Revealing Briefs

NUEVO LEÓN, Mexico — World Net Daily, an internet news source, reported Monday that official Mexican government reports reveal that country has entered into discussions with top Texas and Bush administration officials concerning the extension of the controversial, multi-billion-dollar Trans-Texas Corridor into Mexico to connect Monterrey to the deep-water ports on that country’s Pacific coast. According to World Net Daily, the official website of the government of Nuevo León indicates that governor José Natividad Gonzáles Parás has actively discussed the project with numerous U.S. government officials, including Texas Governor Rick Perry, Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

COLDSPRING — The Innocence Project, The Texas Observer, and other groups filed a motion last Friday in San Jacinto County asking a state district judge to stop law-enforcement officials from destroying a hair they claim could posthumously exonerate Claude Jones, who was executed in 2000. The hair was the only physical evidence in the 1989 case against Jones and was never tested for DNA although a prosecution witness testified at trial it was consistent with Jones’s hair. The hair is in the possession of San Jacinto County District Clerk Rebecca Capers’ office and was ordered destroyed years ago along with other trial exhibits as a matter of routine, but managed to escape destruction by accident.

SAN ANTONIO—U.S. Congressman Ciro Rodriguez (D-San Antonio) will have no shortage of Republicans wanting his job who will be fighting it out in next year’s GOP Primary, but one already has an internet presence — San Antonio retiree Jim McGrody. Rodriguez defeated Henry Bonilla (R-San Antonio) in a special election run-off last year and remains one of the GOP’s top targets for 2008. San Antonio lawyer Francisco “Quico” Canseco seems to be the pick of the National Republican Congressional Committee for the seat, though Bexar County Commissioner Lyle Larson is also eyeing a run.

TYLER — The retirement of a county commissioner from East Texas may seem innocuous enough, but in the case of Smith County Commissioner JoAnn Flemming, who announced she won’t seek re-election to her post in 2008, speculation is running wild. Local GOP insiders are betting Flemming will run against State Rep. Leo Berman (R-Tyler) in the GOP Primary next year. Berman, of course, is known nationally for filing numerous anti-immigrant bills during the 80th Legislature.

GALVESTON — In the all politics is local department, the ethics commission for the city of Galveston will meet this week to determine whether or not City Planning Commissioner Kelley Sullivan violates the city’s residency requirements. Complaints were filed alleging that Sullivan lived in Houston while serving on the planning board. Sullivan maintains she lives in Galveston … in a home owned by a company that happens to be owned by her brother. The kicker for Sullivan is that she claimed a homestead exemption on the Houston home she owned until late July of this year.

EDINBURG — State Rep. Aaron Pena, an Edinburg Democrat, doesn’t want any potential opponents to get the wrong idea about him. On his website, A Capitol Blog, last week, Pena told supporters, “although others may seek to cloud my intentions, make no mistake I am seeking re-election to the Texas House of Representatives.” Pena fostered some speculation during the 80th Legislative session that he wouldn’t seek another term in office, but later announced he would, in fact run. Eddie Saenz, an engineer who challenged Pena in 2004, is his likely opponent in the 2008 Democratic Primary. Pena is one of the the so-called “Craddick D’s” who voted for House Speaker Tom Craddick’s re-election.


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