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Purveyor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 02:19 PM
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Court refuses to replace DeLay on ballot, lawyer says
Edited on Thu Aug-03-06 02:24 PM by Purveyor
(08-03) 11:21 PDT New Orleans (AP) --

A federal appeals court on Thursday refused to let Texas Republicans replace Tom DeLay's name on the November congressional ballot.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling by U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks, who said in July that DeLay's name had to stay on the ballot even though he quit Congress and moved to Virginia.


http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2006/08/03...
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demdiva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 02:21 PM
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1. A little more info
5th Circuit Court of Appeals Agrees with Texas Democrats on DeLay Ballot Challenge

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Texas Democrats a short time ago. As a result, Tom DeLay remains eligible for the 2006 general election as the Republican nominee for the 22nd Congressional District of Texas.

www.LoneStarProject.net
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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 02:22 PM
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2. DeLay and Kinky on the same ballot???
Do my eyes deceive me?
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BrotherBuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 02:36 PM
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4. LOL Sounds like a Texas District 22 ballot...
could become a collectible/curio.
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Beetwasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 02:30 PM
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3. Sweet!
Edited on Thu Aug-03-06 02:31 PM by Beetwasher
:rofl:

I really thought it was going to be a longshot that they would force him to stay on the ballot! This is pretty incredible! The irony is delectable that his shenanigans may in fact end up being responsible for the Repubs losing the Maj. in the House.
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Subdivisions Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 03:01 PM
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5. BREAKING: Appeals court won't let GOP replace DeLay on Texas ballot
Edited on Thu Aug-03-06 02:58 PM by Texas Explorer
http://www.kvue.com/news/local/stories/080306kvuedelayb...

Good, maybe we can beat the *Co voting apparatus and win that seat!

Edit: I believe they have the option of taking this result to the supreme court, and they might. But, in this case, it is unlikely that the Supreme Court will rule against the lower Appeals Court. Why would they, both courts are run by the same man anyway.
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 03:01 PM
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6. good news
Can they appeal to the Supremes?
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Subdivisions Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 03:01 PM
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9. They can, but it would be a waste of time
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Binka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 03:01 PM
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7. Ha Ha Ha Poor GOP Bastards! n/t
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 03:01 PM
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8. Excellent!
Tom DeLay gets smacked down for his arrogence and stealing campaign contributions to pay for his legal defense.

Can we sent him to prison in the Marianas Islands? Perhaps he can be forced into sexual slavery as well.
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mikelgb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 03:01 PM
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10. ha ha stupid mfer!
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wicket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 03:01 PM
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11. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Will they take it to the Supreme Court??

:rofl: :rofl:
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Czolgosz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 03:01 PM
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12. (k & r) Occasionally, just occasionally, justice prevails. The opinion is

clear and correct:

"Benkiser could not constitutionally find that DeLay was ineligible on June 7, the date she made her decision. Therefore, her application of the ineligibility statute to DeLay was unconstitutional."


"There is evidence that Benkiser did not act reasonably and with political neutrality when she declared DeLay ineligible. Indeed, the district courts description of the events surrounding the letter sent by DeLay imply, at the very least, a lack of neutrality."


"we fail to see how removing DeLay from the ballot would protect the voters, inasmuch as it was the voters themselves who selected DeLay as the Republican candidate for the general election."
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Subdivisions Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 03:01 PM
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13. How ironic...
...that a court controlled by neo-cons finds someone else's actions unconstitutional!

Right!
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Tight_rope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 03:04 PM
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14. Time for the "HAPPY Dance"
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 03:06 PM
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15. Bummer Tom
No matter how much you hate your job, can you imagine having to be DeLay's campaign manager, and trying to sell to voters the idea that Hot Tub Tom gives two shits about the 22nd District?
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flyarm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:19 PM
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16. BREAKING: DeLay must stay on congressional ballot
http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/loca...

DeLay must stay on congressional ballot
Appeals court upholds lower court's ruling.

By Laylan Copelin
AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Thursday, August 03, 2006

The Republican Party of Texas cannot replace Tom Delay on the November ballot, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today.

The appeals court upheld a ruling by U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks that the Republicans couldn't replace Delay.


Delay, who retired from Congress and moved to Virginia, can stay on the ballot and return to Texas and campaign to regain his old seat or withdraw and leave U.S. House District. 22 without a Republican candidate. It was not immediately clear if his lawyers would appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
DeLay won a March primary before resigning from Congress on June 9. He is awaiting trial in Texas state court on money laundering and conspiracy charges alleging that illegal corporate cash helped pay for legislative campaigns in 2002.

After he moved to Virginia, state Republicans said he was ineligible to run in Texas and sought to replace him on the ballot.

Texas Republican Party Chairwoman Tina Benkiser said she declared DeLay ineligible to be the GOP nominee because of his Virginia driver's license, state tax withholding documents and voter registration. Texas Democrats sued to keep DeLay on the ballot so they can continue to use him as a poster boy for bad behavior.

