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  • With Foley Scandal, GOP Faces Fate of 1994 Democrats(Marty Frost alert)

    10/10/2006 8:17:05 AM PDT · by Dane · 72 replies · 1,267+ views
    Fox News ^ | October 9, 2006 | Martin Frost
    A few weeks ago I wrote a column comparing the 1994 election for the U.S. House of Representatives with this year’s election. I concluded the column by pointing out that history rarely repeats itself exactly. How wrong I was. The current page scandal is an exact re-run of the scandal House Democrats faced in 1994 over the House Bank and the House postal system, except that the parties are reversed. This year it’s the Republicans who are on the ropes and the outcome should be the same…devastating results for the party in power. Let’s review the bidding. In 1994, then...
  • Kathryn Frost, wife of former congressman, dies

    08/20/2006 9:47:00 AM PDT · by Rastus · 8 replies · 694+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | August 18, 2006 | Richard Whittle
    WASHINGTON – Retired Army Maj. Gen. Kathryn George Frost, the wife of former U.S. Rep. Martin Frost, D-Dallas, died Friday after a four-year battle with breast cancer. Gen. Frost, who commanded the Army and Air Force Exchange Service in Dallas during her final service assignment, was 57. The AAFES is an $8 billion operation that provides retail goods to U.S. troops worldwide. "She was a highly accomplished Army officer,” Mr. Frost said. "She was the senior woman in the Army on active duty when she retired in April of 2005.” As AAFES commander, Gen. Frost was responsible for establishing post...
  • Let's get ready to run

    09/13/2005 8:04:05 PM PDT · by scrabblehack · 137+ views ^ | Sept 12 2005 | Martin Frost
    Memo: Let's Get Ready to Run Monday, September 12, 2005 By Martin Frost I am writing you in your capacities as chairman of the Democratic Party’s top three national political committees: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) and the Democratic National Committee (DNC). It’s time to throw out the traditional playbook and be bold as you plan for the 2006 elections. There is a real possibility that next year’s contest will be a landslide for Democrats and you need to be prepared to win. Specifically, Emanuel and Schumer should file candidates for every single...
  • Martin Frost On FOX News Payroll

    02/14/2005 10:24:51 PM PST · by davidtalker · 54 replies · 1,200+ views
    FOX News | self
    How many of you North Texans have picked up on this? Lib Former Congressman has been named a paid "contributor" at FOX News. Slimy, greasy DNC Chairman wannabe gets onto the FOX payroll. Whenever someone calls FOX News a "Right Wing" network rmember these names. Frost, Clift, Estrich, Ferraro, Beckel and Juan Williams just to name a few. However, for many of us, this one is partcularly obnoxious.
  • Innocents Abroad (Don’t send Joe Biden to do Condi Rice’s job. Plus: Frost is off the pumpkin.)

    02/02/2005 10:44:31 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies · 894+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 2/2/2005 | The Prowler
    UGLY AMERICAN OF THE WEEKSo much for Sen. Joe Biden's audition as a future Secretary of State. At least if you ask the Iranians. Last week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Biden agreed to serve as a host and leading U.S. representative at a dinner with senior Iranian government officials. WEF staff contacted Biden's staff and said later that Biden or at least his aides took an active interest in coordinating the planning for the event. Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi was the highest-ranking Iranian official present at the event. Which is more than can be said for...
  • Dean, Other DNC Chair Candidates Campaign for South's Endorsement

    01/08/2005 4:03:15 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 39 replies · 732+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 8, 2005 | Harry R. Weber
    COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) - Seven candidates for chairman of the Democratic National Committee promised Saturday to address the concerns of Southern voters, saying they had learned the lessons of the past two elections. "You want to know my Southern strategy, show up," said Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor who dropped out of the presidential race during last year's Democratic primaries. Dean and the other candidates seeking to replace Terry McAuliffe as the face of the Democratic Party spoke before a Southern audience at the first of several regional caucuses to give Democratic Party officials a chance to hear...
  • Frost Said to Be Making Calls About DNC

    11/29/2004 7:05:03 PM PST · by Buck W. · 28 replies · 655+ views
    Newsday ^ | 11/29/04
    WASHINGTON -- Defeated Texas Congressman Martin Frost is among potential candidates for chairman of the Democratic National Committee who are telephoning members about the situation, a leading Democrat said Monday. "The following candidates are making phone calls to DNC members -- Howard Dean, Donnie Fowler, Martin Frost and Leo Hindery," said Mark Brewer, party chairman in Michigan and president of the Association of State Democratic Chairs.
  • TX Redistricting Effects Could Be Short-Lived

