The Back Mic: Attorney General Candidate Ratings Comparison, GOP Member Files Heartbeat Exception, National Group Scores In 2021 Legislature
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Attorney General Ken Paxton and State Representative Matt Krause (R-Fort Worth) both served in the State House but missed a session. Now, with Krause entering the Attorney General’s primary, the two are rivals.
Mark P. Jones of Rice University publishes legislative ratings from the most conservative to the most liberal after each legislative session. In an analysis provided to TexanJones found that Krause had a more conservative rating than Paxton by a narrow margin when comparing Paxton’s last legislative session in 2011 to Krause’s first in 2013.
“The analysis indicates two things quite clearly,” Jones said. The Texan. First, Krause and Paxton’s respective voting records place them among the most conservative members of the Republican House Caucus during this period, with Krause being the third most conservative and Paxton the sixth most conservative out of a total of 132. Republicans. “
“Second, since there is a substantial overlap between the respective jurisdictions of Krause and Paxton [Credible Intervals], we can say with a high level of confidence that neither had a significantly more or less conservative voting record than the other. “
Jones’ analysis took into account the roll-call votes cast by the 132 Republicans who served in those two sessions, as well as by nine Democrats who ranked more conservative than the least conservative Republican, l ‘Former Representative Bennett Ratliff.
Republican House Member Files “Rape and Incest” Exemption from Heartbeat Bill
The the most liberalRep. Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio), ranked Republican in the Texas legislature, this week introduced a bill providing an exemption from the Texas Heartbeat Act for rape and incest cases.
Bill 99 House reads that in these cases, “A physician who performs or induces an abortion [under this bill’s provisions] must make a written mention of the exception in the pregnant woman’s medical file.
In a letter To Gov. Greg Abbott, Larson said: “This is a common sense solution that will maintain the pro-life intent of the bill while honoring the traditional philosophy that there should always be an exception for rape and l ‘incest to a ban on abortion. “
“My voting record over the past 6 sessions,” he continued, “reflected my commitment to preventing abortion.”
“As a consistently pro-life member of Texas House, supporting the pro-life cause is important to me, however, the fact that SB 8 does not include this exception has weighed heavily on me since the Bill was passed. law.”
Larson voted for the Texas Heartbeat Act each in second and third readings during the regular session. The San Antonio representative has a complicated story with Abbott – a public feud erupted in 2017, resulting in Abbott supporting Larson’s main opponent, but the feud flattened out in 2020 when the governor approved Larson for re-election.
The two biggest life advocacy groups in Texas were split over Larson in 2020. Texas Right to Life, one of the main drivers of the Texas Heartbeat Act, did not approve Larson for re-election. But Texas Alliance for Life did it endorse.
Larson spent much of this year staking out an antagonistic position within the Texas GOP and that’s another movement along that line.
Club for Growth Releases 2021 Texas Legislative Assessments
In the second iteration from his Texas legislative dashboard, the conservative tax and spending group Club for Growth identified seven Texas lawmakers who scored above 90 percent in their scoring system.
These seven are:
- Senator Bob Hall (R-Edgewood) – 92 percent
- Representative Jeff Cason (R-Bedford) – 100 percent
- Representative Bryan Slaton (R-Royse City) – 98 percent
- Representative Briscoe Cain (R-Deer Park) – 97 percent
- Representative Mayes Middleton (R-Wallisville) – 97 percent
- Representative Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler) – 97 percent
- Representative Tony Tinderholt (R-Arlington) – 93 percent
“Texas has a small group of staunch conservatives,” Club for Growth president David McIntosh said in a statement, “but given the size of the state legislature (181 members) and the conservative lean of state, there should be many more defenders of economic freedom. “
“Many Republicans have not done their job, and this dashboard will allow the people of Texas to hold their representatives to account.”
Club for Growth’s analysis does not take into account voting changes made in newspapers. Voting changes can be made after the fact for any reason, but are often used to correct machine malfunctions or human error.
According to the group, Senate Democrats and Republicans, on average, scored higher than their House counterparts.
The lowest-rated Republicans were Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) with 65% and Representatives Stan Lambert (R-Abilene) and Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio) both with a score of 34%.
See full notes for the lodge and Senate. The records of the votes can be consulted for the Chamber. here, and the Senate here.