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GOP Primary - U.S. House District TX-10 Discussion Thread
11 February 2004 | PetroniDE

Posted on 02/11/2004 5:56:47 PM PST by PetroniDE

Edited on 02/18/2004 6:00:32 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

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To: PetroniDE; All
The only inside scoops that I know of are about Tashenberg. The personal reviews that I have gotten on him are fairly favorable. I am friends with people who have known him for a while and they say that he is a good guy. His personality doesn't change whenever he gets drunk. Thats very important!!!
51 posted on 02/17/2004 10:17:44 PM PST by grapeape ("If your attack is going too well, you're probably walking into an ambush.")
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To: DrewsDad
Why do people need to know all of that stuff?

I can guarantee that everyone differs on all of those subjects. We come together as a group of people who want to defeat democrats.
52 posted on 02/17/2004 10:20:56 PM PST by grapeape ("If your attack is going too well, you're probably walking into an ambush.")
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To: iamright; Lead Moderator
I had a "computer malfunction". OOPS. Thanks for the correction.
53 posted on 02/18/2004 5:39:54 AM PST by PetroniDE (Kitty Is My Master - I Do What She Says)
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To: esarlls3; PetroniDE; Bigun; Ron in Acreage; EternalVigilance; DrewsDad; Tall_Texan; Gracey; ...
I just got back from a meet-the-candidate dinner for Ben Streusand. Lots of good discussions, he did not duck any questions, and every answer was as conservative as you could ask for.
Pro-life
NRST tax
Pro business
Privatise social security and much more of Fed as soon as possible, but not in such a 'Ron Paul' way that he angers all the other congresscrooks,
Pro 2nd Amendment RKBA
Self financed campaign
Not a former democrap
Anti illegal immigration
NOT A LAWYER NOT A LAWYER NOT A LIEYER
Not a BushBot on Immigration and Fed spending

Word is that this will be a 2 man race, Streusand and McCaul
McCaul is a LAWYER.
McCaul is a bud with John Cornyn, author of the Illegal immigrant amnesty plan.

Sorry Drew, but for HAT chapter, this is our Harris Co. guy, while McCaul is the Travis Co. guy.

I am pretty damn critical of politicians and candidates,
and I think this is the ONE, the Neo. Nice guy, nice wife,


I found out also about a meet many of the candidates event on Tuesday 2/24 at 7:00pm near 1960 / Cutten Road area.
I will get an address, ping me if you want it.



54 posted on 02/18/2004 7:16:54 PM PST by iamright (Hillary! / Sharpton in '04(Loss), '08(L), '12(L), '16(L), '20(L), . . .)
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To: iamright
Thanks for the reportand the ping!

As I have previously said, I do not live in the 10th district and thus cannot vote in this race but if I could Ben Streusand would get my vote.

55 posted on 02/19/2004 5:47:56 AM PST by Bigun (IRSsucks@getridof it.com)
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To: stevie_d_64
hey, stevie-d. no need to vote for a pro-abort just because he's for Fire Ant Eradication--try "Over and Out" Fire Ant Killer...
56 posted on 02/19/2004 9:47:42 PM PST by GOP_Thug_Mom (O, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have Mercy On Us!)
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To: GOP_Thug_Mom
Oh I hear ya...I'm just unfortunate some of us can't vote in that district to help out...

I think for the most part Streusand's got the best chance if you do the research...He should do fine as that districts Rep...

But I have my own concerns about what actually happens to people who get elected (regardless of political leaning...Notice I didn't say party affiliation) and what happens after they get up that way...Not a pretty sight...

But you have to hope for the best, and when they stray a little, give em hell...They should be thankful that some people give a rats enough to do even that...And should feel bad when they do catch heat...But then again letting them know they did something good is always an attention getter as well...

Later,
Steve
57 posted on 02/19/2004 11:02:34 PM PST by stevie_d_64 (Houston Area Texans)
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To: EternalVigilance
Whoa, this guy Mike Conaway from Midland sounds like a real turkey.
58 posted on 02/19/2004 11:06:58 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard
Oh, he certainly is.
59 posted on 02/20/2004 12:33:56 AM PST by EternalVigilance (An income tax is like a cowpie...Flatten it, and it's still a cowpie...)
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To: Lancey Howard
http://www.freemarket.org/portal/pdf/South.pdf

He's wearing conservative clothes, but he ain't no conservative.

As the Free Market Foundation's questionaire I linked shows, he is 'undecided' on whether there should be a law 'protecting sexual orientation'. He supports funding for the NEA. He also thinks government financed child-care is a good idea.

On a Brownwood radio show, when a caller asked him about Sandra Day O'Conner's view that 'international law' supercedes American law, he agreed with her.

In one of the debates, when asked a question about the Federalist Papers, he didn't know what they were. I'm serious.

'Health of the mother' exception on abortion, too. Sheesh. The leftwing's favorite poison pill for any and all pro-life legislation.

And he is also pro-amnesty.

And he's arrogant to boot. As if DC wasn't already well over its quota of hubris.

Bill Lester is solid gold, and his credentials are unmatched.

We can use every bit of help in the 11th...this thing is within reach.

Whoever wins on March 9th is highly likely to be the Congressman for at least the next ten years.
60 posted on 02/20/2004 12:45:33 AM PST by EternalVigilance (An income tax is like a cowpie...Flatten it, and it's still a cowpie...)
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To: EternalVigilance
Thanks for the info.
BUMP for Bill Lester.
61 posted on 02/20/2004 1:13:14 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard; All
District 11 congressional candidate Mike Conaway says he's 'a proven conservative'.

But the public positions he has taken tell a different story:

Mike Conaway supports a 'health of the mother' exception on abortion. Everyone who knows anything about the fight for the lives of the unborn in Washington knows that a 'health of the mother' exception is a ruse used by liberals to kill pro-life legislation, or to make it utterly meaningless. This position makes him functionally pro-choice, because most of the abortions performed today in America can be justified under that immoral policy.

