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Tea Party Candidate for SD25 Would Deny Healthcare Funds for Elderly Texans


by: JCourage

Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 09:11 AM CDT

  In the 2011 the Texas Legislature cut the States healthcare budget by $4 billion dollars and created turmoil.  Healthcare services for the elderly are severely under-funded. Rehabilitation centers, nursing homes and home healthcare providers have made deep cuts in the critical services they provide for tens of thousands of elderly Texans; elderly recovering from injuries; elderly in long-term care facilities and elderly confined to their homes or living with their adult children.  The legislature’s Leadership claimed they made the cuts to avert a crisis.

 

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Could Campbell Pass 7th Grade Social Studies?


by: JCourage

Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 09:06 AM CDT

 

We need to eliminate the expensive high stakes testing from Texas schools. Our children will be better prepared for the jobs of tomorrow if we redirect misspent millions back into classroom resources and educational opportunities. However, there is one group of Texans who should prove they can score 100% on the 7th Grade End of Course exam in Social Studies; that would be candidates for elected office, especially those running for the State Legislature.

According to current standards for Social Studies fourth grade students should “Identify and explain the basic functions of the three branches of government according to the Texas Constitution”. Seventh grade students must “describe the structure and functions of… state government[s] and…describe the structure and functions of government at municipal, county, and state levels”. High School Students are required to “analyze the structure and functions of the legislative branch of government, including the bicameral structure of Congress, the role of committees, and the procedure for enacting laws.” When I went to school, my teachers taught, and I learned, this material even though these standards were not the law of the land. I wonder if some candidates for the Legislature could even pass the test, much less ace it.

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On Education, Courage Offers Specifics; Campbell only Talking Points


by: JCourage

Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 08:09 AM CDT

In a recent interview with the Express-News, my opponent Donna Campbell made some hollow claims that I offer no specifics for improving Texas Education. The specifics of my plan are readily available. One need only visit my Web site: CourageForTexasSenate.org to see my comprehensive 'Common Sense' solutions on all issues including education.

Hear Johns Radio Message 

Yes, I want to restore the $5.4 billion funding cuts made to Education in the last legislative session and I believe we should use the Rainy Day Fund to accomplish that goal. And, since per-child spending has not kept pace with inflation over the past 20 years, we do need to increase spending. 

 

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"I have not yet begun to fight"


by: JCourage

Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 05:42 PM CDT

(Great to hear from John Courage, the Democratic candidate in SD-25 and last chance to stop Dr. Donna Campbell from taking a seat in the State Senate. - promoted by Katherine Haenschen)

Only a few days after her Republican Primary runoff victory Donna Campbell is being touted as "as good as being elected" to take the Senate seat representing the voters of District 25. Before one general election vote is cast, before a discussion is held, before a comparison is made, before the 500,000 other registered voters in the 25th Senatorial District even have an opportunity to consider who to vote for, the San Antonio and Austin media is ready to anoint MS. Campbell, a virtual unknown, as our Senator. Our vote and our voice and our concerns are insignificant, because the Tea Party has chosen its Senator and the rest of us don't matter a lick.

Well I for one have something to say about that. In the words of the great American Patriot John Paul Jones, "I have not yet begun to fight".

I want the other half million voters in this district who do not belong to the Tea Party to have a say in this election.  They too have a right to be represented in Austin. They deserve a Senator who will represent their concerns; a Senator who will represent all Texans.  District 25 residents deserve a Senator who will represent all of us regardless of whether we lean left, right or straight down the middle.  We do not need a person who will only represent the extreme ideology of a vocal minority.

I have lived, worked, raised a family, volunteered, served, worshiped, spoken out, celebrated and buried friends and family in San Antonio and Bexar County for over 40 years. I have worked, and played, and educated myself, and my children, from Austin to San Antonio, and everywhere in between in the district.

