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Rep. Terri Hodge Draws No Opponents Print E-mail
by Carolyn Barta    Wed, Jan 2, 2008, 07:08 PM
terri hodge.jpgState Rep. Terri Hodge, the Democratic incumbent in Dallas County's District 100,  has drawn no opponents in either party, despite being under federal indictment for kickbacks. She is one of several defendants, including former Mayor Pro Tem Don Hicks, in the City Hall scandal and federal corruption trial scheduled to be heard in June. The deadline for filing was 6 p.m. Tuesday, and neither the Democratic nor Republican headquarters reported any candidates filing for the position, other than Rep. Hodge. The decidedly Democratic, minority district cuts through the heart of inner city Dallas, goes through South Dallas and meanders east toward Mesquite.  Hodge has represented the district since her election in 1996. 
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written by tom madrzykowski , January 03, 2008

Go Terri. Now lets discuss the Blogs accuracy, The FILING DEADLINE is NOT Tuesday at 6:00PM but rather 5:00PM WEDNESDAY . C'mon Pauken spend some time doin research or at least start paying attention


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written by Ned Brown , January 03, 2008

My, My, My !


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written by Dallasite , January 03, 2008

Look, as a former Oak Cliff guy, take it from me:

Nobody with an "R" next to their name wins anything in the 100th unless the Dem is under indictment by God him/her self.

Besides, most of those voters will never hear about the indictment. They are less than wealthy and many don't have the web or get the DMN, so they are left in the dark.

Such is the situation of the Democrats: Keep poor ignorant people poor and ignorant, or else they might vote GOP.

Ugh.



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written by Tom Pauken , January 03, 2008

Carolyn was correct. No one filed against Terri Hodge in either party even though she is under indictment. I can understand the Republicans not filing a candidate in that race since they have no chance of winning that seat. But, I am surprised that no Democrat challenged Ms. Hodge in the Democratic primary in light of her legal problems.


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written by Political hack , January 03, 2008

If Ms. Hodge is ultimately tried and convicted, would it be the Governor or the Leg who would then designate and appoint a successor? Or, would there be an immediate special election? Would Ms. Hodge be eligible for a pension or benefits if convicted? TX Legislature jobs pay so very, very little...unless you are a lobbyist or on the take. LOL.


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written by Ned Brown , January 03, 2008

TOM :

I am surprised that you are surprised.

The Democrats are not the party of good, clean government. If they were, they would never have "served up" the Bill Clinton candidacy, nor would they be "fronting up" the Hillary Rodham show. What we are seeing is a corrupt Democrat party that is content to stand behind a candidate who, in a clean political world, would get a clean opponent in their primary.

As for the Republicans, this is a district where they are not likely to get adn political traction, so it would be hard for them to recruit a candidate into a race in this district.



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written by Eric , January 03, 2008

Don Hicks is under indictment too? This IS a witch hunt!


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written by Carolyn J. Barta , January 03, 2008

Whoops. The filing deadline was indeed yesterday, Wednesday. Can I blame the holidays for my loss of a day? Apologies to readers. As you know, bloggers fly mostly without a safety net. We rely on our readers to keep us honest...and you do a good job of it.


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written by Telemachus , January 03, 2008

As a veteran of election wars in south Dallas, I can report first-hand that voters are lead by the hand to the booth and guided how to vote according to the brainwashing received through revered local leaders. Unfortunately, some of those leaders appear to be of a mind that preaches "anything for us can't be bad".


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written by Holy Roller , January 03, 2008

Its no surprise Tom. Some high profile politicos are supporting her case, thus if someone challenged her in the primary they would probably be dragged through the mud. It's not worth it.


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written by Lorlee Bartos , January 03, 2008

Not everyone in the 100th is happy. I have not been happy since she was elected since she didn't live in the District using, I believe, her grandmother's address -- don't know if she ever has except maybe when she was getting free rent.

So to have someone under indictment represent me when she doesn't even live in the District is more than galling.

I have considered running, but as you say would be dragged through the mud. But worse, if I won, I would have to serve.

She once quit working on a campaign because she said she wouldn't work with a white woman. I believe we call that racism -- whatever the color.





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written by Political hack , January 03, 2008

Can someone answer the question on what happens to the House seat if Hodge is convicted?

