Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Gubernatorial candidates to speak about eminent domain and the Trans-Texas Corridor

Governor candidates to visit

March 22, 2006

Temple Daily Telegram
Copyright 2006

SEATON - Three of the four Texas gubernatorial candidates are scheduled to speak at a Blackland Coalition meeting Friday night in Seaton.

Democratic nominee Chris Bell and independent candidates Carole Keeton Strayhorn and Kinky Friedman confirmed they will address the coalition.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Seaton Star Hall SPJST.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Perry, the Republican nominee, said the governor will not attend the meeting.

The candidates are expected to speak on the issues and impact of the proposed corridor and laws pertaining to eminent domain.

The Blackland Coalition is a Political Action Committee formed to provide financial and political support for candidates that oppose the TransTexas Corridor, which was first proposed by Perry in 2002.

The corridor is part of the governor’s transportation plan, a $184 billion project that would result in thousands of miles of tollways, railways and utility lines across the state.

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