Kay recently sponsored a "war on cancer" bill with Senator Ted Kennedy, and it is attracting a lot of positive attention everywhere. Check out this video about it (link):
As someone who has had loved ones die of cancer (and who hasn't really?), I welcome a contest between Rick and Kay about who is more anti cancer. On stem cells, I am a little bit more torn. Kay has a more moderate reputation on stem cells, but Rick also has tried to cultivate an image of a pro-technology Governor. How will stem cells play in the race (link)? Excerpts follow:
Proponents of the stem cell funding ban have failed to pass bills in previous legislative sessions, as lawmakers from both parties have opposed it. Republican House members Beverly Woolley of Houston and Rick Hardcastle of Vernon are among the key supporters of responsible stem cell research, as is U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.Opposition to stem cell research using embryos often comes from pro life groups. Kay has a reputation as being moderately pro choice while Rick is very, very pro life. In fact, apparently Rick just declared it Abortion Recovery Awareness Month (link). Do stem cells get you more votes than the ardent pro life crowd? Anybody care to take a guess?
Bernard L. Weinstein, who directs the Center for Economic Development and Research at the University of North Texas at Denton, says the ban would run counter to a campaign by Gov. Rick Perry to boost the Texas biotech industries. It would cost the state billions of dollars in economic activity while undermining Texas’ image as a hospitable environment for research.