Friday, April 14, 2006

ROT Moving to WordPress

Thanks to all who are reading Right of Texas thus far.

It has been a great 3 weeks so far.

I am moving the site to wordpress, as the features are much, much better than blogger.

I'd encourage others who are using blogger to do the same.

The new address is...

www.rightoftexas.wordpress.com

Thanks for continuing to read ROT!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Annex's "From The Blogs"

Head over to Capitol Annex and check out their "From the Blog" segment today.

Go Sessions Go

"There are not a lot of other things on Americans' minds today" besides the immigration debate, Mr. Sessions said, warning that if Congress legalizes the current group of illegal residents without tightening borders first, the nation should brace for 25 million more.
"Without these parts being in place, we will find that we are overrun," he said.
-Great Quote.

I still am amazed at the protests going on around the nation. If all peoples who called themselves "immigrants" protested this...270 million people would be out there.

There should be no question here:ILLEGAL is ILLEGAL.

Tens of thousands come across our unsecured border everyday. In some states 1 in 3 of all of those incarcerated are illegal immigrants.

To be fiscally responsible, and to secure our country we need to fix the problem now.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Strayhorn Complains Again

Do you remember the teacher from the Snoopy cartoon? The teacher whose voice would always be "wamp, wamp , wamp" and no clear sound would come out?

That's beginning to be all I hear out of the Strayhorn campaign.

Embattled in two lawsuits, without a definite number of petition signatures, and now she is complaining about something else...

You're about to get the hard-sell on Gov. Rick
Perry's
school finance tax plan.
Some say his sales pitch could be illegal. This is just days before lawmakers kick off another special session on school finance.

Perry is getting help to promote his tax plan from a group you've probably never heard of. It will get its money from companies with millions of dollars at stake in tax reform.

"If he is not breaking the letter of the law, he is breaking the spirit of
the law," Strayhorn said.


...and as usual....Chris Bell follows Strayhorn's attack.

"Even if they've found some type of loophole to allow it that makes it legal, it's certainly not ethical," Bell said


If Bell wants to stay in this race, he needs to be going after Perry himself, instead of just waiting to jump on the Strayhorn bandwagon every chance he gets.

I don't dislike Ms.Strayhorn, but come on...lets talk about issues.

Taylor Keeps Trucking Along

While In the Pink, and Capitol Annex seem pessimistic about the recent Cheney event with future Congressman Van Taylor, I have heard from various sources that it was a big success.

As I stated on Capitol Annex, in the end of the day...Edwards has to be shaking in his boots.

Check this site out.

I knew that the 17th was Republican, but I had no idea that is was the most Republican district in the country(according to '04 results) to have a Democratic Congressman.

Chet's on his way out guys.

KXAN Has Update on Petition Gathering

From KXAN News:

Carole Keeton Strayhorn has no idea what number Ruben Sosa's signature is in her month long petition drive to get on the November ballot for governor.
" Carole is straightforward," Sosa said.
"We've literally got tens of thousands. We can't even stop to count them," Strayhorn said.
Neither
can the volunteers at Kinky Friedman's campaign headquarters where they're downloading signatures for verification as fast as they come in.
"I'm fully confident we'll get on the ballot. I'm not worried about that. But exactly how many, I really don't know," Friedman Campaign Director Dean Barkley said.
Both independent campaigns need more than 45,000 signatures to get on the ballot, neither will say if they've got enough yet.

I think Strayhorn, but not Friedman, will get on the ballot.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Edwards Takes Money From Ethically Challenged Colleague

From the NRCC:

Will Chet Edwards Return Campaign Check from Ethically-Challenged Rep. Mollohan?

Rep. Edwards took $6,000 from West Virginia Democrat Alan Mollohan, a congressman now in the center of an apparent congressional ethics scandal

WASHINGTON – With national Democrats talking about cleaning up Washington, DC, will Rep. Chet Edwards (TX-17) only talk the talk on congressional ethics and cleaning up Washington, DC, or will he walk the walk?

