Burnt Orange Report
In Recognition Of John Cornyn’s Great Achievements in Electing Female Democratic Senators

Dear Senator John Cornyn,

I want to personally thank you and congratulate you on your tremendous electoral successes for Democratic Senate candidates this year. Thanks to your feckless leadership as chair of the NRSC, Democrats not only retained our majority in the Senate, we actually picked up a seat and helped elect and re-elect several strong progressive women. It’s kind of remarkable. Democrats entered this cycle needing to defend 23 seats to the Republicans’ 10, and yet we managed to make gains!

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John Cornyn Defends Mourdock’s “Rape Pregnancies Are a Blessing” Comments

Good news, women of Texas! Your soon-to-be-senior senator agrees with Indiana senate candidate Richard Mourdock that your pregnancies that result from rape are a blessing.

Mourdock ignited a firestorm of controversy in a debate this week when he said — out loud, on the TV, when people could hear him — "Life is a gift from God. And, I think, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, it is something that God intended to happen."

Now, NRSC chair John Cornyn is standing by his man. So even though apparently God doesn’t want the ladies to get raped, and even if a pregnancy comes as the result of a brutal, violent attack or simply a total disregard for a woman’s right to consent, it’s all part of God’s plan!

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Sen. Cornyn’s “I Built This” Team riddled with Corporate Welfare Recipients

Yesterday Sen. John Cornyn was in my hometown of Beaumont, TX for what was billed as a “roundtable discussion” to “highlight how local business owners in Southeast Texas have achieved success due to their own hard work and personal creativity, contrary to the President’s recent claim.”  When I saw the participants I couldn’t let this assertion go unchallenged. A little research revealed that at least a few of these entrepreneurs did in fact have direct government help in developing their businesses. 

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Susan Combs Claims Credit For Saving Entire Oil And Gas Industry From A Tiny Lizard

Yesterday, Susan “Puffy” Combs, the Texas Comptroller For Public Accounts, released a statement which congratulated herself for saving the oil and gas industry from the ravages of the tiny Dunes Sagebrush Lizard, which was not listed as an endangered species by the US Fish And Wildlife Service last week after years of consideration.  Instead, a compromise was reached between FWS scientists and landowners in West Texas and New Mexico which will set aside about 650,000 acres of the lizard’s habitat on privately held lands, while allowing landowners to continue ranching cattle, or drilling for oil and gas on their property.

Now, Combs wants to go one step further and rewrite the Endangered Species Act of 1973 in Texas’s image: eliminate regulatory oversight, expedite any and all land development.  

While 73% of the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard’s habitat is in New Mexico, Texas politicians like Combs and our soon-to-be senior Senator, John Cornyn, have been the most vocal in claiming credit for protect our fragile energy industry from the lizard’s vile grasp.  Read More