April 15, 2019      9:41 AM
SB: The Senators' Senate
Patrick pledges allegiance to the Texas Senate as senators prepare to burn it down at his behest; as divisive a figure as he is, Patrick should neither be given credit nor receive blame for what may happen on the floor this week
and again since the beginning of the session, when he was notably absent, Lt.
Gov. Dan Patrick has answered questions
about a possible jump to the Trump Administration – as DHS Secretary
or something else – by saying that he already has the best job in government he
is ever going to have.
past week, he went so far as to tell our friend Chad Hasty of KFYO Radio in Lubbock that he’s
already announcing his bid for reelection in 2022. The promises, though, rang
hollow to Texas Capitol observers on the eve of Patrick’s plan to invoke the
“nuclear option” to pass Senate Bill 2, the property tax “reform”
legislation, by first moving the “blocker bills” out of the way with a simple
GOP senator on Thursday admitted that at least four Republicans were not yet
willing to go along with the plan, under
consideration since February, which is why it didn’t happen last week or
sooner. But now at least one top Republican is privately saying they do have 18
votes, more than enough even with a lone GOP holdout, to move the “blocker bills”
ending decades of Senate tradition.
be clear, Patrick is operating within the rules and not changing them as some
is brute force not craftiness.
By Scott Braddock