Rep. Edwards took $6,000 from scandal-plagued West Virginia Democrat Rep. Alan Mollohan (WV-01) from 2002-04. But will he return the campaign contributions?

As reported in both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, federal authorities are investigating a complaint laid upon Rep. Mollohan, alleging that he may have profited off of legislative favors given to friends in West Virginia, in the form of federal money directed at non-profit organizations.

Ironically, Rep. Mollohan is the highest-ranking Democrat on the Ethics Committee. The non-partisan Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Roll Call newspaper, and Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert have all urged Mollohan to resign his position.

Meanwhile, Rep. Edwards has to decide whether to keep the campaign cash given by his ethically-challenged colleague.

"There's a lot of talk by Democrats about cleaning up Washington and getting rid of 'dirty money' — until it's their dirty money," said National Republican Congressional Committee press secretary Jonathan Collegio. "Now's the time for Rep. Edwards to walk the walk on ethics by returning the money given by Alan Mollohan, instead of talking up a lot of hot air."

" It is outrageous that the Democrats will talk endlessly about corruption until it affects them. Then, they have no comment."
– Melanie Sloan, Executive Director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) ( CNS News, 3/10/06)

Remember...

From the Harris County GOP:

If you have not already voted early, this Tuesday is the Republican Primary
Runoff Election.
You can vote in person only at your local precinct.
Polls are open from 7am to 7pm.
Click here for a list of voting locations
Please make certain that you turn out for this important Republican election. Just a
handful of votes could decide these races and determine which candidate
will represent our party on the ballot this fall.
Remember that you can vote
in the runoff even if you did not vote in the March Primary. Only those
who voted in the Democrat Primary are ineligible for this election.
Please encourage your family and friends to vote on Tuesday!
Click here to forward this message


From the RPT:

Dear Fellow Republican,
Please don't forget to cast your vote in the
Republican Party Primary Runoff Election for the candidate(s) of your
choice!
Election Day is Tuesday, April 11th. Polling locations are open
from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To find polling locations in your county contact your
local Republican Party County Chairman.
Sincerely,

Tina BenkiserChairman, Republican Party of Texas



I have to do a little traveling over the next couple of days, but will still be updating..just not as often.

When I return, I will make some maps of the various election results.

Dick Cheney Event

Any word on the Cheney Event?

Monday, April 10, 2006

A Look Into Texas' 24th Congressional

In 2004 Kenny Marchant was elected to Congress to represent the new 24th Congressional which was previously held by Democrat Martin Frost.

Frost went on to run against Pete Sessions, losing by 10 points.

He beat Democrat Gary Page and Libertarian James Lawrence with 64% of the vote.

See Marchant's campaign website here.





Other ROT Congressional Maps:

1st
6th
17th
22nd

Caption Contest Winner

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Caption Contest Winner:

Sedosi "Shortly after the signing Kinky went on to demonstrate
"de-wussification"

Honorable Mention:

Texas GOP"Why the Hell Not"

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Great Website

While searching the net I found a website that should be interesting to all politicos.

It is a "neutral predictor" for races across the country.

The organization itself makes a prediction..and then lets the readers have an impact.

Here's a few of their graphs:


So for this graph, they believe there is a 54% chance that Edwards retains his seat.


They believe there is a 90% chance Rick Perry will hold onto the Governor's mansion.


Head on over here, sign up and start putting up your estimates.

The percentages really aren't based on anything..but it's a little fun.

Edwards Wants His Cake...




From the Waco Tribune:

Their intended audience includes Waco’s Democratic congressman, Chet Edwards, who voted last December for
a House immigration bill that has stirred outrage by seeking to criminalize
illegal aliens and those who aid them.
“I hope Congressman Edwards and the rest of Congress start
paying attention to the will of the American people,” said Ernesto Fraga, the El
Tiempo publisher and an organizer of the march. “They need to be aware that a
vote like last December’s cannot happen again without an outcry from the
community.”


