Governor the speaker of the house and the texas

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Governor, the Speaker of the House and the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. The only way the Governor can really make a difference is by using his or her informal powers (staff, party, personality and experience) effectively to persuade the Legislature to act. ·328 Governor can also influence public policy in the state with his or her adminstrative powers- they can appoint many members of the bureaucracy who implement the laws they signs and even has the power, to some degree, to reorganize the adminstrative state and determine how laws will be implemented. 6.2: Characteristics of Gubernatorial Elections ·329 1) Candidates in the General Election are from the two Major Parties: The competitive candidates in the general election for the governor of Texas have been Democrats and Republicans. In all other elections since the 1960s the vast majority of votes have gone to the Rupublican and Democratic candidates. ·330 2) Candidates Seeking Re-election (Incumbents) Tend to Win: No candidate seeking re-election to the office of governor has been defeated. Incumbents usually have an advantage in fundraising, name recognition and the ability to argue they already know how to do the job. They seldom face a contested primary and can save their money for the general election. ·331 3) Gubernatorial Campaigns are very expensive: Campaigns for the most visible office in the state are bound to be expensive. (2014, two candidates spending in excess $80 million, most expensive in the US) ·332 Recent Candidates are becoming more diverse: Historically, the vast majority of candidates for governor of Texas have been White males, However beginning with 1990 candidacy of Ann Richards, candidates have became more diverse with female candidates in 2006 and a Hispanic Candidate in 2002. 6.3-6.10: The Executive and Bureaucracy
·333 Governors is among the weakest offices in the state. The governor of Texas has limited appointive powers, weak judicial powers and almost nonexistent budgetary powers. when NC became the last state to give its governor the veto, the Governor of Texas became the weakest governor in the country, based on formal powers. ( According to the formal powers of the office, the governor of Texas is the weakest governership in the country). ·334 1) First, the governor is not only statewide elected officer. They are one of more than a dozen officals elected statewide who have the same constituecy and base of political support as the governor. This concept is referred to in Texas as the plural executive. ·335 2) Second, the governor and Lt. Governor do not run as a team. It is often the case that the Lt. Governor, who should be his major assistant, may be his primary competitor for the office of governor. They may also be of the other party. ·336 3) Third, the budget powers of the Governor of Texas are mong the weakest in the nation. The governor, as a candidate, makes all kinds of promises about what he or she is going to do regarding state spending (increase education, cut taxes, etc) But, the governor does not have the power to do that unless he or she can persuade the LBB and a majority of the legislature.

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