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April 21, 2014 - 3:21 pm

What do you do if you’re falling behind and you’re wrong about, well, everything? If you’re Wendy Davis, you hire a castoff from Harry Reid’s house of lies and you just lie about whatever comes up.

The example is in today’s Dallas Morning News, via editorial writer Rodger Jones.

Fact No. 1: Texas public school districts that offer Pre-K already assess them for effectiveness.
Fact No. 2: The Davis campaign has been ridiculing the idea of assessing Pre-K kids, calling it “standardized testing for four-year-olds” and imposition of “Baby STAAR” tests.
Fact No. 3: The Davis campaign has been mum on whether she would ban Pre-K assessments that districts now administer.

Just this afternoon, the campaign put out an email that starts with this headline: “DAVIS CAMPAIGN SPOKESMAN RESPONDS TO DMN EDITOR RODGER JONES”

Never mind that I’m not editor of the DMN, or an editor of any kind. The release continued this way:

FORT WORTH – Wendy Davis campaign communications director Zac Petkanas responded to editorial board editor Rodger Jones’ defense of Greg Abbott’s plan to impose standardized testing onto four year olds.

“Greg Abbott’s so-called education plan does something that Texas currently does not do: impose a top down mandate tying additional state resources for pre-K classrooms with how well four year olds do on standardized test assessments.

“Under Abbott’s plan, school districts with pre-K students who don’t meet the mark have their resources slashed.

“To say that this currently takes place in Texas today is just plain wrong.”

I’m saying one simple thing: Pre-K assessments happen today, a reality that may have caught the Davis campaign by surprise as they set out to criticize the very idea of making sure tax money is used properly.

This is aside from any comparison of the Abbott and Davis Pre-K plans. This is a reality check for the Davis folks. A sample of what they put out last week:

“Four-year-olds should be coloring with crayons, not filling in bubbles with No. 2 pencils,” Davis told a crowd of about 80 people at the Texas State Teachers Association.

It’s a distortion for effect, and they know it.

It’s cute, how Wendy Davis and Zac Petkanas think they can just make up whatever reality they want.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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It's in their nature to lie. Just remember that.
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I don't believe Wendy Davis actually expects to win. I think she is really positioning to raise money for other candidates. She is high visibility and is a good cash magnate for a significant Democrat affinity niche.
20 weeks ago
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Hey, they wouldn't be Dems if they weren't delusional.
21 weeks ago
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Davis's campaign has been a clown show all along. This is just one more routine in it.
21 weeks ago
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Hilarity ensues.... EC teachers have been doing that stuff for over 40 years.

Headstart was intended for kids who have legitimate developmental delays. The assessments are observation based checklists. They are mostly based on whether kids have acquired age appropriate gross and fine motor skills, simple counting, letters, shapes and color identification; spacial awareness; and simple listening and verbal skills.

These are not STAAR style "fill in the bubble" sitting at a desk measurements and never have been!
21 weeks ago
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I find it humorous if not also ironic that my browser is displaying an ad asking for donations to Wendy Davis' campaign just to the right of this article detailing her mendacious and incompetent campaign. It is to laugh - heh.
21 weeks ago
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Always click those so that her campaign gets stuck paying our favorite sites for ads.
21 weeks ago
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"you just lie about whatever comes up"

Universal Democrat strategy.

Deliberately misstating information about key issues in order to keep certain issues before the public is often a premeditated strategy. “The tactic represents one more step in the embrace of cynicism that has characterized President Obama’s journey in office,” John Dickerson wrote at Slate. “Facts, schmacts. As long as people are talking about an issue where my party has an advantage with voters, it’s good.”'
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/376128/increasing-desperation-democrats-john-fund
21 weeks ago
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Bring in a bunch of out-of-state consultants, and you get people trying to run Davis' campaign as if it's California or New York (or Los Vegas) where Democratic Party campaign statements are simply regurgitated by the media without any attempt to investigate their accuracy. Doesn't work as well with the in-state media.
21 weeks ago
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I expect Democrats to lie, and lie brazenly, but Wendy Davis is not even good at it!

Her whole campaign screams, "BUSH LEAGUE!!!"


Or is she even up to that level?

:D

21 weeks ago
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I'd say rather, "Kerry league"; less honest and less likely to achieve anything.
21 weeks ago
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"Wait, I dropped me brain" somewhere, somehow.
21 weeks ago
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Wendy Davis-----the gift that keeps on giving.....lol
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