    11/08/2004 5:41:51 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 12 replies · 723+ views
    Redistricting effects could be short-lived Texas may not have heard last of ousted Democrats AUSTIN (AP) — Republicans control the state's congressional delegation for the first time in modern history, but the freshly elected lawmakers might not have time to get too comfortable. In fact, they could wind up campaigning in new districts in two years, or even sooner. Redistricting shake-ups Freshman members of Congress elected Tuesday: • Louie Gohmert, Republican. • Ted Poe, Republican • Mike McCaul, Republican • Mike Conaway, Republican • Kenny Marchant, Republican • Al Green, Democrat • Henry Cuellar, Democrat Democrats ousted under new map:...
  • Frost Concedes to Sessions

    11/02/2004 7:28:27 PM PST · by MeekOneGOP · 16 replies · 256+ views
    FOX 4 | November 2, 2004
    Frost Concedes to Sessions
  • {TX} Redistricting Decision Jostles Candidates, Voters

    10/20/2004 6:20:47 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 7 replies · 394+ views
    Laredo, TX, Morning Times ^ | 10-20-04 | Gamboa, Suzanne, AP
    Redistricting decision jostles candidates, voters BY SUZANNE GAMBOA Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court's decision sending Texas redistricting back to a lower court has created the possibility that the U.S. House members chosen by voters this election may have to run in an entirely different district in two years. Voters are choosing their U.S. representatives according to a map designed by the 2003 Legislature. The map, which replaced districts drawn by a federal court in 2001, has been highly controversial. The Supreme Court on Monday put a big question mark on the map's future when it told...
  • Libertarian {Spoilers} Could Rock the Texas Vote {for Congress} Nov. 2

    10/14/2004 3:13:47 PM PDT · by Theodore R. · 5 replies · 594+ views
    Austin, TX, American-Statesman ^ | 10-14-04 | McNeely, Dave
    Libertarians could rock the Texas vote Nov. 2. Thursday, October 14, 2004 DALLAS — If you thought more Republicans are running in Texas' 32 congressional districts this year than Democrats, you'd be right. There are 29, versus 28 Democrats. If you thought Republicans had the most of any party, you'd be wrong. That's the Libertarians, with 30. They left unchallenged only Republicans Ron Paul of Surfside in the 14th District, the Libertarians' presidential candidate in 1988, and former Fort Worth Mayor Kay Granger in the 12th. The significance of this show of candidates is not that even one Texas Libertarian...
  • Congressman Pete Sessions'(R-TX) Streaking Stunt {from 1974} Exposed

    10/12/2004 8:24:28 PM PDT · by Theodore R. · 113 replies · 3,867+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 10-12-04 | Not given
    Old school days long gone, but not forgotten: Congressman's streaking stunt exposed DALLAS The gloves have come off in a tight election race between two Texas congressmen -- and every other article of clothing appears to be fair game as well. Democrats are circulating old newspaper clippings of a 1974 college streaking stunt staged by hundreds of students at what was then called Southwest Texas State University. One of the participants was an 18-year-old freshman named Pete Sessions -- who grew up to become a conservative Republican congressman. A Sessions spokesman says the congressman's "old school days are long gone"...
  • Martin Frost and the Child Molester!

    10/02/2004 1:48:25 PM PDT · by Tacis · 7 replies · 837+ views
    10/2/04 | Tacis
    A momentous event occured last week and while it was mentioned here, I didn't see the analysis that it warranted.Ultra-left wing, leftie Congressman Martin Frost is running for reelection from Texas in a new district, one created by the corrective redistricting urged by American patriot and bipartisan champion, Texas Congressman Tom DeLay. Frost had been in a district, mostly black, that delivered him left wing votes every two years. He chose to move to a new district and is now running where blacks votes will be few and honest Republicans are many. He is desperate!! He is trying to look...
  • Surprise in a House Race Could Frost TX Republicans {Frost v. Sessions}

    09/19/2004 8:40:14 PM PDT · by Theodore R. · 28 replies · 1,027+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 09-19-04 | Hines, Cragg
    Surprise in a House race would frost Republicans Cragg Hines returns to old stomping grounds in North Dallas to check on why some local GOP types are fretting about a supposedly safe district By CRAGG HINES Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle ADDISON -- In the newly gerrymandered U.S. House seat centered on securely upmarket North Dallas, the biggest concern of the Republican candidate might normally be what kind of canapés to serve following the swearing-in next January. George W. Bush, a former district resident, easily carried the area in the 2000 presidential election, with almost 65 percent of the vote. It's...
  • Bitter House race boils over (TX)

