Tom Craddick

Will cuts be restored? Craddick says no

Oct 30, 2012 By Paul Burka

I saw in the Midland Reporter-Telegram that Tom Craddick spoke to the home folks–the Permian Basin Petroleum Association–a few days ago. Here’s what he had to say: When the next session of the Texas Legislature opens in January, “it will be about money,” said State Rep. Tom Craddick, who…

Craddick seeking Railroad Commission post

Jun 22, 2011 By Paul Burka

Not Tom. His daughter Christi. Rick Perry has a vacancy to fill, following the resignation of Michael Williams in April. (Williams, through his consultant, had previously insisted to me that he was unequivocally running for the U.S. Senate; he now has his sights set on one of the 17 or…

Help! Help! There’s a pig in this room! Quick, get the lipstick!

Mar 24, 2011 By Paul Burka

You have to feel sorry for the Legislative Budget Board. The LBB came out with a required report titled "Dynamic Economic Impact Statement" on the effect of the House budget, and you have never heard such squealing in the pink building. Among those seeking to apply the Maybelline were David Dewhurst and the Texas Public Policy Foundation. But it will take more than a whole tube of "red revolution" or "warm and cozy" to pretty up this swine. You see, the LBB made a big mistake: It told the truth. It didn't say, as the governor likes to boast, "We have gotten through hard times before," or, "We are confident that the state will be able to meet its obligations." Instead, it delivered the bad news. How bad is bad? All of the numbers in parenthesis are negative. Total employment [Jobs lost] 2012 (271,746.1) 2013 (335,244.1)

MVP: Most vulnerable player (in redistricting)

Feb 11, 2011 By Paul Burka

[I have recovered some material I lost from the original post] It’s Jim Landtroop. 1. He’s a freshman. 2. He supported Paxton for speaker. 3. He cast one of the fifteen votes against Straus for speaker 4. He represents a part of the state that is hemorrhaging population. 5. He…

House committee assignments, at long last

Feb 10, 2011 By Paul Burka

The Joe Straus who put together these committee assignments was a different Joe Straus from the one who made the appointments in 2009. Straus 2.0 is a much more skilled politician. For those who had labeled him a RINO, he spiked that attack by appointing 27 Republican chairs to only 11…

Craddick criticizes the use of stimulus funds

Sep 30, 2009 By Paul Burka

An unsigned editorial in today’s Midland Reporter-Telegram expresses concern that the $12 billion in stimulus funds that were used to balance the budget “might some day come back to haunt us.” The paper was alerted to the danger by “a recent report to Midlanders from Tom Craddick, our…

Whither Straus?

May 26, 2009 By Paul Burka

On the night that the House debated the Appropriations bill on the floor in 2007, Democrats were able to add amendments for a teacher pay raise and against school vouchers. Craddick lieutenants went onto the floor to try to turn the votes but were unable to do so. The next…