State of Texas Archives: on Drugs


Elizabeth Ames Jones: Secure our borders against Mexican drug cartels

For politicians who have failed to secure our borders, the horrific violence perpetuated by Mexican drug cartels may just be a final wake-up call. We must take immediate action to secure our borders and ports of entry to stop the illegal entry of people, drugs, and dangerous contraband into our country.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, www.jonesfortexas.com Jul 17, 2011

Rick Perry: Fight cross-border violence as part of drug war

We should continue our investment in border security because the threat of cross-border violence has only grown, as the drug wars escalate. I don't raise the issue of border security as a criticism of our neighbors to the south, but to show our resolve and unity in the struggle, as they deal with a wave of violence unlike anything outside of the world's war zones.
Source: 2011 Texas State of the State Address Feb 8, 2011

Randy Weber: Keep marijuana possession criminalized

Q: Should the possession of small amounts of marijuana be decriminalized?

A: No.

Q: Do you support a ban on smoking in public places?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support a ban on the use of trans fats in restaurants?

A: No.

Q: Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?

A: Yes.

Source: Texas Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Rick Perry: Protect the border from drug traffickers

The best plan to secure our border involves intensive operations with federal, state and local officials working together to seal off common illegal crossings.

We have caught drug traffickers and human smugglers off guard and reduced crime in remote border regions.

That is why I ask you to fund a $100 million effort that will expand patrols, purchase new technology and protect the border from drug traffickers, human smugglers and other criminal thugs that seek to destroy our way of life.

Source: Texas 2007 State of the State address Feb 6, 2007

Joaquin Castro: Strengthen sentences for drug-related crimes

Source: Texas 2006 Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2006

Paul Sadler: Strengthen drug penalties; also strengthen rehabilitation

Source: Texas State 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

Steve Stockman: AdWatch: Arrested for drug possession in 1977

Article entitled "Stockman traveled from aimless youth to halls of Congress; religion saved him from 'colorful' past":

The congressman said he was ticketed so often he had to spend a weekend in jail more than once. "I was out partying, just like you were or any other kid, and you'd get busted for a thing and you'd do a weekend in jail for a traffic violation," Stockman said. "So I may have been in jail a couple of times, two or three times." He said he could not remember exactly.

The Michigan Department of State keeps driver records only seven years, so Stockman's are no longer available. One of his jail weekends led to a drug charge. On Sept. 23, 1977, when Mr. Stockman was 20, he reported to the Madison Heights City Jail to serve two days. The records state that an officer "found, in doing a strip search, that Stockman had 3 Valium tablets 10mg each. Subject stated that his girlfriend had given them to him to take while serving his sentence." The charge was later dropped.

Source: Dallas Morning News AdWatch re: 2014 Texas Senate race Jun 11, 1995

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