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YCT Challenges Paul Green and Bill Green to Renounce Endorsements from the Austin Chronicle
YOUNG CONSERVATIVES OF TEXAS ^ | February 23, 2004 | David Rushing

Posted on 02/24/2004 10:05:39 AM PST by SwinneySwitch

YCT Challenges Paul Green and Bill Green to Renounce Endorsements from Texas' Most Left-Wing Publication That Endorsed Al Gore, Tony Sanchez, Lloyd Doggett & Green Party Candidates

Endorsements Appeared in Same Issue as Prostitution Ads

The state's most left-wing alternative weekly publication, The Austin Chronicle, which runs advertisements for prostitution services, has endorsed liberal to moderate Republican judicial candidates Paul Green and Bill Green, along with liberal Democrat Congressmen Lloyd Doggett and Ciro Rodriguez.

Paul Green is challenging conservative Republican Texas Supreme Court Justice Steven Wayne Smith while Bill Green is running against conservative Republican Ernest Garcia for the Austin-based 3rd Court of Appeals.

In addition to endorsing Paul Green and Bill Green in its February 20 issue, The Austin Chronicle, which primarily endorses left-wing Democrats and Green Party candidates, also picked Dennis Kucinich as the Presidential candidate who is "best on the issues."

In the November 2002 general election, The Austin Chronicle endorsed no Republicans for statewide office, backing liberal Democrats Ron Kirk, Tony Sanchez, and Kirk Watson, and Green Party Texas Supreme Court candidate Brad Rockwell.

In 2000, The Austin Chronicle endorsed Al Gore for President (despite acknowledging that several members of their Editorial Board backed Ralph Nader) and radical Green Party candidate Douglas Sandage for U.S. Senate against Kay Bailey Hutchison.

In strongly endorsing Paul Green, The Austin Chronicle slammed incumbent conservative Republican Supreme Court Justice Steven Wayne Smith for his "unblinking (and fence-post uncomprehending) opposition to affirmative action."

In endorsing former Democrat Bill Green in the Republican primary for the 3rd Court of Appeals over conservative Republican Ernest Garcia, The Austin Chronicle fumed, "To suggest any sitting state Republican judge is worse than others is often a stretch – Ernest Garcia may well earn that distinction." In addition to falsely referring to Bill Green as a "jurist" even though he has never been a judge and claiming he has "bipartisan" support even though he has identified no endorsement within the district, The Austin Chronicle failed to note that Bill Green has never represented a client or litigated a case while Ernest Garcia has extensive judicial and legal experience.

In another Republican primary race, The Austin Chronicle refused to endorse any candidate in the new Congressional District 10, declaring that all eight Republican candidates are "the poisoned bait of Bug Man Tom DeLay." This "no endorsement" decision suggests the Chronicle knows what to do when none of the Republican candidates match their liberal agenda, reinforcing the significance of their endorsements of Paul Green and Bill Green.

YCT State Chairman David Rushing stated, "The Dennis Kucinich-loving editors at The Austin Chronicle are invariably either supporters of the Green Party or on the far left of the Democrat Party. YCT is delighted that these committed liberals have given their seal of approval to the opponents of two conservative Republican judicial candidates whom YCT has endorsed. We applaud The Austin Chronicle for correctly identifying Dennis Kucinich, Lloyd Doggett, Ciro Rodriguez, Paul Green, and Bill Green as the candidates of choice for Austin liberals in the March primary."

Rushing explained, "They are leftists at The Austin Chronicle, but they are not stupid. Having endorsed Al Gore, Lloyd Doggett, Tony Sanchez, and Kirk Watson, The Austin Chronicle can always be counted on to identify the candidates conservative Republicans should avoid."

Rushing continued, "We call on Paul Green and Bill Green to renounce their endorsements from The Austin Chronicle. Not only is The Austin Chronicle an extreme left-wing publication, it publishes advertisements for prostitution services that appear in the very same issue in which Paul Green and Bill Green are endorsed. Prostitution is immoral and illegal. Paul Green and Bill Green have an obligation to renounce support that comes from such a corrupting, left-wing source."

