Thursday, May 26, 2005

DeLay's TRMPAC, CAFTA

In Ed Sills' letter to union activists he included the following about TRNPAC and CAFTA:

"5) A state district judge in Travis County ruled today that Texans for aRepublican Majority violated state law by failing to disclose hundreds ofthousands of dollars in corporate contributions during its quest to make TomCraddick speaker of the House.District Judge Joe Hart awarded five Democratic candidates who lost in theelection $196,660 in civil damages.The Democrats had sued former state Rep. Bill Ceverha, treasurer for TRMPAC.Ceverha's side said they would appeal.A separate grand jury investigation is under way to determine if anycriminal laws were violated.Texans for Public Justice Director Craig McDonald issued this statement:"Today's ruling is bad news for Tom DeLay and his TRMPAC cronies. Thisruling draws blood from the financial heart of DeLay's corrupt politicalempire. This is likely to be but the first of many guilty verdicts againstTRMPAC and its leaders.""Today's judgment confirms that TRMPAC blatantly violated Texas electionlaw. It's the first step in holding TRMPAC's leaders accountable for thecorruption they levied on Texas' politics." "This ruling will hasten the end of DeLay's white-collar crimes against democracy. It sends a strong message to all the Tom DeLays who act as ifthey are above the law: Don't mess with Texas elections."

I am with Howard Dean: DeLay belongs in jail.

6)" The San Antonio Current published this brief story on last week'santi-CAFTA rally:Lamar says yes, labor says no to CAFTALabor and elected leaders packed the Communication Workers of America Local6143 Wednesday morning to rally opposition to the controversial CentralAmerican Free Trade Agreement, which is modeled after the 11-year-old NorthAmerican Free Trade Agreement. If enacted, CAFTA would legalize tradeliberalization between the United States and Costa Rica, El Salvador,Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua."CAFTA is the bad brother of NAFTA," said Linda Chavez-Thompson, AFL-CIOexecutive vice president and former San Antonio organizer, during the pressconference. "It's a crime what NAFTA has done to people like to you and me,and CAFTA is going to do the same thing for the same reasons."More than 200,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost in Texas since June1998, but CAFTA could be a way to reverse that trend, according to U.S.Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), who, in his address to the San AntonioFree Trade Alliance on May 9, said that the agreement would strengthen theSan Antonio job market and economy by allowing the forthcoming Toyota plantand Texas' electronic industries to export their goods duty-free."I don't understand how congressmen are in favor of this or on the fence onthis," said Becky Moeller, who lives in Smith's district and was inattendance Wednesday. "If you make 5 dollars and a nickel a day, I don'tknow how you can buy a computer or a Toyota."Reynaldo Federico Gonzalez of the Insurance and Bank Workers Federation inGuatemala says he has a warrant out for his arrest in his native country forparticipating in demonstrations against CAFTA. He was a panelist Wednesdayas part of the "CAFTA- We don't Hafta" tour, which ended its nationwide,week-long run in San Antonio."Our government will use the aberrations of the police to suppressmovements," said Gonzalez through a translator. "It is trulylife-threatening to form a union in Guatemala."CAFTA, which was drafted in 2004 and signed by all five of theLatin-American countries, has been aggressively backed by the BushAdministration but has not yet been brought before Congress, though a votecould occur as early as this month. Texas representatives Smith and HenryCuellar, a Democrat, have already pledged their support for the agreement.U.S. Representative Charlie Gonzalez (D-San Antonio) said via telephoneduring the rally that he has not yet decided his vote.-
5) A state district judge in Travis County ruled today that Texans for aRepublican Majority violated state law by failing to disclose hundreds ofthousands of dollars in corporate contributions during its quest to make TomCraddick speaker of the House.District Judge Joe Hart awarded five Democratic candidates who lost in theelection $196,660 in civil damages.The Democrats had sued former state Rep. Bill Ceverha, treasurer for TRMPAC.Ceverha's side said they would appeal.A separate grand jury investigation is under way to determine if anycriminal laws were violated.Texans for Public Justice Director Craig McDonald issued this statement:"Today's ruling is bad news for Tom DeLay and his TRMPAC cronies. Thisruling draws blood from the financial heart of DeLay's corrupt politicalempire. This is likely to be but the first of many guilty verdicts againstTRMPAC and its leaders.""Today's judgment confirms that TRMPAC blatantly violated Texas electionlaw. It's the first step in holding TRMPAC's leaders accountable for thecorruption they levied on Texas' politics.""This ruling will hasten the end of DeLay's white-collar crimes againstdemocracy. It sends a strong message to all the Tom DeLays who act as ifthey are above the law: Don't mess with Texas elections."6) The San Antonio Current published this brief story on last week'santi-CAFTA rally:Lamar says yes, labor says no to CAFTALabor and elected leaders packed the Communication Workers of America Local6143 Wednesday morning to rally opposition to the controversial CentralAmerican Free Trade Agreement, which is modeled after the 11-year-old NorthAmerican Free Trade Agreement. If enacted, CAFTA would legalize tradeliberalization between the United States and Costa Rica, El Salvador,Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua."CAFTA is the bad brother of NAFTA," said Linda Chavez-Thompson, AFL-CIOexecutive vice president and former San Antonio organizer, during the pressconference. "It's a crime what NAFTA has done to people like to you and me,and CAFTA is going to do the same thing for the same reasons."More than 200,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost in Texas since June1998, but CAFTA could be a way to reverse that trend, according to U.S.Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), who, in his address to the San Antonio Free Trade Alliance on May 9, said that the agreement would strengthen theSan Antonio job market and economy by allowing the forthcoming Toyota plantand Texas' electronic industries to export their goods duty-free."I don't understand how congressmen are in favor of this or on the fence onthis," said Becky Moeller, who lives in Smith's district and was inattendance Wednesday. "If you make 5 dollars and a nickel a day, I don'tknow how you can buy a computer or a Toyota."Reynaldo Federico Gonzalez of the Insurance and Bank Workers Federation inGuatemala says he has a warrant out for his arrest in his native country forparticipating in demonstrations against CAFTA. He was a panelist Wednesdayas part of the "CAFTA- We don't Hafta" tour, which ended its nationwide,week-long run in San Antonio."Our government will use the aberrations of the police to suppressmovements," said Gonzalez through a translator. "It is trulylife-threatening to form a union in Guatemala."CAFTA, which was drafted in 2004 and signed by all five of theLatin-American countries, has been aggressively backed by the BushAdministration but has not yet been brought before Congress, though a votecould occur as early as this month. Texas representatives Smith and HenryCuellar, a Democrat, have already pledged their support for the agreement.U.S. Representative Charlie Gonzalez (D-San Antonio) said via telephoneduring the rally that he has not yet decided his vote."- Heather Holmes

