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"Texans for Sale or Rent"
special to FreeRepublic ^ | 17 August 2003 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)

Posted on 08/17/2003 7:58:19 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob

The title, of course, should be sung to the tune of Roger Miller's classic that begins with "trailers" rather than "Texans." The subject is the eleven State Senators from Texas who are holed up in a plush resort in New Mexico, afraid to return to their state for fear they would be arrested, dragged to the state Capitol, and forced to vote. Oh, the humanity.

For those who might have missed this French farce played as cowboy comedy, here's a brief recap: Texas, like every other state in the Union, has an obligation to redistrict itself after every Census. Texas attempted to do this before the 2002 election, but the courts stepped in. They rewrote the maps for that election, then kicked the matter back to the legislature for final decision. That's when things got weird.

Every ten years there's a nose count of the American people to assign the seats in the House of Representatives, per the Constitution. A few states remain constant, both in their relative size and their partisan balance. There no reapportionment is necessary, but that result is rare. Most states either grow sufficiently, or lag behind enough in population so they gain or lose Members in Congress. Most states change their partisan balance over ten years. Redrawing the lines to reflect these new realities is the basis of the decennial political blood-letting known as reapportionment.

Texas has grown and gained Representatives. It has also gone solidly Republican as measured by legislative, statewide, and presidential elections. It is the opposite of California which has gained Representatives, gone solidly Democrat, gone bankrupt, and is about to throw its Governor out on his ear. But I digress.

Not just in elections, but also in registration of voters, Texas is Republican. Yet it still has 17 Democrats to 15 Republicans in its House delegation. The Republicans have majorities in both houses of its legislature, and hold the Governorship. In those circumstances, one would expect Republicans to redraw the lines to their advantage, just as Democrats do in states they dominate. (In state legislatures that have split government between the parties, the parties strike some kind of bargain. Heck, politics is as simple as ABC sometimes.)

The wrinkle in Texas is a quorum rule which requires that two-thirds of the members of each house be present, for that house to act. The Democrats in each house lack a majority, but they can muster more than one-third of the members. Texas is now in its second Special Session as called by the Governor to deal with its reapportionment, which should have been passed in 2001. Its legislature apparently will not act in this Session, and the Governor will call a third Session. What's going on here?

The first Special Session was brought to a screeching halt when one-third of the House (all Democrats) skedaddled off to a Holiday Inn in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and had meals and press conferences in a nearby Denny's. Now in the second Special Session it's the Senators (all Democrats) who have gotten out of Dodge and are now located in a luxury resort in New Mexico. (They were flown there in a jet belonging to a bank, raising a federal legal problem.) The Texas Senate is still nominally in session, so the Senators are still receiving their salaries and per diem expenses in the amount of $125.

The remaining Senators back in the Capitol in Austin have voted to fine the missing Senators $1,000 per day and rising, for their absence. The Senators playing hooky in New Mexico say they won't pay the fines. None, however, has indicated any opposition to pocketing their salary and expense checks for the Session they are not attending.

Some of the evasive eleven have claimed there's a racial issue present because several of them are black. Walking off the job is not racial. Getting paid for not working is not racial. Contempt for democracy is not racial. Claiming a subject is racial when it's not, now that's racial.

A basic rule of democracy is, when your party loses an election you lick your wounds, accept the results, and prepare for a different result in the next election. Why are the Texas Democrats violating that basic rule? In a word, money. As Deep Throat advised Woodward and Bernstein in a D.C. parking garage, back at the time of the Watergate scandal, "Follow the money."

I am indebted to the excellent research of Roddy Stinson for the San Antonio Express News, who wrote an article on 14 August entitled "Who's paying for the Texas Senators NM vacation?" He tracked the major contributions to the Senators who have high-tailed it to New Mexico. In short, about forty percent of all the money that went into the campaign coffers of one of these Senators came from either the Texas Trial Lawyers Association or from individual trial lawyers in that state. (This is based on a test case of just a few of these Senators.) And the Senators are using those accounts to pay the freight for their vacation from legislating.

I strongly recommend that full article to every reader. It's on the Internet. It will open your eyes just like sitting on a tack would.

It should be noted that while the House members holed up at the Holiday Inn and Denny's, the Senators are lounging by the indoor/outdoor pool at Albuquerque's Marriott Pyramid North, with its waterfall in the lobby, its $99-and-up weekend rates, and its restaurants with comparable quality and costs. Obviously, rank does have its privileges.

