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2012

Former Congressman Quico Canseco to Challenge Democratic Incumbent Pete Gallego for CD-23


by: Omar Araiza

Fri Aug 09, 2013 at 03:00 PM CDT


Quico Canseco wants a rematch against Pete Gallego.

The district's race was highly contested last election. Gallego won the seat with over 50% of the vote, but the race was contested by Canseco who claimed scores of fraudulent ballots were cast in the sprawling southwest Texas district, and that military and absentee votes that could still swing the race had yet to be counted.

Canseco conceded the race a few days later -- still sticking to his claims of improperly counted votes and improperly cast ballots -- but stating a full investigation and recount would be prohibitively expensive and time consuming.

You may remember Canseco because of his despicable abortion mailer, falsely accusing Gallego of being against parental notification and of supporting the killing of babies.

Canseco was also sued last October for rear-ending a car and leaving the scene.

Read Canseco's running announcement and see his past abortion ad after the jump.

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St. David's Puts Corporate Profits Over Community Health In Opposing Prop 1


by: Katherine Haenschen

Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 02:00 PM CDT

A private, for-profit healthcare system is putting their own bottom line over the health of our community right here in Travis County.

St. David's Healthcare, a private, for-profit hospital system, is now campaigning against Central Health Proposition 1 because its passage would hurt their corporate bottom line. The Austin American-Statesman reported today that St. David's has come out against the local ballot proposition to raise funds to support bringing a medical school to Austin. Sadly, their motivation is all about putting their corporate profits above our community health.

The Seton family of hospitals, which are the one of the major providers in the Travis County healthcare district, are non-profit healthcare providers, and thus are more concerned with healthy patient outcomes than corporate bottom lines.

St. David's has been involved in discussions about Prop 1 and efforts to bring a medical school to Austin since the very beginning of the process. But now that they're not going to make enough money if it passes, they've decided to come out against it during the first week of early voting. It's a cruddy move that could very well result in preventing Travis County residents from accessing the healthcare that they desperately need.

St. David's is controlled by HCA, a gigantic corporation that controls 163 hospitals across the country and is owned by -- wait for it -- Bain Capital, the private equity firm started by Mitt Romney.

St. David's parent corporation is raking in record profits as healthcare costs spiral out of control. HCA-controlled hospitals like St. David's have increased their profits by finding ways to squeeze more money out of private insurance corporations.

So let's get this straight. A private, for-profit hospital system (St. David's) owned by a private equity firm (Bain Capital) that was founded by Mitt Romney is campaigning against a ballot measure (Central Health Prop 1) that will expand non-profit healthcare and provide increased access to healthcare for all Travis County residents, especially the neediest.

Texas has the highest rate of uninsured residents in the country. It's a disgrace. Even Travis County has 200,000 uninsured residents, many of whom are working families. Central Health will expand access to healthcare for the uninsured, and support a broad network of providers to address a wide range of healthcare needs.

But since its passage will mean that St. David's won't be able to profit as much off providing healthcare to the poor, they're opposing Prop 1.

This doesn't quite pass the smell test. St. David's can't get a big enough piece of the financial pie to make it worth their corporate backers' time, so they want to make sure no one else can provide expanded healthcare options either.

Prop 1 shouldn't be about whether a big corporation can make enough money off of sick Travis County residents, but thanks to St. David's craven political move, the election may well now hinge on their last-ditch effort to put their own profits above our community health.  

Don't be fooled. Vote FOR Central Health Proposition 1 and help bring much-needed healthcare access to Travis County.  

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Burnt Orange Report Endorses Gina Hinojosa for AISD At-Large Seat


by: Burnt Orange Report

Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 04:00 PM CDT

Gina Hinojosa, a longtime progressive community activist, is the best choice to replace Annette LoVoi on the AISD board in a critical at-large seat. Hinojosa has the preferable perspective on public education and a willingness to engage the community in supporting our public schools.

Hinojosa, a civil rights and employment lawyer, became actively involved in the Save Our Schools movement when her family's neighborhood school was slated for closure. A 20-year resident of Austin and graduate of UT's Plan II Honors program, Hinojosa has a broad background in volunteer community service and a history of working well and listening to others.

