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If you know anything about any of these candidates (good, bad, whatever), please feel free to elaborate.
1 posted on 02/11/2004 5:56:49 PM PST by PetroniDE
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To: Lead Moderator; Flyer; Gracey; DrewsDad; Ms. AntiFeminazi; Bigun; basil
Lead Moderator: Thanks for fixing the links.

Others: You have the latest TX ping lists. Please ping accordingly, especially to members who live in CD-10.
2 posted on 02/11/2004 6:03:29 PM PST by PetroniDE (Kitty Is My Master - I Do What She Says)
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To: PetroniDE
Thanks for posting this.

It seems that all of the candidates are running as conservatives, so it is a bit hard to distinguish them, but I support John Devine and hope he wins. (However, I live in CD 21 now, so cant vote in that race). John Devine is both a social and economic conservative, and is hitting one hot-button issue that I think needs attention: Fighting Judicial activism.

Also, for what its worth, my home page has links to the Texas statewide and local candidates that are appearing on the ballot in Travis county in my precinct:

I have the following endorsements / recommendations:
Supreme Court- Steven Wayne Smith (reasons: Clear Conservative, incumbent; ousted a moderate Justice and now the moderates want to bump him off; dont let them!)
3rd Court of Appeals, place 3 - Ernest Garcia

On some of these, I too would like guidance myself - Railroad commissioner, travis county sherrif.
5 posted on 02/11/2004 6:48:30 PM PST by WOSG (Support Tancredo on immigration. Support BUSH for President!)
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To: PetroniDE
I'm working for Bill Lester in District 11.

It's shocking really that we didn't end up with a huge slate of candidates here too. But we only have one opponent; Mike Conaway from Midland. He was considered the favorite by the political establishment, but that is not turning out to be the case.

He's running as a conservative, or at least makes that claim, but he makes a 'health of the mother' exception on abortion...a loophole the Democrats can drive any abortion done in America today through.

He says he thought Sandra Day O'Conner was right...we should pay homage to 'international law' in preference to America law. phhhhtttt.....

He thinks bilingual education is a great idea, and opposes Enlish Only legislation.

Bill is right on all of the issues, and is I think pulling ahead. He was endorsed by the Texas Farm Bureau yesterday...which is huge in this very rural district.
8 posted on 02/11/2004 7:08:22 PM PST by EternalVigilance (An income tax is like a cowpie...Flatten it, and it's still a cowpie...)
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To: PetroniDE; Bigun; Flyer
Before we send this out, do we have agreement to include the HAT chapter mentioned in the last question? Who are the HAT officers who can approve this? It would be great if we can get answers for these.

1) What is your position on abortion - under what circumstances should abortion be made illegal/legal? When does life begin and how should it be protected at the state and federal levels? Do you agree or disagree with the Roe v Wade decision? Do you support the Human Life Amendment?

2) What is your interpretation of the First Amendment Establishment Clause? Do you support public religious expressions such as 10 commandment displays at courthouses and prayers at legislative sessions, football games, schools, etc.? Do you support school vouchers that can be for religious schools? 2b) What is your position on the McCain-Fiengold Campaign Finance Reform law? What is the best policy regarding campaign finance?

3) Do you support the right to keep and bear arms? What is the purpose(or intent) of the 2nd Amendment? what policies do you support to preserve RKBA?

4) Do you support the war on terror? What specific things should be done to win the war on terror? How do you define victory in this war?

4b) Are there any sections of the Patriot Act or the proposed Patriot Act II that you oppose?

5) What is your view of Federalism and the rights of states under the 9th and 10th amendments? What areas should the Federal govt leave to the states?

6) What role should the Federal judiciary play and how would you ensure judges stay within that role? What would you do to rein in excessive judicial activism? Are there specific court decisions you oppose, and what do you propose to correct them?

7) What role should the United Nations play in US foreign policy? in US domestic policy?

