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Texans Unite Against TransCanada's Tar Sands Pipeline

by: Texas Sierra Club

Wed Sep 28, 2011 at 07:23 AM CDT

(This is a huge event today, and an important opportunity to protect Texas water and lands.   - promoted by Katherine Haenschen)

PhotobucketWhen was the last time you saw Jim Hightower and Debra Medina together at the same rally?

Today a broad coalition of local officials, property rights activists, religious leaders, and environmentalists will gather together in Austin at the U.S. Department of State public hearing to sound the alarm about the threat of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would transport dangerous tar sands oil across east Texas properties and wetlands.  If this pipeline were allowed to be built, up to 1.7 million gallons of toxic tar sands oil could flow into east Texas drinking water and land before the proposed automatic shutoff valve would trigger in the event of a spill.

The U.S. Department of State needs to re-do its faulty analysis that did not include the heightened threat to water resources with exceptional drought conditions in Texas.  At the hearing, Uris Roberson and the Mayor of Gallatin, TX will announce the formation of a '391 Commission' creating local authority to address the threat.

  • Uris Roberson, East Texas 391 Commission
  • Neil Carman, Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club
  • Debra Medina, We Texans (Tea Party)
  • David Daniel, East Texas landowner and founder of STOP, Stop the Tar sands Oil Pipeline
  • Amanda Yaira Robinson, Texas Interfaith Power & Light
  • Jackie Joy, Sierra Student Coalition at University of Texas Pan-American

  • United States Department of State public hearing on a proposed toxic Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline
  • Prayer Vigil, Press Conference, Public Hearing and Rally

  • Wednesday, September 28, 2011
  • 10:30am - Interfaith Prayer Vigil
  • 11:30am - Press Conference
  • Noon - Hearing begins
  • 6:00pm - Rally Featuring Jim Hightower, Debra Medina and Rep. Elliott Naishtat
  • 8:00pm - Hearing ends

  • LBJ Auditorium,University of Texas at Austin, corner of East Dean Keeton Street.
  • Free parking. Click here for a map.

This is our best opportunity to communicate directly with the Obama administration. Let's generate a good turnout and tell TransCanada: Don't mess with Texas!

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Redistricting Showdown - Texas Style

by: Michael Li

Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 02:32 PM CDT

(Tremendous guest post by Dallas-area attorney Michael Li. Make sure to look through the Republicans' redistricting emails he includes below the jump. - promoted by Katherine Haenschen)

In a little more than ten days, the first of two redistricting trials will start in a courtroom in the John C. Wood federal courthouse in San Antonio. Their outcome could vastly reshape not only the Texas political landscape, but also the national landscape.

With Texas gaining four new congressional seats, it's not too much to say that control of Congress over the next decade could hinge on what happens over the next several months.

This is the first in a series of articles that will take a look at the litigation, what's at issue, and what to expect in the coming months.

But maybe the place to start is how we got here- that is to say, back in court.

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Williamson County Democratic Party appoints new chair

by: dembones

Fri Oct 22, 2010 at 10:15 AM CDT

( - promoted by Matt Glazer)

The Williamson County Democratic Party met Thursday to appoint Brian Hamon to fill the unexpired term as chairman. A software engineer from Round Rock with a background in communications, Hamon takes over after the abrupt departure of Greg Windham, who resigned Tuesday. In a press release, the party says it "has not missed a beat since the resignation of its former chair and is delighted to have Mr. Hamon taking the lead in our continuing effort to elect Democratic candidates in the county, in judicial and SBOE districts, and throughout the state."

"The executive committee sent a strong message to Democrats in Williamson County: We will fight for you. For better schools. For better jobs. For better government," Hamon said. "The Democratic Party has an exceptionally qualified slate of candidates running for local office. We will work around the clock during the remaining days until election day to get out our message of competence, fairness and transparency in government."

The local party represents Democrats from the northern Austin metropolitan area, including Round Rock, Cedar Park, Georgetown and Taylor. Democratic candidates ended a 16-year drought in elective office in November 2008 when State Rep. Diana Maldonado won in the battleground district 52 race, covering the eastern portion of the county.

This election year, the Williamson county Democrats have put together an exceptionally qualified slate of candidates running for local office.

