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A video released yesterday featured four cancer survivors expressing their outrage that the state’s cancer research center (CPRIT) had been exploited by Greg Abbott’s friends and donors for millions of dollars. Their comments demonstrated strength and courage and heartfelt concern for others coping with cancer.

Statement from Lone Star Project Director Matt Angle

“In a radio interview with Sean Hannity this weekend, Greg Abbott was asked to comment on the ugly and racist remarks about African Americans made by Cliven Bundy. Abbott chose to say nothing.

AG must explain Perry’s use of taxpayer dollars for his defense

Greg Abbott is now entangled in the fast spreading scandal over Rick Perry’s criminal efforts to threaten, coerce and bribe the Travis County DA—who also serves as head of our state’s Public Integrity Unit—into resigning her office. State Representative Joe Deshotel (HD22 Beaumont)—who is known by colleagues in both parties as a fair-minded and even-tempered public servant—has sent a formal request to Greg Abbott, asking for his legal opinion on the propriety of Perry’s use of taxpayer money to pay his high-priced criminal defense lawyer.

Threats to Travis County DA could be Perry's (and Abbott’s) undoing

News that Rick Perry has retained a high profile criminal defense attorney is a clear signal that he knows he’s in serious trouble.

Innate flaws in PPP and many other public polls discount their value

The PPP Poll released earlier today showed a 14-point gap in the Texas Governor's race. Last month, the Emerson College poll showed the race with only a 7 point gap, earlier polls showed different margins. While the press and the larger online world may view public polls like these as indicators of how things are progressing in the ongoing Governor’s race, serious political observers and the campaigns themselves don’t.

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Lone Star Reports

And one big reason why it might not be moved

1. Texas should exercise its electoral clout. Texas is the second largest state by population and has 34 electoral votes.

But history says don't count on it

Twisting Arms and Taking Names

....here's why

Reports that a coalition of Democratic and Republican State House members have been working behind the scenes to remove current Republican Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick (Quorum Report, December 23, 2006) are not surprising.

A number of excellent commentaries on the success of Democrats in Dallas County have already been circulated online.

Texas Democratic Party and DCCC Mobilizing Resources for Rodriguez

Any questions about strong Democratic support at the State and National levels for Ciro Rodriguez’s efforts in Texas CD23 have been put to rest.

Five Democratic State House Pick-ups Surprise Skeptics

Six weeks ago, the Lone Star Project identified nine Lone Star All Stars. The nine State House candidates were running in tough, Republican leaning districts against well funded Republican opponents. Six weeks later seven of those nine All Stars are now Texas Representatives.

Abbott slow walks ballot tampering investigation in exclusive GOP community

Highland Park is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country with over 500 houses valued at over $1 million and is a GOP stronghold, voting overwhelmingly for George Bush in 2004. (Census Bureau, Secretary of State records) Both George W. Bush and Dick Cheney lived in Highland Park prior to the 2000 election. (Houston Chronicle, 12/9/2006 and Dallas Morning News 5/12/2006) Greg Abbott has failed to bring any prosecution in this neighborhood even after receiving clear evidence of illegal election activity by the Dallas Assistant District Attorney.

Abbott Agents Caught Spying on Senior Citizen Lone Star Project Supports Legal Challenge to Abbott

Earlier this summer, the Lone Star Project reported that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is using $1.5 million in federal grant funds to prosecute Texas citizens who help senior citizens apply for ballot applications and cast their vote by mail.

September 1, 1933 – September 13, 2006

For a generation of Texans, Ann Richards provided inspiration and thoughtful humor, but most of all leadership. Every Texan, regardless of their political stripe, felt great pride whenever she spoke on our behalf. Here is what others are saying:

In the end, rather than take responsibility for his actions and show respect to his former constituents by making a public appearance and statement, Tom DeLay called on his daughter to email a shallow and self-serving note to the media announcing his decision to formally resign from the ballot.

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