    08/18/2004 5:31:46 AM PDT · by Arrowhead1952 · 36 replies · 1,100+ views
    AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF ^ | Wednesday, August 18, 2004 | By Chuck Lindell
    Disagreement over yard signs turns to full-scale battle between men vying for Dallas-area congressional seat By Chuck Lindell AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Wednesday, August 18, 2004 The post-redistricting showdown between Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions and Democratic U.S. Rep. Martin Frost collapsed into a fit of name-calling and vitriol Tuesday, with Sessions' campaign labeled "immature" and Frost's tagged as "bizarre." What started as a snarky disagreement over campaign yard signs erupted into accusations of political dirty tricks and attempted intimidation, then erupted again when Frost's campaign revealed a 2-year-old police report indicating that Sessions had pulled up an opponent's yard signs during...
  • Martin Frost trying to shut down free discussion of public opposition to amnesty for illegal aliens

    08/16/2004 3:44:12 PM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 46 replies · 1,088+ views ^ | August 16, 2004 | Anne Manetas
    Martin Frost trying to shut down free discussion of public opposition to amnesty for illegal aliens This is a special request being sent to those of you who live in and around Dallas. You have an opportunity to help prevent Rep. Martin Frost (D-TX) from shutting down free discussion of public opposition to amnesty for illegal aliens. We need you to call Dallas TV stations to support them in their decision thus far to run ads decrying amnesties for illegal aliens. The stations are under great pressure to silence the ads. Your phone calls can keep this free speech...
  • TX Democrats keep up with Republican opponents in campaign fund raising

    07/17/2004 7:35:53 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 9 replies · 431+ views
    Democrats keep up with Republican opponents in campaign fund raising Associated Press AUSTIN (AP) — Texas' Democratic incumbents kept pace last quarter with the fund-raising efforts of their Republican challengers in congressional districts that were redrawn last year to favor the GOP. Republican leaders engineered the redistricting effort to eliminate a half-dozen incumbent Democrats from Congress. Five of the Democratic incumbents will be on the November ballot facing Republican challengers. The five Democrats raised a total of $3.08 million in the quarter ending June 30, compared to their Republican challengers, who raised $3.12 million. "This really shows that the Republicans...
  • Rep. Frost under investigation in Texas

    06/23/2004 3:07:57 PM PDT · by Indy Pendance · 5 replies · 132+ views
    UPI ^ | 6-23-04
    WASHINGTON, June 23 (UPI) -- Texas Democratic Rep. Martin Frost now faces scrutiny from the same county prosecutor investigating Republican House Majority Leader Tom Delay of Texas. Although the investigation of DeLay by Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle, the investigation of Frost only came to light Tuesday. Roll Call, a newspaper covering the U.S. Congress, reported Wednesday that the move to investigate Frost resulted from a request by Republican state Sen. Bob Deuell, who asked Earle to look into possible illegal contributions by Frost's Lone Star Fund. Frost stands accused of funneling money donated by corporations and labor unions...
  • Campaign fund probe expands to Democrat (Martin Frost accused)

    06/17/2004 4:02:34 AM PDT · by Liz · 1 replies · 156+ views
    Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle ^ | June 16, 2004 | R.G. RATCLIFFE, Austin Bureau
    COMPLAINT FOCUSES ON CAMPAIGN FUNDS Allegations echo inquiry of DeLay The complaint alleges that in the 2000 election cycle, the Dallas congressman used a committee called the Lone Star Fund to funnel corporate donations to Democratic legislative candidates. `The complaint filed by Sen. Deuell clearly was a smokescreen put up by the Republicans to divert attention away from the investigation into Tom DeLay's activities.' U.S. Rep. Martin Frost, D-Dallas `Texas law is clear: Direct or indirect corporate or labor contributions to candidates is a felony offense. I believe it is imperative that you investigate this matter.' State Sen. Robert Deuell,...
  • Report: Criminal investigation of Rep. Frost launched

    06/16/2004 2:17:41 PM PDT · by thoughtomator · 17 replies · 282+ views
    Denton Record-Chronicle ^ | 06/16/2004 | Jim Vertuno
    Report: Criminal investigation of Rep. Frost launched 06/16/2004 By JIM VERTUNO / Associated Press Democratic U.S. Rep. Martin Frost is under investigation in Travis County for possibly using illegal corporate donations to help finance Texas legislative candidates. State Sen. Robert Deuell, R-Greenville, filed a criminal complaint against Frost, of Dallas, last month. He alleged Frost was engaged in activities similar to those Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle has been investigating involving U.S. House majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Sugar Land. Frost campaign spokesman Jess Fassler said Frost has done nothing wrong. The complaint alleged Frost raised corporate money in the...
  • Texas lawmaker seeks probe (of Democrat U.S. Rep. Martin Frost)

