Latinos For Texas Blog

2008-Jul-2

Getting out the Latino Vote in Travis County!

Filed under: — LaGirlFriday @ 11:25 am

Mark your calendars!

2008 Hispanic Voter Registration Drive Discussion and Planning Meetings every Thursday beginning July 10th.  6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Meetings will be held at the Travis County Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign Office at 11th and I-35 (next to CVS).

 Contact:  Sylvia Camarillo, Hispanic Outreach Coordinator

sylvia@traviscountydemocrats.org, 472-VOTE (8683)

2008-Jun-24

Support the Supporters! CCYD Fundraiser This Weekend for SD14 National Delegates

Filed under: — LaGirlFriday @ 9:06 am

CCYD Fundraiser for National Convention Attendees
This Saturday, June 28, 2008 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
At the home of Kim Hokanson and Vincent Cho, Cohosted by Brooke Heller
Contact: 512.905.4493 or kimberlyhokanson@gmail.com
 
Capital City Young Democrats will be hosting a fundraiser this Saturday to benefit CCYD members who are attending the National Convention in August, including delegates, an alternate, and a new DNC member.  Funds will be for the purpose of helping to cover the costs of traveling to Denver.

Suggested donation is $15, but you are most welcome to donate more as you see fit!  Food, drink, and fun will be provided.  Parking is available across the street on Hardy Drive (the lot is behind the coffee shop).

SILENT AUCTION!  Jan Breland and John Lipscombe have also graciously offered to host a Silent Auction, which will include a variety of items, such as antique photos (old cabinet and tintype photos from before 1900), newspapers from pre-Civil War, Civil War, and post-Civil War (real ones printed on rag paper), artwork, jewelry, and more. 
Please come out on Saturday to support our convention-goers and to have a great time with great friends.

RSVP (and get address) via kimberlyhokanson@gmail.com and thanks!

2008-Jun-16

Support Diana Maldonado 6/18/08 in her race for HD 52

Filed under: — lila @ 9:42 pm

*Please join Diana’s Host Committee**

ACT for Texas Classroom Teachers’ Association
Leo Aguirre
Louis Bacarisse
Education Austin
Education Round Rock
Connie English, Jr.—United Transportation Union
Al Erwin
The Graydon Group
Mark Harkrider
Jerry Harris
Deborah Ingersoll
Gloria Leal
Susan Longley
Bill Pewitt
Hon. Babe & Marilyn Schwartz
Texas AFL-CIO
Texas AFT
Texas Building Trades Council
Texas State Teachers’ Association
Hon. Kirk Watson

*The Austin Club*
110 East 9th Street, First Floor, Zilker Room
Wednesday, June 18, 5 - 7 PM*

snacks & refreshments
*Suggested Donation $50* (all donations welcome)*
Sponsorships*
$5,000, $2,500, $1,000, $500, $250

/For information, please call Diana or Katie at 512-637-7268/
Or send email to Diana@DianaMaldonado.com
With years of service to Round Rock’s public schools, Diana is poised to win this rapidly changing district!

As a twice-elected member of the Round Rock school board and its past
president, Diana has already represented the heart of the district–and
has earned the support of her neighbors for her hard work on behalf of
their public schools.

Diana is an award-winning government efficiency expert and 20-year
veteran of the Texas Comptroller’s office (from which she resigned in
order to run).

Diana, the Democratic nominee, has been hard at work for almost a year
raising the funds needed to win this district, which is changing rapidly
as a more diverse population moves to SE Williamson County attracted by
affordable homes, excellent public schools and proximity to major employers.

/Statewide Democratic candidates have been trending rapidly upward
within District 52, moving from 36.6% for the top vote-getter in 2000 to
the most recent high of 47.8% for the top Democratic Supreme-Court
candidate in 2006. No wonder the incumbent Republican decided to retire
after winning with a bare majority of 50.4%!

The presence of a Libertarian on the ballot will also help Diana,
similarly to what happened when Democrat Mark Strama took the adjacent
(and also fast-changing) House District 50 in 2004.

