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Tuesday News Round-up

Friends to the End?

Wes Allison of the St. Petersburg Times writes that Delay has spent a lot of money cultivating the kind of friends who’ll stand by you when your ethical shortcomings become a distraction from your work.

"He takes very good care of his members, he understands their needs, and then when he needs to get votes for an issue, he's got a lot of good will built up," said Rep. Tom Feeney, R-Oviedo.

More polling from DeLay's district: WOW.

36% of DeLay's Voters Say He Should Resign From Congress

From Channel 2 in Houston. The hemorraging hasn't stopped:

SurveyUSA asked 548 registered voters in the 22nd congressional district several questions about the embattled republican's performance.

In general, do you approve or disapprove of the job Tom DeLay is doing as Congressman?

Voting for lower ethics

Just thought you'd want to know the 20 GOP members who voted for lower ethics in the House yesterday:

Barton (TX)
Blackburn (TN)
Burgess (TX)
Burton (IN)
Buyer (IN)
Carter (TX)
Cubin (WY)
Culberson (TX)
Gillmor (OH)
Gohmert (TX)
King (IA)
McHenry (NC)
Otter (ID)
Pence (IN)
Poe (TX)
Price (GA)
Simpson (ID)
Thornberry (TX)
Tiahrt (KS)
Weldon (FL)

News round up

There's a lot of news coverage on the ethics rules reversal by Hastert and DeLay, but a couple of stories caught my eye this morning.

Two stories with new analysis

The first comes on the heels of the announcement yesterday that House Ethics Chairman Doc Hastings and House Speaker Denny Hastert will allow a new vote on restoring the old rules of ethics investigations. Jim Drinkard of USA Today looks ahead to whether the Ethics Committee can actually do its job in investigating DeLay without the appearance, at least, of conflict of interest. You see, Drinkard reports,

Breaking News: Hastings backs down

Ethics Chairman Hastings agrees to have vote on new rules, according to AP.

Think these ads had anything to do with it?

Associated Press: DeLay and Abramoff talked daily

From Sharon Theimer of AP:

The Northern Marianas billing and correspondence records of Abramoff's former lobbying firm, Preston Gates, were obtained by The Associated Press under an open records request approved by the island government.

More news

To show his support, President Bush is going to give Tom DeLay a ride on Air Force One today from Washington to Galveston after they both attend an event on Bush's social security plan, reports the Los Angeles Times. This time it's all of us taxpayers who are footing the bill for Tom DeLay's travel.

Serious business

The Day of New London, CT covers Rep. Rob Simmons statements to a ocal Chamber of Commerce regarding the Base Realignment and Closure commission (BRAC), the independent group that identifies military bases to be shut down and offers the list to Congress as an up-or-down vote. The hope is that the politics is, as much as possible, taken out of the decisions regarding the country's military bases.

WaPo national poll

The Washington Post conducted a national survey April 21-24 among likely voters and included questions regarding Tom DeLay. Here are the results:

On another subject, do you approve or disapprove of the way Tom DeLay is handling his job as majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives?

Approve: 35%
Disapprove: 38%
No opinion: 27%