Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick Speaks at NAVPAC Fundraiser

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick revised 21 Rule
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick revised 21 Rule
By Mark Archibald - Corsicana Daily Sun
A conservative red meat message fired up an enthusiastic Navarro County Republican crowd who attended a Republican Party fundraiser at the Cook Center on Navarro College's campus Wednesday November 15. The keynote address was delivered by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

Patrick, a strong voice in the State Senate for conservative agenda lead the fight to do away with the "21 vote rule" in the Senate. The procedural rule observed for 68 years required that 21 votes were required to advance legislation.

Patrick said, "This rule made it possible for Democrats to block controversial bills, because even though Republicans held the majority in the State Senate, we never had 21 seats."

Patrick labels himself a Christian first, conservative second, and Republican third is seeking a second term as Lt. Gov.

This is Patrick's third visit to Senate District 22 in the last two weeks, according to Texas State Senator Brian Birdwell who represents State Senate 22 which includes Navarro County. Birdwell introduced the Lt. Gov. to the enthusiastic crowd.

Patrick discussed the Texas state budget with the crowd, explaining that Texas has the tenth largest economy in the world, and a $109 billion biannual budget. Fifty-two percent of which goes to public education, 31 percent is spent on healthcare, a percentage that Patrick says is growing, and another 11 percent of state money is allocated to public safety.

"An emergency rainy day fund has an additional $10 billion. Some of that money will be used to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey." Patrick said.

Patrick assured the crowd that he and Governor Abbott have no intention of raising taxes while they are in Austin, a statement which elicited an overwhelming positive reaction from the Navarro County crowd.

Texas continues to gain population and create jobs in part because "Texas is the America, that America used to be."

Patrick warned Republicans that there were forces attempting to turn Texas from conservatism and gain a foothold in the state. "If that happens, with the electoral votes available in Texas and other states, Republicans won't win the White House again."

"We are in a battle for the soul of our party and for the future of our state." Patrick ended with a call to the partisan crowd, encouraging everyone to vote in the March Republican Primary.

Texas House District 8 candidate, Cody Harris, from Palestine attended the dinner and said, "It's great to have the Lieutenant Governor here to talk about our shared values, and how we can work together to protect rural Texas and grow our local economy."

Both Harris and Thomas McNutt are engaged in a primary hoping to replace State Representative Byron Cook (R-Corsicana) who announced he would not seek re-election at the end of his current term.

Thomas McNutt who ran in the 2015 Primary Election against Cook said, "It was a great night for rural Texas and the conservative movement! It's a big deal any time you get the Lt. Governor to visit us in small town Texas."

Local elected officials and candidates were available during the social hour to answer questions including Eric Meyers, who filed his candidacy to head the Navarro County Republicans. Meyers is hoping to defeat current Chairman Chris Baldwin in the Primary. Baldwin is running for a second term as Chairman.

Meyers said he was interested to hear Patrick's agenda for the Senate, and how Republicans can help to advance that here.

Chairman Chris Baldwin thanked the crowd saying "tonight's energy and crowd proved that conservatism is alive and well in Navarro County."

Lt Gov Dan Patrick and State Senator SD22 Brian Birdwell
Lt Gov Dan Patrick and State Senator SD22 Brian Birdwell
County Chair Chris Baldwin welcomes the crowd..
County Chair Chris Baldwin welcomes the crowd.
State Sen SD22 Brian Birdwell introduces Lt Gov
State Sen SD22 Brian Birdwell introduces Lt Gov
State Sen Brian Birdwell describes his grandson
State Sen Brian Birdwell describes his grandson
Billy Elias sings God Bless America
Billy Elias sings God Bless America

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