Make no mistake about it: Diana Maldonado is working hard and is poised
to win in 2008!/

/–Austin Club Host Committee/

Checks payable to “Diana Maldonado Campaign” may be brought to the event
or mailed to:

*Diana Maldonado Campaign
PO Box 6446
Round Rock, TX 78683-6446*

or *click here* to contribute online now

2008-Jun-13

Meetup change: Tues Jun 17, 5-7pm at the TCDP party

Filed under: — site admin @ 7:59 am

It’s that time! Are you ready to Turn Texas Blue?

LFT encourages you to join us and many fired-up Democrats at the
TCDP Coordinated Campaign Office Opening
Tues Jun 17, 5-7pm
1107 N. IH-35

Please join Latinos for Texas at the Travis County Democratic Party’s Grand Opening of their Coordinated Campaign Office at 1107 N. IH-35, at the corner of 12th and IH-35, next door to the CVS Pharmacy.

# During the 2006 election cycle Latinos for Texas Registered over 1,000 voters in low income and underrepresented areas.
# Distributed more than 20,000 pieces of campaign literature in counties such as Bexar, Williamson, Nueces, San Patricio, and Travis.
# Visited 4,365 Travis County households. 551 on Election Day.
# Called 984 voters for Reps. Valinda Bolton and Juan Garcia, John Courage for Congress, and Chris Bell for Governor.
# Spearheaded the Travis County Senior vote-by-mail campaign.
# Donated $2,100 to local candidates.

Together we can multiply our efforts, put a Democrat back in the White House and the first Hispanic from Texas in the United State Senate.

Hope to see you there! LFT Steering Committee
(Crystal, Lila, Mario, Michael, Richard and Sabas)

2008-May-29

Rick Noriega needs volunteers at the State Convention

Filed under: — site admin @ 1:36 pm

Hello Everyone!

The Texas Democratic Convention is quickly approaching and we need your help. The convention will be held on May 6th and 7th at the Austin Convention Center. This is important opportunity for the campaign to reach thousands of Texas Democrats and engage them in our campaign. We need volunteers at the convention to assist at the Rick Noriega booth and at the Hilton to assist at the “Pachanga” fundraiser.

Convention Booth Volunteers- Austin Convention Center
Sign up for one or more blocks of time:

Friday: 7am- 10:30am, 10:30am- 2:00pm, 2:00pm-5:30pm and 5:30pm- 9pm

Saturday: 8am- 12pm and 12pm-4pm

Pachanga Fundraiser Volunteers- Hilton

Friday: 3pm- 7pm

If you would be interested in helping out the campaign on this exciting weekend please respond back to this email or call with your time availability and event preference. Thank you for your support and commitment to the Rick Noriega Campaign and please feel free to call with any questions.

Sincerely,

Crystal Perkins
Volunteer Coordinator
Rick Noriega for U.S. Senate
Crystal@ricknoriega.com
210-414-3418

2008-May-23

Passed along from Ray and Patti Fuentez

We are hosting a fundraising BBQ on Sunday, May 25, 2008 from 4pm to 7pm at our home, 8606 Navidad Dr., for Rick Noriega who is running for the U. S. Senate.

Rick is a strong candidate who will stand up for the rights of everyday Texans. Two separate polls by Rasmussen Report and Research 2000 showed that Rick is just four points behind incumbent Senator John Cornyn. In both, John Cornyn polled below 50% – a sign of his weakness and vulnerability this fall. This confirms that the time for change is right and that Texas is ready. The country, the state of Texas, and our community here in Austin will greatly benefit if Rick wins the election. It is time for change in D.C. and we have a chance to make that change this year.

Please join us in welcoming Rick Noriega and help celebrate his campaign with BBQ, down home sides, and refreshments. Tickets are $500, $250, $100. You may purchase tickets online through ActBlue or you may RSVP with Laura Welch by phone at (512)554-5007 or via email at laura@ricknoriega.com. We live in a gated community, so please RSVP to receive the gate code.

We look forward to seeing you.

