- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 24, 2010

TEXAS

Judge orders DeLay trial first

AUSTIN | The judge in the money laundering case of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay says he wants the former congressman from the Houston area to be tried first, before two co-defendants.

Senior Judge Pat Priest said, in a pretrial hearing Tuesday in Austin, that Mr. DeLay has been demanding a trial for five years.


Now that prosecutors are suggesting they’ll press different charges of election code violations against co-defendants John Colyandro and Jim Ellis - essentially severing their cases from Mr. DeLay’s - Judge Priest says he won’t give them a trial before Mr. DeLay.

Mr. DeLay and his co-defendants were indicted in 2005 in connection with efforts to fund and elect Republican state legislative candidates in 2002. The defendants contend they’ve nothing wrong.

No trial dates have been set.

SENATE

GOP primary loser still fighting Reid

A vanquished Republican candidate is making a comeback in Nevada’s U.S. Senate race, but not on the November ballot.

Businessman Danny Tarkanian, who finished behind fellow Republican Sharron Angle in the state’s June primary, has formed a political committee to launch a website and run radio and TV ads dissecting the voting record of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Democrat running for re-election.

Mr. Tarkanian’s campaign won’t be flattering. The Las Vegas-based group Harry Reid Votes will remind residents of the “poor decisions” Mr. Reid has made for Nevada, Mr. Tarkanian said Monday.

“The votes that he has been making haven’t been a big focus of the race,” Mr. Tarkanian said. “We feel the majority of Nevadans will feel they were not good votes.”

The group formed last week joins an array of independent political organizations pouring millions of dollars into the Nevada race, which polls show is a dead heat.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Tarkanian’s group, Audrey Mullen, said the website will have interactive features that will allow visitors to take quizzes on Mr. Reid’s voting record and answer the question, “How much is Harry Reid like you?”

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