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A Full-Time Texas Legislature, End Of One-Third Rule In Senate And Party Line Vote For Speaker—Steps Towards Democracy In Texas

Here in Texas the legislature meets only once every two years, one-third of the state senate can block legislation and the House Speaker is elected with votes from members of the opposite party.

Really. It’s true. 

And we have no income tax.

Does this absence of democracy and fair taxation more reflect fear of others or is it self-loathing? In a state like Texas, where the strong kick the weak for sport and where the public has never known anything better, I imagine it is a mix of both.     

A state with more people than Australia needs a full-time legislature. The senate should find a new and higher number of senators required to block bills. And the House Speaker should be selected by party line vote in a way that respects the House majority that the public elected.

As a new Democratic and demographic majority comes to the front in Texas, we should be endorsing full-scale change in how we conduct politics in Texas.  

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May 19, 2007 - Posted by | Politics, Texas

3 Comments »

  1. Thanks for this update on an issue important to all of us. Not to blame the Texans, but delay and g’dubya did rise to power due to the Texas state political system. Legislative reform may just stave off the next set of wingnuts rising to national power and causing all sorts of probs.

    Here in New York we have a new gov, and there is now hope that he will push reforms that will fix our dysfunctional state government. We must all watch these people, lest we lose our right to know the truth. We must call them on their excesses and failures lest they be allowed to spread them to the rest of our country and even the world, as has been done by the bush crime family.

    Comment by ClapSo | May 19, 2007

  2. Yes, the way we conduct state politics here had big hand in electing George W. Bush President.

    Comment by neilaquino | May 19, 2007

  3. I dont care for texas very much texas liberal where I live is not much better (ohio) I did like california but it was too expensive and Cali was the only place I have lived where the public schools were half way decent. I dont think your heart belongs to Texas. I am not sure where mine belongs.

    Comment by Bill Brady | May 19, 2007


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