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Dew or Die

Sep 9, 2009 By Paul Burka

Dewhurst’s decision to announce for lieutenant governor has touched off intense speculation about whether this is a final decision or a keep-my-options-open decision. Dewhurst has always wanted to be governor, and so I think his plan is to succeed Perry upon his retirement in January 2019. But seriously, folks ……

Will Troy Fraser succeed Dewhurst?

Aug 12, 2009 By Paul Burka

Some Senate Republicans, Fraser foremost among them, have been cooking up a plan to exclude the Democrats from choosing the successor to Dewhurst if and when Hutchison resigns her Senate seat. The idea is to impose a unit rule — a term not heard in Texas politics since the days…

Heflin’s vote gets Voter I.D. out of committee

May 11, 2009 By Paul Burka

By Abby Rapoport, Texas Monthly Intern The Elections Committee sent Voter ID out of committee over lunch—but it’s not the bill most wanted. After going through several versions and so-called “compromise bills”, the committee ultimately voted on Troy Fraser’s Senate version, identical language and all. The meeting, a chaotic gathering…

Dewhurst pushing TWIA compromise

Apr 24, 2009 By Patricia Kilday Hart

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst announced from the prodium this morning that he plans to begin meeting with coastal senators on Sen. Troy Fraser’s Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) bill.  I’m told that the coastal senators, plus a few other senators whose constituents own property on the coast, had enough votes…

Cute? Not so much…

Mar 10, 2009 By Patricia Kilday Hart

Sen. Royce West, trying to gauge the impact of Voter ID on minorities, asks Fraser if he has spoken to any ethnic minorities about his bill. “I don’t want to get cute with you but you are an ethnic minority and I have talked to you about it,” said Fraser.

Tone-deaf, defined by Fraser

Mar 10, 2009 By Patricia Kilday Hart

Freshman Senator Wendy Davis was questioning Fraser when he asked her to speak up: “I have trouble hearing women’s voices,” he said. Really?  Rodney Ellis certainly couldn’t let that one go. He interrupts and asks Duncan:  “I thought I heard my wife’s voice…Is she calling me?” Davis tries to get…

Fraser takes the floor

Mar 10, 2009 By Patricia Kilday Hart

Sen. Troy Fraser says his bill requiring voters to present identification was a response to the 2005 Carter-Baker Commission which recommended a uniform voter photo ID. He says that commission found evidence of voter fraud, including voter impersonation. Despite Democratic fears that the bill would repress voter interest, Fraser said…