Cahnman's Musings wasn't planning to jump into Election 2014 before sine die. Legislative outcomes during final week of the General session and the upcoming Special session(s) remain our top state level priority. But it's Friday and this one's a no-brainer.
Konni Burton has worked behind the scenes the past few election cycles. She helped lead the revolution that swept the Tarrant County GOP during 2012. She also supported Ted Cruz in 2011, back when doing so was (to put it mildly!) controversial.
Konni Burton has been an advocate of school choice and an opponent of educrats for a long time. In post CSCOPE Texas, with the school finance lawsuit expected to come to a head in 2014, an irreconcilable clash of visions is brewing. Cahnman's Musings encourages Konni Burton to focus on the moral case FOR school choice while simultaneously mocking educrats and their financial enablers.
That being said, another aspect of Konni Burton's platform holds special appeal:
Work to reduce the state’s dependence on federal dollars.This is VERY important, and it highlights a concern that drives everything Cahnman's Musings does at the state level. 40% of Texas' Budget comes from Washington. This is dangerous. Washington is not a reliable business partner. Cahnman's Musings is pleased to see Konni Burton make this issue a priority.
While the case FOR Konni Burton is strong enough on it's own, Cahnman's Musings must also comment about her opponent, incumbent State Senator Wendy Davis (D - Educrats). In 2011, Wendy Davis held taxpayers hostage to flush more money down the rat-hole of public education. In addition, the relationship between Wendy Davis' law practice and her votes in the Texas Senate are questionable at best. Wendy Davis uses a self-righteous mask to cover crony corporatist double dealing. It's just as easy to oppose Wendy Davis as it is to support Konni Burton.
An irreconcilable clash of visions over education is brewing in Texas. In one corner are parents, children, and taxpayers who want options and a reasonable rate of return on their investment. In the other are a group of self-serving bureaucrats protecting their boondoggle. Konni Burton is the former; Wendy Davis is the latter. For this reason, Cahnman's Musings unapologetically and unconditionally endorses Konni Burton for Texas Senate!!!