Saturday, September 02, 2006
Democratic candidate for governor Chris Bell said Friday that he would veto proposed attempts to pre-emptively outlaw abortion in Texas in the event that the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.
A Houston-area candidate for the state Senate has promised to propose a so-called trigger law during the next legislative session.
"I would veto that," Bell told The Associated Press. "I think the majority of Texans are still pro-choice. I don't think they're pro-abortion, but they understand that there are instances where that very painful choice is going to have to be made."
Bell is facing Republican Gov. Rick Perry, independents Kinky Friedman and Carole Keeton Strayhorn, and Libertarian James Werner.
Friday, September 01, 2006
Colorado GOP clash lingers
Fri Sep 1, 4:44 PM ET
WASHINGTON - Republican infighting persists in Colorado more than three weeks after an ugly primary, raising Democrats' hopes in a district that should be a GOP slam-dunk.
Backed by religious conservatives, state Sen. Doug Lamborn won the crowded Aug. 8 primary for an open House seat in the Colorado Springs area. Republican Rep. Joel Hefley (news, bio, voting record), a lawmaker with a penchant for unpredictability, has decided to retire after 10 terms.
The campaign was bitter. Groups backing Lamborn targeted his chief rival, Jeff Crank, a favorite of the business community and a former aide to Hefley. One mailer from the Colorado Christian Coalition accused Crank of "public support for members and efforts of the homosexual agenda."
Nearly a month later, the hard feelings linger, with Lamborn's opponents trying to draft Hefley to run as a write-in candidate.
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The Right wing Republicans trot out their sleaze factor again.
Hutchison not planning on September debate
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WASHINGTON — The room is booked and the invitations sent for a debate among the competitors for a Texas seat in the U.S. Senate. But the incumbent, Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison, has not RSVPed.
The Dallas Women Lawyers Association invited Hutchison and her challengers to a Sept. 29 debate, hoping to piggyback on a newspaper editorial board meeting that would bring all three candidates to Dallas that day.
But so far only Hutchison's challengers, Democrat Barbara Ann Radnofsky, a Houston attorney, and Libertarian Scott Jameson, a Plano real estate agent, have said they'll be there.
Hutchison has said she would debate this fall. But as the front-runner and incumbent seeking a third six-year term, she has the flexibility to pick the time and place.
Campaign press secretary James Bernsen said Hutchison hasn't committed to the debate because the Senate will be in session. "We have to keep that day free for the session," said Bernsen, adding that the editorial board meeting had not been scheduled.
Congress returns from its August break Sept. 8 and is expected to meet through the last week of September.
House and Senate members usually leave Washington and return to their districts on Thursdays. The debate is on a Friday.
But occasionally, the House and Senate will stay through the end of the week or work through a weekend to finish up last-minute business.
Possible issues the Senate could address are defense and homeland security appropriations, terrorism prosecutions, surveillance programs, port security and the appointments of a couple of circuit judges.
Hutchison still is working to get approval of a compromise Dallas and Fort Worth reached on the Wright Amendment, a law that restricts long-haul flights out of Dallas Love Field. She also has sponsored an immigration bill, although little is expected to happen on immigration before the elections.
Since winning the Democratic primary, Radnofsky has goaded Hutchison to a faceoff on the issues.
"She's afraid, flat out, she's afraid," Radnofsky said today.
Radnofsky was recruited by the University of Houston's debate program when she was 15 and competed on the national debate circuit during college, her campaign office said.
Rachel Montes, the Dallas Women Lawyers Association president, said the group has tried several times to schedule the debate but has run into scheduling conflicts, mostly with Hutchison.
She said the group is waiting to hear from Hutchison.
"We wanted to create an opportunity for the voters to be able to hear all of the candidates," Montes said.
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Pentagon moves toward monitoring media
Terry's comment: The first thing a totalitarian Government does is monitor and attempt to control the press. Then the totalitarian Government uses ridicule and denunciation. If this does not work to their advantage they move to in the final stages. The totalitarian Government takes away all freedom of speech and the press using force.
Terry D. Barhorst Sr.
MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Business Writer
Thu Aug 31, 10:28 PM ET
WASHINGTON - The U.S. command in Baghdad is seeking bidders for a two-year, $20 million public relations contract that calls for monitoring the tone of Iraq news stories filed by U.S. and foreign media.
