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« Reply #100 on: April 23, 2019, 03:28:51 pm »

May 27th, 1991

Bullock

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Following a "health incident" & convalescing at his Austin residence, Lieutenant Governor Bullock managed to recover from the health incident that had put him in the hospital 20 days earlier & moved on to doing his job like nothing ever happened.

He was also determined to seeking reelection in 1994 despite the health incident crisis.
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« Reply #101 on: April 25, 2019, 04:23:27 pm »
« Edited: April 26, 2019, 10:25:47 am by LoneStarDem »

May 27th, 1991

Senator Richards accomplishments on Capitol Hill

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United States Senator Ann Richards (D-TX) addressing the crowd during Governor White's 3rd Inauguration on January 15th, 1991.

It was a wild year & a half for the Junior United States Senator. Besides being a national rising star in American politics with her 1988 DNC Keynote Address & massive popularity including building up a consensus as a bridge-builder for all Texans, Richards also worked on a bipartisan approach in the United States Senate.

Knowing the TX economy had been in a slump since the mid-1980's, compounded by a downturn in the United States economy, Richards aggressively pushed for legislation on economic revitalization, that would yield growth in 1991 of 2% when the US economy as a whole shrank. She also filed legislation on rebuilding the economy called Restore America's Economy Act of 1991. Richards believed one of the main factors of the slumping US economy was the passage of the Tax Reform Act of 1986, which resulted in the end of the real estate boom of the early to mid-1980's that resulted in sinking property values, lowered investment incentives & job losses.

She was also in strong support of US President George Herbert Walker Bush's decision to send US troops to liberating Kuwait in the Persian Gulf War. Richards also voted for the confirmation of David Souter to the US Supreme Court in 1990 & also the majority of Bush's federal judge nominees during her tenure in the United States Senate, stating the President needs his team in place to get things going; strongly supported the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; Oil Pollution Act of 1990; Immigration Act of 1990. She also co-sponsored the Civil Rights Act of 1990 with United States Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), which was vetoed by President Bush, who slammed the bill as a scheme for "racial quotas", which resulted in vicious backlash from women & minorities. Richards vowed that she will push for the Civil Rights Act of 1991 to be passed with stronger enforcement & blasted the President's veto & his lack of action on this issue.


Richards voted for the confirmations of former FL Governor Bob Martinez (R) as Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, former TN Governor Lamar Alexander (R) as US Secretary of Education, Lynn Morley Martin as US Secretary of Labor, Edward Madigan as US Secretary of Agriculture.
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« Reply #102 on: April 26, 2019, 05:21:38 pm »
« Edited: May 18, 2019, 12:28:47 pm by Blind Jaunting »

International & National Headlines during Governor White's 3rd Term

January 16th, 1991: Gulf War Operation Desert Storm begins with airstrikes  against Iraq.

January 17th, 1991: Iraq fires scud missiles into Israel.

Harald V of Norway ascends to the throne of King, succeeding his late father, Olav V.

January 29th, 1991: In South Africa, Nelson Mandela of the African National Congress & Mangosuthu Buthelezi of the Inkatha Freedom Party agree to end the violence that had plagued relations between the two organizations.

February 27th, 1991: POTUS George Herbert Walker Bush declares victory over Iraq & orders a cease-fire.

March 1st, 1991: The ballistic missile submarine, USS Sam Houston is deactivated.

March 13th, 1991: The US Justice Department announces that Exxon has agreed to pay $1 billion for the clean-up of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in AK.

March 19th to 26th, 1991: Polish President Lech Walesa becomes the first Polish President to ever visit the United States.

March 31st, 1991: Georgian independence referendum passes, Georgia votes for independence from the Soviet Union.

April 4th, 1991: United States Senator John Heinz, III (D-PA) & 6 others killed when a helicopter collides with their plane over Merion, PA.

April 5th, 1991: Former United States Senator John G. Tower (R-TX) & 22 others killed in an airplane crash in Brunswick, GA.

May 14th, 1991: Queen Elizabeth II of the UK arrives in DC for a 13-day royal visit to the United States.