Rep. Maldonado proved her effectiveness in her very first legislative session, was selected Freshman of the Year, brought key funding for a higher education center, infrastructure and jobs to the district, and earned the endorsements of the Austin American-Statesman, Williamson County Sun and other local newspapers.

For county commissioner, the Democrats are fielding Jeff Maurice and Jim Stauber. Jeff is a former Dell senior corporate counsel with a passion for getting a better deal for the taxpayer in government contracts. Jim is a retired union member who runs his community's water supply corporation in Liberty Hill and has a long history of community service.

We have attorneys Allyson Rowe and Teresa Duffin running for county court at law seats. They believe justice in Williamson county has for too long been held exclusively by one party.

Voters in Williamson county believe that local government is ossified, too long under single-party rule, corrupt and ineffective. Those dissatisfied with the county's anemic response to Tropical Storm Hermine flooding, the glacial pace of developing our transportation and utility infrastructure and the brother-in-law deals to favored contractors are fed up with the machine politics of entrenched, unaccountable Republicans. The pattern will continue until voters elect Democrats to break up the monopoly.

The party's full press release is below the fold.

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Show Us Your Photos Of The Coward Ad!

by: Back To Basics

Tue Aug 24, 2010 at 03:07 PM CDT

( - promoted by Phillip Martin)

Texans all over the state are sending us photos of the Perry Is A Coward ad in their newspapers! Here's the list of newspapers that our Perry Is A Coward ad appeared in this morning:

Dallas Morning News
Fort Worth Star Telegram
San Antonio Express news
Austin American Statesman
El Paso Times
Corpus Christi Caller
Amarillo Globe News
Beaumont Enterprise
Tyler Morning Telegraph
The Monitor
Waco Tribune Herald
Texarkana Gazette
Victoria Advocate
Longview News Journal
San Angelo Standard Times
Valley Morning Star
Laredo Morning Times
Lufkin Daily News
Midland Reporter-Telegram
Herald Democrat
Temple Daily Telegram
Lubbock Average Journal
Galveston County News
Odessa American
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The End of Campaign Management?

by: Ted Ankrum

Sat Aug 21, 2010 at 11:15 AM CDT

(For discussion. - promoted by Karl-Thomas Musselman)

Today's Wall Street Journal has an article entitled: "The End of Management".  It is a very interesting article that posits that the management techniques developed in the 20th Century by people to run large corporations are being obsoleted in the 21st Century, just as Sloan, Durant, Ford, Drucker, et. al. obsoleted the 19th Century artisan model of management.  The author, Alan Murray, says we still don't know what the new model will be, but there are intimations in the rapid change in communications and connectedness.  He illustrates with the examples that it took 38 years for radio to reach an audience of 50 million, television 13 years, internet only four years, the ipod three years, and Facebook two years to do the same.  
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Men Gave Women the Right to Vote: Another GOP Myth Debunked

by: progressivee

Wed Aug 18, 2010 at 05:09 PM CDT

If we listen to such folks as former chair of Texas School Board member Don McLeroy, we are told that majorities have given minorities power and that men have given women the right to vote

Today is the 90th anniversary of Tennessee ratifying the amendment which would give women the right to vote.

But to ever say that those in power allowed or gave any rights is disingenuous and inaccurate . This was a movement waged by women suffragists that fought long and hard for this right, not what McLeroy and others seem to imply is a privilege.  

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Bill White and Kirk Watson's Virtual Townhall and the Spin that Follows It

by: Matt Glazer

Tue Jul 13, 2010 at 03:57 PM CDT

Last night, Senator Kirk Watson hosted a virtual townhall with Mayor Bill White. What would have been a snap shot event, has turned into a multiple day conversation online.  (If you have an hour, watch the full video.)

Funny thing about this event is the lies, mistruths and bad pro-Perry spin that is happening now that the event is over.

If you are on Twitter, you may have seen the back and forth between me and Empower Texas Director, Republican Michael Sullivan. It you read Republican blogs, you may have seen Rick vs. Kay and their deceptive, lying post about the turnout at the innovative virtual townhall.

The Rick vs. Kay post is the most interesting because of the comment, yet to be deleted, at the bottom of the post.

