No Retreat, No Surrender When No Retreat, No Surrender surfaced, I hoped that Tom DeLay, the former House majority leader, might yet accomplish something constructive-perhaps becoming one of this century’s wicked masters of vituperative, vindictive prose. Imagine my delight on … Read More
And lo, lobby wise men came, bearing arms, drugs, and divot tools
Wads of campaign cash have long been the coin of the state Capitol realm. Still, sometimes it’s the smaller gifts that offer a personal touch and bond lawmakers to those who curry their favor. In keeping with the holiday season, … Read More
DeLay Ja Vu
Three days after another one of his former spokesmen copped a plea on corruption charges in l’affaire Abramoff, U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay announced his resignation April 3. Yet DeLay’s current spokespeople keep insisting that this lame-duck congressman is not a … Read More
The Public's Right to "No"
It was as if the Taliban had commandeered Austin’s premiere strip joint: The Texas Ethics Commission, the very state agency created to service the body politic’s right to know, orchestrated a cover up of unknown proportions. The dustup started late … Read More
Will Abramoff's Deep Throat Swallow God's Mouthpiece?
Evidence is mounting that former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed Jr., along with a former leader of the Texas Christian Coalition, may have illegally lobbied Texas state officials on behalf of crooked federal lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his clients. Three … Read More
The legal defense fund of Congressman Tom DeLay—who is facing criminal indictment as a result of an addiction to corporate political contributions—is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional corporate funds to help DeLay beat his criminal rap. Not … Read More
The recent indictments of Tom DeLay—on charges that he criminally conspired to launder $190,000 in corporate political funds—identify Karl Rove protégé Terry Nelson as the unindicted co-conspirator who oversaw the alleged money laundering in Washington, D.C. in 2002. What is … Read More
Even as Hurricane Katrina flushed the Bush administration’s mendacious Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) head Michael Brown out of office, a slippery menagerie of bottom feeders, swamp things, carpetbaggers, and looters swarmed in behind the storm to feed on what … Read More
The GOP's Criminal Defenders
With GOP bosses around the country racking up rap sheets, the political party synonymous with anti-crime rhetoric and constitutional gun rights has become distracted by—of all things—the constitutional right to a criminal defense. In the latest sign of this obsession, … Read More