This week, Direct Action Texas joined a dozen conservative groups calling on Governor Greg Abbott to call a special session of the Texas legislature. Actual deficiencies in public policy went unaddressed during the 2019 session, the immediate negative impacts will compound as the interim continues.
Groups represented on the letter cover important policy areas including 2nd Amendment rights, tax relief, pro-life, and election integrity among others. All of the signers are invested in seeing the commonsense platform of the Lone Star Agenda accomplished, now.
The letter comes at a time when Texas Republicans appear especially rudderless.
Beginning in November 2018, there has been a brute force effort to have Texas Republicans abandon the conservative principals that have made Texas the most prosperous state in the nation.
Underpinning these efforts is the false narrative that the midterm election results were a referendum on and sign of things to come. Agreeing with such a premise requires a willing suspension of common sense, ignoring historical election results and the state of play on the ground in Texas in 2020.
Aside from the media-driven agenda that 2020 is the year for Democrats in Texas there is little evidence that Texas is any nearer Democrat control.
Ahead of the last census and redistricting effort in 2010 while Republicans had a grim grip on statewide offices, they were perilously close to losing the House. Fast forward a decade and the set up is far rosier with little credible evidence that the GOP will lose the House.
Still, it is not the time for conservatives to rest on their laurels, which is why DAT and others are pressing for immediate rejection of the lies that have driven policy setting thus far in 2019 and action on meaningful reforms.