Andrew Wheat

Andrew Wheat is the research director for Texans for Public Justice.

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Criminal Justice

Indicted Senator Carlos Uresti Exchanged Campaign Funds with Alleged Co-Conspirators

The transactions raise more legal and ethical questions for the embattled senator, experts say.

State Senator Carlos Uresti, who recently was indicted on 13 felony fraud and bribery charges, also exchanged almost $25,000 in campaign money with his alleged co-conspirators, the Observer found. Uresti, a San Antonio Democrat serving his 11th year in the … Read More

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The DeLay Scandal Turns Six

Catching up with the players from the disputed 2002 election.

The Tom DeLay scandal has been with us longer than most kindergartners. Six years have passed since the controversial 2002 election, when DeLay sprang his audacious plan to use possibly illegal corporate money to bury Texas Democrats. DeLay’s Texans for … Read More

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DeLay’s Blank Check

Two years after scandal drove Tom DeLay from Congress and six years after DeLay allegedly violated state law to make over Texas’ congressional map, a state appeals court recently hammered out a stunning legal opinion that did all it could-and … Read More

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Laura Miller’s Carbon Admission

In a bizarre turn of the revolving door, a power company with a right-wing pedigree has hired former Dallas Mayor Laura Miller to promote its bid to build a coal-gasification plant in Texas. Last January, Summit Power Group Inc.-headed by … Read More

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Saving Speaker Craddick

Hometown boys from Midland angle to unseat unruly reps

This article has been updated. Last update: January 29, 2007 The No. 1 political bout pending in Texas is over who exercises “absolute” control over the House, as current Speaker Tom Craddick quaintly put it at the dramatic finale of … Read More

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Patriots for Hire

Last fall a group of well-connected Republicans formed a new lobby and consulting firm in Austin. The Patriot Group’s partners boast strong ties to Tom DeLay’s indicted Texans for a Republican Majority PAC (TRMPAC) and to Texans for Lawsuit Reform … Read More

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