All posts by Lou Dubose
He says he took on entrenched corporate interests against impossible odds and won a $17 billion settlement for the state of Texas. His critics say he needlessly paid hefty fees to greedy trial lawyers and then tried to cut one of his pals in on the action. Now the question is whether his hopes of being governor have gone up in smoke.
It’s the question on everyone’s mind now that the former attorney general is suddenly running for governor. The answer could determine whether his political prospects go up in smoke.
Did Vice President Dick Cheney steer $7 billion in Iraq war contracts to his old pals at Halliburton?
Just curious, Mr. Vice President: How did your old pals at Halliburton get that five-year, no-bid contract to clean up Iraq?
Long before the Texas Legislature did battle over redistricting, Tom DeLay knew exactly what he wanted: the defeat of five to seven white Democratic congressmen by appropriately conservative, sufficiently loyal conservative Republicans. And he knew how to get it.
You probably know that Tom DeLay spearheaded the massive—and massively controversial— congressional redistricting effort that tied Texas legislators in knots for one regular and three special sessions. What you probably don’t know is how he did it. Herein lies a tale.
Once upon a time, Sugar Land was a fading company town on the banks of the Brazos River and Tom DeLay was a young exterminator in a state dominated by Democratic rule. How did we get from there to here?
If you want to understand the shift in political power that has taken place in Texas over the past thirty years—from rural areas to the new suburbs, from Democratic control to Republican dominance—you’ll hardly find a better case study than Tom DeLay’s Sugar Land.