Abbott and others forced to surrender six figure donations
Yesterday, Christy Hoppe of the Dallas Morning News reported that Texas GOP mega-donor, Marcus Hiles, pled guilty to "a domestic violence charge that included an accusation he choked a woman into unconsciousness." Hoppe describes a situation at a Las Vegas hotel where Hiles became violent with the woman following a fight in a local club and taxi ride back to the hotel:
Abbott piped up on Perry prosecution, but goes silent on Perry pardon
Twenty-four hours have passed since the Lone Star Project asked Governor Abbott whether or not he would initiate the pardon process if Rick Perry is ultimately convicted of the criminal charges currently pending against him.
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.