    05/28/2004 12:44:23 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 6 replies · 95+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, May 28, 2004 | By Hugh Aynesworth
    <p>GREENVILLE, Texas -- A Republican state senator is accusing U.S. Rep. Martin Frost, Texas Democrat, of financial irregularities and is demanding that the Austin district attorney investigate his charges.</p> <p>State Sen. Robert F. Deuell, Greenville Republican, sent a two-page letter to Democratic prosecutor Ronnie Earle on Tuesday and provided copies to several major Republican officials.</p>
  • Texas Democrats Oust Members Who Supported GOP

    03/11/2004 5:59:48 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 31 replies · 184+ views
    Laredo, TX, Morning Times ^ | 03-11-04 | Vertuno, Jim, AP
    Demos oust members who supported GOP BY JIM VERTUNO Associated Press Writer AUSTIN - The Texas primary election took its toll on state House Democrats who had aligned with the Republican leadership during the bitter partisan fights last year. Seven House Democrats, including longtime maverick lawmaker Rep. Ron Wilson of Houston, were defeated or headed for runoffs. Five had supported GOP-backed legislation and Republican House Speaker Tom Craddick. "I'm tickled pink," said Texas Democratic Party Chairman Charles Soechting. "I don't describe it as a purge. I describe it as a realignment of priorities." Wilson was the biggest name to fall....
  • Flashback! In 1998 Democrats Admit Even If Iraq Has WMD, They Will Be Hard to Find!

    01/28/2004 8:57:39 AM PST · by jmstein7 · 18 replies · 330+ views
    Public Domain - Congressional Press Release | 12-19-1998 | Rep. Martin Frost (D-TX)
    REMOVE SADDAM FROM POWER MARTIN FROST , REPRESENTATIVE , HOUSE HOUSE DEMOCRAT STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DECEMBER 19, 1998 Saddam Is the Problem--When Will We Finish the Job? The Latest Air Strikes Against Iraq: 'Not Our Objective to Remove Saddam from Power' December 18, 1998 One things clear about the Clinton Administration's latest air strikes against Iraq: when they are over, Saddam Hussein will still be in power. On December 17, 1998, the Congress voted nearly unanimously in support of our troops while they are engaged in Operation Desert Fox. The same resolution, however, contained this statement: "It should be...
  • Sessions, Frost keep gloves on - 1st joint appearance by Dist 32 candidates is polite peek at issues

    01/26/2004 8:31:30 AM PST · by MeekOneGOP · 4 replies · 236+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | January 26, 2004 | By DAVE LEVINTHAL / The Dallas Morning News
    Sessions, Frost keep gloves on1st joint appearance by District 32 candidates is a polite peek at issues 08:29 AM CST on Monday, January 26, 2004By DAVE LEVINTHAL / The Dallas Morning News In detailing their divisions on civil liberties and the role of the federal government, Congressmen Pete Sessions and Martin Frost on Sunday foreshadowed the key issues of their nationally notable campaign-in-the-making. Their participation in a political issues breakfast forum at Temple Emanu-El in Dallas marked the first time the congressmen appeared together in public since Mr. Frost, a 13-term Arlington Democrat, announced Jan. 16 that he would challenge...
  • Martin Frost (Texas demonRAT) Slamming His Pubbie Opponent (Pete Sessions) - TALKING POINTS

    01/25/2004 2:01:49 PM PST · by harpu · 4 replies · 257+ views
    The Quorum Report ^ | 1/23/04 | Martin Frost Campaign Committee
    FROST & TX-32: MODERATE, EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP FOR DIVERSE, COMPETITIVE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT TX-32 & incumbency: Frost’s home for nearly three decades, and Sessions has never even voted there • Battle-tested in TX-32: Frost has won 11 contested elections in TX-32 territory; Session has won only 4. • Frost’s close ties to TX-32: He’s lived in TX-32 territory for 29 of the last 31 years, and represented key parts of it for 25 years. For 25 years, he’s been an effective, high-profile Member in the Dallas-Fort Worth media market. TX-32’s Oak Cliff neighborhood has been Frost’s home for nearly 30 years, and...
  • Republicans must endure Frost's bite

