POSTED: Monday, November 5, 2012 - 6:28pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 1:34pm
Tyler, TX — There was another wrinkle in the wet-dry vote for Tyler today.
The opponents of beer and wine sales have filed for an injunction to stop the vote. But that lawsuit has been rejected by visiting Judge Andrew Cupper.
The Reverend Mike Daniels heads up Stand Strong for Tyler, and he doesn’t want beer and wine sold in the city. And today, the firm of Ladd & Thigpen, filed a motion to delay the vote Tuesday because they say open records laws were violated when opponents requested copies of the alcohol petitions. They also contend the petitions for JP Precinct 2, which is part of the vote, didn’t have a county seal on each page.
Curiously, as defendants they named the leadership of the city and county, including three Commissioners who haven’t been in office for years.
But, in the end, the suit and complaint were rejected. The attorneys admitted to the Judge that they will file a suit after the vote, if the town goes wet.
But another issue surfaced today. The campaign finance reports for Stand Strong for Tyler show less than $5000 in contributions for the year, and only two expenses, both to law firms.
But the consulting firm Hard Count Incorporated and it’s president Billy Horton, have been advising the group, for free.
But that in kind contribution has not been listed.
Daniels, by the way asked if we would clarify an earlier conversation we had where he said the only good thing about alcohol is that it makes fat women look good at closing time. The pastor said that quote was a response to a Facebook survey, not his opinion. We asked if he could show me the survey and he said his Facebook page no longer exists.