I've only read good things about Tison, the guy that is running against Phil King in the Republican primary. YOu might want to chekc him out. I'm voting for him for sure - I know he's better than King.
If this is so bad, then on that basis who can ever hold office or be voted for? Have any of the presidential candidates received funds from companies or interest groups? Attended ball games in some company's suite? Any Texas legislators receive money from a company or PAC? Did the mayor of Denton receive any contributions from local business or citizens that have specific interests?
I'm started to get bombarded with ads for King, the full-color mailings that I instantly throw away once I see his sniveling face. I did read for, and it said he was a former police officer. If he has these kind of ethics, I do not feel safe.
Corruption makes elmo sad :(
i did not have sexual relations with that woman, ms lewinsky.
King has $250,000 in campaign money from "interests" outside of our district. Most of them are very big enterprises. Wonder what that is intended to buy? The tickees are only a trivial example.I think I will support Tison who is campaigning on money from voters in the area. He is also a strong advocate of education reform which has been completely ignored by King. Anyone in the hog trough of special interests can take a hike. TERM LIMITS!
King and the Dude who patronizes him say it just a good friendship. So if King continues to oversea the committee that regulates these things, it should not be a problem. He is going to treat this guy and his mega million company just like any other jerk that walks in the room. On the other hand, if King gets voted out, then they can hang out with each other and no one could complain. That might be the better solution.
Uh oh! Me thinks the "White Knight" is rusting...
It wasn't campaign money but an outright gift of sexpensive tickets to the 2004 Superbowl. King first lied to the press about it but now, for some strange reason, he is coming clean. Wonder why? Seems like lying is standard for lots of elected guvmint officials. http://joetison.com/Only we can control term limits.
I'm thinking about moving to Parker County just to vote against that lapdog sumbitch. It's disgusting how far that dude's nose is up Der Speaker Craddick's ass. Send him back home to his "law practice" and Herbalife distributorship.
Have any of you ever watched a game from a suite? It's no treat. If it was free AND the Superbowl I MIGHT go. I know you think this looks bad because you don't know any better. The next time I get some tickets I'll post here and you guys can squabble over them or whatever.
there waas no discussion they told him what to do and he did so he is a friend to big bussiness and not to the farmers and ranchers he represents
Brenda has a big suck-up for King in Mess "Letters". Haaa! She shot herself in the foot on this one. She talking about clean campaigning as if an opponent to an incumbent should only talk about his virtues. Uhhh...has she ever had the slightest idea of what political campaigns are for? Then she talks about King's honesty, obviously before the Tribune article. She gonna be busier'n a cat behind a manure spreader trying to cover up the dirt on King. Did she mention where most of his campaign money is coming from? Nooooooooooo!!
Wondering if King flew commercial on the trip to the Superbowl or if he took a private jet. 10:04 - Are private booths at football games really that bad?
What percentage of the people King represents do you suppose are farmers and ranchers? And of those what percent do you suppose aren't big business? Whatever that is. An agri business of any size will be worth multi millions,is that big enough? I know what you are getting at but stop talking like"big business" is automatically the devil and you'll start making more sense.
Rex, the quick answer is yes. You are so isolated from the field by distance and usually glass that you nearly might as well watch it on television. Obviously it's not quite that bad but at the same time they didn't land the dude in a helicopter on the field and have prostitutes servicing him while he sipped drinks on the 50 yard line-THAT might have bought some influence. The last time I had tickets they went unused because I invited guys who were hardcore fans and got turned down. The "luxury suite" idea in this case was basically a pejorative term designed to get people riled up who don't know any better and it worked with my fellow Barry's Bloglodites so it got on my nerves.
News flash for BIGBIZFAN and anyone persuaded by his flimsy attempt to defend Phil King. The Telegram article reported that King used the gift from an industry that has a crucial interest in his committee dealings, and it was not a wealthy ranch company. When King first lied about it, he must have realized that the gift had the appearance of impropriety. He now has to admit lying because he could no longer keep it covered up. Is it really acceptable for our public servants to take gratuities of this kind for no "apparent" reason? Arent we entitled to expectations for elected officials to stay clear of such influences? MONEY CORRUPTS, whether from farmers or big businesses. That is the very reason that whenever we learn of incidents of this kind we should throw them out!What about contenders for public office expressing an oath: "Under penalty of removal from office, I promise never to accept campaign money or gifts from special interests of any kind." If we don't expect at least that much from our legislators, it will never change. We get what we deserve in the PUBLIC TRUST.
