Progress Texas released the following on George P.'s announcement for Land Commissioner - he will have to follow his family legacy of No Child Left Behind and Vouchers in his quest to oversee the Permanent School Fund.
(TEXAS) - Today, President George W. Bush's nephew, George P. Bush, announced that, after much deliberation among his family about which statewide office he would deem worthy of his candidacy, he would take his unique Bush-related talents to the office of State Land Commissioner. Among its many duties, the Land Commissioner's office oversees investments made to the Permanent School Fund.
Former Governor Jeb Bush's son has been toying with running for office for months, visiting donors in other states - including Georgia and California - to ask what millionaires from outside of Texas think he should run for in Texas. To date, he has raised millions from his family's network of donors to run for office just because his last name is Bush.
Following in the footsteps of his uncle's No Child Left Behind agenda (President George W. Bush) and his father's school voucher schemes (former Florida Governor Jeb Bush), the grandson of former President George H. W. Bush told the Associated Press that he would run for Land Commissioner.
The following is a statement from Progress Texas Executive Director Matt Glazer:
"Serving in elected office is a privilege, not a birthright. George Bush must go through the same public screening as any other candidate.
"Polls show that Texans strongly reject the standardized testing and privatization policies his family has promoted. Unless George Bush can prove he's not just another Bush, his candidacy is likely to be met with strong opposition across the state."
George P. Bush has officially entered the field for statewide office and is giving the Texas Republican establishment a run for its money, literally. The fresh face has raised over $1.35 million from some less than fresh sources, 90% of which come from Texas and Florida. His biggest contributors include homebuilder Bob Perry, his uncle and former President George Bush, his father Jeb Bush and a host of oil and gas interests. At least 10 of his top donors were "Pioneer" fundraising bundlers for either of his uncle's Presidential campaigns and over 10% or $113,300 came directly from Bush family members.
Other than his obvious pedigree his political experience includes Co-founding the Hispanic Republicans of Texas and as National Co-Chair of Maverick PAC. His candidacy could upset the establishment's natural line of succession but it also has many looking at whether he can bring more Hispanic voters into the Republican fold. He has expressed that he is a "mainstream Republican" with Tea Party sympathies and told Wolf Blitzer in a 2012 interview that what he, "love[s] about the [Republican] Party is that its extremely diverse", and is an "advocate of the big tent theory". He has currently expressed interest in running for Texas Land Commissioner but has left the door open to a higher profile office (likely Attorney General or Governor) depending on what signal Rick Perry sends at the end of the session. He told the Texas Tribune this week that, "in the grand scheme of things, this session, in terms of state politics, is really going to dictate what the '14 election cycle looks like."
"Texas towns have a tradition of turning their dislikes into city ordinances," wrote the late great Molly Ivins and her co-author Lou Dubose, Editor of the Washington Spectator. "But the extent to which Crawford would go to shield the president from all dissent was extreme even by the standards of the Great State."
In Chapter Two of their book, Bill of Wrongs, Ivins and Dubose spin the tall Texas tale of the Crawford Five, who fought for their right to display dissent in the semi-adopted home town of the President of the United States.
"Two years after Bush took office, Crawford's protective bubble for the president was challenged, putting the Constitution to a test before a Texas jury that was a sure bet to pick order over law.'"
Following the May, 2003 arrest of four anti-war protesters and "a long-haired man who had walked down the street from the Crawford 'Peace House,'" the busted activists called upon legal assistance from TCRP Director Jim Harrington and a trial was convened at the Crawford city auditorium.
Read how a civil rights lawyer and five grassroots Texas activists -- "a church secretary, a middle school teacher, an AmeriCorps volunteer, and employee for the nonprofit Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, and a Crawford peace activist'" -- all made history as they fought City Hall and defended our Constitutional Rights to assemble and speak free.
Mitt Romney, do Twinkies have the rights of a person? Shouldn't a Twinkie approach a lawyer for chapter 13 personal bankruptcy and get battered by telephone calls and threats like most persons? Shouldn't a Twinkie get their pay checks garnished to point of starvation until the debt is paid, just like a person who claims bankruptcy? Shouldn't all Twinkie'sassets be assessed and auction on the street?
What is next with you Republicans, jail sentences until the amount is paid? Remember The George Bush Bankruptcy Act?
These claims turned out to be false. After BAPCPA passed, although credit card company losses decreased, prices charged to customers increased, and credit card company profits soared.
Mitt Romney continues to confirm that Corporations have the rights of a person but he fails to tell the whole story that people do not have the rights of a person - just Corporations do
This one-side republican special interest pledge to the 1% will keep Obama squarely in the White House for four more years! This makes Texans happy because he just started to clean up a corrupt Texas Justice Systems with Rick Perry's 4,500 bias appointees some embedded in the supreme court.
No way, they are a corporation not a person! They will get away with murder by claiming a Twinkie Defense! That's how Dan White got off for the assassination of Harvey Milk, a San Francisco City Official - he had one too many Twinkies that made him go into a killing rage?
