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Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at UT focusing on digital media. She has previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns. She is active with Austin Young Democrats and is UCONN's #1 fan in Texas.

Greg Abbott Defends Sociopathic Surgeon Over Victims of Botched Spinal Surgeries


by: Katherine Haenschen

Thu Jul 31, 2014 at 06:30 PM CDT

When victims of a sociopathic surgeon sued a hospital over botched surgeries that left patients dead and maimed, they got no help from Greg Abbott.

Instead, Greg Abbott used his AG's office to help the hospital avoid the suits, and was rewarded with a $350,000 donation from the hospital's board chairman.

A piece published in the Dallas Morning News today details Abbott's three interventions on behalf of the Baylor Regional Medical Center in Plano in their attempts to defend Dr. Christopher Duntsch. Duntsch lost his license after multiple accusations of malpractice that left his patients injured, and in some cases irreparably maimed or dead.

More on the shady donation timeline below the jump.

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Texas Congressman Pete Gallego Saves Choking Child on Airplane


by: Katherine Haenschen

Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 04:00 PM CDT


He's not just the only Democratic incumbent in Texas with a tough race this year, he's also a hero.

Democratic Congressman Pete Gallego (TX-23) was flying back to Alpine on Friday night when the child sitting next to him began choking on a chicken nugget.

Gallego was able to clear the child's airway, much to his mother's relief. However, I wouldn't recommend the Heimlich as a method of direct voter contact other than when the situation demands it.

Read the thankful Mom's grateful Tweet to Pete below the jump.

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Over 1,000 Wendy Davis Volunteers Gather For Leadership Summits Across Texas


by: Katherine Haenschen

Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 00:30 PM CDT

This weekend, something big happened.

The Wendy Davis campaign held 11 leadership summits in cities across Texas for more than 1,000 volunteers who have taken a leadership role in organizing for the campaign.

Volunteers gathered in Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, McAllen, Laredo, El Paso, Tyler, Lubbock, Austin and Dallas. They heard from not only Senator Wendy Davis, but also Senator Leticia Van de Putte and local officials such as Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez.

These volunteers are the reason that Wendy Davis has such an impressive voter contact operation, so it is great to see them working together to develop their skills to do even more good work.

Check out some great photos from these events below the jump!

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Greg Abbott Encourages Texans To Talk and Text During Movies. Wendy Davis Gets The Last Laugh.


by: Katherine Haenschen

Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 01:30 PM CDT

If you're an avid filmgoer in Texas, you're probably aware of Alamo Drafthouse founder and owner Tim League's all-out crusade against people who talk and text during films.

So when Greg Abbott released a pre-film ad encouraging people to text in the theater, it's no surprise that the Drafthouse folks fired back.

Proving that she too has a sense of humor, Wendy Davis even chimed in, and got the last laugh.

It's no surprise that Davis and Abbott are on opposite sides of this issue. Texans deserve a governor who doesn't text in movies -- and doesn't encourage others to do so, either!

Catch up on the textroversy below the jump.

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Conservative Estimate: Gay Marriage Would Add $182 Million to Texas Economy


by: Katherine Haenschen

Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 02:00 PM CDT

The Williams Institute released a report that gay marriages in Texas would add $181.6 million dollars to the Texas economy.  Up to 1,500 jobs would be created.

So I guess that's what they mean by the gay agenda!

If marriage equality was legalized, 23,000 Texas couples would marry, and spend an average of more than $6,000 per wedding.

Meanwhile, recent polling has found record levels of support for marriage equality. 48% of Texans support marriage equality, which breaks down along traditional party lines: 72% of Democrats and 57% of independents support it, while only 28% of Republicans agree with it.

Read more about the study and what one State Senator has to say about it below the jump.

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Mo' Money Mo' Councilmembers: July 15th Reports A Helpful Proxy For Legitimacy, Competitiveness


by: Katherine Haenschen

Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 11:30 AM CDT


* Again, Will Wynn is still not on the ballot, which would
have been the best name this year, am I right?