The government indictment alleges six-term representative Hodge received free rent and utilities a housing developer (Potashnik) owned apartment complex where she allegedly lives and where she gets her district domicility from. She also had him install $2,000 worth of carpet in an east Dallas house she owns which is not even located in her district. To date, Hodge has denied nothing. She is also accused of fraud in not reporting $52,400 of taxable income between 2001 and 2005, all from Potashnik. This, too, has not been refuted by her.

CBS News conducted an investigation of Hodge regarding tracking donations she was receiving from prisoner's families that corresponded with her favorable
treatment of those prisoners. This, too, has not been explained.

What is clear is that Rep. Hodge has repeatedly violated the public's trust by not properly reporting and disclosing her monetary relationship with interested parties, all huge ethics violation. Hodge needs to come clean and own up to her improper (and likely illegal) actions. At a minimum, she owes the public a long overdue an apology for putting her interests ahead of the public's interests more often than not. How can she be trusted, if at all?

According to the numbers, District 100 is made up of near equal majority parts black and hispanic, and a (25%) minority of anglos and others. This is not a black issue, in so far that this is a diverse district and falls into the category of a failed representation issue.

The public deserves much, much better, and ought to have choice election in State HD 100. Why not organize a recall? Or, at least find a suitable write-in candidate?



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written by Holy Roller , January 03, 2008

If you are convicted of a felony, you are not eligible to serve public office in Texas.


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written by Betty Culbreath , January 03, 2008

So sad for Black and White people who died so that minorities could have the right to vote. The reason for single member districts have also taken a hit with some of the current and past elected minority officials.


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written by Political hack , January 03, 2008

If she's convicted, how will her seat be filled? Also, is she eligible to receive a pension and other public benefits?


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written by John Weekley , January 04, 2008

Political hack wrote, January 03, 2008:

"Can someone answer the question on what happens to the House seat if Hodge is convicted?"

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If Rep. Hodge resigns her office or otherwise becomes ineligible to serve under Texas Law (including conviction of a felony), a Special Election would be called to fill the vacancy in that House position.

As a practical matter, it's unlikely chances any Republicans would file in that election. However, candidates representing a variety of parties would all run against each other. (In order to win, a candidate would have to receive a numerical majority of votes cast for all candidates in the race.)

If no majority was received by any candidate, there would be a subsequent runoff election.



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written by tom madrzykowski , January 04, 2008

first off, there is no way that Rep. Hodge is going to resign. Even if a trial date is set in 6 months, chances are there will be a motion for change of Venue and then what will be a long trial, even if she were to be found guilty, with the appeal process all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, this not something that will be over in the next 3 or 4 years. This will allow her to retire with benefits and pension, and again, remember our country is based on the premise of innocent until proven guilty, and while everyone out there has his or her opinions, The decision will be made by a jury of Rep. Hodges peers, so all of you republicans out there, quit gloating and salivating after that seat.


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written by Political hack , January 04, 2008

Tom,

I doubt that seat would ever be a R seat - but the district is now 40/40/20 - black, hispanic, white/other - so anything is possible. Well before the Feds case, Hodge was already facing multiple transgressions of violation of ethics issues. Shouldn't she do the right thing and just step down now - and have some respect for the voters? Why should the public tolerate any public official who puts their own personal interests over the interests of those they are supposed to be serving? Sure, people are innocent until proven guilty, but the grand jury saw fit to indict and there are facts in the Postashnik case that are not in dispute (Hodge received money - what has been said is that she just did not report it properly - that may or may not be a crime, but it certainly is an serious ethics violation issue at a minimum). So, is it morally right for her to still be a legislator under indictment and/or in serious violation of the public's trust?

At the time of being found guilty, wouldn't her seat and benefits be officially terminated at that time - subject only to restoration if her appeals are upheld? Also, does the seat get an appointed temporary representative (if so, who does the appointment?) during the time the Special Election is held?



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written by John Weekley , January 04, 2008

If Rep. Hodge was found guilty of either a state or federal felony, she would no longer be eligible to serve, and the seat would be immediately vacated, regardless of whether the conviction was appealed.

A Special Election would be called to fill the seat, but no temporary appointment would be made in the interim period. In fact, if a legislative session might be impacted by the vacancy, there are provisions in the Election Code to call an "emergency" Special Election.



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written by Political hack , January 04, 2008

John, thanks for being a great qualified information source. It is appreciated.



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