Texas

Abramoff Pleads Not Guilty

Scandalized lobbyist and DeLay pal Jack Abramoff pleaded not guilty today to charges that he defrauded lenders in a casino cruise line deal. Abramoff and his partner, Adam Kidan, were indicted earlier this month by a federal grand jury on conspiracy and wire fraud charges.

Setting her sights, er, lower...

The Houston Chronicle reports that Cindy Sheehan, mother of Casey Sheehan who was slain in Iraq, plans to shift her focus from President Bush's Crawford ranch to Congress. The mother, who has held a vigil outside the ranch for the past several weeks, will lead a bus tour from Crawford to the White House on Thursday.

And her first stop along the way might be embattled Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay's district office.

DeLay Loss Would be a "Disaster" for GOP

Political analysts see the announcement of Vice President Dick Cheney's September fundraiser for embattled Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay as proof of the GOP's "anxiety" over the fate of a lawmaker who once seemed unbeatable.

"Summertime, and the Living is..." Sleazy.

Something in the air seems to have politicians across the country behaving badly, according to the Associated Press.

"Ohio Gov. Bob Taft is hardly the only politician these days to be hit by scandal. He's just the only one to admit he was wrong," Andrew Taylor writes. "House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, is fighting ethics charges. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is too. And two federal lawmakers are under investigation over financial dealings. "

Staunton News Leader Calls for DeLay to Resign Leadership Post

"We'll stop short of calling for House Majority Leader Tom DeLay to resign from Congress altogether. It's up to the good people of Texas, after all, to decide whether DeLay is what they want representing them (or not) when he comes up for re-election," editors for The Times Leader begin their editorial today.

"We do feel, however, that DeLay should relinquish his post as majority leader for the good of the Republican Party," they continue.

"Too Much Texas Influence" in Iowa

James Berge of Kensett, Iowa writes to the Globe-Gazette that his representative in Congress, Tom Latham, has chosen to vote for the good of Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay and his state of Texas, rather than for the good of the people he serves in Iowa.

How much is $1.5 billion?

DeLay slipped in a provision into the energy bill that could direct $1.5 billion to an energy consortium in his district, including big oil companies like Halliburton. We're urging people to contact their Senators to do whatever it takes to get the provision removed from the bill.

We've come up with a few ways to measure just exactly how much $1.5 billion really is...

1.5 billion dollar bills would cover more than 58 square miles, or 3397 football fields.

DeLay trying to give $1.5 billion to consortium that includes Halliburton

UPDATE, 1:41 p.m.: Bill passed the House a little while ago. I've changed the target on the campaign to the Senate. They'll vote tomorrow. Let's raise a stink.

We gotta stop this one.

DeLay retaliates against American Airlines?

American Airlines, under pressure from our friends at American Progress Action Fund's Drop the Hammer campaign, agreed not to give any additional contributions to Tom DeLay's legal defense fund. In a May 3rd statement, Roger Frizzell, American Airlines' Vice President of Corporate Communications, said:

DeLay's Negative Coattails

Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R) appeared at a DC fundraiser this week to give a speech ad to further the speculation about his presidential ambitions. While there, he gained a friend, but one who understands that he's a little radioactive, to say the least: