The Shootout at O.K. Corral Scheduled for the Special Session Patrick and Straus Strap on Their Six Shooters
May 29, 2017
Steven F. Hotze, M.D.
Publisher, CRTX News
The wild west returns to the Texas Capital. We are headed for a “Shootout at the O.K. Corral.” Dueling press conferences were held between Speaker Straus and Lt. Gov. Patrick this past Friday and again on Sunday, foreshadowing the big showdown during the upcoming Special Session.
Last Friday evening, Speaker Joe Straus, standing all alone without supporters, held a press conference at the Texas Capital to let the public know that he was not going to support any bathroom legislation this session other than the pathetic “no nothing” amendment to HB 2078, https://crtxnews.com/straus-throws-lt-gov-patrick-bone-house-passes-pathetic-amendment-bathroom-privacy/, that the House passed on Sunday night, May 21. That amendment was rejected outright by Lt. Gov. Patrick as being meaningless and unacceptable.
Here is Straus’ Friday, May 26, press conference on the bathroom bill.
Here is where Straus’ comments initiated the upcoming “Shootout at O.K. Corral” during the Special Session. At the Friday press conference, Straus stated that “If the Senate wants to pass a bathroom bill, they can concur with the bill that we passed earlier this week,” that being the “do nothing” amendment attached to HB 2078. He further stated that “The House has already compromised enough. It’s absurd that the bathroom bills have taken on a greater urgency than school finance.” Straus further stated, “For many of us this was a compromise. As far as I am concerned, it was enough. We will go no further.”
Had Straus placed SB 6, the Women’s Privacy Act, “No Men in Women’s Bathrooms!”, on the calendar for a vote before the House, after the Senate had overwhelmingly passed it on March 14, by an overwhelming 21-10 margin, then he would not have wasted 2 ½ months of the legislators’ valuable time. It’s Straus’ fault and no one else’s.
Straus knew that the House would have passed SB 6, if it had been brought to the House for a vote, by at least a 90-60 margin. It should be a very simple decision, a “no brainer” as they say, to pass legislation that would protect the privacy and safety of women and girls from perverted men and boys, who sexually fantasize that they are women, and who want to use women’s and girls’ bathrooms, showers and locker rooms. How does Straus not understand this? It’s rather strange. Straus of course is guided by his puppeteer, Rep. Byron Cook. Straus and Cook prove the old adage that, “Birds of a feather flock together.”
Within 90 minutes of Straus’ news conference, where Straus had made it clear that he did not want anything to do with a substantive bill to protect women’s privacy, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick held his own press conference in the Senate Press Room. In a show of strength, Patrick was flanked by the Republican State Senators while he made his presentation, standing with him, supporting legislation that would protect the privacy of women and girls in public and school bathrooms, showers and locker rooms.
84% of Republican primary voters support SB 6, “No Men in Women’s Bathrooms!”
700 pastors wrote an open letter to Gov. Abbott, Lt. Gov. Patrick and Texas Legislators, calling on them to pass a bill that would protect the privacy and safety of women and girls in public and school bathrooms, showers and locker rooms, https://txvalues.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Legislative-Open-Letter-on-SB-6_final-with-list-2.pdf.
Here is Lt. Gov. Patrick’s press conference, in response to Straus’ news conference this past Friday, May 26, 2017, around 8:15 PM. Patrick did not mince words. Patrick’s comments will make you proud.
As you saw, Patrick fired back, letting Straus know that he is ready for the “Shootout at O.K. Corral” in the upcoming Special Session. Patrick put the blame for not passing a bathroom privacy bill, which would protect women and girls in bathrooms, showers and locker rooms, squarely where it belongs, on Straus’ shoulders.
Referring to Straus, Patrick said, “He said he has compromised enough, but in fact, he has not compromised at all.”
Patrick spoke for the overwhelming majority of Texas voters when he said, “They don’t want their children, boys and girls, showering together, and women want to be protected.”
The House Bill 2899 (HB 2899), by Simmons, which Patrick mentioned in his press conference, was a Texas House version of SB 6, the Women’s Privacy Act, “No Men in Women’s Bathrooms!” HB 2899 was introduced on March 6 and sent to the State Affairs Committee chaired by Straus’ puppeteer, Rep. Byron Cook. There was a hearing on April 19. No action was taken on this bill by Cook and his committee. It remains in that committee to this day. HB 2899 was cosponsored by 80 Republicans and yet Straus and Cook would not allow the House to vote on it. Straus blocked this legislation without giving any consideration to the will of the Republicans in the House, who outnumber the Democrats 95-55, and to the Republican voters who had elected them.
Initially, there were only 40 or so Republican state representatives who were willing to buck Straus, Cook and their leadership team, and publicly go on record endorsing the SB 6 when it had passed the Texas Senate by an overwhelming margin of 21-10, with all 20 Republican State Senators supporting it. Over time, 80 Republicans eventually came on board by supporting the House alternative to SB 6, that being HB 2899 by Simmons.
The Special Session is not something that Straus wants, but he provided such poor leadership in the House, resulting in the House not passing the Texas Medical Board (TMB) Sunset Bill and the Sunset Bill Safety Net Bill, which allows funding for state agencies whose sunset bills were not passed during this session. Funding several state agencies must be reauthorized by September 1, 2017. Straus is now blaming Patrick for not fixing this problem which Straus could have prevented. Governor Abbott will have to a call a Special Session to address the sunset bills. It is fully expected that Abbott will add bathroom privacy and property tax reform to the call for the Special Session.
When Straus failed to handle the sunset bills, he unintentionally passed the hold card into Patrick’s hands, enabling Patrick to force a Special Session, which will ultimately result in the Legislature passing a strong bathroom privacy bill and a property tax reform bill.
When this Special Session occurs, then Lt. Gov. Patrick and Straus will be in a “Shootout at O.K. Corral.” Patrick is a modern-day Marshall Wyatt Earp. I am putting my money on Patrick to win this gunfight, just like Wyatt Earp did on Wednesday, October 26, 1881 around 3:00 PM in Tombstone, Arizona Territory.
Who doesn’t like a good political gunfight between the good guys and the bad guys?
The current legislative session ends at midnight today, Memorial Day.
You should call your Republican state representative and tell him to vote to remove Straus as Speaker. Their Austin Capital offices will be open until midnight. You can find their Austin contact information at https://www.texasgop.org/leadership-directory/texas-house-of-representatives/ or if you do not know who your representative is, then use this link http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/find-your-representative/.
Even if you have already called, then call again and get everyone in your family and your friends to call. Burn up their phone lines.
All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for you to do nothing.
“Through God we shall do valiantly, and it is He who will tread down our adversaries.” (Psalm 108:13).
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