So why would Texas trial lawyers shell out cash money for Texas State Senators not to do their job in Austin? Does the phrase "tort reform" ring a bell?

An increasing number of states are passing tort reform in response to doctors who are fleeing various jurisdictions, or even quitting their professions altogether, due to liability insurance rates that may exceed $100,000 a year for doctors who've never had a successful claim against them. Insurance companies are also supporting such reforms because the rates they must charge are going through the roof. And ordinary citizens are joining the demand because ultimately, in insurance and/or medical costs, they pay the whole bill for this legal excess.

But the one place where tort reform would really take a serious bite out of the problem is in Congress. If they reined in the trial lawyers at the national level, the problem would be solved in part in all states at a single stroke. So who is against tort reform? It's the trial lawyers who get fat on a system that has turned the courts into a cash cow for the lawyers, and for their support personnel like BMW dealers.

And months ago, tort reform was defeated in the Congress with the nearly unanimous support of Democrats, with a couple stray Republicans thrown in.

Given all these facts, what's going on in (and outside of) Texas is entirely understandable. Both Republican and Democrat experts agree that if Texas is reapportioned based on its growth in size and growth in Republicans, the Republicans will gain six or seven seats in its House delegation. That sort of change from Texas alone could be sufficient to make tort reform pass in Congress. And the trial lawyers would no longer be able to back a Brinks truck up to their offices and unload the cash with a pitchfork (with upwards of 40 percent of the money not going to John Q. Public who lost a leg, but to John Q. Lawyer who wants to buy an airplane).

So the Texas trial lawyers are a thin green line, protecting their own wallets – and the wallets of their confederates across the country – from tort reform. No wonder their association gave $50,000 to one of absconding State Senators. No wonder that trial lawyers like Richard Warren Mithoff (Houston), the firm of Perry & Haas (Corpus Christi), and the firm of Morgan & Weisbrod (Dallas) gave $10,000 each to just one absent legislator.

For a successful trial lawyer, $10,000 is mere coffee money. It's a drop in the bucket compared to the opportunity to take down $500,000 next year, if the money machine for trial lawyers remains exactly as it is. The Texas Trial Lawyers Association also gave a total of $160,000 to eight of the other fugitive Senators.

The problem of the purchase -- or more accurately the rental -- of politicians by trial lawyers is not just a Texas matter. A decade ago a colleague of mine and I did a client research project (the results were not published) which tracked major donors to federal candidates back to their lairs. We found that, contrary to federal law, many lawyers made contributions listing their home addresses (on Long Island or elsewhere) and omitted the required information about their occupations. Net conclusion: about a quarter of all contributions to all candidates for Congress was then made by lawyers, a percentage that may have increased since then.

In Texas, in Congress, and no doubt in many other states, the trial lawyers are renting politicians the same way that they hire secretaries or lease office equipment. If it's beneficial to their practices, they spend the money.

What's the solution in Texas? The strike by Democrat legislators there needs to be broken by whatever means that the law allows. The Senate, the House, and the Governor need to accomplish this result in the third Special Session. Also, a serious effort needs to be made, both by honest Democrats in the primaries and by Republican opponents in the general elections, to throw out of office all Texas legislators whose idea of doing their job is to run away from the state.

The break in the Texas logjam is needed for more than just the people of Texas. There's a natural tendency toward cowardice among humankind. The Texas legislators who ran away rather than stay and do their job need to be slapped down as an example to all other legislators in all other states on any issue. If the Texas cowards succeed, there will be more legislative cowards elsewhere. If the Texas ones fail, that tendency will be reduced. For the same reason that we send robbers to prison in part as an example to other robbers, Texas needs to send its absent legislators to the state Capitol.

Texans for sale or rent / Having our room service sent / Lounging ‘round by the pools / Playing our whole state for fools ....

We know every lawyer in every court / And all of their partners, and all of their torts / And every hangout, in every town/ And every lock that ain't locked when no one's around ....

Texans for sale or rent ....

- 30 -

John Armor was a trial lawyer early in his checkered career. He has now mended his ways, and is a civil rights lawyer in appeals cases. - 30 -


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Because this subject is heating up, again and even as we speak, I thought it appropriate to post this on FreeRepublic before it appears on either ChronWatch or UPI. FReepers deserve that courtesy, doncha know?
1 posted on 08/17/2003 7:58:19 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob
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To: Congressman Billybob
Because this subject is heating up, again and even as we speak, I thought it appropriate to post this on FreeRepublic before it appears on either ChronWatch or UPI. FReepers deserve that courtesy, doncha know?