    01/18/2004 11:43:13 AM PST · by Dubya · 14 replies · 143+ views
    Star-Telegram ^ | Jan. 18, 2004 | Bob Ray Sanders
    The ferocious big dog that House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and other Republican leaders most wanted to muzzle, send to the pound and eventually "put down" for good is growling louder than ever. He also looks as though he is poised and ready to bite. Let me assure you that U.S. Rep. Martin Frost's bite is a lot worse than his bark. That means U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, ought to be more than a little nervous. Frost, a 13-term congressman from Arlington who is the senior Democrat in Congress from Texas and the South, filed Friday to run against...
  • Sessions, Frost ready to rumble - the "No. 1" race in the nation (Texas)

    01/18/2004 8:27:45 AM PST · by MeekOneGOP · 31 replies · 381+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | January 18, 2004 | By DAVE LEVINTHAL / The Dallas Morning News
    Sessions, Frost ready to rumbleCongressional rivals eager to face off but hold their best punches for later08:43 PM CST on Saturday, January 17, 2004By DAVE LEVINTHAL / The Dallas Morning News The "No. 1" race in the nation. The "tip of the spear" among big-money contests. With the Martin Frost vs. Pete Sessions congressional contest all of two days old, political observers – and the candidates themselves – are hyping its significance as if boxing promoter Don King had been advising them. To be sure, the race between the sitting congressmen will, by all accounts, be expensive and passionately partisan....
  • Frost to challenge incumbent Sessions for U.S. House seat

    01/16/2004 2:22:11 PM PST · by BushisTheMan · 17 replies · 200+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 01/16/2004 | Associated Press
    Veteran Democratic U.S. Rep. Martin Frost will announce plans today to challenge Republican incumbent Rep. Pete Sessions in a bid to preserve his congressional career. Frost's current district in the Dallas-Fort Worth area was dismantled by GOP map-drawers earlier this year who were looking to put more Republican Texans in Congress. A Democratic strategist confirmed reports, on condition of anonymity, that Frost will file to run in Congressional District 32. Reports were first published Thursday in The Dallas Morning News. The district encompasses part of north and west Dallas, the largely Hispanic neighborhoods of North Oak Cliff and part of...
  • Frost expected to challenge Sessions for seat

    01/15/2004 7:39:52 PM PST · by Tall_Texan · 11 replies · 148+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 11-15-04 | April Castro
    By APRIL CASTRO Associated Press Veteran Democratic U.S. Rep. Martin Frost will announce plans Friday to challenge Republican incumbent Rep. Pete Sessions in a bid to preserve his congressional career. Frost's current district in the Dallas-Fort Worth area was dismantled by GOP map-drawers earlier this year who were looking to put more Republican Texans in Congress. A Democratic strategist confirmed reports, on condition of anonymity, that Frost will file to run in Congressional District 32. Reports were first published Thursday in The Dallas Morning News. The district encompasses part of north and west Dallas, the largely Hispanic neighborhoods of North...
  • Bye Bye Martin Frost

    01/08/2004 9:13:02 PM PST · by Froggie · 14 replies · 142+ views
    I just noted that I would be represented by Martin Frost should he win re-election in the 24th district of Texas in the next election. This can not be!!! Since I've lived here, I have gone from district 6 (Joe Barton - R) to district 26 (Dr. Burgess (formerly Dick Army's district) and now ---- HELP - district 24 (Martin Frost). I see a Terry Waldrup has filed as a Republican to run against Frost.....anyone know anything of Mr Waldrup and can he beat Frost? Certainly in this district Frost must be vulnerable. I suspect that is why he is...
  • Martin Frost says he won't go without a fight

    01/07/2004 5:36:35 AM PST · by harpu · 14 replies · 146+ views
    U.S. Rep. Martin Frost's career could be in jeopardy now that a federal panel has upheld the Republican-drawn congressional map. North Texas Republicans rejoiced and Democrats cried foul Tuesday as word spread that new congressional boundaries drawn by GOP leaders had been upheld by a federal judicial panel in Austin. U.S. Rep. Martin Frost, an Arlington Democrat whose political career may be cut short by the court's ruling, said he would wait to see whether the U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear an appeal of the map before deciding what district to run in. If the Supreme Court does not...
  • Congresswoman impugns motives of fellow Democrats on redistricting

    12/29/2003 4:58:25 PM PST · by harpu · 11 replies · 113+ views
    TexasGOP ^ | 12/29/03 | Spin Cycle
    Now that the U.S. Department of Justice has pre-cleared the state congressional redistricting plan, Texans await a federal court ruling to see if fair, new districts will finally be implemented. The court has concluded proceedings and is expected to issue a decision on the plan passed by the Legislature in the next few days. In recent weeks, much of the press coverage on the trial has focused on false Democrat claims that African Americans and Hispanics will lose representation under the new plan. But what many Texans may not have read in their newspapers is that one Democrat Congresswoman says...
  • Texas Monthly's "Bum Steer" Awards Go to Perry, DeLay, Dewhurst, and Craddick

