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News briefs

ROCKWALL Republican men's club The Rockwall County Republican Men's Club will meet at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Community Center at Harry Myers Park, 815 E. Washington St. Tina Peyton, regional director of Citizens for a Sound Economy, will speak on topics including redistricting, and oil and gas issues. Breakfast will be served, and the public is invited. Cost is $ 5. Call 972-412-4490.

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News briefs

ROCKWALL Republican men's club The Rockwall County Republican Men's Club will meet at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Community Center at Harry Myers Park, 815 E. Washington St. Tina Peyton, regional director of Citizens for a Sound Economy, will speak on topics including redistricting, and oil and gas issues. Breakfast will be served, and the public is invited. Cost is $ 5. Call 972-412-4490.

07/12/2005
Letters: Time for Wright conversation

The 32,000 members of Texas FreedomWorks applaud the brave move by Texas Reps. Sam Johnson and Jeb Hensarling in presenting legislation to bring an end to the Wright amendment. Consumers will be the winners, as the Right to Fly Act creates competition among the airlines and lowers prices. Many of us who work and live close to Love Field would benefit from having an "in-town," convenient airport. We hope our two senators and the rest of Texas' congressional delegation get on board and support this measure.

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Letters: Time for Wright conversation

BY Tina Peyton

The 32,000 members of Texas FreedomWorks applaud the brave move by Texas Reps. Sam Johnson and Jeb Hensarling in presenting legislation to bring an end to the Wright amendment. Consumers will be the winners, as the Right to Fly Act creates competition among the airlines and lowers prices. Many of us who work and live close to Love Field would benefit from having an "in-town," convenient airport. We hope our two senators and the rest of Texas' congressional delegation get on board and support this measure.

06/06/2005
A grand old party offstage

It's hard to reconcile the images of Maria Shriver as a child of Camelot playing aboard the Honey Fitz in front of her uncle, President John F. Kennedy, with the modern Maria, wife of one of the stars of the Republican Party. But there she was in the Madison Square Garden greenroom – the see-and-be-seen spot of the RNC convention – with her kids in tow. She was one of many interesting sights in the backstage holding area.

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A grand old party offstage

BY ALAN PEPPARD

It's hard to reconcile the images of Maria Shriver as a child of Camelot playing aboard the Honey Fitz in front of her uncle, President John F. Kennedy, with the modern Maria, wife of one of the stars of the Republican Party. But there she was in the Madison Square Garden greenroom – the see-and-be-seen spot of the RNC convention – with her kids in tow. She was one of many interesting sights in the backstage holding area.

09/08/2004
Nader nominated by Reform Party

IRVING – It was an unlikely party meeting in an unlikely place. The National Reform Party, an anti-immigration protectionist party founded by Dallas billionaire Ross Perot, endorsed left-leaning independent Ralph Nader as its presidential nominee at a national meeting in Irving on Friday. Mr. Nader accepted the endorsement in a speech attended by about 75 members Saturday, even though he's not on the ballot in Texas and is not completely aligned ideologically with Reformers.

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Nader nominated by Reform Party

BY BRANDON FORMBY

IRVING – It was an unlikely party meeting in an unlikely place. The National Reform Party, an anti-immigration protectionist party founded by Dallas billionaire Ross Perot, endorsed left-leaning independent Ralph Nader as its presidential nominee at a national meeting in Irving on Friday. Mr. Nader accepted the endorsement in a speech attended by about 75 members Saturday, even though he's not on the ballot in Texas and is not completely aligned ideologically with Reformers.

08/28/2004
Court OKs Texas redistricting

AUSTIN – Federal judges on Tuesday upheld a new congressional map for Texas designed by Republicans to boost the party's power in Congress and wipe out the state's last vestige of Democratic control. The decision by a three-judge panel clears the way for the March 9 primary to be held with lines the Legislature approved in October after months of bloody political combat. It could swing as many as seven seats from the Democratic to GOP column, potentially giving Republicans a 22-10 majority in the state's delegation to Congress.

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Court OKs Texas redistricting

BY ROBERT T. GARRETT and PETE SLOVER

AUSTIN – Federal judges on Tuesday upheld a new congressional map for Texas designed by Republicans to boost the party's power in Congress and wipe out the state's last vestige of Democratic control. The decision by a three-judge panel clears the way for the March 9 primary to be held with lines the Legislature approved in October after months of bloody political combat. It could swing as many as seven seats from the Democratic to GOP column, potentially giving Republicans a 22-10 majority in the state's delegation to Congress.

