A Loud Speaker's Race
You can make a case that the most interesting election in recent memory in Texas was one with only 150 voters. That would be the January 2007 ...
You can make a case that the most interesting election in recent memory in Texas was one with only 150 voters. That would be the January 2007 vote for speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, when rebellious Republicans nearly cost longtime speaker Tom Craddick his job, until equally rebellious Democrats came to his rescue.
It's that history -- and the expectation that there will be another fight in January 2009 -- that made me notice this judicial ruling, as reported by the Associated Press:
AUSTIN - A federal judge tossed out a state law that bans advocacy groups from spending money to campaign and lobby for selection of the speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.
U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks sided with the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Texas, the Free Market Foundation and the Texas Eagle Forum political action committee - an unlikely alliance of groups that came together as plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
How much money is it possible to spend trying to sway the votes of only 150 state legislators? I suspect we're going to find out.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
Proposed Texas Law Would Let Teachers Kill Students46 minutes ago
Texas Legislator Required Muslim Office Visitors to Declare Allegiance to the U.S.1 minute ago
What the CBO’s Latest Predictions Mean for States and Localities28 minutes ago
Is Atlantic City Headed for Bankruptcy?2 hours ago
North Dakota May Produce Licenses for Residents to Cross into Canada2 hours ago
States' Hispanic Education Problem2 hours ago