This is David Bellow, State Republican Executive Committeeman for SD 3
I believe we need a new speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. One who is more Conservative and more Republican than our current speaker Joe Straus. Below are the facts that I have read that have proved to me that Joe Straus is not the man to lead our Conservative Republican state.
Please read the info Below about Straus
There is also a letter calling for a more conservative leader for Texas signed by many important Texas Leaders. This letter can be read here http://www.empowertexans.com/issues/letter_on_leadership
If you are a County Chairman or a leader of an organization like a Tea Party or a Republican Women's group, and you agree with this letter, please ADD YOUR NAME TO THE LETTER. Myself and many other Republican Leader have added their names to the list and it would really help if you added your name to the list as well.
You can add your name by going to this website http://www.empowertexans.com/contact-us and filling out the info or calling the number
409 656 5128
Under Joe Straus as Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives , many popular conservative measures were killed in the last legislature, including Voter ID (which had a 90% support rate among Republicans) and a very popular pro-life bill (which had nearly 70% support). Both measures had already passed the Republican Senate and Governor Perry was waiting to sign them, but these (and many other conservative measures) were killed in the Hous e by the Republican Speaker and his liberal lieutenants.
Jow Straus is for higher property tax. I believe property tax is the worst tax of all because a person can never own their own land. They are always leasing it from the government. Straus actively opposes a property tax cap. click here
Speaker Joe Straus hosted a fundraiser on May 12, 2010 for liberal Democrat Patrick Rose, who has a strong conservative Republican opponent, Jason Isaac
Speaker Joe Straus hosted a fundraiser on June 2, 2010 for liberal Democrat Trey Martinez-Fischer in Austin, Texas
Speaker Joe Straus very recently appointed Mike Villareal, a liberal Democrat, and Aaron Pena, another liberal Democrat, to chair and oversee redistricting committees across the state
Speaker Joe Straus, as a first-term state representative, took $1000 from Planned Parenthood and voted for SB 419, which would have made it easier to perform late-term, third-trimester abortions. In the 2007 session, he received a 100 percent voting record from the radical pro-abortion group NARAL
Speaker Joe Straus, as a state representative, voted to enrich (by "potentially tens of millions of dollars" - Texas Observer) his own family's gambling business interests (decade-old stock in the Austin Jockey Club, ownership in 3 horse &/or dog racetracks) by voting to increase gaming and gambling (HB 2265) and voting for casino gambling (HB 10) in Texas (specifically, slot machines allowed in racetracks.