Monday, April 24, 2017

#TXLEGE: New York Times praises Joe Straus....


Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”
1 Corinthians 15:33

Late last week, the New York Times published an op-ed from the Center for Public Policy Priorities, an intellectually underwhelming local left wing think tank that has nevertheless emerged as a key cog in House leadership's machine.  Mostly, the piece sells hysteria about the Senate's relatively modest (albeit postitive and productive) agenda.  But the following bit is choice:
As a veteran local lobbyist joked recently, the only thing standing between Texas and the Middle Ages is the House, ably presided over by Speaker Joe Straus, Republican of San Antonio. In contrast to the Senate’s far-right agenda, the House’s common-sense priorities include remodeling our outdated school finance system and advancing mental health reforms. It remains to be seen whether moderates in the House have the votes to stop all the bad bills coming their way from the Senate.

[Author's Note: Emphasis added.]
Read the whole thing here.

Bottom Line: While the "Senate good/House bad" narrative can be a bit of an oversimplification at times...Joe Straus is the only person at the Capitol being praised in the New York Times.

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