8) What specific changes or refoms should be made to:
U.S. Tax System
Education System
Social Security
Immigration Policies
Defense and Military
Health Care System (including Medicare, Medicaid)
Legal System (lawsuits)
Crime and Criminal Justice
Business Regulation
Energy Policy
Government Organization

9) What policies do you support to enhance Economic Growth and increase standard of living and create jobs? 9b) What is your position on trade (free trade versus trade barriers)? How should American policy respond to the outsourcing of jobs? 9c) Do you support or oppose the Bush guest worker program? Do you support or oppose amnesty for illegal aliens? Do you support increased immigration law enforcement (eg CLEAR Act)? Do you support or oppose immigration reforms to reduce immigration levels and the cost of immigration?

10) What policies do you support to protect the traditional family and the traditional definition of marriage? 10b) Do you oppose or support state laws recognizing homosexual/same-sex marriage and civil unions? How should the Federal govt handle this? What is your position concerning hate crimes? Do you support a Constitutional Amendment that declares marriage to be between a man and woman?

11) Do you support Term Limits? If so, in what form?

12) What is your position on affirmative action and racial preferences, and quotas? Should Texas Colleges and Universities use race as a factor in admissions?

13) Do you oppose Socialism? Why is Socialism wrong? How would you work to expose it and defeat it in our country? 13b) What will you do as a candidate and in office to advance Conservative causes and make the case for limited Government?

14) What are your important qualifications and qualities that you bring as a candidate to this office?

15) What will your top priorities be in this position? To what extent does your faith and family affect your priorities and viewpoints?

16) Why are you the best person for this office?

17) What parts of the Texas Republican Principles and Platform do you agree with? Disagree with?

Are there any ways in which the Heart of Texas(Central TX) and Houston Area Texans Chapters of can help you in your campaign in addition to making an endorsement?

10 posted on 02/11/2004 7:25:55 PM PST by DrewsDad
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To: PetroniDE
This is my new district (3rd district in as many elections). Thanks for starting this thread. I will follow it closely.
11 posted on 02/11/2004 7:30:22 PM PST by NTegraT
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To: PetroniDE; Flyer; dix; humblegunner; Eaker; bobbyd; Xenalyte; Allegra; pax_et_bonum
Well, ya know if Pat Elliot is for Fire Ant Eradication...If I was in that district he'd get my vote...

Buuuutt, he's a bit wishy-washy on the Abortion issue...

I don't know of another candidate or office holder who's lukewarm on abortion...

Either your for it, as a bastardized form of birth control...

Or your against it...

I thought I would just pick on one of them today...

As long as we pick up the seat in Congress...Thats what comes from a majority of conservatives in this State...And we need to make sure we have accurate representation of conservative leanings...

12 posted on 02/11/2004 7:38:22 PM PST by stevie_d_64 (Houston Area Texans)
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To: PetroniDE
Thanks for getting this going. I hear you have something in common with Kerry now.
17 posted on 02/11/2004 7:59:43 PM PST by DrewsDad
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To: PetroniDE
bump for later study
20 posted on 02/12/2004 11:08:28 AM PST by Tall_Texan (Some day I'll have a rock-hard body - once rigor mortis sets in.)
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To: PetroniDE
PetroniDE, Thanks for the thread.

Here is what I know so far:

I have had extended conversations with McCaul and Streusand. And a couple of short ones with Devine and Phillips. I have only seen one piece of mail from Tashenberg and nothing from Elliott, Kelley or Taylor.

McCaul and Streusand were both out early courting Precinct chairs and Republican groups.

Streusand and Phillips are self-financing to avoid spending time on fund-raising.

I'd rate the one's I know something about in this order:
Best Candidates: McCaul and Streusand
OK Candidates: Devine and Phillips
Poor Candidates: Tashenberg

It appears that McCaul and Streusand are the only ones campaigning hard. I have seen signs for Devine and Phillips but little else. The rest appear to have given up or don't know how to run a campaign.

