"Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world."
1 Peter 5:9
During Tribfest a couple weeks back, several of the most conservative members of the legislature gave a revealing look into how things work in Austin:
[Author's Note: The most interesting stuff is in the second half...not coincidentally, that's when Stickland starts talking.]
- Much better budget this time.
- Patrick (and changing the 2/3rds rule) was the only reason tax relief passed.
- Lege didn't do NEARLY enough on illegal immigration.
- Most of the crony stuff is still there.
- Real spending caps died in the House.
- House leadership killed several pro-life bills.
- Burton: Pre-K "the wrong direction."
- Burton: Even with the 2/3rds rule gone, "you still have to get through" committee chairs.
- Rinaldi: "The House absolutely did kill a bunch of great things the Senate passed."
- Spending caps, school choice, and pro-life examples of things that passed Senate and died in House.
- Stickland: "I have not served in the Texas House with a Republican who campaigned as a moderate."
- Klick: It's getting harder to do one thing in Austin and say something different at home.
- Stickland (re: Straus): "It's not so much about Joe in particular as much as who he's chosen to enable."
- Byron Cook told Stickland the in-state tuition bill wouldn't get a hearing.
- Straus micromanaged his own team to the point where they weren't having fun.
- Stickland calls B.S. on the notion Straus rules "by the will of the members."
- Burton on Seniority: "The longer you're here, the less perks you should get...."
- Stickland: "Well over 30 self-described movement conservatives" running in GOP primary.
- Stickland: Voters are madder and better informed than ever before.
- Bettencourt on Annise Parker: "She has the most failed record: of any mayor in U.S.
- Burton: Cities are actually "political subdivisions" of state.