01/06/2004
CLUB NOTES

Republican club The Dallas North Republican Club will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Taffy's Restaurant, 1902 Promenade on Coit Road, between Belt Line and Arapaho roads in Richardson. The speaker will be Tina Peyton, who is North Texas field manager of the Texas Division of Citizens for a Sound Economy.

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CLUB NOTES

Republican club The Dallas North Republican Club will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Taffy's Restaurant, 1902 Promenade on Coit Road, between Belt Line and Arapaho roads in Richardson. The speaker will be Tina Peyton, who is North Texas field manager of the Texas Division of Citizens for a Sound Economy.

01/01/2003
Social conservatives, foes clash over schoolbooks

AUSTIN - The annual wrangling over textbook selection in Texas got off to an early start Tuesday as competing groups clashed over efforts to revise proposed social studies books for public schools. The Texas Freedom Network, a political watchdog organization that battles with socially conservative groups, launched a campaign to thwart what it called textbook censorship by those groups.

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Social conservatives, foes clash over schoolbooks

BY TERRENCE STUTZ

AUSTIN - The annual wrangling over textbook selection in Texas got off to an early start Tuesday as competing groups clashed over efforts to revise proposed social studies books for public schools. The Texas Freedom Network, a political watchdog organization that battles with socially conservative groups, launched a campaign to thwart what it called textbook censorship by those groups.

07/10/2002
Back to the basics: Define 'fact'

It was a scene reminiscent of the fractious textbook battles in Texas from years past. Speaker after speaker railed against proposed science textbooks at a public hearing in Austin last month, calling the books un-American, anti-Christian, and unfit for students. State Board of Education members responded by rejecting the most controversial book up for adoption and, in doing so, took a major step toward restoring the authority over textbooks that they lost six years ago.

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Back to the basics: Define 'fact'

BY TERRENCE STUTZ

It was a scene reminiscent of the fractious textbook battles in Texas from years past. Speaker after speaker railed against proposed science textbooks at a public hearing in Austin last month, calling the books un-American, anti-Christian, and unfit for students. State Board of Education members responded by rejecting the most controversial book up for adoption and, in doing so, took a major step toward restoring the authority over textbooks that they lost six years ago.

12/02/2001
State board rejects science texts

AUSTIN - State Board of Education members, in what critics called a new round of textbook censorship in Texas, voted Thursday to reject two controversial high school science books because of what they said were factual errors. The vote was along partisan lines as all 10 Republicans voted to reject the environmental science textbooks, while all five Democrats on the board favored approval. "This is nothing but censorship," said board member Mary Helen Berlanga of Corpus Christi. "The board has no authority to do this."

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State board rejects science texts

BY TERRENCE STUTZ

AUSTIN - State Board of Education members, in what critics called a new round of textbook censorship in Texas, voted Thursday to reject two controversial high school science books because of what they said were factual errors. The vote was along partisan lines as all 10 Republicans voted to reject the environmental science textbooks, while all five Democrats on the board favored approval. "This is nothing but censorship," said board member Mary Helen Berlanga of Corpus Christi. "The board has no authority to do this."

11/09/2001
Science texts awaiting approval are criticized Publishers defend books that groups say show political bias

AUSTIN - Proposed science textbooks for Texas schools came under fire Thursday from dozens of critics who asserted the books are full of factual errors and political bias. Leading the attack were two conservative groups that objected to the books' attention to controversial topics such as global warming, acid rain and endangered species. "Classrooms are no place for fear mongering and the manipulation of students," said Peggy Venable of Texas Citizens for a Sound Economy, citing passages in some books that she maintained "frighten" students about global warming.

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Science texts awaiting approval are criticized Publishers defend books that groups say show political bias

BY Terrence Stutz

AUSTIN - Proposed science textbooks for Texas schools came under fire Thursday from dozens of critics who asserted the books are full of factual errors and political bias. Leading the attack were two conservative groups that objected to the books' attention to controversial topics such as global warming, acid rain and endangered species. "Classrooms are no place for fear mongering and the manipulation of students," said Peggy Venable of Texas Citizens for a Sound Economy, citing passages in some books that she maintained "frighten" students about global warming.

09/07/2001

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