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Before the smoke had even cleared after the tragic chemical explosion in the town of West, Greg Abbott turned up—along with a lot of other politicians—trying to get on TV.

But what did Greg Abbott do when he actually had a chance to prevent future tragedies like this?

Abbott's Long Losing Streak Hurts Texans

Greg Abbott and his legal team have had a couple of very bad weeks in court—and there’s no end in sight.

Court cites AG’s “failure to respond” to describe his incompetence and arrogance

Yesterday, Greg Abbott was dealt a humiliating rebuke by a Federal District Judge ruling on attorney fees connected to Texas redistricting litigation.

Texas Tribune Editor Ross Ramsey Gets It Right

Ross Ramsey’s analysis makes sense.

We already know some of the troubling elements included in the platform, like Abbott’s backward views on Texas Hispanics and equal pay for equal work.

But that’s just the beginning—the Greg Abbott platform reads like something out of the dark ages.

Why Texas Republicans Won’t Release their Party Platform

Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick are running on a party platform they don’t want anyone to see—with good reason.

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Lone Star Reports

As Tom DeLay resurfaces, Republican Public Integrity Chief may be stalling investigation

Investigation fades while DeLay reemerges

DOJ staffers prepared a federal indictment in the TYC child sex abuse scandal that was pulled by officials up the "chain of command"

The Lone Star Project has obtained the email written by Texas Ranger Brian Burzynski and sent to Texas AG official William Tatum confirming that both the US Department of Justice and the Texas Attorney General's office were aware of the sordid sexual and physical abuse of juveniles taking place at Texas Youth Commission facilities more than a year before the story broke in the press. Most notably, the email details that two Department of Justice investigators interviewed abuse victims and prepared a federal indictment to prosecute the case. The indictment was abandoned, however, after final approval from "up their chain of command" was denied.

In separate testimony yesterday before the Joint Select Committee on Operation and Management of the Texas Youth Commission, a representative of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and a Texas Ranger investigator confirmed that both agencies were aware of the alleged sexual abuse of juveniles unde

Perry playing to cameras while stiff-arming Texas kids

Hypocritical and dishonest are terms too soft to describe the self-serving media show Rick Perry put on during his recent trip to Washington.

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.

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