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Thank you. You da man!
3 posted on 08/17/2003 8:03:30 PM PDT by BenR2 ((John 3:16: Still True Today.))
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To: Congressman Billybob
I'm not surprised. As long as the benefits of staying away from Austin - and by that I mean someone else picking up the entire tab for them - outweigh the costs to their pocketbooks, I'd be surprised if any of the Chicken D 11 returns to the State Capitol any time soon. If they start running out of money to stay in Albuquerque, that could signal the beginning of the end of what's left of the Democratic Party in Texas. This is really their Last Stand.
4 posted on 08/17/2003 8:03:54 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: alilrainmustfall
These Dems have outsmarted us so bad again. The test is--do we get to redistrict or not. The answer is--not. We lose.


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Huh? It ain't over till it's over!

(And it ain't over!)
5 posted on 08/17/2003 8:04:15 PM PDT by BenR2 ((John 3:16: Still True Today.))
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To: alilrainmustfall
We lose.

Is that true or just wishful thinking?

6 posted on 08/17/2003 8:04:31 PM PDT by Consort
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To: Congressman Billybob
I don't think the US House is presently under the control of the trial lawyers, and the place has passed tort reform. But I could be wrong.
7 posted on 08/17/2003 8:04:51 PM PDT by Torie
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To: Congressman Billybob
Nightmare scenario (for New Mexico Pubbies): The chicken D's like NM and take up permanent residence here!!

BUMP to add NM to Topics.

8 posted on 08/17/2003 8:15:59 PM PDT by CedarDave (Were you in Georgia or New York when the lights went out?)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Trial lawyers and the Texas Democrat Party go way back. The following is a graph from a piece by Morton Kondracke back in the 2000 Presidential campaign......


* Tobacco Five refers to Walter Umphrey, John O’Quinn, John Eddie Williams, Wayne Reaud, Harold Nix, their spouses and partners.
** Transfers from National Democratic Sources consist of contributions to the Texas Democratic Party from the DNC (Democratic National Committee), the DLCC (Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee), the DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee), and the DSCC (Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee). In the 1998 election cycle, the Tobacco Five and other Texas Plaintiff Lawyers contributed in excess of $1.8 million to national democratic sources.

Bush's Trial with the Trial Lawyers

9 posted on 08/17/2003 8:21:39 PM PDT by deport
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To: Torie
The most recent attempt to control trial lawyer excesses -- by capping non-economic damages (the open-ended ones on which lawyers get rich when juries go wild) at $250,000 -- was defeated just two months ago in Congress. Do trial lawyers control Congress? For now, the answer is yes.

And that's one of the reasons I may run for Congress. Watch this space....

Billybob / John

10 posted on 08/17/2003 8:23:05 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob ("Don't just stand there. Run for Congress." www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: goldstategop
Their last stand at the Albuquerquemo. How fitting for the Texas revisonists.

Thanks to Congressman BillyBob for this very informative piece.
11 posted on 08/17/2003 8:30:26 PM PDT by billhilly
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To: Temple Owl
ping
12 posted on 08/17/2003 8:32:50 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: Congressman Billybob
Do you have a link to the Bill, or a Bill number? I would like to see the roll call vote. What trial lawyer lap dog do you plan to try to take out?
13 posted on 08/17/2003 8:33:12 PM PDT by Torie
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To: Congressman Billybob
Great article, Billybob
14 posted on 08/17/2003 8:33:30 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: alilrainmustfall
These Dems have outsmarted us so bad again.

Only an idiot would think that!

15 posted on 08/17/2003 8:36:13 PM PDT by lonestar (Weinie for California Governor!)
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To: CedarDave
I will apologize for allowing our trash to blow over the fence Dave. Sorry bout that. Hopefully they get voted back to unemployment line soon........

Stay safe !

16 posted on 08/17/2003 8:36:24 PM PDT by Squantos (Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Congressmann:
If you run I will send money from Califoria. True I can't send much, but I will send some. I might even make a trip back there and walk the neighborhood. Run Congressman (so that will really be your title.)

The very best to you and yours.

Semper Fi
Tommie

17 posted on 08/17/2003 8:38:35 PM PDT by Texican
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To: lonestar
Only an idiot would think that!


