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"The Bush/DeLay Social Security Privatization Plan."

That's what their Social Security proposal ought to be called. Majority Leader Tom DeLay had been backing away from taking this on a few weeks ago. Now it appears he thinks, based on polling, that they should move ahead. Okay, let's go.

Paved paradise, put up a parking lot

What does $5,000 to Tom DeLay's legal defense fund and thousands more to Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) get you?

$500,000 for a parking lot. The Lexington Herald-Leader does some enterprising reporting, and they get this:

U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers put $500,000 in this year's federal budget to build a parking lot for a private resort on Lake Cumberland that is owned by one of his campaign contributors.

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More from DeLay-Land, Day Two

Yesterday I met with Ginny Goldman, the lead organizer for ACORN in Houston. ACORN is an organization of low and middle income families working for economic justice in 70 cities around the country. In Houston, ACORN has taken on the issue of affordable housing. ACORN is also known for getting their members active in political campaigns and in running for office, and that's why politicians pay attention to ACORN, whether they want to or not.

Report from DeLay Land

Report from the ground in Houston, day one:

Led by organizer Richard Haas, I got an incredible tour of Tom DeLay’s district and met some great people last night. One thing that struck me driving back to my hotel from Sugar Land last night: Richard set up meetings with doers, not just talkers. The people I met with last night know how many door-hangers and phone calls were made in last year’s election because they made the calls and walked the blocks themselves.

Black Tie and Boots celebration for Westar and DeLay

Via Jonathan Salant of Bloomberg (thanks to a loyal reader for the tip), from a story about Inaugural parties:

Monday morning loose ends

It is early in the week to have loose ends, so I wanted to make sure I tied them all up -- there were a few news items from last week and over the weekend to note. Here goes:

Watchdogging the Ethics Process

"I see fear in his eyes"

Richard Cohen of the National Journal has a lengthy article summing up all the swirling problems around Majority Leader Tom DeLay. It is a subscription only service, so I will excerpt passages from it to give a flavor of how damning the evidence is that mounts against the Hammer, and the worry among Republicans about their leader. Read through the excerpts to see the credit the Daily DeLay gets!

It starts out:

Why weaken an anti-terrorism measure? Follow the money.

The Daily DeLay: T-Minus 2 Days and Counting
Did Tom DeLay Weaken an Anti-Terrorism Measure to Help Out His Donors?

[Campaign Money Watch is running a radio ad about this.]

In 2003, Congress debated and passed the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act. President George W. Bush signed it into law on Dec. 12, 2003.

The Westar Fantasy

The Daily DeLay: T-Minus 4 Days and Counting
DeLay and the Westar Scandal: A Special Interest Fantasy

Tom DeLay and Kansas-based energy company Westar Corporation had a cozy relationship. Too cozy.

Breaking News: DeLay Goes Negative

The Daily DeLay: T-Minus 6 Days and Counting
BREAKING NEWS: DeLay Goes Negative

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has started running negative ads against his opponent, Richard Morrison. Clearly, DeLay is in trouble. There is no other explanation.

From the House Race Hotline:


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