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Texas appeals court upholds reversal of Tom DeLay's money-laundering convictions

Source: AP

HOUSTON — The highest criminal court in Texas refused Wednesday to reinstate two money-laundering convictions against former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, ending a nearly decade-long criminal case against the one-time GOP heavyweight.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals upheld a ruling last year from the 3rd Court of Appeals that tossed the Republican’s 2010 convictions for money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Travis County prosecutors had argued in June before the Austin-based Court of Criminal Appeals that the convictions be reinstated in what they called a scheme to influence Texas state elections.

“We agree with the court of appeals’ ultimate conclusion that, as a matter of law, what the state has proven in this case does not constitute either of the alleged criminal offenses,” the high court said in its 8-1 ruling.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/state/headlines/20141001-texas-appeals-court-upholds-reversalof-tom-delay-s-money-laundering-convictions.ece
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Oct 1, 2014, 08:19 PM (2 replies)

Poll shows Greg Abbott with single-digit lead on Wendy Davis

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott holds a single-digit lead over Democrat Wendy Davis in a late-September poll released Wednesday.

The Texas Lyceum Poll of likely Texas voters showed 49 percent favoring Abbott and 40 percent for Davis.

Davis enjoyed strong support from Hispanic and African American voters, but Abbott held a slight lead, 46 to 44 percent, among women – a demographic the Democratic Party has aggressively targeted this campaign season – and independents.

University of Texas Professor Daron Shaw, who helped conduct the poll, said the single-digit race for governor still leaves Davis in a difficult position.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/poll-shows-abbott-with-single-digit-lead-on-davis/nhY6Y/

Sherwin Alumina, employees at stalemate in labor talks

CORPUS CHRISTI - Hundreds of workers for the Sherwin Alumina Co. in Gregory feared their jobs were in jeopardy as their employment contract ticked down to its final few hours.

The labor contract that covers 450 of the plant’s 600 employees agreed to four years ago was set to expire at midnight Tuesday. Under the current contract, hourly employees get a comprehensive wage and benefits package that includes health care, coverage for dental and vision, a pension and a company match in their 401(K) plan. The company has presented proposals to employees, who are represented by United Steelworkers, Local 235-A,

By Tuesday night, the two sides hadn’t agreed to terms.

“These negotiations will go on for a while. It’s going to be an all-nighter,” union president Terry Howard said. “As long as we’re at the table ... it’s hard to comment right now.”

Read more: http://www.caller.com/news/local-news/sherwin-alumina-employees-at-stalemate-in-labor-talks_50961971
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Oct 1, 2014, 12:08 AM (0 replies)

State Sen. Perry discusses morals in inaugural speech; compares abortion to the Holocaust

After placing his hand on the Bible and taking the oath of office, state Sen. Charles Perry compared what he called the “spiritual battle” brewing across the nation to the Holocaust.

God has a place in the government, Perry explained in his inaugural speech as he vividly recalled a recent trip to a concentration camp in Berlin.

“There were 10,000 people that were paraded into a medical office under the guise of a physical. As they stood with their back against the wall, they were executed with a bullet through the throat. Before they left, 10,000 people met their fate that way,” Perry said.

“Is it not the same than when our government continues to perpetuate laws that lead citizens away from God? The only difference is that the fraud of the Germans was more immediate and whereas the fraud of today’s government will not be exposed until the final days and will have eternal-lasting effects.”


“Roe v. Wade condemned 55 million innocent and defenseless souls that cried out for righteousness from a God who is just [font color=green]{speaking about abortion}[/font]— we will answer for that as a nation,” Perry said, later noting that he has made clear his stance on gay marriage.

Read more: http://lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2014-09-30/state-sen-perry-discusses-morals-inaugural-speech#.VCttJRbuPoE

Texas senator makes Holocaust comparison in speech

Source: AP

LUBBOCK — A recently elected West Texas state senator on Tuesday compared what he called a “spiritual battle” against religion in the United States to the Holocaust.

Charles Perry made the comparison after being sworn in on Tuesday following his victory earlier this month in a special election to replace a retiring state senator, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported.

In his inaugural speech, Perry said a recent trip to a concentration camp in Germany made him draw a comparison between what he believes are efforts by the government to pass laws against religion and the killing of Jews during the Holocaust.

“There were 10,000 people that were paraded into a medical office (at the concentration camp in Germany) under the guise of a physical. As they stood with their back against the wall, they were executed with a bullet through the throat. Before they left, 10,000 people met their fate that way,” Perry said.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20140930-texas-senator-makes-holocaust-comparison-in-speech.ece
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