Mike Conaway voted for every tax increase in his only previous elected office.

Mike Conaway very publically supported a liberal El Paso Democrat over a conservative Republican.

Mike Conaway has repeatedly voiced his support for the latest proposed amnesty for illegals.

Mike Conaway, when asked in a public debate in Brownwood about the Federalist Papers, didn't know a thing about them.

Mike Conaway, when asked on a radio call-in show what he thought of Sandra Day O'Conner's written opinion that 'international law' should supercede American law, replied that he agreed with Justice O'Conner.

Mike Conaway, when asked whether he would be willing to support legislation granting special protection based on 'sexual orientation', said that he was 'undecided'.

Mike Conaway supports continued funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Mike Conaway supports new programs to provide government child care.


Is Mike Conaway a 'proven conservative'?

You decide.
62 posted on 02/20/2004 5:15:16 PM PST by EternalVigilance (An income tax is like a cowpie...Flatten it, and it's still a cowpie...)
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To: Flyer; bobbyd; PetroniDE; basil; Gracey; The Bat Lady; tarawa; WOSG; TheSarce; Tall_Texan; ...
I sent out the questionnaires last week(during a tough schedule at work for me) after getting the best email contact information that I could find. I told them that I would post a separate thread for each candidate that responded and that partial responses were OK as well.

I will ping y'all and a few others to any threads I post and we can also have a general thread with links to each response as well.

If you think you have a better contact than I may have sent it to for a particular candidate, then send me a FReepmail and we can discuss it.

I talked to several candidates personally at the UT College Republicans Candidate Forum last Tuesday Night which had all but Streusand, McCaul and Doggett Taylor present and was impressed by the conservative responses to many tough questions.

We have a strong slate of candidates in CD10 and I appreciate your help and encouragement in this new endeavor.

63 posted on 02/21/2004 9:09:48 PM PST by DrewsDad
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To: DrewsDad
Thanks. I'll be glad to hear any responses you have. What did you think of the candidate forum? Any impressions? Did those not attending send any surrogates to explain their absence?

It's a pretty solid slate and I don't think I'd be too disappointed with any of them but, from what I can grasp, the three most likely horses in the field are McCaul, Devine and Streusand. Of those, I'm most impressed with Streusand and least impressed with McCaul.

McCaul has already pressed the hot button I do not want pressed - he put a canned speech on my telephone answering machine. I know the pols exempted themselves from the "Do Not Call" list but I can get my revenge by "opting out" of casting a vote for the ones who believe in telephone harassment.

I've warned the county GOP not to put me on their telemarketing lists and they deny they have one but I don't believe it. The candidates either get their lists from the party or from the county and I don't see where the county is going to supply them with phone numbers.

So, right now, I'm becoming a Streusand supporter although I'd still like to hear more about all the candidates.

64 posted on 02/21/2004 11:46:18 PM PST by Tall_Texan ((Tagline withheld pending notification of next of kin))
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To: Tall_Texan
Tall_Texan,
The Freemarket Foundation info for Streusand here
http://www.freemarket.org/portal/pdf/South.pdf
says that he supports more money for Gubmint Dacare for the Chilrun.

I met him, watched him take rapid-fire questions, and I did not hear one answer that could be considered liberal or RINO.

T_T, do you know if this position is correct for him? The freemarket matrix could have incorrectly put SF rather than SO?
65 posted on 02/22/2004 5:21:25 AM PST by iamright (Hillary! / Sharpton in '04(Loss), '08(L), '12(L), '16(L), '20(L), . . .)
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To: iamright
All I can go by are his website and commercials since he has no track record in elective office. If that's his position, it's livable.

To be honest, the three things I like most about Streusand is he openly supports revising the tax code, is openly pro-life in his advertisements and is, as he constantly touts, not a lawyer. Being a businessman tells me he's used to budgeting and making hard choices on spending and revenue.

I know other candidates can also claim some of these things so I'm not saying this to bash any of the others but these are what attract me most so far.

As to the "openly pro-life" comment, I received a campaign flyer this week from him that is about nothing except abortion-related issues (parental notification, funding of Planned Parenthood, PBA, etc.). I figure if he's going to devote an entire flyer to the subject, he's not going to be a "me too" candidate that says they are pro-life to win over a conservative audience but you practically have to twist their arm to get them to talk about it and it later turns out that their definition of pro-life is anything on this side of NOW. His flyer said to me that he won't shrink from the issue.

Tashenberg has also been pro-life in his advertising and. I don't doubt that Devine is solidly pro-life as well. With all that, I was surprised to see Joe Pojman of Texas Alliance For Life (who I know personally) endorse McCaul.

So, as I've said often, I'm not *against* anybody in the field. They all seem like worthy candidates. I'm just most impressed by Streusand.

The only real knock I have is that he's Houston based and I'm here in Austin. There is a legitimate concern that with the realignment Austin will have nobody speaking for them. Lamar Smith's district includes San Antonio and the new District 25 that Doggett is running in includes the Rio Grande Valley so if Smith wins re-election (as he should), Doggett loses in CD25 and Devine or Streusand wins CD10, there won't be a congressman who will have a home base in Austin and they probably won't be inclined to dole pork to Austin before first feeding their home turf. That might be one reason why some Austinites are backing McCaul and Doggett-Taylor over the others. I think they'd prefer to have a congressman who is Austin-based.
66 posted on 02/22/2004 9:53:51 AM PST by Tall_Texan ((Tagline withheld pending notification of next of kin))
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To: Tall_Texan
I emailed the Streusand campaign for clarification,
and we'll see if they respond or not.

