"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan."
With early voting underway in the 2016 Republican Runoff, Cahnman's Musings makes the following endorsements:
STATEWIDE -- Texas Railroad Commission
here; read our endorsement from the 2014 cycle here.
With this race, we have an opportunity to fix the greatest injustice of the 2014 cycle.
Let's take it.
STATEWIDE -- Judicial
Ray Wheless (Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2):
In addition, Judge Wheless won't be a rubber stamp for prosecutors. That's often a problem in criminal cases. Judge Wheless' record also suggests he will take a sane and rational approach to low level drug offenses.
While the worst candidate for this seat was eliminated in the first round, we remain unenthusiastic about Judge Wheless' opponent.
Brent Webster (Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 5):
Richard Scott Walker is an unqualified Dallas-based attorney who put his name on the ballot in such a way that it allows him to coast off of the Wisconsin governor's name recognition. That's the only reason he made the runoff. It's also worth pointing out that, at least to our knowledge, Walker hasn't spoken to a single grassroots group during this entire campaign.
Brent Webster, by contrast, is an actual attorney with meaningful criminal law experience. While his background in the Williamson county DA's office makes us nervous, we've gotten to know him over the past few months and are comfortable he will treat defendants with fairness and respect. FWIW, he's also been endorsed by every conservative group in Texas.
Bryan Hughes (District 1):
Obviously, we endorsed David Simpson in the first round. Heck, we gave David money back in December. But we cannot support David's actions during the runoff.
Since this campaign moved into the runoff, David Simpson has gotten into bed with the Ratliff family. He's been endorsed by ParentPAC. His attacks on Ken Paxton were the final straw.
Fortunately, Bryan Hughes also got into this race. Bryan is a conventional conservative who will vote in a predictable manner. In the Texas Senate, at this point, a consistent 20th vote is more important than anything else.
This race was always a close call. Both candidates are good Christian men, but neither is perfect. Either one will be mostly good on most issues most of the time, and they have both made bewildering decisions over the years.
Nevertheless, at this point, we're just more comfortable with Bryan.
Sometimes you need to swallow your pride and hop in a life boat. Stubbornly clinging to a sinking ship doesn't help anyone. Especially when the ship is sinking due to it's own design failures.
Dawn Buckingham (District 24):
The Stickland Six:
- Keith Strahan (Liberty, San Jacinto, Walker counties); previously donated.
- John Keating (Collin, Rockwall counties)
- Briscoe Cain (Eastern Harris County)
- Read King (Denton County); previously endorsed.
- Kyle Biedermann (Comal, Gillespie, Kendall counties).
- Cole Hefner (Camp, Morris, Rains, Smith, Titus, Wood counties).
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
Mary Lou Bruner (District 9):
We don't agree with Donna Garner on everything, but we do agree with her on issues related to the State Board of Education:
"Texas public school students, parents, and teachers badly need Mary Lou Bruner on the SBOE. Mary Lou is now retired; but she worked for 36 years in the Texas public schools as a teacher, counselor, and educational diagnostician. She knows how children think. She also knows the best ways to help them learn the foundational knowledge and skills that parents want their children to know. Mary Lou will not be fooled by those who want to indoctrinate our Texas children into anti-American thinking nor by those people who see no need for children to learn the basic skills needed for success (e.g., phonics, grammar, usage, spelling, cursive, math facts, etc.)."The fact that Mary Lou Bruner's election will give both Thomas Ratliff and the so-called Texas "Freedom" Network conniption fits doesn't hurt either.