A Harris County judge, who has been in office for less than three months, resigned without even knowing it.
By sharing his plans to run for the Supreme Court of Texas, Democrat Bill McLeod will have to resign from his position at the Harris County Civil Court Law Number Four per the Texas Constitution.
According to Article 16, Section 65 of the Texas constitution, judges of county courts at law who announce their candidacy for another office must automatically resign.
According to KHOU News, McLeod posted his future plans to run for the state supreme court online.
County Attorney Vince Ryan’s office will send this matter over to country commissioners in a meeting on April 8, 2019.
Despite receiving more than half of Harris County voters’ support in last election cycle, Judge McLeod could be on his way out of office thanks to his announcement.
Now Judge McLeod is scrambling to get supporters to help his cause.
A McLeod supporter, Daniel Cohen, said “Democracy, fairness, justice, the will of the people all of that is tied up in this decision by the (Harris County) commissioners.”
KHOU News legal analyst Gerald Treece pointed out that “the constitution also allows county commissioners, given charge over appointing replacements, authority to keep McLeod as a holdover until there is a special election.”
Cohen added, “I think that’s a perfectly legal option and (commissioners) should take it.”
McLeod, who’s already in hot water over his candidacy announcement, declined to be interviewed.
His supporters have continued coming to his defense.
Pro-McLeod supporter, Kandice Webber said, “Our judges are human.”
She continued, “This would not be the first time that a judge has made a mistake. I would beg the court to leave him where he is. This is where Houstonians want him. This is where Harris County wants him, and we made that very loud and clear at the ballot.”
This event does not bode well for the rule of law in Texas.
“Beto” O’Rourke’s campaign solidified a “blue wave” in Texas urban centers across the state, which saw numerous State House, Senate, and even court seats flip blue.
Should this trend continue, Texas could go the way of Florida when it comes to issues like gun control and gradually bow down to leftist pressure.
Many conservative and libertarian activists are starting to realize the importance of local elections and are preparing to make their presence felt down ballot in the 2020.
White Pill: Montana House Moves Constitutional Carry Bill Forward
Constitutional Carry is one ray of hope for the Right.
On January 20, 2021, the Montana House of Representatives passed Constitutional Carry legislation, HB102.
Weingarten provided some context to the significance of this bill’s progress:
The bill is the accumulation of a decade and a half of struggle against Democrat Governors, who have repeatedly vetoed reform legislation passed with large majorities in the legislature. Numerous sections in the bill show the Montana legislature has learned the lesson from other states as they restore the right to keep and bear arms.
Montana’s Senate is made up of 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats and Governor Greg Gianforte is a Republican, so the passage of this bill augurs well. If passed, HB102 would make Montana the 17th Constitutional Carry state.
Montana is already a very gun-friendly state, and represents a low-hanging fruit for Second Amendment activists to tap into.
Constitutional Carry has been one of the most successful movements on the Right over the past twenty years. It’s easy to complain about the corrupt status quo, but there are still plenty of ways right-wingers can score victories. Constitutional Carry is one of them.
It would behoove the Right to analyze existing trends and build off movements that are already producing results. There’s no need to embark on quixotic campaigns that end up being total fools’ errands. Find what’s already working and run with it.
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