In my last City Council posts on the mayor's race and 10 district races, I promised another update after the July 15th fundraising reports, and suggested that these early numbers would indicate how many of these races are shaping up.

In this early stage, the ability to raise money is a useful proxy for other signs of candidate viability: do people like you and want to help you end up on our City Council, and can you get your act together to file a report in time?

Together, they answer the question of whether a campaign has any infrastructure, in the form of human labor capacity -- the importance of which is hard to overstate. Campaigns take energy -- for example, those ethics reports are tedious to prepare. And on that front, the reports also provide a useful glimpse into who is being paid to do what on whose campaign.

All in all, raising money is only important if you want to be able to talk with voters.

More below the jump, including a list of who raised what, owes what, and spent how much?!

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We're In This Together: Reflections On My Seventh Netroots Nation | #nn14


by: Katherine Haenschen

Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 04:30 PM CDT

A lot has changed for Texas -- and for Burnt Orange Report -- since last year's Netroots Nation.

As you may recall, last year's event took place in San Jose, and wrapped up a few days before Wendy Davis would begin her 13-hour stand that has already changed the electoral trajectory of Texas.

This was actually my seventh Netroots Nation. I missed the first one because I wasn't yet reading DailyKos -- but I saw Joan McCarter on CSPAN's televised portion late one night, checked out the website, and soon started commenting, posting diaries, and eventually blogging about the 2008 primary in Texas, all of which would eventually lead to my joining the Burnt Orange Report staff.

It was this spirit of bringing in new people while strengthening bonds within the existing progressive online community that I was most struck by this weekend.

More below the jump.

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Texas Lieutenant Governor's Race Rated Most Interesting In The Country


by: Katherine Haenschen

Mon Jul 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM CDT


The race for Lieutenant Governor in Texas -- which just happens to be the contest for the most powerful position in state government -- is making headlines.

Governing Magazine rated the Texas race as the most interesting Lite Gov contest in the nation, citing the negative impact of Republican Dan Patrick's Tea Party extremism on functioning government.

The article also cites the credibility of Democratic nominee, Senator Letiticia Van de Putte, and the historic role of the Senate in promoting compromise and consensus -- two words Dan Patrick would have to look up in a dictionary.  

This is a race every Texan needs to care about. Van de Putte out-raised Patrick on the July 15th fundraising report. Moderate Republicans quietly prefer the Democrat. She has the potential to really fire up the Latino electorate in Texas. And, she released the best convention video of all time. All time!

Read what Governing had to say about the race below the jump!

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Is That A Dead Squirrel On His C&E or Did Greg Abbott Get $10K From Donald Trump?


by: Katherine Haenschen

Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 00:00 PM CDT


It's no joke -- Donald Trump donated $10,000 to Greg Abbott's campaign for Governor.

At press time it was unclear if Donald Trump had asked to see Wendy Davis's long-form birth certificate.

Maybe if we're lucky, Ted Nugent and Donald Trump can go on a trip to stump for Abbott. We can call it the "Not Even Thinly-Veiled Racists For Greg Abbott" Tour.

Below the jump, put words in Donald Trump's mouth about why he supports Greg Abbott!

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Congressman Joaquin Castro: Border Crisis "Raises The Question of Who We Consider a Refugee"


by: Katherine Haenschen

Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 00:00 PM CDT


Yesterday, Congressman Joaquin Castro spoke on Meet The Press about the growing humanitarian crisis along the border, making clear that Republican obstruction in Congress is blocking immigration reform.

"It has been folks in Congress, specifically the House of Representatives, who have not moved forward on a bill that would have helped prevent" what we're seeing on the border now, Castro stated.

Despite David Gregory trying his best to blame the crisis at the border on President Obama, Castro ably answered his gotcha questions with clear solutions and a strong message of compassion for these children.

"I think it also raises the question of who we consider to be a refugee in the 21st Century," Castro stated.

Watch the video below the jump.

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