Especially one that was borned yesterday.....
18 posted on 08/17/2003 8:40:32 PM PDT by deport
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To: Dog Gone; Flyer; Xenalyte; Eaker; humblegunner; TexasCowboy; Humidston; PetroniDE; TWfromTEXAS; ...
Ping
19 posted on 08/17/2003 8:40:45 PM PDT by HoustonCurmudgeon (PEACE - Through Superior Firepower)
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To: Congressman Billybob
WOW what an editorial you have written. You must submit this to the San Antonio Express-News and I mean NOW. Yes Roddy did a great job of exposing the info that he did and I personally emailed him and the paper on a JOB WELL DONE. And then I just couldn't help but email and call VandePuete's office and remind them to read the "column of the day".

She has the nerve to call Gov. Perry a puppet when she is now being used as the puppet of the liberal left wing of her party. I take this personally because she my husband and I graduated from the same high school and know each other well, but this has just really put me off. Any coorespondence to them I have sent, I have sent to her first and have definately signed my name.

In any case this post must be passed on to others, and even more others. Thank you for it.

20 posted on 08/17/2003 8:46:27 PM PDT by GUIDO
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To: HoustonCurmudgeon
What gets me, HC, is that the Republicans act like this is a surprise - even the SECOND time!!
Cheeeezzzz!
They knew the first time this happened that they were dealing with Democrats - the lowest, scum sucking vermin on the planet!
Didn't ANYONE have any idea how to prevent this?
Why wasn't there some effort taken to pass measures to change the Texas Constitution to prevent this?
I've never read of one thing being done before hand!
My God! Are all Republican Congressmen retarded?
21 posted on 08/17/2003 8:51:22 PM PDT by TexasCowboy (COB1)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Gov. Perry should fine the AWOL democrats, declare their sorry seats vacant and appoint Republicans to take the vacated seats.

Willie Nelson can serenade the AWOL democrats with the lyrics "Got along without you before I met you, gunna get along without you now."
22 posted on 08/17/2003 8:59:08 PM PDT by Graewoulf
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To: Congressman Billybob
Texans for sale or rent,
Rooms way more than fifty cents,
Satellite, heated pool, and pets...
No one here but us Democrats.
Less than two hours of turbo zoom
Buys our safe seats some breathing room
We're Texas legislators...Kings of the road.

Southwest Flight 902
Destination, ABQ
New spiffy shirts and shoes
We don't pay no union dues.
We smoke Cohibas we just "found"
Short, but pretty big around.
We're Texas legislators...Kings of the road.

We know every stew on every plane
All of their children, and all of their names.
And every party hack in every town
And every lock that's open when the Pubs ain't around...

We're just Texans for sale or rent,
Rooms way more than fifty cents,
Satellite, heated pool, even pets...
No one here but us Democrats.
Less than two hours of turbo zoom
Buys our safe seats some breathing room
We're Texas legislators...Kings of the road.
23 posted on 08/17/2003 9:04:28 PM PDT by RichInOC ("Dang ya, dang ya, they oughta take a rope and hang ya, hang ya from the highest treeeee...")
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To: Constitution Day
Hi, Brandon,

Please let the NC folks know about the latest column.

John / Billybob
24 posted on 08/17/2003 9:09:02 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob ("Don't just stand there. Run for Congress." www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: GUIDO
Thank you VERY much for your comments. I called Roddy before writing my piece to see if he could give me an Internet link back to his article. If so, I would have put that in mine. Didn't hear from him, unfortunately.

The Express is already on this story, good and solid. The rest of the nation, however, is not. I hope this goes on UPI. Can't even offer it elsewhere until I hear from them.

Billybob

25 posted on 08/17/2003 9:15:13 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob ("Don't just stand there. Run for Congress." www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: Congressman Billybob
INTREP
26 posted on 08/17/2003 9:30:08 PM PDT by LiteKeeper
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To: Congressman Billybob
As an aside, 58% of all Congressional ballots cast in Texas during the 2002 election were for Republicans.

However, as you note, the 58/42 margin netted only 15 seats out of 32 (47/53). Can you say "gerrymander"?

