Friday, August 12, 2005

Special sessions could be costly for state leaders - Local News - 08/12/2005 - Special sessions could be costly for state leaders: "House Speaker Tom Craddick went into the 2003 legislative session with such firm control over the House that by session's end, even those Republicans who resented his iron fist nonetheless let him use it.

'I'm just drinking the Kool-Aid,' one moderate Republican defensively grumbled at the time.

On the Senate side, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst took over as that body's presiding officer in January 2003, and not a senator made any overt move to diminish his powers, more of which are granted by the Senate rules than the constitution.

By the end of that session, Dewhurst was given high marks by surprised observers. They said he'd exhibited more bipartisan leadership than anyone else in the capitol.

That was then. This is now. And both leaders, while not in complete danger of losing their clout, there are definite signs that a growing number of legislators are beginning to rebel against their top-down management styles."


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