Rushing also explained why The Austin Chronicle may have endorsed Paul Green and Bill Green, noting, "The left-wingers at The Austin Chronicle could have easily looked at the campaign finance reports showing that individual donors to liberal Democrats Ted Kennedy, Sheila Jackson Lee, Martin Frost, and Bill Clinton have all bankrolled Paul Green's campaign. The Austin Chronicle may also have noticed that Bill Green has voted in numerous, recent Democrat primaries."

In the Longview News-Journal last week, Paul Green claimed that Justice Smith's staff is too conservative. In today's San Antonio Express-News, Green criticized Justice Smith, saying "He's got some agendas related to social issues," apparently suggesting he disagrees with Justice Smith's opposition to racial quotas and abortion.

The last five to ten pages of each weekly issue of The Austin Chronicle consist of salacious soft-porn ads for female and male strip-clubs, including "The Boyz Cellar."

Among the numerous "adult services" classifieds in the February 20 Austin Chronicle issue in which Paul Green and Bill Green are endorsed are the following:

(The last four digits of the phone numbers and part of the website addresses have been replaced with x's in this message, but not in the Chronicle, so as to avoid further publicizing their ads for such sordid activity):

"!HIRING! Seeking very pretty, classy and reliable female escorts. Call for the details. **** 789-XXXX **** "

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ NOW HIRING ESCORTS FOR EXTREMELY BUSY SERVICE START ASAP 512-218-XXXX $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

NOW HIRING Austin's HIGHEST PAYING and most reputable Escort Service seeks Attractive Females. $2000-$5000/wk. Portfolio a plus. No experience necessary. Flexible hours. 512-826-XXXX or 713-825-XXXX amazingescortXXXXX.com

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Contact: David Rushing, YCT State Chairman, (713) 408-3606


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 2004texasprimary; endorsements; theaustinchronicle; yct
"...also picked Dennis Kucinich as the Presidential candidate who is "best on the issues."

Apparently they didn't know Nader was going to run!

1 posted on 02/24/2004 10:05:41 AM PST by SwinneySwitch
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To: SwinneySwitch
I guess you're in Austin. Have you ever been to the Hancock Center HEB?
2 posted on 02/24/2004 10:13:27 AM PST by WinOne4TheGipper (Re: Kerry's letter to Bush. Patriotism is indeed the last refuge of scoundrels.)
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To: SwinneySwitch
has endorsed liberal to moderate Republican judicial candidates Paul Green

What is the evidence that Paul Green is liberal to moderate?

Any?

My impression is that he is a conservative.

3 posted on 02/24/2004 10:15:11 AM PST by JohnnyZ (People don't just bump into each other and have sex. This isn't Cinemax! -- Jerry)
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To: JohnnyZ
The Chronicle would never endorse a conservative. Green is just the guy Perry picked because he's mad at Smith beating Xavier Rodriguez last time.
4 posted on 02/24/2004 10:18:17 AM PST by WinOne4TheGipper (Re: Kerry's letter to Bush. Patriotism is indeed the last refuge of scoundrels.)
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To: SwinneySwitch
Yet, the YTC endorsed the very liberal Cheryl Johnson for the Court of Criminal Appeals. I have not received a response to my request that they explain that endorsement.
5 posted on 02/24/2004 10:19:57 AM PST by writmeister
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To: WinOne4TheGipper
The Chronicle would never endorse a conservative.

It's a Republican primary with two candidates. There's no liberal to endorse.

6 posted on 02/24/2004 10:30:19 AM PST by JohnnyZ (People don't just bump into each other and have sex. This isn't Cinemax! -- Jerry)
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To: WinOne4TheGipper
No, but I did work there years ago.

Is it a "GucciB"?
7 posted on 02/24/2004 10:31:03 AM PST by SwinneySwitch (The Barbarians are Inside the Gates!)
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To: JohnnyZ; Gracey
"What is the evidence that Paul Green is liberal to moderate?"

I just got off the phone with an activist and campaign guy who is helping some candidates (ie Garcia). He ran into Paul Green at an event. Green was talking about the need for 'an hispanic on the Texas supreme court' and was pro- affirmative action in his comments to some people there. This guys joke to me was "if this guy thinks we need a hispanic on the court, why is he running?"

Of course, a key reason alot of us like Smith is because he is foursquare for equality of opportunity and against racial preferences.

This is all about 'payback' from the moderates for conservative Smith taking on a moderate. The YCT press release also mentions Green's comments to a paper, which confirms the anecdote I've heard.