Brewsters Millions said
This is clearly all false. It's one thing to claim that a townhall wasn't a success, it's another thing to throw a bunch of bad data to make your case.

Check out the page for yourself: http://ustream.tv/kirkwatson
Check out the page for yourself:

It says there was 1,277 total views.

Ustream has a reporting lag. Seriously rookie mistake bro.

Rick Perry's campaign supporters have been fantastic and spinning the press of Perry's effective use of new media. Even though Bill White has more fans and interactions on facebook and twitter, Perry's inept campaign is seen as the online organizing juggernaut. There is clearly something for them to lose if White is effective in the virtual space. Maybe that is why Perry's campaign team and supporters (either organized or not) have quickly jumped up and down to discredit an innovative and effective virtual townhall.

So rather than relying on a campaign source, we got data straight from uStream.

Date: Tue, Jul 13, 2010 at 11:49 AM
Subject: Re: Watson / White Ustream town hall in progress...

Yesterday's townhall had 897 unique viewers, a peak of 267 concurrent viewers that happened 31 minutes into the broadcast, and an average of 154 concurrent viewers.


VIP Support

For early July and being limited to only online promotion, these are solid numbers. And like Bill White's massive following on Facebook, I expect to see a slow and steady increase over the next 100 days.

Update: As I was writing the post, Rick vs. Kay wrote an interesting retraction. They admit they were wrong and didn't post on any facts, but did take some time to attack BOR again. As we have seen a lot today, the latest Republican strategy is, when facts aren't on your side, yell loudly so people will pay attention to you.

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Rick Perry Had Better Pray for a Miracle

by: Libby Shaw

Tue Jul 06, 2010 at 09:11 PM CDT

( - promoted by Phillip Martin)

For BP has messed with Texas. Again. God must be very angry at Governor Rick Perry. Maybe when the Governor blamed God for BP's disaster and then later, after Perry had stolen from Texas school children, he brought the wrath of heaven to Texas.

This past weekend tarballs washed up in Galveston on the Bolivar Peninsula at Crystal Beach.

About a dozen tar balls that washed ashore on Crystal Beach were identified Monday as oil from the BP well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, the first evidence that oil from the spill has reached the Texas coastline.

But it was unclear whether the oil from the blowout dropped off a passing ship or drifted nearly 400 miles.

Laboratory tests showed that the tar balls came from the BP Macondo well that blew out April 20, killing 11 crew members on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and spewing millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf, said Coast Guard Cpt. Marcus Woodring, commander of the Houston-Galveston sector.

The handful of tar balls came ashore Saturday and a second wave amounting to about 5 gallons of oil was found Sunday scattered along 1½ miles of beach on eastern Galveston Island and Crystal Beach on the Bolivar Peninsula, Woodring said. Laboratory results on the oil discovered Sunday are expected today, Woodring said.

Will Governor Perry pray for a miracle or will he parrot RNC talking points and blame the spill on the Obama Administration?  Will he rail against the feds while gladly stuffing U.S. clean up funds into the state coffer?  Will the Governor use federal money to actually clean up the spill or will he try to use fed bucks to cover his $18 billion budget shortfall?  As we well know by now, Rick Perry excels at playing games with the evil doing federal government taxpayer dollars that he hates but loves to spend.  

I wonder what Rick Perry and his Party of Partisan Misery will do to prevent future oil disasters in the U.S.?  

The response from the coalition of the heartless, clueless and confused can be found below.


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Our "Meet the Statewides" Series: Barbara Ann Radnofsky, Hector Uribe, Hank Gilbert, & Jeff Weems

by: Texas Democratic Party

Wed Jun 23, 2010 at 00:20 PM CDT

( - promoted by Matt Glazer)

Over the past ten weeks, the Texas Democratic Party promoted an unprecedented "Meet the Statewides" campaign on our website. Each week, we promoted content for our statewide candidates on our website, Facebook, and Twitter pages. We asked candidates to submit a video, write an original op-ed, and provide biographical information. We at the TDP also penned an issue piece, sent out all material to our e-mail list, and created duplicative Spanish-language pages for each candidate.

