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Username: PDiddie
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Created: Mon Jan 30, 2006 at 04:33 AM CST
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Agitator, activist, blogger, one-time hack

Former Rep. Suzanna Hupp Calls On Libertarian Candidates to Drop Out


by: PDiddie

Sun Aug 03, 2008 at 05:39 PM CDT

(It isn't the Libertarians' fault, it's the fault of a failed Republican Party platform.   - promoted by Karl-Thomas Musselman)

Smells like Republican desperation:

Austin American-Statesman: A former Republican state representative called three Libertarian Party candidates for the state House on Friday to request that they drop out of their races rather than take votes from their Republican opponents.

Suzanna Hupp, who represented District 54 in Central Texas for 10 years, said she made the calls Friday because of concerns that the Libertarian candidates would take Republican votes and ultimately give Democrats control over state and national seats.

"The fact is, we've got redistricting coming up in a few years," said Hupp, from Lampasas, who served in the House from 1997 to 2007, "and if the Republicans lose the (Texas) House of Representatives because there are a handful of people mad at them and vote for the Libertarians instead, then we could be in big trouble at the federal level."

One day later, though, she could only recall two of the three districts (HD-64, incumbent Crownover, and HD-9, incumbent Christian) where she made calls to the Lib candidates asking them to quit.

Total lack of recall strikes again.  Hilarious.  

Discuss :: (7 Comments)

Photos from Today's State Democratic Executive Committee Meeting


by: PDiddie

Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 11:12 PM CDT

( - promoted by Karl-Thomas Musselman)

 

More here. 

Discuss :: (2 Comments)

Attention SDEC candidates


by: PDiddie

Wed May 28, 2008 at 10:32 AM CDT

(This effort had gone quiet so long I didn't know if it was still active. Clearly, it is. Interesting. - promoted by Karl-Thomas Musselman)

... as well as candidates for state party office (including DNC):

Proceed to the Campaign for Change website ...

http://www.followtxdemocrats.org/

and complete the questionnaire there for endorsement purposes.  If you have a photo suitable for the Web and a short bio, upload it as a part of the survey and we'll include it in your endorsement.  When the Campaign for Change endorses you we will also post your information on the website, which you may download, print, e-mail or otherwise use to advance your candidacy and campaign.

The sooner you submit the questionnaire, the sooner we can endorse you, and the sooner we can help you publicize and win your race!

Individuals selected for endorsement will be given an opportunity to speak at the Progressive Populist Caucus on Friday June 6, from 10:30 until noon, Level 3, Rm. 9, A-B-C.

C for C endorsed candidates include:

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TX exit poll: Clinton 41, Obama 38


by: PDiddie

Thu Feb 28, 2008 at 00:10 PM CST

Other 17% (presumably Edwards, Dodd, Richardson, and other presidential candidates who have suspended campaigns but remain on the Texas ballot) and Undecided 4%.
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Texas Progressive Populists Caucus annual meeting, Austin 2/23


by: PDiddie

Tue Feb 19, 2008 at 10:51 AM CST

Please join us for the Progressive Populist Caucus' Annual Meeting 2008: "Texas In Play" with James Galbraith  

Keynote Speaker James K. GALBRAITH is the author of Unbearable Cost: Bush, Greenspan and the Economics of Empire.

Professor Galbraith holds the Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas. He serves as a policy advisor to the OBAMA campaign, having previously served in that capacity for the EDWARDS campaign.

When:  Saturday, February 23rd from 12-3pm

Where:  Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center    
808 Nile Street
Austin, TX, 78702
Map to Location

Phone: 512-478-7695

All Democrats Welcome (Caucus Membership/Renewal Solicited)

We hope to see you there!  

Discuss :: (3 Comments)

A hangman's noose in the boss' office


by: PDiddie

Sat Oct 13, 2007 at 10:01 AM CDT

A supervisor with CPS Energy (San Antonio public utility) displays a hangman's noose over two separated bibles -- a symbol of white supremacy -- in his cubicle at the downtown office.  Photo here.  Management has not responded to numerous complaints about it.
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Kronberg: "A Hispanic with charisma (and money) will transform Texas politics"


by: PDiddie

Wed Jun 20, 2007 at 10:12 AM CDT

( - promoted by Matt Glazer)

Last week I attended a town hall forum with the editor of Quorum Report, Harvey Kronberg, sponsored by my previous state representative and my current one.  Truth to tell, I went mostly to see and hear them.  I respect what Kronberg does, I just think there are a few of us New Media types -- such as Charles and Vince -- who do what he does better and without the annoying $300 subscription.

Let me first say that I left with a tremendously increased respect for Kronberg, who after 18 years of following the Lege is probably better connected than anyone.  Better than Burka, better than Selby, better than Radcliffe.  What I never really got from him before is the insights from all of that history.  Most of you know I'm a history buff; "lessons/doomed to repeat" and all that.

In an evening filled with one cogent analysis after another -- at one point I saw even Rep. Cohen taking notes -- the one that kept my ears ringing a week later is the one in the headline.  But I'll come back to it in a moment.

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UT fires director of financial aid


by: PDiddie

Mon May 14, 2007 at 07:40 PM CDT

NYT has the news.  I find some of these revelations extraordinary:

The University of Texas announced today that it had fired the director of financial aid at its Austin campus for improper conduct, saying that he had more ties to a student loan company than were previously known and had begun recommending the lender to students a few months after he purchased stock in its parent company.

The university announced the dismissal of the director, Lawrence W. Burt, who had been on paid leave since April, as it released a 33-page report with more than 100 pages of exhibits prepared by its general counsel. The report provides the most detailed public documentation yet of how lenders sought favor inside a university, and of how one financial aid office responded.

The report described a university financial aid office that was oblivious to conflicts of interest but that kept meticulous track of “lender treats” like ice cream, happy hours and birthday cakes that apparently were considered in deciding whether to put loan companies on lists recommended to students.

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Progressive organizations host Dennis Kucinich in San Antonio


by: PDiddie

Mon Mar 05, 2007 at 10:28 AM CST

Progressive Alliance Conference of Texas
Saturday, March 10, 2007
The Toolyard
4500 Wurzbach Parkway
San Antonio, Texas
There's More... :: (5 Comments, 183 words in story)

Top down, or bottom up?


by: PDiddie

Wed Jan 17, 2007 at 05:22 PM CST

(For community discussion. - promoted by Burnt Orange Report)

The following is a letter from David Van Os to one of his core supporters following last week's SDEC meeting, where the existence of a campaign/GOTV budget of $400,000 for the 2006 cycle was discussed by finance chair Dennis Speight, prompting questions from several SDEC members.

I asked DVO for permission to reprint it here. I removed only the name of the party to whom it was addressed in order to preserve that person's confidentiality.

I would be interested in BORers' thoughts regarding the ideas advanced here.

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