Tea Party http://kut.org en Eric Cantor Says He'll Quit Majority Leader Post After Primary Defeat http://kut.org/post/cantor-will-reportedly-resign-majority-leader-after-loss-primary <strong>This post was updated at 4:50 p.m. ET</strong><p>House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, fresh from a stunning primary upset at the hands of a Tea Party rival, said today that he would vacate his leadership post by the end of July to make room for a successor.<p>"Effective July 31, I will be stepping down as majority leader," Cantor told reporters at a news conference. "It is with great humility that I do so."<p>He said he'd support Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, currently the No. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:29:45 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10579 at http://kut.org Eric Cantor Says He'll Quit Majority Leader Post After Primary Defeat 'Stunning': Reactions To Eric Cantor's Election Loss In Virginia http://kut.org/post/stunning-reactions-eric-cantors-election-loss-virginia "Dollars don't vote — you do." And with that statement to his supporters, college professor Dave Brat ousted seven-term Rep. Eric Cantor in their primary battle Tuesday night. The loss by the No. 2 House Republican shocked many political analysts and the congressman himself.<p>"It's disappointing, sure," Cantor told supporters after the results came in. "But I believe in this country. I believe there's opportunity around the next corner for all of us."<p>Few saw the historic collapse coming, although the final tally shows Brat won handily, with 56 percent of the vote to Cantor's 44 percent. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:26:29 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10575 at http://kut.org 'Stunning': Reactions To Eric Cantor's Election Loss In Virginia Crossroads GPS At Heart Of GOP's Lois Lerner Probe http://kut.org/post/crossroads-gps-heart-gops-lois-lerner-probe Among the alleged crimes committed by Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the heart of the tax agency's targeting of conservative groups: singling out Crossroads GPS, Karl Rove's nonprofit group that spent $165 million in the last election attacking Democrats and helping Republicans.<p>That's according to House Republicans pushing criminal charges against Lerner.<p>The House Ways and Means Committee met in closed-door session Wednesday to discuss three specific violations Republicans believe she committed while running the IRS's office that handles tax-exempt groups.<p>One charge is that s Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:11:38 +0000 S.V. Date 10182 at http://kut.org Crossroads GPS At Heart Of GOP's Lois Lerner Probe Texas Tea Party Taking Power Back From Conservative Business Groups http://kut.org/post/texas-tea-party-taking-power-back-conservative-business-groups <p>Last week’s&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/november-winners-2014-texas-primaries?nopop=1">GOP primary</a>&nbsp;showed the continued strength of the Tea Party in Texas.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But it also showed a weakening of another stalwart Republican demographic: the businessperson.</span></p><p>First, a disclaimer: The results don't prove anything definitive. One election does not a trend make. And it's not hard to find people who say the state's business leaders still have a large role in Republican Party politics.</p><p>"I think the business community hasn't lost its voice,"&nbsp;Rice University&nbsp;<a href="http://politicalscience.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=103">Political Science</a> department chair Mark Jones says.&nbsp;"But its influence is much less then it was say 10 years ago."</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/138327926&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:12:49 +0000 Ben Philpott 9911 at http://kut.org Texas Tea Party Taking Power Back From Conservative Business Groups Survey Says Texas Tea Party Can't Be Ignored http://kut.org/post/survey-says-texas-tea-party-cant-be-ignored <p> A new poll suggests the Tea Party movement is more than a flash in the pan in Texas politics.