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On Friday, the Texas Democratic Party released footage taken by a Lubbock Democratic Party Volunteer who was harassed by four men who were caught vandalizing Democratic and "Lubbock Supports Obama 2012" signs. This has been a widely reported problem for Obama signs in Lubbock in which racial slurs, graffiti, and other forms of vandalism have been reported of in neighborhoods.
Warning: the video contains inappropriate and racially-charged language.
There has been a great deal of hatred throughout this election, and Republicans have repeatedly refused to address it. We applaud the volunteer for his bravery and the state party for recognizing these issues of hate, while working to promote equality within our communities across Texas.
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(Great to see our Texas Tech student Dems condemning this kind of vile speech! - promoted by Katherine Haenschen)
The Tech Student Democrats condemn the outlandish and fear mongering claims made by Lubbock County Judge Tom Head that the reelection of President Obama would lead to large scale civil unrest, and the President would "send in U.N. troops" to Lubbock County.
His statements are not fitting of a trusted elected official and come on the heel of Republican Congressman Todd Akin's disgusting remarks regarding "legitimate rape". We have even heard similar conspiracy theories on the U.N. from U.S. Senate Republican candidate Ted Cruz. This kind of talk is only meant to scare people and detracts from having productive conversations about our problems and find reasonable possible solutions. It is unfortunate that this seems to have become a pattern and is tolerated in today's Republican Party.
Judge Head has restored to these scare tactics trying to justify a tax increase, instead of engaging the citizens in an honest dialogue. He has lost the trust of the people and his impartiality when he began to spout off extraordinary fantasies. It is due to this Judge Head no longer has the ability to effectively govern.
We stand with the Lubbock County Democratic Party in calling for Judge Tom Head's immediate resignation.
Cross-posted from Blue 19th - but this is just a teaser
What passes for a newspaper in Lubbock is toeing the Republican line on Iraq - so the next time you pick up the AJ, that funny stain on your fingers is the blood of our soldiers.
WE HAVE grown weary of the endless political posturing, criticism and squabbling regarding the U.S. presence in Iraq. We are about a month away from Gen. David Petraeus' progress report to Congress about Iraq, and it would be nice if the critics could take a break until we hear the analysis from the military expert.
I, personally, have grown weary of partisan hacks pretending like a couple of weeks is going to somehow make a vast difference in what is going on in Iraq.
The only ones who can't see the facts are the editorial board at the AJ - who apparently have their heads firmly planted inside of the Bush Noise Machine. Unfortunately, their job is to inform the public, not to misinform them. So not only are they refusing to do their job, they are also being complicit in the deaths of our brave men and women in uniform.
That's unforgiveable for a politician (are you listening, Randy Neugebauer?). But it is completely indefensible for a newspaper.
Lubbock County Commissioners have seen their pay increase by $2000 in the last six years - more than $300 a year. But Blue 19th tells us that the Republican Commissioners don't consider that to be either "significant" or "enough". Already getting about 76% above the median county income for a family, the Lubbock GOP is rewarding themselves with a 13% pay raise.
At least one West Texas county won't be getting the savings on property taxes claimed by Rick Perry (of course, some of us believe NO county - West Texas or otherwise - will see the savings he promised). Lubbock County's anti-tax Republicans are finding out that there really is a limit to how much you can do with a small amount of funds.