Why Choose Tex. Rep. Phelan As Speaker of the House

Nov 8, 2020 by

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“Why Choose Tex. Rep. Phelan As Speaker of the House?

By Donna Garner

11.7.20

This is what happened on 11.8.18 (article posted below). As we all know, the Texas Tribune has turned far left; but their article does tell the sad tale.

In 2018, Texas voters messed up badly and allowed 35 LGBTQ candidates to win their elections – 5 in the Texas House. This completely changed the 2019 Legislative Session (86TH). There simply were not the votes for conservative values going forward (e.g., males in women’s bathrooms). The House turned liberal left which made it almost impossible for anything truly conservative to get passed by both the Senate and the House. The blame falls upon the 11.8.18 voters.

Hopefully the 11.3.20 elections will change the course in Texas and allow more conservative legislation to get passed in the 2021 Legislative Session.

However, I believe that having Rep. Phelan as the Speaker of the House is not the right way to go.  

Notice that before the 11.8.18 elections, Rep. Phelan was already ranked Less Conservative Than 1/3 of the Other Republicans:  7.22.17 – “2017 Texas House, Ranked from Lib Left to Cons Right” – by Donna Garner – EdViews.orghttps://www.educationviews.org/2017-texas-house-ranked-lib-left-cons/

Please notice where Tx. Rep. Phelan falls in the 2019 Legislative Session: 6.4.19 – “2019 Texas House from Right to Left”—by Mark Jones – Texas Tribunehttps://www.tribtalk.org/2019/06/04/the-2019-texas-house-from-right-to-left/

Rep. Phelan is definitely not in the top 41 conservative list; there are even 18 in the Texas House above him on the list who as moderates are more conservative than he is.  

My question:  Why can the Speaker of the House not be chosen from someone in the top 41 list of conservatives?

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11.8.18 – Texas Tribune

In Texas, the “Rainbow Wave” Outpaces the Blue One

November 8, 2018 | By The Texas Tribune

After the midterm election, there are now five openly LGBTQ women in the Texas House: incumbent Celia Israel, Jessica Gonzalez, Erin Zwiener, Julie Johnson and incumbent Mary Gonzalez.

Fourteen of 35 LGBTQ candidates won their races Tuesday night, and activists say the 2018 election will carve a path for a future “rainbow wave” in Texas.

by Hannah Wiley, The Texas Tribune

Excerpts from this article:

Fourteen of the 35 gay, bisexual and transgender candidates who ran for office in Texas during the midterms claimed victory Tuesday night — a 40 percent success rate in deep-red Texas — and national and state activists say they’re confident this election cycle carved a path for a future “rainbow wave” in Texas

LGBTQ candidates had plenty of fuel to inspire their campaigns and galvanize supporters, from Texas’ controversial “bathroom bill” to the Trump administration’s plans to eliminate “transgender” from legal terms.

Julie Johnson and Jessica González, two lesbian candidates from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, won their races for Texas House seats. Johnson defeated Republican incumbent Matt Rinaldi of Irving, while González ran uncontested. They’ll be joined by Erin Zwiener, a bisexual House candidate who won a seat in Central Texas by defeating Republican Ken Strange. The three will more than double the number of openly gay women in the Texas House of Representatives.

In Harris County, five LGBTQ judicial candidates defeated Republican incumbents Tuesday. Jason Cox, Jerry Simoneaux, Shannon Baldwin, James Kovach and Beau Miller will join the three openly gay judges in Houston. Charles Spain, a gay man, also won a seat on the 14th Court of Appeals over Republican incumbent Marc Brown.

“I think we are on a new path,” said Chuck Smith, CEO of Equality Texas, an Austin-based LGBTQ nonprofit. “[One] that demonstrates equality is a mainstream value and that extremists who seek to oppose equality are not in the mainstream.”

In Texas’ 23rd Congressional district, Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones — a former Air Force intelligence officer, Iraq War veteran and lesbian candidate — fought incumbent U.S. Congressman Will Hurd to a virtual tie. Hurd remained less than a percentage point ahead of Ortiz Jones on Wednesday morning and the race is still too close to call.

Meloy, whose Victory Fund organization contributed nearly $9,000 to Ortiz Jones’ campaign and raised more than $53,000 on her behalf, said Ortiz Jones’ run represents a historic moment that gives hope to those fighting for equality.

“I think it represents not only her perseverance but that a queer woman of color who is also a veteran should not be underestimated,” Meloy said.

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