I intend to campaign until the last hour of Election Day November 6th. I want to listen to the voters of our district and hear their concerns. I want to inform and educate them about my candidacy and what I will do to represent them in Austin. I will knock on doors, call on the phone, speak publicly and privately to every voter of any persuasion who is willing to listen or talk with me, about the real issues that confront our district.  Texas faces challenges in dealing with our moral obligations to provide an excellent education to our children, water for ourselves and future generations, and health care for all citizens, as well as transportation and energy for a 21st century economy. I will fight for common sense solutions for these challenges when I go to the Texas Senate.

With the voters approval I intend to win this race. I want to serve in the Texas Senate for every individual, for every family, for business big and small, and for a brighter and more prosperous future for all residents of District 25.

Respectfully Yours,
John Courage,Democratic nominee
Texas Senate District 25

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Does Congress Need Courage?


by: JCourage

Tue Nov 22, 2011 at 11:57 AM CST

(If you have thoughts on whether John Courage should run against Lamar Smith please let him know by responding to his one question survey in the post. John has previously challenged Smith in 2002 and 2006 under three different sets of redistricted lines. - promoted by Karl-Thomas Musselman)

I'm sure most of you, like me, are fed up with Congress and the stalemate going on there. Money is the big 300 pound gorilla on the backs of just about every member.

Sure the Republicans pledged no new taxes to Norquist. Why wouldn't they break their pledge? Not because of any idealism about being real conservatives, but more about the realism of the money they would lose. They know Norquist and the deep pocket backers of his and the other groups that are aligned with the Conservative/Tea Party'ers would cut off their life blood for reelection campaign funding, or run someone against them.

Many Democrats aren't much better they cow tow to many Wall Street and other Special Interest groups when they serve on committees and water down legislation or behind closed doors in the Democratic caucus and refuse to back the Presidents plans and don't show any backbone.

It's all about the money and getting reelected and not about what is best for 'We The People'!

That's why I am seriously considering making another run for Congress in the 21st Congressional District. I would like you to seriously consider my candidacy and let me know if you really think I should run again or should I step aside and see if anyone else steps up to the plate. Please complete the survey attached.

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John Courage supports Frances Carnot for State Rep. District 122


by: JCourage

Sat Jun 14, 2008 at 10:49 AM CDT

Friends and Fellow Democrats,

Frances Carnot needs our support and our help in her bid to unseat Frank Corte in State Rep. District. 122. Frances is a smart, articulate, and committed women dedicated to ridding the Texas Legislature of the useless menace of Frank Corte.

If you are a women, then Frank Corte is your public enemy number 1. He has singlehandedly done more to undermine women’s healthcare and women’s rights in the Texas Legislature over the last ten years than any other legislator in Austin.

If you are a parent of a public school student, he has consistently undermined public education and supported redirecting public education funding to private and religious institutions.

If you are paying high insurance fees, that is because Frank Corte is a ‘Best Friend’ of the insurance lobby!

If you are out of work or under employed and need extra help with providing healthcare for your family, don’t look to Frank Corte for that help, as he has turned a cold shoulder to the senior citizens and children of Texas when it comes to providing adequate healthcare in Texas. He is one of the reasons Texas is last in the nation for providing healthcare for our children.

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Public Financing Resolution at your precinct convention


by: JCourage

Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 10:42 PM CST

( - promoted by Phillip Martin)

Clean Elections Texas, a collaborative effort of several statewide and national organizations is launching an effort to bring the issue of Publicly Financed Elections before the Texas State Democratic Party Convention by initiating the presentation of Clean Election resolutions at the precinct convention level statewide in the upcoming March 4th Democratic Primary.

The effort to place this item on the Democratic Primary ballot as a question Democrats around the state could have expressed their preference on was stymied at the SDEC January meeting, so the proponents are going to work with local Democratic Parties and Clubs and other progressive organizations to bring the issue before the Party through the primary precinct convention system.

This is a very significant issue at this time. Possibly the most significant issue facing Texas voters and voters across this country today. No other issue such as Universal Healthcare, social justic issues, environmental justice issues, ending the war in Iraq or protecting american jobs and economic equality will ever get a fair shot as long as Big Money, special interests, private interests and corporate America control the campaign purse strings of elected officials from Austin to Washington.
Publicly Financed Elections is a proven program for putting the electoral process and conversely the legislative process back into the hands of the voters and citizens.

