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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

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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.”

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