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Hutchison op-ed asks women to back Romney

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison laid out her support for Mitt Romney today, and threw out the argument that the Republican party is waging a "war on women. in an op-ed in the Houston Chronicle.

"All Americans are suffering. Unemployment is too high, economic growth is too low, and the Obama administration seems incapable of doing anything about it. We all need a change for the better, and those politicians who prefer to divide us rather than seek solutions deserve our scorn.

I support Gov. Mitt Romney for president because he has a well-thought-out plan to get our economy back on track. He recognizes that it is not government but the American people who have made our country great. Men and women pursuing their hopes, seeking the fulfillment of the American dream. The success of our efforts to grow the economy will depend entirely on whether we make it easier or harder for them to accomplish that goal," Hutchison writes.

Hutchison writes that when she became the first woman to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate, "it was with the help of a lot of women – and a large number of men, too."

Hutchison did not endorse Gov. Rick Perry while he was running for the Republican nomination. She had said on MSNBC in February, she thought Romney has the experience she hopes a president would have.

Paul campaign is not over, will speak at Texas GOP convention in June

The Ron Paul campaign insisted Tuesday the Texas congressman’s bid for the GOP nomination is not over. He will continue campaigning, however he won’t spend money in upcoming primary states, including Texas.

"Yesterday Dr. Paul announced that our campaign is not going to spend resources in upcoming primary states. That decision was made largely made on financial decisions but also because of the effectiveness of our delegate strategy and what we’ve accomplished so far," Jesse Benton, Ron Paul National Campaign Chairman, said on a conference call with reporters.

"Dr. Paul is not suspending his campaign and he is not dropping out of the race. Dr. Paul plans to continue actively campaigning," Benton said.

The campaign did acknowledge is it "unlikely" they will be able to block Gov. Romney’s nomination at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this summer, however they report they about more than 100 bound delegates. That number exceeds the amount usually reported.

Although he won’t campaign in his home-state ahead of the May 29 primary, Rep. Paul will speak at the Texas GOP Convention in Ft. Worth in June. He will not attend a large rally planned at the University of Texas this Saturday. Organizers had planned on thousands attending. Instead, Paul will be in Minnesota this weekend, speaking at the state’s GOP convention.

Palin endorses Ted Cruz for U.S. Senate

Ted Cruz is having a good week. First, he got a million dollar ad campaign paid for by the Club for Growth. Now, Sarah Palin is throwing her support behind Cruz’s Senate campaign.

According to a campaign press release, Palin’s endorsement came as a response to a letter Cruz sent her.

"We’re proud to join conservatives in Texas and throughout the nation in supporting your campaign to become the next Senator from the Lone Star State," Palin wrote. "Your conservative principles, passionate defense of our Constitution and our free market system come at a time when these cornerstones of our freedom and prosperity are under attack. Our shared goal isn’t just to change the majority in control of the Senate, but to assure principled conservatives like you are there to fight for us."

Cruz called Palin "an inspiration to conservatives" and says he’s honored to have her support.

Cruz gets million dollar backing from Washington-based Tea Party group

The same group that helped defeat longtime U.S. Senator Richard Lugar in the Indiana Republican Primary, is now backing Ted Cruz in an effort to defeat frontrunner David Dewhurst, in the form of lots of cash. The Washington-based Tea Party Club for Growth rolled out a one millon dollar ad campaign against "moderate tax-raising David Dewhurst."

"Texans looking for a principled defender of economic freedom should vote for Ted Cruz in the Republican Primary for U.S. Senate,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola in a press release. “Texas newspapers describe David Dewhurst as a moderate at heart because he has grown the size of government, supported new taxes, and has done his best to stop conservative policies in Austin. Texas Republicans should vote against David Dewhurst and his support for higher taxes on May 29th.”

The Dewhurst campaign released a new ad today as well, starring Mike Huckabee.

"We need different people in Washington with different values – conservative people like David Dewhurst," Huckabee says in the ad. "David’s conservative leadership helped Texas pass more pro-life legislation than any state in America. And David stood with taxpayers, cut spending and cut taxes. There’s only one proven conservative in this race for Senate, so stand with him."

You can watch both ads below.

Club for Growth

Team Dewhurst

Dewhurst campaign calls Obama same-sex marriage comment ‘desperate’

It’s easy to assume Republicans don’t agree with Pres. Obama’s change of heart on same-sex marriage. But, 3 hours after ABC News broke in with part of the president’s interview, few Texas Republicans have responded.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s U.S. Senate campaign released this statement around 4 p.m:

“President Barack Obama continued his assault on traditional values today when he flip-flopped on his position and announced his support for same-sex marriage. This cynical, desperate move demonstrates that President Obama will do anything to cater to his extreme liberal base."

"In Texas, David Dewhurst helped lead the effort here in Texas to enshrine in the Texas constitution that marriage is between a man and a woman, and he is running for the U.S. Senate to stop the Obama Administration’s efforts to eradicate the traditional values that have made our country great.”