Patti & Ray Fuentez

2008-May-22

Rick Noriega’s Convention Pachanga

Filed under: — LaGirlFriday @ 2:43 pm

This is smack dab during the senate caucuses, but if you can squeeze it in….

SENATOR KIRK WATSON, REPRESENTATIVE VALINDA BOLTON, REPRESENTATIVE DAWNNA DUKES, REPRESENTATIVE DONNA HOWARD, REPRESENTATIVE ELLIOTT NAISHTAT, REPRESENTATIVE EDDIE RODRIGUEZ AND REPRESENTATIVE MARK STRAMA

invite you to a Pachanga (that means party) in support of

Rick Noriega
Democratic Nominee for U.S. Senate
Friday, June 6, 2008
4:30 – 6:30pm
the Hilton, fourth floor
500 East 4th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

Heavy Appetizers and Cash Bar
Tickets $25
Sponsorship - Write or Raise $250
All sponsors will be listed on our event materials, receive tickets to a private pre-reception and receive two drink tickets.

To sign up for sponsorship or to purchase your tickets, please visit Act Blue at
http://www.actblue.com/page/state_convention
or contact Laura Welch by email at laura@ricknoriega.com or
by phone at (512) 472-7425.

2008-May-13

Austin Meetup, Tues May 20 7pm

Filed under: — site admin @ 7:58 am

Hey all

LFT took a short break after endorsing in the local primary races, but we haven’t stopped working. And with just 6 months until the general election it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get ready to hit the pavement – again!

Tuesday, May 20, 7pm at El Mercado (1302 S 1st St, Austin 78704)
join us for a few margaritas, a taco or two, and great political discussion with friends. This month’s agenda includes:

Carlos Barrera. Latinos For Texas PAC will present the soon-to-be next Hispanic Judge to sit on a Travis County Court of Law, Carlos Barrera, with a donation to help him take the bench in County Court #8. LFT PAC will also be taking contributions to futher our mission.

Meet the National Delegate Candidates. There’s an army of activists in SD-14 and SD-25, and we all want to do more for the Democrats. Meet those running at the State Convention for the SDEC, committees, national delegate, and even elector, so you can make an informed choice.

Travis County Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign. Working on the TCDP Coordinated Campaign is the #1 thing activists can do locally because we aren’t just helping to elect down-ballot Democrats, we’re also giving our state-wide candidates the margins they need to help put them into office. Meet Kate Murrow, Field Director for Rep. Valinda Bolton

Plus a recap of TCDP fundraiser for outgoing TCDP Chair Extraordinaire, Chris Elliott, and additional announcments by members who want to share.

See you there!

2008-Apr-10

A Portrait of East Austin… Fault Line

Filed under: — site admin @ 3:23 pm

A Portrait of East Austin, Fault Line. Thursday, April 10 @ the MACC

A portrait of East Austin… Fault Line
Presented by the Mexican American Cultural Center

Opening Thursday, April 10th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
With a lecture by the photographer at 7:00 pm
Location:  The Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street
Drinks and refreshments served

John Langmore spent more than a year photographing East Austin .  With an uncanny combination of humor and eloquence, John’s photographs reveal the culture, the celebrations, the people and the beauty of East Austin .

These photographs will instill not only an understanding of Austin’s distinctive Hispanic community, but will also force one to reflect on what losing this vital Community to gentrification will mean for our city’s future.

Exhibit will be on display in the Community Hall Gallery April 3rd – 27th

For more information, go to:  http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/macc/index.htm

2008-Mar-20

Breaking: A united Austin City Council calls for resignation of Charles Law

If you can make this press conference, please do so to show your support for the Austin City Council members

For immediate release

March 20, 2008

Contact:           Bobby Garza, Office of Council Member Mike Martinez, 512.974.2264

 

 

Media Advisory

 

 

Why:                A public agenda for a public meeting of the Creedmoor-Maha Water Supply Corporation that was posted on the Secretary of State’s Web site lists an agenda item as “Dempsey’s proposed old Harmony Hills tract and possible holding pen for wetbacks.

