Jun 11, 2004
DeLay’s Delay Tactics
If you have been wondering why DeLay’s indictment has taken so long to come down the pipeline, it is because they have been deluging the relatively small DA’s office with frivolous legal requests as a stall tactic. That strategy got pretty much deflated yesterday, when the Republican AG handed down a decision on a plethora of open record requests:In a pair of extensive rulings, Abbott said Earle does not have to comply with most of the open records requests filed by Texas Republican Chairman Tina Benkiser and Texas Association of Business attorney Andy Taylor.
Rosemary Lehmberg, Earle’s chief assistant, said much of what Taylor and Benkiser had requested was released to them. Lehmberg said the information Earle did not want to release related directly to the investigation.
Don’t miss Bill Moyers tonight, who takes on the DeLay fundraising case:
In March 2003, Texans for Public Justice (TPJ) filed a complaint with Travis County District Attorney Ronald Earle, asking his office to investigate apparent Texas Election Code violations by Texans for a Republican Majority (TRMPAC). This political action committee associated with Tom DeLay, the House majority leader, is now under investigation for illegal use of corporate donations to get candidates elected to state office. Read TPJ’s complaint letter to Earle.
And finally, Salon gives us this background on the Texas “grass roots” at the convention last weekend:
The grass-roots movement that provided the energy and manpower for the GOP’s rise in Texas traces its origin to Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaign in 1980 and then Pat Robertson’s run for the presidential nomination in 1988. The televangelist’s campaign birthed an overtly evangelical cadre of revolutionaries with a radical plan for a return to 19th century government, at least as they understand it.
And the platform?
The values and world vision of the movement today can be found enshrined in the 24-page party platform. It’s a fearful, twilight looking-glass world, beset by enemies, where the purity of the culture, under constant siege, must be protected from threats both internal and external. The platform makes short work of the federal government, calling for the abolition of everything from the U.S. Department of Education to the Internal Revenue Service, along with most taxes. Aliens without proper identification are to be summarily deported. Illegal immigrants should not be granted drivers’ licenses. Voter registration is to be made more difficult. “American English” is the official language of the state, and “the Party supports the termination of bilingual education programs in Texas.” A plank titled “equality for all citizens” urges the repeal of hate crimes legislation. Another one states: “We oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values.” Since the Bible is the literal truth, teachers should have the right to instruct their public school students in “creation science.” The Ten Commandments are the foundation of the legal system. And lest anyone forget, “America is a Christian nation.”
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