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Campus Carry: Conundrum For Cops

by: colin

Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 09:08 PM CDT

(Thanks to Colin Strother for cross-posting this piece from his blog! - promoted by Katherine Haenschen)

Republicans in the Texas Legislature and legislative bodies throughout the country are aggressively pursuing so-called "campus carry". Even vaunted institutions of reasonable gun policy like "Ammoland"  are calling for campus carry to be added to the call for special session of the Texas Legislature.

Some backers of campus carry see it from an egocentric perspective: "If there was a shooter I would get my Jason Bourne on, whip out my 9 with laser sights and hollow points, and save the day". (Yeah, right.)  Some see it as some homage to the 2nd Amendment (which has absolutely zero to do with this issue). And, others seem to think it makes them more of a man or more of a patriot to back all things that equal more guns, also known as 'Merica.

The arguments against campus carry center on the alcohol-fueled culture of college, the volatility of relationships and emotions among young people, the general irresponsibility of college kids, and what it says about our values if we think the best way to secure college campuses is a bunch of 20 year-old kids with zero law enforcement training.

Read more below the jump.

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Disaster Recovery: A Path Forward for the TDP and Texas Democrats

by: colin

Wed Jun 22, 2011 at 04:52 PM CDT

(I've been trying to think of how to put this in words for a long time. We need to be having this discussion, among many. Let's have a real (and civil) discussion in the comments.   - promoted by Karl-Thomas Musselman)

The impending departure of TDP Chairman Boyd Richie initially offered the promise of rebuilding our state party, our party infrastructure and developing a real blueprint for a path forward towards some success at the ballot box.

Make no mistake-we have suffered a disaster.  And it is way past time to begin the recovery.

To start with, Chairman Richie is to be commended for his willingness to serve at all.  Party Chair isn't exactly a position for which we have a large number of willing applicants.  And, for the record, I don't question for one second that he did the best job he was able to do.

His announcement creates both a dilemma and an opportunity.  The dilemma is that we are going to be starting over again.  The opportunity is that we are going to be starting over again.

There are two main points that all Texas Democrats should be intently focused on at this critical time: adding top-notch staff, and ensuring that the 2012 election cycle is the first step on the long journey to becoming viable and electable across Texas.

And these two main points must be considered in the most basic, simplistic framework: you cannot rebuild and recover from a disaster until you have a period of demolition...get it down to the frames and start over.

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72 Hours and Counting: Healthcare Reform is coming

by: colin

Wed Nov 04, 2009 at 11:32 AM CST

On Tuesday night the House Rules Committee released the Manager's Amendment to HR 3962, the "Affordable Healthcare Act for America". This starts the 72-hour clock for consideration of the legislation which means a vote could occur as early as Saturday morning.

It is important to note that the 72-hour layout period is not standard operating procedure in DC. A coalition of members of both parties pushed for this added measure of accountability. This period allows all members, the media and the public the opportunity to review the bill instead of passing huge pieces of important legislation with no layout in the middle of the night like Delay and his cronies did.

72-hour amendment & summary

District-By-District healthcare analysis

Majority Leader’s Clearinghouse for Healthcare Information

The District-By-District analysis is the best weapon against your anti-healthcare opponents that I've ever seen.  Any candidate for Congress should memorize these numbers and quote them frequently.

Still a tough vote for lots of Texas Democrats.  We need to make sure it is a tougher vote for Texas republicans who choose the insurance companies, healthcare management degree graduates and HMOs over middle class families..

 Moving forward towards November 2010, it is imperative that we arm ourselves and supporters with this information, communicate it frequently, and shutdown misinformation before it can become "fact-like".

Support our delegation by writing letters to the editor, messaging your friends on Facebook, emailing your fantasy football buddies, etc.  This is a tough vote that could cost us some seats unless we all dig in and fight shoulder-to-shoulder to breakdown the lies and promote the cause that healthcare reform is necessary AND affordable.

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"I Want My Country Back", what they really mean

by: colin

Mon Aug 03, 2009 at 03:11 PM CDT

By now many of you have seen the many YouTube videos of right wingers and libertarians "protesting" Democratic members of Congress as they attempt to hold town hall meetings or public forums during the August recess to discuss healthcare reform, among other things.

Be sure of a few things, but most importantly be sure that these are not meant to do anything other than raise hell, create a disruption, shut down discourse and steamroll anyone and everyone in the way.

Certainly it is well within the right of every American to voice their opinions, protest, and, yes, even raise hell...especially with their elected officials.  But that isn't really what this is about.

This is about harnessing the frustration and anger of middle class Americans and working folks.  The very same folks who were victimized and injured by the policies of the disgraced, former President Bush.

So why are they so mad? Is it really about health care? Does cap and trade really light their britches on fire?

Somewhat, perhaps, but not really.

I try and refrain from lenghty, Unabomber diatribes, but this is a special case.

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Rick Cofer Files for Austin City Council

by: colin

Wed Dec 17, 2008 at 06:40 PM CST

BOR community member, Democratic activist, attorney, and all-around good guy Rick Cofer filed for a seat on the Austin City Council last Friday.

Many of you know Rick from his many community activities, public service, party activism and charity fundraising.


Rick serves as the vice chair for the City of Austin Solid Waste Advisory Commission, on the DNC, and on the organizing committee of the Austin MS Walk.

In short, Rick is running on what he calls the four E's:

(1) Ethics & Open Government
(2) Economy & Jobs
(3) Environment & Energy
(4) Equity & Social Justice

Great guy. Great platform. Great chance for young Democrats to get one of our own elected.

