Historically, Weslaco city candidates have been allowed to place their signs near the City Hall visitors center before early voting. There was no formal procedure, candidates simply showed up and claimed their spots, and those who arrived earliest got the prime locations. This year, Greg Kerr, who is running against Johnny Cuellar, beat Cuellar to the punch and got a prime spot. Suddenly, city officials showed up and literally tore down his materials and took them to a city storage location for Kerr to pick up later. All of a sudden, they claimed the City would institute a new procedure whereby spots would be chosen by a drawing. In other words, Kerr beat Cuellar to the punch, and the drawing would at least give Cuellar the chance to get the spot back.
This all smacks of viewpoint discrimination by the City–enforcing the law selectively to favor one side over another–which is a First Amendment violation. I sent the following letter to the City on behalf of Mr. Kerr today.
If Governor Perry is guilty of criminal “coercion” for “threatening” to use his constitutional veto authority under article 36.03 of the Penal Code, then Senator John Whitmire is guilty as well. Democrats have used the indictment of the Governor under a faulty law as a political opportunity, with no consideration of the very serious constitutional problems raised by the penal code provision. Perhaps they will start to understand the problems posed by this law, in light of the below.
DuPuy plead guilty to abuse of office and perjury. The judge was charged criminally after a local attorney filed a lawsuit seeking his removal from office.
The petition for removal accuses Dupuy of failing to obey an order from a state appeals court, abusing his authority by retaliating against attorneys and threatening the district clerk while attempting to interfere in his own divorce case. Dupuy was suspended by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct days after the indictments were handed down.