June 15th, 1991: Mount Pinatubo erupts in the Philippines, which was the second largest terrestrial eruption of the 20th Century; the final death toll tops 800.

June 17th, 1991: SCOTUS Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall announced plans to retire after 24 years on the bench.

October 19th, 1991: Former LA Governor Edwin Edwards (D) & David Duke (R) advanced to the November 16th, 1991 Runoff; embattled incumbent LA Governor Buddy Roemer (R), who switched from the Dems to the GOP earlier in the Spring, landed in 3rd place.

During the Runoff campaign, many Louisianans who were otherwise critical of Edwards during his 12 years in office, now looked favorably on him as an alternative. This included Roemer, who ended up endorsing Edwards.

The entire GOP leadership rejected Duke's candidacy & endorsed Edwards as well. POTUS Bush also backed Edwards in the Runoff Election.

http://ladigitalmedia.org/video_v2/asset-detail/LGUBD-19911106

November 16th, 1991: Edwards wins his 4th historic term in an overwhelming landslide: garnering 1,057,031 votes (61.2%) to Duke's 671,009 votes (38.8%); Edwards also carried 46 out of 64 Parishes.

He took office on January 13th, 1992.
http://ladigitalmedia.org/video_v2/asset-detail/LGOVI-1992



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« Reply #103 on: April 29, 2019, 03:33:49 pm »
« Edited: April 29, 2019, 05:57:23 pm by LoneStarDem »

May 30th, 1991

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Gibson Donald Lewis, who had been controlling the TX House of Representatives as the Speaker since 1983 & serving in the TX House of Representatives since 1971, was on a roll in his 5th term as Speaker of the TX House of Representatives lately, having finished the recent legislative session of the 72nd TX Legislature on school finance, overcoming a heated battle on Congressional Redistricting, etc.,

Lewis was born on August 22nd, 1936 in Oletha, TX (located in Limestone County) & reared partly in Mexia in East Central TX. Spending his formative years in Cleveland, TX., where he graduated from Cleveland High School in 1955; later enrolled at Sam Houston State College in Huntsville in Walker County (East TX). During this time, he enlisted in the United States Air Force serving from 1957 to 1961, while in the Air Force, Lewis went on to serve as a B-52 aerial gunner.

While stationed at Carswell AFB, he continued his studies at Texas Christian University. Honorably discharged from the United States Air Force in 1961,  Lewis took a job as a salesman for a paper company & 3 years later, opened his own firm specializing in pressure-sensitive labels & decals. It grew into a multimillion-dollar business.  Lewis married Sandra Majors & became the parents of 2 daughters.

Interested in wanting to serve, Lewis got his first taste of politics in 1969, when he was elected to the River Oaks City Council, serving until his election to the TX House of Representatives in 1970 representing Districts 52-4 (1971-1973), 32-4 (1973-1977), 32-E (1977-1979), 32-G (1979-1983) & District 89 (1983-1993): winning reelection in 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988 & again in 1990.

Then-Speaker Price Daniel, Jr., (D-Liberty) named Lewis to chairing the important House Committee on Natural Resources in 1973, & he also chaired the House Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs for 4 consecutive legislative sessions, starting in 1977.

Elected Speaker to replace the retiring Bill Clayton (D-Springlake) in 1983 & easily won reelection to the Speakership in 1985, 1987, 1989 & again in 1991, making him the first person to serve 5 terms in the post. Lewis became a key figure in the passage of the 1984 Education Reform Act AKA (HB-72). The bill raised teachers' salaries substantially but at the same time required all teachers to pass so-called "competency tests" to ensure their mastery of basic academic skills. The package of laws also instituted the controversial "No Pass/No Play" policy for public school extra-curricular activities. He also steered passage of the 1985 comprehensive TX Water Plan. An avid hunter, who is interested in wildlife conservation, Lewis wrote legislation creating "Operation Game Thief" & was co-author of the Uniform Game Management Act of 1983.

However, there were some controversies surrounding Lewis in terms of accepting bribes from a prominent San Antonio law firm & he had failed to disclose the money on official financial reports filed with the State.

