Must Read Texas – October 5, 2013

Davis Raises $500k Online in 24 Hrs; Cornyn Delivers Weekly GOP Address;
Cruz, Cornyn and Hensarling on Sunday Shows;
Patterson Wants Opponents’ Immigration Views Revealed;
Perry Keynoting CA GOP Fall Dinner in Anaheim Tonight;
RPT to Hold 2nd Campaign Manager School Oct. 28-30 in Austin

Good morning from Austin.
Here’s the brief:
DAVIS RAISES ~$500K ONLINE IN 24 HOURSAccording to a campaign email sent around 8pm CT last night, the gubernatorial campaign of State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) said it was just $11,000 short of a daily $500,000 online fundraising goal.


The President of the United State delivers a weekly address to the nation every Saturday morning.  The minority party also does.
This Saturday’s weekly GOP address was given by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX).

You may watch the 4 minute video here.

Here is the transcript:

“Hi, I’m Texas Senator John Cornyn. Every day, Capitol Hill police officers protect Members of Congress, and our visiting guests, with courage, dignity, and professionalism. Their tireless efforts often go unnoticed; but whenever they’re called upon to act in a moment of crisis, we’re reminded of their tremendous commitment and bravery. I want to take this opportunity to thank the Capitol Hill police for all that they do to protect our collective safety and security.

“Like most Americans, I was disappointed when certain parts of the federal government were forced to shut down because Senate Democrats refused to make any changes whatsoever to the deeply flawed health-care law known as Obamacare. Republicans are eager to end the shutdown and move ahead with the fiscal and economic reforms that our country so urgently needs. But we’re never going to make real progress without greater cooperation from our friends across the aisle.

“House Republicans have repeatedly sent over legislation that would fund federal operations, but Senate Democrats have rejected each and every bill. They’re effectively arguing that the House bills are simply illegitimate, because they contain policy measures that the Democrats don’t like.

“But what normally happens when the two parties disagree on policy is a negotiation. Each side gives up a little and gets a little, and you wind up with a bipartisan compromise. The problem right now is that Senate Democrats are refusing to negotiate. Here’s a partial list of what they have unanimously rejected:

“They’ve rejected a one-year delay in Obamacare’s health-insurance mandate for individuals and families, even though the Administration has already delayed the mandate for employers.

“They’ve rejected a bill that would force Members of Congress to obey the same health-care laws as everyone else.

“They’ve also rejected a bill that would abolish Obamacare’s medical-device tax, even though a majority of their caucus expressed support for repeal back in March. In other words, most Senate Democrats voted against the medical-device tax when it didn’t matter, and then voted to keep the tax when it did.

“Meanwhile, President Obama has threatened to veto a series of individual House bills that would fund our veterans’ programs, and our military-reserve programs, as well as the National Institutes of Health, and the D.C. city government. He’s also threatened to veto a bill that would keep open our war memorials, our national parks, and museums. When Republicans asked Senate Democrats to join with us and pass these bills, they simply said no. The White House recently claimed that somehow they were ‘winning’ and that it ‘doesn’t really matter’ how long the shutdown lasts.  Apparently they think the government shutdown is good politics, and they’re in no hurry to break the stalemate.

“It has become disturbingly clear that the Obama-Reid shutdown is no longer about health care, or spending, or ideology. It’s about politics, plain and simple. The Democrats have calculated that by prolonging the shutdown, and maximizing the pain, they can bully Republicans into doing whatever President Obama and Majority Leader Reid want them to do. It’s a very cynical game, but Democrats have decided to play it.

“All Republicans can do is to continue promoting common-sense solutions that would end the shutdown and allow us to move forward. Hopefully our friends across the aisle will eventually get tired of playing politics. Hopefully they’ll remember that neither house of Congress can set the national agenda all by itself.

“Thank you for listening, and may God bless the United States of America.”


Following his weekly GOP address, Sen. Cornyn will appear on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz will appear exclusively on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) will appear on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” on Sunday.