We have serious qualms about Hinojosa's opponent, Mary Ellen Pietruszynski, who works as executive director of the Sooch Foundation, an educational foundation that supports charter schools. Her campaign is being bankrolled by her employer, Nav Sooch, and his business partner at Silicon Labs. Given the volume of money they have invested in this race, there are concerns that the tech duo are trying to buy a seat on the AISD.

The two candidates also differ in their perspective on working with embattled AISD superintendent Meria Carstarphen, who has rankled many community members by  insufficiently considering public input -- particularly from East Austin -- in district decision-making. Pietruszynski seems content to simply let Carstarphen do as she pleases with our public schools, and wrote a Statesman Op-Ed to that effect. Pietruszynski also wrote an op-ed supporting the IDEA charter school in East Austin, which took over a neighborhood public school and turned it into a charter against the wishes of the students' parents, who opted out in such numbers as to curtail the program.

Hinojosa is an extremely capable, impressive woman who will listen to parents, and bring a valuable citizen activist voice to the school board. She is the best choice to both hold the AISD superintendent accountable and engage the public in the continued effort to improve our public schools. We unanimously and enthusiastically urge AISD voters to support Gina Hinojosa for the At-Large seat.


Early Voting: Monday October 22 - Friday November 2 --- Election Day: Tuesday, November 6

Click here for a map of Travis County Early Voting Locations. For all other counties, please contact your County Clerk's office.

Endorsements are made based on a weighted consensus of the staff, which guides the type and tone of endorsement. Members of the Burnt Orange Report staff employed by campaigns abstain from voting on those races.

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Vote FOR Travis County Central Health Proposition 1


by: Burnt Orange Report

Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 03:30 PM CDT

Central Health Proposition 1 will provide greater access to healthcare for all Travis County residents. Burnt Orange Report unanimously endorses a vote FOR Proposition 1.

This is one of the most important measures on our Travis County ballot this year, and we strongly encourage voters to learn about the many excellent community benefits Prop 1 will provide, starting with world-class medical care. Austinites who currently must travel out-of-town to seek cutting-edge care will instead be able to receive care here. It will create 15,000 permanent jobs and generate $2 billion in economic activity each year.

Prop 1 will expand access to care, especially for the 200,000 uninsured Travis County residents. 60% of those folks work and don't have or can't afford employer-provided insurance. Prop 1 will save taxpayer money by helping people without insurance avoid the emergency room. Preventative healthcare is more cost-efficient and less expensive than a visit to the ER.

Importantly, Prop 1 does not pay for construction of a physical medical school -- instead, it funds access to healthcare by funding and expanding healthcare programs. The University of Texas has contributed $25 million in perpetuity and $5 million per year for the first eight years to fund maintenance and operation of a medical school. Additionally, the Seton family of hospitals has pledged $250 million towards construction of a teaching hospital. All of that funding for the medical school disappears if Prop 1 does not pass.

Proposition 1 will fill critical gaps in our healthcare delivery system, improve healthcare and access to healthcare for Travis County residents, and result in a healthier community. We unanimously and enthusiastically endorse a vote FOR Central Health Proposition 1!


Early Voting: Monday October 22 - Friday November 2 --- Election Day: Tuesday, November 6

Click here for a map of Travis County Early Voting Locations. For all other counties, please contact your County Clerk's office.

Endorsements are made based on a weighted consensus of the staff, which guides the type and tone of endorsement. Members of the Burnt Orange Report staff employed by campaigns abstain from voting on those races.

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Burnt Orange Report Endorses Diane Trautman for Harris County Department of Education


by: Burnt Orange Report

Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 03:00 PM CDT

Diane Trautman is a committed educator who has worked in education for over 25 years as a teacher and administrator. She is the best choice to tackle the challenges faced by the Harris County Department of Education.

Trautman is clearly the better choice for Harris County schoolchildren and would be a welcome improvement over conservative ideologue Michael Wolfe, the incumbent. Voters would be wise to turn out Wolfe, who has stated that he would abolish the very Department of Education on which he serves! The HCDE board previously tried to remove Wolfe from office because he simply does not respect the governing body or its procedures. Wolfe pledged to adhere to ethical practices and begged for a second chance, but since then has continued to miss meetings.