We need to support Steven Smith.

SAY NO TO THE GREENS.


8 posted on 02/24/2004 11:59:42 AM PST by WOSG (If we call Republicans the "Grand Old Party" lets call Democrats the Corrupt Radical Activist Party.)
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To: JohnnyZ
It's a Republican primary with two candidates. There's no liberal to endorse.

Wrong! While in most races that would be true, the Bill Green that is running against Ernest Garcia has a history as a liberal democrat, working for a liberal Democrat legislator, on the judicial staff for Democratic judges, and voting for and supporting Democrats.

I cant find anything recognizably Republican or conservative about Bill Green. And that is why the left-wing rag the Austin Chronicle endorsed him!

Now the other guy, Paul Green is a Republican, sure, but IMHO is a 'squishy one', he's the O'Connor wing, while Smith is in the Scalia wing. My vote is for the conservative over the moderate. Again, there is enough of a difference for the leftist Chronicle to recognize the leftists' favorite choice.

9 posted on 02/24/2004 12:05:32 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
Wrong! While in most races that would be true, the Bill Green that is running against Ernest Garcia

Obviously there are some cases where liberal Republicans run. My comment was in response to the PAUL Green situation. While people are free to argue that Smith is more conservative, whatever, there's no evidence that I've heard to say that Paul Green isn't a conservative.

Frankly, I also suspect the linking of Paul Green with the manifestly objectionable Bill Green is designed to tar Paul by association. That is dishonest.

10 posted on 02/24/2004 12:10:13 PM PST by JohnnyZ (People don't just bump into each other and have sex. This isn't Cinemax! -- Jerry)
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To: writmeister
"Yet, the YTC endorsed the very liberal Cheryl Johnson for the Court of Criminal Appeals. I have not received a response to my request that they explain that endorsement."

Two questions: How has Johnson ruled and performed in the last 6 years,
and what about the opponent, another woman (forget the name)? Is she better? In what way?

I also was wondering about that one since I dont know first-hand how Johnson has performed, and asked a lawyer who ran himself for Criminal Appeals court race. He said Cheryl Johnson was good and his choice.
11 posted on 02/24/2004 12:11:19 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: JohnnyZ
"While people are free to argue that Smith is more conservative, whatever, there's no evidence that I've heard to say that Paul Green isn't a conservative."

First, I was careful to distinguish the two, but I also
mentioned evidence that he's pro-affirmative action judge, and if he's squishy on that, how 'conservative' is that?

So you cant say you havent heard evidence that he's not conservatives. I've given you some.

Besides, Smith has performed well as the incumbent. Why should we in effect 'fire' him? Because he is *too* Conservative? Because his staff has too many conservatives? That's a nutty reason to dump someone in a Republican primary!

12 posted on 02/24/2004 12:16:44 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: WOSG
I just got off the phone with an activist and campaign guy who is helping some candidates (ie Garcia). He ran into Paul Green at an event. Green was talking about the need for 'an hispanic on the Texas supreme court' and was pro- affirmative action in his comments to some people there.

So according to hearsay, Paul Green is in favor of racial diversity among elected officials; I certainly wouldn't expect him to be opposed to it! And he supposedly supports "affirmative action" -- or opportunity -- in what form, who knows.

And so one individual part of his philosophy may or may not be questionable.

Besides, Smith has performed well as the incumbent. Why should we in effect 'fire' him?

Smith is a big fan of primaries. That's how he got the job. If he's confident that he's doing a good job, he shouldn't worry. After all, nobody's going to vote against HIM because his last name is the 'wrong' ethnic origin!

13 posted on 02/24/2004 12:41:13 PM PST by JohnnyZ (People don't just bump into each other and have sex. This isn't Cinemax! -- Jerry)
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To: WOSG
Johnson is too defense-oriented for my taste. She is pretty much a reliable vote for criminal defendants in close (5-4 or 6-3) cases. Noble is more State-oriented -- which is my bias.
14 posted on 02/24/2004 1:11:09 PM PST by writmeister
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To: JohnnyZ
I consider my own source far more reliable than your average, say, Houston Chronicle article :-) it happened and it isnt the only indication. ... dont you find it a *little* suspicious that the liberal Statesman used the Paul Green run to 'highlight' competitive races? hmmmm - why are all the liberal papers talking up the opposition to Smith?

