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It is Time to Unite Behind Ted Cruz. Right Now.

Ted Cruz is probably not the first choice of most Republicans in the party. If you are reading this, maybe he’s not your first choice, your second choice, or even your sixth choice. But it’s time to accept the reality that there are basically two choices left in this election, and one of them is an ignorant, megalomaniacal would-be despot named Donald Trump. If he is going to be stopped, Ted Cruz is the only alternative we have available.

I gather that many people would have preferred someone with executive experience. I certainly would have myself, but the only person left in the field who has executive experience is over 300 delegates behind Donald Trump, and is trailing Trump in the polls in his own home state. I am sorry, Kasich fans, the math absolutely does not work.

The only way John Kasich will beat Donald Trump would be if Trump fell dead tomorrow, and maybe not even then. I think we have seen that Trump’s supporters will not leave him no matter what, and probably enough of them would vote for Donald Trump’s corpse to still deny John Kasich the nomination at this point.

Read more at RedState.com

ICANN CEO Should Not Support Chinese Internet Censorship

On Thursday, Sens. Cruz, James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Mike Lee (R-Utah) sent a letter to Fadi Chehade, CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), currently under contract with the federal government. The senators raised serious concerns and requested information regarding Mr. Chehade’s involvement with the World Internet Conference, organized by the Chinese government, a regime notorious for its censorship of the Internet and criminalization of forms of online speech.

“As you must know, the World Internet Conference is not a beacon of free speech,” Cruz, Lankford, and Lee wrote. “It has been heavily criticized by members of the press for refusing to allow China-based reporters for the New York Times and Washington Post to cover the conference. Reporters Without Borders demanded an international boycott of the conference, calling China the ‘enemy of the Internet.’  In addition, GreatFire co-founder, Charlie Smith, described foreign guests of the Conference as ‘complicit actors in the Chinese censorship regime and are lending legitimacy to Lu Wei, CAC and their heavy-handed approach to Internet governance. They are, in effect, helping to put all Chinese who stand for their constitutional right to free speech behind bars.’”

The senators continued: “ICANN’s participation in the World Internet Conference is especially concerning because of the Chinese government’s long and established record of restricting free access to the Internet, censoring content, and criminalizing certain forms of online speech. 

Read the full letter and release here.

The Establishment Prefers Trump To Cruz

Why doesn’t the establishment get behind Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) to stop Donald Trump?

I’ve been asking this question for months. As I wrote back in December:

The establishment can’t stand Cruz because they believe he unfairly rips establishment Republicans for insufficient ideological purity. They think Cruz doesn’t understand the necessary deals that must be cut in politics in order to “get things done”—they think he’s more interested in posturing than in achieving practical policies to help Americans. They will have to put such concerns aside if they want to defeat Trump.

It's clearer now than it was then that Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) isn't going to be able to stop Trump. A new poll from ARG in New Hampshire today shows Trump on top with 27 percent of the likely vote – but then abominable Ohio Governor John Kasich following with 20 percent, followed by Rubio at 10 percent, Cruz at 9 percent, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at 9 percent, and Florida Governor Jeb Bush at 8 percent. That means, effectively speaking, that if Cruz wins Iowa, Rubio would finish no better than fourth, and perhaps lower than that.

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YCT Releases Ratings of the 84th Texas Legislature

AUSTIN, TX — Today, Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) released its ratings of the 84th Texas Legislature.

These ratings mark the 21st consecutive installment of the YCT scorecard. With bi-yearly installments dating back to 1975, YCT issues the most thorough, respected and consistent legislative ratings in the Lone Star State. You can view their ratings online at http://ratings.yct.org/

“Any legislator can claim to be conservative, so our scorecard gives voters an objective tool to cut through the noise and compare results to rhetoric,” said Jeff Morris, YCT State Chairman. “Over the last 6 months, we have carefully vetted the voting records of each legislator to determine who truly went down to Austin and did their job."

Scores for the 84th Legislature are calculated based on 50 votes taken in both the Senate and the House. Members of the legislature received a score for the session based on their votes on bills that have a clear left/right policy choice. Each legislator also has a combined career score covering his or her time in the legislature. 

Taking into account all members of each chamber, the average score in the House was a 46 and in the Senate a 56. The average score amongst Republicans in the House was a 63 and a 74 in the Senate.

Senator Konni Burton and Representative Matt Rinaldi earned the group’s ‘Rookie of the Year’ awards for their first legislative session in their respective chambers of the legislature.

“Under the leadership of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, the Senate flourished with the highest scores on record for the chamber,” continued Morris. “The addition of nine new freshmen made a huge difference in the culture of the senate.”

