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Old 07-06-2012, 09:18 PM
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Originally Posted by TexasHorseLady View Post
Exactly. Perry takes credit for things he didn't do, and he does things that profit mainly himself and his cronies.
Is this what you mean?

Take credit for jobs created in Texas, while blaming the federal government for Texas unemployment

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Old 07-07-2012, 09:01 AM
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Originally Posted by doctorjef View Post
Texas has a weak governorship and this has been true since the post-Reconstruction constitution of 1876, which remains in effect, even if amended a bizillion times in the intervening years. You will recall that the term of the governor was extended to four years from the two year term originally provided for in the post-Reconstruction constitution. However, the governor's direct powers are relatively weak and much weaker than in many other states. The lieutenant governor in Texas has traditionally been considered to occupy a position of more actual power, since the lt. governor determines the agenda of the state senate and has tremendous discretionary power on what gets enacted by the legislature and what doesn't. The late Bob Bullock was very much a case in point of this, and served a far longer tenure than did any of the governors during his tenure as lt. gov. The Texas governor has some powers of appointment, though less so than many other state governors, and he has veto powers, as well as the power of the bully pulpit and political capital.

To explain the historical circumstances a bit further, after the strong executive under Reconstruction and the ultimate power of the federal military authority, Texans did not want a strong state chief executive.

I believe you are correct in this. I had not given much thought to how our governorship is in comparison to the other states, so this should be an interesting thread if everyone finally gets tired of bashing Perry and begins to comment on the OP's question How strong is our Governor, in comparison to the political power of the other 49 governors?

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Old 07-07-2012, 10:02 AM
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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Regarding the Texas governorship: http://dev.prenhall.com/divisions/hs...im/ch09_im.pdf

Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York are amongst states with the strongest governorships. Texas and Vermont are amongst the weakest (possibly each vying for designation as state with the weakest governorship).
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Old 07-07-2012, 12:37 PM
Location: Central Texas
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Found a ranking from 2007 that ranks state governorships, it also includes one category for party control, so it is somewhat fluid depending on what happens with elections: http://www.unc.edu/~beyle/tab7-5-InstPowers07.doc

According to them:
Strongest Governors
1) Massachusetts
2 tie) West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Alaska
7) Utah
8 tie) Colorado, North Dakota
10 tie) Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Pennslyvania, Tennessee

Weakest Governor:
1) Vermont
2) Rhode Island
3 tie) Oklahoma, Alabama
5 tie) North Carolina, Mississippi, Indiana
8 tie) South Dakota, Nevada
11) Wyoming
12 tie) Texas, Virginia, New Hampshire, Georgia, California

Texas scored low for: Separately elected executive branch officials, Appointment powers, and Budget power.
Texas scored high for: Tenure potential, Veto power, and Party control.
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Old 07-07-2012, 12:50 PM
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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The Texas governor has lost at least one original power established on the 1876 constitution, that being the power to grant direct pardons. Gov Miriam Ferguson was so prolific in granting pardons that subsequent governors lost the comstitutional power to do so and are forced to act on the determination of the Board of Pardons and Parole. The governor can use the bully pulpit in high profile cases but can also hide behind the Board, which I think is rather crap.
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