Bexar GOP Targets Straus for #RULE 44 Sanctions
Today members of the Bexar County Republican Party Executive Committee will announce they have drafted a resolution to sanction Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus according to Rule 44 of the Texas GOP. The announcement will be made at a San Antonio press conference. The resolution is three pages of reasons why the Bexar County GOP precinct chairs believe Straus has violated the principles of the state party as published in its 2016 platform, and is eligible for stiff penalties by the state party.
RagingElephantsRadio.com sources have provided the final draft of the resolution. The drafters of the resolution included video evidence to support their claims against Straus and bolster their case for punishment.
On July 10, 2017, the Bexar County GOP Executive Committee delivered a political stunner when it voted 36-28 to pass a resolution calling for new leadership in the Texas House – a direct rebuke of their hometown representative. Passage of the “censure” resolution launched a tide of similar resolutions being passed by county parties across the state, including Dallas. The unofficial count of counties that have currently passed similar “censure” resolutions regarding Speaker Straus is now over 30.
Although the July 10 censure caused shockwaves across the state and by reports infuriated Straus, it possessed no power to penalize Straus as per the guidelines of Rule 44. The questioned remained if the Bexar GOP Executive Committee would follow up with a Rule 44 attempt, especially after so many counties followed their lead on censure resolutions? The answer is “yes”.
According to the Rule 44 guidelines, only the Bexar County GOP could initiate a Rule 44 resolution aimed at Straus.
Rule 44 permits a county executive committee to forward an approved resolution to the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) or the Texas GOP State Convention to be voted on for penalties. Penalties include the withholding of party financial support at both the state and local levels. Penalties also remove the rule of neutrality of the party and permits the party to side and participate in the primary of a Rule44’d GOP officeholder.
If the drafted resolution passes by 2/3 vote at the county and SREC levels, the Texas GOP would then be able to endorse and assist any Straus opponent in the March 2018 Texas GOP primary election.
RagingElephantsRadio.com sources inside the Bexar GOP do believe that they have the votes needed to pass the Rule 44 resolution scheduled to be presented at the October 5 meeting.
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Resolution to Censure Joseph R. Straus, III
WHEREAS, Rule 44 of the Republican Party of Texas allows the party to sanction a Republican office holder who takes three or more actions during a biennium in opposition to the core principles of the Republican Party of Texas; and
WHEREAS, Through his abuse of power as Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, Rep. Joseph R. Straus, III, has taken more than three actions during this current biennium that, cumulatively, are in opposition to all ten core principles of the Republican Party of Texas; and
WHEREAS, Straus has taken actions in opposition to the first, third, fourth, fifth, and tenth core principles of the Republican Party of Texas by abusing his authority as speaker to usurp the power of the people’s duly elected representatives of the Texas House of Representatives; and
WHEREAS, In brazen disregard of House rules and the Texas Constitution Art. III, Sec 12(c), an act described by Governor Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Patrick as “walking off the job,” Straus unilaterally adjourned the Texas House of Representatives early on August 15, 2017 during the First Called Session of the Texas Legislature without a vote despite the objections and demands for a record vote of at least 17 members of the House of Representatives; and
WHEREAS, During the 85th legislative session, Straus repeatedly refused to recognize proper motions and amendments made by the people’s duly elected representatives, only allowing motions and amendments to proceed when he consented to their substance; likewise Straus set aside parliamentary law to deny representatives the right to appeal his parliamentary rulings; and
WHEREAS, Straus obstructed the agenda of Governor Abbott, denying members of both parties an opportunity to vote on the proposed legislation; and
WHEREAS, Such actions have made a mockery of representative government in violation of the United States and Texas Constitutions and in opposition to the first and fourth core principles of the Republican Party of Texas; and
WHEREAS, Such actions have damaged the sovereignty of Texas, which is predicated on the consent of the governed; Straus’s actions have removed the people from control of their government through their representatives by rendering those representatives impotent to control the legislature through orderly motions and votes, and this result is in opposition to the third core principle of the Republican Party of Texas; and
