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for when THAT’S A PRETTY HIGH-FALUTIN’ NAME Democratic caucus Chair Jim Dunnam: “Stick a fork in him.” majority in the House. But she also suggests that the election results might influence Craddick’s management style. “The speaker has made changes every session to adapt to changes in the membership of the House she says. “This session will be particularly historic given the near-parity in the House. For any major bills to pass, there will have to be compromise, and the speaker is committed to seeking more bipartisan cooperation than ever before in the House’ Her statement sounds remarkably like one Craddick gave The Dallas Morning News in January 2007 shortly after he had narrowly survived a challenge by Republican State Rep. Jim Pitts of Waxahachie for the speakership. “We’re going to do a better job of listening to what the members are trying to tell us and communicate both ways:’ he said. But Craddick has always prided himself on not making concessions to his opponents, either in the political or the business world. Until the official vote is taken in January, expect him to work feverishly to divide his opponents, with significant consequences and recriminations if he succeeds. An anonymous poster on Texas Monthly’s Burkablog recently pointed out that the kickoff of the post-election speaker campaign coincided with Guy Fawkes Day, named for the leader of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 to blow up the British Parliament. When the insurrection failed, Guy Fawkes was sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered. Patricia Kilday Hart wrote for the Capitol Bureau of the Dallas Times Herald and has contributed to Texas Monthly since 1989. is that you get the charitable deduction up front and the income from your gift for life. Then, when that inevitable thing besides taxes finally happens, cANOTHEck . GOOD MINCE WILL cl-fAPPEX Your gift will help ensure that The Texas Observer keeps on fighting for justice and equality for all Texans. If you want to give The Texas Observer a gift that keeps on giving or have questions about your options or how to set up a charitable remainder unitary trust, give us a call: The Texas Observer 512-477-0746 OR 800-939-6620 I IN II–111611.” while you are still alive. NOVEMBER 28, 2008 THE TEXAS OBSERVER 11