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|Texas House of Representatives, District 14|
|Bachelor's||Dallas Baptist University|
|Place of birth||Bay City, TX|
Baker earned his BA in Political Science from Dallas Baptist University.
Baker's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
Cut Taxes and Spending
- "I would vote to repeal the business margins tax that was proposed and signed in 2006 by Republican Governor Rick Perry, and filed by Rep. Jim Keffer (Republican from Eastland). "
- "I would file a bill to cut the state sales tax from 6.25% to 4%."
End the War on Drugs
- "I would vote for a bill to allow medical marijuana like HB 1491, filed last year by Rep. Naishtat (Democrat from Austin). "
- "I would vote for a bill to reduce marijuana penalties like HB 548, filed last year by Rep. Dutton (Democrat from Houston)."
Relief for Small Businesses
- "I would file legislation to reduce the power of cities to use permitting ordinances to limit and block businesses."
- "I would file legislation to repeal many anti-competitive occupational licensing laws."
Liberty for Latinos
- "I'm encouraging Latinos to volunteer for Libertarian campaigns."
- "I'm encouraging Latinos to run for office as Libertarians."
Baker ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 14. Baker ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and was defeated by incumbent John Raney (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 14, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||John Raney Incumbent||60.2%||24,269|
|Democratic||Judy Le Unes||36.2%||14,614|
Baker faced Republicans John Raney, Bob Yancy and Rebecca Boenigk. He also faced Democrat Judy Webb LeUnes. Since no candidate received a majority of the vote on November 8, the top two vote getters--Yancy and Raney--proceeded to a runoff election.
- On October 18, 2011, candidates for District 14 participated in a debate sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.
- On October 25, 2011, candidates for District 14 participated in a second debate sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Audio of the debate can be found here.
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- Time Magazine's 30 under 30?? - Politico
- Innocent man: How inmate Michael Morton lost 25 years of his life - CNN International
- Daniel Robert Cook, 11, Dead In Idaho Elementary School Bus Crash - Huffington Post
- Song One, Camp X-Ray Among Sundance Films to Screen in January - Reel Life With Jane
- NFL Week 13 Power Rankings: Patriots aim to avoid Texas-sized trap door - Boston.com (blog)
- Charles Perdue Des Moines - Osceola Sentinel Tribune
- NM State Football hosts Idaho, Saturday in Season Finale - NMSU Aggies
- Theater to See in L.A. This Week, Including a Magic Horror Show - LA Weekly (blog)
- Champion: Leadership LISD members become principals for a day - Austin American-Statesman
- Community Hospice honors veterans - Cleburne Times-Review
- electjoshuabaker.com, Official campaign website
- Texas Secretary of State - 2012 Election and Candidate Information
- Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current Election History," accessed February 17, 2014
- Satellite Spotlight, "District 14 hopeful Paula Hand out of race over bounced check," October 01, 2011
- Texas Secretary of State, Special Election State Representative, District 14, November 8, 2011
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