Who:                Council Members Mike Martinez, Lee Leffingwell, Sheryl Cole, Jennifer Kim, and Brewster McCracken, Mayor Will Wynn, Mayor Pro Tem Betty Dunkerley, State Sen. Kirk Watson, State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, Travis County Commissioner Margaret Gomez

 

What:               Press Conference calling for resignation of Charles Laws, General Manager, Creedmoor-Maha Water Supply Corporation and Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Mustang Ridge

 

When:              5:15 p.m.

TODAY - Thursday, March 20, 2008  

 

Where:             Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St.

News Conference Room, First Floor

 


 

2008-Mar-3

Latinos for Texas on Washington Journal on C-Span

Filed under: — site admin @ 9:19 am

hey all:

Did you catch Lila (Clinton supporter) and Mario (Obama supporter) on Washington Journal this morning and want to continue the discussion? Well, ask away! We will be busy with GOTV efforts today and tuesday, but we’ll try to check back and reply as we can. There were some good questions, so if you have more, please add them in the comments.

Thanks!

2008-Feb-27

Austin: Urgent need for poll workers

Filed under: — site admin @ 6:10 pm
Here’s the deal, if we don’t get enough folks to work these precinct polling locations, THEY WILL HAVE TO BE COMBINED!! This will lead to much confusion, turning first-time voters off, and possible voter disenfranchisement for both the primary and caucus!If you are an Election Judge worried about missing your own caucus, you can hand off the post-poll closing paperwork delivery to an alternate judge or clerk.

If you can work basically 7am-7pm on election day, please read more below…


The Travis County Democratic Party contracts with the Travis County Elections Division for the Primary Election and are seeking Democrats to work the polling locations throughout the county for the March 4, 2008 Democratic Primary.Let’s not have this happen, so spread the word and tell all your friends and family who may be able to work the polls to call 854 - 9552 and tell them to say: “I want to work the polls for the Democratic Party on March 4th!!!”

We need presiding judges (aka Election Judges or Poll workers), alternate judges, and clerks. All poll workers are required to attend training which is provided by the Travis County Elections Division before the Primary and will be offered during the day and evening, during the week and on weekends. The pay, which is set by the Texas Secretary of State, is $7.00/hour.

If you are interested in working the polls on March 4, 2008 Election Day please call the TRAVIS COUNTY ELECTIONS DIVISION at 854-9552.

2008-Feb-22

Well, what did you think of that debate?

Filed under: — site admin @ 12:03 am

Senators Obama and Clinton put on quite a show: Rich in details but still rhetorical from both camps, a few zingers here and there, and a very interesting closing from Sen. Clinton. Texas matters in a big way. Hispanics in a big way.

What stuck with you, what made you think? Let us know in the comments. 

2008-Feb-13

Rest in peace, raulsalinas

Filed under: — SoniaS @ 3:42 pm

Very sad news today
——————–

Raul Salinas, known as raulsalinas, that great human being, transformed by life and fire, has died. Raul was a featured poet at the Border Book Festival in 2000. It was a memorable performance as Raul danced, sang and gyrated through the power of his words his English, Spanish and Xicanindio.

His life was hard, yes, as he was incarcerated for many years in U.S. prisons, but those who knew and loved him saw his transformation into a light indescribable–beatific, really. We celebrate his great beauty and his gifts of spirit and words.

Raul has made his way to the Ancestors.

Raul will be greatly missed. His work, poetry, and philosophy will live on in the good works of poets, artists, musicians and cultural centros throughout America. His spirit we lead us all and help us to survive and thrive in difficult times.

His words/poems should serve as maps for us all in our quest to keep culture, heritage and tradition alive in our barrios, cul de sacs, suburbs,ranchos…wherever you/we live.

Thank you, Raul. You have blessed us all.
Manuel Diosdado Castillo, Jr.
San Anto Cultural Arts

A BIO OF RAUL SALINAS

Raul Roy Tapona Salinas was born in San Antonio, Texas on March 17, 1934. He was raised in Austin, Texas from 1936 to 1956, when he moved to Los Angeles. In 1957 he was sentenced to prison in Soleded State Prison in California. Over the span of the next 15 years, Salinas spent 11 years behind the walls of state and federal penitentiaries.
It was during his incarceration in some of the nation’s most brutal prison systems, that Salinas social and political consciousness were intensified, and so it is with keen insight into the subhuman conditions of prisons and an inhuman world that the pinto aesthetics that inform his poetry were formulated.