Congressman Edwards wants to have his cake and eat it too. He voted for the bill, but when the pressure is on now says

"The House bill went too far in making it a criminal penalty for Catholic
charities to provide soup and food for hungry children and families,” he said.
“I didn’t vote for the House bill because I supported every provision. I voted
for it because I think it’s important that we provide congressional legislation
to secure our border and have an immigration law that is enforceable.”


In the 17th race, only Van Taylor has stuck to his position. Sometimes I think we forget the key word in the phrase "illegal immigration"is ILLEGAL.

In November’s election Edwards
is facing a Republican opponent, Van
Taylor
, who supports a crackdown on illegal immigration by
building a wall, beefing up border patrols and punishing illegal
immigrants.

Congressman Barton Gets Upset at the Justice Department

The Gadsden Times reports:

"We keep trying to cooperate with the Justice Department and the F.B.I.," said
Representative Joe L. Barton,
Republican of Texas, the chairman of the full committee. Speaking directly to
William W. Mercer, a United States attorney for Montana who testified at the
hearings, Mr. Barton said: "You
folks seem bound and determined to be as uncooperative as possible. I'm going to
call the attorney general one more time, and we had better get the people we
want to testify."
I agree completely with Congressman Barton. The exploitation of children online is a serious domestic issue in this country. Trash websites are too easily available to America's youth, who are easily enticed into a secret online world.

The Bush administration needs to be cooperation on this issue...

Saturday, April 08, 2006

1st Weekly Caption Contest

I want to start something this week, a Caption Contest.

Every weekend I will put up a picture, and leave up the picture until Monday.

Monday, the best caption wins!(you win nothing except self-satisfaction)

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Leave captions in the comment section.

This is Getting Ridiculous

State Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn is now suing Attorney General Abbott.

From News 8 Austin:
State Comptroller Carole Keeton
Strayhorn
filed a lawsuit against state Attorney General Greg Abbott.
The lawsuit involves Abbott's decision that Strayhorn must turn over state employee
birth dates under the Freedom of Information Act.
The question arose in
November, when the Dallas Morning News asked the comptroller's office for a
database of state employees—including names, job titles, salaries, and birth
dates.
First she sues the Secretary of State, and now this!???

Friday, April 07, 2006

Texas' First Congressional in '04

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In 2004 Louie Gohmert won with 61% of the vote against Democrat Max Sandlin and Libertarian Dean Tucker.

Gohmert is running this year against "Southern Democrat" Roger Owen.

Owen, who has quite possibly the worst website I've ever seen, has little chance of beating Gohmert in the far Eastern portion of the state.



Other ROT '04 Maps


The 6th
The 17th
The 22nd

Budget Plan Finds Little Support

From the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

A proposed state rule that would require public school districts to spend
at least 65 percent of their budgets on instruction would do little to punish
noncompliant districts.Some area educators also say the proposal released
Thursday by Texas Education Commissioner Shirley J. Neeley is a waste of time
and creates needless interference in local school districts.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry issued an executive order
in August requiring that all public school districts meet the 65 percent
spending threshold, criticizing the state Legislature at the time for not
enacting such a rule on its own.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

A Conservative's Thoughts on DeLay

Here's the second part written by me:

Republicans Will Hold the 22nd

Congressman DeLay's
rapid fall from Majority Leader, to a regular Congressman, to citizen of
Alexandria was a Christmas gift for the far-left throughout Texas, and America.
While DeLay's actions and associations with
Jack Abramoff are inexcusable, the fact remains that Abramoff associated with
many in Washington. If we are to be fair, and sink
DeLay
with Abramoff, why not also Senate Majority Leader Nevada
Senator Harry Reid who was also in dealings
with Jacky boy? Or Former Senate Majority Leader Tom
Daschle
?

With DeLay stepping aside, I have no doubt
that a Republican will continue to represent the 22nd District of Texas.

