Post by 49ersfootball on Dec 18, 2020 13:11:31 GMT
Chapter 5: Krueger 7:30 AM CST, Saturday, July 25th, 1987 New Branfuels, TX
Former United States Senator Bob Krueger (D-TX) was working on a political comeback less than 3 years after losing his reelection bid in the May 5th, 1984 Dem Primary, barely missing out on a spot in the Runoff. Some considered him a political flip-flopper, others viewed him as a rising star in national politics due to his knowledge of foreign policy & diplomacy.
During his time in the United States Senate, Krueger voted around 73% of the time with the Dems including supporting controversial policies of then-US President Jerry Brown regarding foreign policy & economics. Critics blasted him as an ineffective US Senator not addressing the needs of Texans & changing his positions on hot-button issues; he also served as one of the second-in-command posts in the DSCC during the 1980 elections, where the Dems got wiped out losing control of the United States Senate after 26 years of Dem control including seeing then-Vice President Jimmy Carter getting stomped by former CA Governor Ronald Reagan (R) in a landslide defeat in the 1980 US Presidential election as well as losing several US House seats.
Krueger tried to balance a middle of the road approach, but soon alienated many conservatives in the Lone Star State. He was tagged as "Jerry Brown's big government liberal bagman" & was blamed for the nation's economic crisis, he also clashed with then-TX Governor William P. Clements, Jr., (R) with Clements referring to Krueger as "big government jackass weak-kneed liberal".
Post by 49ersfootball on Dec 26, 2020 15:10:50 GMT
Hightower 9:37 AM MST, Friday, July 31st, 1987 El Paso, TX
TX Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower (D), who had come off of back-to-back landslide victories in 1982 & 1986, was considered by some political analysts as an up & comer in TX politics. Many of the experts assumed he would launch a campaign for the United States Senate in 1990 against United States Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX), but it would cause an all-out primary battle on the Dem side against TX State Treasurer Ann Richards (D) or possibly US Rep. Mickey Leland (D-TX) & possibly more Dems who might jump in.
While Hightower was the hard-fighting populist looking out for the little guys, there was a federal investigation looking into the TX Department of Agriculture & usage of public funds including possible campaign finance violations.... This investigation & several other scandals would begin to fester & blow up later on.....
Post by 49ersfootball on Dec 27, 2020 14:22:09 GMT
Tidbits on the TL: Chapter 17: 1.) Fighting for a balanced budget 2.) Getting tough on crime 3.) Segment on the 1992 Presidential campaign 4.) Governor White's leadership in the National Governors Association 5.) Election Day: November 3rd, 1992 6.) The aftermath of Election Day 1992
Chapter 18: 1.) Bentsen tapped as Clinton's US Treasury Secretary 2.) Governor White's shortlist on who'll replace Bentsen in the US Senate 3.) Legislative Session of the 73rd TX State Legislature 4.) Governor White's 6th & final SOTS 5.) Jockeying for 1994 6.) Governor White announcing whom he's appointing to Bentsen's US Senate seat
Chapter 19: 1.) US Senator Ann Richards (D-TX) announces her candidacy for the TX Governor's Mansion in 1994 2.) 1993 TX US Senate special election 3.) Segment on the Runoff campaign between Hutchison & Krueger 4.) Segment on the backlash against President Clinton 5.) Governor White reflects on his 12 years in the TX Governor's Mansion in C-SPAN interview
Chapter 20: 1.) Runoff election results for US Senate special election 2.) The rise of the TX GOP 3.) Backlash against the TX Dems continues to trend....
Post by 49ersfootball on Jan 14, 2021 22:51:14 GMT
4:19 PM CST, Thursday, August 13th, 1987
Kathryn Jean Niederhofer was born on August 15th, 1946 in Houston, TX to Karl & Ida Neiderhofer, she received her basic education in the Houston Independent School District, ultimately graduating from San Jacinto High School. She then enrolled at the University of Houston, & graduated magma cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Accounting in 1968. She continued her studies at the university to earn a Master of Accountancy degree in 1970. In that same year, she married a fellow student, James M. (Jim) Whitmire, who died in 1976. In 1970, she began working in the Houston office of the well-known accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand. She also began working to qualify as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), & opened an accounting firm with her husband. She also found time & energy to serve on the faculty of the Department of Business Management at the University of Houston-Downtown.
Kathy's exposure to & interest in city politics began in her parents' home. Her father had been active in precinct-level politics, & the family frequently talked about local political issues. After she married Jim in 1970, her husband's brother, John Whitmire, already a rising star in the TX Dems (having been elected to the TX House of Representatives District 82 in 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978 & 1980 & later elected to the TX State Senate District 15 in 1982 & still currently serving as of today), was a willing political mentor.
In 1977, Whitmire was appointed as Houston City Controller by then-Houston Mayor Fred Hofheinz (D) to serve out the unexpired term of Leonel J. Castillo (D), who had been appointed to serve as Commissioner of the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services, making him the first Latino to hold that role under the administration of then-US President Jerry Brown. Castillo accepted the Federal position on April 7th, 1977. As the city's Chief Financial Officer, Whitmire became extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the city's finances. She easily won a full two-year term defeating Steve Jones in the runoff elections that same year, garnering 110,762 votes (58.57%) to Jones' 78,365 votes (41.44%). Also that same year, Jim McConn (R) was elected Mayor of Houston which kick-started the rivalry between the two in multiple clashes in the coming two years. Upon being inaugurated for a full two-year term on January 2nd, 1978, Whitmire criticized McConn for his inefficiency & lax administration. Becoming familiar with "sweetheart contracts", that had often been awarded to friends & supporters of influential officeholders, she stopped the practice by rigorously enforcing observance of the Open Bidding laws. She also diligently looked for inefficiencies or outright wasteful practices in each of the city offices. Although this angered many insiders at Houston City Hall, Whitmire became popular with the voters & easily won reelection unopposed with 100% of the citywide vote & was inaugurated for a second two-year term on January 2nd, 1980. It became inevitable that a Whitmire-McConn showdown for the Mayoralty in 1981 was inevitable....
Whitmire decided to run for Mayor of Houston in the upcoming 1981 elections. The incumbent Mayor McConn, had already served two two-year terms in office & was supported by the business community, who had largely controlled city politics for decades. However, McConn missed the runoff in the November general election losing out to former Harris County Sheriff Jack Heard & Whitmire, sending the Mayoral contest into a runoff between the two. There was a sharp contrast between Whitmire & Heard in the runoff election. Heard was 63 years old, with 25 years of experience in political office. Whitmire was only 35 years old & had little political experience. She said in her speeches that her opponent's experience was too narrowly focused on law enforcement. According to one report, Heard spent $1.5 million on the campaign, while his opponent spent just $650,000. While Heard had credibility with those who were more concerned about law & order or maintaining the status quo, while Whitmire campaigned on her fiscal conservatism & moderate-to-liberal views on social issues. Whitmire was supported by a coalition of women, minorities & other groups who were looking for a more progressive city government. These voters had been strengthened by the wave of newcomers who had moved into Houston during the boom years. She won the runoff election very handily on November 17th, 1981 garnering 170,695 votes (62.49%) to Heard's 102,446 votes (37.51%) becoming the Space City's first female Mayor & was inaugurated on January 2nd, 1982.