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Green Party to be on Texas Ballot

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    The Texas Supreme Court has removed the last hurdle for the Green Party to be on the Nov. 2 statewide ballot, dismissing a challenge brought by Democrats.

    Texas Democrats had already agreed to drop their efforts, making Friday's ruling little more than a formality. The court ruled last week the Green Party could be on the ballot while the case was pending.

    The state Democratic Party has alleged a Green Party petition drive was a plot hatched and supported by Republicans to pull liberal votes away from Democratic gubernatorial nominee Bill White.

    Democrats say the Green Party improperly accepted money from a group backed by Republicans.

    Democrats say they will continue separate efforts, in a lower court, to sue for civil penalties.