John Whitmire

A Floor Fight Over Payday Lending

Apr 19, 2013 By Laura Wright

Sen. John Carona found his payday lending bill met with more opposition on the Senate floor than he had anticipated Thursday, prompting him to suggest that lobbyists were exercising undue influence over some of his colleagues.

Houston mayor’s race: Whitmire slams Parker for going negative

Nov 25, 2009 By Paul Burka

I have never pretended to be knowledgeable about the Houston mayor’s race, other than to pass along information that I have received from local sources, but I don’t get why Annise Parker has decided to go negative against runoff opponent Gene Locke. Her line is “Come Clean Gene” regarding his…

Keep your hands off my jet skis

Apr 20, 2009 By Patricia Kilday Hart

Sen. John Whitmire preserved the right of Texans to drive boats and jet skis without the burden of completing driver safety courses by shooting down a bill by Sen. Jeff Wentworth mandating the new requirement. Holding his hand to his forehead in disbelief, Whitmire passionately argued against “big government” intrusion…