Texas has reached a new age in politics. In an overwhelmingly red state, it has become increasingly more difficult for Democrats and outspoken liberals to become elected to the Texas Legislature to represent citizens in Austin. The majority of the state is outspokenly Republican, with a majority of those Republicans being outspokenly conservative.
The main roadblock to conservative legislation in the Texas Legislature is not the Democrats; the “Republicans” hold the majority in both the House and Senate. The question is then posed: Why can’t conservative advocacy groups pass their conservative legislation with such “conservative” leadership? How is it possible that 98 Republican Texas State Representatives (out of 150 House members) cannot pass critical pieces of conservative legislation?
It seems that more and more moderates and liberals are running under the guises of conservative Republicans. Many of these fraudulent conservatives are forced to vote conservatively on critical pieces of conservative legislation in order to maintain their public appearance within their conservative House District. However, you will rarely see these “representatives” advocating for and championing these key pieces of legislation that would assist Texas in becoming an even greater state.
A prime example of this is Texas State Rep. John Raney. Ever since his election to House District 14 in 2011, Representative Raney has grown closer to House Leadership and farther from the conservative base in his district. House Leadership has become the single largest roadblock to conservative legislation passing in the Texas Legislature, and Representative Raney has not aided in alleviating this issue.
For example, House Leadership was instrumental in obstructing THSC’s efforts to reform Senate Bill 206 in order to curtail an enormous increase of power that the bill was giving to CPS over Texas families. House Leadership reportedly threatened conservative State Representatives who sought to fix the bill by implying that Leadership would use procedural tricks to kill the pro-life bill and the pro-gun bill behind SB 206 on the calendar if anyone tried to amend SB 206. As a result, amendments to the bill were pulled and the reforms failed to get on the bill.
Representative Raney did nothing to aid THSC in furthering or strengthening parental or home school rights during the legislative session, despite many visits to his office regarding these important issues. In addition, Representative Raney earned alarmingly low scorecard ratings from Empower Texans and Texas Right to Life on his lack of defense for conservative fiscal issues and his failure to defend the unborn.
It is a critical time for parental rights and home school rights in our state, and it is no longer acceptable for so-called conservatives to simply vote for conservative legislation under pressure of what the public will think. Texas needs legislators who actually agree on and advocate for conservative principles and values.
Parents, home schoolers, and conservatives need advocates in Austin to accurately represent them in the Texas Legislature. It is for this reason that THSC has endorsed Jess Fields for Texas House District 14 over Rep. John Raney. Jess is a strong advocate for conservative values, who will accurately represent his constituents in Bryan and College Station, Texas.[bctt tweet=”TX families need advocates in Austin to accurately represent them in the Texas Legislature. #KeepTXStrong”]
As a father and husband, Jess will push to expand parental and home school rights in Austin as he fights with us to Keep Texas Families Free.
Will you vote for Jess? Have you registered to vote? The deadline is fast approaching!
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