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Tesibria Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 03:08 PM
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GOP weighs rules shield for DeLay
I looked, but couldn't find this earlier today ...

http://www.thehill.com/news/111604/delay.aspx
GOP weighs rules shield for DeLay

House Republicans ha until noon today to propose any rules changes to inoculate Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) from losing his leadership position should he be indicted in a campaign-finance criminal probe back in Texas.

Republicans dismiss the investigation by Travis Country District Attorney Ronnie Earle as a politically motivated witch hunt, but GOP internal conference rules are clear that any elected member of the leadership must temporarily relinquish his position if indicted on a felony count that could lead to more than two years in prison.

Earles investigation focuses on a group called Texans for a Republican Majority, a political action committee founded by DeLay, and its role in the 2002 statehouse elections.

Were in the process of receiving proposed rules changes. The deadline is noon tomorrow, and we have yet to receive any proposals dealing with leadership or their tenure, said Greg Crist, spokesman for the House Republican Conference.

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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 03:10 PM
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1. Hi, I am your majority leader and I am above the law
This is the message they want to now drive through
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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 03:12 PM
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2. Why not change the rule completely?
GOP majority leader is REQUIRED to be felon.

See? Much better.
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ogradda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 03:15 PM
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3. bbwwhhaa
certainly would keep it simplier :P
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amber dog democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 03:17 PM
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5. why do you hate jesus so much?
Don't you know DeLay is working hard to bring about the Raptor and working with Isreal so Christ will have a place to stay when he keeps his appointment?

This unfriendly characterization casts aspersions on what otherwise is a dynamic and highly motivated right wing tool. Oh and " class warfare" too.

:)

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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 03:40 PM
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15. "the Raptor" HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Nice one, amber dog! :D
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Anarcho-Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 04:01 PM
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26. Why not make a prerequisite to be a GOP congressman to already be a felon?
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Randypiper Donating Member (527 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 03:17 PM
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4. it's done
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progressiveBadger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 03:21 PM
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6. When DeLay goes to prison....
the GOP sure is going to have a shitload of expaining to do to the public. Nobody will know about this rule change, but when the majority leader, a republican, becomes a felon, I wonder what they will say.

My question is this: How can someone who has lost their voting rights themselves hold an office?
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 03:28 PM
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11. They will 'splain noting
did they have to explain Gingwritch?

Nope

Hence they will do no 'splaining at ALL
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Bridget Burke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 03:35 PM
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13. If DeLay is convicted of a felony, he won't lose voting rights permanently
In Texas, he'll regain them 2 years after his sentence ends.

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meow2u3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 03:54 PM
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22. But he DOES lose his right to run for office
...unless 2/3 of both houses of Congress overturn it. And it's unlikely to happen because the pissed-off Democrats won't allow it.
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progressiveBadger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 04:37 PM
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32. Isn't it pathetic
that this is even an issue? I mean, come on people! Now they aren't even hiding the fact that they have felons in office.
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hedda_foil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 03:22 PM
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7. Not quite .... but it does seem dedided, doesn't it?
The rules change, which leaders said is likely to be adopted Wednesday, comes as House Republicans return to Washington indebted to DeLay for the enhanced majority they won in this month's elections. DeLay led an aggressive redistricting effort in Texas last year that resulted in five Democratic House members retiring or losing reelection. It also triggered the grand jury inquiry into fundraising efforts related to the state legislature's redistricting actions.
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 03:38 PM
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14. can this be fillabusted?
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 03:42 PM
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16. Nope. Senate only
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 03:56 PM
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23. oh duh, that's right...sorry
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amber dog democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 03:28 PM
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12. I hope they un do this when the Democrats come to power.
don't know when that will be but ... this is just the kind of thing that will come back to haunt them.

Can it be fullibustered ?
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 03:46 PM
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19. They put IN the rule for Democrat Rastenkowski, and WAIVE it for DeLay...
...there's a civics lesson for all you kiddies. :eyes:

And no, filibusters are in the Senate only.
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meow2u3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 03:56 PM
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24. Doesn't it take a 2/3 majority to overturn this rule?
eom
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 03:59 PM
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25. Doubt it. Simple majority probably.
Fasten your seatbelts - next stop: OnePartyRulesville
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high density Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 03:54 PM
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21. Just when I thought I couldn't get any more disgusted with the GOP...
"Congressman Bonilla's rule change is designed to prevent political manipulation of the process while preserving the original ethical principles of the rule," said Bonilla spokeswoman Taryn Fritz Walpole.

Ethical principles... that's such an interesting choice of words.
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amber dog democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 04:03 PM
Response to Reply #21
27. and I thought Banana Republic was a clothing vendor
Not just a legeslative philosophy.
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Tesibria Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 04:07 PM
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29. UNbelievable ... or rather ... sadly believable.
definitely an entry for RedMorals.

Sickening -- I just HOPE that the media picks up on this .. AND that the indictment happens AND an eventual successful prosecution.
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Laelth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 04:27 PM
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31. Bloody hypocrites!
Did you catch this quote from the article:

"House Republicans in 1993 -- trying to underscore the ethics problems of Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.), then-chairman of the Ways and Means Committee -- adopted the rule that requires a party leader to surrender his or her post if indicted by any grand jury, federal or state."

Now that their guy is likely to get indicted, they change the rule.

This sux! :mad:

-Laelth
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joanski01 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 04:52 PM
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33. What the hell kind of shit is this?
Dammit, I want to be the dictator!!!!!!!1
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goodboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 03:24 PM
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8. I hope he goes to prison, where he belongs...then the "hammer" could
see what it is really like to be HAMMERED...by bubba
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Daisey Mae Donating Member (654 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 03:25 PM
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9. Wouldn't it be nice to say "Bye Bye" to him ?
then again there might be some one out there worse than the "BUGMAN"....
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banana republican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 03:25 PM
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10. How many republicans does it take to change a lightbulb???
None; the just change the standards to darkness....
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 03:43 PM
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17. Laws are quaint
and not useful for our masters. Sieg heil!
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74dodgedart Donating Member (513 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 03:44 PM
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18. Can you imagine the "outrage" if a Dem tried this ??
Hannity would blow a gasket..
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johnnyrocket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 06:51 PM
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39. Hannity blows a gasket when Dems talk of peace and prosperity...
...enough of such nonsense, he'll have none of it!
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winston61 Donating Member (642 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 03:54 PM
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20. Hey I down here!
Even here in Texas Delay is considered a low down piece of shit and we ought to know.
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amber dog democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 04:06 PM
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28. He's not even worth that much
In a way I see him as devine retribution for something we did. A plague of DeLays.

Weclome to DU !! , winston61 ! :hi:
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screembloodymurder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 04:22 PM
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30. DeLay needs a shield from the rule of law.
Dirty bastard needs a shield allright.
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Beacho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 05:24 PM
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34. Look at this as good news
It means they're worried that DeLay WILL be indicted, and it looks like they can't do anything about it.
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Tesibria Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 05:40 PM
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35. I LUV a positive attitude ...
you're right -- of course :)
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Ima Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 05:58 PM
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36. Gotta see photo
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msanthrope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 06:04 PM
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37. I'm guessing that Delay got a target letter already...n/t
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johnnyrocket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 06:49 PM
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38. New House Rule: If your a democrat...you must be unethical...
therefore you should not be a member of the house.

Yeah, I can see that passing, what does the GOP have to lose? Their integrity!?!? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
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The Zanti Regent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 06:54 PM
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40. I WANT OUT OF JESUSLAND!
I'm in California and I'm ready to secede!
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