Along with all of the boring speeches, the only real business transacted by The Lege on the first day is to choose a a Speaker of the House. The Speaker is chosen by a vote of the membership and for the third straight time they picked Joe Straus.
Not before GOP state Rep. David Simpson aborted his run for Speaker with a personal privilege speech. He didn’t have the it in him to stick it out, do the full Ron Paul, and make members vote “on the record”. One conservative blogger went so far as to call Simpson chicken excrement.
In the end the candidate of the “middle of the road” business/corporate interests in Texas won, and there was never really any doubt.
Other than that Perry gave a speech. Which can be summed up blah, blah, blah, cut taxes, blah blah blah.. And Dewhurst broke the conservative’s hearts again. There was even a Santorum sighting. There’s only 139 days until it’s over.