Which Local Lawmakers Made Texas Monthly's Annual Best and Worst List? Let's Take a Look.

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Rep. Dan Branch
Pardon me as we take a brief detour from the parade route for just a moment, but Texas Monthly's just posted its latest list of the best and worst state legislators -- and Leo Berman made worst? No way. Anyway. The preview's here, sans further categories awaiting their print and online debut next week. Let's run down a few of the locals, shall we? First, a few bests' excerpts:
Dan Branch (R-Dallas)
"After his childhood friend Joe Straus became Speaker, in 2009, Dan Branch could have had any assignment he wanted. Most members would have wanted a chairmanship of one of the power committees -- Appropriations, Ways and Means, or Calendars. Branch chose Higher Education. That's the essence of Branch -- he doesn't care about status; he cares about making a difference. He believes that Tier I research universities are the future of the state, and he wants to be in a position where he can help more institutions achieve this status."

Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth)
"His position in the House -- chair of the Administration Committee -- sounds like the job description of a hapless Cold War apparatchik in the Kremlin bureaucracy, but don't be fooled: Charlie Geren is the glue that holds the Straus team together. Anything that happens in the House must go through his committee -- every travel voucher, every request for a parking place, every office expense -- with the result that Geren accumulates useful knowledge about members."

Will Hartnett (R-Dallas)
"Hartnett is a quiet, unassuming sort who goes about his business, session after session, with little fanfare, passing bills on such scintillating subjects as notices of lis pendens and power of attorney. Then along comes a situation where the House needs a sharp legal mind who can rise above politics and carry out the law with impartiality and integrity. When that occurs, Hartnett is first on the list of candidates."
Now, to the worst. And there are quite a few familiars on the other side ...
Leo Berman (R-Tyler)
"This is Berman's distinguishing characteristic: Once an idea is in his head, it's embedded. There's no reasoning with him, on birtherism or anything else."

Senator Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound)
"Cutting billions from Medicaid was one of two thankless tasks doled out by Senate Finance chair Steve Ogden; the other -- cutting $4 billion from public education--was given to Plano Republican Florence Shapiro. The two committees were a study in contrast, with Shapiro's running relatively smoothly and Nelson's veering all over the highway. Republicans Bob Deuell and Kevin Eltife found themselves reaching across the aisle to join social services stalwarts Judith Zaffirini and John Whitmire in putting the brakes on shortsighted cuts, as Nelson, who has emerged as a kind of party whip for the Senate's right wing, rolled her eyes and grew more and more frustrated."

Burt Solomons (R-Carrollton)
"Burt Solomons is the House's leading expert on the rules. He chairs the Redistricting Committee. He shepherded the controversial sanctuary cities bill to passage. He's one of the 'cardinals' who constitute the Straus leadership team. So what is he doing on the Worst list? The answer is that Solomons's propensity to be a bully raged out of control this session, like a grass fire in August that no one could put out."

Bill Zedler (R-Arlington)
"When the House was meeting, Zedler spent much of his time at his desk talking on his Bluetooth or heckling whichever Democrat was at the front mike, smiling his odd little mortician's smile. You'd think that someone who launched his political career in a group called Decency for Arlington would try a little harder to spread some of that decency in Austin."


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14 comments
DentonCountyKid
DentonCountyKid

I am no Republican or fan of Jane Nelson but I am not sure I would put her on the worst list. If I had a choice between her and a tea bagger I would go with her.

Robert
Robert

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Robert
Robert

Charlie Geren needs that info to protect him against the hard right anti-abortion crowd who have tried to get him out of office.

Geren's attempt to raise the hotel tax rate in Cowtown was a little sneaky though.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Is it just me, or does Branch look like the illegitimate love child of Shrubya and Goodhair?

Montemalone
Montemalone

"with the result that Geren accumulates useful knowledge about members."

Probably the only repub that I would really like to have a beer or six with. Imagine the tales he could tell, like where to get the best lap dance and which stall at the airport is most active.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Wasnt Zedler the guy who tried to keep the Hooters in So. Arlington from opening years ago. If so, that little creep needs to be taken out behind the statehouse and handled up with..

When it comes to Jane Nelson, shes another wingnut from the same school as perry, which is to say she would sell out her own mother for political gain, then make up an excuse using "God" for why she does it.

I just dont get these idiots in this state that keep electing narrow-minded morons to run their affairs..

Niles David1
Niles David1

Sen Nelson is bought and sold by the pharmacy companies. Google "Texas Senate Bill 7" and you can see where she added mandatory vaccines for ALL healthcare employees. 

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Naw, they're still there. The wonderful, amazing, foolproof comments provider known as Disqus is acting up. Again. Shocking.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Zedler's the guy behind, among other things, creationist legislation, that tell-me-about-your-abortion questionnaire and attempts to make it illegal to build day-laborer shelters.

Marvin
Marvin

I have problems with the comments all the time.  I didn't know The Observer was aware of how bad it sucks.  If disqus doesn't work, then why don't you use something that does.  It can't be that hard to show comments. Every blog does it.  The Observer used to do it.  Like most blogs, I like to read the comments as much or more than the articles.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Thanks robert! You always are a well-spring of knowledge my man. I agree, he's a cretin of the lowest order, probably a mouth-breather...;)

scottindallas
scottindallas

I do like Disqus when it's working.  I imagine VVM is a huge load on their servers.  Are you privy to frank discussions?  Is this something they can simply throw more computer/server power into and fix? 

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Marvin, that's a decision that was made way above my pay grade, as Disqus is used throughout the entirety of Village Voice Media. It's a popular commenting machine -- was anyway, till it started to crap out constantly ... which would have been right about the time we signed on. And before we ditch it, which we're seriously considering given its myriad problems of late, we wanna give it one more (?) chance, as we didn't make the switch too terribly long ago, and when it works, it's terrific. But when it doesn't, I wanna quit.

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