Lewis' downfall

It all started coming to ahead on December 28th, 1990 when Lewis was indicted on two misdemeanor ethics charges by a Travis County grand jury on the charges & ethics violations.

According to Sergeant James Johnson of the Travis County Sheriff's Department, he said that Lewis turned himself in at the Travis County Jail at 7:30 AM & was released about 20 minutes later. Glenn
Smith, publicist for Lewis, said the Speaker had no immediate comment but might issue a statement later in the day.

The indictment damaged Lewis' reputation, causing some inside the TX House of Representatives to question how long would he remain as Speaker with the corruption allegations & indictments clouding over him.

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« Reply #104 on: May 04, 2019, 07:45:52 pm »

Summer 1991

Fallout of Lewis downfall

Governor White was NOT thrilled after what happened to Speaker Lewis. He was obviously disappointed, but NOT angry at him. However he would pressure Lewis into NOT seeking reelection for the Good of the TX House of Representatives as the Governor had gotten phone calls from several State Reps demanding Lewis resign or retire.
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« Reply #105 on: May 06, 2019, 05:16:17 pm »
« Edited: May 11, 2019, 01:43:05 pm by LoneStarDem »

July 1st, 1991

BREAKING NEWS: US PRESIDENT GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH TO APPOINT US COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIRCUIT JUDGE CLARENCE THOMAS TO US SUPREME COURT
In a move that surprise some & didn't for others, President Bush announced the nomination of US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Judge Clarence Thomas to replace the civil rights icon SCOTUS Justice Thurgood Marshall, who announced his retirement from the bench after 24 years.

White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu promised Bush would fill the next Supreme Court vacancy with a "true conservative" & predicted a "knock-down, drag-out, bloody-knuckles, grass-roots fight" over confirmation.

United States Senator Ann Richards (D-TX) voiced concern on Thomas' opposition to racial preferences in higher education, women's right to choose, healthcare reforms, etc.,
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« Reply #106 on: May 08, 2019, 05:31:49 pm »

August 26th, 1991

TX House of Representatives: Lewis

WILL HE OR WON'T HE ?

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In the aftermath of getting indicted for the misdemeanor charges by a Travis County grand jury including mugshots, fingerprinted as well as tax records being sealed from scrutiny as many legislators began to question Lewis' effectiveness as Speaker & whether he had the support of many to continue in that role.

The pressure was immense on Lewis to not only not seek reelection as Speaker for a 6th term, but retire from the Legislature altogether. While Lewis told reporters that he hasn't decided on whether he'll run again, there were signs that many ambitious State Reps were eager to be licking their chops on the Speakership. With the possibility of another special session coming down the road later in the year, Lewis was determined to keep his head down & doing his job.... for the moment.

Lewis' refusal on making a decision on his political future not only frustrated many legislators, it angered many people, who saw the Speaker as ignoring the reality of what had just happened to him getting indicted & other corruption scandals engulfing him, this would continue to dog him throughout the remainder of 1991.
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« Reply #107 on: May 11, 2019, 05:16:05 pm »

September 13th, 1991

TX Governor's Mansion

It was a festive time for the Southern Governor's Association conference where Governor White hosted his fellow Southern Governor's at the reception room of the TX Governor's Mansion: AR Governor Bill Clinton (D), MS Governor Ray Mabus  (D), who was in the midst of a tough reelection against Kirk Fordice (R), AL Governor H. Guy Hunt (R), GA Governor Zell Miller (D), FL Governor Lawton Chiles (D), NC Governor Jim Martin (R), WV Governor Gus Caperton (D), VA Governor L. Douglas Wilder (D), MD Governor William Schaeffer (D), LA Governor Buddy Roemer (R), all of whom were greeted by the White's.

Clinton was the talk of the town & everyone knew he was campaigning for the White House in 1992.
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« Reply #108 on: May 12, 2019, 05:35:44 pm »
« Edited: May 13, 2019, 11:34:01 am by LoneStarDem »

September 13th, 1991

TX Railroad Commission: Guerrero

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Having been appointed by Governor White to the TX Railroad Commission, Lena Guerrero had the great success story: coming from humble beginnings, graduating from high school then furthering her education at the University of Texas at Austin.