WHEREAS, Such actions are in opposition to the fifth core principle of the Republican Party of Texas in that Straus has refused to allow himself to be held personally accountable for his actions by cutting off the means by which his colleagues in the House of Representatives can do so; and
WHEREAS, Such actions are in opposition to the tenth core principle of the Republican Party of Texas; any office holder who does violence to the United States and Texas Constitutions by abusing the authority granted them by the people dishonors all persons who have served to protect our freedom; and
WHEREAS, Straus acted repeatedly during the 85th legislative session in opposition to the second core principle of the Republican Party of Texas by obstructing legislation designed to protect the right to life; the foremost right for which governments are established to protect; and
WHEREAS, For the 85th Legislature, he appointed as Chairman of the House State Affairs Committee State Representative Byron Cook, who has been outspoken in his defense of certain third trimester abortions and has repeatedly killed pro-life bills in past regular sessions, necessitating special sessions in order for such legislation to pass; and
WHEREAS, Straus referred many pro-life bills to Cook’s committee and Cook did proceed to obstruct those bills, delaying some of them and preventing others from passing; included amongst these was House Bill 14 during the First Called Session, which Cook obstructed administratively for 17 days, causing its demise; and
WHEREAS, The consequences of the failure of such legislation will be measured in human lives;
WHEREAS, Straus acted repeatedly during the 85th legislative session in opposition to the seventh core principle of the Republican Party of Texas by obstructing legislation designed to secure the freedom of choice for Texas parents in the education of their children; and
WHEREAS, He appointed as Chairman of the House Public Education Committee State Representative Dan Huberty, who has publicly aligned himself with the platforms of the Texas Democratic Party, the Democratic National Committee, and the Hillary Clinton Campaign by vociferously opposing all legislation that would give parents choice in their child’s education; and
WHEREAS, After his appointment, Huberty publicly announced all school choice bills “dead on arrival” in his committee, yet Straus proceeded to refer all bills giving greater parental choice in education to Huberty’s committee; Huberty and Straus did proceed to kill such bills, including legislation designed to give greater choice to the parents of children with special needs; and
WHEREAS, Straus has taken actions in opposition to the sixth, eighth, and ninth core principles of the Republican Party of Texas by unilaterally obstructing the Texas Privacy Act, legislation designed to protect the privacy, safety, and dignity of Texas women and children and honor the principles of the free market; and
WHEREAS, Senate Bill 6 during the Regular Session of the 85th Texas Legislature was received by the House from the Texas Senate on March 16, 2017, yet Straus refused to refer the bill to any committee for the duration of the regular session and refused to allow members to make motions to refer the bill themselves; and
WHEREAS, Senate Bill 3 during the First Called Session of the 85th Texas Legislature was received by the House from the Texas Senate on July 27, 2017, yet Straus refused to refer the bill to any committee for the duration of the special session and refused to allow members to make motions to refer the bill themselves; and
WHEREAS, Texas House Rule 13, Section 2, provides that “[s]enate bills announced [in the House] as passed shall be read for the first time and referred to the appropriate committee as soon as practicable,” and Texas House Rule 7 reserves to the members of the House the right to refer and re-refer bills to a committee of the body’s choosing; and
WHEREAS, Senate Bill 6, Senate Bill 3, and other legislation that was obstructed, were designed to clarify the law regarding public accommodations, acknowledging natural men and natural women, were designed to provide for the safety of Texans in their communities, in particular women and girls in intimate facilities, and were designed to protect the free enterprise society by reserving to businesses and private property owners the right to manage and control intimate facilities unencumbered by government interference; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, In accordance with Rule 44 of the Rules of the Republican Party of Texas, the Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Bexar County, meeting ________________ ,
a quorum being present, by a vote of at least two-thirds present and voting, hereby censure Joseph R. Straus, III, a public office holder representing a portion of Bexar County; and be it further
RESOLVED, We request that the State Republican Executive Committee and the delegates to the next State Convention of the Republican Party of Texas concur in this resolution of censure and impose on Joseph R. Straus, III, the penalties provided in Rule 44 of the Rules of the Republican Party of Texas; and be it further
RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared and transmitted to the Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas.
The Video Evidence: