Texas

With friends like these...

Now a NEW judge, Pat Priest, a Democrat, has been appointed by the Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson of the Texas Supreme Court (a Republican). Jefferson, it appears, received help from TRMPAC. You know what they say... With friends like these...

Round and round we go, where we stop, nobody knows.

*Ding*Ding*Ding* Round Two: Ronnie Earle

In what looks like is going to be an ongiong battle, a second judge has been removed from the trial of indicted former Majority Leader Tom DeLay for money laundering and conspiracy.

Administrative Judge B.B. Schraub has recused himself after D.A. Ronnie Earle filed a motion to have Schraub removed from the case, based on his past contributions to Republican candidates, including Gov. Rick Perry, a prominent ally of Tom DeLay.

Signed, a Washington, DC-based Political Hack

Rep. Roy Blunt's Communications Director, Burson Taylor, has sent a letter from Washington to the Springfield News-Leader in response to David's Monday editorial. It's too good to not post the whole thing...

With respect to the Ozarks Voices column by David Donnelly, please allow me to respond.

The Money Keeps Coming

Indicted former Majority Leader Tom DeLay saw a huge leap in money raised for his Legal Defense Fund this quarter, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

DeLay case judge removed

DeLay has a good day in court.

I have to say, this was a high risk strategy, and one that doesn't necessarily pay off huge for DeLay. Yes, he removes a judge that he and his lawyers think may be biased, but that doesn't guarantee he gets a judge who he'll like any better.

But all in all, it's a dangerous precedent... Who knows what this means for a venue change request.

Bizarro

DeLay's lawyers issued a subpoena for the judge they're trying to get removed?

Is DeLay just trying to antagonize Judge Bob Perkins off the case or what?

I don't get it.

DeLay's Day in Court Part II

In a story headlined "GOP headaches set to multiply," John Bresnahan reports in Roll Call that the indicted former Majority Leader will be back in an Austin courtroom on Tuesday.

"The criminalization of conservative politics"

The Houston Chronicle reports on a letter that indicted former Majority Leader Tom DeLay sent to constituents this week in which he angrily claims that Democrats are practicing "politics of personal destruction."

Citing the recent spate of scandals in the nation's captital, DeLay writes: "What we're fighting is so much larger than a single court case or a single district attorney in Travis County. We are witnessing the criminalization of conservative politics."

More trouble for DeLay, hiding secret donations version

AP:

DeLay didn't report defense fund donations

WASHINGTON - Rep. Tom DeLay failed to comply with House requirements that he disclose all contributions to a defense fund that pays his legal bills, the Texas Republican acknowledged to House officials.

More trouble for DeLay, in-district version

SurveyUSA has another in their series of tracking polls. DeLay's grandstanding regarding his legal troubles is not helping: 42% of his constitutents want him to resign from Congress. A plurality (27%) would grade him an F.

From Political Wire.