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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 10:28 PM
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Texas GOP Says Will Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court to Keep DeLay Off Ballot
NYT/Reuters: Texas GOP Says Will Appeal to Keep DeLay Off Ballot
By REUTERS
Published: August 3, 2006

HOUSTON (Reuters) - The Texas Republican Party said on Thursday it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to take Tom DeLay, the indicted former House of Representatives Republican leader, off the November congressional ballot.

The announcement came within hours of a U.S. Appeals Court decision that the state Republican Party could not replace DeLay, who said he would not seek re-election and resigned from Congress in May after polls showed he might lose his suburban Houston district to a Democrat.

"The Democratic Party wants to force Tom DeLay to withdraw, so that their nominee runs unopposed, or to force Tom DeLay to run, as the court has now decided, so that their nominee will be running against a candidate that is ineligible to serve,'' said James Bopp, an attorney for the Texas GOP.

"We'll be happy to meet them at the courthouse,'' said Chris Feldman, an attorney for the Texas Democratic Party, which sued to prevent DeLay from being replaced.

After resigning, DeLay moved to Virginia so the Texas Republican Party chairwoman could declare him ineligible under state election law....

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/washington/politics-dela...
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 10:33 PM
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1. And Scalia might be involved? Here's a thread:
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 10:36 PM
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4. Thanks for this link, babylonsister! nt
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ShockediSay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 11:13 PM
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10. Any question how Scalia and the other political hacks on Scotus will
vote?
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 10:33 PM
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2. For a party that is built on the premise of supporting states' rights
They sure are a bunch of whinebags. This is ABOUT TEXAS and TEXAS law--SCOTUS doesn't have any business whatsoever hearing this case.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 10:59 PM
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6. Sounds good; will it get to that point? We're talking the bugman... nt
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 11:07 PM
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7. I don't trust the rule of law anymore
It's all pretty much at the whim of the bushgang.
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Occulus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 11:51 PM
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12. Deja Vu in miniature, no? n/t
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 07:12 AM
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14. State rights! State rights! That mantra is so 1992-2000.
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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 07:20 AM
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16. And I doubt..
...that they will "accept" the case. We'll see.
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HuffleClaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 10:35 PM
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3. i doubt they'd bother to hear the case
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Occulus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 11:52 PM
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13. .
:grr:

A lot of people said the same thing some years back....


:grr:
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Mountainman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 10:53 PM
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5. If they don't win at the SCOTUS they will go to bush, He doesn't have to
listen to them. See his ideas about detaining Americans without trial even though the SCOTUS said it was unconstitutional.
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dweller Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 11:11 PM
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8. what the hell is up with Bopp (attorney for GOP)
he actually said 'Democratic' Party... so unusual for a repig to refer to them correctly.

dp
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 11:12 PM
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9. They are on recess until October.. Let's see how fast Tony
clears the decks to help out his indicted little buddy...
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 11:15 PM
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11. That is exactly what I'm afraid of. I'm tired of asking 'is that legal'?nt
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 07:20 AM
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15. There is a little bonus to this whole tug of war.
And that's all these headlines: "GOP Fights to Keep DeLay Off of Ballot".

They must make their publicists cringe and there's a new one nearly every day. :)
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Wednesdays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 07:46 AM
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17. Slam dunk case...
They can't keep him off the ballot, period. They can refuse to list him as a Republican, but he can still be on the ballot as an independent.
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fasttense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 07:48 AM
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18. I'm sure the dancing supremes will be glad to help out their masters.
But it will be a while before they hear the case. But even when they tell the republic party they can do anything they want because they already bought the court, it maybe too late. We have gone from the rule of law to the rule of whim.
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anotherdrew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 09:06 AM
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19. of course they will, who would have doubted it?
anything against them MUST be wrong! what shameless ass-wipes
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 09:12 AM
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20. Yeah, maybe they'll even get that rotten sonofabitch James A. Baker
to plead Tom DeLay's cause to the Supreme Court.
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