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 19:42:39 +0000 Andrew Weber 8169 at http://kut.org Survey Says Texas Tea Party Can't Be Ignored Tea Party Favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann Leaving Congress http://kut.org/post/tea-party-favorite-rep-michele-bachmann-leaving-congress <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-nV4AGV50I</p> Wed, 29 May 2013 11:59:18 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 7915 at http://kut.org Tea Party Favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann Leaving Congress Agenda Texas: Tea Party Power http://kut.org/post/agenda-texas-tea-party-power-0 <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F90647964" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>It’s been a tumultuous week in the Texas Capitol. A House bill that would have spent $2 billion from the state’s rainy day fund on water infrastructure projects <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2013/04/30/after-bill-falters-whats-next-for-funding-water-in-texas/">was sunk Monday night</a> on a procedural point of order.</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 22:33:21 +0000 Ben Philpott 7620 at http://kut.org Agenda Texas: Tea Party Power Bill Filings Down in 2013 Texas Legislature http://kut.org/post/bill-filings-down-2013-texas-legislature <p>The 2013 Texas Legislature is running behind last session when it comes to bill filings, according to legislative reporting service Telicon.</p><p>The firm reports 476 fewer bills have been filed this legislative session, compared to this time in the 2011 session. The 27 percent drop is partially to blame on 2011 being a big year for ideological legislative filings, said UT government professor Jim Henson.</p><p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 23:17:18 +0000 Ryland Barton 6456 at http://kut.org Bill Filings Down in 2013 Texas Legislature Texas Senate Republicans Jump to Dewhurst's Defense http://kut.org/post/texas-senate-republicans-jump-dewhursts-defense <p>Texas Republican Senators came to the defense of David Dewhurst yesterday, issuing a letter defending him from what they see as erroneous attacks from opposing candidate Ted Cruz. The <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/99578674/7-08-12-TXSSGOP-Open-Letter-to-Texans">letter</a>, crafted by the Texas Senate Republican Caucus says that Cruz&rsquo;s claims about Dewhurst supporting state income tax and so-called &ldquo;sanctuary cities&rdquo; are false.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 19:12:36 +0000 Sam J. Ellison 4647 at http://kut.org Texas Senate Republicans Jump to Dewhurst's Defense Tea Party To Campaign Against Texas Student Loan Proposition http://kut.org/post/tea-party-campaign-against-texas-student-loan-proposition <p>What was expected to be a routine vote on a state proposition to extend <a href="http://www.hhloans.com/">a low interest student loan program</a> may have run into a political buzz-saw called the Texas Tea Party.</p><p>On November 8, Texans will be asked to vote on ten ballot propositions. <a href="http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/index.cfm?objectid=CF66C4E8-AD6F-F580-42E6F89E62585F1B&amp;flushcache=1&amp;showdraft=1">Proposition 3</a> would allow the state to issue up to $1.86 billion in bonds to finance student loans.</p> Fri, 07 Oct 2011 16:55:01 +0000 Dave Davies, Texas Public Radio 2695 at http://kut.org Tea Party To Campaign Against Texas Student Loan Proposition Conservative "Outsiders" Have Inside Track in Texas http://kut.org/post/conservative-outsiders-have-inside-track-texas <p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; ">His nickname around the Texas Capitol is &ldquo;mucus.&rdquo;</p><p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; ">It&rsquo;s a play on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.empowertexans.com/michael_quinn_sullivan" style="color: rgb(0, 137, 144); text-decoration: none; ">Michael Quinn Sullivan&rsquo;s</a>&nbsp;initials &mdash; MQS &mdash; but the moniker is fitting on at least two levels: It underscores how much of an irritant the conservative activist has become to politicians who dare buck his Tea Party orthodoxy. It also says something about Sullivan&rsquo;s staying power in Republican-ruled Texas.</p><p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; ">They can&rsquo;t get rid of him.</p><p> Fri, 27 May 2011 12:38:39 +0000 Jay Root, Texas Tribune 1577 at http://kut.org Conservative "Outsiders" Have Inside Track in Texas Claims of Voter Intimidation Arise http://kut.org/post/claims-voter-intimidation-arise <p>As Texans across the state continue to hit the polls this week for early voting, several reports have surfaced of voter intimidation. The <a href="http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/facebook/7258517.html">Houston Chronicle</a> reports the most recent allegations have been in Harris County: &nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Oct 2010 16:25:21 +0000 Nick Robertson 100 at http://kut.org Claims of Voter Intimidation Arise