Texas Republicans Set to Flex Their Muscles in 114th Congress

Texas will be sending 25 Republicans and two very powerful Senators to the 114 th Congress which is set to kick-off in January, 2015. Key committee chairmanships for six of those House Republicans will give Texas control of nearly one-third of the House’s twenty-one committees.

This positions Texas representatives to flex their muscle in the effort to extend the Texas model of success to the other 49 states. For the first time in history, Texas will send twenty-five Republicans to the House of Representatives with the addition of Texas’ first black Republican federal lawmaker, Will Hurd (R-San Antonio) from San Antonio. Hurd defeated Democrat incumbent Grassroots freshmen Dr. Brian Babin (R-Tyler) and John Ratcliffe (R-Rockwall) will also be joining the Republican Delegation from Texas.

Ratcliffe defeated Texas oldest-ever Congressman , Ralph Hall in the Republican Primary and Babin replaced Steve Stockman who decided to run for the U.S. Senate against John Cornyn and failed. In the Senate, Senator John Cornyn will become the Senate Republican Majority Whip, the 2 nd most powerful position in the U.S. Senate having handily won re-election by defeating his Democrat opponent.

Senator Ted Cruz, Texas’ junior Senator, will continue to represent a powerful voice in the Senate for grassroots issues. The combination of powerful Texas Republican leadership in the House and Senate is being compared to “the days of legendary House Speaker Sam Rayburn and President Lyndon B. Johnson” according to an article by Kevin Diaz in the Houston Chronicle . Diaz also reports the ascension of Rep. Bill Flores (R-Bryan) to the influential Republican Study Committee regarded by many as the “conservative spine of the GOP conference.”

Flores has talked of promoting a “Texas model” in Washington, according to Diaz. “The fact that there are all these people in leadership positions allows us to promote the Texas way of doing things,” he said. Texas Republican’s will now chair six committees in the U.S. House according to the list published by Speaker John Boehner. This represents nearly one-third of the House committee chairmanships.

Rep. Michael McCaul’s election to chair the House Homeland Security Committee could mean a final resolution to generating a bill to secure the border. McCaul’s district stretches from Northwest Harris County to East Travis County. “Now, with a good-faith partner in the Senate, the time is ripe to get things done and finally achieve control down there,” McCaul said of his plan to bolster the border. Diaz reported that McCaul also sees one of the roles of these Texas committee chairmen as building a bridge to mediate the divide between the tea party wing of the Republican Party and House leadership in Speaker John Boehner’s office.

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-San Antonio) will chair the Science, Space and Technology Committee and said the will focus on NASA funds on space exploration and blocking Democrat’s efforts to shift money away from the space agency that supplies many high-paying jobs to the Texas economy. Democrats have attempted to shift the agency’s focus to the environmental science of climate change. Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Midland) picks up another committee chairmanship important to Texans and the state’s economy. He will chair the House Agriculture Committee. Agriculture is one of Texas leading industries.

The control of the powerful House Armed Services Committee will fall on Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Amarillo). Texas plays host to fifteen military bases all across the Lone Star State which significantly contribute to the economic stability of the state. The House Committee on Financial Services will be chaired again by Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Dallas).

This committee has oversight of the nation’s banking system, housing, insurance and the securities and exchanges. It also influences monetary organizations and financial counter-terrorism activities. And finally, Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Dallas) was appointed to Chair the House Rules Committee.

The Republican’s from Texas will make up nearly 10 percent of the growing House Republican majority. Congressman Kevin Brady (R-The Woodlands) said the leadership positions awarded to his fellow Texans is a “tribute to their hard work.” Brady, however, lost in his bid to become the first Texan to chair the House Ways and Means Committee since Bill Archer’s chairmanship in the Speaker Newt Gingrich era. “One of the lessons is that when you lose leadership as a state, it takes time to regrow that leadership,” Brady told the Chronicle . “Now, from the days of Bill Archer, Tom DeLay and Dick Armey, it has taken some time to rebuild.” Bob Price is a senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas and a member of the original Breitbart Texas team.


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2014 Aftermath: Who Really Won