Polls in the district continued to indicate that the constituency would support
Lampson, or another candidate over
Congressman DeLay. These poll results
should not be mistaken to mean that the district is Democratic, or liberal

. In a Zogby poll conducted in DeLay's
district within the past year, when asked if they would vote for
DeLay
or another candidate, the constituents
responded 38% for DeLay and 45% for another
candidate. In the same poll, questions were asked about Terri Schiavo. The
country as a whole agreed with the removal of the feeding tube by a large
margin, but Texas' 22nd District did not. DeLay's
constituents said 44% to 35% that they opposed the removal of the tube. When
asked if DeLay's religious faith should play
a major roll in shaping policy, 48% felt it should, while 45% felt it shouldn't.

This district has a huge base of Born Again
conservative Christians, who will come in droves to vote for the candidate of
higher "morality". I believe the reason Congressman
DeLay
was not doing well in the polls, is because his actions (the
suspected bribes ect.) were seemingly un-Christian to his hard-right
constituency.

Former Congressman Steve Stockman , and
Sugar Land Mayor David Wallace are already
eyeing the seat, as well as former primary opponent Tom
Campbell
. I don't believe the Republican base will support
Campbell, as running against incumbent
DeLay was a slap in the face. I think party
leadership will turn their heads to Campbell
also, simply on his previous run. I believe DeLay's
war chest will go to his handpicked successor in the district, as well as spread
across different races in the nation (or into his legal defense fund!)

I can only imagine Former Congressman Nick Lampson's
reaction to this was not a happy one. While open seats are usually harder to
defend, in this case it's easier to defend for Houston area GOPers. The district
was designed for the purpose of electing a Republican, and the results have
proven so. It has gone Republican in the past, and it will go Republican
again in November.

A Liberal's Thoughts on DeLay

Vince Leibowitz and I both wanted to let Texas readers see two differing opinions on Tom DeLay's resignation, and the possible outcomes.

Here's A Liberal's Thoughts:
Tom DeLay's Stunning Announcement: What Will The Aftermath Bring?

Though the media continues to examine the "whys" related to Tom DeLay's recent announcment that he will end his campaign for another term in Congress and resign from that body, the real question on the minds of most people in Texas isn't why DeLay did what he did. It is, rather, what the aftermath of the announcement will bring.

I suspect two things: First, that any coming special election will be an expensive, multi-candidate battle. I would not be surprised to see five or more total candidates vying for the seat. Second, I don't believe that DeLay's impending departure from the political scene will truly make a difference in whether or not Democrats win in CD-22 or in other districts around the nation where DeLay allies are being hounded because of their connections to the indicted soon-to-be-former Congressman.

It is already rumored that the field to replace DeLay will include candidates ranging from now independent former conservative Republican Congressman Steve Stockman to the mayor of Sugar Land and State Senator Kyle Janek. A bloody special election battle (including a likely special election runoff) will leave whomever the winner is bloodied, bruised and vunerable going into the November elections.

Why do I think this will not make a difference for Lampson in CD-22 or others? Because, just as the Republican Party continues to tie Democratic candidates to the shenigans of Bill Clinton, Texas Republicans of the present political era will not be able to wiggle out from under the mantle of being the party of DeLay for years to come. Whomever among them that attempts to assume DeLay's seat (and there are rumors that a hand-picked successor exists), they will have to spend more time proving they aren't made in the DeLay mold than they will spend expounding upon their own ideas.

DeLay very well may have made his decision to resign in an attempt to thwart Lampson's campaign. In fact, he probably timed it in order to have the maximum negative impact on Lampson: funding three election day campaigns is far more expensive than just paying for a general election campaign. But, though the district does lean Republican, it has become clear that the people in Congressional District 22 want new leadership. And, by new leadership, I don't mean another Republican. DeLay and his party have proved to the residents of this District (and, indeed, to everyone in the nation) that they are not effective leaders and that their entire party is tainted by a "culture of corruption" not seen on either side of the aisle since the days of Watergate.

Will Lampson have a tougher time against another candidate? Perhaps. However, all he must do is effectively coin his new opponent as DeLay's successor, and do everything he can to paint him or her as a continuation of the "same old, same old," DeLay machine.