His prison years were prolific ones, including creative, political, and legal writings, as well as an abundance of correspondence. In 1963, while in Huntsville, he began writing a jazz column entitled THE QUARTER NOTE which ran consistently for 1-1/2 years. In Leavenworth he played a key role in founding and producing two important prison journals, Aztlán de Leavenworth and New Era Prison Magazine, through which his poetry first circulated and gained recognition within and outside of the walls. As a
spokesperson, ideologue, educator, and jailhouse lawyer of the Prisoner Rights Movement, Salinas also became an internationalist who saw the necessity of making alliances with others. This vision continues to inform his political and poetic practice. Initially published in the inaugural issue of Aztlán de Leavernworth, a Trip through a
Mind Jail (1970) became the title piece for a book of poetry published by Editorial Pocho-Che in 1980.

With the assistance of several professors and students at the University of Washington - Seattle, Salinas gained early release from Marion Federal Penitentiary in 1972. As a student at the University of Washington, Salinas was involved with community empowerment projects and began making alliances with Native American groups in the Northwest, a relationship that was to intensify over the next 15 years. Although Salinas writes of his experiences as a participant in the Native American Movement, it is a dimension of his life that has received scant attention. In the 22 years since his release from Marion, Salinas involvement with various political movements has earned him an international reputation as an eloquent spokesperson for justice. Along the way he has continued to refine and produce his unique blend of poetry and politics.

Salinas’ literary reputation in Austin earned him recognition as the poet laureate of the East Side and the title of *maestro* from emerging poets who seek his advice and a mentor. While his literary work is probably most widely known for his street aesthetics and sensibility, which document the interactions, hardships, and intra- and intercultural strife of barrio life and prison in vernacular, bilingual language, few people have examined the influence of Jazz in his obra that make him part of the Beat Generation of poets, musicians, and songwriters. His poetry collections included dedications, references, and responses to Alan Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Charles Bukowski, Charlie Parker, Herschel Evans, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, for example. Academics have primarily classified Salinas as an important formative poet of the Chicano Movement; yet, while he may have received initial wide-scale recognition during the era, it would be unfair Raul Salinas, known as raulsalinas, that great human being, transformed by life and fire, has died. Raul was a featured poet at the Border Book Festival in 2000. It was a memorable performance as Raul danced, sang and gyrated through the power of his words his English, Spanish and Xicanindio.

His life was hard, yes, as he was incarcerated for many years in U.S. prisons, but those who knew and loved him saw his transformation into a light indescribable–beatific, really. We celebrate his great beauty and his gifts of spirit and words.

Raul has made his way to the Ancestors.

Raul will be greatly missed. His work, poetry, and philosophy will live on in the good works of poets, artists, musicians and cultural centros throughout America. His spirit we lead us all and help us to survive and thrive in difficult times.

His words/poems should serve as maps for us all in our quest to keep culture, heritage and tradition alive in our barrios, cul de sacs, suburbs, ranchos…wherever you/we live.

Thank you, Raul. You have blessed us all.

Manuel Diosdado Castillo, Jr.
San Anto Cultural Arts

En paz descanse. May he rest in peace.

2008-Feb-3

Voter Reg Drive - Austin, All Day, All Over Town

VOTER REG DRIVE
Be a part of the annual Last-Day-to-Register Marathon!
Feb 04, 2008 8am-midnight at Fiesta (38th and I-35)
ANY AMOUNT OF TIME YOU CAN GIVE WILL HELP!

If you want to register voters on Monday, you can get deputized by Glen Maxey who will be at the Riverside Grocery (just east of IH 35, Riverside at Parker). Stop by there first, if you are not already a Deputy Registrar, then stop by any of the locations listed below!

LFT is coordinating the Fiesta location at 38th and I-35, but wherever you can help for as long as you can help will make a difference.