The election results from the 2014  midterm election are coming in, but the outcome is already a fait accompli :  the GOP has retained the House of Representatives , won 24 of 36 gubernatorial elections , and took the Senate by at least two votes [as of this moment some these numbers are in flux as a few races are still being decided]. After enduring a GOP-controlled Congress for six years during the Bush Administration, I’m not particularly joyous about the GOP taking the reins of the House and Senate again.  During the Bush Administration federal non-military discretionary spending rose more than any other presidency since LBJ , the father of the Great Society.  A Republican Congress and a Republican President did that. I’m not one to easily forget when I’ve been wronged. However, people can change.  So, what lessons have the GOP learned? The soon-to-be Senate majority leader boasted of “crushing” the Tea Party — the only true vibrant conservative political force in America today.  No Democrat-crushing; Tea Party crushing.  I have no use for Mitch McConnell beyond that he’s literally not Harry Reid.  He’s an old fuddy-duddy power-hungry bully who needs to retire. On Obamacare?  McConnell merely wants to tinker with it through a labyrinthine appropriations process where anyone can say anything politically about what shakes out.  What about all that repeal talk?  Even though 100% of the Senate GOP candidates who won campaigned on repealing Obamacare, there’ll be no more repeal talk.  NOR will McConnell entertain any tough budget negotiations. Useless.  Completely useless. At this point, here’s what seems to be the basic differences between the GOP and the Dems:  the GOP wants the opportunity to manage the $3+ trillion federal coffers its own way and the GOP will occasionally pay lip-service to the Constitution when their base gets too noisy. Since there is no true fiscally responsible political party devoted to limiting government to strengthen the people, I do not have any positive expectations from Congress over the next few years especially with McConnell as Senate majority leader, and Boehner as the House Speaker.  An anti-conservative, hidebound, Droopy-like bully leading the Senate and a weak-kneed, weepy, creamsicle leading a rudderless party in the House is now pitted against a Mussolini-like statist bent on social derision and extra-Constitutional action . Great.  The Stupid Party and the Evil Party continue to earn their reputations. So, I’m not particularly optimistic or happy or excited about the GOP wins last night.  These victories are hollow, being more anti-Dem than anything else.  Even if the Dems are as nationally weak as at anytime since the 1920s ,  so what?  Practically speaking what does that even mean if McConnell’s ready to make deals compromising the very principles the GOP was just elected to represent?  I didn’t feel represented by my government Monday, nor am I confident that the new Congress will fight on behalf of strong citizens over a strong central government. As a former registered member of the GOP (I dropped my party ID back in 2009), I can sympathize what it must have felt like to be a disenfranchised, unrepresented Whig back in 1854. Finally, regarding who really won the 2014 Election last night, Glenn Beck said it best : “Not you.”

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Did Enterovirous Arrive from Central America?

That’s a question more and more parents want to know.  Evidence is mounting that the wave of enterovirus EV-D68 cases impacting students throughout the nation originated in Central America, giving fuel to the argument that Obama’s policy of sending those unaccompanied illegal minors to all 50 states may have spread this deadly virus. I’ve contended that this was kind of a no-brainer since these kids weren’t adequately screened and were huddled together before being distributed across the nation.  This kind of thing seemed predictable and I would not be surprised if this epidemic is ultimately connected to Obama’s irresponsible and deadly lax-border policy.

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2014 Midterms: Another Missed Opportunity

We’re sixteen days out from what should be a massive GOP landslide in the 2014 Midterm elections on November 4.  Ebola, ISIS, Obamacare’s latest victims, the porous borders, etc. should make this real easy for the GOP.  Yet, the latest polls indicate that a landslide is not likely to take place. Why not? Brent Bozell has a hunch in a recent Fox News editorial — the GOP is doing everything it can to mute conservatives, even though a conservative message would both provide a stark contrast with the Democrats, as well as reflect where the American people actually stand on the issues.  The GOP leadership is “AWOL” on attacking the Administration and Democrats regarding the results of their horrible progressive policies which are manifestly hurting this nation.  This should be a cake walk. Historically, the sixth year of a presidency is murder to the President’s party.  The “ six year itch ” has been a real phenomenon.  With only one exception ( in 1998, shaped by the short-term force of an impending and very unpopular impeachment vote ), every sixth-year Midterm since the 1800s has yielded trouble:  TR’s GOP in 1906 got hammered, Wilson’s Dems in 1918 got trounced, FDR’s Dems in 1938 lost 72 seats, Truman’s Dems lost many seats in 1950, Ike’s GOP lost plenty in 1958, Nixon/Ford’s GOP lost 54 seats in 1974, Reagan’s GOP lost the Senate in 1986, and Dubya’s GOP lost both houses in 2006.  Since the Civil War only in 1862, 1934, 1998, and 2002 did the President’s party actually pick up seats in any Midterm election! No one expects the Dems to pick up seats in the 2014 Midterms, but the closeness of these elections indicates are real problem with the GOP that has been well-documented throughout the years on this website.  The Establishment doesn’t know how to win, and when the GOP wins they misinterpret the reasons, preventing any real shift in voting patterns . We’ll see how this all shakes out in a few weeks, but it looks like another missed opportunity for the inept, ineffective, hidebound GOP Establishment class who are screwing things up once again and earning the well-deserved reputation as leaders of the Stupid Party.

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Raimondo and Fung to Square Off in Rhode Island

The three Axis of Right bloggers all moved away, but we grew up in the smallest state in the union and still keep track of what’s going on there.  Tonight, the state held its primaries, and the gubernatorial race could be an interesting one. In the Democrat primary, State Treasurer Gina Raimondo won comfortably over Providence Mayor Angel Tavares and Clay Pell .  The win was a bit of surprise because, although liberal, Raimondo has not been overly ideological in her time as General Treasurer.  As someone with a background in venture capital, Raimondo is a woman who understands numbers and understood just how unsustainable Rhode Island’s pension system is and had the courage to push for reform against entrenched interests.  Tavares also understood the need for pension reform, but his candidacy seemed to generate the support of many who are guided by identity politics.  As for Pell, well, his grandfather was a senator and he’s married to Michelle Kwan.  So, of course, he had a following in that nepotistic blue state. Raimondo will face Allan Fung, the competent and popular Mayor of Cranston, who won tonight’s Republican primary against Ken Block .  While I wish Fung’s proposals were a bit bolder, he seems to understand that a state that taxes corporations into oblivion is not a state that will attract the jobs those corporations create. As someone who has faith in the ability of people to improve their own lives and contribute to the prosperity of their communities when the government stays out of their way, I’m pulling for Fung.  Nevertheless, it is good to know that the Democrats selected their best candidate as well.  No matter who wins, Rhode Island will have a better governor come January.  Let’s hope it’s Fung though.

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