Michael Skelly for U.S. Representative, District 7: For a diverse range of communities stretching from the Texas Medical Center and West University Place to the far northwest suburbs of Houston, the representative for District 7 must balance many interests and service priorities. The Chronicle urges voters to support a political newcomer, Michael Skelly, an entrepreneur and family man who built Horizon Wind Energy, one of the largest such companies in the nation.
His life offers an appealing American story - an Irish immigrant who came to the U.S. at the age of 2 with parents who had little money but plenty of determination. Skelly graduated from Notre Dame and Harvard Business School with the assistance of loans and grants.
Skelly supports Metro's plans to build light rail on portions of Richmond and Westpark. He opposes federal restrictions on stem cell research and pledges to push for expansion of the Children's Health Insurance Program.
Skelly believes the best way to achieve independence from foreign oil is to push development of alternative energy sources but opposes windfall profits taxes on industry and supports expanded domestic drilling.
John Culberson (R-TX): ...it contains provisions that have nothing to do with our troop's survival and safety in the field. To burden our troops with pork, with tax increases, with special provisions that have nothing to do with the war, adds to, I think, the obvious misuse of the process and I urge members to vote against the pork and support our troops.
Obey: I yield myself 30 seconds...I'd like the gentleman from Texas to point out a single piece of member pork in this bill.
Culberson: Does the gentleman yield?
Culberson: Mr., Mr. Chairman, there's a number of un-un-unnecessary provisions in this...
Obey: Name one.
Culberson: Well, why are we separating out, sir, why aren't we just passing...
Obey: (nearly yelling) Name one.
Culberson: Why are we...
Obey: (yelling, finger pointing) Can you name one or can't you? The fact is there is not a single piece of member pork in this bill. You ought to...
(pounding gavel, "time expired")
Culberson: (inaudible)...why are we passing provisions in this bill with tax increases?
"The gentlemen will cease their conversation. The time of 30 seconds has expired. All members are asked to address their remarks through the chair."
Obey: I yield myself one additional minute....and through the chair, I would invite the member to name a specific piece of congressional pork in this bill. He cannot because there is none. He's at least had enough time to read the bill to know that.
(I have to say, I've been reading Poblano now and it's great stuff. - promoted by Karl-Thomas Musselman)
People are starting to notice the brilliance that is Poblano. Combining statistical regression, poll analysis, and census survey findings, Poblano managed to peg both Indiana and North Carolina in ways that drew widespread attention and outperformed all pollsters and RCP combined.
With the Nomination all but wrapped up, the question now becomes: What path to Victory does Obama have? And more importantly, is his Team already several steps ahead of the analysis?
In recent posts on 538 (essential reading), Poblano has again worked brilliance and paved the path to victory for Barack Obama in the Fall General Election Campaign. Follow me over the jump for some statistical bliss.
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The Texas Democratic Party is warning that its March 4 caucuses could be delayed or disrupted after aides to White House hopeful Hillary Clinton raised the specter of an "imminent" lawsuit over its complicated delegate selection process, officials said Thursday night.
I'm not sure comments are even required on this... I'm simply stunned they'd even try to game this system.
Another Democratic source who was privy to the often intense discussions confirmed that representatives of the New York senator's campaign had issued veiled threats in a telephone call this week.
"Officials from Senator Clinton's campaign at several times throughout the call raised the specter of 'challenging the process,' the official said. "The call consisted of representatives from both campaigns and the Democratic Party."
"If it is true that litigation is imminent between one or both of your campaigns and the (Democratic Party), such action could prove to be a tragedy for a reinvigorated democratic process that is involving a record number of participants here in Texas and across the nation," he wrote.
Let's be Clear, Hillary Clinton is willing to destroy the will of the Texas Democratic Party in order to steal the nomination through the courts. Where have we seen this before?
I'm part of the Groundgame in Houston, precinct co-captain of a Tier 1 Precinct, 0711, in a key Senatorial District 17 with 5 Delegates in the Primary... a real opportunity for an Obama +1... West Houston.
I want to share a simple tale of what a difference each Obama supporter can make in their own way every day. Each day I volunteer I find more and more reasons why Barack Obama is going to become the next President, and most of them come from simple actions me and my friends are taking every day to make sure that happens.
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(from 49 - 41 Clinton to a coin flip in a few days. - promoted by Matt Glazer)
A new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll suggests the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination between Sens. Hillary Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois is a statistical dead heat in Texas, which holds primaries March 4.
That 10 point gap has sure closed fast and Barack hasn't stepped foot in Texas yet.
In the survey, out Monday, 50 percent of likely Democratic primary voters support Clinton as their choice for the party's nominee, with 48 percent backing Obama.
Tied with 2 weeks to go favors Obama whose blitzing the major cities starting Tuesday and doing the key debate Thursday in Austin
"Roughly a quarter of likely voters say they could change their minds in the next two weeks -- and not surprisingly, those people are splitting roughly equally between Clinton and Obama."