One of my hot buttons is Tax Reform. On this issue McCaul and Streusand are the only ones to state they support fundamental tax reform including eliminating the IRS. McCaul has publicly endorsed the FairTax (HR25) but I have not seen it mentioned by name in his campaign materials. He also has a consultant on staff who worked on the FairTax. Streusand describes the FairTax in his campaign materials but has not mentioned it by name.

McCaul's Biography explains his positions at the Justice Department.

I have had an email dialog with McCaul (& his wife Linda). Email sent to Marc Cowart for Streusand was not answered. Even after I mentioned it to both of them at the Harris County Republican Party Executive Committee meeting. Email sent to Phillips and Devine was also not answered. That did not impress me.

In the end I feel McCaul and Streusand are both worthy candidates but support McCaul because he has been more responsive to me.

21 posted on 02/12/2004 6:21:02 PM PST by esarlls3
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To: PetroniDE
My vote would go to Teresa Doggett Taylor.
22 posted on 02/12/2004 6:28:47 PM PST by NewsGal
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To: PetroniDE
District 10 Candidate Forum

Sponsored by Katy Chamber of Commerce and Katy Area Republicans
Monday, 01 Mar 2004, 7:00 P.M.
The Club at Falcon Point (Directions)
24503 Falcon Point Drive
Katy, TX 77494

Candidates Attending:

41 posted on 02/17/2004 9:49:09 AM PST by esarlls3
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To: PetroniDE
If you can, please correct the link to Streusand website.

It is .

You have Phillips linked twice, once with Streusand's name.

Otherwise, thanks for taking the lead, as usual.
See you March 1 in Katy.
50 posted on 02/17/2004 8:36:19 PM PST by iamright (Hillary! / Sharpton in '04(Loss), '08(L), '12(L), '16(L), '20(L), . . .)
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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: 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: 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

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: PetroniDE; WOSG
Here is an email I received from Teresa Doggett Taylor. (Formatting is from the email.) I note that her "endorsements" are eight years old.
From: "Teresa For Congress" <>
Subject: Vote Teresa For U.S. Congress, 10th District

My Dear Fellow Republican;

As you probably know, I am running for U.S. Congress in the 10th District. All I can say is this run has been very enlightening, inspiring and yet quite grueling.

For example, in four months, I have put about 25,000 miles on my truck and sometimes covered the length of this entire district from Austin to Northwest Houston, twice in one day.

Hey… what a “workout” this has been! Yet, I love it. I love meeting and listening to people, and being challenged. I believe that being a public servant in Congress is my assignment in life.

Based on conversations with constituents from around this district, they believe, in this 21st Century of Congressional redistricting change, our District needs a strong, “Can Do” Republican candidate for U.S. Representative.

We also need a person who is a team player, yet has and uses her own mind, and is a strong supporter of President George W. Bush. I believe that my long-term commitment to our congressional district residents, my previous hard fought campaign battles with unwanted liberals like the “dreaded” Lloyd Doggett and my extensive business background in commercial banking, international trade and tax law, my Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University and all the insights I have gained from my extensive world travel and negotiations, qualifies me to immediately step-in to serve as our District’s newest Republican Congresswoman.

Honestly, I welcome the challenge and the accompanying responsibility. I’m told that, once in office, as an African-American woman, I will be a great counteracting force to Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.

That will be a real privilege and an honor.

I’m a third generation Republican, I’m use to fighting “hard” for what is right, God has given me plenty of energy and common sense and I’m ready to do this job. I want to bring more jobs and better transportation channels back home, work to create a workable healthcare and social security system, take better care of our veterans, active duty military and teachers and help to unify this Nation.

I have been called a “female warrior, spunky and determined.” In the Dallas Morning News, April 27,1996, Majority Leader, Dick Armey said, “I don’t think we have anywhere the candidate who is such a shining star as (Teresa).”

Business Week, June 10, 1996, had this to say, “A successful Austin businesswoman, she’s smart, well versed on the issues, quick on her feet, and telegenic.”