Charlie, you had better decide whose side you are on. If you vote for CAFTA, its "Goodbye Charlie." Lamar, you belong in the hall of shame.

The Houston Chronicle must be reading this blog: today it came out with an article detailing all the abuses that have been documented at Gitmo. This blog detailed them yesterday. Hiowever, the HC said the "abuses could not be verified."

Well, dah! how can a prisoner verify abuses by a prison guard? Newsweek never should have caved.

Sen. Robert Duncan's amendment that would have screwed school teachers and retirees was killed tonight in the Texas State Senate by a vote of 19-12. Thanks you to the Democrates who voted to kill it. Sen. Duncan, how can a good little Methodist Sunday School boy be so niggardly and penurious (and also so hypocritical). I sure your mama is proud of yew.

While yeller dawg is passing out the kudos, how about little Scotty McClellan, Bush's liar, oops, I mean mouthpiece. When the news broke that the United Nations had castigated the U. S. for the abuses at Gitmo, Scotty said the complains were "rediculous and unsupported by the facts." (from the Houston Chronicle, May 26, 2005).

Refer to yeller dawg blog of May 25, 2005: numerous detainees have complained of abuses, and this has been documented many times. Scotty, does your mama know you lie for a living? I'm sure she is real proud of yew.

yeller dawg's hall of shame for today" Robert Duncan and Scotty McClellan.

yeller dawg

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