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West Austin Democrats' November endorsements

by: LSadun

Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 10:33 PM CDT

Here are the West Austin Democrats' non-partisan endorsements in the November elections.  Of course we endorse all of the Democrats in partisan races, from President to Constable!

ACC Board Place 7:  Brig Mireles

ACC Board Place 8:  Betty Hwang

ACC Board Place 9: Allen Kaplan

AISD Board District 5: Amber Elenz

AISD Board at large Place 8:  Gina Hinojosa

We do not endorse in races that we are not eligible to vote in, such as AISD Districts 2 and 3.

Health Care District Proposition 1: (Tax increase)  YES

City of Austin propositions:

1. Moving city elections to November -- no endorsement.
2. Moving to November with 4-year Council terms -- NO
3. 10-1 single member districts -- NO
4. 8-2-1 single member districts -- no endorsement
5. Council and appointees manage own staff -- YES
6. Council appoints city attorney -- YES
7. Reduce signatures needed for initiatives -- no endorsement
8. Council members can fundraise after an election -- YES
9. Allow city to lease parkland to schools -- YES
10. Civil service for most city employees -- YES
11. Civil service for EMS -- YES

YES on all of the City of Austin bonds (Propositions 12-18).

A majority supported Propositions 4 and 7 and a majority opposed Proposition 1, but in each case the majority fell one vote short of the 60% needed for a club endorsement.

Lorenzo Sadun
President, West Austin Democrats

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West Austin Democrats endorsements

by: LSadun

Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 11:16 AM CST

West Austin Democrats held our endorsement meeting on Wednesday night, considering only those contested races that West Austin residents get to vote on.  We don't get involved in fights outside our area, like the various Constable races.

Our endorsements are:

U.S. Senate:  Paul Sadler (63)
Travis County District Attorney: Rosemary Lehmberg (54)
Travis County Sheriff: Greg Hamilton (51)
Tax Assessor-Collector: Bruce Elfant (65)
167th District Judge: Efrain de la Fuente (33) and David Wahlberg (32).

The numbers after each candidate are the number of votes received out of the 67 votes cast. We give endorsements to candidates who get 60% of the vote (in this case, 41 votes), or to two candidates who get 40% (27) or more in multi-candidate races.

The district judge dual endorsement appears to be moot, with Bryan Case switching to the 3rd Court of Appeals race. But hey, both remaining candidates can still claim the endorsement.  

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I Am Withdawing from the SBOE10 Race

by: LSadun

Tue Dec 08, 2009 at 09:38 AM CST

Dear friends,

I have decided not to file as a candidate for State Board of Education. The only office that I will be seeking this year is Democratic Precinct Chair in Travis County Precinct 214.

In part, this decision is for personal reasons, recognizing the strain that the campaign is placing on my work and on my family. A bigger factor, however, is my primary opponent, Dr. Judy Jennings. As I have come to know Judy better and better on the campaign trail, I have come to respect and admire her commitment to quality public education, her understanding of educational issues, and her discipline and determination. I have also watched her grow as a candidate. There is a learning curve to being a candidate, and Judy picks things up very quickly. Much as I would like to serve on the SBOE, I cannot allow my own ambition to stand in the way of Judy's bringing necessary change to a dysfunctional board.

I am very grateful for the encouragement and support that people have given me, and hope that you will work just as hard to elect Judy. I will be returning the unspent portion of all campaign contributions to date, and encourage everybody to redirect that refund to Judy.

Democratically yours,

Lorenzo Sadun  

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Lorenzo Sadun Launches Campaign for SBOE 10

by: LSadun

Thu Jun 18, 2009 at 10:35 AM CDT

(Sadun is one of 3 Democratic candidates known to be looking at this race, and one of two who is an active participant in the Burnt Orange Report community here.   - promoted by Karl-Thomas Musselman)

I am happy to formally announce my candidacy for the State Board of Education, and to announce it first on Burnt Orange. Although the district is Republican-leaning, I am convinced that a well-organized Democratic campaign can win. Please join me.

The press release is below the fold.

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Science Standards and the State Board of Education

by: LSadun

Tue Jan 13, 2009 at 11:01 PM CST

( - promoted by Karl-Thomas Musselman)

The State Board of Education is about to take up science standards again at their January 21-23 meeting. As usual, the hot issue is the treatment of evolution in the biology standards.

There will be four hours of public testimony on Wednesday morning (1/21) from 8-12. To testify, you must phone the TEA at 512-463-9007 Friday, Jan 16.  (Normally you can sign up on the Friday or Monday before the meeting, but Monday is a holiday). Do so as early in the day as possible, as they'll probably do things first-come-first-served.

The Texas Freedom Network is asking supporters of science to wear green shirts on Wednesday. (No, I don't know why.)

Below the fold is some history, and my own attempt at written testimony. (I have to teach that morning and can't testify in person.) Use it as a source of talking points, and enter your own talking points in the comments.  

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The Intensity Gap in Travis County

by: LSadun

Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 07:16 PM CST

(This is hilarious. And people wonder why we don't fear the Republican Party in this town. - promoted by Karl-Thomas Musselman)

You've seen how excited and organized we Democrats are this year. Did you ever wonder what the local Republicans are up to?

