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March 08, 2006


Mike Thomas

So does this bring the number of social conservatives on the board to six? I'm having a hard time getting an accurate count.
We have five Democrats - Nunez, Berlanga, Bernal, Allen and Knight
And 10 Republicans. But how many of those are considered moderates? I count six now that I assume would be aligned with the social conservatives - Leo, Bradley, McLeroy, Dunbar, Lowe and Mercer. Any others?
I was pleased to see that wingnut Judy Strickland of Plainview was replaced as a board member a few years back by Bob Craig of Lubbock. I remember being appalled when Strickland won a seat on the board. Craig was president of the Lubbock school board when I used to cover education for the Avalanche-Journal.


The Texas Freedom Networks claims that social conservatives previously controlled "at least" five seats. So if they win these two (as certainly appears likely), that would make "at least" seven.

Indeed, Dunbar claims endorsements from 5 members of the SBOE:

Terri Leo, District 6
David Bradley, District 7
Barbara Cargill, District 8
Don McLeroy, District 9
Gail Lowe, District 14

Oh, and...

Judy Strickland, Former State Board of Education Member

Mercer only claims endorsements from Leo and Bradley. (Former member Strickland also shows up on his list.)

Mark Harden

"Amarillo Avalanche-Journal", I Googled it up, it was not a joke name!

Where was the avalanche in that godforsaken flatland!? Down the side of a drainage ditch?

Mark Harden

Hmmm, speaking of partisan textbook fanatics, California wins again.

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