Remember, Monday, Feb 04, is the deadline if you want to vote in the Presidential primaries! Shifts are in four hour blocks, but if you can only come for part of it, thats okay, too. Simply sign up in the shift that is closest, then email to let us know your details.

We do this every year for the last few years, and people always say they like it, even though it is a fair amount of work, it is good work. Also, don’t worry if a few people are already signed up, we can always use a few extra hands.

Spanish speakers especially encouraged to volunteer, but not at all required!

8am-noon
8 am - FIESTA MART - VOTER REGISTRATION MARATHON

12-4pm
12 noon - FIESTA MART - VOTER REGISTRATION MARATHON

4pm-8pm
4 pm -FIESTA MART - VOTER REGISTRATION MARATHON

8pm-midnight
8 pm - FIESTA MART - VOTER REGISTRATION MARATHON

Other Locations:
University Co-Op on the Drag @ 2246 Guadalupe
Wheatsville Coop @ 3101 Guadalupe
Goodwill @ 2800 S Lamar
Whole Foods Market @ 6th at Lamar
Fiesta Mart @ IH 35 and 38th
Guero’s @ 1412 S. Congress
Riverside Grocery (Parker & East Riverside) @ 1727 E Riverside Dr
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts @ 701 E Stasney Dr
MT Supermarket - Chinatown Center @ 10901 N. Lamar Blvd.

Email Ryan Giggs, anytime, at info@registertravis.com for details and assignments.

Thanks for being involved,
LFT Steering Committee
(Crystal, Lila, Mario, Michael, Richard and Sabas)

2008-Jan-30

Hispanic Candidates “Meet Up” and Voter Registration Drive

Filed under: — site admin @ 8:23 pm

From TCDP candidate Fidel Acevedo comes this invite:

Hispanic Candidates “Meet Up” and Voter Registration Drive

LA RUMBA Disco
1907 E. Riverside Drive
Austin Texas
Saturday,Feb 2, 2008
2:00 pm to 6:00pm

Hola,

You are cordially invited to attend this “meet up” with the Hispanic Candidates. Learn more about the vision and ideas of the candidates and how they are important to all of us.

This promises to be a great event for Hispanic voters to learn more about the candidates. Invite your friends and have a good time. We will be registering voters at this event. Music and food will be provided.

Co-Sponsored by
Agustin Zavaleta owner La Rumba Disco
Austin Tejano Music Coalition
Tejana Production – Gloria La Tejana
Progressive Hispanic Democrats (PHD’s)
Mexican American Democrats (MAD)

2008-Jan-29

Hillary Clinton and the ’smart fence’

Filed under: — site admin @ 9:34 pm

So, it is looking more and more like Texas will have some say in the Presidential Picking Showdown of 2008. In an effort to get prepped for a Texas primary and to help people make more informed decisions (and to keep The Onion from always being right ; ) here is a little info from April 2006 from the folks at Newsday, an actual paper, and not to be confused with crazies at NewsMax :

Clinton backs border ’smart fence’
BY TOM BRUNE AND GLENN THRUSH
Newsday Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton raised eyebrows this weekend by saying that she thought use of a “smart fence” along parts of the U.S.-Mexico border could identify people approaching the barrier.

The statement, made in response to a question posed by a Daily News columnist, puts Clinton on the same page with some conservative members of the House. The House included a study of such a fence in the get-tough immigration bill it passed last year.

Earlier, Clinton had said that measure, which includes a provision criminalizing assistance to illegal immigrants, would have resulted in the imprisonment of “Jesus himself.”

Clinton, who has not played a central role in the frenzied negotiations over reforms, still supports a bipartisan Senate bill providing a path to citizenship for undocumented workers.

Read it all and let us know what you think…

2008-Jan-28

Xavier Becerra, and two Kennedys endorse Obama

Filed under: — site admin @ 10:23 am

So, LFT is not officially involved in presidential primaries, so consider this just information, not advocacy, as we consider the role Texas will play in this very exciting election:

…the House’s highest-ranking Latino, California Rep. Xavier Becerra, also announced that he is backing Obama.

