Archive for April, 2012

Ron Paul returns to Texas

Rep. Ron Paul is making another swing through his home state. He will hold three town halls on three different University of Texas campuses this week. His stop in Austin is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday.

The town halls are organized by student supporters. The local UT ‘Youth for Ron Paul’ chapter has 42 members registered on its website, and the student-run Liberty for All Super PAC has been actively trying to get out the vote for Paul both on and off campus.

Paul is also hoping to pick up some campaign contributions while he’s in town. He’s holding a private fundraiser Thursday.

While most say Mitt Romney has locked up the nomination, Paul says he will stay in the race until the Republican National Convention this summer. It seems his financial backers stand by that decision. His campaign raised $10.4 million in the first quarter of 2012 and raked in $2.6 million in March alone.

Paul is banking on picking up some delegates in Tuesday night’s primaries. Of the five states voting, Rhode Island is the only state which awards delegates proportionately, giving Paul the chance to add to his count. The ad below is airing across Rhode Island ahead of the vote.

Leppert calls rivals ’empty suits’ in new statewide ad

U.S. Senate candidate Tom Leppert is calling out his GOP rivals–and Pres. Obama–in the campaign’s fourth TV ad. He calls Lt. Gov. Dewhurst a "career politician backed by lobbyists" and Former Solicitor General Ted Cruz a "government lawyer." Leppert is banking on his business background and his executive experience as mayor of Dallas to set him apart from the competition.

"I’m a conservative businessman. I’ve created good jobs, balanced budgets, and cut wasteful spending in business and government," Leppert says in the ad.

It started airing statewide on cable and on broadcast networks in most of the major markets Monday.

Dewhurst, Cruz out with new ads

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is taking his attack on opponent Ted Cruz to television. A new ad released today criticizes the former solicitor general for representing a Chinese company in a fraud case against an American businessman. The ad (seen below) says with Cruz’s help, "the Chinese keep stalling in court, they keep counterfeiting, and Ted Cruz keeps getting paid."

This is Dewhurst’s first T.V. attack in the U.S. Senate race. A super pac supporting the Lieutenant Governor is also running a negative ad about Cruz.

A Cruz Spokesman told the Dallas Morning News "David Dewhurst is so desperate to cling to political power that he is spending over $600,000 of his personal money to convince Texans that a $26 million jury verdict on appeal between two private parties is more relevant than his public record of increasing spending $72 billion, balancing the budget with Enron-style accounting tricks, and proposing a job-killing wage tax."

Meanwhile, Cruz’s new ad "Mojave" (seen below) will also be seen statewide. The :30 second spot touts Cruz’s work defending the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial. Cruz campaign spokesman James Bernsen says the ad highlights "Ted Cruz’s fight to represent three million veterans and defend the constitutionality of a cross erected to honor fallen WWI heroes."

Straus not signing Gov. Perry’s budget pledge

House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, did not sign Gov. Perry’s Texas Budget Compact this week, but he says he does support the governor’s principles.

"Speaker Straus not only agrees with the principles outlined in Governor Perry’s compact but also has delivered results on them, leading the House to balanced, no-new taxes budgets, preserving a strong Rainy Day Fund and being one of the only legislators ever to lead efforts to abolish a tax once it had served its purpose," The Speaker’s Office wrote in a press release.

Straus’ office says he has a long-standing policy of "not signing pledges," and that his pledge is to "keep his commitments to and provide quality representation" for his constituents and all Texans.

Perry to lawmakers: No new taxes or increases

More than eight months before the Texas Legislature reconvenes, Gov. Rick Perry warned lawmakers he’d oppose any new taxes or increases in taxes already on the books.

Perry appeared Monday at New World Van Lines Inc., a Houston moving company which he says is typical of businesses with annual revenues of less than $1 million.

"What I’m calling for is really quite simple. As the stewards of Texas we should practice truth-in budgeting, support a stricter constitutional limit on spending, oppose any and all new taxes or tax increases, preserve the Rainy Day Fund and cut wasteful and redundant government programs and agencies," the governor said.

In his speech, Perry said companies like New World Van Lines would benefit from a business tax exemption which he believes should be made permanent.

"Keeping taxes low is an essential part of what’s made Texas the best place in the country to live, work and raise a family, and that’s not going to change on my watch," Gov. Perry said.

The $5.4 billion cut from the state’s public school system last year prompted Chris Frandsen to run for the Texas House District 47 seat.

“If he really goes through with this or tries to run this through, his principles are basically running over the school children in Texas,” Frandsen said. “If he does it again, he’s really going to kill public education. I really believe this is going to be one of the most important elections in the history of Texas.”

The Travis County Democrat says lawmakers should have dipped into the $7.3 billion dollar Rainy Day Fund to balance the budget.

Instead, according to the Texas State Teacher’s Association, 25,000 tax-paying school employees have lost their jobs. Almost 11,000 of those were teachers.

Also, there are more than 8,400 overcrowded elementary classrooms packed with more students than state law allows, and several neighborhood schools are marked for closure.

“There’s waste. That’s waste led by Republicans,” Frandsen said. “Cutting the budgets of the public school boards that are elected by the citizens of Texas is not the answer.”

The governor also said a good chunk of the state budget is geared toward Medicaid costs and that will only increase if the U.S. Supreme Court doesn’t throw out President Barack Obama’s health care law.

The Legislature won’t reconvene until January, but Perry spokeswoman Lucy Nashed said “It’s never too early to start looking at these issues.”

Nashed said Perry wants to make clear to lawmakers what must be done to ensure the state will be in good financial shape heading into next year.

Texas is operating on a two-year budget lawmakers passed last year that included state spending cuts of almost $15 billion.

