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Dems drop effort to remove Greens from the ballot

After the initial Supreme Court ruling, it was probably a long shot.

The Texas Democratic Party today cleared the way for Green Party candidates to remain on the ballot this year by dropping its state Supreme Court challenge to the legality of the Green’s ballot access petition drive.

However, the Democrats indicated the party will continue its lawsuit at a lower court level in an effort to obtain civil penalties in the case.

“Although the motion we filed today means it is almost certain that Green Party candidates will remain on the ballot in 2010, the facts demonstrate that the participants in this petition gathering scam acted improperly and we continue to seek penalties allowed by law,” said Democratic Chairman Boyd Richie.

Finding where the money trail leads is the main thing. Someone paid for that petition drive, and we have a right to know who it was. However that ends, I’m amazed at how many Republicans had a hand in trying to get the Greens on the ballot. You think maybe they’re a little worried? Postcards and BOR have more.

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3 Comments

  1. Brad M. says:

    I am genuinely surprised at this and would’ve liked to have seen the TDP push the Tx SC into a decision. Unless the Dems are successful in getting civil penalty redress doesn’t this open the opportunity for Reps to continue these type shennanigans in future election cycles?

  2. el_longhorn says:

    The only shenanigans that I am seeing is that the Greens used the same tricks with corporate money that the Dems and Republicans have been using forever. They probably dropped the suit because they were a) going to lose b) going to alienate voters by trying to bully the Greens off the ballot c) going to get a ruling from the TXSC that thrid parties were allowed to use corporate donations to get the signatures required to get them on the ballot.

    Once cooler heads prevailed, it looks like TDP made the right decision. They Democrats are going to have to deal with the Greens on this ballot and probably on many others in the future. That is fine by me.

  3. Brad M. says:

    Cooler heads prevailed?! Maybe they just realized there were gonna be exposed as jackasses…like they are.

    And you are right…Dems are full of shit just like the Reps. Just a different state.

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