The (Ted) Kennedy endorsement could also give Obama a lift among Hispanic voters, thanks to Kennedy’s high profile on immigration legislation. The Obama campaign, which lags far behind Clinton among Hispanic voters, according to national polls, will be expectedly to prominently display the endorsements by both Kennedys in Latino communities.

with a h/t to dKos

2008-Jan-16

Latinos For Texas Endorsement results, or ‘oh sh*t, I told them both they had my support…*’

Filed under: — site admin @ 9:11 am

Hello all

Well, it was exciting, energizing, well-attended (and quite quick!) endorsement meeting. We opened with a few candidates from races we were not endorsing in (yet), and then straight to the 3-minute ‘Why me’ talk from the candidates. Most of these candidates have been dropping by meetings for literally months (Barrera, Lipscombe, Hatchcock, Hurley) and we have had excellent discussions, so these presentations were mostly re-caps of previous experiences. (There were a few brand new candidates who were welcomed to speak about why they merit the endorsement, but honestly it is a steep hill to match multiple discussions in one 3 minute deal.)

Then, the candidates left the room, and we had ourselves a caucus. That’s right a good old-fashioned stand for your candidate, let’s open the floor for anyone who wants to sway others to join them caucus. This is probably my favorite part of the pre-season: its open, transparent, gets people literally to stand for their guy or gal, and gets people talking. All of which is both good practice for the presidential caucuses, or more importantly for when someone says ‘What’s the deal with so-and-so? should i vote for them?’ you know its no big deal to throw in your two cents. And, before you know it, ordinary people are talking about why politics has an impact in their lives.

Also, it is important to know that we have many great candidates and while you can work to help a few, you still can only vote for one. This is, i think, a healthy competition, and, in the end, we are all on the same team.

So the results, with detailed descriptions of the discussion and analysis in a follow-on post:
427th District Court
Judge Jim Coronado

98th District Court
Judge Andy Hatchcock

CD 10
Dan Grant

TCDP Chair
Andy Brown

Travis County Court #8
John Lipscombe

Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector
Glen Maxey

Like I mentioned, look for an additional post or two about why these candidates prevailed, but feel free to leave your two cents on these candidates in the comments.

But now on to the punchline:
A candidate waiting in the hallway during the caucuses told me after that as soon as we started, one person zoomed past them toward the exit. The candidate stopped the person, ‘Where are you going?!’ ‘oh sh*t,’ came the whispered reply, ‘I told them both they had my support!’ ahhh, little d democracy meets politics!

2008-Jan-10

LFT Endorsement Meeting, Tues, Jan 15, 7pm

Filed under: — site admin @ 10:50 am

LFT Endorsement Meeting
Tues, Jan 15, 7pm
El Mercado (1302 S. 1st St)

Hello

Indeed, we now have the difficult task of endorsing among the many qualified candidates. The last few endorsement meetings have been quite fun, and always energizing, so we are really looking forward to this one! If you somehow missed the many chances to talk with and really get to know these candidates, we have collected their information in one convenient location:
http://www.latinosfortexas.com/resources

We have chosen to endorse in the following races:
427th District Court
Judge Jim Coronado
Karyl Anderson Krug

98th District Court
Judge Andy Hatchcock
Judge Rhonda Hurley

CD 10
Larry Joe Doherty
Dan Grant

TCDP Chair
Fidel Acevedo
Andy Brown

Travis County Court #8
Carlos Barrera
John Lipscombe

Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector
Glen Maxey
Nelda Spears

While we added Judge Jim Coronado and the now-contested race for the 427th District Court, there are many additional races which merit attention. We want to not make half-hearted endorsements in additional races, so as time becomes available to talk with candidates and understand them and their vision better, we will certainly support those whom we think we can help.

One more note:If you are a voting (ie, paid) member, and want to vote by email, please send your choices to mario@latinosfortexas.com by noon tuesday. See yall there,
LFT Steering Committee
(Crystal, Lila, Mario, Michael, Richard and Sabas)

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