Saturday, May 26, 2007
Back In Austin
Wow. Texas really does do everything bigger. Including mad parliamentary power struggles. It seems that both Republicans and Democrats alike want to oust Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick, a Republican, before his term expires in January. Apparently, Craddick rules the joint with an iron fist, often forcing members to line up on votes that hurt their chances back home.
To toss Craddick, all they've got to do is pass a motion to vacate. Only trouble is, a motion to vacate is considered a "privileged" motion under Texas parliamentary rules. And to present a privileged motion, a member's got to be recognized by the House Speaker. Which Craddick refuses to do:
By the time the House adjourned shortly before 1:30 a.m., Craddick had beaten back his opponents, lawmakers who tried to overtake the speaker's podium were physically restrained and the House parliamentarian resigned.
That's democracy in the Lone Star State. Obviously a product ready for export.