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  Texas House Democrats say Tom Craddick's days as speaker are numbered
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Last EditedDFWDem  Dec 29, 2008 01:12pm
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MediaNewspaper - Dallas Morning News
News DateMonday, December 29, 2008 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionAssociated Press

AUSTIN – House Democrats say they've lined up enough opposition to oust Republican House Speaker Tom Craddick, releasing a long list of lawmakers who say they won't vote for him "under any circumstances."

The list released Monday – and disputed by Craddick's camp – has the signatures of 64 of the 74 House Democrats. That alone isn't enough to topple Craddick, but Democrats are counting on a handful of Republicans who have said they won't support him to build a 76-vote majority to force election of a new speaker.

The speaker, one of the most powerful positions in Texas politics, sets the legislative agenda and is elected by the members of the House of Representatives.

"Today, the fact that there will be a new Speaker for the 81st Texas House of Representatives is established," the House Democratic Caucus said in a statement released by Rep. Jim Dunnam of Waco.
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