In Austin the answer is: not much. While blockwalking for Larry Joe Doherty this morning, I noticed that a neighbor had his McCain sign stolen, and I thought it would be a nice gesture to replace it for him. I stopped at the Travis County Republican Party office today while doing errands in the area. The office was only open from 2-4:30 PM.  (Click here for a full schedule) When I got there at 4:15, the office was staffed by two women who weren't doing a whole lot, but who were very friendly and gave me their very last McCain/Palin sign, which I delivered to a thankful neighbor an hour later.

So much for the GOP ground game. Two women working for two hours, two days before the election.

The job that our Democratic volunteers have done, and the job we'll keep doing for another 50 hours, are wining us some races where, by all rights, we shouldn't even be competitive. GET OUT THE FRICKIN' VOTE!!!

Lorenzo Sadun

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How big is Clinton's big state advantage?

by: LSadun

Mon Feb 25, 2008 at 01:50 PM CST

The Clinton campaign's mantra is that she has won all the big states except Illinois, and that's what counts the most. That's a fairly shaky claim.

There are seven very big states with 20+ electoral votes:

1) California (55): Clinton won by 9
2) Texas (34): March 4 primary
3) New York (31): Clinton won by 17
4) Florida (27): Clinton won unsanctioned primary by 17. (I'll let you argue whether that counts or not, but the demographics for a redo would probably favor Clinton anyway)
5 tie) Illinois (21): Obama won by 32.
5 tie) Pennsylvania (21): April 22 primary.
7) Ohio (20): March 4 primary.

In other words, of the 7 giant states, Clinton won two (or 3 if you count Florida) by healthy margins, and Obama won one by a huge margin. Even if you throw out the home states of New York and Illinois, the score is only 1-0 or 2-0.

There are four big states with 15-19 electoral votes:

8) Michigan (17): Clinton got 55% of the vote in an unsanctioned primary with Obama and Edwards not on the ballot. In a redo, the demographics would probably favor Obama.
9 tie) Georgia (15) Obama by 35
9 tie) New Jersey (15) Clinton by 10
9 tie) North Carolina (May 6 primary)

There are 10 states with 10-14 electoral votes:

12) Virginia (13) Obama by 29
13) Massachusetts (12) Clinton by 15.
14 tie) Missouri (11) Obama by 1
14 tie) Tennessee (11) Clinton by 13
14 tie) Washington (11) Obama by 37 (caucus)
14 tie) Indiana (11) May 6 primary
18 tie) Maryland (10) Obama by 23
18 tie) Arizona (10) Clinton by 9
18 tie) Wisconsin (10) Obama by 17
18 tie) Minnesota (10) Obama by 34 (caucus)

Clinton's supposed dominance in big states really boils down to one or two things: She won California, and some would say Florida. Those are important shows of strength, but Clinton's other signature wins are more than matched by Obama's. New Jersey is no bigger than Georgia, Massachusetts is smaller than Virginia, and in both cases Clinton's margins were a lot smaller than Obama's.

The bottom line is that Clinton has done a little better than Obama in the biggest states, getting 3% more of the vote in California, New York and Illinois combined. Obama has done better than Clinton in the states with 10-20 electoral votes, and it's been an Obama rout in the small states.  

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Eloquence in CD10 race

by: LSadun

Mon Jan 21, 2008 at 11:37 PM CST

Many moons ago, I wrote that both Larry Joe Doherty and Dan Grant had promise, but that neither had found his voice, and both had a lot to learn. They've learned it. At a Grant house party this weekend, and at the NxNW Dems endorsement meeting tonight, I heard both men state their cases, and was very impressed.  

Their styles are totally different. Doherty exudes a folksy charm and blasts the Republicans with one-liners that Ann Richards and Molly Ivins would have loved.  Grant mixes policy-wonk details with youthful earnestness and self-deprecating humor to make his points.  Both display passion for public service and the knowledge to back it up.  

As most of you know, I'm backing Grant, but tonight I only had two words for Larry Joe Doherty's pitch: "well said".  

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Sadun Endorses Dan Grant for Congress, TX-10

by: LSadun

Wed Dec 05, 2007 at 10:27 AM CST

I am happy to endorse Dan Grant for Congress in the 10th District of Texas. Dan's experience makes him supremely qualified to be a Congressman in a time of war, and his temperament will make him a tremendous Representative in peacetime.  

The biggest challenge we face is the war in Iraq. Dan's 18 months under fire in Iraq, helping the Iraqis manage their elections, give him a unique perspective on what can and can't be done. For the last 3 years, Michael McCaul has blindly supported every blunder that the Bush administration has made in Iraq. Dan Grant can see through the lies, and he isn't afraid to speak the truth. In an election with the Iraq war as the central issue, there is no stronger candidate than Dan Grant.  

Serving in Congress means more than just voting against the war. A true Representative listens to his district, does his homework, and acts to help his constituents. Unlike Michael McCaul, whose constituent service is nonexistent, Dan Grant learned constituent service as an aide to the master, Jake Pickle. He is humble enough to learn what he doesn't already know, and he is committed to using his position to help real people with real problems.

Any Democrat would be a huge improvement on Michael McCaul, but Dan Grant isn't just "any Democrat". His Texas roots and Texas-sized heart, coupled with a world of experience, make him uniquely qualified.  

Lorenzo Sadun
(former) Democrat for Congress, TX-10
(always) Democrat for Texas

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