No matter how pristine the replacement player for DeLay may be, he will have difficulty recovering from having his photo side-by-side with DeLay's in dozens of mailers and television ads—especially if DeLay shares some of his million-dollar campaign warchest with the new nominee. If there is one thing that can taint a DeLay successor faster than anything, it's money. Any dollar from DeLay, and indeed any dollar from major DeLay contributors, can be used to Democrats' advantage.

It will be a slippery slope for both parties leading up to November. But, I believe, in the wake of the DeLay departure, Democrats can and will prevail.

Progressive Site Names Edwards In Weak Bunch

According to veteran DC prognosticator, Charlie Cook, there are 36 House seats
in play. In order to prevail, the Democrats will have to hold onto 11 shaky
seats and win 15 of the 25 tenuous GOP seats. Here’s my look at how the Dems
are doing in close races.


The progressive site OpEdNews.com then broke down the tough Democrat seats into two categories.

1) Anti-War
2)Incomprehensible-
The candidate’s web site simply avoids talking about Iraq,

or says something so vacuous that I can’t figure out where they stand.

I’ve listed the candidates involved in tight races alphabetically.





On Texas' 17th:
Chet Edwards (Texas, 17th) is facing his

usual stiff opposition in a gerrymandered

district that is more Republican than it was before.

GOP Donor Discloses

From the AP Wire:
Major Texas Republican donor Bob Perry gave a state board appointee a gift of $50,000 in 2004, both men confirmed, revealing for the first time the amount of the money that's described only as a check on ethics forms.Bill Ceverha, a member of the board overseeing the state Employees Retirement System, also received another gift of $50,000 from Perry in January 2005, The Dallas Morning
News reported in Wednesday's editions.

Lampson Will Run If Election in May

From the Houston Chronicle:
Former U.S. Rep. Nick Lampson,
the Democratic nominee hoping to succeed outgoing Republican Rep. Tom DeLay next year, says he also will run in a special election to complete DeLay's current term if it is held on the earliest possible date.
That would be the uniform Election Day on May 13. But DeLay says he intends to resign officially sometime in June, making a May election impossible

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

A Look Into Texas' 6th Congressional

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Democrats save your money in this one, as it will be squandered away.

Congressman Barton's district stretching from the suburbs of Dallas , East to Trinity County, is perfect for the election of conservatives.

In 2004 Congressman Barton destroyed lefty Morris Myer, winning 66% of the vote.

Congressman Barton's new opponent, David Harris, has an impressive record as a veteran and now professor at UT Arlington.

Harris' website can be found here.
It is a step up from Congressman Barton's which can be found here.

I don't think his military service will be enough to overcome to hardright leanings of the district, and Barton's consistent great services to the citizens of the 6th.


Past ROT '04 Maps:


The 22nd

The 17th

Muslim Attacked at Baptist Baylor University NEW

The Council of American-Islamic relations is angry:

The coed was attacked from behind Saturday evening as she walked to her dorm
from the Student Union Building.

She told News Ten that her attacker was
a white male who appeared to be in his 30s. She said she didn’t think the man
was a Baylor student.
She said the man grabbed her headscarf and threw her to
the ground, yelling profane ethnic and anti-Muslim slurs while threatening to
kill her if she made any noise.
The man pinned her to the ground, she said,
and dug his nails into her chest until she screamed.
When she screamed, she
said the man slapped her in the face and kicked her twice in the ribs before he
fled.


This is a tragic story, and I hope her attacker is caught.

I can't understand why Muslims pick to attend Baylor...as it is a Baptist school...a VERY Baptist school...for Christians....

...but there is no excuse for this kind of attack.

NEW
Baylor issued this on the matter.

Apparently the attack occured by Draper Hall, towards the South End of campus. The FBI Is now involved.