Another question I am pondering:
Are any of the candidates NOT millionaires?
Not that there is anything wrong with success,
but it seems that the trend is toward wealthy only need apply, from dogcatcher on up.
67 posted on 02/22/2004 2:17:26 PM PST by iamright (Hillary! / Sharpton in '04(Loss), '08(L), '12(L), '16(L), '20(L), . . .)
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To: iamright
You need money to run a campaign, bucko, and if you don't have it you can't be your own man on the campaign trail.
68 posted on 02/22/2004 4:26:02 PM PST by Tall_Texan ((Tagline withheld pending notification of next of kin))
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To: Tall_Texan
I've warned the county GOP not to put me on their telemarketing lists and they deny they have one but I don't believe it. The candidates either get their lists from the party or from the county and I don't see where the county is going to supply them with phone numbers.

Campaigns can get voter history information from the county clerk. This identifies who voted in Republican primaries in the past. It can include phone numbers if they were given on voter registration. Could also cross-reference with phone list to get phone numbers.

69 posted on 02/23/2004 1:18:17 PM PST by esarlls3
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To: Tall_Texan
As to the "openly pro-life" comment, I received a campaign flyer this week from him that is about nothing except abortion-related issues (parental notification, funding of Planned Parenthood, PBA, etc.). I figure if he's going to devote an entire flyer to the subject, he's not going to be a "me too" candidate that says they are pro-life to win over a conservative audience but you practically have to twist their arm to get them to talk about it and it later turns out that their definition of pro-life is anything on this side of NOW. His flyer said to me that he won't shrink from the issue.

Early in the campaign, Streussand did polling to ID hot topics for regular primary voters. Since that poll, I have received targetted mailings for "pro life", "tax reform" and "2nd Amendment" issues. That way he can focus mailings where they will be warmly received. I'm not sure if they are focusing on individual voters or larger areas but they are certainly tailoring the campaign to hit what's important to voters. (Not a bad thing as long as the legislative position matches the campaign position.)

70 posted on 02/23/2004 1:24:08 PM PST by esarlls3
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To: iamright
Another question I am pondering: Are any of the candidates NOT millionaires? Not that there is anything wrong with success, but it seems that the trend is toward wealthy only need apply, from dogcatcher on up.

I am increasingly wary of candidates who "buy" their way into office without needing grassroots financial support. They may be great people but with their entire campaign funded by one special interest - and little opposition after winning their first primary - they could easily lose touch with their campaign positions.

71 posted on 02/23/2004 1:31:47 PM PST by esarlls3
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For the Texas Group don't forget that early voting for the March 9 Primary is underway.......

Feb. 23 through Mar. 5.........

Check your local county election Officals for voting locations and times.

SOS Election page

72 posted on 02/24/2004 2:07:37 PM PST by deport ( BUSH - CHENEY 2004 .....)
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To: deport
Here's how I voted:

Statewide/Areawide

Railroad Commissioner - VICTOR CARRILLO (Incumbent)

Justice, Supreme Court - STEVEN WAYNE SMITH (BEST choice by far - check his proven conservative record including famous Affirmative Action - Hopwood decision - Incumbent)

Judge, Court of Criminal. P2 - LARRY MEYERS (Incumbent)

Judge, Court of Criminal, P5 - PATRICIA NOBLE (kick out the Democrat Cheryl Johnson who ran as an R 6 years ago and won - a conservative man was in the runoff with her and stupid R's voted for her)

Judge, Court of Criminal, P6 - MICHAEL KEASLER (Incumbent)

Justice, 3rd Ct of Appeals, P4 - ERNEST GARCIA (His opponent Green is a Democrat)

Justice, 3rd Ct of Appeals, P6 - BOB PEMBERTON (Incumbent)

TRAVIS COUNTY

Sheriff - JOE MARTINEZ (He's a good man and well qualified. Also, an Hispanic can win easier in the general election in this Democrat county. There are other good choices, but they don't stand a chance for stated reason.
73 posted on 02/24/2004 11:12:14 PM PST by Gracey (An American- Not Fonda Kerry - and his 9.10 Democrat Party)
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To: Tall_Texan
It's a pretty solid slate and I don't think I'd be too disappointed with any of them but, from what I can grasp, the three most likely horses in the field are McCaul, Devine and Streusand. Of those, I'm most impressed with Streusand and least impressed with McCaul.

I think you are right these are the top 3, McCaul and Streusand mainly because they are spending the most money. I'd urge you to support Devine to get in the runoff.

Let me note one simple thing: These candidates have a lot of money to simply say what they want - > but only Devine actually held elective office and has a conservative record to point to. Talk is cheap!

I think you think of Devine more conservative than Streusand more conservative than McCaul. On CTRA questionaire, Devine scored 69 out of 70 on conservative questions and McCaul and streusand scored 60 and 61 respectively.

I do believe that with McCaul you'll get a fine Bush/Cornyn-style conservative-lite kind of politician. I feel this because the first time I met him his business card didnt even mention being a conservative. Since then, he's smartened up and calls himself that, but I wonder ... I do NOT think that is the best use of a 70% GOP district. We need more right-wingers who dont cave on stuff like Medicare etc.

74 posted on 02/26/2004 3:03:44 PM PST by WOSG (If we call Republicans the "Grand Old Party" lets call Democrats the Corrupt Radical Activist Party.)
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To: esarlls3; Tall_Texan
Early in the campaign, Streussand did polling to ID hot topics for regular primary voters. Since that poll, I have received targetted mailings for "pro life", "tax reform" and "2nd Amendment" issues. That way he can focus mailings where they will be warmly received. I'm not sure if they are focusing on individual voters or larger areas but they are certainly tailoring the campaign to hit what's important to voters. (Not a bad thing as long as the legislative position matches the campaign position.)

