David Simpson, Joe Pickett

Texas may be tea party heaven, but activists aren't happy

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2013 file photo, Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview. right, stands with Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, left, as a transportation funding bill is debates, August 5, 2013, in Austin , Texas. The Texas Legislature’s tea party leaders are finding that they’re expected to deliver on some of their most-conservative promises, and that isn’t always easy. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas can sometimes feel like tea party heaven — the land of Ted Cruz, where the Legislature is packed with hard-right devotees and the governor himself heeds fringe fears about possible federal plots to seize the state.

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