Speaker Straus challenged from the right -- again

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The Associated Press

Posted on November 17, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 17 at 3:41 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas House Speaker Joe Straus presided over arguably the most-conservative legislative session in state history last year.

Yet his bid for another term faces a challenge from the right.

The tea party and grassroots are clamoring that the San Antonio Republican didn't do enough to limit government and let some conservative pet projects die without becoming law.

Straus unseated Republican Speaker Tom Craddick in 2009. He overcame two challengers from within his own party to retain his post two years ago, winning support from GOP representatives but also from Democrats.

This time he's facing Republican Rep. Bryan Hughes who says he's more conservative than Straus.

The speaker may have to contend with his party's conservative wing while also appeasing Democrats, some of whom are angry about his leadership in 2011.

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