Opposing Smith is all about punishing the 'politically incorrect' who are against affirmative action. Dallas Monring News endorsed Green because of Smith's opposition to affirmative action.

Speaking of hearsay, this news report has Green spreading 'hearsay': In the Longview News-Journal last week, Paul Green claimed that Justice Smith's staff is too conservative. In today's San Antonio Express-News, Green criticized Justice Smith, saying "He's got some agendas related to social issues," apparently suggesting he disagrees with Justice Smith's opposition to racial quotas and abortion.

15 posted on 02/24/2004 3:18:19 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: JohnnyZ
Smith is a big fan of primaries. That's how he got the job. If he's confident that he's doing a good job, he shouldn't worry. After all, nobody's going to vote against HIM because his last name is the 'wrong' ethnic origin!

Another point: I knew both Smith and Rodriguez, and I knew Smith won the Hopwood case - I voted for the man who fought against the injustice of racial preferences and was more conservative. I was very insulted when the Austin Statesman insinuated that smith won on bias in 2002.

This primary I am voting for the best person in all slots - not just Smith for Texas Suprem court but also Ernest Garcia for 3rd court of appeals, Victor Carillo for Railroad commissioner, and Joe Martinez for Travis county sheriff. I dont believe in racial preferences in or out of politics and consider it a smear against Republicans to suggest that bias is a factor in primary outcomes.

16 posted on 02/24/2004 3:25:59 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
Here's my recommendations on Statewide or Area wide elections:

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 tjeu don't stand a chance to win for stated reason.


17 posted on 02/24/2004 8:33:09 PM PST by Gracey (An American- Not Fonda Kerry - The Shar Pei Candidate)
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To: writmeister
See my post 17
18 posted on 02/24/2004 8:35:00 PM PST by Gracey (An American- Not Fonda Kerry - The Shar Pei Candidate)
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To: Gracey; DrewsDad
Thanks, Gracey, we are on the same page, I agree with all your picks, although I havent decided on Patricia Noble vs Cheryl Johnson - I'd like to know more about Noble before pulling the lever for here.
19 posted on 02/24/2004 9:25:37 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: Gracey
PS. Love the tagline...

Not Fonda Kerry


20 posted on 02/24/2004 9:28:34 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: Gracey
I am with you. Here's hoping for another Smith reminder to the establishment in Austin and Washington that it is the voters who decide the nominees.
21 posted on 02/25/2004 7:56:11 AM PST by writmeister
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To: WOSG
After seeing liberals endorsing Johnson, I am more inclined to vote Noble.

So, no comments from you on our candidate questionnaire response?

22 posted on 02/25/2004 7:24:52 PM PST by DrewsDad
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To: SwinneySwitch; Flyer; bobbyd; PetroniDE; basil; Gracey; The Bat Lady; tarawa; WOSG; TheSarce; ...
Please Support Justice Steven Smith in the primary. Here's why ...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: David Rogers, Campaign Manager, (512) 923-6188
Cobie Russell, Texas Women's Initiative, (214) 521-2050

Justice Smith Wins Dallas Debate with Justice Green
Green Admits Not Having Read Important Cases for Which He Has Wrongly Criticized Smith

In an event that coincided with the first day of early voting, Texas Supreme Court Justice Steven Wayne Smith debated his challenger, Justice Paul Green of the San Antonio Court of Appeals, at a February 23 forum sponsored by the independent Texas Women's Initiative in downtown Dallas.

Repeatedly in the debate, Smith displayed considerably greater legal knowledge than his opponent. In addition, Justice Smith's lengthy, thoughtful explanation of his approach to legal issues (textualism and the rejection of the liberal "living Constitution" theory) led Green to remark "That seems like a fair way to approach it." ("it" in this context being judicial decision-making.)

Green acknowledged "I haven't studied Brown" v. Board of Education, the most important U.S. Supreme Court case of the 20th century because it struck down school segregation.

Green also admitted that, despite criticizing Smith for months for exercising free speech rights granted to judicial candidates under the U.S. Supreme Court's 2002 case Republican Party of Minnesota v. White, that he hadn't even bothered to read that case.

