January 12, 2019      3:00 PM
HK: PAC that spends a fortune in GOP primaries granted access to the Texas Senate floor
This is not a recipe for solidifying the Republican team in the Senate; it is no coincidence that Empower Texan’s online publication is called Texas Scorecard
news that Empower Texans had been granted press credentials by the Texas
Senate – despite reported substantial objection by Senators – should come
as no surprise.
all, when it was announced that the Senate would handle its own credentials, we
here at Buzz Central privately speculated there could only be one
reason that after 20 years or so the Senate decided to handle its own
credentialing separate from the House because Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick wanted to include some “media” the House would not
and/or exclude some media management disliked.
it turns out, the inclusion of Empower Texans is controversial not because of
its political persuasion but because it is a PAC, with deep financial
entanglements in elections.
By Harvey Kronberg