Barton's Opponent Talks

From the Corsicana Daily Sun:

Harris is the Democratic Party’s candidate opposing longtime U.S. Rep. Joe
Barton
(R-Ennis) in the November General Election.“There is a
choice out there,” Harris said Monday. “This administration and a Republican Congress that has been in control for many years has put us on a collision course for disaster. ... I think I can be a voice of reason.”He is an assistant professor teaching Military Science at the University of Texas at Arlington.


As we all know, Harris has no chance.

Perry To DeLay: "God Speed"

From KLTV 7:

"Tom Delay was a very successful congressman, delivered a lot of good things for the state of Texas. We appreciate his work and we wish him great good and God speed in his next endeavor,"
-Rick Perry.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

From The GOP

From the Harris County GOP:

Early Voting Underway Now!Republican Primary Runoff Election
The polls are now open! Early voting began yesterday for the Republican Primary runoff.
You can vote in person through Friday of this week. Polls are open from 7am to 7pm each day.
Click here for a map of early voting locations
Please make certain that you turn out for this important Republican election. Just a handful of votes could decide these races and determine which candidate will represent our party on the ballot this fall.
Remember that you can vote in the runoff even if you did not vote in the March Primary. Only those who voted in the Democrat Primary are ineligible for this election.
Please encourage your family and friends to vote this week!

From the Texas GOP:

April 4, 2006
Dear Republican Family,
With Congressman Tom DeLay’s announcement today that he does not intend to seek re-election in November, the U.S. Congress and the State of Texas will experience a great loss of leadership. An incredibly effective leader, Congressman DeLay has been a strong and courageous voice for faith, family and freedom. Although Congressman DeLay will be deeply missed, the Republican Party of Texas will move forward upon his resignation to ensure that the 22nd Congressional District has a great Republican nominee on the ballot in November and that the district continues to have a bold conservative Republican voice in Congress.
Sincerely yours,

Tina J. Benkiser
Chairman

2000 Map of the 22nd

In 2000, riding on the coattails of Governor Bush, Congressman DeLay crushed his opponent Jo Ann Matranga and won with 60% of the vote districtwide.

Remember-this was his old Congressional District which looked like this.

Maps of Past Results in the 22nd

It is important to remember that not all of these counties are in the 22nd Congressional.

For a map of exactly where in the counties the district is look here.

I will upload the maps as I create them, and have analysis at the end.



The percentage shown in the first map is what Congressman DeLay received during the 2004 election.







In 2002 Congressman DeLay's district looked different than it does now. DeLay vs the World had a great post on the break down of the changes up here in January.
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Wallace Launches Bid For the 22nd

From Time:

Congressman Tom Delay's decision to
leave the seat he has held for 22 years may have surprised many state and even
local GOP leaders, as well as Democrats. But even before the embattled Texas
congressman was revealing his decision to TIME in an exclusive interview, at
least one potential Republican successor was already maneuvering to assume his
seat. Late Monday night Sugar Land Mayor David G.
Wallace
,44, a popular second term city leader whose name is on
the ballot for a third term in the May 13 municipal elections, confirmed that he
would make a bid for the seat.


Check back in a couple hours-I will have a few maps up of DeLay's counties...

Monday, April 03, 2006

DeLay WITHDRAWS

Burnt Orange here.

I think this means DeLay will cop a plea bargain, and probably take some guilty pleas but avoid jail time.

Edwards, Democrats Vote Against Students


According to a Nebraska Newspaper H.R. 609 "contains many important provisions, including an increase in Pell Grant funding for high-achieving first and second year students, improving international and foreign language study programs and holding institutions accountable for excessive tuition hikes."

Sounds logical doesn't it?

Not to the ultra-left in Congress.

Waco's own esteemed Chet Edwards voted against the bill.

I don't believe many House members have two large institutions of higher learning in their districts...but Edwards managed to vote against the students that attend his(Baylor and Texas A & M).

Photo from the Baylor Democrats

Democrats Excited Over Zogby Poll

The Burnt Orange Report has the latest Zogby online poll up.

The results were reported as follows:

Perry: 36.3% (-2)
Bell: 20.7% (+2.8)
Strayhorn: 19% (-1.5)
Kinky: 16.7% (+2.3)

Thes numbers must be off.

