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Candidates Line Up to Challenge Travis Clardy

Candidates Line Up to Challenge Travis Clardy

One of the most liberal Republicans in the Texas House is slated to face opposition in the upcoming primary elections, with multiple challengers entering the race.  State Rep. Travis Clardy (R–Nacogdoches) has represented East Texas’ House District 11 since 2013....
Analysis: Real People Are Hurting

Analysis: Real People Are Hurting

Most Tuesday mornings, the Texas Minute—our weekday email publication—includes the One-Click Survey. It’s almost always a question about policy or politics, oftentimes tinged with a bit of humor. We ask readers to not only “click” an answer, but to then reply with...
Clardy Looks to Revive Mobile Voting in Rural Texas

Clardy Looks to Revive Mobile Voting in Rural Texas

A rural Republican lawmaker is proposing a partial revival of mobile early voting, an easily manipulated practice banned by Texas lawmakers last session that Democrats are currently suing to restore statewide. Mobile voting, also known as “rolling polling,” involves...
New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

Dear Reader, I want to share with you our New Year’s Resolutions at Empower Texans. Communications experts say you should never repeat an accusation that is made against you. I hold to that as a good practice, but let me this one time repeat the accusation many in the...
What’s He Apologizing For?

What’s He Apologizing For?

A few members of the Texas House are rushing to accept an apology from House Speaker Dennis Bonnen for saying “terrible things” about other lawmakers in the meeting he requested of me on June 12. They want to forgive and forget—especially Democrats who are at the head...
What Now?

What Now?

For a week there has been speculation about whether I or Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen lied about our meeting on June 12. This was my greatest concern when he proposed a meeting in the first place.  Which is why I recorded the entire meeting, from before I walked...
Bonnen’s Backroom Offer

Bonnen’s Backroom Offer

Shortly after the legislative session ended, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen invited me to his office for a meeting. Despite his occasional rants against Empower Texans, the organization I lead, and similar slights aimed at other conservative groups during the closing...
Commentary: Voters Want Promise Keepers

Commentary: Voters Want Promise Keepers

Republican lawmakers should be very concerned. Come November 2020, Texans will be showing up to vote for the greatest promise-keeping politician in modern U.S. history. Love him or hate him, President Donald Trump has been a man of his political word. Taxes cut,...
Schaefer, Hefner Introduce Bonnen to East Texas

Schaefer, Hefner Introduce Bonnen to East Texas

Presumptive speaker of the Texas House and current State Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R–Angleton) made a trip to Tyler on Monday, attending a meet-and-greet organized by State Reps. Matt Schaefer (R–Tyler) and Cole Hefner (R–Mt. Pleasant). The venue, the Tyler Rose Garden, was...
Bonnen Expected to Claim Caucus Nomination Clinched

Bonnen Expected to Claim Caucus Nomination Clinched

AUSTIN, Texas — According to sources in the Texas Capitol, State Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R–Angleton) will claim this afternoon that he has the votes necessary to win election as speaker of the Texas House. A legislator for more than two decades, Bonnen officially entered...
Rumors: Clardy Campaigning on Coalition Government

Rumors: Clardy Campaigning on Coalition Government

A candidate running for speaker of the Texas House believes he has his election all sewn up according to citizen sources in his district. According to several activists in East Texas, State Rep. Travis Clardy (R-Nacogdoches) has told a number of his constituents that...
Zerwas Quits Speaker Race, Bonnen Rumored to Enter

Zerwas Quits Speaker Race, Bonnen Rumored to Enter

One of the first candidates to enter the race to succeed outgoing Texas House Speaker Joe Straus is calling it quits, and a longtime rumored candidate may finally enter the race. Late Sunday night, State Rep. John Zerwas (R–Richmond) announced he would be withdrawing...
Four Price Files for Speaker

Four Price Files for Speaker

Confirming speculation that had swirled for months, State Rep. Four Price (R-Amarillo) officially filed for Texas House Speaker on Thursday morning. Since joining the legislature in 2011, Price has served as a key lieutenant of Texas House Speaker Joe Straus (R–San...