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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.

Abbott leads the attack on basic voting rights

Prominent Americans from both parties—including Presidents Barack Obama, George W.

Every campaign has occasional scheduling problems. Sometimes events or appearances have to be cancelled for a variety of legitimate reasons.

Vanity Videos for All Occasions

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but this one came at a much higher price for Texas taxpayers. When the Lone Star Project posted the above image last week—one of Abbott's front groups falsely claimed it had been photoshopped. That is simply not true. Instead, it came from Greg Abbott's high-dollar vanity video project.

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Lone Star Reports

Chapter 1: Avoiding a Special Election and Hand Picking Your Candidate

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Lone Star Project Sorts through Texas Election Code Regarding DeLay Replacement

“It's just so contrary to what Texas is all about, to turn tail and run and not fight for what you believe in.”-Tom DeLay, (El Paso Times, May 14, 2003) in a now ironic comment criticizing Texas House members who broke quorum to block his redistricting scheme.

Media hungry AG had no appetite to prosecute TYC sex abusers last year

Attorney General Greg Abbott sent out a press release minutes after a Ward County Grand Jury indicted TYC officials Ray Brookins and John Hernandez for sexual abuse of juveniles. Abbott's release, however, failed to mention that his office was notified of the widespread abuse more than a year ago. Abbott's office made no effort to prosecute the sexual offenders or to bring their offenses to the attention of the media or the State Legislature. The Lone Star Project detailed Abbott’s negligence in a recent report.

Strayhorn’s Task Harder and Bell’s Chances Better than Assumed

The unusual multi-candidate gubernatorial field in Texas has created an environment that may defy current conventional wisdom.

Texas Payments to Lobbyist with Ties to Strayhorn and DeLay Continue

Texas Comptroller Carol Strayhorn’s decision to suspend payments to the Washington lobby firm of Cassidy and Associates may, on first blush, seem like a timely and responsible act.

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.

See the Lone Star Project results:

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

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