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Volume VII Number 7 - April 3, 2008
A Periodic Newsletter for Committed Texas Conservatives

In This Issue

Top Races For Texas Conservatives In Primary Election Runoff April 8th

Why Lawsuit Reform Still Matters

An Idea Who's Time Has Come: "Promise To Texas"

Why Wright Tells Us He's Wrong For America

CLOUT Spending Limitation Suit Update: Will it put teeth in limitations of state spending?

SD 17 Vacancy: Who Should Conservatives Look At* By Michael Quinn Sullivan of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility

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Top Races For Texas Conservatives
In Primary Election Runoff April 8th

  • HD 52 (Round Rock) - Bryan Daniels

  • HD 55 (Temple) - Ralph Sheffield

  • HD 81 (Odessa) - Tryon Lewis

  • HD 112 (Dallas) - Randy Dunning

  • HD 144 (Houston) - Ken Legler

And from the TCR Harris County Election Guide:

  • JP Precinct 8, Place 1 - Richard Risinger

Why Lawsuit Reform Still Matters

For over a decade, Texans for Lawsuit Reform has fought to level the playing field in our civil judicial system. While progress has been made, there are still problems and there is still work to be done to get control of insurance premiums, although doctors are certainly doing better in this area. Among other areas needing work include court reform and reorganization and jury reform designed to increase participation and improve the selection of impartial juries.

An Idea Who's Time Has Come:
"Promise To Texas"

TCR has been "lobbying" for years for a state version of the Contract with America (1994) and this election cycle key conservatives from around the state are interested.

Among the common issues being discussed are:

  1. Fair tax for Texas: replacing the school property tax and the gross margins (income) tax with a broader and reduced sales tax.

  2. Limitation in growth of state and local government's spending.

  3. Sensible immigration enforcement and reform.

  4. A mobility plan for Texas that respects private property rights and Texas sovereignty.

  5. A constitutional amendment requiring a super majority before any tax increase.

  6. Reform the top 10% rule on college admissions.

A campaign of ideas is exactly what the GOP needs in 2008 in Texas.

Why Wright Tells Us He's Wrong For America

While Barack Obama has been above the fray, he now has rejoined the rest of us. The Rev. Wright affair is not going away. TCR found Obama's speech on race recently to be both interesting and troubling, comparing his white grandmother's fears to Rev. Wright's anti-American, anti-Semitic ravings do not compute and make no sense.

But the speech will be thought of down the line as a failure because he did not explain why he attended and significantly supported for twenty years a church led by such a fire breathing radical.

And what is worse, he has continually exposed his two children to this hate monger. What does that say about him and his judgment?

And that he said he didn't realize until recently that mainstream America would view Rev. Wright's remarks as unacceptable.

And finally, how can a candidacy based on uniting America be successful when one fails to discover there is a major racist in his life (Wright) who is the black equivalent of David Duke?

As conservative commentator Gary Bauer makes clear, "This isnít 'Change we can believe in.' Itís the same old political cynicism that weíre all sick of."

CLOUT Spending Limitation Suit Update:
Will it put teeth in limitations of state spending?

Coming this summer is the long awaited (since 2006) Citizens Lowering Our Unfair Taxes trial.

As many of our readers know, this suit seeks to enforce the constitutional limits on appropriations that have been evaded and ignored for years.

A successful result should mean strict real number limitation on spending increases tied to the state's true economic growth and since recent spending has exceeded that number, it should result in lower state spending.

CLOUT President Edd Hendee should be commended for leading the fight not just for his group, but also for all taxpayers in Texas. You can support this important suit by sending a personal check to:

P.O. Box 19030451
Houston, Texas 77274-9030

Or go to and make an online contribution.

SD 17 Vacancy:
Who Should Conservatives Look At*

By Michael Quinn Sullivan of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility

... (the recent announcement) that State Sen. Kyle Janek of Houston isn't seeking re-election has opened the gates of candidates rumored, potential and real. One name that's surfaced is Gary Polland, a long-time conservative activist who lets his professional life (he's a lawyer) fund his passion for right-thinking politics.

As the publisher of Texas Conservative Review, Gary has almost a decade of on-the-record writing about the issues facing the state. He was against the margins tax before it was cool, and has been a strong, consistent voice for limiting the growth of government. He also has a pesky habit of being undeterred in his demand for fiscal accountability.

Even though Gary hasn't yet announced, I know he's looking seriously at making the run. He's a candidate conservatives could be excited about supporting.

*reprint from

COMING Friday, April 4, 2008 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, April 6, 2008 at 5:00 pm on Channel 8 PBS in Houston, Texas - The Connection - Red, White & Blue, featuring TCR Editor Gary Polland and liberal commentator David Jones with the runoff debates for two of the most important races on the ballot: Congressional District 22: Shelly Sekula Gibbs v. Pete Olson and Harris County District Attorney: Pat Lykos v. Kelly Seigler. Both these offices have a strong Democratic candidate and by viewing the debates you can determine who the strongest candidates for the GOP would be.

About Your Editor

Gary Polland is a long-time conservative and Republican spokesman, fund-raiser, and leader who recently completed three terms as the Harris County Republican Chairman. During his three terms, Gary was described as the most successful county Chairman in America by Human Events - The National Conservative Weekly. He is in his tenth year of editing a newsletter dealing with key conservative and Republican issues. The last six years he has edited Texas Conservative Review. Gary is a practicing attorney and strategic consultant. He can be reached at (713) 621-6335.

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