Joe Straus has won the position of Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives for another term. Straus won by default (no challenger) after his lone challenger. David Simpson, dropped out.
It is rumored that Simpson decided to drop out to protect his fellow supporters from retaliation from Joe Straus that would likely occurred (and has in the past) when a State Rep votes against Straus.
Simpson did not believe that he had enough votes to win so he dropped out before there was a floor vote.
I suppose I am not surprised. Just like in the US House of Representatives, too many Reps are scared to challenge the establishment leaders.
Oh well, the good news is that there are many new conservative Reps in the Texas House of Representatives and there will be many conservative bills passed simply because of the number of good Republicans we have. Joe Straus is also trying to bend over backwards to show that he belongs in the Republican Party, so maybe he will let up this session and let more of the conservative bills out of committee.