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Can Craddick come back?

Jan 11, 2009 By Paul Burka

Sure, there are circumstances under which he could regain the speakership. He has $3 million and a loyal core of conservative members who support him. He has time on his hands–nothing to do but make oil deals, raise money, and recruit candidates for 2010. The speaker’s statute is no longer…

Report: Craddick set on regaining speakership in 2010

Jan 10, 2009 By Paul Burka

My source is one of the ABCs. He says that Craddick has been telling members who have supported him that he’ll be speaker again in two years, and, there being few secrets, this has gotten back to the ABCs. This is all I have on this subject for now. It…

Ich bin ein Speaker!

Jan 5, 2009 By Eileen Smith

Burka and Eileen discuss probable Speaker Joe Straus, Craddick’s exit, horse racing, and whether bridge qualifies as gambling. Honorably mentioned: John Smithee, Burt Solomons, Dan Gattis, Jim Keffer, and playing the ponies. (And yes, I am wearing a scarf over my turtleneck. My space heater gave out, and I can’t…

Will Craddick stay?

Jan 5, 2009 By Paul Burka

When Tom Craddick became speaker, Pete Laney remained in the Legislature for two sessions. Craddick believed, rightly or wrongly, that Laney orchestrated the Democratic resistance to his leadership, and he deeply resented it. Is history going to repeat itself? Is Craddick going to take his seat on the floor and…

Capitol Inside: Straus may run for speaker

Dec 7, 2008 By Paul Burka

I hope this won’t be seen as poaching; a lobbyist sent me the story from Capitol Inside. Here are the first two paragraphs: There’s speculation that State Rep. Joe Straus may be seriously considering a race for the Texas House’s top leadership post if no other candidate catches…

SREC opposes secret ballot for speaker; Merritt “very disappointed”

Dec 6, 2008 By Paul Burka

The text of Merritt’s release: Rep. Tommy Merritt, R-Longview, is very disappointed with the State Republican Executive Committee’s decision today to adopt a resolution that condemns selection of a new Speaker of the Texas House by private ballot. “The private ballot is part of the foundation of this nation and…

SREC will weigh in for Craddick today: no secret ballot

Dec 6, 2008 By Paul Burka

This was predictable. In fact, I predicted it: Craddick will mobilize the state party to bring pressure on members to support his reelection as speaker. The State Republican Executive Committee is expected to adopt a resolution today calling for an open ballot for speaker. This is, of course, a de…