Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Texans don't like trial lawyers... Bill White is one... you do the math...

So you are telling me that Rick's peeps are on to something here (link). Excerpt follows...

By a margin of 62 percent to 23 percent, Texans think the state's medical malpractice limits have been a good thing. Asked generally about tort reform laws in the state, 56 percent called it a good thing and 28 percent declared it a bad thing. Only 29 percent say those laws have gone too far, hindering access to the courts for injured people.
Lawsuits have a negative impact on the economy, according to 67 percent of those polled (37 percent called it a "very negative impact"). And almost half — 47 percent — say people file lawsuits to "win big money" while 30 percent said suits are filed to "seek compensation for having been injured or wronged" and 11 percent said the reason most people file is to "punish the party believed to be at fault." Not surprisingly, the people who were most supportive of the reforms were also more likely to think most lawsuits are filed by people seeking large awards. Republicans were more likely to be supportive, too, but that appears to be a matter of intensity. Republicans favor the reforms 69 percent to 14 percent, Democrats by a margin of 46 to 40 percent, and independents by a margin of 51 to 40 percent. The pollsters didn't find a gender gap on that question; they did find support for the tort laws grew stronger with the age of the respondents — older people more strongly favor the changes than younger people.
Lawyers would be the biggest beneficiaries of changes that would make it easier to file suits, according to the respondents; less than a third said the beneficiaries would be injured parties. Most — 78 percent — say the Legislature should "protect reforms designed to reduce abusive lawsuits."
Here's the bit that could play into the things you see and read and hear going into the elections: 72 percent said they'd be less likely to vote for a candidate who accepted campaign contributions from personal injury trial lawyers, while 9 percent said they'd be more likely, 14 percent said it didn't make a difference, and 5 percent didn't answer the question for one reason or another. That antipathy crosses all groups, too.

No wonder Rick and his peeps keep pointing out that Bill White made his fortune as a liberal trial lawyer...


  1. Bill White didn't make his fortune as a trial lawyer. It's just not true, he made his money in business.

    You can't have one message that says "Bill White got rich from his shady businesses." And then have another that says "Bill White got rich as a trial lawyer."

    This doesn't mesh. Please pick one and stick with it. It makes us seem desperate when we flip flop from one message to the next. Attacks should be based on polls, not on the whim of Mark Miner each morning.

  2. Yes Bill White did get rich doing both. He was rich before he went to work in the Clinton administration without a single credential for the job (other than a huge fundraiser and FOB)he have never managed any employees other than personal staff in his law office and his pool boys. And never had run a budget better than his dinner tab. So yes he was a rich trial lawyer who got richer off his stinking business deals.


Hey now, campaign characters. Be nice. I know a lot of you on both sides, so I don't want any overly foul language, personal attacks on anyone other than the candidates themselves, or other party fouls. I will moderate the heck out of you if you start breaking the bounds of civility.