Friday, August 25, 2017

#TXLEGE committee chairs: Patrick's Democrats vs. Straus' republicans....

"Therefore by their fruits you will know them."
Matthew 7:20

At some point, we might to a longer post about impressions from the most recent Empower Texans legislative index, but one observation stands out.

Consider the scores of the two Democrats Dan Patrick appointed as committee chairs:
  • Note: It's also worth pointing out that neither of these committees are particularly important.
Contrast the scores of those Senate Democrat committee chairs with the following house republicans:
  • Cindy Burkett (Redistricting): 48
    • Note: This committee didn't actually hold any meetings this past session.
  • Drew Darby (Energy Resources and Federalism): 40
  • John Kuempel (Licensing and Administrative Procedures): 39
  • Note: At least 9 of these are important committees.
  • Note II: And this list doesn't count the 13 Democrat committee chairs.
Bottom Line: There are 14 Republican committee chairs in the house who are more liberal than the most liberal Democrat committee chair in the Senate.

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