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Username: easyaim
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Created: Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 11:24 AM CDT
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Web Page: www.coltsoft.com
Email: democrats@coltsoft.com

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Mark Bauer is a liberal activist in Tarrant County, leader of Tarrant County for Obama, past President of the Northeast Tarrant Democrats, and 2012 National Delegate. Father of three children, Methodist Sunday School teacher, and aerospace engineer.

Democrats Raise Money in Tea Party Country


by: easyaim

Wed May 28, 2014 at 04:55 PM CDT

  In the heart of Tea Party country in the Northeast corner of Tarrant County, progressive activists are raising money for Democratic Party candidates for the November General Election campaign. A local political club, the Northeast Tarrant Democrats organized an ice cream social as a fundraiser for Libby Willis who is running for Texas Senate District 10, Wendy Davis' previous office and Tina Penney who is challenging Republican Jon Stickland who just completed his first term for House District 92.   The fundraiser is at a private residence in Colleyville.

 Reggie Lyon, President of the Northeast Tarrant Democrats said, "This is a fun way to raise money for our candidates and allows everyone to mingle and to get to know the candidates in an informal atmosphere."

 Mark Bauer, Vice-President of the club said, "Now that the run-off elections are over, we know that that we are up against a slate of some of the most right-wing candidates that the Tea Party has ever promoted. It is important for all moderate and progressive citizens, regardless of party, to defeat their extremist agenda of cutting back on our infrastructure maintenance, choking off our school funding, and attempting to bring guns onto our college campuses - among their more irresponsible ideas."

 Senate District 10 covers Fort Worth and the surrounding area within Tarrant County. Although it has been under Democratic Party control with Wendy Davis, it is considered a swing district and tends to lean Republican. House District 92 covers most of the mid-cities of Hurst, Euless, Bedford and nearby regions. It has had a strong Republican voter turnout in the past.

 The Northeast Tarrant Democrats organization is a General Political Action Committee (GPAC) formed in 2012 and has members from the Colleyville, Southlake, Grapevine, and surrounding area.

 Tickets to the event are still available:
  what: Ice Cream for Democrats!
  when: Sunday, June 1st, 3:00 pm
 where: Home of Mark & Tari Bauer
        609 Colts Neck Ct, Colleyville, TX

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here:
 http://tinyurl.com/Tickets-Ice...

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David vs Goliath - Colleyville/Grapevine Local Elections


by: easyaim

Tue May 13, 2014 at 05:08 PM CDT

  Local non-partisan elections got very partisan last weekend in Northeast Tarrant County in the Grapevine-Colleyville area near Fort Worth.
 It started when the right-wing group "Empower Texans" endorsed four candidates in the area city council and school board elections.
 Although "Empower Texans" has a very benign-looking website they are well-known as a front to Michael Q. Sullivan's right-wing group whose agenda includes cutting funds to public schools and supporting campaigns of far-right candidates.
 This attempt by hard-right conservatives to move into the local governments was discovered by Democratic Party activist and Colleyville resident Mark Bauer. He sent out an email warning the area progressives and organized a phone bank that consisted of a bipartisan group of both Democrat and Republican voters to support the moderate candidates. A photo of the phone bank was downloaded from Bauer's Facebook page and was used in various right-wing reports and literature to fire up their base.

Phonebank photo
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

 The Northeast Tarrant Tea Party is one of the strongest Tea Party clubs in Texas and they sent out expensive mailers that attempted to paint the opposition as far-left liberals by association.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

 However, Bauer's phone bank reached over 1,000 voters and the results were successful: three of the four candidates supported by the progressive group won or made it to a run-off (Jesse Rodriguez - GCISD School Board, Jorge Rodriguez - GCISD School Board, and Duff O'Dell - Grapevine City Council in a run-off).
 Ironically, Stan Hall, the moderate Colleyville City Council incumbent who lost had a better Republican voting record than the right-wing supported candidate Chris Putnam - another case of the Republicans "eating their own".
 The lesson learned: although progressive citizens are in the minority in many areas of Texas, a well run phone bank and block walking effort can defeat the Tea Party efforts.

REFERENCES:

Empower Texans attacks Colleyville Liberals
http://www.empowertexans.com/f...

"Colleyville Local Election Takes On a Partisan Tone"
http://www.localnewsonly.com/2...

Empower Texans endorses Deverick Jordan  (Grapevine City Council)
http://www.empowertexans.com/t...

Empower Texans endorses Mark Assaad  (Grapevine-Colleyville ISD)
http://www.empowertexans.com/a...

Empower Texans endorses Troy Greisen  (Grapevine-Colleyville ISD)
http://www.empowertexans.com/a...

Empower Texans endorse Chris Putnam (Colleyville City Council)
http://www.empowertexans.com/a...

Tea Party leader website:
http://heyjuliesue.blogspot.co...

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Senator Davis in Colleyville, TX


by: easyaim

Fri Aug 09, 2013 at 01:40 PM CDT

  State Senator Wendy Davis was the guest speaker for CEO (Colleyville Executive Organization) on August 8, 2013 in Colleyville, Texas - a suburb of Fort Worth.
 The membership of CEO is primarily company and community leaders who are generally politically conservative but Senator Davis got a warm welcome from the approximately 30 attendees.  The main issues that she stressed included funding (or more accurately, the lack of funding by the Republican legislators) of public schools, water supply, and transportation infrastructure.
 There was one accusatory question from the crowd concerning the cost of the special sessions that the Tea Party is blaming on Senator Davis' filibuster.  However, Wendy very succinctly and clearly explained that it was the Republican leadership's choice to schedule the votes such that a second session was required. (And it went without saying that the third session proved that it was all incompetent Republican leadership - no filibuster required.)

Photos of the event can be found here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/e...

