Tuesday, May 29, 2012 in the primary election in Texas (my home state). The primary elections are more important than most voters realize because few people vote in them and they set the ballot in the general election.  One reason why the candidates seemingly become more extreme every year is that the only voters who get fired up to vote in the primaries are extremists and old people. If this is ever going to change, the reasonable, young and middle-aged people have to get to the polls.  I’ll admit that up to this point, my primary election participation leaves much to be desired. But as I get older (uh-oh) this will no longer be the case.

As regular readers know, though I have always abhorred the use of candidate litmus tests, for now and the immediate future public education and public education funding are my sole candidate litmus tests.  With that being the case, I submit to you the members of the Texas House and Senate who orchestrated and supported the gutting of public education funding in 2011, who are on the 2012 primary ballots. 

Whether this information enters into your decision making or not, as a reasonable, thinking LYSer, make sure you get out and VOTE.  

The Texas Senate – Voted For Slashed Education Budgets

Name Party Running For
David Dewhurst Republican U.S. Senate
Brian Birdwell Republican Texas Senate
John Carona Republican Texas Senate
Bob Deuell Republican Texas Senate
Robert L. Duncan Republican Texas Senate
Kevin Eltife Republican Texas Senate
Craig Estes Republican Texas Senate
Troy Fraser Republican Texas Senate
Glenn Hegar Republican Texas Senate
Joan Huffman Republican Texas Senate
Jane Nelson Republican Texas Senate
Robert Nichols Republican Texas Senate
Dan Patrick Republican Texas Senate
Kel Seliger Republican Texas Senate
Jeff Wentworth Republican Texas Senate
Tommy Williams Republican Texas Senate
Juan Hinojosa Democrat Texas Senate
Royce West Democrat Texas Senate

The Texas House – Voted for Slashed Education Budgets

Name Party Running For
Allan  B.  Ritter  Republican Texas House
Allen  Fletcher                      Republican Texas House
Angie Chen  Button  Republican Texas House
Barbara  Nash  Republican Texas House
Brandon  Creighton  Republican Texas House
Bryan  Hughes  Republican Texas House
Byron  Cook  Republican Texas House
Charles  ‘Doc’  Anderson  Republican Texas House
Charles  J.  Schwertner  Republican Texas House
Charles  Lee  Perry  Republican Texas House
Charlie  L.  Geren  Republican Texas House
Cindy  Burkett  Republican Texas House
Connie  Scott  Republican Texas House
Dan  Flynn  Republican Texas House
Daniel  G.  ‘Dan’  Huberty  Republican Texas House
Daniel  H.  ‘Dan’  Branch  Republican Texas House
Dee  R.  ‘Donald’  Margo  Republican Texas House
Diane  Patrick  Republican Texas House
Doug  Miller  Republican Texas House
Drew  Darby  Republican Texas House
Four  Price  IV Republican Texas House
Gary  Elkins  Republican Texas House
George Edward  Lavender  Republican Texas House
Harvey  Hilderbran  Republican Texas House
James  Lloyd  ‘Jim’  Keffer  Republican Texas House
Jason  Isaac  Republican Texas House
Jim  Murphy                        Republican Texas House
Jim  Pitts  Republican Texas House
Jimmie Don  ‘JD’  Aycock  Republican Texas House
Jodie  Anne  Laubenberg  Republican Texas House
John  C.  Otto  Republican Texas House
John  E.  Davis  Republican Texas House
John  L.  Kuempel  Republican Texas House
John  M.  Frullo  Republican Texas House
John  T.  Smithee  Republican Texas House
John  V.  Garza  Republican Texas House
John  Zerwas  Republican Texas House
Kelly  Hancock  Republican Texas State Senate
Ken  Paxton  Jr. Republican Texas House
Kenneth  Sheets  Republican Texas House
Lance  Gooden  Republican Texas House
Larry  Gonzales  Republican Texas House
Larry  Phillips  Republican Texas House
Larry  Taylor  Republican Texas House
Leo  Berman  Republican Texas House
Linda  Harper-Brown  Republican Texas House
Lois  W.  Kolkhorst  Republican Texas House
Lyle  T.  Larson                   Republican Texas House
Mark  M.  Shelton  Republican Texas State Senate
Marva  Beck  Republican Texas House
Myra  Crownover  Republican Texas House
Paul  D.  Workman  Republican Texas House
Phil  S.  King  Republican Texas House
Ralph  Sheffield  Republican Texas House
Randy  Weber  Republican U.S.  Congress
Raul  Torres  Republican Texas State Senate
Rob  Eissler  Republican Texas House
Rob  Orr  Republican Texas House
Sarah  Davis                         Republican Texas House
Tan  Parker  Republican Texas House
Thomas  R.  ‘Tom’  Craddick  Republican Texas House
Tim  Kleinschmidt  Republican Texas House
Todd  Ames  Hunter  Republican Texas House
Todd  Smith  Republican Texas State Senate
Tryon  D.  Lewis  Republican Texas House
Warren  D.  Chisum  Republican Texas Railroad Commissioner
Wayne  Christian  Republican Texas House
Wayne  Smith                       Republican Texas House
William  ‘Bill’  Zedler  Republican Texas House
William  A.  ‘Bill’  Callegari  Republican Texas House


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