Former Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum sent out a statement, he said it was "no surprise," accusing President Obama of "consistently fighting against protecting the institution of marriage from radical social engineering at both the state and federal level."

We will post a statement from the governor’s office if they send one out.

AG office fires back at feds over Voter ID

The Texas Voter ID law likely won’t go into effect before the November general election. Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office fired back at the US Justice Department after the federal government said the state failed to act with "a sense of urgency" or "diligence" required to decide on the law before November.

Texas has repeatedly ignored or violated directives and orders of this Court that were designed to expedite discovery, and Texas has failed to produce in a timely manner key documents that Defendants need to prepare their defense. Most troubling is Texas’ conduct with respect to producing its key state databases, which are central to Defendants’ claim that S.B. 14 has a disparate and retrogressive impact on racial and/or language minority groups.

Abbott spokesman Jerry Strickland said DOJ is playing politics.

"In an ongoing effort to prevent Texas from enforcing its Voter ID law during the November election, the Department of Justice and partisans who oppose the Voter ID law, have issued endless discovery requests seeking millions of records that have nothing to do with this case. The State has already produced roughly 25,000 pages of information and millions of records from State databases," Strickland said in a statement. "The DOJ and their partisan allies need to end their fishing expedition and stop their attempts to deny Texas the same right to require the very same type of photo identification from voters that has already been upheld by the Supreme Court. The needless delays imposed by the opponents of Texas’ Voter ID law continue to prove that Justice Kennedy was correct when he noted that the Section 5’s preclearance requirements put Texas at a disadvantage compared to other states."

In the court documents released on Monday the court says it is no longer granting an "expedited review," and now Texas might have to pay a fine.

Dewhurst leads by wide margin in new poll

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst might wrap up the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in a little over 2 weeks, that is if you believe a new poll which gives Dewhurst 51 percent of the vote. The Conservative Republicans of Texas polled 400 likely Republican primary voters from April 27-30. Ted Cruz is at 16 percent, Tom Leppert 7 percent, Craig James at 2 percent, and 24 percent said they weren’t sure or refused do take part in the poll.

The Quorum Report points out that the CRT hired Dresner, Wickers, Barber, Sanders to conduct the poll l– a group which lists Dewhurst as a client.

The poll also looked at the 2014 race for lieutenant governor. Susan Combs receives 28 percent of the vote, Dan Patrick 15 percent, Todd Staples 7, and Jerry Patterson 5. However, the majority of people, 39 percent, say they aren’t sure who they are voting for.

The margin of error for the poll is +/- 4.5 percent.

Appeals judge puts Planned Parenthood back in the money

Federal Appeals Judge Jerry Smith says there is sufficient evidence the state law excluding Planned Parenthood from receiving money as part of the Texas Women’s Health Program is unconstitutional. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission says it will "comply with the court order as the case proceeds."

"We also will continue to work toward a state program that provides women with access to vital family planning services and complies with the law that bans abortion providers from getting those funds," HHSC said in a statement.

Planned Parenthood said their doors will remain open tomorrow.

"This case isn’t about Planned Parenthood — it’s about the women who rely on us
for cancer screenings, birth control, and annual exams, Sarah Wheat, Interim Co-CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Texas Capital Region said in a statement. "We won’t let politics interfere with the health care that nearly three million people a year rely on Planned Parenthood for in Texas and around the country."

A trial date will be set during a hearing in district court on May 18.

The same judge sided with the state earlier this week with a stay to the injunction decided on Monday. Judge Smith had said he granted a stay so he would have more time to review the law.

State officials say if Texas is forced to include Planned Parenthood in the WHP they could shut down the program all together.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Paul Ryan to keynote Texas GOP Convention

A darling of Republicans across the country will deliver the keynote address at the Texas GOP Convention in Fort Worth June 9. Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, who chairs the House Budget Committee, is often placed by pundits at the top of the vice presidential short list for Mitt Romney.

In a press release from the Texas GOP, Steve Munisteri says, "I am grateful to Congressman Ryan for agreeing to speak at our State Convention on June 9th. His leadership on shrinking the size of government and cutting federal spending aligns well with the platform of the Republican Party of Texas. I look forward to welcoming him to Fort Worth and our State Convention!"

The Republican state convention will be June 7-9 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. The Democrats will hold their convention the same weekend in Houston.

Perry: God forgives ‘oops’ moments

Gov. Perry told attendees at the annual state prayer breakfast that God forgives mistakes, including campaign gaffes.

"Every one of us has ‘oops’ moments, every day. And being able to know instinctively, intuitively, without any doubt that there is an all-loving god that is going to forgive you for that ‘oops’ moment –America may not forgive you for it, but God will," Perry said to a chorus of applause and "Amen."

Gov. Perry also said a prayer for Pres. Obama.

"Let’s pray for our president, his wisdom. I pray that God pierces his heart," Perry said, which caused some in the audience to laugh or yell out "Amen." "That he truly understands God’s will to protect innocent life and pray for his true understanding of God’s will for this country."

Thursday, May 3 is National Prayer Day. Perry formally declared Thursday a Day of Prayer in Texas at the breakfast.