- #CanISee™© WHAT you are teaching my child?
- #CanISee™© HOW you are teaching my child?
- #CanISee™© WHO is benefiting financially from the curriculum on which my child’s teacher is being evaluated?
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Alice Linahan
December 14, 2012
WomenOnTheWall.org Unveils Texas Speaker Showdown II Video
Austin, TX ~ Ahead of the Jan. 8 kick-off to the 83rd Texas Legislature, Republican House of Representative members are being met with a challenge from grassroots activists statewide: “Conservative House Speaker Or Your Seat.” To reinforce the message that electing a significant margin of conservative House representatives signals voter expectations of conservative House leadership, WomenOnTheWall.org has released Texas Speaker Showdown II – WE’RE BACK! follow-up video to the 2010 Speaker Showdown theme.
The video notes 2012 Texas Tea Party electoral wins as well as current House Speaker Joe Straus’ loss of key political lieutenants following his obstruction of conservative legislation in the 2011 session. In addition to congratulating a great number of the newly-elected House members, it reminds that primary season 2014 offers the incoming 95 Republican representatives new “Fall of the RINOs” opportunity pending voter satisfaction with actions taken in the upcoming months.
State Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) is challenging Straus for the House leadership position. “I respect Speaker Straus as a fellow legislator; however, we differ on the way that the House should be led. And I am not alone in that opinion,” Simpson said in a recent statement. “The culture of ‘go along to get along’ politics, where members face intimidation and retribution should they disagree with a leadership decision, stifles representative government. “
In supporting transparency for the House speakership vote, WomenOnTheWall.Org is calling on a floor vote not a caucus vote for Speaker so this first vote cast can alert conservative voters as to representatives potentially subject to 2014 primary election replacement.
To “Keep Texas Strong,” issues supported by Republicans and Democrats must be debated as well as understood by the public. Simpson’s position is that floor votes for either party’s legislation should not be obstructed. If the speaker has exclusive power to control an overall legislative agenda, public policy passage becomes about who buys legislation – not a full, open review of policy options.
WomenOnTheWall.Org believes state representatives deserve the opportunity to fully represent those who elected them as primary elections subsequently allow voters to hold accountable officials failing to serve constituents’ best interests – no matter which side of the political aisle they are on. A Simpson victory will require Republican and Democratic support. It will be a win for all Texas voters by offering greater accountability and for all House members by providing the power to represent their constituents as per the Texas Constitution.
WomenOnTheWall.Org is a 501(c)(4) Texas non-profit corporation dedicated to protect our children from the many destructive forces within our nation.