As a student at UT in the late 1970s, Guerrero became interested in politics. At the age of 21, she was elected President of the Young Dems of TX. In 1984, at the age of 25, she became the second female Latina elected to the TX House of Representatives from District 51: she defeated five male opponents in a then Anglo-but-Dem-majority district. No GOPer contested the seat despite the landslide victory of then-POTUS Ronald Reagan in 1984. Guerrero's district included parts of Central & East Austin.

In 1989, Guerrero was named among the "Top 10" legislators by Texas Monthly Magazine. She was cited in Newsweek & USA Today & having left the legislature, was awarded the speaking slot at the 1992 DNC Convention in NYC, NY St, which nominated then-AR Governor Bill Clinton to oppose incumbent POTUS George Herbert Walker Bush (more on the 1992 campaign later). She was also the executive director of the TX Women's Political Caucus.

Upon the resignation of then-TX Railroad Commissioner John Sharp (D) after he was elected TX Comptroller of Public Accounts in 1990, Governor White appointed Guerrero to fill a vacancy on the 3-member TX Railroad Commission. Her selection was said to have cemented White's hope of the "State of the Future"; prior to that, the commission's members had always been Anglo males.

Guerrero was a rising star in TX politics & was planning on seeking election to a full 6-year term in 1992 when something in her educational background would blow up in her face....

Stay tuned.

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« Reply #109 on: May 13, 2019, 01:22:05 pm »
« Edited: May 16, 2019, 11:54:31 am by LoneStarDem »

September 30th, 1991

AR Governor's Mansion: Little Rock

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The Clinton's having breakfast inside the AR Governor's Mansion

It was assumed that President Bush would easily coast to reelection due to the success of Operation Desert Storm earlier in the year & his sky-high approval ratings of 71%. This & other foreign policy successes in the Bush 41 administration had scared many prominent Dems out of challenging the incumbent President: NY St Governor Mario Cuomo (D), US Rep. Dick Gephardt (D-MO), United States Senators Albert Gore, Jr., (D-TN), Bill Bradley (D-NJ), who had survived a close contest against Christine Todd Whitman (R) in 1990 & Jay Rockefeller (D-WV).

The National Dems even tried to lobby Governor White on seeking the Presidency, but White flatly turned them down, telling them "I'm NOT running against a fellow Texan for the Presidency. Are you guys nuts ?". They tried to lobby PA Governor Robert P. Casey (D) to run, he refused for obvious reasons including hostility from the liberals who considered Casey, Sr., too conservative.

Then they found one particular AR Governor William Jefferson Clinton (D), who was in his 5th term & wasn't afraid of not challenging the popular incumbent POTUS.

Clinton was born on August 19th, 1946 in Hope, AR to William Jefferson Blythe, Jr., & Virginia Cassidy. His father had died in an automobile accident just three months after he was born & his mother traveled to New Orleans, LA to study nursing & leaving her son in Hope to be take care of  by her parents, Eldridge & Edith Cassidy, who owned & ran a small grocery store.

At a time when the Southern US was racially segregated, Clinton's grandparents sold goods on credit to people of all races. In 1950, Clinton's mother returned from nursing school & married Roger Clinton, Sr., who co-owned an automobile dealership in Hot Springs. The family moved to Hot Springs in the same year. Although he immediately assumed use of his stepfather's surname, it was not until Clinton turned 15 that he formally adopted the surname Clinton as a gesture toward his stepfather. Clinton said that he remembered his stepfather as a gambler & an alcoholic who regularly abused his mother & half-brother, Roger Clinton, Jr., to the point where he intervened multiple times with the threat of violence to protect them.

In Hot Springs, Clinton attended Saint John's Catholic Elementary School, Ramble Elementary School & Hot Springs High School, where he was an active student leader, reader, avid reader & musician. Clinton was in the chorus & played the tenor saxophone, winning first chair in the state band's saxophone section.

