Tuition-increasing, Liberal Politician to Address College Republicans

Feb 19, 2014 No Comments ›› YCT State Board

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February 19, 2014

Contact: Jenna White, Executive Director
Mobile: (512) 843-1980
Email: [email protected]

AUSTIN, TX — Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) today called on Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst to apologize for tuition “deregulation” and to join the bipartisan coalition dedicated to its repeal.

“We’re stunned that David Dewhurst would come to campus and try to fool college students into thinking he’s on their side,” said YCT State Chairman Jeff Morris. “That would be like President Obama going to a small business convention and telling them his tax increases are good for business. The record doesn’t back up the rhetoric.”

In 2003, Dewhurst helped pass the so-called “tuition deregulation” bill, which led to record-setting tuition increases at the University of Texas. In 2009, 25 of 31 Senators co-sponsored a bill freezing tuition. Dewhurst would not even refer the bill to committee until well over halfway though the session, and then he sent it to a committee chaired by a liberal Democrat (Sen. Judith Zaffirini). The delay proved fatal to the bill, and by 2012 tuition rates in Texas were up 55 percent.

“The contrast between Dewhurst and YCT’s endorsed candidate—Dan Patrick—couldn’t be clearer,” Morris added. “From day one, Sen. Patrick made it clear he’s against tuition ‘deregulation,’ and he’s voted accordingly.”

“Dewhurst seems to be the only candidate for Lt. Gov. who does not believe that conservative Republicans should set higher education policy in the Texas Senate,” said YCT Executive Director Jenna White. “Under David Dewhurst, higher education policy in Texas has been handed over to the unelected university administrators and big-government Democrats, to the extreme detriment of students.”

Dewhurst is the only candidate in the race—Republican or Democrat—to support tuition deregulation. Republican Todd Staples and Democrat Leticia Van de Putte both voted against tuition deregulation in 2003. “As Lt. Gov., Dan Patrick won’t set up committees to attack Rick Perry and conservative higher education reform, like Dewhurst did,” White added. “In fact, no other candidate would be as willing as Dewhurst to continue the failed experiment of tuition ‘deregulation.’”

“David Dewhurst should apologize to the working families and debt-saddled young people of Texas for giving college administrators like Larry Faulkner and Bill Powers a blank check,” concluded Morris. “He should start acting like a conservative—in accordance with his campaign rhetoric— rather than imitating Republicans-In-Name-Only like Tommy Merritt and Dan Branch.”

YCT also expressed surprise that the College Republicans would embrace Dewhurst. “Perhaps the College Republicans did not do sufficient research before inviting Dewhurst to campus,” said Allison Ngo, Chairman of the YCT Chapter at the University of Texas. “The College Republicans should avoid embracing the Dewhurst agenda. Doing so positions the CRs to the left of the University Democrats on higher education issues.”

Young Conservatives of Texas is a non-partisan organization that has promoted conservatism at universities across the Lone Star State for over three decades. The State’s most active political youth organization, YCT is composed of hundreds of members and alumni who participate in the full spectrum of politics. YCT issues the most respected ratings of the Texas legislature and is the only conservative group to have done so without interruption over the past 20 legislative sessions. For more information about YCT, please visit 

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YCT Continues to Endorse for the 2014 March Primary

Feb 14, 2014 No Comments ›› YCT State Board

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February 14, 2014

Contact: Jenna White, Executive Director
Mobile: (281) 460-8545
Email: [email protected]

AUSTIN, TX — Between October and January, Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) endorsed in many of the statewide and legislative elections occurring across the state. Today, YCT released their next set of endorsements for the March 4th Primary.

“This is an exciting cycle for conservatives across the state,” said Jeff Morris, YCT State Chairman. “We have an opportunity to move our state in a more conservative direction by electing strong new voices at all levels of government. YCT is proud to play our part by releasing our recommendations to voters.”

Below is a list of newly endorsed candidates:

SD 31 – Mike Canon

HD 10 – TJ Fabby
HD 23 – Wayne Faircloth
HD 60 – Cullen Crisp
HD 64 – Read King
HD 58 – Philip Eby
HD 71 – Isaac Castro
HD 94 – Tony Tinderholt
HD 108 – Court Alley

SBOE 11 – Eric Mahroum

Below are the candidates previously endorsed for this cycle:

Lt. Governor – Sen. Dan Patrick
Attorney General – Sen. Ken Paxton
Comptroller – Sen. Glenn Hegar
Ag. Commissioner – Hon. Sid Miller
Railroad Commissioner – Hon. Wayne Christian

SCOTX Pl. 1 – Nathan Hecht
SCOTX Pl. 8 – Phil Johnson
SCOTX Pl. 6 – Jeff Brown

SBOE 7 – David Bradley

SD 2 – Bob Hall
SD 4 – Rep. Steve Toth
SD 7 – Paul Bettencourt
SD 8 – Rep. Van Taylor
SD 10 – Konni Burton
SD 16 – Don Huffines
SD 25 – Sen. Donna Campbell
SD 30 – Sen. Craig Estes

HD 4 – Stuart Spitzer
HD 5 – Rep. Bryan Hughes
HD 6 – Rep. Matt Schaefer
HD 7 – Rep. David Simpson
HD 8 – Bobby Vickery
HD 12 – Timothy Delasandro
HD 15 – Mark Keough
HD 16 – Ted Seago
HD 19 – Rep. James White
HD 24 – Rep. Greg Bonnen
HD 33 – Rep. Scott Turner
HD 53 – Karen Harris
HD 55 – Molly White
HD 59 – Danny Pelton
HD 61 – Rep. Phil King
HD 65 – Rep. Ron Simmons
HD 66 – Matt Shaheen
HD 67 – Rep. Jeff Leach
HD 69 – Rep. James Frank
HD 68 – Rep. Drew Springer
HD 70 – Rep. Scott Sanford
HD 83 – Rep. Charles Perry
HD 89 – Rep. Jodie Laubenberg
HD 91 – Rep. Stephanie Klick
HD 92 – Rep. Jonathan Stickland
HD 93 – Rep. Matt Krause
HD 96 – Rep. Bill Zedler
HD 97 – Rep. Craig Goldman
HD 98 – Rep. Giovanni Capriglione
HD 102 – Rep. Stefani Carter
HD 106 – Rep. Pat Fallon
HD 112 – Jared Patterson
HD 115 – Matt Rinaldi
HD 121 – Matt Beebe
HD 129 – Briscoe Cain
HD 130 – Rep. Allan Fletcher
HD 134 – Bonnie Parker

Young Conservatives of Texas is a non-partisan organization that has promoted conservatism at universities across the Lone Star State for over three decades. The State’s most active political youth organization, YCT is composed of hundreds of members and alumni who participate in the full spectrum of politics. YCT issues the most respected ratings of the Texas legislature and is the only conservative group to have done so without interruption over the past 20 legislative sessions. For more information about YCT, please visit www.yct.org

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