You are right. The voter ID techiques can go either by area or by individual. Frankly, these guys have enough money, they'll send it to everyone unless they know they are wrong for that issue. IOW, if being prolife polls 80+% in the GOP primary electorate (if not higher), just send it to everyone. Maybe skip a few areas if it polls differently there.

Flyers cost about 50 cents a pop. about 30,000 potential voters in CD-10. Streusand and McCaul put over $500,000 in this race. Each. Do the math. You could be getting a flyer every day and they'd still have money for radio and TV. (30 flyers each!)

This is a very good reason to look beyond their flyers and ask a simple question, what is their PROVEN record on conservative issues? Both Streusand and McCaul are dropping a lot of money into the race, and their campiagn consultants will tell them to tell people what they want to hear. So of course you get the flyer that says great stuff to you. You have to dig a bit deeper to see if there's meat on the bun.

75 posted on 02/26/2004 3:26:40 PM PST by WOSG (If we call Republicans the "Grand Old Party" lets call Democrats the Corrupt Radical Activist Party.)
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To: WOSG
Political track records are important but welcoming new candidates into the system is too. If government experience were a huge factor, you would have voted for Ann Richards instead of George W. Bush for Governor.

I haven't made up my mind yet. I may wait until Election Day to make up my mind in this race. Actually, I'm pretty happy to have several real conservative choices for once instead of just RINOs. You can't imagine what it's like living in Austin when it comes to elections. The City Council races are typically duels between the left, the far left and the space-aliens-kidnapped-my-mother left.
76 posted on 02/26/2004 4:51:13 PM PST by Tall_Texan ((Tagline withheld pending notification of next of kin))
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To: Tall_Texan
"Political track records are important but welcoming new candidates into the system is too. If government experience were a huge factor, you would have voted for Ann Richards instead of George W. Bush for Governor."

No, that misses the point - Ann Richards' track record *proved* she was a snake! It's not experience per se, but a record that shows they will do what they say and are not 'all hat, no cattle'.

"I haven't made up my mind yet. I may wait until Election Day to make up my mind in this race. Actually, I'm pretty happy to have several real conservative choices for once instead of just RINOs. You can't imagine what it's like living in Austin when it comes to elections. The City Council races are typically duels between the left, the far left and the space-aliens-kidnapped-my-mother left."

rofl, I know what you mean, I *really* know what you mean ... check my homepage, guess where i live... where do you live in Austin? Are you active in the GOP?
77 posted on 02/26/2004 6:06:52 PM PST by WOSG (If we call Republicans the "Grand Old Party" lets call Democrats the Corrupt Radical Activist Party.)
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To: WOSG
Streusand looks good and answers questions well. And has enough money to buy an election. Funded entirely by one "special interest group". Doesn't even need money from his constituents. Probably is not looking for a federal pension plan. That makes it harder to hold his feet to the fire later, if needed. I like his positions on paper. I just wonder how much of it is what he will really support and what is following the interest polling results.

McCaul also looks good, but was a little more tentative with answers early in the campaign. He is a lawyer - not one you will see on cheesy late night commercials, but a federal and state prosecutor working on high profile cases and enforcing serious laws. The programs he worked on have been successful. I do wonder about how strong his convictions will be when Cornyn or Bush or Perry want a favor. McCaul is as close as we get to a "middle class" consumer in the top of this race. A man trying to make a living and raise a young family.

I'm nervous about Devine. He has held office, which is a plus. He has a decent record as Judge. But he also has a record of some shady deals during campaigns. He has already been fed by tax dollars.

Phillips seems too "polished" to me. And has all of the down sides of Streusand without the best of his positions.

Also, the Devine and Phillips campaigns have been less open with direct communications with me personally.

The only other candidate mail I have received is from Tashenberg(?). I was not impressed. He also seems to be all talk - and saying the right thing about some key issues - but has no track record to indicate how he operates under fire. He should try for a State Rep. position and build from there.

Someone just sent out a blind attack mailer on Streusand and McCaul. A group labeled "Citizens for Education" with a PO Box and no names. The message attacks Streusand for donations to some Democrat campaigns (I think his business donated to both sides of the campaigns - hedging his bet, so to speak) a while back. It attacks McCaul for working in the Justice Department with Reno/Clinton (He was hired under Bush and did not quit when his boss changed.) This kind of thing really turns me off. I think the only other candidates close enough to have a shot at the runoff are Devine and Phillips. Of course, they probably don't "know" who did it - but it is probably a strong supporter of one of them.

The candidate forum in Katy (see Katy Area Republicans) on Monday night will be the only chance to see all of the candidates together. That will probably cement my decision.
78 posted on 02/26/2004 8:35:50 PM PST by esarlls3
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To: esarlls3
"I'm nervous about Devine. He has held office, which is a plus. He has a decent record as Judge. But he also has a record of some shady deals during campaigns. He has already been fed by tax dollars."

I dont understand that comment. everyone who has held elective office has been 'fed by tax dollars' from Pres Bush to Perry to Delay on down. IMHO, holding office and doing well there is a plus. Devine had an amazing win against an incumbent liberal judge in Harris county. I dont see how that is shady.... not to mention one of his big decisions as a judge was to give the taxpayers a VOICE on the light rail metro decisions.

And as for McCaul, he's been a Govt worker longer than anyone else in the race. That should raise some concerns. It does for me. I've met him and his lovely wife. They brought in the Cornyn campaign manager. They've done everything "right" wrt running a campaign. But it reeks of the 'establishment Republican' types that are not really firebrand conservatives. In other words, as you say: "I do wonder about how strong his convictions will be when Cornyn or Bush or Perry want a favor." I dont wonder at all - his selling point is that 'he's worked for Cornyn' and he'll keep doing that, I am sure. That's not bad but IMHO for that district we could do better.

