The Chron talks about how the 80th Lege has been in many ways an aimless session, one that (like the 79th) will not provide much for Republican incumbents to campaign on. While I generally agree with the piece, there are a couple of points to make:
Freshman Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, said [Lt. Gov. David] Dewhurst has been harmed this session by the appearance of being a 2010 candidate for governor.
"That has impacted our process and colored his decisions on a number of occasions. I can't imagine what 2009 is going to be like," Patrick said.
I should note that while the common wisdom is that Patrick wants to run for Governor in 2010, Paul Burka thinks he's positioning himself to run for Dewhurst's spot instead. There's a lot of sense in that, though I think Danno is the type who'd rather be in the top spot. Still, worth keeping in mind. Democrats better be prepared for that possibility.
Craddick fended off a re-election challenge in January. In an effort to calm ill will toward him, he became a nicer Tom Craddick. This emboldened his opponents and freed some of his allies. The result was that bills carried by his top lieutenants died on the House floor or had major amendments put on them.
Two more days to pass legislation in the House (where we still have this to deal with), three more in the Senate (I'd originally said two, but it's three). Hold on to your hats.Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 21, 2007 to That's our Lege