Kinky Friedman for Governor

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For those of you that are unfamiliar with Texas politics...say a little prayer of thanksgiving. Texans are a proud people by nature but even we have to admit that our state legislative, executive and judicial branches are a kind of national laboratory for bad government. Our current governor - his name escapes me at the moment - is no exception. He is actually better known for his blow-dried coif than for any of his policy initiatives. As a result, our upcoming race to replace him (several prominent republicans have hinted they may challenge Gov. Blowdry in the primary) promises to be more colorful than most...even by our standards.

Recently, Kinky Friedman entered the race under the slogan - "How hard can it be?" For those of you outside the Lone Star State, Kinky Friedman is...well...eccentric. Actually, saying Friedman is merely eccentric is like saying President Bush occasionally mispronunsticates the English language. Friedman is, among other things, a cowboy mystery writer and leader of a band called "The Texas Jewboys." He is a frequent magazine contributor and authority on Texas and politics. And now, he is running for governor. While discussing Kinky's run recently, Texas District Judge Charlie Sherrill was asked by his secretary, "What is a Kinky?" In response, Judge Sherrill drafted this letter entitled "Yes Nancy, there is a Kinky Claus." Judge Sherrill points out that one of the biggest areas of trouble in Texas right now is the complete lack of support for the judicial branch from the legislature or the governor. As the Judge puts it:"Perry and the legislature are damaging the judiciary. Perry at the end of the session vetoed a bill for a pay increase for judges---I believe it has been eleven years since the judges have received a pay increase -- which I will admit does have a bearing on my retirement. Also, as of September lst there will be no funds for Senior Judges. I am already working a full day for a half days pay and in some regions there is just no fund for Senior Judges, which means the dockets are already building up. Even now in the 216th District Court it will more than likely require two years before you can get a civil case tried --all thanks to Governor Perry and the legislature. In the end it will damage business and lot of people may loose everything because they can not get to trial -- surgeries will have to be delayed, etc. To continue like this is no good. Yes, improvements and corrections do need to be made, but let's make those instead of destroying the whole system. By destroying the system jobs will be lost and people will suffer, etc. "So let the games begin kids. As Kinky says: He can't mess things up any more than what is being done at this time.