Clinton identified two important moments in his life, both occurring in 1963, that contributed his decision to get into politics: one was his visit as a Boys Nation senator to the White House to meet then-President John F. Kennedy & the other was watching Martin Luther King, Jr's August 28th, 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech on TV, which impressed him enough that he later memorized it.

With the aid of scholarships, Clinton attended the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, receiving a BS Degree in Foreign Service in 1968. In 1964 & 1965, Clinton won elections as class president. From 1964 to 1967, he was an intern & then a clerk in the office of then-United States Senator J. William Fulbright (D-AR). While in college, he became a member of co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega & was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He was also a member of the Order of DeMolay, a youth group affiliated with Freemasonry, but he never became a Freemason. He is a member of the Kappa Kappa Psi honorary band fraternity.

He attended Oxford University & later moved to Yale University Law School, where he graduated with a Juris Doctor (JD) in 1973. In 1971, he met fellow law student Hillary Rodham in the Yale Law Library; she was a class year ahead of him. They began dating & were soon inseperable. After only about a month, Clinton postponed his summer plans to become a coordinator for the unsuccessful 1972 Presidential campaign of then-United States Senator George McGovern (D-SD) in order to move with her in CA. The couple continued living together in New Haven, CT., when they returned to law school.

Clinton eventually moved to TX with Rodham in 1972 to take a job leading McGovern's effort there. He spent considerable time in Dallas, at the campaign's local headquarters on Lemmon Avenue, where he had an office. Clinton worked with Ron Kirk (who would go on to serve as TX Secretary of State under Governor White), future United States Senator Ann Richards (D-TX) & then unknown TV director (& future filmmaker) Steven Spielberg.

On October 11th, 1975, Bill & Hillary got married & their only child, Chelsea was born on February 27th, 1980.

Following graduation from Yale Law School, Clinton returned to AR & became a law professor at the University of Arkansas. In 1974, he ran for the US House of Representatives in a conservative district against incumbent US Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt (R-AR), Clinton's campaign was bolstered by the anti-GOP & anti-incumbent mood resulting from the Watergate Scandal. Hammerschmidt, who had received 77% of the vote in 1972, defeating Clinton by a narrow margin (52% to 48%). This respectable showing further galvanized Clinton's drive in public service..

In 1976, Clinton ran for AR State AG (to succeed the outgoing State AG Jim Guy Tucker (D), who was elected to Congress) & with only minor opposition in the Dem Primary & no opposition at all in the GE, Clinton was elected to the state's chief law enforcement post & took office on January 3rd, 1977.

Fast forward two years later, Clinton announced his candidacy for the AR Governor's Mansion when Governor David Pryor (D) declared he wasn't seeking reelection to a 3rd 2-year term in order to run for the United States Senate in 1978.

He was easily elected to the Governorship on November 7th, 1978 defeating A. Lynn Lowe (R) in a landslide: garnering 335,101 votes (63.36%) to Lowe's 193,746 votes (36.64%) & took office as AR's 40th Governor on January 9th, 1979, which made Clinton the youngest US State Governor in the country at the time & the second youngest AR Governor.

Due to his youthful appearance, Clinton was often called the "Boy Governor". During his 1st term, he worked on educational reform & directed the maintenance of AR's roads, with his wife, AR First Lady Hillary Clinton, leading a successful committee on urban health care reform. However, his term included an unpopular motor vehicle tax & citizens' anger over the escape of Cuban refugees (from the Mariel boatlift) detained in Fort Chafee in 1980. These controversies resulted in Clinton seeing a primary challenge from Monroe Schwarzlose, who garnered 31% of the Dem Primary vote on May 27th, 1980, which foreshadowed trouble for Clinton in the GE against Frank White (R).

On Election Night, Clinton lost the election to White, who garnered 435,684 votes (51.93%) to Clinton's 403,241 votes (48.07%). Clinton left office on January 19th, 1981 & joked he was "the youngest ex-Governor in the nation".