Yesterday, we began looking back at our series by looking at our statewide judicial candidates. Read our post from yesterday ("Our "Meet the Statewides" Series: Texas Supreme Court & Court of Criminal Appeals Candidates") to read about Texas Supreme Court Candidates Jim Sharp, Blake Bailey, and Bill Moody, as well as Court of Criminal Appeals candidate Keith Hampton.

Today, we wanted to focus on our next batch of statewide candidates:

Barbara Ann Radnofsky for Texas Attorney General

Practicing law on both sides of the docket, Barbara Ann Radnofsky is a mother, wife, teacher, and mediator. Texas educated, she’s a magna cum laude graduate from the University of Houston and an honors graduate from University of Texas Law School. In 2006, after 27 years of law practice, Barbara Ann left Vinson & Elkins as Head of the Alternate Dispute Resolution Section to become the first woman in history to serve as the Texas Democratic U.S. Senate nominee. She was the first woman at Vinson & Elkins to have children as an associate and attain partnership.
The Texas Attorney General picks his battles. It was a Texas Attorney General opinion which enabled Tom DeLay’s mid decade redistricting. To the great credit of the Texas Rangers in 2006, an election year, it was a Ranger who brought concrete evidence of sexual and physical abuse at the Texas Youth Commission to the Texas Attorney General. The Attorney General turned his back. Instead, he used Attorney General resources to target elderly and minority Democrats assisting the homebound to cast their mail in ballots. Attorney General Abbott squandered seven figures of discretionary funds, finding no organized widespread fraud or voter impersonation. Reports of investigators spying on an elderly woman in her bathroom and knocking on her door amid selective prosecutions of Democratic activists convey a political purpose: voter intimidation.
In the wake of the recent British Petroleum (BP) Gulf oil spill, Abbott didn’t even attempt to act like the state’s chief law enforcement officer.  Despite BP’s horrific safety record, Abbott made excuses for the oil company rather than insisting that its plans and actions be scrutinized.  Instead, Abbott said on May 3rd: “we’re seeing BP take all the right actions and make all the right comments.” (Source: KXAN-TV).
Click on the "There's More" button below to read about Hector Uribe, Hank Gilbert, and Jeff Weems...
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Our "Meet the Statewides" Series: Texas Supreme Court & Court of Criminal Appeals Candidates

by: Texas Democratic Party

Tue Jun 22, 2010 at 04:14 PM CDT

(Good info about our statewide candidates here. - promoted by Phillip Martin)

Over the past ten weeks, the Texas Democratic Party promoted an unprecedented "Meet the Statewides" campaign on our website. Each week, we promoted content for our statewide candidates on our website, Facebook, and Twitter pages. We asked candidates to submit a video, write an original op-ed, and provide biographical information. We at the TDP also penned an issue piece, sent out all material to our e-mail list, and created duplicative Spanish-language pages for each candidate.

In the coming days, we'll be revisiting the campaign. Today, we begin with our Texas Supreme Court & Court of Criminal Appeals Candidates. Click on the links below to learn more about our statewide Democrats, and how you can help them win in 2010.

Keith Hampton for Court of Criminal Appeals

If elected, Keith Hampton will be the only judge who has handled death penalty cases in all stages of litigation – from accusation, trial, appeal and all post-conviction proceedings, including appearing before the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • From Keith Hampton op-ed:

There are no “Democratic” decisions or “conservative” analyses; there is only the exposition of law in an impartial manner. The force and persuasiveness of the reasoning of judicial opinions must stand on their own. Political labeling is best left in the legislative branch. In this democratic society, the judicial branch of government must remain outside the lawmaking world and avoid the political storms and policy shifts of the day. In this way, judges can conduct their decisionmaking in an impartial way, free from the pressures of competing interest groups. Law itself is thereby strengthened, sustained by a judiciary that moves cautiously and skeptically on the issues before it.

The “totalitarian wing” of the Court has a well-documented and thoroughly perplexing history of unprofessional actions. From the “sleeping lawyer” case in October 2000, to investigations into the judicial conduct of Sharon Keller in 2007, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is in desperate need of professional, accountable judges on its bench.

Click on the "There's More" button below to read about our Texas Supreme Court candidates...

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