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John Boehner got $50k donation from CEO he helped in redistricting

In September, an aide to Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) urged redistricting officials to add the headquarters of the Timken Co. to the new district of freshmen Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio).

On September 12th, 2011, Tom Whatman, the director of the speaker’s “Team Boehner” group wrote in an email to redistricting officials about the change. “Thanks guys. Very important to someone important to us all. I relly [sic] should have thought of this,” he wrote.

Texas redistricting

Lu Dubose, co-author with Jan Reid of The Hammer Comes Down: The Nasty, Brutish and Shortened Political Life of Tom DeLay, has a good piece over at summarizing the DeLay

Tom DeLay crowing to Pittsburgh Tribune

Here's Tom DeLay crowing to Pittsburgh Tribune Review columnist Salena Zito:

For all the hand-wringing people do about partisan politics, the fact of the matter is that the redistricting process pretty accurately reflects the will of the people. It can be nasty and partisan, but it works, just as the Founders imagined it would.

DeLay Front Page News...Again

Tom DeLay must be rethinking the adage that all publicity is good publicity. He makes the nation's front pages again today, as newspapers report on the Supreme Court's decision to take up the Texas redistricting case.

Quick links to stories of note

I'm in meetings over the next couple of days so blogging will be a little light. Here are two stories of note, though. The first is a Dallas Morning News editorial that was syndicated by Knight-Ridder, which means it appeared elsewhere:

Beyond DeLay: New leaders could help GOP - and country

The second is a breaking story from AP that the Supreme Court will take up the Texas redistricting case. Look for more internal memos from Justice to leak:

Hearing set for motion to move trial

November 22nd.

Interesting admission:

The brief filed by DeLay's lawyers said the role he played in dividing the county into three congressional districts during the 2003 congressional redistricting battle had made him "unpopular" in Travis County. He called Austin "one of the last enclaves of the Democratic Party in Texas."

Civil Trial on DeLay's TRMPAC, Day One

Day Two may be more interesting, but here is the key facts from Day One in the TRMPAC civil case, as summarized by R.G. Ratcliffe of the Houston Chronicle:

Tom DeLay on CNN on Social Security and redistricting

The transcript:

JUDY WOODRUFF: With me now to talk more about the president's Social Security reforms and other issues is Republican Tom DeLay of Texas. He is the House majority leader. He joins us from Capitol Hill. Mr. Leader, the president is leaving the door open to raising the current $90,000 income cap on which Social Security is taxed. If that were to be raised, would that be a tax increase?

Postcards from Austin

This is the Texas State Capitol building, otherwise known as the scene of the crime.

DeLay Unplugged

Daily DeLay, T-Minus 10 Days and Counting
In DeLay's Own Words

In order to find out who a person is, you have to listen to what they say. The Daily DeLay today provides some of Tom DeLay's statements in that spirit. If you know of other statements, or want to comment, post a comment below.