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    Quote Originally Posted by NRG
    I really think lobbying should be brought to a grinding halt. Only folks and companies from a Reps. district should be allowed to lobby that particular Rep.
    I agree changes need to be made to limit the opportunities of a lot of the situations we are seeing happening both with Dems and Reps.

    Yours is an interesting idea. Here are a couple others that I would seriously mull over:

    The first is to limit the tenure of members of Congress. If senators were restricted to two consecutive six year terms, and representatives to six consecutive two year terms, much mischief could be avoided.

    The second is to give to the president the line item veto, a power currently enjoyed by all but seven state governors. Lobbyists would not go to such great lengths to have pork inserted into appropriations bills if the president could remove it with the stroke of a pen.

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    Most important is genuine campaign finance reform. Special interest groups derive their power from the dependence lawmakers in both parties have on them to obtain the funds they require to win re-election. Only when politicians have been weaned from this dependency will there be a substantial reduction in political corruption.

    The McCain-Feingold law and earlier attempts at campaign finance reform have faltered mostly because they have wrongly defined the problem as too much money in politics, when the real problem is where the money comes from, and the strings attached to it.

    Candidates for federal office should be permitted to accept campaign contributions only from citizens of the United States who are registered to vote in the state from which they are seeking election, or from the political party to which they belong.

    There should be limits on how much an individual can give, because no one should be able to own their own congressman. But they should be higher than they are at present.

    A form of public financing of elections is required, because political parties cannot constitutionally be forbidden to accept special interest money except as a quid pro quo for receipt of federal funds.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/Com...30_05_JKE.html
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    #242  
    Update:

    Source:WaPo

    Holiday Defers Next Hearing In DeLay Case

    Saturday, December 10, 2005; A05



    A Texas judge has told attorneys for Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) that pretrial hearings in DeLay's money-laundering and conspiracy case will not be held until after Christmas.

    The lawyers had sought earlier hearings on their separate motions to move any trial out of Austin and to gain a dismissal of the charges against the former House majority leader because of alleged prosecutorial misconduct. But Senior Judge Pat Priest said in a letter that his calendar is too full until after the holiday.

    Priest also said a trial date depends on whether the prosecutor appeals the judge's decision earlier this week to dismiss on legal grounds a separate conspiracy indictment. He said that "I am fine with . . . planning a trial setting early next year" but that an appeal would force a delay.

    DeLay, 58, along with GOP fundraisers John Colyandro and James W. Ellis, is accused of illegally funneling $190,000 in corporate donations to 2002 legislative candidates in Texas. Under state law, corporate money cannot be directly used for election purposes. DeLay has denied the charges.

    Priest further indicated DeLay will have to share a trial with Ellis and Colyandro, and to be tried on money-laundering and related conspiracy charges at the same time.

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    Source: Yahoo! via AP
    Prosecutor Issues Subpoenas in DeLay Case

    WASHINGTON - A Texas prosecutor has issued subpoenas for bank records and other information of a defense contractor involved in the bribery case of a California congressman as part of the investigation of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay

    District Attorney Ronnie Earle issued subpoenas late Monday afternoon for California businessmen Brent Wilkes and Max Gelwix, records of Perfect Wave Technologies LLC, Wilkes Corp. and ADCS Inc. in connection with a contribution to a fundraising committee at the center of the investigation that led to DeLay's indictment on money laundering charges.

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    On Tuesday, Earle subpoenaed written testimony DeLay and two others gave in a 1994 lawsuit brought by DeLay's former pest control business partner. Ex-partner Robert Blankenship alleged in the suit that he was unjustly cut out of the business by DeLay and another man. The lawsuit ended in a confidential settlement in 1995.

    DeLay gave differing stories about whether he was an officer of Albo Pest Control Co. during his deposition and when he filed a financial disclosure document with the House.

    "He can subpoena all he wants, there's nothing there," said DeLay attorney **** DeGuerin. "I think he's trying to dig himself out of a hole. We're not concerned about it."

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    But Earle on Monday asked a judge to halt DeLay's trial while he appeals the dismissal of the conspiracy charge. The judge in the case has said he is unlikely to move forward with the case while the district attorney appeals, but set a pretrial hearing for Dec. 27.
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    #244  
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    Source: The Statesman

    DeLay charges likely caught up in appeals process for months
    By APRIL CASTRO
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    AUSTIN Rep. Tom DeLay won't get a trial in his criminal case until appeals in the case are resolved, a process that starts this week and typically takes a minimum of five months, usually more, to complete.

    That wouldn't be soon enough for DeLay to reclaim his position as House majority leader, but defense attorneys are asking the court to speed up the process for the high powered politician.