Does the fact that a politician is involved in something to do with money in a corrupt way surprise any of you.I would be more surprised to find that he did something good for the people instead of himself.Will it ever sink in to your heads?
11:57,hey mongoloid you missed my point entirely,nothing I said was meant to defend Phil King. I don't know ANYTHING about the guy nor do I care to,and for that matter I no longer even live in his district. Part of my point was maybe we ought to slow down and try to not engage in knee jerk responses to something we don't understand. Don't want to waste a lot more time with this but go back to the farmer/rancher idea. What would people say if he was flown into an area ranch,a ginormic BBQ was thrown,Pat Green was brought in for entertainment,he kept the shotgun he shot trap with, blah blah etc. It would be "Oh come on now you don't understand, that ain't such a big deal,people do that ALL the time..." On the face of it this wasn't such a big deal and YOU don't understand. Whether the 'big business' is in the energy,agriculteral or healthcare sector or whatever I have never worked for a poor person and I know you haven't either and that is just one reason to not automatically demonize 'big business'
To BIGBIZFAN - Oops! Sorry!
to Hot Tub and others who might live in Wise county - You don't have to live in Parker County to vote for King's opponent. You get that opportunity right here as Wise and Parker comprise King's District.
Did anyone notice the three letters to editor in the B'port Index supporting King and chastising Tison? Looks like a coordinated letter writing campaign. I may submit my comments and am posting Tison elections signs and will be walking the neighborhood for Tison. King must be replaced by an intelligent and independent legislator.
Did any of you folks see whom King gave money to for their re-election here in Wise County?Robert Rankin & Richardson ... mmm..Let me get this straight .... The Energy company gives (buys) a politician and he in turns buys the local government. And we are supposed to believe that all that money they get from corporations are just "Because they like me"If a hooker is standing on the corner and you walk up and give her money ... The republicans want us to believe that they were just giving her money because they are nice people .. not because they wanted sex??? Barry .. try that argument in court next time and let me know how it works for ya ..
How are Chinese dishwashers in New York able to give Hitlary 2 thousand dollars each?
Barry, Do you have something against your seperated at birth paternal twin because he is more succesful than you?
Ethics? We don't need no stinking ethics!
7:49 AM - So your point seems to be that we wouldn't have government at any level unless politicians fall for graft, favors and kickbacks. WRONG! People of good ethics also hold elective offices and every one of us should strive to deny those offices to crooks! There are also many wealthy supporters who do so to reward honesty and good character, and do not expect their contributions to be a form of bribery.
7:36AM Don't have anything against schools. However, by his own admission, all Tison is running on is he wants more money for them. I happen to believe that we could get better results with less money if they were actually doing what they were intended for - teaching!Anyone know anything about Texas Parent PAC - last I checked Austin based? Surely we have lots of of active members in Wise & Parker counties.8:46 AM Don't pay much attention to what's going on except right around election time? If you did, you would know that education is far from ignored by King.Tickets to a football game - all the way in Houston. Hunting over a baited field. Guess it depends on WHO'S doing WHAT.And last, how many upstanding, concerned, informed and involved citizens do we have here who have put their money and time where their mouths are? Yeah, you're right. Talks a lot cheaper.
Wow, doesn't this little goodie chip away at his Christian moral values?I think the guy will be re-elected by the same religious fanatics who put him in office in the first place.Stand by for another sweet King visit at the Wise County courthouse sponsored by the local Republican folks.Bring your church congregation.
Bridgeport Index letter to the editor, from staunch right wing Phil King supporter, is misleading. Weatherford Mayor, Joe Tison, was asked to introduce the guest speaker at a fundraiser in Weatherford. The guest speaker was the former speaker of the house and Parker County native son, Jim Wright. The letter doesn't tell the truth but implies Joe Tison is a Democrat running against Phil King.I was told by a supporter of Mack Dobbs that in 2002, Phil King and a group of pastors from conservative churches were guests in the exclusive stuites of Lockheed for a Texas Ranger game. The next Sunday, the pastors endorsed Phil King.Phil King panders to the big boys and doesn't take care of the home folks. Phil King will say the right things to get the church vote; but, some church folks are not following along this time.