YCT recognized 13 Legislators with scores of 90% or above on their “Honor Roll” for the session. They were Rep. Jonathan Stickland (100), Sen. Konni Burton (98), Rep. Matt Rinaldi (98), Rep. Matt Krause (96), Rep. Tony Tinderholt (96), Rep. Matt Schaefer (94), Rep. Scott Turner (94), Rep. Matt Shaheen (92), Rep. Stuart Spitzer (92), Rep. Molly White (92), Sen. Bob Hall (90), Sen. Don Huffines (90) and Rep. David Simpson (90).

The most liberal Republicans in the House were Rep. JD Sheffield (33), Rep. Gilbert Peña (33), and Rep. J.M. Lozano (36). The most liberal Republicans in the Senate were Sen. Kel Seliger (56), Sen. Craig Estes (60), and Sen. Kevin Eltife (58). The most liberal Democrats in the House were Rep. Dukes (2), Rep. Johnson (9) and Rep. Anchia (9). The most liberal Democrats in the Senate were Sen. Ellis (16), Sen. Menendez (16), Sen. Jose Rodriguez (16) and Sen. Kirk Watson (14).

Along with the release of this year’s ratings YCT also announced the new ‘Ratings Web Application.’ This year, YCT students and young professionals volunteered to research and compile all historical ratings. These ratings, along with the current ratings, now reside within an interactive web application.

This application is available in a colorful, easy-to-use format which allows for quick analysis specific to these ratings. YCT plans to enhance its web application with many new features in the future. Again, YCT invites you to view the legislative ratings online at http://ratings.yct.org/

“It is our hope that the ratings web application will be used by voters and legislators alike to better understand the political climate in which the Texas Legislature operates. I am excited to see what sort of analytics we can provide Texans in the future based on this application,” said William Dominguez, who serves as the Chair of the YCT Legislative Affairs Committee.

YCT prides itself on being objective in the record votes it chooses to rate. In general, the ratings do not include unanimous votes, since those votes do not measure on an ideological scale. The ratings are not padded by any additional weights, nor are legislators given any special sponsorship credit. Higher scores are generally difficult to obtain on this rating spectrum. These ratings were compiled by a committee of members of our organization. In order to keep the ratings as objective as possible, the committee itself was comprised of individuals who do not currently serve in any legislative office or on any particular campaign.

Young Conservatives of Texas is a non-partisan organization that has promoted conservatism at universities across the Lone Star State for over three decades. The State’s most active political youth organization, YCT is composed of hundreds of members and alumni who participate in the full spectrum of politics. YCT issues the most respected ratings of the Texas legislature and is the only conservative group to have done so without interruption over the past 21 legislative sessions. For more information about YCT, please visit www.YCT.org.


Texas State Senator Bob Hall Endorses Ted Cruz for President

AUSTIN — Thursday, Senator Bob Hall joined his conservative colleagues, Konni Burton and Brian Birdwell, in publicly endorsing Ted Cruz for President of the United States. 

Senator Hall was recently ranked as the most conservative Senator in Texas by Rice University.  

Hall made the endorsement saying, “We need a proven conservative fighter who doesn't just use the rhetoric of the right, but can back it up with experience and battles fought for free market, liberty, and family values. Ted Cruz is that person and I'm proud to support him for President of the United States of America.”

Bob Hall is a Citadel graduate and a military veteran. He was a Captain in the United States Air Force. Bob is small business owner, an avid sportsman and pilot, and proud father to three grown sons. Bob and his wife, Kay, live in Van Zandt County and are members of Lakeside Baptist Church.

For more information, please visit www.votebobhall.com


Konni Burton Endorses Ted Cruz for President

“I'm all in for Ted Cruz”

(Austin, TX) Monday, Konni Burton endorsed Senator Ted Cruz in his presidential bid. The endorsement came on the heels of Senator Cruz’s formal announcement of his candidacy at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.

"I'm all in for Ted Cruz. I have known Ted since he was polling at 3% in his bid for U.S. Senate. He is one of the handful of elected officials who has done what he said he would do. His honesty and commitment to principles drive the establishment crazy, but it's what the people want and deserve. We need the next generation of conservative leaders to stand up and take our country back. I'm proud to stand with Ted Cruz in his effort to be our nation's next President.

Konni Burton represents District 10 in the Texas Senate.  Her district includes portions of Tarrant County including the cities of Ft. Worth, Colleyville, Arlington, Bedford, Euless, Hurst, Southlake, Burleson, Mansfield, Kennedale, Crowley, Aledo and Forest Hill. More information regarding Senator Burton can be found at http://konniburton.com/.



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