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  • America Votes

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    Monday, March 08, 2004

    Don't mess with Independent Texans 

    Take a morsel of Democrat, add a pinch of Republican, then drain the combination of all political partisanship and you have a recipe for what some call an "Independent Texan."

    That is what members of a fledgling political movement want to achieve as they begin to pick and choose who they like and, perhaps more important, who they do not like this election year.

    Don't look for Independent Texans to take a stand on such burning issues as abortion, gay marriage or immigration. Don't expect a slate of candidates to appear on the ballot, either.

    The group has one desire: to purge politics of partisanship and stamp out what they consider a cozy relationship between government and special interests.

    No endorsements are planned for Tuesday's primary election, although some independent picks could come later as the Nov. 2 general election approaches, said Linda Curtis, the group's Austin-based president.

    - Jack Douglas Jr., Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    posted by Ellen Dunkel at 8:30 AM



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