Not having Tom Craddick as Speaker has skewed the closely divided Texas House much further to the left than many people imagined, considering Republicans still allegedly have a majority. There may be 76 Republicans in there, but there are really only 55 or 60 non RINO Republicans. Where did I come up with that number? Just look at the vote on the S-CHIP expansion (link). Excerpt follows...
The House on Friday voted 87-55 to send to the Senate a bill expanding eligibility for the Children's Health Insurance Program — but not before making a couple last minute changes.
The legislature increased the eligibility up to 400% of poverty in some cases, and 300% in most cases. This is not fiscal responsibility. This is how a lot of blue states and a few red states racked up tens of billions in debt and ruined their reputations. How will Rick respond to these liberal threats to Texas' preeminence?
I hope he vetoes the hell out of certain legislation.