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Declaration for Accountable Democracy

Public Campaign Action Fund, Public Citizen, Common Cause, and People For The American Way--organizations representing hundreds of thousands of concerned citizens—announced a new campaign today urging federal candidates to declare their support for legislation to restore transparency and accountability in political spending, limit corrosive influence of big money on campaigns, make elections fair, and enhance the opportunity to participate.

Capitol View

Adam Smith and I had the opportunity to head over to an event put on near the Capitol building by Project Vote Smart to get the word out about the valuable service they offer: thoroughly researched, non-partisan background information about where candidates for state and federal office stand on the issues, free of spin and rhetorical flourishes. Their website is a wealth of information, and a valuable tool for voters who want focus on the issues.

My two cents about DeLay's 'victory' yesterday

I know Rick wrote about this earlier, but I wanted to add my two cents...

In 2004, in the general election, DeLay received 55% of the vote. Yesterday, in a low turnout, only-the-faithful-voting primary election, he got 62%, only slightly better than where he was among all voters, Democrats included, a year and a half ago.

DeLay' laying the ground work for the Fall

I'm not writing off the primary challengers. Who knows? But it's not likely any of them will knock him off.

What is clear though, is that DeLay is running a smart campaign on the ground.

DeLay wants to keep in shape

Tom DeLay must be worried about staying in shape.

He was one of the 50 House members voting "no" yesterday on a new ban on former members of Congress who become registered lobbyists from using the House gym.

He must be thinking ahead. A guy has to keep in shape, after all.

(Thanks, Murshed Zaheed)

DeLay Quits Leadership Post

Here's the AP story.

Embattled Rep. Tom DeLay decided Saturday to give up his post as House majority leader, clearing the way for new leadership elections among House Republicans eager to shed the taint of scandal, two officials said.

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Signed, a Washington, DC-based Political Hack

Rep. Roy Blunt's Communications Director, Burson Taylor, has sent a letter from Washington to the Springfield News-Leader in response to David's Monday editorial. It's too good to not post the whole thing...

With respect to the Ozarks Voices column by David Donnelly, please allow me to respond.

DeLay still wielding power

The New York Times' Carl Hulse has a good analysis of DeLay's political capital under this headline:

Tuesday News Round-up

Friends to the End?

Wes Allison of the St. Petersburg Times writes that Delay has spent a lot of money cultivating the kind of friends who’ll stand by you when your ethical shortcomings become a distraction from your work.

"He takes very good care of his members, he understands their needs, and then when he needs to get votes for an issue, he's got a lot of good will built up," said Rep. Tom Feeney, R-Oviedo.

"Where's our security?"

From the AP story on the Republican reversal on ethics rules:

Republicans leaving their weekly meeting in the Capitol basement generally praised Hastert for pivoting on the issue. DeLay seemed annoyed at the crowd of reporters.

"You guys better get out of my way," he said. "Where's our security?"