Republicans Calling for Straus’ Removal as Speaker in Special Session

June 23, 2017
Jared Woodfill
Editor-in-Chief, CRTX News

Dr. Hotze’s Facebook video, which was posted this past Monday, calling for Straus to be replaced as speaker in the upcoming Special Session of the Texas Legislature on July 18, has gone viral. It has reached over 165,000 Republican voters with over 80,600 views. It has over 1,300 likes. Republican voters are mad as a hornet at Straus. Be sure to read the comments to feel the anger that Republican voters have toward Straus for blocking conservative legislation passed by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and the Texas Senate. Gov. Greg Abbott supports this conservative legislation. The reason that Gov. Abbott has called the Special Session is to pass the conservative bills that Straus blocked during the regular legislative session.

Dr. Hotze’s video and comments can be viewed at

Speaker Joe Straus was viewed unfavorably in a recent poll conducted by the Texas Tribune and the University of Texas. Straus’ favorable rating was only 25% with 29% unfavorable.

Governor Abbott had a 45% favorable rating.

Speaker Joe Straus, speaking to a group of public school administrators in San Antonio on June 15, insulted Gov. Abbott saying “Abbott’s Special Session Agenda is a pile of manure,” Straus further stated that “Texas is off track with proposals such as the “Bathroom Bill.”

You may not be aware that Straus is beholden to Democrats for his Speaker position.  In 2009 eleven (11) RINO Republicans joined with 65 Democrats to remove conservative Speaker Tom Craddick and elect Straus Speaker. That is why Straus and his lieutenants block or water down any meaningful conservative legislation passed by the Texas Senate. Look at the list of religious liberty bills that Straus has killed,

Texas is the most conservative state in America.  We have a Republican Governor and a Republican Lt. Governor.  Republicans have a 20-11 majority in the Texas Senate. The Republicans outnumber the Democrats 95-55 in the Texas House, yet Straus has appointed an equal number of Democrats as Republicans to Committee Chairmanship or Vice-Chairmanship leadership positions. Most of the Republicans that Straus appointed were RINO Republicans. This is why almost all the conservative legislation passed by the Texas Senate under the leadership of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick never had a chance to pass in the Texas House.

Straus currently has as his base support, 55 Dems who have agreed to support him. All RINO Straus needs is 21 RINO Republican state representatives to support him to keep his position.

With 95 Republican state representatives, out of 150 in the Texas House, it is inconceivable that we do not have a stalwart conservative Republican as Speaker of the Texas House.

With the outpouring of support, demonstrated by the response to Dr. Hotze’s Facebook video, which has been viewed by over 425,000 Republican voters, for Gov. Abbott’s call to add SB 6, The Women’s Privacy Act, ‘No Men in Women’s Bathrooms!”, to the Special Session, many state representatives realize that they must replace Straus as Speaker in this Special Session. They realize that their constituents want them to protect the privacy and safety of women and girls in public and school bathrooms, showers and locker rooms, as well as pass the conservative legislation supported by Gov. Abbott and Lt. Gov. Patrick. Straus opposes SB 6 because he vehemently opposes Gov. Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and wants to do whatever is necessary to block their conservative agenda.

During the recent legislative session, Straus not only blocked SB 6, but he also blocked the following conservative bills:


  • Providing for property tax reform
  • Providing school vouchers for special needs children
  • Spending limits on local and state governments
  • Prohibition for state and local governments for collecting union dues
  • Prohibiting state and local governments for spending money on killing unborn children
  • Prohibiting insurance companies from requiring coverage for killing unborn children
  • Preventing voter fraud
  • Restricting local governments’ ability to confiscate private property through “Eminent Domain.”


These and other issues will be addressed in the Special Session.

Gov. Abbott was forced to call the Special Session because Straus blocked conservative legislation passed by the Texas Senate and supported by Gov. Abbott.

Straus receives more money from the liberal labor unions than any other Republican State Speakers and all but 3 Democrat State Speakers in the United States. Straus received $195,000 from the alt-left unions prior to his 2014 race for state representative.  This past legislative session Straus and his House Committee Chairmen killed a bill that passed the Texas Senate that would have ended the collection of union dues by local and state governments on behalf of public employee unions that then direct most of those funds to elect Democrats.

Straus supports the pro-abortion agenda. Straus voted for third-trimester abortions in 2005, received a 100% rating from the National Abortion Rights Action League in 2007, and Straus received $1,000 from Planned Parenthood in 2008.  No wonder Planned Parenthood thanked him for his “tireless work” in 2009 after he became House Speaker.   

Straus has remained silent in the face of exposé videos which document that Planned Parenthood has profited from the sale of baby body parts.

Time and time again liberal, career, RINO politician Straus has either blocked or watered down conservative legislation passed by the Texas Senate under the leadership of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

Since the Texas House leadership is made up if RINOs, the disturbing result is that mainstream conservative legislation, which passes the Senate, ultimately dies in the House.  As the Speaker of the House, Straus has worked overtime to oppose Gov. Abbott and Lt. Gov. Patrick, and block the passage of conservative legislation.  Straus uses his committee chairmen to delay and block conservative bills. Straus has killed conservative bills in session after session.   

The Republican state representatives know that their failure to pass these strong pieces of conservative legislation will make them vulnerable to conservative opponents in the upcoming 2018 primaries. They do not want RINO Straus’ liberal politics wrapped around their neck when they run for reelection.

I am not going to tell you that Straus must be removed from the Speaker position in the Special Session in order for conservative legislation to be adopted. You can decide that for yourself.

Texas Republicans deserve better!  It’s time for a change.

Contact your Republican state representative today and tell him or her to vote to remove Straus from the speaker position in the upcoming Special Session which begins on July 18. You can click on this link to find out who your state representative is,

Wouldn’t it be great if we had a Speaker of the House who was as conservative as Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick?  

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