Proposals, due Sept. 6, ask companies to show how they'll "provide continuous monitoring and near-real time reporting of Iraqi, pan-Arabic, international, and U.S. media," according to the solicitation issued last week.
Contractors also will be evaluated on how they will provide analytical reports and customized briefings to the military, "including, but not limited to tone (positive, neutral, negative) and scope of media coverage."
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Thursday, August 31, 2006
Democrats accuse Rumsfeld of political smear
By Will Dunham
Wed Aug 30, 7:31 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats accused Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Wednesday of a political smear after he assailed critics of U.S. policy in Iraq and the war on terrorism in a speech recalling those who favored appeasing the Nazis before World War Two.
"If Mr. Rumsfeld is so concerned with comparisons to World War Two, he should explain why our troops have now been fighting in Iraq longer than it took our forces to defeat the Nazis in Europe," said Rep. Nancy Pelosi (news, bio, voting record) of California, House of Representatives Democratic Leader.
"Desperate to divert attention from his many failures as Defense Secretary, Rumsfeld is resorting to tactics that would make Joe McCarthy proud," added Rep. Pete Stark of California, referring to the disgraced Republican senator who with scant evidence accused many Americans of being Communists or sympathizers in the 1950s.
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If you apply Rumsfeld's logic to the years before World War two, the United States would presumably have stopped Hitler by invading Hungary.
Terry D. Barhorst Sr.
Taxpayers Pay For Bush's Campaign Travel
President Bush steps off of Air Force One after arriving Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006 in Waco, Texas. Bush will spend the night at his nearby Crawford, Texas ranch. (AP Photo/Duane A. Laverty)
By Jennifer Loven, Associated Press Writer | August 30, 2006
WASHINGTON --Bankrolled almost entirely by taxpayers, President Bush is roaming far and wide on Air Force One to help Republicans retain control of Congress and capture statehouse contests in high-stakes midterm elections.
In 15 months, including back-to-back fundraisers Wednesday in Little Rock, Ark., and Nashville, Tenn., Bush has collected $166 million for the campaign accounts of 27 Republican candidates, the national GOP and its state counterparts across the country, according to the Republican National Committee.
High-dollar Washington galas headlined by the fundraiser-in-chief brought in a big share of the total. The president also has scooped up campaign cash in 36 cities, travels that have taken him as near as McLean, Va., in the Washington suburbs and as far as Medina, Wash., 2,800 miles to the west. On Thursday, Bush adds yet another locale to the list: Salt Lake City.
All this to-and-fro presidential politicking is only expected to increase as November draws closer. And it is the taxpayers, not the campaigns or political parties, who foot most of the travel bill.
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Tuesday, August 29, 2006
The Cost In Coalition Lives For Bush's Iraq War
From: "Hillary Rodham Clinton"
From: "Hillary Rodham Clinton"
Subject: Remembering Katrina
It's been one year since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, leaving unprecedented devastation in its wake. The nation watched with horror as floodwaters filled the streets of New Orleans. We saw residents breaking through to their roofs to get to safety and crowding into the Superdome just to survive.
And we wondered how we could leave so many people up on those rooftops, wading through toxic water, and waiting in their homes to die. How could we have failed them so completely?
I remember traveling to Texas with my husband soon after the storm to visit with many of those who were evacuated. As I listened to their stories, the pain in their eyes was unmistakable. These were our brothers and sisters, our fellow Americans -- and our government failed them.
A year later, the results are still unacceptable. Contracts for rebuilding are going out to big corporations with ties to the administration while the people who live in the Gulf Coast are being shut out of opportunities. We saw people evicted from hotels and clamoring for housing while 10,000 trailers sat unused at an Arkansas airport. FEMA has already wasted $1.4 billion, with much of the money it spends still not getting to those who need it most.
Our government needs to step up and do a better job.
Katrina must be more than a tragedy -- it must be a call to justice. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." As we remember Katrina a year later, we must remind all Americans that justice matters, equality matters, the truth matters, and every single American life matters.
We need to build a better nation from the destruction left in Katrina's wake, one where we no longer leave our fellow citizens behind, not only when disaster strikes but from the everyday tragedies of poverty and injustice, from a lack of opportunity and the absence of hope.
