Lone Star Reports

Strayhorn’s Task Harder and Bell’s Chances Better than Assumed

The unusual multi-candidate gubernatorial field in Texas has created an environment that may defy current conventional wisdom.

Texas Payments to Lobbyist with Ties to Strayhorn and DeLay Continue

Texas Comptroller Carol Strayhorn’s decision to suspend payments to the Washington lobby firm of Cassidy and Associates may, on first blush, seem like a timely and responsible act.

DeLay/Craddick Faction Attempts to Punish Five GOP Education Moderates While Working to Save Endangered Voucher Proponent

National political reporters have understandably focused on today’s hot Texas congressional primaries involving Bush Administration allies Tom DeLay in Houston and Henry Cuellar in South Texas.

Thousands in State Qualified "Officeholder" Funds Spent on Airplane and Fundraising Staff Later used in Federal Campaign

Official documents filed with the Texas Ethics Commission show that in 2001, Henry Cuellar spent over $18,000 in State qualified "officeholder" funds to upgrade and maintain his corporation's airplane and to pay for fundraising staff that worked on his 2002 federal campaign for Congress.

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Recent Reports

Texas Republicans calling for a Perry Pardon of DeLay are wrong on all counts

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Constituent email exposes Will Hartnett’s support for raising taxes

An email written by Republican State Representative Will Hartnett (Dist.114 – Dallas) exposes his support for raising fees on Texas drivers. Will Hartnett has framed his entire re-election campaign on a pledge to oppose all tax increases. However, in an email letter obtained by the Lone Star Project, Hartnett flatly reneges on his “No New Taxes Pledge.” Writing to a constituent, Hartnett says, “I agree with you that raising the gas tax should be seriously considered by the Legislature - it is essentially a user fee. At the very least, the gas tax should be linked to inflation.”

Documents confirm King Street partisanship but fail to disclose funding sources

The Lone Star Project has examined documents surrendered by the Houston-based King Street Patriots in response to a legal challenge by the Texas Democratic Party. After reviewing the material, it is clear that the King Street extremists are continuing to hide the source of their income and that they have direct ties to the Republican activists behind the 2004 Swift Boat attacks and the Republican Party itself.

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