(excerpt from) Fox8.com/AP
Appeals court sides with Texas Democrats, says loyalty oath permissible for ballot access
March 24, 2009
An appeals court says the Texas Democratic Party can impose a loyalty oath on candidates seeking the party’s nomination — rejecting a challenge by former presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich of Ohio.
A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Tuesday affirmed a Texas federal court’s ruling that the oath does not violate the U.S. Constitution.
The Democratic Party argued that it has a right to require candidates to pledge to “fully support” the party’s eventual nominee…