Skip to comments.TX Governor: Perry - 41%; Strayhorn - 20%; Bell - 18%; Kinky Friedman - 16% (Survey USA)
Posted on 05/23/2006 9:20:02 AM PDT by LdSentinal
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I'll be voting for governor Good Hair.
Hope Kinky takes second just to show that a non-politican can beat the best RAT candidate statewide in Texas.
Ma and Pa Ferguson and LBJ would be rolling over in their graves.
Kinky has my vote. And I'm not alone.
The incompetence of Texas state government is second only to Louisiana's.
This is only going to get messier. As more and more people find out the tax increase we are getting, Perry's stock will continue to slip.
You hit the nail on the head!
Something else, I heard that Strayhorn will try to run ot the right of Perry on property taxes, immigration, and the new business tax. She has a war chest and reportedly will use it.
"If the election for Governor of Texas were today, and you were standing in the voting booth right now . . ."
. . .I'd be sick to my stomach just looking at my choices.
This is TEXAS, for crying out loud! We should do better than this.
Laughable nonsense. TX gov't is nothing to be proud of, but there are a hell of a lot of worse run and more corrupt states. And Perry has been working to overcome the inate problems of the gov't, not adding to them. Tort reform, redistricting, ending Robin Hood, and increased privatization are just a few or the things he's pushed through that have helped conservatives.
Further proof that Kinky's support is primarily from the perpetual crybabies, ignorants, and knee-jerks. George Washington, Abe Lincoln, and Jesus could be in office and ya'll would moan about how awful, corrupt, and betraying they are. The same gullible pouters who gave us Clinton via Perot, and didn't learn a darn thing.
The average property tax cut is $2000. That message is already getting out there, and it will resonate much more than having to pay a tax when redoing your will.
Texas's tax structure is almost evil it is so bad. We are getting ripped off right and left with the ridiculous real estate taxes and the sales taxes are equally absurd. So what does Perry do? He gets a further tax on businesses. How does that entice business into Texas? Besides, businesses don't pay taxes. We do.
My neighbors are from California and they look at the taxes here and just shake their heads. They will be voting for Kinky. I know a number of people who are otherwise conservative believe it is high time for a change.
If Strayhorn gets out of the race that brings Kinky into striking range of Perry's 41% assuming he picks up her votes. The Democratic candidate will be insignificant as the party here is essentially non-existent.
I went over to Baylor U. and listened to what he has to say and he made some excellent points and was well received by the audience. He will probably have to moderate his apparel somewhat but he is a breath of fresh air. I'm voting for him. We need the change. The alternative is to vote for the status quo which makes absolutely no sense.
LOL!! Ma whatever-her-name-is-this-week has NO SOLUTIONS to the school funding mess that would pass the approval of the Texas SC. She wants to put video poker terminals at race tracks, and "close loopholes" (i.e., she's clueless) in the business tax as a way to fund schools. Is that not a joke?
She has about half of what Perry has on hand. Perry will draw more money, and Strayhorn will continue to drop.
Neither she nor Friedman are serious candidates, and Texans know it.
We need a drug-addled fool as governor of Texas?
I notice you gripe about property taxes, then gloss right over the 30% property tax cut just passed.
Just what does Kinky propose to do about school funding? Nothing. He is even more clueless than Ma Strayhorn is, yet supposedly intelligent people want to make Texas a laughingstock by putting Don Imus' drinking buddy in the governor's mansion.
One thing you can be sure of about those "tax cuts" is that they will reach in the other pocket and take the money right back. Bluntly stated, it is a fraud.
Kinky is a lot more conservative than most people realize. He has a good campaign strategy.
He's appealing to young adults and college students who think he's a liberal, which he clearly is not if you look at his stance on immigration, death penalty, prayer in school, and energy. The stupid college students think he's a hippie who's obviously a liberal and are throwing their support behind him without knowing better.
I really wish there were more options. I'm just not a fan of Rick Perry. When he talks, it really appears as if there are people behind him pulling the strings.
You must be drinking Kool Aid!!! Kinky is a great and funny entertainer, but he is no Governor. Sorry to disappoint you, but the Pubbies are taking the whole state!!! And....things do not look good for a Democrat sweep across the USA. Taking the NOLA election into account and looking at this Texas poll, it is clear the Democrat Party is going nowhere. The majority of the American people feel the Democrats will not protect them or America. The Republicans are so scewed up, my grandson could beat them, but a good portion of Americans voters view the current Democrat party as traitors and being guilty of treason!!! And....so it is!!! End of Story!!!