"The message attacks Streusand for donations to some Democrat campaigns (I think his business donated to both sides of the campaigns - hedging his bet, so to speak)"

why would we want a pol who hedges his bets? I didnt know this and IMHO it is relevant if true. It's easy for a millionaire to buy an election, so you want to know what he's tried to buy... Peter Wareing was hit for far less in 2002, for being a Dem primary voter in the distant past.
Far worse, IMHO, to feed the Democrat beast with $$$.

"It attacks McCaul for working in the Justice Department with Reno/Clinton (He was hired under Bush and did not quit when his boss changed.)"

Yup, the charges are true, although I agree he's no Reno crony, he was in a civil service job. But wouldnt you agree the chinagate was a blown DoJ investigation? How can he claim to be a success in that? I think the key thing is that he may be an okay guy in that DoJ role, but he hasnt done anything recognizably conservative in those positions except go after criminals.

So his claims to conservatism havent been tested.

" This kind of thing really turns me off."

Negative ads? You have 8 candidates saying exactly the same thing, this at least spices up an otherwise bland race.
None of those issues are out of bounds, IMHO. It is a concern that nobody is taking 'credit' for it.

"McCaul is as close as we get to a "middle class" consumer in the top of this race. A man trying to make a living and raise a young family."

McCaul may be middle-class, but HIS FATHER-IN-LAW IS WORTH AROUND $200 MILLION! He would not be doing this run without Clear Channel Comms. fortune helping him, and he couldnt loan himself a $600,000 loan on his DoJ salary, that is for sure. Shades of the "Kerry campaign finance' technique!

"The only other candidate mail I have received is from Tashenberg(?). I was not impressed. He also seems to be all talk - and saying the right thing about some key issues - but has no track record to indicate how he operates under fire."

Couldnt you say the same about all of them, except for Devine, who's held office? Tashenberg may be young, but he's worked for Conservative groups. IMHO, Streusand and Devine have some track record that they can point to; but the rest really are just yakking it up and havent really been tested.

My final determination is simply that we need a real conservative in there ... see the thread on John Devine's response to DrewsDad HOT Freeper questionaire - very solid answers. Same with CTRA, he was the most solid conservative.

My conclusion is to prefer Devine, then Streusand, as the best candidates. But I'm in Lamar Smith's district, so I happily have simple issues to contend with (like winning my own election race).
79 posted on 02/26/2004 9:28:02 PM PST by WOSG (If we call Republicans the "Grand Old Party" lets call Democrats the Corrupt Radical Activist Party.)
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To: WOSG
I got the "attack" flyer too.

My mailbox is getting 2-3 pieces of mail a day from McCaul. You'd think I was a 7' high school basketball center the way they are recruiting. I'm getting about 4-5 pieces of mail a week from Streusand and 2-3 a week from Devine, including a small DVD which I didn't watch but I have to give them points for creativity. Who wants to *watch* a campaign commercial on DVD?

I may just flip a coin between Streusand and Devine. If either makes the run-off, I'll just vote for them again.

Phillips is making a surge with radio ads but it's not impressive (to me, anyway).

Got my election judge materials in the mail today. I know Dana DeBeauvoir is a Democrat but I must confess she runs a tight ship. Everything you need to know is right there in one packet. Apparently they didn't get enough election judges so the parties are pooling their precinct resources. The packet included admonitions to help each other out and don't get partisan. Very wise, indeed.

BTW, I live in the Abroretum-Jollyville area. I thought I was going to still be in Lamar Smith's district until I finally zoomed on the prosposed redistricting map about ten times to find out we were tucked into District 10. Any generalized map assumes that District 10 has a boundary on Loop 360 and the North side of 183 but if you look really close they lipped that boundary line around the Arboretum and a little ways down Jollyville. That's why I'm having to choose between all these guys instead of just waiting until November to vote for Smith. (sigh)

80 posted on 02/28/2004 11:38:25 PM PST by Tall_Texan ((Tagline withheld pending notification of next of kin))
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To: esarlls3
Here's what the "Houston Review" repotys as of 2-28:

Congressional District 10

In a large field, three candidates at this point are seriously competing for run-off slots. Ben Streusand, in the grand tradition of Peter Wareing, Phil Sudan and others, is spending his way into the runoff with wall to wall radio advertising. To his credit, Streusand is a successful businessman who sounds like a conservative. Supporters of former judge John Devine, however, are busy circulating FEC records which show Streusand to have been a donor to a few Democrats, including Bob “Hasta La Vista” Kreuger, Ken Bentsen, and a Ron Paul opponent in the ‘70's. Peter Wareing comparisons may be more appropriate than we at first realized, although Streusand does at least live in the district.

John Devine is well known from his flamboyant campaigns for judge and various other races, including losing efforts for Congress in 1996 and County Attorney in 2002. Devine excites some activists with his, uh..."uninhibited" use of Christian language and imagery. One obstacle for Devine is his reputation as a shill for plaintiff’s attorneys like John O’Quinn, who have given large sums to his past campaigns. With President Bush pushing for a united Republican front on national tort reform, this could become a thorny issue in the primary. While Devine hasn’t undertaken major media advertisements, some of his supporters have engaged in a rumor mill campaign to smear the credentials of rival candidates. Given Devine’s numerous and publicly noted past ethical mishaps, we suspect this is an alley he mightn’t wish to walk into.

Michael McCaul, an Austin attorney, may have on paper the best rationale for this race. McCaul was a top deputy to former Texas Attorney General John Cornyn, and headed anti-terrorism efforts in the U.S. Attorney’s office. McCaul is the second candidate in the race to take out major media advertisements, which tout his impressive resume. Anti-terrorism rhetoric is popular in the primary races; McCaul is the only candidate with real experience confronting this threat. To make the runoff, McCaul, who is said to possess the resources for a well-funded campaign, will need to reach a large number of Harris County voters who are unfamiliar with him.

http://www.houstonreview.com/0204/primary.htm

Sounds like they have Devine pegged as the sender of the "attack" flyer and he does seem to be the most logical suspect. If so, it makes me lose a little respect that he cloaked it under the heading of some annonymous committee and not under his own name.

