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Username: Joe Deshotel
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Joe has worked in politics for over 10 year with representatives of Congress, the Texas legislature, Jefferson Co. and the City of Austin. His focus on social media has earned him several panel appearances regarding its use in politics.

I Attended Upworthy's Training At This Year's Netroots Nation, You Won't Believe What Happened Next

by: Joe Deshotel

Mon Jul 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM CDT

A few thousand progressive bloggers, journalists, activists and politicos gathered in Detroit, Michigan over the weekend for this year's Netroots Nation. The annual conference is host to trainings and panels on how to increase your web presence, become a better organizer and has become the go to event for progressives across the U.S. to network and share best practices.

Given how the right has painted Detroit as a referendum on Obama I thought it was apropos that we take our own look and get a different view of the city, or at least more complete one.

See what we saw below the jump...

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Left In Texas Podcast Covers Week In Texas Political & Culture News

by: Joe Deshotel

Sun Jul 20, 2014 at 09:30 PM CDT

Left In Texas is a weekly podcast that covers the latest news in Texas politics and culture.

For the week of July 14th, co-host Imad Khan, special guest Lola Bakare of the Daily Dot and myself discuss Netroots in Detroit, the continued situation with the Central American minors at the Texas border, Rick Perry's surge in GOP polls, Wendy Davis' fundraising efforts, the invasion of Palestine, and the best way to fight off internet trolls.

It's our longest episode yet, but totally worth it!

Check it out at on twitter at @LeftinTexas and we hope you will like, share, subscribe and give us feedback on the show.

Listen below the jump!

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Open Carry Texas Reschedules Walk On Houston's Mostly Black 5th Ward To Fight "Racist" Gun Laws

by: Joe Deshotel

Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 01:17 PM CDT

Open Carry Texas turns 1 year old today and it looks like the gun rally they planned in Houston's predominantly Black 5th Ward I reported on last month is back on for August 16th. After a month of criticism over racial insensitivity they have recruited an African American, and follower of Louis Farrakhan, named Maurice Muhammad as a special guest.

C.J. Grisham, OCT's founder, says open carry is a "universal right" and believes the media has been unfair in characterizing the organization as white male "rednecks." He says this description is a disservice to their minority members. Having seen many pictures and videos of OCT events I can attest that the group is predominantly white and male but does have minority members.

See what Grisham told Muhammad in a radio interview below the jump...

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Open Carry Gun Advocates Claims "Win For Freedom" After Judge Ruled Against Arlington Ordinance

by: Joe Deshotel

Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 09:00 AM CDT

Open Carry Tarrant County is claiming a "win for freedom" after a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction Monday stating that an Arlington city council ordinance violated their First Amendment rights to hand out flyers to motorists at busy intersections.

The council argued that the ordinance, which dates back to 1994, was a matter of public safety but the gun advocates claim they were being unfairly targeted. OC TC pointed to "fire-fighting fundraising" events and other charitable efforts that took place along the same corridors without enforcement as evidence.

More below the jump...

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Rick Perry Signed Reduced Budget On DPS Border Security, Wants GOP To Kill Bill Addressing Crisis

by: Joe Deshotel

Sun Jul 13, 2014 at 04:06 PM CDT

Perry's biggest "oops" moment may not be that he couldn't remember the 3rd federal agency he'd like to nix as president, but that he signed a budget in 2013 that reduced the amount of state money allocated for border security to the DPS.

Today Rick Perry made the rounds on national TV to berate the White House over its handling of the border situation, but he also told Britt Hume of Fox News that he does not support Congress appropriating the $3.7 billion that President Obama has suggested to address the problem.

More on Perry's current budget cuts to border security below the jump...

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Rick Perry Blames President Obama for Refugee Crisis, But GOP House Won't Pass Immigration Reform

by: Joe Deshotel

Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 04:57 PM CDT

As the GOP's anti-immigration fervor reaches a fever pitch they are making even Glenn Beck seem like a candidate for the Humanitarian of the Year award.

Governor Perry has now called for the federal government to immediately deport all unaccompanied minors while also demanding that aid to their home countries be cut off until they stop appearing at the US border.

Beck told The Blaze of his plans to bring soccer balls, teddy bears and water to the border, "I've never taken a position more deadly to my career than this - and I have never, ever taken a position that is more right than this." It is enough to make you wonder where all the supposed pro-life politicians in GOP have gone.

The harsh rhetoric coming from the Texas GOP Congressional delegation might explain why Beck fears for his career -- see what they're saying below the jump...

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See What Happens When A Citizen Takes Greg Abbott's Advice to "Just Drive Around"

by: Joe Deshotel

Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 04:30 PM CDT

When Attorney General Greg Abbott ruled that citizens could not rely on their state government to inform them when harmful chemicals were in their neighborhood, the Dallas Morning News editorial board said he "stepped in it," and the Lubbock daily said he should reverse his decision.

Abbott told citizens to "just drive around" to look for harmful chemicals that could be near their homes or schools, but after news reports showed it wasn't so easy, the Lone Star Project produced its own video of just what happens when you question a business that may be stashing potentially harmful materials.

See the video below the jump...

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Yes June Was White History Month And So Is July

by: Joe Deshotel

Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 04:00 PM CDT

It's a cruel fact that as America becomes a more tolerant and diverse place it becomes easier for the aggressively ignorant among us to make a name for themselves.

That's what appears to have happened when "Timeless Classic," a rural classic car dealer on Highway 71 in Texas proclaimed June to be "White History Month."

That's all I can think when I see a sign that says something so obvious.

There was a time when White Europeans were in the dark ages while other civilizations flourished, but when it comes to the United States the history we are taught is of European colonization and specifically from that perspective.

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Open Carry Gun Movement Parodied With Open Carry Guitar Rally

by: Joe Deshotel

Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 02:00 PM CDT

photo: David Worthington
A group of North Texas musicians chose Independence Day to parody the Open Carry gun movement by holding an Open Carry Guitar Rally. The theme was "Don't Shred On Me," and led by musician Barry Kooda, supporters, marched and conducted impromptu jam sessions.

Kooda said the rally was in jest, but the idea took off far beyond his expectations, and because of its success the event could even morph into an annual event.

See What Kooda said about Open Carry Texas and how the group responded...

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The Filibuster Anniversary Celebration

by: Joe Deshotel

Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 00:00 PM CDT

The Filibuster Anniversary Celebration marked one year after the historic stand by Senator Wendy Davis that propelled her into her current role as candidate for Texas Governor.

It wasn't a fundraiser so much as a hellraiser. The unruly mob re-gathered to hear the stars of that night recount the experience one by one in front of another capacity crowd. This time the venue was the Palmer Event Center, not the Senate Gallery, and the 1,500 in attendance was 3 times what shouted down the bill that night.

It was a chance to add some context to the chaos and give credit to those just outside the limelight who helped make it all possible.

More below the jump...


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