Part two of the battle for fair redistricting is over and a three judge federal panel approved the plan that can result in twenty-two Republican Congressmen from Texas, hopefully all solid conservatives.
The next chapter in this saga is the Democrats seeking Supreme Court review, which hopefully will be rejected. The filing deadline is January 16th with the March 9th primaries rapidly approaching. We will have a number of interesting races in both party's primaries.
I reviewed the courts opinion and it's clear that the arguments by Democrats didn't hold legal muster.
At any rate, we will finally get our fair share of Texas Congressmen - good news for Texas and for conservatives in America.
In future issues, we will focus on key GOP Congressional primaries in Texas.
The Texas Legislative Redistricting Wars
What the Media Didn't Tell You
The liberal Texas press hit a new low in double standards during the redistricting battle in Austin. I am sure you recall Congressman Tom DeLay's being hammered and pilloried daily by the media, with the Houston Chronicle, Austin Statesman and Fort Worth Star Telegram being the most offensive. These unfair attacks on DeLay for being involved is contrasted by a virtual media blackout on Democrat Representative Martin Frost's meddling, coordination of the Democratic lawmakers escapes from Texas, the raising of money to support the exile and dispatching his chief of staff Matthew Angle to coordinate it.
So why was DeLay pilloried and Frost protected? Could it be liberal media bias? Thanks for the information from www.texasmediawatch.com
Off to Israel
Texas/Israel Legislative Mission 2004
As you receive this issue I'm off on a mission for solidarity and for economic development between Texas and Israel. I am honored to be leading this trip which has as guests, among others - Senators Todd Staples and John Whitmire, Representatives Dianne Delisi, Debbie Riddle and Larry Taylor, also on the trip is Texas Eagle Forum President Cathie Adams.
Upon return, TCR readers will get a first hand report on the present situation in Israel, the security fence and its impact on all, what it will take for Israelis and Arabs to live together in peace and security, the status of Arab Christians in the region and how Israel fits in with our war on terror.
This Week's Notable Quotables
Howard Dean, leader at this point for the Democrat nomination or as I call him, the last angry democrat. He continues to say things that if Republicans said them, they'd be finished off by the media, but instead he is coddled.
Here are some of the juiciest ones:
"The United States is not safer after the capture of Saddam Hussein"
Appearing on "Hardball" with Chris Matthews, Dean said that in terms of legal rights there is no practical difference between same-sex civil unions and marriages. Chris Matthews chimed in: "so why are we quibbling over a name?" Dean: "Because marriage is very important to a lot of people who are pretty religious."
As Peggy Noonan, columnist and (former Reagan/Bush speech writer) said recently, "Mr. Dean is not McGovern…as he was guided by and inspired by his own sense of particular ideology… Dean doesn't seem to have a coherent philosophy as an ideology. Instead they have attitude." Essentially, she calls Dean an anti-Iraq war insurgent.
On "Texas Politics: The Real Deal" on January 8, 2004, guest Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee announced her support of Howard Dean and defended him as the answer to democratic dreams. To me they are putting blinders on - as Dean is a "hot headed" person when on television. His prescription for America is not the answer to what ails us.
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