Twinkies Go Bankrupt
Atlantic Wire By Dino Grandoni | The Atlantic Wire - 20 hrs ago
Sad news, factory-made baked-good lovers: Hostess, the maker of Twinkies, is filing for bankruptcy -- but it isn't so much because Americans don't find Twinkies delicious anymore. The Wall Street Journal tries to parse out the reasons Hostess needs Chapter 11 protection, which it will file for this week. People losing their appetite for Twinkies is only a slight problem -- Twinkie sales have only declined a slight 2 percent while sales of its cupcakes and other baked goods have remained flat. So we still find those suggestively oblong cream-filled cakes delicious.
The George Bush Bankruptcy Act? [Which by George Failed Too}
Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA)citation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B... Main article: Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act
The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, Pub. L. No. 109-8, 119 Stat. 23 (April 20, 2005) ("BAPCPA"), substantially amended the Bankruptcy Code. Many provisions of BAPCPA were forcefully advocated by consumer lenders and were just as forcefully opposed by many consumer advocates, bankruptcy academics, bankruptcy judges, and bankruptcy lawyers. The enactment of BAPCPA followed nearly eight years of debate in Congress. Most of the law's provisions became effective on October 17, 2005.
Memorial Day always makes me think of my dad-Yves "Buster" Melancon. He served for twenty-seven years in the United States Army and went to Vietnam twice. As a Combat Engineer, Dad wasn't directly engaged in the fighting, but he did travel throughout the war zone. I always wonder how my life would have been different if Dad had never come home.
I was lucky. Thousands of sons and daughters lost their parents to the war in Vietnam. Once, when I was an adult, and after he had retired, I asked my dad to tell me about his experiences. He simply said, "all I know is that a lot of good brothers died for no reason," and then he started to cry. I never heard the rest of the story.
Now, I'm a dad and my son-Christopher Yves-Paul Melancon-is joining the United States Army. He plans on being a Combat Engineer. I wish my dad were still alive. He would be proud.
Millions of men and woman-like my dad and my son-have sacrificed themselves to serve and protect you and me. Do we do enough to protect them? Do we do enough to prevent "a lot of good brothers" from dying "for no reason"? I'm convinced our new President understands that he has their lives in his hands.
My oldest son will enter the US Army in June. In all likelihood he will go overseas with thousands of our brave men and women. If captured by the enemy, do I want him water boarded? Do I want his captors to strip him naked, to throw freezing water on him, to slap his face or to slam him repeatedly against a wall?
When I think about torture, I'm reminded of the story told in almost every Roman Catholic Church. Hanging on the walls are the Stations of the Cross. They tell how the Romans tortured and then murdered Jesus.
Who would Jesus torture? No one. Torture is wrong. It clearly violates the Golden Rule: "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets" (Matthew 7:12).
Bush's Brain, Karl Rove is ignoring a Congressional subpoena to testify on the political firings inside the Department of Justice, and has opted to fundraise for embattled Republican's instead. The question the Texas Democratic Party is asking is, "Will vulnerable Republicans welcome tainted money?"
Rove is no stranger to controversy. He was willing to risk the life of a CIA operative by devising a plan to reveal her identity and the person behind many of the White House policies that put raw politics above doing what's best for our country.
The scary thing is Rove is now making history as the first political operative and White House staffer to ignore a Congressional subpoena to go raise money.
"It is time for Karl Rove to stop acting like he is above and beyond the law and put an end to his flagrant violations of the people's trust," said Texas Democratic Party Chairman Boyd Richie. "Until that happens, any candidate trying to raise money at an event featuring Rove should immediately cancel the fundraiser and return any money raised."
In an unprecedented move, Karl Rove blatantly ignored a Congressional subpoena to testify on the political firings at the Department of Justice, forcing the House Judiciary Committee to issue Rove a rarely-used Contempt of Congress citation. Although Rove has been trotting around the country appearing on talk shows, when it came to owning up to the American people, he indefensibly claimed immunity.
"Karl Rove is responsible for a lot of what's gone wrong in Washington and Austin, and the Republicans that welcome his fundraising help are thumbing their noses at Texans who want to change things and restore a government that works for us again," added Richie. "Americans deserve to hear Karl Rove testify under oath and tell the truth, but here he is, defying a subpoena and raising money for Texas Republicans who are offering more of the same old failed and corrupt politics."
We will absolutely keep our eyes on Rove's benefactors. So far we know he is raising money for Big Bland John and Sherrie Matula's opponent John Davis.
Nearly six out of every 10 military families disapprove of Bush's job performance and the way he has run the war, rating him only slightly better than the general population does.
And among those families with soldiers, sailors and Marines who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan, 60% say that the war in Iraq was not worth the cost, the same result as all adults surveyed.
It looks like the American public, regardless of which segment you are looking at, is on the same page of having given up on this President. Yet another warning sign for GWB brand Republicans in Texas...
This editorial cartoon ran in this past Sunday's San Antonio-Express News after President Bush's fundraiser for Junior Senator John Cornyn last Thursday. Rick Noriega's US Senate campaign responded with our own Stamp Out Bush effort with over 1,000 donors answering the call. Thank you to the donors, Democracy for America, John Kerry, Wes Clark, VoteVets.org, Richard Morrison and all those who endorsed the effort. You made a picture with Bush worth 1000 donors.