Only if you sit on your ass and let your school board increase the tax rates.
If you do that, it's YOUR fault that the taxes go back up.
And that is totally useless with property tax cap. Just window dressing nothing more.
It is the appraisal board taking the money more then anyone elae.
You decide: Would you rather the value of your home go up, or go down?
The appraisall board has very little to determin the price I can sell my house for. The market does that. They just determin my taxes.
Besides a much better fairer paln would be to do property evaluations like CA does. The taxable evaluation you pay is the price you purchased it for. It stays like that until you sell. That way you know what you are being charged.
Do you know how the appraisal district's appraisals work?
They use the sale of the last three like properties in your neighborhood. IOW, they use market prices to determine what the value of your home is.
The local taxing entities (county, school district, etc.) determine the taxes based on the value submitted by the appraisal district.
That works for California because California also has a state income tax. Texas doesn't.
Maybe you would prefer that Texas have a personal income tax. Most Texans don't.
See post 27. Everyone I have talked to about thsi taxing plan like it.
Apparently you don't get around much.
That is the way they should work, but often don't. In 2004 the Ft. Bend Country appraisal board circulated a memo stating that referred to the taxing entities as there primary concerns. And called for the max effort to keep taxes up. That is one of the main reasons I like the California plan. There is no need for an appraisal board, you just have a clerk record the price.
Would they also like a 10% state personal income tax, as California has, as well?
Maybe we can try cutting spending instead of a bunch of new taxes. That seems to me what a conservative would do.
Send your recommendations to the governor.
He and the legislature cut nearly two billion out of the budget two years ago, including some CHPS funding that included therapy for handicapped kids.
What else would you like to cut?
"The incompetence of Texas state government is second only to Louisiana's"
Uh, no. I can list about 20 or more states that would take that title before Texas.
I have sent it to the governnor along with a letter asking not to be bother with any requests for support in the coming election. As things stand I will not vote for anyone for Governor. We have an 8 billion+ surplus that should be used along with cuts. Starting with cuts in school administrations.
Cuts in school administration should be directed to your local school board. Perry has no influence over budget considerations in your school district.
Texas doesn't always have a surplus of 8 billion, which is why the Texas Supreme Court would never accept a variable source like the surplus or the lottery as a permanent solution to school funding.
Mandate the 65% solution to fund schools. That dictates that 65% of all money spent in education be spent in the classroom. And then details what is meant by classroom. Example the football staduim is not a classroom.
I would love to see a run off between Perry and Kinky. Perry would win but damn it would be an entertaining election.
I'm not entertained by Kinky. I think he's intentionally making fools of Texas voters as a way to raise his profile for future books and public speaking gigs.
If they prefer the "California" way, perhaps they should be shipped back.
sinkspur, you are wasting your time in this discussion. You did notice this:
Since May 18, 2006
I'm guessing one of the McClellan boys.
If I lived there, I would vote for Kinky.
I didn't look at the sign-up date.
Texans are not fooled. They know this school funding resolution, which has evaded Texas legislatures for over a decade, is a big deal. They're also aware of tort reform, and Republicans know all about the six additional seats the GOP picked up through redistricting and Perry's efforts to force the Democrats into three special sessions.
This won't even be a race anymore by August.
This is my thinking too. Huge surplus and they're raising taxes. That's rat behavior, no other way to slice it.
Keep in mind that Perry up until the early 90's was a democrat. I wish we had a conservative to vote for.
"What else would you like to cut?"
Lets start with any state or federal benefit for any illegal alien.
Then cut the staff of the Highway department by about 50%
Mostly the huge throngs of useless engineers that do NO engineering work, and draw salaries in the range of 100,000
per year. Then start looking at the overlapping levels of bureaucracy in all the agencys. Most have commissioners, bureau chiefs, asst bureau chiefs, executive officers, assistant executive officers etc. that are all appointed by the administration as political payoff. Most have little or no knowledge of the function of the agencys they "work" for.
All have salaries in the 100k range.
As a former state employee, I have a good understanding of how most state agencys are structured.
I agree with you.
I've never been a Perry fan, but the redistricting plus his willingness to to at least pander to the social conservatives means my vote is locked for him this time.
Kinky's probably close to his peak numbers. Bell's going to get enough votes from the Democrat core in Dallas, Houston and the Valley to keep Strayhorn from being a threat.
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