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Jeff Weems Makes His Case For The Texas Railroad Commission In 50 Words or Less

Jeff Weems is running strong to be our next Railroad Commissioner in Texas.

(Above—Mr. Weems on the campaign trail.)

Here is what the Texas Railroad Commission does as described on it’s web page–

“The Railroad Commission has primary regulatory jurisdiction over oil and natural gas industry, pipeline transporters, natural gas & hazardous liquid pipeline industry, natural gas utilities, the LP-gas industry, and coal & uranium surface mining operations. The Commission is responsible for research & education to promote the use of LP-gas as an alternative fuel.”

I asked Mr. Weems to tell the people of Texas why they should vote for him in 2010 using 50 words or less.

Here is what he said—

“I know the energy industry and know what should be done to keep it strong and, at the same time, to keep Texans safe. I have broad, bipartisan support, and all major Texas newspapers have endorsed me. I want only to be the toughest, fairest Railroad Commissioner ever.”

Here is the web home of the Weems campaign.

Mr. Weems, a Democrat, is endorsed by top Harris County conservative blogger David Jennings at Big Jolly Politics.

Please consider voting for Jeff Weems for the Texas Railroad Commission.

October 18, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment

Dale Henry For Texas Railroad Commission

I’m going to vote for Dale Henry for Texas Railroad Commissioner in the March 4 Democratic primary.

Update—Mr. Henry is now in the runoff for this position. His opponent is Mark Thompson. Mr. Thompson was a very surprising first place finisher on March 4.  But he did not reach the 50% needed to avoid a runoff. Mr. Thompson has not voted since 1996. And in that year he voted in the Republican primary. My endorsement of Mr. Henry stands and I ask that you please click here to review his campaign web page. 

Mr Henry is running against Art Hall of San Antonio.

I’ve spent the last half hour studying this matter.  

Bottom line—

Mr. Henry is more knowledgeable on issues relating to the Texas Railroad Commission.

Mr. Hall may prove to be the stronger candidate. 

You could go around forever on this stuff. There is no clear call.

I don’t know anything about pipelines and saltwater injection wells.

This is what the commission is involved with–Not railroads. Please click here to see the purpose of the Texas Railroad Commission.

Mr. Henry lists these saltwater injection wells as a leading issue.

My thought was–What the hell is that?

Here is some information about what these wells are.  

Here is the web page for Mr. Henry. 

Here is the web page for Mr. Hall.

 I see that Mr. Hall is a member of the board of the Alamo Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Has Mr. Hall done anything in that position to encourage the Boy Scouts to end the bigoted position of not allowing gay kids to join?   

No doubt Mr. Hall can come up to speed on policy if elected. Though Mr. Henry does seem well-informed.  It’s just that I as I looked at these two men this morning, I felt Mr. Hall is the type who racks up insider endorsements and connections.

I’m sure Mr. Hall has strong beliefs on many subjects, but in the end his North Star may prove to be his connections and his ambitions.  

If Mr. Hall wins the primary, I’ll vote for him in November.

Next Tuesday however, I’ll for vote for insight and experience offered by Dale Henry.

Please click here for other Texas Liberal posts on the Texas primary. 

February 29, 2008 Posted by | Politics, Texas, Texas Primary '08 | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments