Some of our friends and readers have a few things to celebrate this week. Since I'm tired of writing posts about the Republican War on Women and sonograms and unwanted probing and cervical health, I am going to write something happy. And heck, it's the weekend. Time to write about some good news for a change!
- Many Friends of BOR Nominated for Austin Under 40 Awards!
The Austin Under 40 nominees are out, and we're excited to see so many BOR readers, commenters, and friends of our staff on the list. Congrats to our friends, Will Schnier (Engineering, Architecture, and Design), Amy Everhart (Government and Public Affairs), David Courreges, Karin Crump, and Ramey Ko (Legal), David Neff (Marketing, PR, and Advertising), and Jude Galligan (Real Estate). Good luck to everyone who's nominated!
Dan Grant and Wife Ami Welcome Second Child!
Congrats are also in order to Congressional candidate Dan Grant and family, who welcomed their second child, a daughter named Grace, last weekend. Grace was born one day after their son Jack turned 2, so I see some joint birthday parties in the future for the Grant family. It is said that having a child is an act of hope for the future. Let's hope that Dan is elected to Congress to replace Mike McCaul, so he can help all Texas children have a better future. Congrats Dan, Ami, Jack and Grace!
Holly Heinrich Interning at Texas Tribune!
A fine former employee of mine, Holly Heinrich, recently started interning at the Texas Tribune. Holly graduated from Strama Campaign Academy and worked as a Watson Fellow during the 2010 TCDP coordinated campaign, worked as an intern in Senator Kirk Watson's office, and later served as an officer in UDEMS. She's already published her first piece, a Texplainer column about courts of inquiry. Congrats Holly! Keep up the good work.
Shelby Alexander Speaks Out for Contraception!
Another former employee of mine, Shelby Alexander was on KVUE the other night voicing support for Obama's decision to require Catholic employers to cover birth control for employees on their group health plans. The Catholic hierarchy is not happy with the decision, even though 98% of women will use birth control in their lives and few Catholic families have eight kids anymore. Shelby is a student at St. Edwards University, and President of the St. Ed's Democrats, as well as a Fellow with the Obama campaign. Good work Shelbyville!
Anyone else have good news to share? Post it in the comments.