House District 8:  Comrade Cook’s Challenge

House District 8: Comrade Cook’s Challenge

Perhaps no single Republican has done more damage to the Republican Party’s conservative agenda than Byron Cook of Corsicana. Once considered a quiet backbencher, Cook has morphed into a card-carrying opponent of conservative causes. From his perch as chairman of the...
House District 2: Flynn’s Folly

House District 2: Flynn’s Folly

Once considered a staunch conservative, State Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van) inexplicably sold out to the Austin establishment and hasn’t looked back. From his bizarre persecution of UT regent and whistleblower Wallace Hall, to his support of the Democrats’ legislative...
House District 121: Oust Straus?

House District 121: Oust Straus?

After Joe Straus was elected to the Texas House in a little-noticed special election, he reportedly told people he ran only because his mom wanted him to, so he could look after the family’s gambling industry interests. He became speaker of the Texas House in 2009...
House District 128: Raising Cain

House District 128: Raising Cain

It’s not so much that State Rep. Wayne Smith is a bad guy, despite a fairly bad record on fiscal and conservative issue. It’s that he does so very little as a legislator. And not “so very little” in the “try to get government out of the way” mindset, it’s that he does...
House District 14: Raney Days

House District 14: Raney Days

It takes effort for a Republican to make Democrats look conservative, but College Station’s John Raney does just that. Just this fall, Raney co-hosted a political fundraiser with a South Texas House Democrat. (Yes, Raney is one of those Republicans.) If there’s a...
House District 150: A Bad Riddle

House District 150: A Bad Riddle

Once hailed as a great conservative, State Rep. Debbie Riddle spent the last two legislative sessions thwarting conservative causes. Her increasing hostility to conservatism has grown in proportion to her closeness to the cartel of Democrats and liberal Republicans...
House District 60: Improvement NOT Guaranteed

House District 60: Improvement NOT Guaranteed

When crony-incumbent State Rep. Jim Keffer announced his retirement, voters around House District 60 cheered. Keffer had been instrumental in colluding with Democrats to install Joe Straus as speaker of the Texas House. The “RINO of Eastland” received a near-death...