Friday, February 12, 2016

La Raza Unida and trumped-up prosecutions

I was amused this week to read a piece by Express-News columnist Gilbert Garcia, detailing how the indicted Crystal City city manager/city attorney James Jonas had written a screed blaming his troubles on La Raza Unida - a political party that has been dead for more than three decades.

The publicity bio was apparently meant to be distributed to Fox News and other such outlets to build national support before last week’s bribery indictments of Jonas and a majority of the Crystal City council.

In it Jonas refers to “the daily La Raza machinations, corruption and influence that keeps poor communities poor and steeped in crime.”

This isn’t the first time La Raza Unida has been charged with corruption.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Menendez, Fisher battle again for Senate seat

Our guests, Jose Menendez and Trey Martinez Fisher, were on our set vying for the Texas State Senate last year in an expensive and high-profile contest to replace Leticia Van de Putte. Menendez won handily.

Now Fisher is back to challenge Menendez in the March 1 Democratic Primary. But the dynamics are different this time.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Paxton hits block on raising cash for defense

What do Ken Paxton and Bernie Sanders have in common?

Both lost extremely close votes this week.

The vote regarding Texas Attorney General Paxton wasn’t an election.

It was a decision by the Texas Ethics Commission not to approve an advisory opinion that would have let Paxton or his friends solicit out-of-state contributions to pay his criminal defense lawyers.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Texas House candidate Jeff Judson

Perhaps the most important race on the local ballot is that involving Texas House Speaker Joe Straus.

He has two opponents. One, former teacher Sheila Bean, has raised little money and does not appear to be heavily campaigning. The other, Jeff Judson, has a much broader political background and is a member of the state Republican Executive Committee.

In this first of a series, we meet with Judson.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Republican DA showed courage in Planned Parenthood case

Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson displayed political courage this week in delivering the news that a grand jury had cleared Planned Parenthood of any criminal activity.

Instead, she announced, the panel had indicted two anti-abortion activists who had secretly filmed Planned Parenthood discussing the sale of fetal tissue from abortions for scientific research.