Monday, October 03, 2005

Bad Intentions, Good Results

My father sent me an article from the Houston Chronicle about Alexander Watkins Terrell, a Texas legislator from the late 1800's about whom I doubt any of us have ever heard. Among Terrell's many accomplishments was the authoring of the 1903 bill that first outlawed the use of corporate contributions in state political campaigns — the very law, now much amended, under which Tom DeLay has been indicted.

The article
is a quick and interesting read about Texas politics and the not so warm and fuzzy (racist) intentions that gave rise to those initial 'reform' efforts.

No real point here, just thought it was interesting.


At October 3, 2005 at 9:12 PM, Blogger Amy Allen said...

Good point, Rep. Fritchey. Not so long ago, Illinois embarked on a similar (contemporary) trajectory-viva Pat Quinn, and the elimination of the multi-member districts, among other things.

At October 3, 2005 at 10:28 PM, Blogger Hon. John Fritchey said...

But knowing Pat, I will say that I highly doubt he would have pursued the Cutback Amendment if he could have foreseen the adverse impact that it has had on the process.

At October 4, 2005 at 11:29 AM, Blogger Amy Allen said...

That's a good point, sir.


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