81 posted on 02/28/2004 11:58:45 PM PST by Tall_Texan ((Tagline withheld pending notification of next of kin))
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To: DrewsDad
http://www.news24houston.com/content/top_stories/default.asp?ArID=24586

Here's a report from News24 in Houston. You can also click on a link with a 4-1/2 minute report in .wmv format.

82 posted on 02/29/2004 12:44:26 AM PST by Tall_Texan ((Tagline withheld pending notification of next of kin))
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To: iamright
The Uberliberal Austin Chronicle chimes in:

Republican Primary
U.S. House, District 10: No Endorsement

A number of readers will show up at the polls wondering who the hell all these oddball (and mostly Houstonian) Republicans are. Consider them the poisoned bait of Bug Man Tom DeLay, so determined to evict old CD 10 incumbent Lloyd Doggett from Congress that he was happy to disenfranchise the capital city of Texas in the bargain. To get some idea of the available choices, Michael McCaul – former "counterterrorism" prosecutor in the U.S. attorney's office for Texas, who is apparently running on his father's WWII war record – may be the "moderate" of the bunch. You've got a mortgage banker (Ben Streusand) promising to abolish the IRS, a corporate attorney (Dave Phillips) running to represent the energy industry, an anti-choice judge (John Devine) who thinks he's the second coming of Moses – and Teresa Doggett ("Up With People") Taylor. Austin voters do not have a real choice here, and are not intended to have a real choice here. Consider this race an object lesson in the institutional abuse of our democratic system, and a challenge to work toward transforming Texas politics into something approaching representative democracy.




BTW, the News24 story (linked above) says the Austin American-Statesman (house organ for the state Democrat Party) endorses McCaul in this race.

If I were ever endorsed by the Statesman, I would call them and demand a retraction.
83 posted on 02/29/2004 12:52:09 AM PST by Tall_Texan ((Tagline withheld pending notification of next of kin))
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To: Tall_Texan
"an object lesson in the institutional abuse of our democratic system"

Damn, it's just not fair democracy, unless liberals win, LOL!

"(Ben Streusand) promising to abolish the IRS,"

Well, at least the Atheist UnAmerican Stalinist is doing their part to elect Streusand.

84 posted on 02/29/2004 7:53:47 AM PST by iamright (Hillary! / Sharpton in '04(Loss), '08(L), '12(L), '16(L), '20(L), . . .)
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To: iamright
That's the Chronicle, not the Statesman. You know, the one that was running gay wedding announcements before they were chic.
85 posted on 02/29/2004 9:12:52 AM PST by Tall_Texan ((Tagline withheld pending notification of next of kin))
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To: Tall_Texan
Oops! I need glasses. Can't tell the difference between Left and Lefter anymore...
86 posted on 02/29/2004 9:17:46 AM PST by iamright (Hillary! / Sharpton in '04(Loss), '08(L), '12(L), '16(L), '20(L), . . .)
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To: PetroniDE
I have met each candidate and attended two of the debates. I think McCaul wins on substance. He has the best experience, having served three presidents in the Department of Justice as a career prosecuting attorney. He got so frustrated by the shenanigans of Janet Reno that he quit DOJ because she refused to appoint an independent prosecutor for the Chinagate scandal. He served as John Cornyn’s Deputy AG over 12 divisions of lawyers.

McCaul would be insulated from special interests because he has family money. Michael McCaul cannot be bought. Michael’s wife, Linda, is an A & M grad in oceanography. After graduation, she worked in Naval Intelligence tracking Russian submarines. She is a sharp woman and if Michael weren’t running for Congress, I’d vote for her, even though I’m a UT grad.

I agonized over my decision. The candidates are real close in terms of their politics. This district (Congressional District 10) is very conservative and no Democrat even dared to run. What it boiled down to for me is the character issue. Michael is a man of integrity.

I support McCaul because he will not be a guppy in the shark tank we call Washington D. C. He will make an impact in Congress. He is a man of substance, of gravitas. I told Michael he is overqualified for Congress. He should be a U. S. Senator. He is polished without being slick, intelligent without being condescending, wealthy without being patronizing. He is the real deal, a man you like when you meet him. He is humble. He is gracious. He has devoted his career to public service.

Consider who is endorsing the man.

U.S. Senator John Cornyn
Senator Cornyn was sworn into the U.S. Senate in December 2002, after serving as Texas Attorney General for four years. While in Texas, Cornyn and McCaul worked together to create two new programs: Texas Exile, a gun violence reduction initiative that involves the cooperation of the U.S. Attorneys and District Attorneys across the state, and the Texas Internet Bureau, formed to combat cyber crime, child pornography, and online fraud statewide.

United Republicans of Harris County
United Republicans is a Political Action Committee that represents the economic conservative Republicans in Harris County. The members are concerned about the effectiveness of a Republican Party which has become too exclusive. The goals of the group are to create a broad-based Party grounded on traditional conservative principles, to support candidates who are pro-business, are well qualified, can win elections and will help our Party grow, to increase Republican voter turnout in all elections and to motivate mainstream Republicans to play a greater role in their Party.

Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas
CLEAT works to protect the rights of Texas peace officers. The association has sought better pay and benefits for officers, either through the legislature or by collective bargaining. It also works to help officers provide for their families by offering benefit plans and programs that help officers protect their families and stretch their hard earned dollars.

Young Conservatives of Texas
Young Conservatives of Texas is an independent, non-partisan youth organization dedicated to the preservation of individual liberties and freedoms through limited government. YCT is an organization that enables college students the opportunity to participate in the political process. “For more than two decades, the YCT endorsements have served as a seal of approval for true conservatives seeking public office. We are honored to lend our support to a distinguished group of conservative leaders who will promote real conservative values in Washington,” YCT State Chairman David Rushing said.