    Prosecutors who brought money laundering and conspiracy charges against DeLay and two of his associates have appealed a judge's partial dismissal of the criminal charges. DeLay's attorneys asked the 3rd Court of Appeals to condense their normal procedure and shorten filing periods from 20 days each to five days each. The court has not issued a decision on that request.

    With 10 days left in the year, DeLay attorney **** DeGuerin optimistically said the appeal could be complete before the end of the year.

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    #245  
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    Source: Houston Chronicle

    DeLay heads for top appeals court
    Lawmaker steps up bid for a speedy trial after his latest attempt is denied

    AUSTIN - After being rebuffed by one appeals court in his effort to get a speedy trial, U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay plans to quickly take his case to the higher Court of Criminal Appeals.

    A January trial is an essential step in the Sugar Land Republican's efforts to regain his position as majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives.

    "We're not through. We're going to the top," said DeLay's lead lawyer, **** DeGuerin.

    In an order made public Thursday, a three-judge panel of the 3rd Court of Appeals rejected DeLay's bid to be tried on a money-laundering charge while prosecutors appeal the dismissal of a related charge accusing DeLay of violating the election code in 2002.

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    The panel of two Democrats and one Republican also rejected a motion to expedite the appeal by shortening the time for filing briefs from the customary 20 days per side to five days.

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    He will argue that a long legal battle would disrupt Congress. DeLay had to step down as majority leader when he was indicted by a Travis County grand jury in September.
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    #246  
    US Rep. Tom DeLay ready to call it quits - aides

    http://today.reuters.com/investing/f...AY-PICTURE.XML
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    one down...
    I'm so Great I'm jealous of myself!
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    One what? Republican? If you're looking to get rid of Republicans, the best you could have hoped for was Delay run again, because it was looking to be a tough fight.
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    #249  
    Ha Ha LOL. Tom Delay thinks Stephen Colbert is serious!

    http://www.defenddelay.com/site/c.fu....BE08/Home.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by NRG
    Ha Ha LOL. Tom Delay thinks Stephen Colbert is serious!

    http://www.defenddelay.com/site/c.fu....BE08/Home.htm
    I didn't see Colbert mentioned -- do you have a more specific link ??
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    Quote Originally Posted by BARYE
    I didn't see Colbert mentioned -- do you have a more specific link ??
    Here's the actual fund-raising letter; it looks like they wised up and removed the reference to the Colbert Report on the site itself: http://thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2006/05/delay.JPG
    Last edited by Bill Gamble; 05/25/2006 at 02:46 PM. Reason: Inline image was huge...decided to link instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BARYE
    I didn't see Colbert mentioned -- do you have a more specific link ??
    Nope. It's still there. It's the square of video first thing on the main page.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daThomas
    Nope. It's still there. It's the square of video first thing on the main page.
    thanks -- but it won't play for me
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    #254  
    Quote Originally Posted by BARYE
    thanks -- but it won't play for me
    I think it is a flash or something based player.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NRG
    I think it is a flash or something based player.
    BTW, Happy Birthday!
    V > Vx > m505 > m515 > T/T > T3 > TC > 650 > 680
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    #256  
    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Gamble
    Here's the actual fund-raising letter; it looks like they wised up and removed the reference to the Colbert Report on the site itself: http://thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2006/05/delay.JPG
    Nope still there in all it's glory.
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    #257  
    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Gamble
    BTW, Happy Birthday!
    Thank you. What is that old saying, "It's all downhill from here."?
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    #258  
    I wonder if delay has still got it to be re-elected.

    Source: Houston Chronicle

    Judge's ruling keeps DeLay on ballot

    AUSTIN A federal judge ruled today that Republicans cannot replace former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay on the ballot for the 22nd Congressional District race.

    U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks, a Republican appointee, ruled that DeLay must appear on the Nov. 7 ballot as the GOP nominee for the congressional seat that DeLay abandoned last month. Sparks ruling was confirmed by Texas Democratic Party spokeswoman Amber Moon.

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    If the Republicans lose on appeal, DeLay will have to decide whether to campaign for an office from which he already has resigned.

    When he announced his resignation, DeLay said he believed he could win re-election but thought he would be a drag on other Republican candidates for office because Democrats would use him as a lightening rod to raise money and attack the GOP in general. So he resigned and dropped his re-election bid.
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    #259  
    Quote Originally Posted by KRamsauer
    One what? Republican? If you're looking to get rid of Republicans, the best you could have hoped for was Delay run again, because it was looking to be a tough fight.
    Looks as if he got your suggestion.
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    Just a kick.

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