Per a campaign press release Friday, Lt. Gov. candidate and Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is calling on his opponents to reveal their stance on immigration.
The release:

On Friday, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, a Republican candidate for Texas Lieutenant Governor, reiterated his challenge to his opponents to publicly announce their stance on the issue of immigration.

This week, Patterson participated in two Lieutenant Governor candidate forums in the Houston area, alongside incumbent Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, Sen. Dan Patrick and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. At each debate, he urged his opponents to place information on their campaign websites to give specifics on this and other important issues to Texans.

“There is too much obfuscation and boilerplate in this race,” said Commissioner Patterson. “With under 140 days until Early Voting, our Texas electorate deserves to know where my opponents stand on immigration. For weeks my issues have been clearly stated on for everyone to view.”

“Commissioner Patterson is continuing to lead where others fear to tread,” said Campaign Manager Chris Elam. “Jerry supports conservative, free-market policies toward solving our country’s immigration problems. He has been advocating throughout Texas about the need for common sense policies to address our flawed immigration system and secure the borders. This includes laws that give all law enforcement officials the authority to ask and detain illegal immigrants about their legal status, an end to sanctuary cities, support for the Texas Voter ID law, and his wholehearted support for the Texas Solution platform plank and other critical immigration-specific components of the Republican Party of Texas platform.”

Patterson, a former State Senator and the state’s 27th Land Commissioner, made clear that he does not support so-called open borders.

“Texas has 367 miles of coastline,” said Patterson. “When it comes to border security and immigration, I look at the big picture – not just the U.S. border with Mexico. From Port Arthur’s refineries to the Port of Houston to Corpus Christi, our state’s entire border must be protected. As Lieutenant Governor, I will ensure that the DPS ends its detain and release policy and empower law enforcement with the tools they need to safeguard our resources,” concluded Patterson.


Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) is in Anaheim, CA today to keynote the dinner at the California Republican Party’s fall convention.


Per RPT:

The Republican Party of Texas is excited to announce our second Campaign Management School of the cycle!

The 2014 election is just around the corner and the Republican Party of Texas knows that as our party continues to grow, we must develop new talent for running successful campaigns. We hope that you will help us in this effort by applying or nominating someone to attend our Campaign Management School.

Participants will engage in a series of workshops and networking sessions with experienced, successful political professionals. They will be exposed to insider tips for every aspect of a political campaign – getting your campaign started, building an effective staff, communications and new media, fundraising, scheduling, working with your candidate without overworking your candidate, and managing consultants. These are just a few of the topics to be covered in this intense, 3 day boot camp.

Graduates and instructors have managed campaigns and political committees at every level. Some of our instructors have raised record amounts of money for candidates while others have managed “come from behind” victories on a shoestring budget. One thing they all have in common is that they are effective.

The school will be held in Austin from October 28-30 at the Embassy Suites Hotel Downtown. In order to ensure meaningful and personal interaction between students and instructors, seating is limited to no more than 25 qualified and serious applicants. The cost of the school is $250.00 and includes materials and scheduled meals. We hope that you will share this information with anyone you know who is interested in an exciting career in campaign management. You can even encourage their participation by providing a recommendation or even sponsoring their participation. Applications can bedownloaded here and must be received by Friday, October 18th for enrollment consideration.

If you have any questions or to submit your application, please contact John McCord


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– The FWST editorial board urges State Rep. Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth) to comply with a ruling from the office of the Texas Attorney General regarding the public’s right to access her private correspondence with ALEC.

2013 / 2014 / 2016:
– The Chron compiled a biographical gallery about State Sen. Davis.

Other stories of interest:
– The U.S. will become the top oil and gas producer this year.
– The SAEN editorial board likes a new comprehensive immigration reform bill introduced by House Democrats.
– TASA names the Texas school teacher of the year.

