Republican primary

Is Fox News getting less enamored with Perry?

Oct 3, 2011 By Paul Burka

A Perry supporter with ties to the campaign observes that Perry is not getting the enthusiastic treatment from Fox he has always enjoyed in the past. This could be a function of his struggling campaign, or of the confusion of the Republican primary race, but it could also be (the…

Found in the Democratic party’s dumpster

Feb 23, 2010 By Paul Burka

Sifting through the dumpster behind the Democratic party headquarters, I came across discarded copies of this memo. From: Your Democratic leaders To: All Democratic voters Re: Election strategy To all Democrats in Texas: We have determined that the best strategy for Democrats in this election is to vote in the…

The campaign to drive Hutchison out of the race has begun

Nov 18, 2009 By Paul Burka

This undated letter from former state party chairman George Strake Jr. was forwarded to me by a Perry loyalist. Dear Friend, As someone who helped build our Republican Majority in Texas since the days Democrats dominated every statewide office and both houses of the legislature, and as someone who has…

GOPAC wants my opinion: Here it is

May 8, 2009 By Paul Burka

I came home last night to find a GOPAC survey in my e-mail queue. I tend to vote in Republican primaries (4 of the 6 elections starting in 1998), since that is the only election that matters for statewide candidates, so I assume that is how they found me. Here are the questions and my answers: 1. Do you support your state Governor's authority to reject stimulus funds from the federal government? Yes -- I support the governor's authority. I don't support the rejection. No Undecided 2. The Pennsylvania Republican Party recently passed a unanimous resolution urging their lawmakers to oppose the Employee Free Choice Act that would eliminate an employee's right to a secret ballot. Do you support efforts like this in your own state to oppose "card check" legislation? Yes -- I live in a right to work state, so this is not likely to be an issue here, but I don't like the card check law at all. It's overreaching. No Undecided 3. Do you believe our elected officials should continue aggressively fighting the War on Terror? Yes -- But I'm skeptical about Obama's Afghanistan policy. Afghanistan was important only only because it was a base for bin Laden's training camps. Those camps are gone. Al Qaeda is in Pakistan. The only reason for sending troops to Afghanistan now is to fight the Taliban. Is that worth sacrificing American lives for? If the Taliban take over again, so what? Bin Laden isn't coming back. The action is in the border regions of Pakistan. Afghanistan is not strategically important today. No Undecided 4. Do you support the decision to close down Guantanamo Bay and bring suspected terrorists to be tried and housed in the Continental United States? Yes -- Gitmo is a symbol for the world of America turning its back on its own values. I think we should get rid of it, try terrorists in the courts, and clap those who are convicted in maximum security prisons. No Undecided 5. Are you in favor of off-shore drilling? Yes -- Drill, baby, drill. Especially off California and Florida. No Undecided