    12/17/2003 1:54:23 PM PST · by Theodore R. · 7 replies · 240+ views
    Texas Monthly Magazine | January 2004 | Texas Monthly Editorial Board
    Happy new Steer. The January TEXAS MONTHLY contains the thirtieth installment of our Bum Steer Awards, which, er, celebrate notable acts of buffoonery in the previous twelve months. As always, we couldn't do it without you—and by "you" I mean the stupid crooks, lunkheaded politicians, vapid actresses, and other dim bulbs in the state chandelier whose exploits elate us so. This year, the faulty filament faction includes lifetime Mensa member Jessica Simpson, acquitted people person Robert Durst, Paris High School's Farmland Uber Alles marching band, and at the head of the crass, the Perrymanderers who didn't DeLay their plans to...
  • Texas Democrats Rail Against GOP's Map: Congressmen Testify of Redistricting Flaws

    12/13/2003 7:19:56 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 9 replies · 210+ views
    Democrats rail against GOP's map Congressmen testify of redistricting flaws Associated Press AUSTIN (AP) — A proposed plan to put more Texas Republicans in Congress would be detrimental to the seniority of the state's congressional delegation, veteran Democratic incumbents testified in federal court Friday. In the second day of testimony in a redistricting trial, Democratic Rep. Chet Edwards of Waco and Rep. Max Sandlin of Marshall each described to a three-judge panel the influence wielded by senior members of Congress from either party. "Seniority is everything in the U.S. Congress," said Sandlin, chief deputy whip for the Democratic Caucus. Edwards,...
  • Letter to Congressman Martin Frost, D-TX

    12/12/2003 10:48:52 PM PST · by Indie · 65 replies · 285+ views
    LETTER TO PRES BUSH AND MARTIN FROST If this country does not control it's borders, this country will indeed be lost. The cure is not amnesty. The cure is not giving them social security benefits. The cure is closing the borders and shipping illegals back. Period. RESPONSE FROM MARTIN FROST: Thank you for contacting me about immigration legislation. I appreciate hearing your views, and I am happy to respond. I understand your concern regarding immigration issues and I am committed to ensuring that our existing immigration laws are properly enforced. Our country was founded by immigrants and I would not...
  • Candidates Begin Filing Papers to Run in 2004 Primary Election in Texas

    12/04/2003 5:40:31 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 5 replies · 221+ views
    Candidates begin filing papers to run in 2004 primary election AUSTIN (AP) — Candidates for president, Congress, the Texas Legislature and other offices began filing papers for the 2004 primary election Wednesday, even as a dispute simmered over which congressional districts will be used. Democratic U.S. Rep. Martin Frost of Arlington filed to run in the district he has represented for 25 years. Frost said he was confident a federal court will uphold existing congressional boundaries and toss out a GOP redistricting plan approved this fall. The Republican map, which Democrats claim violates minority voting rights, decimated Frost's heavily minority...
  • Frost: 'I'll be back' in 2004 - aide vows to wage a "battle of good vs. evil" against Republicans

    10/26/2003 4:37:45 AM PST · by MeekOneGOP · 17 replies · 148+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 26, 2003 | By DAVE LEVINTHAL / The Dallas Morning News
    Frost: 'I'll be back' in 2004Campaign begins with defiance despite threat from redistricting 11:29 PM CDT on Saturday, October 25, 2003By DAVE LEVINTHAL / The Dallas Morning News Celebrating his 25th year in Congress, U.S. Rep. Martin Frost, D-Arlington, on Saturday night launched what could be the most arduous battle of his political career. The crowd of more than 500 supporters at Eddie Deen's Ranch in Dallas, who paid $500 each to attend Mr. Frost's first major campaign fund-raiser of the 2004 election, refused to temper their enthusiasm, despite Republican designs on Mr. Frost's seat. Democrats this month began a...
  • DPS sues Abbott over Capitol videotape

    09/25/2003 5:59:55 AM PDT · by harpu · 5 replies · 172+ views
    Austin (Liberal Rag) Statesman ^ | 9/25/03 | Claire Osborn
    Recording of alleged theft would reveal where hidden security cameras located, agency says...The Texas Department of Public Safety sued the state attorney general Wednesday to block release of a security videotape of a hallway in the Capitol where a map and a briefcase were reported stolen in April. The issue is security: The DPS contends that releasing the video would compromise security by revealing where the camera is. The attorney general's office ruled Aug. 26 that the videotape must be released. A DPS spokeswoman had no comment about the lawsuit Wednesday. The agency's lawyer, Raymond White, could not be reached...
  • Senator vows remap fight

