Today, in the robot’s mail box I found the latest installment of

The Peter Morrison Report

Summary of this week’s report:

Conservative stalwart Leo Berman has officially declared that he’s
seeking the office of Speaker of the House, currently held by Joe
Straus. Straus is a RINO who supports abortion and gambling,
campaigns for liberal Democrats, and uses his power to block
important conservative legislation. Replacing Straus with Rep.
Berman would be a huge victory for conservative Texans, and we need
to support Leo Berman in his bid for the Speaker’s job.

Take action:

Please fax the Republican members of the Texas House and urge them
to vote for Leo Berman for Speaker of the House.

http://www.morrisonreport.com/fax_test/index.php?faxID=90

Also, please call, write or fax the member of the Texas House from
your district and urge them to vote for Leo Berman for Speaker of
the House. If you need to look up their contact information, you
can do so here:

http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/

Unlike Congressmen, it’s possible to actually get your state
representative on the phone. This is by far the most important
step to take, as your rep will be naturally cautious to oppose the
incumbent speaker because of his power to determine the fate of
committee assignments and legislation. Only constituent pressure
will help them muster the courage to act.


Full report:

Representative Leo Berman (R-Tyler) has officially announced that
he’s seeking to replace Joe Straus in the office of Speaker of the
House of Representatives. This is excellent news for Texas
conservatives. The Speaker of the House is the third most powerful
politician in Texas government. He selects the influential
committee chairmen, and can fast track legislation on the floor, or
keep it from coming up for a vote at all. Joe Straus has been no
friend of conservatives as the current Speaker.

As Rep. Berman explained to a newspaper the other day, the only
reason Joe Straus has the job is because of a power grab by liberal
and “moderate” Republican House members, who found the former
Speaker, Tom Craddick, too conservative for their liking. Joe
Straus was their ideal candidate – a Republican In Name Only who
supports abortion and legalized gambling, and who has since used
his power as Speaker to obstruct important conservative
legislation. In a previous edition of this report, I wrote about
Rep. Todd Smith, the chairman of the House Elections Committee who
did all he could to block the Voter ID bill. It was Straus who
named Smith to the chairmanship of that vitally important committee.

Rep. Berman told the Texas Tribune that this was all part of the
deal that landed Straus in the Speaker’s seat: “In order to get
their votes, they promised [the Democrats] three things,’ he said.
The three things, according to Berman, were that there would be no
votes on the House floor on Voter ID, immigration or pro-life
legislation.” Straus denies this, but Rep. Berman isn’t alone in
believing there was a quid pro quo in the coup that forced out Tom
Craddick. There’s no denying that conservative Texans haven’t had
much to cheer about under Straus’s leadership.

Joe Straus seems to be one of those Republicans who would probably
feel more at home in the Democratic party, but run as Republicans
because it makes getting elected a lot easier. In fact, just last
month he was the headliner at a fundraiser for a left-wing Democrat
representative, Patrick Rose, who is running for re-election
against a conservative Republican, Jason Isaac. Straus’s defenders
try to downplay this by pointing out that Tom Craddick sometimes
endorsed Democrats, but that excuse won’t fly. I’m not excusing
it, but the Democrats Craddick endorsed were conservative, “blue
dog” Democrats who often voted with the GOP. Patrick Rose is not
even close to being a conservative Democrat – he strongly opposed a
bill to restrict late term abortions, was graded an F on the 2009
Fiscal Responsibility Index, and was given a 29 (out of a possible
100) by Young Conservatives of Texas. Jason Isaac, his Republican
opponent, is running on a platform of less government and a get
tough approach to illegal immigration. Yet Straus chose to endorse
the left-wing Democrat, Patrick Rose.

As outrageous as Joe Straus’s endorsement of Patrick Rose was, it’s
not really a huge shock, given his history and background. He has
accepted donations from Planned Parenthood, and voted against the
same ban on late term abortions that Patrick Rose opposed. He
previously owned an interest in a racetrack company (he transferred
his share to his father after being named Speaker), and has voted
to allow casino gambling in Texas. He also belongs to one of the
most liberal congregations in San Antonio, Temple Beth-El, presided
over by radical left-wing clergyman Barry Block.

Barry Block seems to be cut from the same cloth as Obama’s former
pastor, Jeremiah Wright. Judging by his actions and statements, he
has far more in common with Jeremiah Wright than the average Texas
clergyman. Rabbi Block recently spoke at a rally against Arizona’s
anti-illegal-immigration bill SB170, describing it as an “injustice
being perpetrated in America” and called on the crowd “to do
something to those people in Arizona.” He’s a vocal supporter of
same sex marriage, he believes that “extremist Christian
fundamentalism” is one of the greatest threats America faces, and
to top it all off, a few years ago he was chairman of the San
Antonio chapter of Planned Parenthood.

This is the man whom Joe Straus looks to for spiritual guidance.
Liberals will insist that his membership at Temple Beth-El doesn’t
mean he agrees with Rabbi Block, and tells us nothing about him,
but that’s hogwash. Obviously, anyone who has belonged to this
congregation for years and listens to this radical left-wing
ideology isn’t too terribly bothered by it. Could a man who is
truly “personally opposed to abortion” stay in the congregation of
a man who was the local chairman of a chain of abortion clinics
that are responsible for the murder of thousands of little Texans?