I simply don't believe that 1 in 6 Texans would vote for Kinky Friedman....

Radnofksy:The Choice of Liberals in Dallas

A while back I did a post on Ms.Radnofsky's primary.

Here are her results in the Dallas area. She won every county touching the city.

The light blue is the highest percentage, the dark blue is a middle percentage, the purple is poor, and the pink is a bad showing.




Other Democratic Primary Maps:


Chris Bell's Primary

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Sessions Brings Money To Dallas To Fight Gangs


From the LA Chronicle:

U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions
(R-Dallas) today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded
the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex $2.5 million in grant funding under the
Comprehensive Anti-Gang Initiative. Under the initiative, the DOJ will devote
significant resources to defeating gang violence in the Dallas community and
across the country.

The Dallas-Fort Worth region is one of six areas
around the nation targeted by the Comprehensive Anti-Gang Initiative. Each area
received $2.5 million in funding today, for a total of $15 million in grant
funding. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales first announced the initiative in
February 2006, as a complement to other DOJ programs designed to combat gangs
and reduce gun-related crime throughout the country.

GOP United Around Taylor

Dan Genz at the Waco Tribune Herald has been covering the 17th Congressional race closely. Unlike many political writers, his articles thus far have remained very unbiased.

He continues his coverage with an article discussing the unity of the GOP behind Van Taylor.

Taylor’s campaign recently touted the endorsement of all 12 county conventions as a sign that the party is coming together.
In a new development, former congressional candidate Dot Snyder also has endorsed Taylor, after she supported Anderson in the primary.
In 2004, her hotly contested and combative primary and run-off elections with state Rep. Arlene Wohlgemuth was blamed by many
in the party for Wohlgemuth’s 9,000-vote loss to Edwards.


Everything continues to fall in place for the Taylor campaign.

The Kinkster, Strayhorn, and Bell Slam Perry To Educators

KLTV 7 Reports:

Democratic nominee Chris Bell and independent candidates Carole Keeton
Strayhorn
and Kinky Friedman spoke to the Association of Texas Professional
Educators' annual convention. They peppered their speeches with jabs at the
governor. Perry was invited but declined to attend because of a scheduling conflict. Spokeswoman Kathy Walt said Perry was in Texas but out of town
on personal business.


As most of my family are educators, I am familiar with the conundrum of being a Republican heavily involved in educational policy.

Contrary to popular belief, not all educator's are liberal. The ones that aren't are also very passionate about their beliefs, which is why I believe strongly that Governor Perry should have been at the event.

Even to swing voters, meeting someone as nuts as Kinky Friedman can only improve their thoughts of the Governor.

I think we conservatives sometimes get our minds off of the bigger picture issues like transportation and education, and instead focus too much on push-button issues just to stay in office.

Governor Perry's tax plan is not a bad one, and he should be out there defending it to educators.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

14th Congressional Paul/Sinatra Primary

Cynthia Sinatra ran against incumbent Republican/Libertarian Congressman Ron Paul on a platform to bring more funding back for services.

As quoted on her campaign site "We all stood in shock as our Congressman voted against emergency federal funding to help our neighbors, friends and families that were so tragically affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita."

14th District Republicans were obviously very happy with Paul, as he crushed Sinatra winning every county by more than 64% of the vote.



Other ROT GOP Primary Maps:

17th Congressional

3rd Congressional

Our Lt. Governor Pulls A John Kerry

Don't get me wrong, I like Lt. Governor Dewhurst, but his quick change since yesterday is worth noting:

Lieutenant Governor David
Dewhurst
did an about-face today -- just a day after saying he
would prefer a tax on business income rather than gross receipts.The Republican
said in a written statement today that he has always opposed a business or
personal income tax.

He told reporters yesterday --quote-- "I think I'd rather see a tax that's
based on income -- you earn money, you pay something, you don't earn money, you
don't pay anything."