27 posted on 08/17/2003 11:23:09 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE.)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Fantastic writing!
28 posted on 08/17/2003 11:26:51 PM PDT by The South Texan (The Democrat Party and the leftist (ABCCBSNBCCNN NYLA TIMES)media are a criminal enterprise!)
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To: Congressman Billybob
The first Special Session was brought to a screeching halt when one-third of the House (all Democrats) skedaddled off to a Holiday Inn in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and had meals and press conferences in a nearby Denny's. Now in the second Special Session it's the Senators (all Democrats) who have gotten out of Dodge and are now located in a luxury resort in New Mexico. (They were flown there in a jet belonging to a bank, raising a federal legal problem.) The Texas Senate is still nominally in session, so the Senators are still receiving their salaries and per diem expenses in the amount of $125.

This is a good article but you have this wrong. The House Dems left during the regular session. There is a point in the session that all bills (House or Senate) must be passed out of their respective houses. If the bills are not passed out, then they are dead. This is the deadline that the House Dems used to kill redistricting the first time. In the first special sessions redisctricting was killed by the Senate Dems because they have a rule known as a blocker bill. It says that 2/3rds of all senators have to agree to bring up a bill. There were only 18 votes to bring up redistricting, you need 21. All the Dems and one republican were not going to vote to bring up the bill. So the bill was dead. Then Gov. Perry called the second special session and the Senate Rats ran.
29 posted on 08/17/2003 11:31:06 PM PDT by jf55510
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To: Congressman Billybob

Chicken D's Anthem
Click here or on the pic !

30 posted on 08/18/2003 12:03:53 AM PDT by lowbridge (Texas Democrats. Saddam. On the lam together.)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Good morning John,

I will be glad to ping the NC list.
Also, I just saw your FRmails you sent me last week.
I was on vacation and will get back to you as soon as I get some messages & e-mails returned here at work.

All the best,
CD

31 posted on 08/18/2003 5:19:24 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: *Old_North_State; **North_Carolina; mykdsmom; 100%FEDUP; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; ~Vor~; ...
Congressman Billybob's latest!
Please FRmail me if you want to be added to or removed from this North Carolina ping list.
32 posted on 08/18/2003 5:21:24 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Congressman Billybob; Squantos; Clinger; GeronL; Billie; Slyfox; San Jacinto; SpookBrat; FITZ; ...
Excellent ! Excellent ! Excellent ! Thank you Congressman Billybob for this great article !

[To the Roger Miller tune, Trailers for sale or rent] ...

Texans for sale or rent / Having our room service sent / Lounging ‘round by the pools / Playing our whole state for fools ....

We know every lawyer in every court / And all of their partners, and all of their torts / And every hangout, in every town/ And every lock that ain't locked when no one's around ....

Texans for sale or rent ....



Please let me know if you want ON or OFF my Texas or General Interest ping list!. . .don't be shy.


33 posted on 08/18/2003 6:09:06 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Check out the Texas Chicken D 'RATS!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/keyword/Redistricting)
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To: Consort; Admin Moderator; alilrainmustfall
alilrainmustfall
Nobody by that name.

Pesky skeeters, LOL !! That was a SHORT life ...



34 posted on 08/18/2003 6:15:58 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Check out the Texas Chicken D 'RATS!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/keyword/Redistricting)
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To: jf55510
That's correct. You have accurately stated the chronology of events.

For the record, the Democrat senators claim to be refusing their per diem at this time, although they continue to draw their rather meager salaries.

They admit that "their supporters" are helping them with their hotel bills (meaning they're getting a totally free vacation).

35 posted on 08/18/2003 6:26:48 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Congressman Billybob
Excellant article - 1 correction. The House dims fled from a regular session. The Senate dims fled at the end of the first special session, and are absent from the second.
36 posted on 08/18/2003 6:30:54 AM PDT by mathluv
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To: Congressman Billybob
Have you sent it to Bob Sellers at Fox News? He did a great interview with van der Putte when he subbed for John Gibson on The Big Story. His wife is from Texas - he may be also.
37 posted on 08/18/2003 6:36:32 AM PDT by mathluv
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To: Congressman Billybob; MeeknMing












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38 posted on 08/18/2003 6:58:15 AM PDT by autoresponder (PETA TERRORISTS .wav file: BRUCE FRIEDRICH: http://tinyurl.com/hjhd)
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To: mathluv; admin; All
Several keen-eyed Texas readers have pointed out that my article as written contains a serious error. To make the article correct, the following two paragraphs should replace paragrah seven of the original.

Admin -- I know you don't do editing. But do you do footnotes, so readers won't be misled?

