Tuesday, July 19, 2005

HB 2 Signed

With the threat of another special session looming in Austin there seems to be a resolution on HB 2. Quorum Report has it that at 10:30 last night the big three finally agreed to something.

With the clock winding down on the two major bills of the special session, Gov. Rick Perry'’s spokeswoman Kathy Walt confirmed the Big Three had reached an agreement in principle on the education reform bill, House Bill 2. A conference committee report is being compiled and printed on the bill to be signed by conferees, Walt said.

The Capitol press corps has spent the last three hours or so camped outside the Governor’s office, awaiting word on the fate of House Bill 2 and House Bill 3. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Speaker of the House Rep. Tom Craddick (R-Midland) have come and gone during the course of the evening, as well as conferees Sen. Florence Shapiro (R-Plano) and Sen. Ken Armbrister (D-Victoria).

Slick Rick is spinning the latest special session woes as nothing more than the Senate not knowing how to do their job. Silly man.
“But what that individual needs to also keep in mind is that we're going to be back on Thursday, so they could explain to their constituents and the people of the state of Texas why we're having another special session just so that they could make a point that, quite frankly, didn't make any difference, Perry said.
Clearly Rick is forgetting that he is the reason for all the latest conflict. He showed a total lack of leadership during the session and then again in the special session. He is the one that allowed legislation on eminent domain, tuition tax breaks, telecommunications, etc, etc.

If Rick Perry had either shown leadership of any kind OR limited the focus of the special session to ONLY education, then we wouldn't be in this mess.

This special session is a sign of things to come. Perry mishandled it, and now as he moves into campaign mode, he is going mishandle it too. Strayhorn and who ever the democratic nominee, both have a great show to take out the bottom dwelling Perry.


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