Switch gives Texas GOP critical 100-seat majority
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The general election was more than a month
ago, yet the Republican tidal wave keeps getting bigger in Texas.
Two state House members are expected to announce Tuesday in
Austin that they are switching from Democrats to Republicans,
giving the GOP at least 100 seats in the House of Representatives
in the 2011 legislative session.
That gives the GOP a critical super majority, meaning they have
the power to roll over Democrats on key votes. The session begins
Democrat Rep. Allan Ritter of Nederland in East Texas, was
scheduled to announce his switch to the Republican party at a news
conference at the state party headquarters. The parties are also
watching to see if Democrat Rep. Aaron Pena of Edinburg on the
border will also switch.