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NPT Capitol Roundup: twiddle from riddle, stimulus maximus

nptlogo1Check out’s Capitol Round-up for a political summary of the week in Austin.
Here’s a sneak-peak:

The Texas legislature has less than a hundred days until the session ends, and as the political intricacies of the stimulus package unfold, it looks like we could be headed for a special session.

Busy week for: Craig Eiland
Weird moment of the week: Debbie Riddle
Question of the week: Will Kinky run?

Read the full round-up here
Busy week for: State Rep. Craig Eiland, D-Galveston, who is carrying HB 6, a supplementary appropriations bill that would put $939m of rainy day funds toward repairing the damage done by hurricanes over the last year to the Gulf Coast. That’s a mini budget unto itself. [link]

Weird moment of the week:State Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Tomball, digging her own grave in two parts at a hearing of the House Criminal Jurisprudence committee, Thursday. Riddle was reacting to the testimony of Jesus Garcia (from the Dallas Chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens) who was describing the (possibly) racially motivated beating and sodomizing of a Hispanic youth who eventually took his own life.

First, Riddle, who represents the district where the crime happened, tried to console the witness saying, “I don’t know that I talked to anyone in my district that didn’t say, given the options, as to what they would do with the perpetrators of the crime, they’d shoot ‘em. I’d do the same thing.”

Digging further, Riddle tried to dispute the witness’ assertion that the crime was a hate-crime:

“I have a son who has red hair. If a crime is committed like that against someone else because, they, you know, have blond hair, but if the [attack on the] red haired kid is enhanced, that doesn’t mean that that crime is less horrific for the blond-headed kid. I don’t know if I am making any sense…” said Riddle. [Capitol Annex]

Scene of the week: State Rep. Terri Hodge, D-Dallas, almost in tears, essentially apologizing for Riddle’s comments to Mr. Garcia:

“I am so sorry that you were misunderstood. I don’t think that you meant anything derogatory or personal to Rep. Riddle’s constituents in her district. I think what you were trying to say was, if that community had recognized the hate crimes act and its worth -– whether the guy was Hispanic, gay, straight, black, or had red hair –- that community should have demanded more from its police department to ensure that this kind of crime does not occur. I understood what you meant and I am sorry that it was taken a little bit to mean those people didn’t understand it.” [link]

Question of the week: Will Kinky run?

[Editor’s note: last week’s “question of the week” was answered Wednesday! Dunnam’s select committee will indeed hit El Paso on tour!]

Ben Wright

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

March 7, 2009 at 6:09 am

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