Lighter clicks:
– USA Today follows the Austin, TX barbecue trail.
– You’re going to be hearing a lot about KU freshman basketball player Andrew Wiggins.
– Washington State football player sucker punches teammate, booked on second degree assault.
– UT wide receiver Mike Davis explains himself.
– Longhorn legend James Street is laid to rest.
– Now THIS is a booster.
– Thank you, USAA.

Your Daily Source of Inspiration:
– Utah basketball coach Larry Krystowiak helped stop two crimes on campus in four days. (Love that last name!)
– A very special cheerleader returns to the field.


AP: Even amid furloughs, some Texans cheer Cruz (10/5/13 1:03pm)

AP: Texas’ Rick Perry faults Obama for standoff (10/5/13 1:02pm)

TIME MAGAZINE: Obama Criticizes Ted Cruz Over Shutdown (10/5/13 1:02pm)

DMN: Wendy Davis says she’ll win 2014 race for governor (10/5/13 12:59pm)

DMN: Sen. John Cornyn in weekly address: GOP more eager to reopen government than they are (10/5/13 12:58pm)

DMN: Obama on Sen. Ted Cruz: attention-seeker at fault in government shutdown (10/5/13 12:58pm)

FWST ($): Furloughed: ‘I don’t know when I’ll get back to work’ (10/5/13 12:48pm)

CHRON ($): Hall text plans shows progress, pitfalls in voter outreach (10/5/13 12:43am)

CHRON ($): Texans drawn to guns in record numbers (10/5/13 12:41pm)

CHRON ($): US to become world’s top oil and gas producer this year (10/5/13 12:39pm)

CHRON (Fuel Fix): Oil rigs in US rise most in seven weeks on gains in Texas (10/5/13 12:38pm)

CHRON: Who is Wendy Davis? (10/5/13 12:36pm)

CHRON: John Cornyn: Don’t politicize veterans’ memorials (10/5/13 12:25pm)

SAEN ($): Cibolo residents file lawsuit in Walmart case (10/5/13 12:14pm)

SAEN ($): Councilman irked at Mayor’s move (10/5/13 12:13pm)

SAEN: UTSA flips decision on tuition for spouse (10/5/13 12:04pm)

SAEN: Ex-Texas Syndicate leader gets four years (10/5/13 12:03pm)

SAEN: $270 million Mission Reach work officially starts to pay off (10/5/13 12:03pm)

AAS ($): State penalty will cost foster agency (10/5/13 11;27am)

AAS ($): Court tosses $2 million award for Democrat Bell (10/5/13 11:26am)

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: In Anaheim, Perry touts red states for jobs (10/5/13 11:19am)

SAC BEE: Rick Perry to address California Republicans (10/5/13 10:52am)

WACO TRIB: Tea partiers rally for Obamacare changes as government shutdown continues (10/5/13 10:37am)

VIDEO: Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) on Fox News’ “On the Record” (10/5/13 10:36am)

VIDEO: Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) on Fox Business’ “Cavuto” (10/5/13 10:36am)

POLITIFACT: Anita Perry echoes abortion claim by Carly Fiorina (10/4/13 10:25am)

VIDEO: U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) on CNN’s “The Lead” (10/5/13 9:52am)

QUORUM REPORT: Third Court of Appeals overturns Chris Bell’s $2M judgement for Republican Governor’s Assn behavior (10/5/13 9:43am)

THE ECONOMIST: Glamour, guns and acts of God (10/5/13 9:22am)

AP: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, tea party hero, joining Cuccinelli at Va. Family Foundation gala (10/5/13 9:20am)

THE HILL: McAuliffe slams Cuccinelli-Cruz appearance in new ad (10/5/13 9:16am)

THE HILL: Davis bid for governor to test Democrats’ appeal in a changing Texas (10/5/13 8:19am)

USA TODAY: Wendy Davis formally jumps into Texas governor’s race (10/4/13 6:53pm)


BURKA BLOG: Tommy Williams Resigns (10/5/13 1:07pm)

DMN: Unifying DISD around southern Dallas (10/5/13 1pm)