Wolfe is a severely partisan Republican who has earned endorsements from some of the most extreme conservatives who threaten to derail our public education system. Wolfe has been endorsed by two of the greatest anti-science advocates in Texas, SBOE member Barbara Cargill and Dr. Steve Hotze. Cargill wanted to put the age of the universe up for a vote, while Hotze believes disease is caused by "sin"... perhaps as opposed to viruses or bacteria? With friends like these, it's impossible to imagine that Wolfe will support scientifically accurate, reason-based education for our Harris County students.

The city that is home to NASA should not re-elect Board of Education members who fundamentally do not believe in science!

Trautman has been endorsed by the Houston Federation of Teachers, owing to her experience in many of the area's public schools. She is the former principal of Tomball Junior High School, and assistant principal while at Moorhead Junior High School in Conroe ISD. She also taught education administration at Stephen F. Austin State University. Her hands on experience will be a valuable asset to the board.

Burnt Orange Report urges Harris County voters to reject Michael Wolfe's ideological extremism and vote in a real educator to the Harris County Department of Education. We unanimously and enthusiastically endorse Diane Trautman for HCDE At-Large Place 3.


Early Voting: Monday October 22 - Friday November 2 --- Election Day: Tuesday, November 6

Click here for Harris County Early Voting information.

Endorsements are made based on a weighted consensus of the staff, which guides the type and tone of endorsement. Members of the Burnt Orange Report staff employed by campaigns abstain from voting on those races.

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Vote FOR San Antonio's Pre-K 4 SA Initiative


by: Burnt Orange Report

Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 02:30 PM CDT

Burnt Orange Report urges San Antonio voters to support the Pre-K 4 SA measure, to close educational achievement gaps and improve education for all in San Antonio.

As the Legislature slashes and burns public education to the ground, the task of educating the next generation of Texans -- all of them -- increasingly falls to local governments. We applaud Mayor Julian Castro for his commitment to picking up the slack and supporting critical Pre-K programs that prepare our children to excel in school.

The proposal will create access to early childhood education in San Antonio, and help thousands of local children who lack access to full-day Pre-K programs. The measure will also support professional development for teachers across the district, thus raising the quality of education across the city. The Pre-K 4 SA program will close achievement gaps between some of the most disadvantaged children in San Antonio, and result in greater educational attainment across the community.

The measure has broad support from across the community, and represents only a modest sales tax increase. San Antonio's public schools are some of the worst ranked among major urban areas. The Legislature clearly will not fund access to competitive, 21st century public education for all Texans. This is a critical investment in the future of San Antonio and future of Texas, and merits support from San Antonio voters.

We enthusiastically endorse the Pre-K 4 SA program and urge San Antonio voters to vote for it.


Early Voting: Monday October 22 - Friday November 2 --- Election Day: Tuesday, November 6

Click here for the Bexar County Elections Division website.

Endorsements are made based on a weighted consensus of the staff, which guides the type and tone of endorsement. Members of the Burnt Orange Report staff employed by campaigns abstain from voting on those races.

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Vote FOR Lakeway Proposition 1


by: Burnt Orange Report

Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 02:00 PM CDT

Burnt Orange Report encourages voters to cast a vote FOR Lakeway Prop 1, a general obligation bond package. These bonds will fund needed transportation infrastructure repairs.

The bonds will provide $4.3 million for sidewalks, streets, curbs, gutters, and drainage improvements. This is a worthwhile investment in the community. We encourage voters to support these bonds and vote FOR Lakeway Prop 1.


Early Voting: Monday October 22 - Friday November 2 --- Election Day: Tuesday, November 6

Click here for a map of Travis County Early Voting Locations. For all other counties, please contact your County Clerk's office.

Endorsements are made based on a weighted consensus of the staff, which guides the type and tone of endorsement. Members of the Burnt Orange Report staff employed by campaigns abstain from voting on those races.

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Burnt Orange Report Endorsements for ACC Board Trustee


by: Burnt Orange Report

Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 01:30 PM CDT

Burnt Orange Report issues the following endorsements in this year's ACC Board Trustee elections.