I want to help this country get back to the basics (like our grandparents taught us)– hard work, respect for life and authority, love for our neighbors, common sense approaches to problem solving and love for our country.

I want to help us all think, dream and achieve more and strive for “Bigger.” We must strive to reach beyond ourselves and, in doing so, be an example to the next child and the next person.

I can do this with your help, therefore, I, respectfully, ask for your vote on March 9th. Thank you so much for your support now and previously.

Also, thank you so much for taking the time to read this letter and for your consideration. If you have friends within the 10th District, please forward this message to them.

And may I encourage you by saying whatever it is you do or are doing, “push on” because whether you know it or not, you are somebody’s hero. Please always feel free to call me at my campaign headquarters: (512) 206-0191, I will be glad to speak with you.

Yours sincerely,

Teresa Doggett Taylor

108 posted on 03/06/2004 11:01:54 PM PST by esarlls3 (Vote McCaul for Texas CD-10)
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To: PetroniDE; All
Received another anonymous attack mailer against Streusand and McCaul today. This one had the return address blacked out - apparently they don't even want mail to come back to them.

Again, the attack is on:

Streusand for "buying" the election with $2.4 Million of his own money, for donating to Democrats in past elections, and for not voting in the 2000 primary.

McCaul for allowing Johnny Chung to get away without jail time and being his friend. McCaul is also criticized for working as a prosecutor under Deomcrats including Texas AG Jim Mattox, and US AG Janet Reno/Bill Clinton. Finally he is criticized for being "responsible for implementing the Hate Crimes Act".

For McCaul on Johnny Chung, Mike turned Johnny's guilty plea into a cooperating witness to testify in Congress. This led to the revalation that the contributions to the Clinton campaign were from teh Director of Chinese Intelligence - a major embarrassment to the Clinton administration. The accounts describing their friendship are from hype Johnny produced while trying to land a book or movie deal about his experience. According to McCaul, these are "sensational and largely fabricated stories."

McCaul worked as a career prosecutor, not a political appointee, in the Justice Department under five AG's. One of these was a Democrat (Reno).

I particularly like the accusation that he was "responsible for implementing" a law passed by the Texas Legislature. Perhaps they would prefer that all Republicans in the Texas AG office quit when the Legislature passes a bill they don't like rather than stay on the job and implement and enforce the rest of the laws on the books.

(disclaimer: I am an unpaid volunteer supporting Michael McCaul. I had extended interviews with McCaul and Streusand, and several direct conversations with Devine and Phillips before supporting McCaul.)

109 posted on 03/07/2004 12:00:05 AM PST by esarlls3 (Vote McCaul for Texas CD-10)
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To: PetroniDE
February 23, 2004

Congressman Tom Feeney (24-Florida) has joined The Liberty Caucus making Congressman Ron Paul's freedom bloc 23 members strong. We are thrilled to have Mr. Feeney as a new member and look forward to working with him and his staff.

Congressman Paul's caucus has two other prospective members. JUDGE JOHN DEVINE and Wes Riddle have committed to joining The Liberty Caucus if they are elected to the U.S. House. Judge Devine is a leading candidate in Texas' new 10th congressional district. Wes Riddle is running against John Carter in Texas' 31st district.

As word of The Liberty Committee spreads, candidates come forward to express their devotion to constitutional principle and pledge to work with The Liberty Committee if elected to Congress. Current caucus members Marilyn Musgrave and Scott Garrett first came to our attention that way. Rep. Musgrave was a state senator in Colorado, and Rep. Garrett was an assemblyman in New Jersey.

Working together, we are making a difference. The Liberty Caucus will continue to grow as word of The Liberty Committee's activities spreads. Despite retirements and term-limits pledges, we have more caucus members than ever before, with the potential to add even more. Right now, we're pleased to welcome Mr. Feeney to The Liberty Caucus.

Kent Snyder The Liberty Committee

118 posted on 03/08/2004 11:17:57 AM PST by shield
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