Congress Avenue Chatter…
Senator Kirk Watson to Appear at Live Austin Bar Legislative Forum: September 6, Noon, Austin Bar Association Headquarters. 1 hr CLE Credit and Free to Austin Bar Members (lunch available for purchase or brown bag your own). Mark your calendar. Presented by the Legislative Committee of the Austin Bar Association. Please RSVP to the Austin Bar office and also let us know if you will be purchasing lunch---472-0279
Texans for Lawsuit Reform and the Texas Senate: In the last legislative cycle, Texans for Lawsuit Reform, the leading tort reform group in Texas and among the most influential nationally, raised and spend over $6 million dollars in state-wide elections, making it the largest political donor in Texas.
Today, the Texas Tribune reported:
TLR hasn’t made its choices on who will get its financial and political support in the 2012 elections, but there are rumblings. Two Republican senators — Jeff Wentworth of San Antonio and Chris Harris of Arlington — could draw opposition from the group if TLR-friendly Republicans choose to run against them. (State Rep. Rodney Anderson, Republican of Grand Prairie, has already said he’ll challenge Harris.) Other Republican senators, like John Carona of Dallas and Robert Duncan of Lubbock, have periodically walked into the group’s line of fire, and they’ll both be on the ballot next year.
Changes in any of those seats could change the politics of the Texas Senate, even without partisan changes in any of them. It would make it more conservative, changing the legislative outcomes on issues that range far beyond tort reform, starting with the Senate’s vote to replace the lieutenant governor should Dewhurst leave for higher office.