Texas Farm Bureau Friends of Agricultural Fund
AGFUND is Texas Farm Bureau’s Political Action Fund. It is a legal entity separate from the Texas Farm Bureau and may endorse and contribute financially to political candidates. AGFUND is funded only by voluntary contributions from TFB members. Each of the eight candidates for District 10 had 10 minutes with members of the Farm Bureau to discuss their platform and their background. McCaul won the endorsement from the group by a 16-4 margin.

Justice for All
Justice for All is a Houston-based advocacy group that works for change in the criminal justice system. As Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice in Texas, McCaul headed up the Crime Victims Services Division of General Cornyn’s office and worked closely with victim’s advocacy groups such as Justice for All.

Joe Pojman, Executive Director of Texas Alliance for Life
The Texas Alliance for Life is a statewide non-profit, nonpartisan, pro-life organization. The group is committed to protecting the fundamental right to life of all innocent human beings and to promoting respect for their value and dignity from the moment of conception until natural death. The alliance focuses its work in three areas: education, public policy and alternatives to abortion, infanticide and euthanasia.

Isaac Albarado, Chairman of the Texas Federation of College Republicans
The Texas Federation of College Republicans work to achieve a better understanding of the government process, to increase student awareness of contemporary issues, to promote student involvement in the community, local, and national government, to teach the rights and privileges inherent in a representative democracy to the youth as voters, to encourage leadership and responsibility among college students in the Republican Party, and to further the election of Republican candidates.

Austin Police Association
The Austin Police Association is a labor organization that represents more than 1,300 police officers employed by the Austin Police Department.

Finally, Michael has an “A” rating from the NRA.
87 posted on 03/02/2004 12:34:22 PM PST by NativeTexanandUTgrad
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To: WOSG
re: Railroad Commissioner. Carrillo is a geologist and an attorney and former County Judge. But K. Dale Henry looks very interesting. The Bryan Eagle (newspaper) is endorsing him because his company plugged up a number of wells according to Commission standards, but he says the standards are flawed. He might be a good hands-on experienced whistle blower to keep the Commission on beam.
88 posted on 03/02/2004 12:38:11 PM PST by NativeTexanandUTgrad
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To: WOSG
I organized that Brenham debate. Though Devine won the audience vote, he also had a large contingency of supporters in tow who skewed the vote. I spoke with the Brenham High School speech and drama teacher, Andy Hart, and asked his opinion as to who won. Andy came to the same conclusion I did. Devine was great in terms of style, but McCaul was superior in substance, and Elliott had the best summation. I support McCaul. The reason he can claim to be a terrorist watchdog is that his last assignment in DOJ under our current president was to oversee the Western District of Texas as Chief of Counterterrorism, protecting our border with Mexico and the Crawford Ranch. Michael is very conservative. He is pro-life (endorsed by Texas Alliance for Life as you noted), pro-gun (he’s close to getting the endorsement of Wayne Lapierre of the NRA), anti-IRS (in favor of a consumption tax). I look for something in a candidate that goes beyond politics. I look for character. Michael is a man who will look you in the eye, give you a firm handshake, and tell you what he believes, not necessarily what he thinks you want to hear. I trust the man. Because of my position as a leader in Washington County Republican politics, every candidate solicited my support. I met each candidate. I heard two debates. Then I decided. Michael is coming to Brenham to Republican HQ Thursday, March 4, 2-4pm at 2125 S. Market St., next to Brenham Corral Restaurant. He’s coming back to Brenham on Sunday with Senator John Cornyn at 3PM at a site to be determined. Michael is the real deal.


89 posted on 03/02/2004 12:50:02 PM PST by NativeTexanandUTgrad
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To: NativeTexanandUTgrad
I support McCaul because he will not be a guppy in the shark tank we call Washington D. C. He will make an impact in Congress. He is a man of substance, of gravitas. I told Michael he is overqualified for Congress. He should be a U. S. Senator. He is polished without being slick, intelligent without being condescending, wealthy without being patronizing. He is the real deal, a man you like when you meet him. He is humble. He is gracious. He has devoted his career to public service.

I agree. I have had lengthy private conversations with McCaul and Streusand, several extended semi-private conversations with Devine and Phillips, and a candidate forum last night with all 8 candidates. It is clear to me that McCaul is the best candidate.

While Streusand has spent more money on FairTax advertising, McCaul (with Calabrese on staff) has the best understanding of it's potential impact. Add McCaul's experience in the Justice Department and working on Homeland Security and the personal qualities you mentioned above and McCaul is clearly the choice candidate.

Best quotes at the candidate forum last night:


90 posted on 03/02/2004 1:09:56 PM PST by esarlls3
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To: esarlls3
See also: Left out in newly drawn district,District 10 race, only conservatives,it seems, need apply ^
91 posted on 03/02/2004 1:11:53 PM PST by esarlls3
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To: NativeTexanandUTgrad
So in all fairness, since you signed up today, please tell us your connection to McCaul's Campaign.
92 posted on 03/02/2004 3:42:42 PM PST by DrewsDad
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To: GeronL
I'd never vote for myself so I am out... but I think it would be interesting to get FReepers to run for office in larger numbers. Like I said, even if they just get to be ballot squatters for the Constitution Party or even running as a Republican in a district thats 90% Democrat.

Check my FR homepage, I am running for Precinct chair - you gotta start somewhere. :-) More like that here in Texas and we can make the GOP the "Freeper Party". :-)

93 posted on 03/02/2004 7:57:12 PM PST by WOSG (If we call Republicans the "Grand Old Party" lets call Democrats the Corrupt Radical Activist Party.)
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To: NativeTexanandUTgrad
Welcome to FR...
94 posted on 03/02/2004 7:59:10 PM PST by WOSG (If we call Republicans the "Grand Old Party" lets call Democrats the Corrupt Radical Activist Party.)
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To: WOSG
How many Republicans in your precint?
95 posted on 03/02/2004 9:06:19 PM PST by GeronL (http://www.ArmorforCongress.com......................Send a Freeper to Congress!)
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To: GeronL
200 primary voters about 1500 voters total.