With Rep. Leo Berman, we know exactly where he stands; he’s not
going to be the headliner at a fundraiser for a pro-abortion
Democrat. Leo Berman has been a staunch conservative for a long,
long time, voting with us right down the line on conservative
issues from abortion to lower taxes, gay marriage to illegal
immigration. He certainly doesn’t believe that Bible-believing
Christians are one of the worst threats America faces, as he’s a
sincere Christian himself. In a recent personal correspondence,
Rep. Berman talked about his faith, and what it means to him. I
found it deeply moving:

“My faith in my Lord Jesus Christ is the whole of my life. To
think of what he did for me and my family brings tears to my eyes
because I especially am an unworthy sinner; a sinner with the
knowledge that Jesus forgives and loves us and with that in my
heart I can live my life knowing that the past is forgotten, that
the future holds great hope for me as I move closer to his words in
the testaments. I can see a change in my life, a change that allows
me to love without hating, to tolerate without berating and to
acknowledge that despite what is happening in the world today, God
is still in total control!”

Rep. Berman is not only a devout Christian, he’s also one of those
rare conservative politicians who possess a spine. In a previous
report, I wrote about the media attacks on Rep. Berman after a
hearing on illegal immigration. A Chinese immigration attorney
called Rep. Berman “evil” and “despicable” and compared him to
Nazis for his opposition to illegal immigration. Showing
remarkable restraint, Rep. Berman told the man to “go home” and to
“kiss my (expletive) “. The liberal media had nothing to say
about Harry Joe calling Leo Berman “evil” and “despicable” and
comparing him to Nazis, but instead called on Rep. Berman to
apologize for his comparatively mild response, and tried to paint
him as a racist. Rep. Berman stood firm against the media
onslaught, and rightly refused to apologize to a man who had just
called him several vile names. That’s the kind of man Leo Berman
is, and that’s the kind of man we need as Speaker of the House –
one who will fight for what’s right and won’t back down.

You can tell he’s got Straus concerned, by the ferociousness of
Straus’s attack. One of Straus’s closest allies in the House is
Rep. Burt Solomons. You may remember Rep. Solomons from the last
session. In exchange for being one of the “Gang of 11” RINO
turncoats who teamed up with the Democrats to get Straus elected
Speaker, Solomons was rewarded with the chairmanship of the
important State Affairs Committee. He lived up to the backroom deal
that Straus was said to have made with Democrats by ensuring that
illegal immigration bills that came to his committee died an early
death. Only one of the 38 immigration related bills made it out of
Solomons’ committee and it got killed by another of Straus’s
lieutenants who was over the Calendars Committee.

In the last primary, Solomons nearly got defeated by a virtually
unknown, underfunded candidate who campaigned on the issue of doing
something about illegal immigration. However, Solomons apparently
still hasn’t gotten the message that Republicans do care about
conservative values. He’s emerged as Straus’s hit man against Rep.
Berman. Last week, Solomons circulated a hate-filled letter
attacking Rep. Berman for daring to run for Speaker against Straus
and calling Rep. Berman a liar and coward. Solomons even had the
nerve to say that he personally had “worked diligently on illegal
immigration”. That’s like a fox saying he’s been working diligently
for chicken’s rights.

However, thanks to the efforts of the Tea Parties and other
conservatives, the political careers of three of the original “Gang
of 11” RINO turncoats who elected Straus have been terminated.
Conservatives will have to wait until the next primary to deal with
the remaining RINO turncoats, but Straus’s days as Speaker can be
ended at the next Legislative session. With further likely
Republican gains in the House this fall, we have a real shot at
replacing Straus. Please put the pressure on your local state
representative to support a real conservative like Leo Berman.

Take action:

Please fax the Republican members of the Texas House and urge them
to vote for Leo Berman for Speaker of the House.

http://www.morrisonreport.com/fax_test/index.php?faxID=90

Also, please call, write or fax the member of the Texas House from
your district and urge them to vote for Leo Berman for Speaker of
the House. If you need to look up their contact information, you
can do so here:

http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/

Unlike Congressmen, it’s possible to actually get your state
representative on the phone. This is by far the most important
step to take, as your rep will be naturally cautious to oppose the
incumbent speaker because of his power to determine the fate of
committee assignments and legislation. Only constituent pressure
will help them muster the courage to act.

The Peter Morrison Report
http://www.PeterMorrisonReport.com
http://www.facebook.com/morrisonreport

Sources:

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-house-of-representatives/texas-house-speaker-politics/rep-berman-explains-why-he-wants-to-oust-straus/

http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/politics/entries/2010/06/12/former_party_leader_tries_to_r.html

http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2010/05/straus-helps-democrat-with-gop.html

http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/politics/entries/2010/06/12/former_party_leader_tries_to_r.html

http://comeandtakeit.blogspot.com/2005/05/dead-man-talking.html

http://blogs.chron.com/texaspolitics/archives/2009/01/straus_on_the_a.html

http://www.texasobserver.org/cover-story/speaker-straus-other-horse-race

http://www.dallasvoice.com/instant-tea/2010/06/22/if-leo-berman-becomes-house-speaker-it-could-really-be-a-real-punishment-from-god/

http://www.dallasvoice.com/artman/publish/article_10409.php

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/Anger_over_Arizona_law_unites_May_Day_marchers.html

http://open.salon.com/blog/robert_flynn/2008/10/15/interview_rabbi_barry_block

http://www.beth-elsa.org/bblockbio.htm

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/legislature/stories/DN-berman_19tex.ART.State.Edition1.4bf5225.html


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