We have much to do -- you and I -- to make sure those in power do what needs to be done. Let us make sure that there is hope, that there is a future out of the destruction. No one should ever be left out or left behind, so let us remember on this fateful anniversary and help build a better nation for every American.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Monday, August 28, 2006
What would Lyndon do?
August 28, 2006 Radnofsky salutes President Johnson
On the birthday of President Lyndon B. Johnson, we should ask, "What would this great schoolteacher, congressman, and senator from the state of Texas say today?"
He would teach the importance and describe the long-term impact of successful, shoestring-budget programs reducing poverty, providing educational opportunities, and enhancing healthcare for the people of Texas.
Would President Johnson have approved of the theft of private property to support a corrupt series of tolled highways benefiting only private industry and consuming water in quantities our drought-ridden state can never afford?
Would he tolerate the strangulation of college loan programs while his state suffered the number one dropout rate in the nation?
Would he countenance the privatization of Social Security, and twisting Medicare for our seniors into a giveaway for drug companies?
No. He would not.
He would emphasize the importance of health care, economic security, and attention to domestic wellbeing as the necesssary base for fighting terror organizations and taking our place among nations.
He would say that it is only with a working healthcare system and the completion of Medicare as originally envsioned that the country can respond to natural and manmade disasters, thus deterring bioterrorism and other destructive acts perpetrated on us by our enemies.
He would say that only through elimination of our dependence on foreign energy and foreign capital, and elimination of our $500 billlion debt to China that we can free ourselves from a country our president and congress have asked to handle our national security negotiations with North Korea. We cannot be weak and submissive as China manipulates its currency and dumps steel on our markets while the U.S. stands by helplessly.
Happy birthday Mr. President. Your leadership and patriotism are sorely missed.
Barbara Ann Radnofsky Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, Texas
Barbara Ann Radnofsky US Senate 2006
phone: 713-858-6256 Barbara Ann Radnofsky US Senate 2006
Sunday, August 27, 2006
John Courage Knows What He Sees
By Jessica Sanders
Published August 27, 2006
John Courage, Democratic candidate for Texas’ U.S. District 21 representative, said politics are a little like a fairy tale sometimes.
“I feel like Dorothy in Oz — (President) Bush needs a brain, (Vice President Dick) Cheney needs a heart and Washington needs Courage,” he said to resounding applause.
Party faithful gathered at the Canyon Lake Ranch, 1610 FM 484, to support this year’s Democratic candidates and discuss changes they hope to see at the state and local level.
Courage said, if he ousts Republican incumbent Lamar Smith, he will work to simplify Medicare, improve environmental policies and encourage alternative energy sources such as wind power. He said he also looks forward to the day when Democrats will be better represented in Congress.
Maria Luisa Alvarado, Democratic candidate for Texas lieutenant governor against Republican incumbent David Dewhurst, said both parties will have a fair chance to be heard if she is elected, as she has no personal allegiances with either party.
“I think that voters and legislators are tired of all the games, that you have to know people to get things done,” she said. “I have no allegiances except to the people — I would come in with a clean slate.”
Kathi Thomas, a candidate for the Texas Senate’s District 25, said she also would bring a fresh perspective to Austin.
“I’m a ticked-off mom,” said Thomas, a former teacher who is competing against Republican incumbent Jeff Wentworth. “I would like to bring more funding to vocational education and get teachers involved in education reform. They know a lot more than legislators think.”
Thomas said that many ideas, such as preserving natural resources, improving education and making insurance more accessible, are universal goals for everyone in government.
Barbara Ann Radnofsky, who is challenging Republican incumbent Kay Bailey Hutchison for U.S. Senate, agreed that many Republicans are beginning to move toward the Democratic way of thinking in areas such as health care and international trade.
For example, she said, people from both parties agree that the United States has become dependent on the Middle East for fuel and on China because of outsourcing.
“What we need is a minimum wage that keeps workers here in good spirit,” she said. “We need to remember that the money they spend is worth just as much as the money millionaires keep in the bank.”
Hank Gilbert, a candidate for Texas agricultural commissioner, said Texas also needs to refocus on domestic products instead of imported foods. He is also against the Trans-Texas Corridor.
“I want to stimulate the Texas agriculture agency through programs that get the young people back into agriculture,” he said. “My opponent (Republican Todd Staples) is using this post as a stepping stone. My only goal is to represent and encourage Texas agriculture.”
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