Medina Hopes to Keep 2010 Mojo Going
From the article:
Medina has spent a paltry $157,000 on her campaign to be the state’s chief financial officer. Her two chief Republicans rivals, state Sen. Glenn Hegar of Katy and state Rep. Harvey Hilderbran of Kerrville, have together spent about $4.8 million — more than 30 times as much.
“She’s got a name and she’s got a following,” Miller said. “Both of those other two guys are running statewide for the first time and she’s showing the power of having done it before.”
Medina said that as comptroller, she will restructure the funding mechanisms municipalities use and help to slow borrowing: “I am talking about the on-the-ground reality rather than just the noble, lofty rhetoric.”
TribLive: A Conversation With Debra Medina
Debra joins Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune to talk about the Comptroller race.
Debra Medina Talks Candidacy for Texas State Comptroller [Audio]
From the interview:
Medina believes that while Texas talks a lot about free markets, the state doesn’t “execute” effectively. She said, “We have got to have more people in the executive branch who understand that there’s a difference between pro-free market and pro-business.”
MEDINA: TEXAS’ FINANCES AREN’T CONSERVATIVE
From the op-ed:
Texas is booming, and we are still not paying our bills, resorting to accounting tricks to balance the budget and meet our obligations and putting a great burden on the backs of future generations as we continue to amass a pile of debt. If we have this much difficulty living within our means, paying as we go, when times are pretty good, what will we do when we hit a downturn in the economy? What happens when events out of our control, like the federal government’s policies, make staying in business impossible for some companies, even in Texas?”
Debra Medina Discusses Campaign for Texas State Comptroller [Audio]
From the article:
Thursday on Lubbock’s First News, Texas State Comptroller candidate, spoke about a Texas Tribune poll, depicting her as in the lead of the race, as well as campaign issues.
She said, “I’m leading on the ideas of fiscal responsibility and free markets. The other candidates are parroting the things that we are talking about in this race.” She believes her lead is a result of the public coming to an understanding of what the office is. This occurring in spite of the greater spending of the challengers.
Why Texas Needs Debra Medina for State Comptroller
From the article:
Candidate for state comptroller Debra Medina has become a rallying force for Texans frustrated with oppressive property taxation and a woman whose common sense, “can-do” attitude towards reform has inspired the politically disaffected to rise again as alert, engaged voters. Medina’s growing popularity signals a titanic shift in the gravity centers of U.S. policymaking.”
I’ll be interviewed by the Texas Tribune Thursday morning, January 30th, at 8 a.m. - you can watch it LIVE here!
Comptroller Hopeful Medina Taps Discontent, Fiscal Fervor
From the article:
“The people of Texas are ready for someone who isn’t beholden,” Medina said at an event sponsored by Texas Tribune on Thursday.
In her recent answers posted on a Dallas Morning News Voter Guide, Medina blasted current state leaders. She said they’ve let Texas have the second-highest local government debt per capita in the country and have been “relying on cronyism rather than free market principles.””
Hardhatters Interview (VIDEO)
Debra Medina sits down with Hal Hawkins of Hardhatters for a video interview:
Saturday, I had the opportunity to interview Texas Comptroller candidate, Debra Medina, about her race and discuss her ideas on issues such as cronyism, tax policy, immigration, and House leadership. Debra Medina has three Republican primary opponents, including Harvey Hilderbran, Raul Torres, and Glenn Hegar.
2013 Recognitions - Thank Y'all!
From the article:
Thank you, Debra Medina, for your dedication to protect the property rights of all Texans. We wish you the best of luck in your race for Texas Comptroller in the March 2014 Republican primary.”
Debra on FOX 34 in Lubbock
Debra sat down with Jeff Klotzman of FOX 34 in Lubbock to talk about the Comptroller race, what a ‘conservative’ candidate really looks like, and how Texas can do better.
The Debra Medina Interview
Debra sits down with Texas Monthly’s Erica Greider to talk about the 2014 Texas Comptroller race and her hopes for Texas.
I believe that the agency has a strong role to play in having an opinion about tax policy and articulating that to the public, but also in articulating that to the Legislature. When the members ask, ‘What’s the effect of this policy?’ we have to do more as an agency than say, ‘Well, it brings in this much revenue, or it costs us this much.’ We’ve got to talk about the broader context: What results does that change have? Does it give us greater free-market economies? Or does it further move us to being a government that is picking winners and losers?”
Debra in Amarillo Globe-News on Texas' Antiquated Tax System
‘Antiquated’ Tax System Needs Updating, Former Gubernatorial Candidate Says
Those and other more modest proposals have been floated over the years with the goal of financing the public school system more fairly; making Texas government funding more efficient; or to generate more revenue for the rapidly growing state.
But in the end, nothing has happened because there is no appetite for any of them.
Yet for Medina and others, in or out of state government, “the system is broken” and the Legislature, the next governor and other state leaders must fix it before it causes any long-term damage.
“If the system is broken then you look for another system,” said Medina, a tea party favorite who challenged Gov. Rick Perry in the 2010 Republican primary and is now running for state comptroller.”
Texas Near Top in Local Debt Per Capita - Politifact Rated TRUE
Medina said, “At present spending levels, only citizens of New York have a greater local debt burden than Texans,” but without mentioning that her comparison was based on the 10 most-populated states.
Texas is second among the big states and third among all 50 in recent estimates. We rate her statement as True.”
A Maverick Tries to Stay in the Picture
The comptroller serves as the state’s chief financial officer, overseeing tax collections and estimating the amount of revenue the Legislature can employ to create its next two-year budget. Texas comptrollers have also used the position to encourage public debate on various economic issues. Ms. Medina said the office was uniquely suited to her interest in influencing the state’s approach to financing government over the long term.
My driver is not being in elected office; my driver is changing policy,” Ms. Medina said. “Actually, driving policy where our so-called conservative leaders have told us they’re taking it.”
Comptroller Hopefuls Back Update of Immigration Study
Given the number and significance of unauthorized migrants in Texas, it would seem the comptroller’s office has a duty to regularly produce an analysis of the financial impact on the state’s budget and economy,” she said. “While many of the conclusions drawn were based on assumption, the report certainly highlights the need to address in a meaningful way our policies, both at the state and local level, regarding migrants in Texas.”