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Failed Texas GOP Leaders

Todd Smith’s history points to an eventual double-cross

House colleagues, voters and the media should beware of the cynical “bait and switch” tactic that will likely be used by partisan Republican Todd Smith (HD92 – Euless) when the Texas House Elections Committee begins consideration of Voter Photo ID legislation next week.

Smith picked to carry bill that harms seniors, students and women

Republican State House Member Todd Smith (R-HD 92, Euless) was passed over for important legislative assignments like health care, insurance reform, tax cuts, education and crime prevention.

Committee assignments signal partisanship and obstruction

New Texas Republican House Speaker Joe Straus may not have yet built up the personal animosities of his predecessor, Tom Craddick, but his first major action as Speaker is unquestionably partisan and ideological.

Pete Sessions Praises the Brutal Taliban Citing Them as a Role Model for Congressional Republicans

In a bizarre and offensive interview with the editors of the Hotline, Dallas Congressman and newly elected National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX) described the Taliban as a “model” for the Republican insurgency in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Lite Governor puts Voter Photo ID ahead of education, health care, utility and insurance reform

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst is making sure that a divisive highly partisan Republican agenda item, photo Voter ID legislation, takes precedence over substantive issues that directly affect Texans. Clay Robison of the Houston Chronicle recently reported that Dewhurst is shopping around a so-called photo Voter ID “compromise,” suggesting that Democrats should cut a deal if the bill included the same kind of age limitation that Republicans stripped from similar legislation in 2007. The problem with Dewhurst’s “deal” is obvious: neither he nor his fellow Republicans have produced a shred of evidence indicating there is systematic voter fraud in Texas that would be remedied by a photo Voter ID requirement. They also have failed to substantively refute clear evidence that a voter photo ID bill would create hardships and erect barriers to participation by law-abiding Texas citizens.

Controversial county officer should explain under-the-table job offer, late night resignation and election misconduct

Less than six weeks after asking Harris County voters for another four-year term as Tax Assessor Collector, Republican Paul Bettencourt is bailing out on them – perhaps to avoid answering legal questions about pending litigation charging him with illegal partisan activity.

Republican Secretary of State Attempting Partisan Power Play

Today Texas Democrats asked a Dallas District Judge to require recount officials to follow state law and ensure every valid vote in the House District 105 (Irving) election is counted.

Olson bizarrely blames an imposter or look-alike

Today, the Lone Star Project filed a formal report with Fairfax County, Virginia prosecutors and alerted the Virginia Attorney General, calling for an investigation of voter fraud by Texas Congressional District 22 Republican chal

Olson’s vote in Connecticut highlights legal trouble and tenuous Texas ties

Documents obtained by the Lone Star Project show that Republican congressional challenger Pete Olson (Texas CD22 – Houston) voted in both the State of Virginia and the State of Connecticut during a five month period in 2003.

Formal FEC complaint names Zedler, Barton, and Granger



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