For a copy of the petition go to the TCAN websit through this link: http://www.truecourageaction.net

John Courage

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"The Elephant in the Room"*


by: JCourage

Wed May 02, 2007 at 01:46 PM CDT

(Rumor has it that the Senate will hear HB 218 as soon as tomorrow. - promoted by Matt Glazer)

*quote from Rep. Dunnam on the House floor during the Tuesday debate on Voter ID

The underlying motivation behind the Voter ID Bills, HB 218 and HB 626, is to intimidate minority and elderly voters who typically vote differently from the way the sponsors of these bills want them to. If you have been following our website and watching and listening to the debate, and if you have been reading the editorials in papers all over Texas, you understand that this is a "solution in search of a problem." These bills are targeted toward voters of a certain kind.

I believe the authors and movers of this bill have an agenda to stay in power and maintain contol of our state and national government, and this intimidation is one of their tools.

I do not intend to imply that everyone who thinks these bills sound reasonable or thinks we should make sure only citizens vote are racists or classists. But the forces behind this legislation (which is also being promoted in other states) certainly do feel that way.

Let me say this one more time as clearly as possible.

There is no mass voter fraud problem in Texas. There are no cases of voter impersonation that have been claimed or proven. There is no effort to steal the elections in Texas by getting people who aren’t citizens or who aren’t eligible to cast votes for anyone! There are already laws in Texas that require a voter to show an ID when they vote in Texas. These laws are working! We do not have any such problem!

But there is voter intimidation in Texas, and there have been situations where people have been turned away from the polls or have been forced to vote with a provisional ballot (of which 20% or fewer are counted). Texas has been and continues to remain subject to the Voting Rights Act because of our history of voter intimidation and voting rights abuses.

Maybe that is why Texas is second in population but only fifth in the number of voters who do vote.

Creating barriers to voting, no matter how well they are disguised, is still the wrong direction for us to take in Texas.

Knowing the insidious nature of this bill, I hope, will change your view if you have been supporting it. If not, so be it. As I said at the top, reasonable people can disagree. We at TCAN will continue to call ’em as we see ’em and work to protect Texans from an anti-democratic agenda and will champion reform where needed to ensure the ethical, electoral, and democratic process that is guaranteed to all of us under the Constitutions of the United States and Texas.

Sincerely,
John Courage, Chair
True Courage Action Network

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Thanks to You, Another Victory for Team Courage


by: JCourage

Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 11:10 AM CST

(You have voted 4 times on-line, have you voted yet in real life? - promoted by Matt Glazer)

On behalf of Team Courage, and from the bottom of my own heart, I want to say THANK YOU to the blogosphere, the Netroots, and all of the voters who helped me win another online victory yesterday. At 7:01 p.m. EST, we learned that we were one of the three winners in John Kerry's PAC's "3 at the Buzzer" poll. Along with my fine Democratic colleagues, Senate candidate Jim Webb and congressional candidate Dan Seals, we are honored to have garnered the most online votes in the field of 17 Netroots candidates, terrific challengers all.

The prize is to be featured in Sen. Kerry's final fundraising email of this election season. With more than 3 million email recipients in his list, Sen. Kerry can give us a major boost at this critical point in the campaign.

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At times like these, Congress needs Courage!


by: JCourage

Wed Aug 23, 2006 at 07:49 PM CDT

I've read the recent posts and comments about the 21st Congressional District race, and I want to thank those who have continued to support my campaign and assure you that reports of my recent demise are greatly exaggerated.

Certainly the latest redistricting changed the makeup of CD 21. This is great for Austin, giving a favorite son and one of my favorite congressmen, Lloyd Doggett, a well-deserved strong base in Travis. But it is also good for a lot of people in the newly added areas of District 21, because they will now have an opportunity to elect a congressional representative with honesty, integrity, and the courage to stand up for them. 

Even though the statistics may indicate a five-point swing in the voting pattern, that means less in today's volatile political landscape.
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