Texas recently completed its biennial legislative session for 2019, meaning they will not meet again until 2020. As the session closed, activists across the state watched Gov. Greg Abbott’s media event and came to a shocking realization: Texas has become a “purple state.”

Republicans enjoy majorities in both Houses of the legislature, control all statewide offices, and are led by a self-described, “conservative” Republican governor. The Republican Party of Texas routinely draws up a list of top legislative priorities for legislative leaders to pass.

Yet, out of 12 top priorities, 10 were not even addressed.

For example, one of the state GOP’s top priorities was to enact a “Constitutional Carry” gun law. Unlike many conservative states, Texas requires a permit for legally-owned handguns to be carried outside homes and vehicles. Conservatives wanted to add Texas to the growing list of states that treat the United States Constitution as their permit to carry.

The legislature didn’t act. In fact, the bill never even made it out of committee.

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Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.