- Mark Bauer   mbauer@coltsoft.com   (817)939-5671

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CSCOPE vs Republican Senators


by: easyaim

Tue Jun 04, 2013 at 07:14 AM CDT

  How many Republicans does it take to kill a non-partisan lesson curriculum used state-wide?  Two. Dan Patrick (R-SD7) and Donna Campbell (R-SD25) have shown that all it takes is two Senators on the Texas Senate Education Committee to close down one of the few teaching tools available to our public schools.
 And the reason for this action? Fear of teaching the truth to our students.  Real history lessons scare Republican conservatives - they feel that we should hide our nation's mistakes and sweep everything under the rug.  More information here.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2...

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Texas Rangers Baseball & Democrats


by: easyaim

Thu May 23, 2013 at 10:32 PM CDT

  On Monday, May 20th, 2013, the Northeast Tarrant County Democrats had a fun outing at the Texas Rangers ballpark to watch the Texas Rangers play the Oakland A's. Behind home plate (and on the third deck) sixty tickets were purchased for Democratic Party supporters and their friends and family.
 It was fun and a great fundraising event for the Northeast Tarrant Democrats.  The proceeds will go to the 2014 campaign season for our Democratic candidates including State Senator Wendy Davis' re-election campaign.
 Photos are here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/e...
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Organizing for Action - Tarrant County


by: easyaim

Sun May 12, 2013 at 02:17 PM CDT

 Erika Rocha, a Fellow with Organizing for Action in North Texas, held one of her first organization meetings at a home in Tarrant County.  Rocha reported on the status of the Immigration Reform bill pending in Congress and the benefits to everyone to bring the immigrants out of the shadows.
 The group discussed a plan of action to bring attention to this important issue. Look for upcoming events in the Fort Worth area to support President Obama's agenda to move the nation forward.  Participants included Mark & Tari Bauer, Eduardo & Maricela Chibli, Mandie Bauer, Becky Rodriguez, and Erika Rocha.
 Photos here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/e...
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Tarrant County has a New Interim County Chair


by: easyaim

Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 07:59 PM CDT

 Deborah Peoples of Fort Worth, a former executive for AT&T, is the new interim Democratic Party Chair for Tarrant County after a special election this Saturday, April 20th.
 Outgoing County Chair Steve Maxwell stepped down after five years of service to the party. The Precinct Chairs of the county gathered to elect the new chair from a slate of four candidates that consisted of Deborah Peoples, Dick Abrams, Randy Daniels, and Lee Henderson.
 One surprise guest was Tarrant County Republican County Chair Jennifer Hall. Steve Maxwell welcomed her and let her know that the Democrats were "going to show you the right way it is done". (The Republicans had a contentious interim chair election a few months ago.)
 In a surprise move, during the five minute speech phase, Lee Henderson withdrew his name from consideration without endorsing any other candidate. It took two rounds of voting with Peoples and Abrams going down to the wire with a very close vote.
 The four hour meeting closed on an upbeat mood with congratulations and promises of cooperation to turn Tarrant County blue.

picture here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/e...

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Democrats at a Tea Party Town Hall Meeting


by: easyaim

Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 08:56 PM CDT

   One of the newest and most conservative state legislators is Giovanni Capriglione who represents House District 98 in northeast Tarrant County.  He has drawn the ire of local Democrats with his bills including HB 1175 promoting school vouchers and HB 706 which allows students to bring guns on to college campuses.
  On Friday, April 12th, Capriglione had a town hall meeting at the Southlake Town Hall.  A total of 25 Democratic Party and progressive activists showed up also.
  Public school advocate Kim Burkett asked Capriglione: why didn't the legislature restore the funding to public schools that they cut in 2011 when the budget is so much better now?   She was not happy with his explanation about spending caps and budget projections. "What he failed to mention was that each of these excuses were legislative-made and solvable for those with the political will to do so. And, frankly, these self-imposed impediments are not the problem of Texas children. They should be solved by the grown-ups that created them instead of punishing students."
    Besides public school advocates, there were representatives from the Northeast Tarrant Democrats, the Mid-Cities Democrats, and Equality Texas.
    Tari Bauer, member of the Northeast Tarrant County Democrats said, "I wanted to let my  representative know that he has constituents on all sides of the political spectrum in the hopes of blunting any extremism. It was a positive experience and Mr. Capriglione thanked us afterwards."

pictures here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/e...

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Northeast Tarrant Democrats Celebrate the Inauguration


by: easyaim

Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 06:10 AM CST

  The Northeast Tarrant County Democrats gathered at the home of Mark & Tari Bauer in Colleyville to watch the inauguration of President Obama on Monday morning, Jan 21.  The local Democrats celebrated with breakfast foods and mimosas and champagne.
 Lee Williams, President of the Northeast Dems remarked, "What a great event to watch together. I know that our group and the nation are anticipating great things for the next four years."
 Photos of the event are here:
http://tinyurl.com/NEDemsParty...  
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Protesters Greet Governor Perry in North Richland Hills


by: easyaim

Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 11:54 AM CST

  The Governor of Texas was greeted by protesters on Monday, Dec 17, 2012 during his visit to North Texas.  The Northeast Tarrant County Democrats organized a rally to advocate restoring funding for public schools.
 Governor Perry was attending a Tea Party fundraiser at the North Richland Hills Community Center.
 His Tea Party guests got to hear various chants including "Stop the Cuts - Educate Our Future!" and protest signs to remind them that the Republican-led Texas legislature has cut over 5 billion dollars from public schools and may cut more this session.  
 Besides the Northeast Democrats, other groups that participated included Save Texas Schools and other education advocates.

The Star Telegram reported the protest:
http://www.star-telegram.com/2...

as did the Dallas Morning News:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/e...

pictures from the protest are here...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/e...

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