“How is Jodey Arrington, who doesn’t own his own business and never has, campaigning full-time and also serving full-time as president of his political benefactor’s corporation?” | click here for Pratt on Texas article.
Anything written by Dick Morris merits extra scrutiny however his piece about the consequences of the Evenwel decision is well-thought out. States like Texas will benefit from disproportionate representation because of our large population of illegal immigrants who, like the slaves of the 19th century, are not allowed to vote. | click here for DickMorris.com article.
“The county Monday was notified by the Attorney General’s Office that the signs at the entrances of the courthouse and the annex are in violation of state law and must be removed unless commissioners decide to challenge the opinion. The letter states that the county cannot prohibit licensed handgun holders from entering into an entire building simply because the courts or the offices of the courts are located in a portion of a multipurpose building.” | click here for Waco Tribune article.
“The “one person, one vote” case was among the most consequential of the high court’s term, and once again the court’s liberal wing won out. The ruling left intact Texas’ method — followed by all states — of drawing districts with roughly equal numbers of residents.” | click here for USA TODAY story.
“In reality…it is not simply American’s free speech rights that are often threatened by federal agencies. The federal government’s penchant for surveilling, penetrating, and actively subverting domestic political activities by individuals and groups spans periods of peace and war over more than a century.” | click here for Cato Institute article.
“So when the Dallas Morning News reports an “alarming violent crime increase” because of a few months of data, that’s more a tried and true tactic for selling newspapers than an honest assessment of risks to the public.” | click here for Grits for Breakfast article.
After weeks of whining about what he called Robertson's "negative" and "dishonest" attacks against him, Congressional District 19 runoff candidate Jodey Arrington has brought in a campaign manager known for being a "sleaze master."
Scott Yeldell, Arrington's new campaign manager, was described in 2014 as running "one of the sleaziest campaigns of the year, a campaign that featured incredibly inappropriate and dishonest attacks."
Arrington withdraws from TTU Republicans debate
Scott Yeldell showed up at a Texas Tech College Republicans meeting last night identifying himself as "campaign manager" for Arrington. After failing to get his way with the organization Yeldell announced that Jodey Arrington would not participate in the college Republican sponsored debate.
"We had members who were supporting Arrington. Not anymore. We tried to call Scott Yeldell this morning and he hung up on us," explained Megan McMillan, TTU College Republicans President.
"We are still going forward with the event and having Mr. Robertson come," said McMillan.
"We've never had anyone treat us the way that Mr. Yeldell treated us. It was insulting," she continued.
Yeldell's gay bashing
Yeldell is no stranger to controversy. He ran the 2012 campaign of Francisco Canseco of San Antonio for the 23rd Congressional District.
It was a particularly ugly campaign as the New York Times article describes:
It has surprised no one that things have turned nasty, but one advertisement stands out. Mr. Canseco’s campaign distributed a mailer that used an image of Jesus Christ and a picture of two men kissing to highlight what he says is Mr. Gallego’s liberal record on abortion and gay rights.
Interestingly, Yeldell's tactics were not successful as Canseco lost his election for Congress.
Is there any doubt who fed the Michael Bob Starr…story to the media?
2014 wasn't Yeldell's first foray into dirty campaigning.
In 2007 The Coloradoan ran a story describing Yeldell's resignation from a Ft. Collins, CO campaign for "dishonesty."
Yeldell had written a letter to the editor of The Coloradoan misrepresenting his relationship with a campaign he was managing. He is quoted as admitting, "It was a mistake. An amateur, thoughtless mistake."
Scott Yeldell works for Marathon Strategies. The Arrington campaign has been paying Marathon since November.
Is there any doubt who fed the Michael Bob Starr "gay rights activist" story to the media?
Is the Arrington campaign in a panic?
Does this signal a change of tone for the Arrington campaign? Arrington has previously condemned what he described as negative campaigning by Robertson.
Will he change his mind? And if so, why? This is an interesting development early in the runoff.
A change this radical, if one comes, suggests a candidate who is in a panic. Whether that is true, or whether there is reason to panic, remains to be seen.
We contacted Jodey Arrington for comment but did not receive return communication by the time of publication.
“Some Westerners have argued that the West does not have problems with Islam but only with violent Islamist extremists. Fourteen hundred years of history demonstrate otherwise.” | click here for Washington Times editorial.
“So if the race comes down to a fight on the convention floor, it’s almost certain to become clear that there are, in fact, benefits to being a party insider, relatively speaking” | click here for Politico article.
““Ban the box” refers to removing the box referring to prior felony convictions from job applications, so the issue doesn’t come up at the start of the hiring process.” | click here for Texas Observer article.