Click here for more information on Gov. Perry’s budget compact.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Cruz keeps focus on Dewhurst in first statewide televised debate

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst took most of the hits during the first statewide televised U.S. Senate debate Friday night in Dallas, most of them coming directly from former Solicitor General Ted Cruz. Cruz, who is right behind Dewhurst in fundraising, redirected most questions to attack Dewhurst’s record and his career in Austin.

The debate began with a question about a text message Cruz sent to Craig James. In the text message, Cruz asked James to to ask him about Dewhurst’s absence at some of the senate debates. In a press release, James accused Cruz of trying to "rig" the debate.

"There is nothing rigged at all about making a point about something I’ve said all across the state of Texas, which is for the entire course of this campaign, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has chosen to skip 32 candidate forums all over the state," Cruz said. "Lt. Gov. Dewhurst believed he didn’t have the time to go in front of Texas voters to listen to their questions and to defend his record and I think it’s perfectly acceptable to suggest to someone to make a point that he and I have both made all over the state."

In response, Dewhurst said he has campaigned all over the state, listening to Texans and their concerns.

But that wasn’t the last time Cruz called out Dewhurst by name. He seemed to use every opportunity to draw a contrast between himself and the Lieutenant Governor. When each candidate was assigned another candidate to question, Ted Cruz asked Tom Leppert a two-part question, both of which had to do with Dewhurst’s record.

Dewhurst finally engaged Cruz in the second half of the debate. Dewhurst said he sometimes gets "confused" because while he is running for the U.S. Senate, some candidates are "running against David Dewhurst." He later mentioned Cruz by name, when he asked Craig James if he, unlike Ted Cruz, would support Sen. John Cornyn for a Republican leadership position in the U.S. Senate. James said he would support Cornyn.

All candidates agreed on the major issues, all want to repeal Pres. Obama’s Affordable Care Act, and most said some changes must be made to Social Security. All of the candidates said there was a need for more border patrol agents.

Ron Paul collects delegates, breaks up Fed in video game

Courtesy: Daniel Williams

Are you a liberty-loving, Ron Paul-supporting gamer who likes to play the classics like Super Mario Brothers and Sonic the Hedgehog? You might feel inclined to donate to a guy named Daniel Williams in Houston who created "The Road to REVOLution," an action/adventure game starring Ron Paul.

"Collect Delegates to ensure your seat as the President, collect Gold Coins to unlock branches of the Federal Reserve where you defeat bosses and progress your quest to end the Federal Reserve," Williams writes.

The game has more than 50 levels and an original soundtrack.

Williams is looking for donations. According to his page he has already surpassed his fundraising goal, with $5,783 dollars donated by 58 people.

Courtesy: Daniel Williams

According to the donation page, the game is only online now, but Williams is hoping to convert it to aps for android and i platforms.

You can see Williams’ trailer for the game here:

Planned Parenthood sues Texas over Women’s Health Program cuts

Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas filed a federal lawsuit in Austin Wednesday, in an effort to block a rule that excludes Planned Parenthood from receiving money as part of the Texas Women’s Health Program.

That decision lead the Obama Administration to cut Medicaid funding to Texas. In the lawsuit, Planned Parenthood calls the new rule unconstitutional, and asks the court to "enter a preliminary injunction."

"In addition to being bad public health policy because it will result in tens of thousands of low-income women losing access to their provider of choice, Texas’s rule is unconstitutional because it places an unconstitutional condition on Planned Parenthood’s eligibility to participate in Women’s Health Program," Planned Parenthood writes in a statement.

The lawsuit also claims the rule "violates Texas law because the state Health and Human Services Commission overstepped its authority" in adopting it.

Santorum thanks Texas supporters in campaign suspension speech

Rick Santorum’s run for the GOP presidential nomination is over. In his speech, Santorum thanked supporters in Texas for working to make it a winner-take-all primary "because they want to make sure that we have the best opportunity to, for Texas and for conservatives to have a voice in this primary."

In an email to supporters following his speech, his campaign echoed that sentiment.

"Our good friends in Texas have been working non-stop to make sure that they have a say in the choice of our nominee, but without the state changing its delegate allocation to winner-take-all, I do not see a path forward that does not risk our shared objective of defeating Barack Obama in November. I want to thank them for their valiant efforts," Santorum writes.

Mitt Romney congratulated Santorum on his campaign and called him "an able and worthy competitor." The Ron Paul campaign said it will continue to fight–and will not drop out before the Republican Convention in Tampa.

"Congratulations to Senator Santorum on running such a spirited campaign. Dr. Paul is now the last – and real – conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. We plan to continue running hard, secure delegates, and press the fight for limited, constitutional government in Tampa."

Paul debuts statewide ad in Texas

A new statewide ad from "Big Bold Texan" Ron Paul hit airwaves Tuesday, the same day he kicks off a three-day, three-city tour of town hall meetings here in Texas. In the 30-second ad Paul calls Rick Santorum a "big spending, debt ceiling raising fiscal liberal," and says Mitt Romney is a "moderate from Massachusetts." You see a brief picture of Newt Gingrich, who is only referred to as the "Moon Colony Guy."

"Only one candidate can stand up for Texas," the ad says, referring to Paul.

In a press release about the "Vote Texas" ad, Paul campaign Chairman Jesse Benton says, "Ron Paul is competing hard in his home state of Texas, and we expect that Texas conservatives will reject flip-flopping Massachusetts moderate Mitt Romney and the debt ceiling raising fiscal liberal Rick Santorum.

"Through ‘Vote Texas’ and the campaign’s other efforts, Texas voters will be reminded that Ron Paul is the only Texan in the race, the only veteran in the race, and the only real conservative in the race."

You can see the ad for yourself here: