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Litigation expert shows Abbott has authority to settle the school finance lawsuit

Greg Abbott's ongoing contention that he is somehow obligated to continue the extensive and expensive school finance fight – by defending an unconstitutional school funding process and a $5 billion

Statement by Matt Angle, Lone Star Project Director

“While the Lone Star Project hasn’t often endorsed challenger candidates in contested Democratic primaries, we have done so when a particular candidate is extremely qualified or when an incumbent is badly flawed. In the contested Democratic primary race in Texas House District 76 in El Paso both circumstances apply, and the Lone Star Project is proud to give our support to Cesar Blanco for Texas State Representative and urge other Democrats to support him as well.

Attorney General struggling with basic arithmetic

The Lone Star Project on Thursday sent the Greg Abbott Campaign the "Abbott Abacus," an online calculator capable of simple addition. In recent days, it has become clear Attorney General Greg Abbott and his supporters are having trouble calculating the total amount State Senator Wendy Davis has raised for her gubernatorial run.

When will Greg Abbott disavow supporter’s divisive remarks?

For the second time in less than a week, avid Greg Abbott supporter and Denton County Republican Party Chair Dianne Edmondson launched personal attacks against Senator Wendy Davis, calling her “Abortion Barbie” and using racial divisiveness to whip up Republican activists for Greg Abbott.

AG has authority to enforce state conflict-of-interest laws

Why hasn't Greg Abbott done anything about the apparent conflict of interest between William J. White’s duties as Chairman of the Texas Finance Commission and his employment as a senior executive with payday lender Cash America International?


Lone Star Reports

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.

Oral Argument Update

The Lone Star Project has established itself as an authority on Texas redistricting and a reliable souce of facts related to the pending Supreme Court case.

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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