    09/06/2003 6:29:32 AM PDT · by harpu · 2 replies · 220+ views
    Fort Worth[less] Startlegram ^ | 9/6/03 | John Moritz (democrat water carrier)
    ...BUT will do so on the Texas Senate Floor. Sen. John Whitmire said Friday after returning to Austin that if a third legislative session is called, he'll stay to fight redistricting. AUSTIN - Sen. John Whitmire, whose abrupt defection this week from the band of rebel Democrats whose absence has crippled the Texas Senate for almost 40 days, said Friday that his opposition to redistricting remains firm but that he'll return to work if a third special session is called.Whitmire, a 30-year veteran of the Legislature and the longest-serving state senator, said the 10 Democrats who are continuing the boycott...
  • Absent Democrats lose sight of their goal

    09/06/2003 6:17:21 AM PDT · by harpu · 2 replies · 159+ views
    Fort Worth[less] Startlegram ^ | 9/6/03 | Bud Kennedy (democrat water carrier)
    John Whitmire got out of New Mexico just in time. What began as a noble protest defending Texas Senate tradition has sunk to the level of a pathetic Bush-bashing Democratic presidential campaign stunt.His 10 fellow Democrats in the now-truncated "Texas 11" would be wise to end their world tour and come back to Austin. If they don't, the remaining Senate majority can now pass what could be an even more direly one-sided Republican congressional redistricting plan.When the Texas 11 left Austin for Albuquerque, N.M., on July 28, their protest was honorable and based on principle. Republican Gov. Rick Perry had...
  • Breaking the 2nd Special Session quorum in the Texas Senate (Redistricting; aka; Delay v. Frost)

    07/31/2003 5:15:13 AM PDT · by harpu · 5 replies · 228+ views ^ | 7/30/03 | Harvey Kronberg
    July 30, 2003; 6:34pmBECKWITH (Texas LtGov Dewhurst's Communications Director) RESPONDS TO WHITMIRE (a senior Texas State Senator[D]) Quotes from Quorum Report of January 6, 1992 A little earlier today we published a brief interview with Senator John Whitmire (D-Houston). Lt. Governor David Dewhurst's communications director Dave Beckwith called back with a response and quoted a highly venerated source from the time. He pointed to the Third Called Special session in 1991 which began January 3rd of 1992. Then Governor Ann Richards called the special session to adopt a new map for the House and Senate . The Senate convened into...
  • Remap would divide Frost's district (TX Redistricting Alert)

    07/18/2003 5:53:15 PM PDT · by fieldmarshaldj · 14 replies · 386+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 7-18-2003 | Robert T. Garrett and Gromer Jeffers Jr.
    Remap would divide Frost's district New GOP proposal draws arguments about minority representation 07/18/2003 By ROBERT T. GARRETT and GROMER JEFFERS Jr. / The Dallas Morning News AUSTIN - Republican senators unveiled a proposed congressional map Thursday that would break the Dallas-Fort Worth district of U.S. Rep. Martin Frost, D-Arlington, into four pieces. The suggested dismantling of the 24th Congressional District, which Mr. Frost has represented for a quarter-century, sparked arguments over whether the new map would help or hurt blacks and Hispanics. Chief author Sen. Todd Staples, R-Palestine, said the plan retains "minorities' opportunities to elect candidates of their...
  • Frost aide helped Democrats

    05/22/2003 3:20:14 AM PDT · by harpu · 5 replies · 124+ views
    FortWorth[less] Startlegram ^ | 5/22/03 | Jack Douglas, jr.
    A staff member for U.S. Rep. Martin Frost helped 51 Texas House Democrats who boycotted the state Legislature last week -- killing a bill that could have harmed Frost's political career -- but she said she did it on her vacation time. Another Frost staff member from Washington, chief policy adviser Matt Angle, greeted the truant legislators when they returned from Oklahoma to Austin shortly before 4 a.m. Friday.Despite his staff members' involvement, Frost, D-Arlington, had nothing to do with the state legislators' decision to boycott, spokesman Jess Fassler said Wednesday.However, GOP leaders, who have come under fire for tapping...
  • DeLay, Texas Dems in Redistricting Fight

