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Whether it’s his long record of accelerating executions and refusing except when compelled by courts to commute death sentences, his promotion of incompetent, flagrantly political lawyers to top posts in Texas’ legal system where they prevent exoneration, or his comments recently that Texans might treat “treasonous” Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke “pretty ugly,” one has to wonder if the governor’s approach to these issues isn’t so much the product of conservative legal theory or a right-wing attitude about law and order but simply a carnal attachment to state-sanctioned murder.

Consider that Perry has overseen in excess of 230 executions as governor, far more than the executive of any other state in recent history. This figure accounts for about 40 percent of all executions in America since Perry first took office in 2000. He makes George W. Bush seem warm and fuzzy.

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The House Select Committee hearings are swaying political independents and centrists to reject the power-grabbing tactics used by Donald Trump and his Republican enablers to overturn the 2020 presidential election, according to several polls and surveys of battleground state voters released on Thursday, June 30.

“Vast majorities of the American people are paying attention, and they are deeply concerned,” said Leslie Dach, co-chair of Defend Democracy Project, an advocacy group dedicated to the principle that voters determine the outcome of elections. “They believe that a crime has been committed. They want accountability in the courts and at the ballot box. And they hold not just President Trump responsible, but they hold his allies and Republicans responsible for what happened.”

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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