Posts by the working bulls relaying hot news on the political front
While members of the Texas House Republican Caucus were meeting in Bastrop at the Lost Pines Resort for their annual member retreat, one instructed his staff to file the paperwork necessary to run against House Speaker Joe Straus.
Though currently the choice for Speaker is limited to King and Straus, a number of other individuals have been rumored to be considering campaigns of their own.
Originally elected in a coup against Republican Speaker Tom Craddick of Midland, Straus has controlled the House with a coalition of Democrats and Republicans since 2009. During the recent regular and special sessions of the Texas Legislature, Straus gained notoriety across the state for killing a large share of Gov. Greg Abbott’s conservative agenda.
King’s decision follows a meeting during the GOP caucus retreat where Republican representatives were scheduled to discuss the adoption of a process whereby caucus members would unite behind a candidate for speaker. That policy is called for in the Texas GOP Platform and would be designed to put Republicans fully in charge of the lower chamber, instead of allowing a minority of their membership to control the chamber by sharing power with Democrats.
The caucus meeting was reportedly successful. Approximately two thirds of the caucus attended and there was unanimous agreement to move forward on a speaker selection process. A draft rule was circulated and a working group was appointed to study the details of the proposed process. The working group is scheduled to report back to the caucus in 30 days and the caucus is scheduled to vote on the proposal within 60 days.
These developments come on the heels of growing grassroots dissatisfaction with the status quo. Over the summer, fifty Texas county Republican organizations, representing over 52% of Texans, have approved resolutions calling for Straus to be replaced as speaker.
CCRMC Website announcement message for the 2018 Lincoln Day Dinner
The 2018 Lincoln Day Dinner will be held on Saturday, January 13 – become an EARLY RESPONDER for the best seating selection and some “extra-special bonuses” for your thoughtful planning ahead. For details on the event:
Registration on the CCRMC website is forthcoming…..but fast action is necessary!! Please read-on……
The CCRMC will sponsor four (yes, 4) eight-person tables again this year, however only TWO of these tables are eligible for EARLY RESPONDER ELITE STATUS!!! To make certain you and your special someone are included in this “first-time” ELITE STATUS you must buy your seats NOW!! Cost is the same as in previous years, 5/person. You will be offered an opportunity for VIP status at a later date and you can engage or decline.
Planning ahead is smart. You never miss the $$$ when you take early action. The benefits that accompany the new venue and the photo opportunities and slate of special guests makes this an easy decision. More on this very soon…..the wait will be WORTH IT!
Send your check (made to the CCRMC - LDD Dinner) to our Treasurer, Tim McCord (address below).
This will be the GREATEST LDD in Collin County history, and YOU will be part of it! ACT NOW!!
The next BOD meeting will be on July 31st at 6PM, Scotty Ps in Allen (Gene, please reserve for us). Please update your calendars and let’s get this added to the website, please.
Next activity is the Float Build scheduled for Sunday, July 2nd (early afternoon on Sunday after Church) and possibly for the late afternoon on July 3rd. Darrell will formally re-announce the times – location will be at the Bill Donahoo Ranch, 2404 Dublin Road, Parker. The trailer will be over by the barn – there are 2 entrances and one will be open – just follow the road to the barn.
Darrell may need some help with the supplies, so please volunteer to help. I will be in Austin Friday and Saturday, but home that night.
Parade show time will be real early: I should have the trailer at the ISD site by 7:15AM on July 4th. Darrell will round up the flags a few days in advance & we should have a head count on volunteers to pass out flags. Please invite your spouse/kids/grandkids to join in the fun of passing out flags! It makes for a fun start for the 4th of July