harold dutton

Politics & Policy |
February 20, 2009

Is Straus more powerful than Craddick?

This may have been the point that Dutton was trying to make: that the logic of the new rules makes the speaker virtually invulnerable to removal. Craddick’s critics argued that the congressional precedents and other authorities (such as Mason’s) empowered the members to remove the speaker at any time by…

Politics & Policy |
February 19, 2009

The Dutton Questions

On Tuesday, Harold Dutton raised two parliamentary inquiries of Speaker Straus. The first involved committee membership: Q: Do the rules provide that a member can resign his seat? A: Yes Q: Can he resign from his committee if he wants to? A: It’s up to the member to decide if…