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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.

Taking care of insider friends – and not hardworking Texans

As Greg Abbott prepares to take the stage at the GOP state convention later today—it’s important to look at who he really is and who he really goes to bat for.

Ethics Complaints Filed Against Tom and Christi Craddick

For former Texas Speaker of the House Tom Craddick and current Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick, politics is not the only family tradition.

Earlier today, Senator Wendy Davis laid out a proposal for the first comprehensive series of debates between Texas nominees for governor in a generation. For more than two decades, Republican candidates have stubbornly refused to allow Texas voters to see a fair exchange of views between candidates. Ideally, Greg Abbott will acknowledge his responsibility as the Republican nominee to move away from highly controlled campaign events and participate in an honest exchange of views for the benefit of all Texans.

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Lone Star Reports

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

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

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