Ernie Casbeer (Running for TX House Dist 59) Renews Calls for Debates with Sid Miller Somervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


Ernie Casbeer (Running for TX House Dist 59) Renews Calls for Debates with Sid Miller

4 September 2008 at 5:52:41 PM


(OGLESBY)-- Texas House challenger Ernie Casbeer today renewed his call for a series of candidate debates, saying that an Austin judge’s decision this week to delay the criminal trial of an indicted lobby group that donated thousands of corporate dollars to Sid Miller until after November 4 denies voters the opportunity to question the incumbent before casting their ballots in what promises to be one of the most important elections in recent history.

"The people of District 59 have a right to hear directly from my opponent before they vote,” Casbeer said. “They need to know not just about his involvement in this ongoing legal controversy, but also what ideas he has for addressing some of the major challenges facing our communities, from soaring utility rates to shrinking public school budgets.”

An Austin judge this week set a November 10 tiral date for the Texas Association of Business, a trade association and lobbying group accused of making illegal corporate contributions to Miller and other politicians in 2002. The delay means that Miller will not be required to testify in the criminal trial before facing voters at the polls.

“I hope my opponent will at least agree that before we ask voters to choose between us, they deserve to have us put our ideas out there and let them see for themselves,” Casbeer said.

Last month, Casbeer called on his opponent to agree to a series of public debates covering topics such as public education, public health, utility reform, tax policies, and other issues. The Dublin Chamber of Commerce has agreed to sponsor a debate on September 18, but the incumbent has refused to participate.

A veteran high-school teacher, Casbeer opposes Miller’s plans to siphon tax dollars out of neighborhood schools to fund a private-school voucher scheme and to give Texas the highest sales tax in the nation by expanding it to doctors’ visit, medicines, child car, car repair, and a long list of other services.

Casbeer supports utility reforms to address the current energy crisis, which is hurting middle-class families, small businesses, public schools, and local governments. Miller has taken thousands of dollars in campaign cash from utility lobbyists, according to filings at the Texas Ethics Commission.

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