Place 7, ACC Trustee: Brigido "Brig" Mireles. Mireles will give a voice to the many students in the ACC system who come out of Round Rock ISD. Although Round Rock is the second largest ISD in the ACC taxing district, it currently lacks representation on the board. Mireles has taught a vocational class at ACC for 30 years, and brings a diversity of perspective that will benefit the board.

Place 8, ACC Trustee: Betty Hwang. Hwang is running unopposed, but we endorse her nevertheless for her commitment to education throughout her career.

Place 9, ACC Trustee: Allen Kaplan. Incumbent Kaplan has a strong record over his three terms and merits re-election.


Early Voting: Monday October 22 - Friday November 2 --- Election Day: Tuesday, November 6

Click here for a map of Travis County Early Voting Locations. For all other counties, please contact your County Clerk's office.

Endorsements are made based on a weighted consensus of the staff, which guides the type and tone of endorsement. Members of the Burnt Orange Report staff employed by campaigns abstain from voting on those races.

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Burnt Orange Report Endorsements in AISD District Races


by: Burnt Orange Report

Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 01:00 PM CDT

Burnt Orange Report endorses the following votes in AISD District Races.

District 2: Rev. Dr. Jayme Mathias. Perhaps the most acrimonious local race, Mathias is battling to unseat incumbent Sam Guzman and represent a largely Hispanic swath of East Austin on the AISD Board. The race centers on incumbent Sam Guzman's support for the IDEA charter school program, which took over several neighborhood public schools. Mathias opposes IDEA, and will bring substantial energy to the AISD, where he will face the daunting challenge of addressing the many needs of our Southeast Austin public schools.

District 3: Ann E. Teich. Teich is running to unseat incumbent Christine Brister, who has since suspended her campaign due to illness. A retired AISD teacher, Teich will bring a much-needed perspective to the board.

District 5: Amber Elenz. While our staff was narrowly divided on this race, we give the edge to Elenz owing to her experience as president of the Austin Council of PTA's. We have no major qualms about Jackson, but on the balance think Elenz' 13 years as a volunteer in the AISD system gives her the edge.


Early Voting: Monday October 22 - Friday November 2 --- Election Day: Tuesday, November 6

Click here for a map of Travis County Early Voting Locations. For all other counties, please contact your County Clerk's office.

Endorsements are made based on a weighted consensus of the staff, which guides the type and tone of endorsement. Members of the Burnt Orange Report staff employed by campaigns abstain from voting on those races.

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Vote FOR City of Austin Bonds, Props 12-18


by: Burnt Orange Report

Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 00:30 PM CDT

Vote FOR City of Austin Propositions 12-18, to provide funds for a broad range of community improvements without raising our tax rate.

The combined $385 million in bonds are within our existing bonding capacity, so there will be no property tax increase to fund these projects. This is a great deal for voters, and an important way to invest in the Austin we love.

Projects were vetted and prioritized by a citizen's committee, and rely on our shared community values to address the tremendous infrastructure and human needs of our rapidly growing city. These are important investments in Austin that will not impact our cost of living, and we urge voters to vote FOR all of them.

Proposition 12 supports transportation projects including road improvements, bikeways, and trails.
Proposition 13 funds the purchase of environmentally sensitive land to protect it from development.
Proposition 14 funds badly needed parks and recreation projects in our large and small public parks.
Proposition 15 provides funds to build, repair, and renovate low-income housing.
Proposition 16 funds public safety projects.
Proposition 17 supports health and human services projects, including expanding our women's and children's shelter.
Proposition 18 supports our public libraries and cultural arts facilities.

This is a balanced package that addresses some of the most urgent needs in our community while also supporting our unique quality of life. We urge a vote FOR City of Austin Propositions 12 through 18.


Early Voting: Monday October 22 - Friday November 2 --- Election Day: Tuesday, November 6

Click here for a map of Travis County Early Voting Locations. For all other counties, please contact your County Clerk's office.

Endorsements are made based on a weighted consensus of the staff, which guides the type and tone of endorsement. Members of the Burnt Orange Report staff employed by campaigns abstain from voting on those races.

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