Battle Over TX. House Speaker Comes To Houston
November 17, 2010

 

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There isn’t a Houston area lawmaker in the running to  become Speaker of the Texas House of  Represenatives, but some local tea party activitists still want their voices heard.

This Friday,  November 19th, they will  rally  outside State Rep. Larry Taylor’s district office located at 174 Calder Road Suite 116 in League City.
The group says its  goal is  to force  Taylor  to  call for a caucus of  House Republicans before the vote for Speaker of the House is taken.  The Galveston County Tea Party group wants  republicans to unify around someone other that current House Speaker Joe Straus of  San Antonio. Rep.  Taylor is the Chairman of the Republican Caucus committee.

  
Meanwhile, There is an interesting article about how some republicans are using Straus’ Jewish faith against him in this heated battle: http://jhvonline.com/jewish-faith-now-an-issue-to-oust-house-speaker-p10051-96.htm

Back to the local protest – these are some of the group’s complaints against Speaker Straus –  in their own words:

During the 81st legislative session, Joe Straus and his lieutenants burned conservative Texans over and over again.

 * Straus lieutenant, Vicki Truitt, lead a push to increase Texas’ gas tax.

* Straus’ Elections Chair Todd Smith killed Voter ID in committee.

* Todd Smith authored and passed McCain Feingold type election law, only to have it vetoed.

* No hearings were allowed on spending limits.

* Legislation to provide business tax exemptions to small businesses wasn’t allowed.

We want a conservative Speaker not the one voted for by Democrats and eleven Republicans.

No compromise. No surrender. No Straus for Texas Speaker of the House.

Local Groups Make Request For DOJ Election Monitors
October 28, 2010

Citing concerns about voter intimidation,  Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-18) and the conservative King Street Patriots have made separate requests to the Department of   Justice for election day poll monitors.

In a letter sent to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder early Thursday, Jackson Lee said she was seeking the monitors to ensure a safe and neutral voting environment during the November 2 election.

“Although there are usually a few isolated occurrences of  voter intimidation during the election season,  the incidents that took place at polling places earlier this week appeared  to be organized and systemic,” wrote Congresswoman Jackson-Lee.  “The group thought to be  behind these acts is known as the King Street Patriots, reportedly tied to some Tea Party activists.”

Not to be outdone, the King Street Patriots also sent a letter to the Department of  Justice asking for federal election monitors.

“We are so  concerned about these attacks against volunteer poll-watchers, most of  whom are stay-at-home moms or elderly, that we have asked the Justice Department to help and even attend True the Vote poll watcher trainings,” said Jonathon Saenz, an attorney with the Liberty Institute.

 The letters were sent on the same day that Harris County Clerk Beverly Kaufman and County Attorney Vince Ryan held a news conference to discuss allegations of  voter intimidation.

Both officials confirmed that their offices have received about sixty complaints of  election code violations, however, none has been substantiated.

I’ve left a message with the Department of  Justice seeking a comment about the requests for monitors.

Time For A Tea Party
April 15, 2009

UPDATE:   I’ve added new photos from the Houston Tea Party – sorry for the delay. I misplaced my camera cable yesterday.

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2 on the Beat is covering several   Tax Day Tea Party Protests today – from Pasadena to downtown Houston.  

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All across the country people are holding Tea Party rallies to protest what they call “unprecedented government spending.”

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Critics have labeled these events  anti-President Obama demonstrations  organized by  conservatives and the Republican Party.

The folks I spoke with during a noon rally in Pasadena are passionate and say this is not about republicans, democrats or the president, but about protecting Americans from being over-taxed. 

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Pasadena Mayor Johnny Isbell was one of   the speakers firing up the crowd.  I doubt we will see Mayor Bill White at the Tea Party  in Houston later this afternoon.

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What do you think about the Tea Party Protests?  Do you agree or disagree with the message that organizers say they are trying to send to Washington D.C.?

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