by Max Brantley
Reporting in Texas says Walmart heiress Alice Walton is a force behind legislation awaiting the governor's signature to ban noisy airboats on scenic stretches of the Brazos River. Walton has given $120,000 to the senator who sponsored the bill. She's given almost a quarter of a million to the governor. She's a landowner in the area affected.
“As with all legislation that makes it to his desk, the governor will thoughtfully review all bills in their final form and make a decision,” said Lucy Nashed, Deputy Press Secretary for the governor.
“I’m thinking that he’s done us wrong if he signs that bill,” [airboat user Donald] Shirley said, “He’s sold out the poor people, and the rich lady’s bought us out.”