The voting rights claims involving Texas congressional and State House redistricting plans are now in the fifth year of litigation and all ordered briefing is complete, so it is reasonable to expect some action by the Court soon.
Congressman Pete Sessions (TX – CD32, Dallas) is accurately seen as the establishment candidate in the current race underway for U.S. House GOP Whip. It is interesting to note that the extreme and mean-spirited views Sessions expressed about Latino immigrants as a congressional candidate back in 1994 are now the accepted point of view within the Republican Party. In a Republican leadership race, these views are virtually mandatory.
King is the fall guy in a convoluted money transfer with Craddicks
Yesterday, the Texas Ethics Commission (TEC) announced that it has fined State Representative Phil King (HD61 – Weatherford) in response to a complaint filed against him last year. The complaint involves King’s receipt of $25,000 from Representative Tom Craddick (HD82– Midland) to cover a $25,000 contribution King made to a North Texas PAC which used the money to help Tom Craddick’s daughter and current Texas Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick.
Call for vandalism draws attention to Carlos Quintanilla’s long criminal record
In a recent and bizarre Facebook post, long shot Congressional District 33 challenger Carlos Quintanilla called on supporters to literally "trash" campaign yard signs for incumbent Congressman Marc Veasey. Quintanilla wrote in Spanish: "A LA BASURA LOS SIGNS DE MARC VEASEY." Facebook translated the message into English: "To the trash the signs of Marc Veasey."
Earlier this week, Greg Abbott sent a letter to Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez on her policy for enforcing laws involving undocumented immigrants. The letter was a political exercise without any real substance. Rather than showing strength or expertise in law enforcement, Abbott exposed weakness by displaying a lack of knowledge about the situation in Dallas County.
As you know, the Texas congressional and state house districts remain under challenge before a three-judge federal court in San Antonio. In a memo earlier this month, I laid out the status of the case and background on the issues being considered by the Court.