2 people running in this race.
96 posted on 03/02/2004 9:30:56 PM PST by WOSG (If we call Republicans the "Grand Old Party" lets call Democrats the Corrupt Radical Activist Party.)
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To: WOSG
well, run some talk radio ads. lol.

good luck!

97 posted on 03/02/2004 9:32:33 PM PST by GeronL (http://www.ArmorforCongress.com......................Send a Freeper to Congress!)
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To: GeronL
Actually, you wouldnt believe how the costs add up to run a campaign. A single letter to the neighborhood cost $100 for 300 letters - 30 cents a pop...

But my signs are really cool ... Here is a shared idea for fellow FREEPERS - HOW TO MAKE A COOL SIGN FOR FREEPS:

1. You can use desktop software to 'posterize' a sign, eg, make a 30" x 20" sign and print it as 6 pages on a color laserjet/inkjet.
(And dont be fooled by nice-looking fonts that are unreadable from far away. Make it 300pt or bigger to be visible from a distance.)
2. Do-it-yourself with tape, put the sign together.
3. Go to Kinko's and get them to laminate the paper sign for you. It works great. I got 2 signs of size 25"x18" done, $6.
Since kinko's laminates up to 3' wide, you could get signs up to 3'x6' done this way.
The signs stay together and look glossy and professional and now are 'weatherized'. And my favorite part - its cheap.
4. Tape it to a stiff posterboard backing and nail/fix it to a stake or post.
End result: A weatherized color printed sign bigger than a typical yard sign that looks quite professional, for about $6.

No radio ads, but shockingly, there is a precinct with 4 candidates. And not just that, but someone made a 4x8 sign.
98 posted on 03/02/2004 9:50:47 PM PST by WOSG (If we call Republicans the "Grand Old Party" lets call Democrats the Corrupt Radical Activist Party.)
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To: PetroniDE; All
PetroniDE, didn't see you at the Forum in Katy. Did you make it?

Here is the article from the Katy Times:


District 10 hopefuls discuss issues at forum
http://www.katytimes.com/articles/2004/03/02/news/02news.prt

By Jeremy Moreno Times Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 2, 2004 3:56 PM CST

The eight Republican candidates who are vying for the new Congressional District 10 seat, argued their case for the position Monday night at a congressional district forum sponsored by the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce.

Approximately 180 people including area constituents and elected officials attended the event held at Falcon Point Country Club.

Each candidate gave two-minute opening statements, which introduced themselves and their political platforms. They then responded to questions posed from a trio of panelists, which included Carol Adams, president of the Katy Heritage Society, Thomas Adams, managing partner of the Adams Law Firm, and Ron Kapche, president and CEO of International partners Incorporated.

Each candidate was asked if they supported religious expression in public places such as football games and even legislative sessions, and all shared a similar sentiment that today the importance of religion in American society has been suppressed and depreciated.

"I'm all for prayer, and the 10 commandments on public display. What is so wrong with that? Because of the moral decline of our society we need religious principles taught in schools, not necessarily religion. We were founded as a Christian nation, and this is not taught in schools," said candidate Pat Elliot.

Elliot's statement reiterated candidate John Devine's declaration that today America is experiencing a culture clash of values.

"Religion is the very foundation of civil government and this nation. I believe we are facing a culture war," Devine said.

The commonality of the candidates was further evident in their responses to the question about President Bush's immigration policy.

"I'm very disappointed with the immigration proposal. They would receive the same workplace rights as American workers and I will not support it if elected," said candidate Ben Streusand.

"Will not this give illegal immigrants American jobs, American benefits and an American education," asked candidate Dave Phillips.

The candidates began to diverge when they expressed what their first act would be if elected to office.

McCaul said his first order of business would be to push a House bill Fair Tax Plan and eliminate all taxes except retail sales tax, while Phillips said he would pursue the energy bill to create more jobs in this area. Elliot said he would like to see Congress eliminate taxes on businesses and the retail tax lowered.

Devine said his first priority would be to replace the income tax with a national retail sales tax and Streusand said he would first support the president's proposal to define marriage as an institution and stop activist judges from redefining the social fabric of our country.

Candidate John Kelly said he would ensure that the government takes care of teachers better including salary raises, while Taylor said it is the veterans that need more funding for healthcare.

Tashenberg proclaimed himself to be the economic candidate and said his first priority is the economy and to make Bush's tax cuts permanent.

Other issues discussed during the forum included free and fair trade and social security.

Under the new redistricting map, the Katy area falls within the new U.S. Congressional Districts of 10, 14 and 7 after the bill was enacted by the Texas Legislature Oct. 12 and signed by Gov. Rick Perry Oct. 13

Which means that the Katy area's congressional representatives are John Culberson of District 7, Ron Paul of District 14 and the yet to be elected official in a district 10

District 10, the new congressional district formed under the new legislation, encompasses most of the Katy area and gives constituents within that district the opportunity to vote for a new U.S. representative.

The congressman will be elected in the Republican primary March 9 since there is no Democratic opponent. Early voting began Feb. 23 and runs until March 5.



99 posted on 03/02/2004 10:04:28 PM PST by esarlls3 (Vote McCaul - The FairTax Candidate)
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To: WOSG
I wonder if the smaller precints get a lot of candidates?? =o)
100 posted on 03/02/2004 10:05:14 PM PST by GeronL (http://www.ArmorforCongress.com......................Send a Freeper to Congress!)
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