Texas

Preview of documents from civil trial

Former state reps have filed a civil suit against DeLay's TRMPAC officials. The trial date on that civil suit is scheduled for February 28. In advance of the trial date, some documents have been leaked to the Austin American-Statesman (registration required). Here's a passage that caught my eye:


Hungry for money

Tom DeLay on CNN on Social Security and redistricting

The transcript:

JUDY WOODRUFF: With me now to talk more about the president's Social Security reforms and other issues is Republican Tom DeLay of Texas. He is the House majority leader. He joins us from Capitol Hill. Mr. Leader, the president is leaving the door open to raising the current $90,000 income cap on which Social Security is taxed. If that were to be raised, would that be a tax increase?

Esquire profiles Ronnie Earle

This month's Esquire has a long profile of Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle by John H. Richardson. I don't do this very often, but since it's only available on-line for those who pay $2.95 to subscribe, I recommend going to your local bookstore or newsstand and picking up the March Esquire for $3. Pass it on to your friends after you read it. It's worth the money.

Tell Craddick to drop efforts to stop Ronnie Earle's investigation

We launched a petition drive yesterday calling on Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick to drop any efforts to cover up or halt the investigation into the DeLay-related corporate fundraising scandal in Texas. Go sign, repost on your blog, or email it to your friends. Or all of the above.

As of this morning, more than 3,300 people have signed. Help keep up the momentum!

We stopped the DeLay Rule, now they're trying an end run.

Interview with former Congressman Chris Bell on Ethics

How to keep prosecutors from prosecuting crimes against politicians

An anti-Ronnie Earle bill was introduced in the Texas Legislature by House Elections Committee Chairwoman Mary Denny (R-Aubrey).

More on Cracker Barrel

All of the news stories are about the same on the agreement reached between Travis County D.A. Ronnie Earle and Cracker Barrel for what is now termed an unintended illegal corporate contribution from the company to Texans for a Republican Majority PAC (TRMPAC), DeLay's state-based committee that was instrumental in a 2002 GOP takeover of the State House.

Basically, the outlines of this settlement are like the other two settlements with Sears Roebuck and Diversified Collection:

Cracker Barrel:

Breaking News: Travis County DA Settles with Cracker Barrel

Travis County drops charges against Cracker Barrel

Another corporate donor to TRMPAC apparently turns state's witness, and ponies up some more money ($50,000) to a public education campaign about the deleterious impact of corporate money in politics.

Details, if any, to follow.

DeLay, unplugged, on Dean as the likely new DNC Chair

From the New York Times:

"After 10 years, you wonder if Democrats are running out of ways to say no," said Representative Tom DeLay of Texas, the House majority leader. "But then again, if they make Howard Dean the party chairman, I guess you could scream it."