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What’s So Special About Another Texas Special Legislative Session?
 


16 June 2011 at 5:21:11 PM
pstern

What’s So Special About Another Texas Special Legislative Session?
 
 
Answer:   .  Not a Damn Thing.
 
 
by Peter Stern
 
Each Texas Special Legislative Session costs the taxpayers at least $2 MILLION.

I recall several years ago, Governor Rick Perry called for 3 Special Sessions right in a row, mostly to push the redistricting plan that was finally pushed through by none other than the now infamous Congressman Tom DeLay, who came direct from Washington D.C. to stick his prominent federal nose into a state issue.

The 3 aforementioned Special Sessions, totaling $6 MILLION supposedly were held to find resolutions for public education. Of course, not 1 resolution was found and we now are paying for a Special Session to do [in part] the same thing. The truth is that our legislature is NOT interested in fixing public education. The majority GOP wants to privatize public education.

Republicans are in power here in Texas and all they can do is waste tax dollars on wealthy elitist special interests that do little for the Texas community.

Still, the governor and his merry band of legislative and appointed henchmen continue year after year and Texans just don't seem to get any smarter.

Personally, I hope Perry's giant ego under that enormous white Stetson enables him to run for President, so we Texans finally get rid of him as Governor.
 
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1 - salon   17 Jun 2011 @ 10:57:52 AM 

Question. Debate in my household. Does Perry have to resign as governor if he declares?


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2 - pstern   17 Jun 2011 @ 5:33:04 PM 

Yes.


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3 - humanbeing   17 Jun 2011 @ 7:59:25 PM 

He won't do it...he doesn't have the guts.


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4 - pharper   17 Jun 2011 @ 8:35:59 PM 

To clear this up...please specify why you think he should resign? What part of Texas law says he has to? From the information I read he does NOT need to resign and this is why...

Perry was re-elected in 2010, with 54.97%, so his next governor race is not until 2014.

You can only have your name once on the ballot per Texas Election Code 141.033, but 141.033(c) specifically says "This section does not apply to candidacy for the office of president or vice-president of the United States and another office." so that leaves the door open to run for President and House Rep, like how Ron Paul gets away with it is my guess.

Article XVI, Section 65, or Article XI, Section 11, of the Texas Constitution does NOT list the Governor as an automatic resignation position:

Sec. 65.  TERMS OF OFFICE;  AUTOMATIC RESIGNATION.  (a) This section applies to the following offices: District Clerks; County Clerks; County Judges; Judges of the County Courts at Law, County Criminal Courts, County Probate Courts and County Domestic Relations Courts; County Treasurers; Criminal District Attorneys; County Surveyors; County Commissioners; Justices of the Peace; Sheriffs; Assessors and Collectors of Taxes; District Attorneys; County Attorneys; Public Weighers; and Constables.

(b)  If any of the officers named herein shall announce their candidacy, or shall in fact become a candidate, in any General, Special or Primary Election, for any office of profit or trust under the laws of this State or the United States other than the office then held, at any time when the unexpired term of the office then held shall exceed one (1) year, such announcement or such candidacy shall constitute an automatic resignation of the office then held, and the vacancy thereby created shall be filled pursuant to law in the same manner as other vacancies for such office are filled. 

(Added Nov. 2, 1954; amended Nov. 4, 1958, and Nov. 2, 1999; Subsec. (a) amended Nov. 6, 2007.)  (TEMPORARY TRANSITION PROVISIONS for Sec. 65: See Appendix, Note 1.)


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5 - pstern   18 Jun 2011 @ 9:40:24 AM 

Perry jokes and alludes to it here:

http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2011/05/texas-gov-rick-perry-to-consider-presidential-run.html


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6 - pstern   18 Jun 2011 @ 10:51:05 AM 

BTW, I think running in a party primary is different from being that party's candidate and running for President.


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7 - pharper   18 Jun 2011 @ 11:41:19 AM 

No it isn't, you have to run in the Primary if you are going to run on a parties ticket. The party gets to have their own elections to determine who their candidate is going to be. If he was going to run as an independent that is different but you still have to file intent by the same deadline as everyone else for the primary if that were the case.

Not sure what he is eluding to from the ABC link, Bush never resigned when he ran and Ron Paul never resigns when he runs. Bush did not resign as Governor until December 21, 2000, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_W._Bush_as_Governor_of_Texas.


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8 - pstern   18 Jun 2011 @ 4:43:25 PM 

That's not what I'm talking about.  I was more or less responding to your comment on Ron Paul...

What I am saying -- I guess it wasn't clear --- is that a Congressman, Senator, Governor, etc., can run in a party primary without stepping down from the current office.  If he or she wins the primary he/she must step down from the office to run for President.  I believe that to be true.

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9 - pstern   18 Jun 2011 @ 4:53:59 PM 

I guess that isn't true either, since Perry became Governor in December 2000 when Bush resigned to become President.  So, apparently you are correct, pharper.

As per Wiki facts:

"Elected Lieutenant Governor of Texas in 1998, he assumed office as governor in December 2000 when Governor George W. Bush resigned to become President of the United States. Perry was elected to full terms in 2002, 2006 and 2010, an unprecedented feat in Texas political history. With a tenure in office to date of 10 years, 179 days, Perry is the longest serving current U.S. governor, having succeeded North Dakota Governor John Hoeven who resigned on December 7, 2010 after being elected to the US Senate."

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