Lone Star Reports

DOJ support for DeLay’s Texas Redistricting plan puts nearly half of nation’s African American districts in legal jeopardy

In an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief to the Supreme Court filed on Wednesday, February 1,2006, the Bush Justice Department signaled that it will no longer aggressively defend congressional

Congressional Redistricting and DeLay's Ethics Problems Cost Texas Clout

While the media and politicians typically focus on the partisan battles that take place in Congress, many important decisions, particularly the appropriation of funds, are settled on a regional

Sessions May Have Traded Official Acts for Foreign Trips and Contributions

An analysis of recent press accounts and public documents raises serious questions regarding whether a number of Congressman Pete Sessions’ (R – Dallas) official acts were connected to an all-expense paid trip to exotic Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and to the receipt

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New Texas districts should be used to repair lost minority voting strength and to reflect the dramatic growth in Hispanic and African-American populations
Texas Republicans calling for a Perry Pardon of DeLay are wrong on all counts

The Austin American-Statesman repor

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.”

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