    05/06/2003 11:09:10 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 4 replies · 164+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 5/7/03 | Suzanne Gamboa
    WASHINGTON - U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said Tuesday he would not propose a last-minute congressional redistricting plan to the state House when it takes up the issue at the end of the week. DeLay, R-Sugar Land, said in his weekly briefing with reporters in Washington that he backs the map that was to be considered Tuesday evening by a state House committee. He said that map was likely to be considered by the full state House on Friday or Saturday. By the time it becomes law, Texas could have eight or nine Hispanic members in Congress and an...
  • Redistricting plan has Democrats in uproar (Texas)

    05/05/2003 10:52:04 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 32 replies · 411+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 5/6/03 | R.G. Ratcliffe and John Williams
    Texas House Republicans on Monday unveiled a new redistricting map that would give the GOP a majority in the state's congressional delegation at the expense of white Democratic incumbents. Locally, the district represented by freshman Houston Democrat Chris Bell would be removed from Harris County altogether and would become a new Hispanic seat in South Texas. The plan would divide Harris County in such a way that the number of districts including parts of the county would increase from eight to nine. Houston's influence in Congress could diminish, though, because some of the districts would cover much larger areas and...
  • Frost (Democrat) staffer implicated in 'theft' of map

    04/30/2003 11:35:24 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 14 replies · 240+ views
    The Hill ^ | 4/30/03 | Sam Dealey
    An aide to Rep. Martin Frost (D-Texas) has been directly implicated in the alleged theft of a congressional redistricting map for Texas. The incident, as reported last week in The Hill, occurred after an April 10 redistricting hearing at the state Capitol in Austin. Scott Sims, an aide to Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick (R), noticed that materials belonging to him were missing from the hearing room -- including his personal leather folio and a draft redistricting map of Texas. The map, which the Republicans say was the only version, quickly turned up in Frost's office. Republicans claim Sims' belongings...
  • Rep. Martin Frost's (D) aide identified in theft video from Texas redistricting hearing

    04/23/2003 8:10:40 PM PDT · by GOPcapitalist · 97 replies · 325+ views
    Republican Party of Texas Press Release | 4/23
    AUSTIN – Susan Weddington, Republican Party of Texas Chairman, today called on Congressman Martin Frost, D-Arlington, to cooperate with the Department of Public Safety’s investigation into the theft of a state employee’s property. On April 10, a folio containing congressional redistricting maps was stolen from a committee room in the state capitol. The folio and its contents belong to a GOP legislative aide. DPS has video footage of three men, including one identified as Frost senior aide Gerry Hebert, apparently leaving the committee room with the loot. Shortly after the theft, Rep. Frost produced one of the purloined maps to...
  • Proposed Texas districts irk Democrats

    04/18/2003 11:12:19 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 22 replies · 199+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 4/18/03 | Suzanne Gamboa
    <p>WASHINGTON (April 17, 5:33 a.m. ADT) - A top congressional Democrat says a redistricting map that House Majority Leader Tom DeLay sent state lawmakers would eliminate five Democratic congressmen and provides no new representation for minorities.</p> <p>The map hasn't been officially made public but has been circulating in Austin and in Washington since late last week. It drew immediate criticism from Rep. Martin Frost, D-Arlington, who led Democrats' redistricting efforts nationwide in 2000.</p>
  • GOP ready to take the reins - Democrats vow counter-proposals, continued "Divide Amerika" strategy

    01/05/2003 4:24:26 AM PST · by MeekOneGOP · 13 replies · 244+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | January 5, 2003 | By DAVID JACKSON / The Dallas Morning News
    GOP ready to take the reins 01/05/2003 By DAVID JACKSON / The Dallas Morning News CRAWFORD, Texas - Welcome to the brave new Republican world. President Bush and a GOP-led Congress will converge on Washington this week to confront an age of anxiety, one layered with pessimism over the economy, terrorism, and confrontations with Iraq and North Korea. And Democrats, with little chance to enact an agenda of their own, are reminding Mr. Bush and Republicans of the perils of getting what you asked for. They plan to hold the GOP majority that Mr. Bush fought so hard to...
  • Pelosi Labeled Pragmatic, Inclusive (AP Alert)

    11/09/2002 3:00:34 PM PST · by GeneD · 38 replies · 368+ views
    Filed at 5:46 p.m. ET WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Nancy Pelosi will try to unify fellow House Democrats with an inclusive style and a willingness to confront Republicans on the issues, her supporters say. Opponents say the party needs a new and more moderate generation of leadership. Pelosi, 62, from San Francisco, is on the brink of becoming the first woman to serve as a leader of either party in the House or Senate, provided she prevails over a late and decidedly long-shot challenge from Rep. Harold Ford of Tennessee. She is trying to move up from Democratic whip, the...