Sparks, however, cited evidence that DeLay has maintained his homestead exemption in Sugar Land, that his wife continues to live there and that he was found in Texas not Virginia when Democrats subpoenaed him to court.

Former Democratic Congressman Nick Lampson is running for the seat.

Additional material from the Associated Press.
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WI_DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:19 PM
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17. this will be interesting
Will his repuke district elect him anyway or will he go down in defeat?
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merci_me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:19 PM
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19. In flames honey........
he's going down in flames. Bookmark this site http://www.brazosriver.com / and enjoy the fun that just keeps coming. Juanita will curl his hair, while Nick Lampson is beating his butt!!
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sofa king Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:19 PM
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18. The campaign was a front for his legal defense.
Why is this never pointed out?
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greyl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:19 PM
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20. Hahahahaha! nt
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longship Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:19 PM
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21. Who's spinning this article?
...
Texas Democrats sued to keep DeLay on the ballot so they can continue to use him as a poster boy for bad behavior.

...



They're wrong. Texas Democrats sued to keep DeLay on the ballot because that's the law.
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:19 PM
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26. That's right. For no other reason than that's what Texas law requires.
Bastards. The media clowning has to stop!

Call or write and complain complain COMPLAIN!
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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:19 PM
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22. "they can continue to use him as a poster boy for bad behavior"
BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Just like out of a manure pile will grow roses
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last1standing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:19 PM
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23. I'm not ready to celebrate, yet.
This is Sugarland, Texas and they've voted for delay for many years knowing what kind of monster he is. If the Grand Asshole gets re-elected then is convicted, the repub governor will just install another hatemongering nutjob in his place and we'll have gained nothing.

In other words, SEND NICK LAMPSON MONEY TODAY!
https://secure.ga3.org/03/lampson06

(If you can afford it, of course). :)
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:19 PM
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28. I'll reiterate: SEND NICK LAMPSON MONEY TODAY!
If you can afford it, of course.

DO IT NOW! :7

https://secure.ga3.org/03/lampson06
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liberalmuse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:19 PM
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24. Is the shite hitting the fan?
I'm hoping with K. Harris and T. DeLay that we are seeing the beginning stages of The Great Karmic Smackdown.
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demnan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:19 PM
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25. Why did he have to move to Virginia?
Can we ship him back? We have enough idiots of our own.
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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:19 PM
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27. It was a defense tactic
"Look, judge, I don't even live in the TX 22nd anymore, therefore, I shouldn't be on the ballot."
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williesgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:19 PM
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33. I agree - send asshole Allen with him
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:19 PM
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29. good. DeLay et al tried to pull a con. So far the con is NOT winning!
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:19 PM
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30. So- what happens if he wins?
I wouldn't put anything past the voters in Sugarland-
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AndyA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:19 PM
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31. Could it be? Is it possible that one of the snakes just turned around and
got bit on the butt when their carefully laid out plan fell through?

Gee, KKKarl, you might be losing your touch...
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Qutzupalotl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:19 PM
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32. I hope this doesn't turn into a case of "be careful what you wish for..."
Despite his legal and ethical problems, he has tremendous name recognition and a lot of loyal followers.

If he wins, the best case scenario is he gets slapped with a felony before taking office again.
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longship Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:19 PM
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34. My LTTE of The Statesman

In your August 3, 2006 report "DeLay must stay on congressional ballot" you report that "Texas Democrats sued to keep DeLay on the ballot so they can continue to use him as a poster boy for bad behavior." I take exception to this characterization.

The finding of the court portrays the issue differently. It held that the Republican party's attempts to remove former Representative DeLay created an unconstitutional pre-election residency requirement and furthermore violated Texas Election Code.

I would suggest that if the Texas Republican Party and specifically Tom DeLay hadn't played fast and loose with the law, they would not be in this position. The fact that the Democratic Party's complaint has been upheld on appeal speaks loudly to the fact that your characterization of the case is not only wrong, it is wildly wrong. This is a matter of law, not politics and The Statesman should know this.


Sincerely yours,

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illumn8d Donating Member (693 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:22 PM
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35. It is politics, but that's OK
I actually don't agree with the law here. I think any party should be able to change their candidate.

That being said, the schaedenfraude is certainly delicious. Why should we be afraid of playing politics here?
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 07:04 PM
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36. All of their scheming's down the drain, knock on wood.
Blatant disregard and contempt for their own Texas law. That's how much these scum really adhere to their law and order claims. Only as long as it gets them somewhere, otherwise it's everyman for himself.



Nice try, Tom.
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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 08:23 PM
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37. Unfortunately not all of it, the gerrymandering SOB's still have most
of the country carved into districts to insure that the minority party has the majority representation in the country.
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 09:20 PM
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38. Lampson will have a wealth of material to work with.
Is DeLay even a resident in Texas? I thought he became a Virginia resident. Will Lampson have legal recourse if DeLay tries to win his seat again?
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