Green further admitted he hadn't read the West-Orange Cove school finance case decided by the Texas Supreme Court last year. Yet, Green has repeatedly criticized Smith for arguing in his opinion in West-Orange Cove that the Court should reverse its prior activist decision that imposed the "Robin Hood" scheme on Texas taxpayers. The opinion is available free of charge at www.JusticeSmith.com to anyone with any curiosity.

"Ignorance of the law is no excuse," quipped David Rogers, Smith's campaign manager. "If Green isn't going to take the time to read the most important cases, and is willing to attack without knowing what he's talking about, that calls his fitness as a judge into question."

Justice Smith, in contrast, showed a depth of understanding on a wide variety of legal topics. The topics were selected by the audience and by the independent debate moderator.

In response to a question about "judicial activism," Smith singled out the recent Massachusetts gay marriage case as an example, and said, "In contrast to the liberal elite, I believe that policy issues like abortion, school funding, and homosexual rights should be decided by the Texas Legislature, not the courts."

Green's response to the same question was to simply agree with Justice Smith.

In contrast, on the question of Texas' system of choosing judges, the two disagreed starkly, with Justice Smith defending elections, and Justice Green advocating taking away the right of voters to choose their judges in contested partisan elections.

In addition, in paired questions about judicial philosophy to the candidates, moderator Linda Eads, an SMU law school professor, asked if Green's lack of an "articulated judicial philosophy" gave him "unfettered discretion." Green's response was to point to his record and state "Others will have to say." Green has been repeatedly overturned by Texas' highest courts, including again just last week by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Smith responded to Eads' question on textualism (the judicial philosophy expounded by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Scalia and adopted by Justice Smith and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Mike Keasler, among others) with a lengthy and learned discussion of how textualism allows judges to discern legislative intent from statutory text, and how textualism limits judicial discretion and "reins in" activist impulses.

There were moments of levity in the hour-long debate, most notably when the debate moderator asked the near-bald Justice Smith what he liked most about his notoriously well-groomed opponent. "Well, I'd like to have his hair," Smith said.

The debate, held at 6:30 p.m. at the historic Belo House, mere blocks from the Dallas headquarters of the Dallas Morning News and WFAA-TV, was open to the public and the press. Only Texas Lawyer, of all the Texas media, sent a representative. Texas Lawyer reporter and Capitol veteran Mary Alice Robbins questioned both candidates exclusively for several minutes after the debate.

Justice Smith and his opponent are scheduled to debate again, next Tuesday, March 2nd, at noon before the Republican Club of Austin at Green Acres restaurant in South Austin.

Forty-three Dallas judges & justices, at levels from Justice of the Peace to Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, attended the debate, as did leading Dallas attorneys, Republican Party officials, and at least one Dallas City Councilman, Gary Griffith.

Republican State Executive Committeewoman Marjorie Ford, previously uncommitted to either candidate, said Smith's performance was "very impressive," and that Green was "soft around the edges."

Smith also announced his endorsement by both of Texas' Republican National Committee members, Tim Lambert and Denise McNamara, and a "vote of confidence" from Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Texas' senior U.S. Senator.

Justice Smith has also been endorsed for re-election by Young Conservatives of Texas, Conservative Republicans of Texas, Congressman Ron Paul, State Representatives Leo Berman (R-Tyler), Dan Flynn (R-Canton), Chairman of the House Judicial Affairs Committee Will Hartnett (R-Dallas), Fred Hill (R-Richardson), Bryan Hughes, (R-Marshall), Bill Keffer (R-Dallas), Corbin Van Arsdale (D-Houston), and former Representatives Carolyn Galloway, (R-Dallas), and Terral Smith (R-Travis County), who was also Legislative Director for Governor Bush.

Justice Smith has also been endorsed by an overwhelming number of Republican Party officials and conservative activists. For a complete listing, see www.JusticeSmith.com.

Justice Smith is best known as the attorney who filed, litigated and won the Hopwood case that ended racial preferences at Texas universities from 1996 through 2003. Justice Smith has served on the Supreme Court since Nov. 20 of 2002, and has been in the majority on the Court more than 95% of the time since then.


23 posted on 02/26/2004 6:18:36 PM PST by WOSG (If we call Republicans the "Grand Old Party" lets call Democrats the Corrupt Radical Activist Party.)
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