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Abbott helped donors grab $42 million in cancer research funds and then attacked cancer survivors for calling him out.

Greg Abbott was directed by the Legislature to serve on the Texas Cancer Prevention Research Center (CPRIT) Oversight Board to protect Texas taxpayer money. The cancer research oversight board met a total of 23 times.

A video released yesterday featured four cancer survivors expressing their outrage that the state’s cancer research center (CPRIT) had been exploited by Greg Abbott’s friends and donors for millions of dollars. Their comments demonstrated strength and courage and heartfelt concern for others coping with cancer.

Statement from Lone Star Project Director Matt Angle

“In a radio interview with Sean Hannity this weekend, Greg Abbott was asked to comment on the ugly and racist remarks about African Americans made by Cliven Bundy. Abbott chose to say nothing.

AG must explain Perry’s use of taxpayer dollars for his defense

Greg Abbott is now entangled in the fast spreading scandal over Rick Perry’s criminal efforts to threaten, coerce and bribe the Travis County DA—who also serves as head of our state’s Public Integrity Unit—into resigning her office. State Representative Joe Deshotel (HD22 Beaumont)—who is known by colleagues in both parties as a fair-minded and even-tempered public servant—has sent a formal request to Greg Abbott, asking for his legal opinion on the propriety of Perry’s use of taxpayer money to pay his high-priced criminal defense lawyer.

Threats to Travis County DA could be Perry's (and Abbott’s) undoing

News that Rick Perry has retained a high profile criminal defense attorney is a clear signal that he knows he’s in serious trouble.

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Lone Star Reports

Republican Legislators Champion New Taxes & School Cuts Democrats Vote NO

Contrary to public and media perception, since gaining control of both the Governor’s mansion and the Texas State House, Texas Republican leaders have relentlessly championed one new tax increase after another.

Republican’s scheme will leave TX-22 unrepresented more than four months

Teddy Roosevelt was President, Butch Cassidy was alive and Lyndon Johnson had not yet been born the last time a Texas congressional district was forced to go 130 days without knowing who represented them in Congress.

Lone Star Project Forecast Proves Accurate

As the Lone Star Project predicted in January, questionable official actions by Congressman Pete Sessions are now the subject of a formal request for investigation by the U.S. Justice Department.

Chapter 1: Avoiding a Special Election and Hand Picking Your Candidate

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Lone Star Project Sorts through Texas Election Code Regarding DeLay Replacement

“It's just so contrary to what Texas is all about, to turn tail and run and not fight for what you believe in.”-Tom DeLay, (El Paso Times, May 14, 2003) in a now ironic comment criticizing Texas House members who broke quorum to block his redistricting scheme.

Media hungry AG had no appetite to prosecute TYC sex abusers last year

Attorney General Greg Abbott sent out a press release minutes after a Ward County Grand Jury indicted TYC officials Ray Brookins and John Hernandez for sexual abuse of juveniles. Abbott's release, however, failed to mention that his office was notified of the widespread abuse more than a year ago. Abbott's office made no effort to prosecute the sexual offenders or to bring their offenses to the attention of the media or the State Legislature. The Lone Star Project detailed Abbott’s negligence in a recent report.

Strayhorn’s Task Harder and Bell’s Chances Better than Assumed

The unusual multi-candidate gubernatorial field in Texas has created an environment that may defy current conventional wisdom.

Texas Payments to Lobbyist with Ties to Strayhorn and DeLay Continue

Texas Comptroller Carol Strayhorn’s decision to suspend payments to the Washington lobby firm of Cassidy and Associates may, on first blush, seem like a timely and responsible act.

DeLay/Craddick Faction Attempts to Punish Five GOP Education Moderates While Working to Save Endangered Voucher Proponent

National political reporters have understandably focused on today’s hot Texas congressional primaries involving Bush Administration allies Tom DeLay in Houston and Henry Cuellar in South Texas.

Thousands in State Qualified "Officeholder" Funds Spent on Airplane and Fundraising Staff Later used in Federal Campaign

Official documents filed with the Texas Ethics Commission show that in 2001, Henry Cuellar spent over $18,000 in State qualified "officeholder" funds to upgrade and maintain his corporation's airplane and to pay for fundraising staff that worked on his 2002 federal campaign for Congress.

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