What happened to the traditional boring forum the local chambers sponsors? Voters deserved to hear Phil King and Joe Tison debate. Guess the Republicans didn't want their incumbent being challenged.
7:49 AM I'm always curious about the ways a representative doesn't take care of his homeboys/girls.You one of those farmers/ranchers he supposedly isn't representing?Maybe an educator with a gripe?(To make it fair, keep it to an area in which the state gets to call all the shots.)Anyone have some specifics on how they have been overlooked?7:55 AM Your wish seems to be someone's command.I hear - on reasonably good authority - that there is a debate scheduled for Feb 18th. Watch your LOCAL news.
Dear 11:23 PM - Until I read your remarks in favor of Phil King, I was undecided about my choice of candidates for Representative. You have solved the problem. Let's see what made the difference:EDUCATION - You attack Joe Tison with an insinuation that he only wants more school money and that King has always favored education. That is false and unfounded (a lie). Tison has an education background and knows what is wrong. You gave not one instance in which King has done anything for education. I know lots of teachers and your statement is entirely WRONG!SUPERBOWL TICKETS - Your excuse seems to be that it is all OK because the game was in Houston. Duh! If it was so "OK", why did he first lie about it to the press?MONEY WHERE OUR MOUTHS ARE - With a smartass remark like that from a King supporter, you iced it for me. Unless you are a mislead claivoyant, you have no reason to insult people here or anywhere elst by questioning their loyalties and political contributions. I have been active in politics for the last 30 years, have always given generously at all campaign levels, was a platform campaign delegate to a national convention and stay informed on issues. Thanks to your input, King will never get a dime from me. With advocates like you, he needs no enemies. Talk about cheap talk ... you are the ultimate!
7:49 - I hope you are right about some church folks not going along with King this time.What is really stupid is that these church folks didn't think for themselves the first time.I'm a church goer too, but not going to let my church tell me whom to vote for or against.It's none of their business!
All of ya'll that thinks King looks like Barry is goofy. I guess he MIGHT in the way kobe looks like shaq.
I like your idea 7:55 - the Republican women of Wise County should get a debate going with those two.Afterwards the custodians could spray the courtroom.
That looks like one of them $400.00 dollar haircuts. But of course it is not. He is Republican, so he probably just screwed somebody out of it.
Phil King looks like Barry? Don't see it.Phil King Looks like Ned Flanders? - Now your talking
What in hell does Texas Parent PAC have to do with anything?
100 years from now,who'll care?
philosophizinphil - We happen to be dealing with the here and now, GENIUS! Question...do you take it IV or smoke it?
"looks bad"Hell! This is illegal! Class A misdemeanor for Rozzell the CenterPoint Lobbyist and legislative bribery for King should any DA care to prosecute. But King has even more serious problems pending. Keep watching.
11:31 - I think on its face, it is illegal. No quid pro quo has to take place because the gift-giver is acting on the part of an industry regulated by King's subbommittee. That is an ethical violation of the law. Problem is, the AG may not want to prosecute or even investigate.
Hey, Gomer. Texas Parent PAC is Joe's largest donor.
What gets me about all of the stories that the Star Telegram and other new sources print, the good old Wise County MESSenger does NOTHING, REPORTS NOTHING... Great Journalism? Maybe they should get another "award" for their fine reporting. You would think they MIGHT, JUST MIGHT print such important news as the Star Telegram has reported regarding a representative FOR WISE COUNTY. I guess Roy and the boys are too busy bitching about the refs at the Boyd games!
5:38 - if you want good (?) journalism, try the Alvord newspaper.
5:38 - I think there must be a "quiet" doctrine at the Mess that says they shalt not publish anything going on between two republican campaigns in a primary election.
Could be that you are correct 9:43.The point is that the primaries ARE important. Many folks switch over to vote for the person they feel will be the best choice.Though a Democrat, I've voted Republican in primaries to give support to the "person" I thought was the best choice for the people.Personally, I think most voters vote independent from the party.Good idea.It's called "freedom"....and we had some special folks go to war and die for just that priviledge.
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