Legislator rankings besmirch NW Texas conservatism | House hired PR firm for Paxton hit | SpaceX news – Pratt on Texas 12/15/2023

The news of Texas covered today includes:

Our Lone Star story of the day: According to the non-partisan academic study of the Texas House in operation this year by Mark Jones at Rice University’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Lubbock’s state Rep. Dustin Burrows was the most Left-of-GOP-center state rep from NW Texas.

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Rep. Dustin Burrows, HD83

That is a shocking change but understandable in what I’ve observed in a general attitude of being part of the leadership team (Phelan, et. al. / big man on campus syndrome) being more important than much of anything else. It is sad but I’ve watched it up close – and more sadly, it’s not the first time I’ve witnessed such at close range.

Consistent with past sessions is that a good number of state reps from NW Texas, supposedly the most conservative part of the state, are also Left-of-GOP-center. Representatives such as Abilene’s Stan Lambert; Odessa’s Brooks Landgraf; Amarillo’s Four Price; Wichita Falls’ James Frank; Canadian’s Ken King, and; San Angelo’s Drew Darby. (Price, King, and Darby have always been among the most non-conservative Republican state reps.)

Read the entire report and see the rankings here.

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Not only did the Texas House spend a million MORE on impeachment than what the Paxton-AG Office employee settlement would have cost, the House committee run by Rep. Murr[stache] paid $32,000 of our money to a public relations firm. This proves beyond any doubt that the entire operation was a political hit job otherwise there is no need for P.R. services.

The State Board of Education (SBOE) did what was right and adopts the READER Act to help the effort to keep sexually explicit material from Texas public school libraries.

Starship test unit SN10 launching in South Texas. Courtesy SpaceX.

Much important SpaceX news including about rural broadband and how our money is being wasted by our state and federal government in a huge payout to the lackluster performers for rural broadband:

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