However, Clinton was yearning for a comeback, he turned down requests to serve as DNC Chairman (when several Dems tried unsuccessfully to talk him out of running for the AR Governorship again), it was quite obvious he was determined to get his revenge on White in 1982 & according to political strategist Dick Morris, he saw polling surveys & trending issues which the White administration's unpopularity on hot-button issues alienated many Arkansans..

Running an aggressive campaign & benefiting from a Blue Wave across the country, Clinton regained the AR Governor's Mansion on November 2nd, 1982, garnering 431,855 votes (54.71%) to White's 357,496 votes (45.29%) & took office as AR's 42nd Governor on January 11th, 1983.

He won reelection very handily in 1984 (the last time AR Governors were elected to 2-year terms before the implementation of Amendment 63, which extended the term to 4 years) defeating Woody Freeman (R), garnering 554,561 votes (62.55%) to Freeman's 331,987 votes (37.45%), being inaugurated for a 3rd term on January 15th, 1985.

Reelected to a 4th term (the first 4-year term) in 1986 defeating arch-rival White in their rematch, garnering 439,802 votes (63.9%) to White's 248,427 votes (36.1%) & was inaugurated on January 13th, 1987.

Clinton won a 5th & likely final term in 1990 defeating Sheffield Nelson (R), garnering 400,386 votes (57.49%) to Nelson's 295,925 votes (42.49%), being inaugurated on January 15th, 1991 inside the AR Statehouse Rotunda, with these victories, Clinton became the 2nd longest-serving AR Governor in state history (Orval Faubus (D) served 12 consecutive years for 6 2-year terms from January 8th, 1955 to January 10th, 1967).

During his long governorship, Clinton helped transform AR's economy & improved the state's educational system. For senior citizens, he removed the sales tax from medications & increased the home property-tax exemption. He became a leading figure among the New Dems, a group of Dems who advocated welfare reform, smaller government, & other policies not supported by liberals. Formally organized as the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), the New Dems argued in light of President Ronald Reagan's massive landslide victory in 1984, the Dems need to adopt a more centrist political stance in order to succeed at the national level. Clinton delivered the Dem Response to Reagan's 1985 SOTU & served as Chairman of the National Governors Association from 1986 to 1987, bringing him to national prominence beyond the Natural State.

In the 1980s, Clinton made reform of the AR education system a top priority of his gubernatorial administration. The AR Education Standards Committee, chaired by his wife, Hillary, who was also an attorney as well as the chair of the Legal Services Corporation. The committee transformed AR's education system. Proposed reforms included more spending for schools (supported by a sales-tax increase), better opportunities for gifted children, vocational education, higher teachers' salaries, more course variety, & compulsory teacher competency exams. The reforms passed in September 1983 after Clinton called a special legislative session-the longest in AR history. Many have considered this the greatest achievement of the Clinton governorship.

Few days later, Clinton decided to take the plunge & challenge the popular incumbent President George Herbert Walker Bush for the upcoming 1992 Presidential campaign.....







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« Reply #110 on: May 16, 2019, 11:57:24 am »

Somewhere in Austin

Watching TX Railroad Commissioner Lena Guerrero (D)'s interview on C-SPAN had infuriated one particular person, who was angry after Guerrero bragged about her college education at the University of Texas, "Oh my God. I cannot believe what I'm hearing, this lady is downright LYING about her college education. Doesn't she know that I've got the evidence to back me up on this ?"

Sensing that Guerrero's political star was rising fast, this person determined that Guerrero must be stopped by any means necessary.
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« Reply #111 on: May 18, 2019, 09:48:21 pm »

Fall 1991

Somewhere in Austin [Continued]

Former Austin Mayor & TX Insurance Commission Chairman Carole Keeton Rylander (R) was campaigning for the TX Railroad Commission in the hotly-contested GOP Primary against Barry Williamson (R) when she stumbled upon some information regarding Guerrero's college education & student activities, Rylander knew it was a big political time bomb waiting to go off, "Commissioner Guerrero should be ashamed of herself. She knew better."

