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Bev's Burner
Some's Hot, Some's Not 

By B.K. Carter

"Bev Carter is the owner/publisher of the Fort Bend Star, winner of numerous state and national awards. She has been a voice of Fort Bend's largest circulated newspaper for 30 years."


 

The Rick Perry full employment act....There has been much discussion of the five propositions on the Republican primary ballot. I have a theory about them that involves the State Republican Executive Committee putting them on the ballot to assure that all the truly conservative Republicans will vote. Who will they vote for? Why the more conservative Rick Perry instead of the more moderate Kay Bailey Hutchison?

These five propositions are all about Republican “red meat” issues including the one that had preachers all over Texas calling from the pulpit for people to go vote. It’s the so-called Proposition 4 and reads thusly:

“Public Acknowledgement of God-The use of the word “God”, (sic) prayers, and the Ten commandments (sic) should be allowed in public gatherings and public educational institutions, as well as be permitted on government buildings and property.”

Most of these “red meat” issues have already failed in the legislature. They include a photo ID for voting; controlling state government growth to the amount the population grows unless voting approval is given; cutting federal income taxes (yeah, like the state can do that); and requiring a sonogram for elective abortions. (It doesn’t say who will pay for them.) 

I think all of these propositions are designed to get Rick Perry re-elected. Of course, it doesn’t make much difference because Bill White will most likely beat him in November.

A loophole.....big enough to drive a truck through is in the campaign finance reports that each candidate must file several times before any election. These are commonly referred to as C & E and mean “contributions and expenditures.” Ideally, the public and many nosy reporters, if they care to, check can look on the report and find out who candidates got money from and where they spent it. One huge loophole  flew into my radar when District Attorney candidate Richard Raymond loaned himself a huge amount of money to run his campaign. 

When a candidate first runs for office, he/she is told that it is perfectly acceptable to put some of your own money into your campaign. That is supposed to show your commitment. However, you are expected to raise some money in fund-raisers.

But with the self loan loophole, you can get money from undisclosed contributors then claim you loaned it to yourself. The only way this can be checked is to subpoena bank records. Neat, huh?

DA candidate Richard Raymond loaned himself $75,000 to run his campaign, a lot of money for a first time candidate. I’m just saying.....

Of course, those C&E reports are for the most part a matter of scout’s honor anyway. A candidate can get money from all sorts of people whom they don’t disclose by putting  it in someone else’s name. The only reason they have to declare it is to show they are a viable candidate and to show how they have money to buy all those mailers, signs, and newspaper ads which people can plainly see. For nosey reporters, the C & E is sometimes a window into the integrity of a candidate. We can usually tell at a glance whether a candidate is on the up and up. 

For example, a future sheriff candidate, Chief Deputy Craig Brady, lists a “pledge” of $50,000 from Bobby Freeman who also gave him $25,000 in cash/check and another $1,000 contribution from Freeman Mobile Home Moving. Wow! I didn’t know mobile home moving was that lucrative. 

Brady also lists another $100,000 “pledge” by his parents and a $10,000 “pledge” from his son’s attorney. Then a $25,000 “pledge” from a uncle. Here again, I’m just saying.....

Now what would you do if you didn’t have us to tell you about some of our local politicians?

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