We hear a lot about developing a deep bench to give us options for higher office down the road.  This is where the rubber meets the road.

Full text of Rick's email after the jump.

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OMFG Even McCain knows this deal is done; Palin's an Idiot

by: colin

Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 00:21 AM CDT

Just saw Saturday Night Live.

Couldn't be more shocked by what I saw.

Especially after the Palin disaster, I was surprised to hear that McCain would go on...but I was certain they would be more judicious about what type of scripts they participated in.

Total disaster for McCain.

Of course it is hard to swim with a 150 lb anchor around your neck.

Case in point: what the hell?  Palin bought into a fake call from someone she thought was the president of France.
Then she remarked that she would make a good president in 8 years.

According to AP when she thought she was talking to Sarkozy:

Playing off the governor's much-mocked comment in an early television interview that she had insights into foreign policy because "you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska," the caller tells her: "You know we have a lot in common also, because ... from my house I can see Belgium."

She replies: "Well, see, we're right next door to different countries that we all need to be working with, yes."

For the record my old friend Bobby Gibbs had it well in hand:

Obama's campaign spokesman Robert Gibbs, commenting on the prank, said: "I'm glad we check out our calls before we hand the phone to Barack Obama."

The full transcript is totally beyond belief. She sure is pretty.

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Bailout Bill was a Bad Deal

by: colin

Tue Sep 30, 2008 at 02:55 PM CDT

After a few weeks of a fairly quiet blog, the recently voted down bailout bill has finally reawakened the sleeping giant and actually spawned a few fights.

While there are very spirited differences and passionate arguments on both sides, there are some important facts to consider as we approach the arrival and vote on the "new and improved" bailout bill.

Keep in mind that the defeated bill did absolutely nothing to improve the fundamental issues in our economy.  And, in all honesty, would have exacerbated our long term economic problems by adding to the national debt requiring additional debt service and missed opportunities to invest in our infrastructure and our future.

It was literally a bailout...not the broad-based economic recovery plan that we need to get the economy back on the right track.

Had this bad deal passed, we would be ANOTHER $1 trillion in debt and not have changed the game...just bailed out 5 companies whose leadership took $3 billion over the last 5 years while running them into the ground.

What happens on Wall Street impacts us on Main Street, but Wall Street created this problem and Wall Street profited from this problem.

I don't remember a bailout bill for Pets.com, GovWorks.com, and every other failed dot com.  Investors abandoned common sense and established business practices and lost a lot of folks a lot of money.  The market corrected, the bad actors were dealt with and our economy moved on.  We need more of the same.

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DLCC Features Diana Maldonado in national email campaign

by: colin

Wed Sep 24, 2008 at 06:24 PM CDT

Texas House Democratic Nominee Diana Maldonado was recognized and honored with an email sent out by the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) alerting Democrats across the country of the promise her campaign holds to pick up another seat for the HDCC.

DLCC Executive Director Michael Sargeant takes time each week to recognize a few choice legislative candidates from around the country with an email asking Democrats to support their candidacies.

BlogPac was one of the first PACs to recognize the potential to pick up a seat and build our majority with Maldonado's campaign.

Remember to support Diana at www.dianamaldonado.com.

As always, you can find the DLCC at www.dlcc.org.

Although Texas Democrats might not be very familiar with the organization, Michael Sargeant has done a tremendous job at the DLCC.

They have been at the tip of the spear in flipping state legislative chambers all over the country.  The DLCC raises money and places talent.  We are fortunate that they are becoming more involved in Texas.

The DLCC offers us the opportunity to highlight more competitive Texas races.  So if you want to help your local Democratic challenger out:

We are still looking for 10 emerging races. So far more than 700 of you have suggested names of good Democrats running impressive campaigns all across the country. Will you take the time to tell us about a race we should be watching in your area?


I personally worked with them to flip the Iowa House and hold the Tennessee House in 2006.

Aspiring campaign operatives should send in their resume to the DLCC.  It is a great source to get entry level campaign jobs as well as management jobs and caucus director positions.

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Roll Call: 50 Richest Members of Congress

by: colin

Mon Sep 22, 2008 at 05:51 PM CDT

One of the top political papers in the country has compiled a list of the 50 richest members of congress and Texas is well represented.

Mike McCaul ranks 11th with a whopping estimated net worth $23.93 million (and has zero debt).

Former member of the Texas House Kenny Marchant of Dalls ranks 28th with $10.49 million.

Austin's Lloyd Doggett comes in at 32nd with an estimated net worth of $8.38 million.

West Texas' own Randy Neugebauer just squeaks in at number 48 worth a measly $5.50 million.

The list breaks down like this:

21 Senators
29 Representatives
23 Democrats
27 republicans

The list ranges from number 1 John Kerry with $230.98 million to number 50 former DCCC Chair Rahm Emmanuel with $5.05 million.

Specifics after the jump.

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Open Thread: Where will you be on the 4th?

by: colin

Thu Jul 03, 2008 at 02:20 PM CDT

July 4th of even-numbered years is a big weekend for candidates. Lots of parades, lots of bbq, lots of hands to shake.

Take full advantage of the opportunity to get out and contribute some time towards the win in November by helping out this weekend.

If you don't have anything better to do, contact your favorite campaign and find out where they are going to be so that you may meet up with them and go get some votes.  Or better yet, pick up some materials and cover an event where they WON'T be represented at.

If you are a candidate/campaign, let us know what your schedule is so that BOR folks can be on the lookout for you.

If you know of a neat event (political or nonpolitical) that folks should attend, post it after the jump.

Everyone have a safe 4th.

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