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« Reply #112 on: May 19, 2019, 05:33:00 am »

Fall 1991

Campaign for Houston Mayor

Houston Mayor Kathy Whitmire (D) was facing multiple challengers in her reelection bid for a 6th term: State Rep. Sylvester Turner (D-Houston) & multibillionaire businessman Bob Lanier (D), who had served as Governor White's chairman of the TXDOT & also was serving as Metro Chairman before being ousted by Whitmire.

More on that later..
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« Reply #113 on: May 19, 2019, 09:23:32 am »
« Edited: May 20, 2019, 02:21:59 pm by LoneStarDem »

October 5th, 1991: National Governor's Association Fall Meeting

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Governor White answering questions on the 1991 Gubernatorial Elections & the possibility it'll impact the 1992 Presidential campaign going forward for the Dems.

With AR Governor Bill Clinton (D) launching his campaign for the White House in 1992, all eyes quickly pointed to TX Governor Mark Wells White, Jr., (D), who was in the executive committee of the National Governor's Association & chairing the Southern Governor's Association as well. Plus, 1991 was a key critical year in terms of the Governorships: LA, MS & KY.
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« Reply #114 on: May 20, 2019, 09:10:01 am »
« Edited: May 20, 2019, 02:35:00 pm by LoneStarDem »

October 5th, 1991: TX Department of Agriculture

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It was a historic moment for James Richard Perry, AKA Rick Perry, who became the first GOPer to occupy the office of TX Commissioner of Agriculture since Reconstruction when he defeated the scandal-plagued 2-term incumbent Jim Hightower (D) in a hotly-contested election in 1990. At the age of 40, Perry was young, fresh, articulate & very ambitious & he wasn't going to let nobody stand in his way.

The GOP TX Agriculture Commissioner was cleaning house at the TX Department of Agriculture by getting rid of the big government bureaucrats such as cutting sweetheart deals such as the scandal-plagued TX Food Aid initiative, which was misused blatantly by Hightower & members of his staff to making strong, sometimes hurtful budget cuts aimed at unnecessary programs. Perry was responsible for promoting the sale of TX farm produce to other states & foreign nations, & for supervising the calibration of weights & measures, such as gasoline pumps & grocery store scales.

While Perry was making changes at the TX Department of Agriculture, he was considered a fast-rising star inside the TX GOP for higher statewide office in the future. His secret, deep ambition had also flustered many in both political parties, who viewed Perry as nothing more than an opportunist, who takes advantage of political trends whenever it suits him.


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« Reply #115 on: May 20, 2019, 03:36:40 pm »

Fall 1991: Battle for the Space City

Lanier, Turner, Whitmire

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The campaign for Houston Mayor was heating up as Lanier was the early favorite to get into a December Runoff, while Whitmire & Turner were battling for a 2nd & final spot in that Runoff Election.

Lanier's campaign was gaining momentum as he gained support from HPD Police Officers Union & other law enforcement agencies. Whitmire's administration was being hampered by economic problems due to the ongoing economic recession from the late 1980s, violent crime affecting Houstonians, unemployment causing several layoffs across the city & voter fatigue of seeing Whitmire in office after 10 years (she was elected Mayor in 1979 & reelected in 1981, 1983, 1985 & again in 1989).

Turner, on the other hand, declared his candidacy for the Mayoralty in June 1991, which divided the coalition that Whitmire worked aggressively to build & maintain over the years (African Americans, Latinos, women, etc.,). In order to establish residency, Turner shared a house inside the city limits with his so-called "lifelong friend" Dwight Thomas. That so-called "friendship" was going to become very key in the Mayoral contest later on, so stay tuned.....
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« Reply #116 on: May 21, 2019, 01:53:28 pm »

Somewhere in Houston

Meanwhile inside the Ch. 13 KTRK-TV Houston Studios, somebody was watching the latest Mayoral Forum between Lanier, Turner & Whitmire. This person was already disgusted with Turner's lies about "promoting family values, protecting Houstonians for the future of the City" & other issues. You can tell this someone was angry at the TV, "Sylvester the HYPOCRITE is lying! All lies. He keeps putting on a front using his estranged wife as well as his own daughter as campaign props for those commercials, while living with some freak-show."
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