Josh Brodesky calls himself a “Texan by choice”, but he’s just another liberal transplant hired by the liberal San Antonio Express-News. His opinion piece, published on Sunday, July 17, shows how out of touch he is with grassroots Texans and how the SA Express is shamelessly promoting Texas Speaker Joe Straus by proposing that Straus should run for president in 2020!
1912 GJ Sutton Building - Scandal abrew again at 321 N. Center Street
Named in honor of Liberal Democrat, Garlington Jerome (G.J.) Sutton (1909-1976) the building at 321 N. Center Street is no stranger to controversay.
G.J., with brother, Samuel, were mortuary opperators. A delegate to the Democrat National Convention and NAACP Board Member, in 1972 G.J. was the first black person elected to public office in San Antonio as representive for District 57-E. G.J. He is recognized as one of 15 siblijng decendants of first black people in Bexar County. Brother, Percy, owns the Apollo Theater in New York City and the attorney for Nation of Islam leader Malcom X.
As State Representative, G.J. proposed the State pay $750,000 to buy the building at 321 N. Center Street, 2 blocks from his morturary in District 57-E, and appropriate another $250,000 to renovate it to "revitalize the St. Paul Square neighbornood". In 1975 the fair market value for the building was on the tax rolls at $221,852.
If we want to understand why the immigration bills in the Texas House have not moved from the State Affairs’ Committee chaired by Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana), we should connect the dots in this puzzle.
The first point is that Cook was appointed to committee chair by House Speaker Joe Straus because of his loyalty to the Speaker.
Second, Straus is Speaker because 100% of the Hispanic Democrats voted for him. Straus will side with his Hispanic Democrat friends who oppose real and meaningful illegal immigration enforcement, and Cook will play along.
As grassroots conservative leaders from across the Lone Star State, we hear the clock ticking down on the 84th Legislative Session, tolling a death knell for many important bills that should pass. If these liberty-advancing, government restraining bills die, once again, we will get excuses rather than results.
If leadership expects to get high marks from us on this legislative session, they have a lot of heavy lifting to do. Frankly, we don’t care how hard or how long they have to work to get the job done, either.Too many evenings, Fridays, and weekends have gone by with no committee meetings and no floor action for us to accept the tired and politically convenient excuse “we ran out of time.”