Note to all readers on this thread: This correction has already been made on my two submissions of this for publication. Anyone else who thinks others in the media should see this are welcome to send it thither and yon. Just BE SURE TO MAKE THE PARAGRAPH CHANGE before sending it out. And preserve my byline and copyrght -- that's all I ask.

Billybob

Here are the substitutes for paragraph seven:

The first Regular Session was brought to a screeching halt when one-third of the House (all Democrats) skedaddled off to a Holiday Inn in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and had meals and press conferences in a nearby Denny’s. The First Special Session was brought down by a Senate rule which allowed one-third of the Senators to block introduction of any matter. When Senate leaders proposed to change this rule and the Governor called a second Special Session, that’s when Senate Democrats took action.

Now it’s the Senators (all Democrats) who have gotten out of Dodge and are now located in a luxury resort in New Mexico. (They were flown there in a jet belonging to a bank, raising a federal legal problem.) The Texas Senate is still nominally in session, so the Senators are still receiving their salaries and per diem expenses in the amount of $125.

39 posted on 08/18/2003 7:23:57 AM PDT by Congressman Billybob ("Don't just stand there. Run for Congress." www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: jf55510
Yours were the first keen eyes to catch my error. I've made the necessary corrections to the article as submitted for publication, and have noted the corrections on this thread.

Thank you for saving me from a moderate case of brain freeze. The instant I read your note I slapped my forehead and said, "He's right."

Billybob

40 posted on 08/18/2003 7:27:15 AM PDT by Congressman Billybob ("Don't just stand there. Run for Congress." www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: RichInOC
LOL!
41 posted on 08/18/2003 7:28:15 AM PDT by MaryFromMichigan ( If a man says something in the woods and there are no women there, is he still wrong?)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Good job, Billy Bob.

Just one more nit to pick - Texans don't register as Republicans or Democrats. We only make our choice public when we vote in primaries.

Here's another viewpoint - mine - on the runaways
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/959780/posts

And, here's my report on my Trip to Van De Putte,see post 2 at
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/958095/posts
Here's the link to Roddy Stinson's article on FR. And here's the link to the column:
http://news.mysanantonio.com/story.cfm?xla=saen&xlb=1380&xlc=1039479

If you want to read Stinson's columns on line, you have to go on a treasure hunt. For some reason, he's under "Other E-N Columnists in a scroll down list on the Opinion page at the EN site.
42 posted on 08/18/2003 7:57:22 AM PDT by hocndoc (Choice is the # 1 killer in the US)
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To: Congressman Billybob; yall
Man, I wish I was smart enough to know how to fix THIS to say:

Texas Trial Liars Association

I bet there is SOME Freeper with that talent, too !!

Help ! ...


43 posted on 08/18/2003 8:39:02 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Check out the Texas Chicken D 'RATS!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/keyword/Redistricting)
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To: MeeknMing
LOL, good one!
44 posted on 08/18/2003 9:02:17 AM PDT by My back yard
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To: MeeknMing
<< Texans for sale or rent .... >>

We smoke new Cubans we've bin sent
By NM's guvvnah who's of KKKling Tong bent
When that crook was prezidente
He had'em up by Castro sent

To his office in the u n tent
Where used-up suckers on new job-search went
Unless their dresses had seen bent-one vent
Or Starbucks' Coffee'd seen their bodies rent

Of course Bill didn't make it to the un's tent
And to seeing used suckers could make their rent
Until all of Los Alamos's secrets to Peking he'd sent
For the treasonous scumbag bastard who thinks he was ever "presidente!"

Etceteras ............

45 posted on 08/18/2003 9:06:15 AM PDT by Brian Allen ( Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Well, a bit crude but the best I could do with MS Paint ...

With apologies to you good Freepers and lawyers out there !! No offense intended there ...


46 posted on 08/18/2003 9:22:10 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Check out the Texas Chicken D 'RATS!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/keyword/Redistricting)
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To: Congressman Billybob
WOnderfully done!
47 posted on 08/18/2003 9:30:45 AM PDT by hoosiermama (.Prayers for all)
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To: MeeknMing

I like it!

48 posted on 08/18/2003 9:31:06 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Brian Allen
hehe ! Pretty good, BA !!

49 posted on 08/18/2003 9:44:53 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Check out the Texas Chicken D 'RATS!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/keyword/Redistricting)
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To: Dog Gone
hehe ! Thanks !

50 posted on 08/18/2003 9:46:30 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Check out the Texas Chicken D 'RATS!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/keyword/Redistricting)
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