every $10 dollars you donate to his campaign, because as he says, "Obama's socialism makes me sick." But, is this how the Tea Party wants to be portrayed and represented?

The media has generally referred to Stockman as the "Tea Party" challenger to John Cornyn, but so far the groups that represent them are not endorsing his campaign and he trails in the polls by 44%. Judging by the blog post that accompanied the Barf Bag roll-out, he believes they should be lining up in droves. He wrote, "I've spent the last few years defeating liberals by helping train and launch the Tea Party."

Stockman has said more outlandish things. He's a former state chair of the controversial Young Conservatives of Texas, and he also worked for years with the conservative Leadership Institute and their Campus Leadership Program teaching "political technology." LI claims to have 1,500 active campus groups across all 50 states.

See What conservative groups are not endorsing Stockman below the jump...

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Governor Rick Perry Tea Party Weapons Used To Threaten Harm and Kill Targets

by: Arctotraveler

Thu Dec 12, 2013 at 03:04 PM CST

Hackers So Good-bye CC: FBI
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John Birch Society Rewriting JFK History Edited Texas Accepted by All Schools

by: Arctotraveler

Tue Nov 19, 2013 at 06:08 PM CST

Hackers 's' means more than one so good-bye CC: FBI

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