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DeLay reacts to TRMPAC trial

Tom DeLay, from just past the outer fringes of reality:

DeLay, R-Sugar Land, called the lawsuit "frivolous" during a Washington news conference.

"I'm not watching it (the trial) at all," DeLay said.

Civil Trial on DeLay's TRMPAC, Day One

Day Two may be more interesting, but here is the key facts from Day One in the TRMPAC civil case, as summarized by R.G. Ratcliffe of the Houston Chronicle:

Report from the courtroom

Nathan Wilcox at DriveDemocracy.org has all the down and dirty from the TRMPAC trial yesterday -- it's a rough, but detailed outline of the day's arguments.

More on civil trial

Austin American-Statesman (registration)

AP (DMN, registration)

Houston Chronicle

Off the Kuff

Trial begins in civil suit involving DeLay's TRMPAC

The New York Times (registration) takes a look at the story behind the story in the civil lawsuit filed by five former Texas state representatives against Tom DeLay's TRMPAC's treasurer:

A civil trial scheduled to open here on Monday involving allegations of illegal campaign contributions to Republican members of the Texas House is likely to attract almost as much attention in the halls of Congress as it will on the floor of the State Legislature.

San Antonio Express News: Throw out Politician Protection Act

An editorial in the San Antonio Express News urges the Texas Legislature to throw out HB 913, the bill designed to protection Tom DeLay, Tom Craddick and their corporate friends from prosecution. The editorial board rightly connects this bill to the rule pushed by U.S. Rep. Henry Bonilla (R-TX) -- the DeLay Rule -- last November:

No wonder a watchdog group is calling this a "Politician Protection Act."

Texas Association of Businesses President Called To Stand

After a year of delay in the Texas Supreme Court, Texas Association of Businesses President Bill Hammond will finally have to answer questions about corporate money used during the 2002 legislative elections and his relationship with TRMPAC.

Texas House Speaker Craddick Called To Testify

The Dallas Morning News reported that Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick will be called to testify next week in a civil case involving TRMPAC fundraising activities during the 2002 Texas state House races.

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More from the Austin American-Statesman (registration required):

Looking for likely contributors to the Texas cause, [Warren] Robold also turned to other former DeLay aides who were lobbying at other firms.

Keep up the pressure

Sign the petition to Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick to keep the pressure on him to drop any attempt to cover up the investigation into the TRMPAC/DeLay scandal. So far, more than 4,200 people have signed on, and the national press is starting to pick upon this a little more.