DMN: Arson-murder conviction deserves another look (10/5/13 1pm)

FWST ($): Race for Governor taking shape (10/5/13 12:54pm)

FWST ($): Channel 5 moving from Broadcast Hill, but still tied to Fort Worth (10/5/13 12:54pm)

FWST ($): State Rep. Klick needs to comply with ruling by attorney general (10/5/13 12:50pm)

CHRON: Welcome Wendy (10/5/13 12:32pm)

CHRON: Our recommendations for the HISD Board (10/5/13 12:30pm)

CHRON: Anthony Robinson for Houston City Council (10/5/13 12:27pm)

SAEN: A new House bill offers real reform (10/5/13 12:07pm)

SAEN: Floodwater plan is promising (10/5/13 12:06pm)

WASH POST: Ted Cruz’s visit to Virginia puts Cuccinelli in a tough spot (10/5/13 10:50am)


MCGRATH ($): No ‘special protections’ here (10/5/13 12:55pm)

SANDERS ($): GOP leaders more like morticians planning their own funeral (10/5/13 12:48pm)

MORAVEC ($): Perils of this electricity plan (10/5/13 12:46pm)

KING: Obamacare defunding efforts are bad politics (10/5/13 12:36pm)

POSTL: Early education effort deserves our support (10/5/13 12:34pm)

CHEAIRS: Gold Star mothers carry a special burden each day (10/5/13 12:33pm)

M. HERNANZDEZ ($): Supporting education is supporting our economy (10/5/13 12:16pm)

PADILLA ($): Judicial election lottery looms again (10/5/13 12:15pm)

HENDRICKS ($): NASCO puts S.A. in NAFTA spotlight (10/5/13 12:15pm)

CHASNOFF ($): Van de Putte might be scaring GOP judges (10/5/13 12:14pm)

CASEY: Texas Legislature better than Congress (10/5/13 12:11pm)

U.S. REP. MCCAUL ($): Congress should learn to live with Obamacare mandates (10/5/13 12pm)

ENTEN: Wendy Davis and Texas are a problem for Democrats (10/5/13 11:21am)

DE LA ISLA: Political aspirations, not apparitions, loom in Senate (10/5/13 9:18am)

BLOGS (from the left)

TPM: Greg Abbott: The Republican Wendy Davis Will Have To Beat For The Texas Governorship (10/5/13 11:11am)

SLATE: How Ted Cruz is coordinating the (incoherent) conservative shutdown strategy (10/5/13 11:11am)

BOR: Ted Cruz Blasted by The GOP; In All-Out War Against His Own Conservative Colleagues (10/5/13 9:23am)

MMfA: Wash. Examiner: Email List Organized By Sen. Cruz’s Staff Discussing “Legislation And Messaging” With “Conservative Media” (10/5/13 9:23am)

BLOGS (from the right)

OFFICE OF SEN. CRUZ: Cruz: Senate Dems are Blocking Funding for Veterans, NIH, Parks, National Guard to Protect Obamacare (10/5/13 12:40pm)

THE BLAZE: You’re Going to Want to Check Out the Sign We Found Posted at a Recently-Shut Down Restaurant in Texas (10/5/13 11:16am)

STOP THE ACLU: Rick Perry To California: “we don’t judge success on the number of people we have on public assistance.” (10/5/13 11:13am)

POOR RICHARD’S NEWS: Audio: Ted Cruz’s fantastic interview with Michael Berry (10/5/13 11:11am)

ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: Texans for Greg Abbott Releases Statement on Wendy Davis’ Announcement (10/5/13 11:10am)

CONSERVATIVE HQ: Dem Abortion Zealot Wendy Davis Announces for Governor of Texas (10/5/13 10:53am)

BATTLESWARM BLOG: Can Anyone Successfully Primary John Cornyn? (10/5/13 9:34am)

Author: Must Read Texas

Matt Mackowiak (@MattMackowiak) & Jason Stanford @MustReadTexas