Latinos For Texas Blog

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-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-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)

2007-Oct-1

Rep. Eddie Rodriguez Austin Fundraiser

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If you are in Austin, and you drive, you know what a big deal the traffic scene can be in your life. If you follow local politics, you know Rep Rodriguez is a great guy who really does work to help his constituents. LFT has been proud to support him in the past, and if you can, you should come down to support him tonight!

Blocked at Every Turn?
It’s Time to Talk About Our Road at a Forum & Fundraiser
honoring Stare Rep. Eddie Rodriguez.

WHEN: Tonight, Oct. 1, 2007, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
WHERE: Freddie’s Place, 1703 S. 1st Street, Austin

http://www.TxRepEddieRodriguez.com

For more information, call (512) 292-3000.


2007-Sep-24

TexBlog PAC Austin Fundraiser - TONIGHT, Sept 24.

Filed under: — site admin @ 10:00 am

Another worthy event. This is a new organization, but the folks at the center know what they are doing in terms of organizing both online and off. Blogs and netroots action can make a difference in the close races, perhaps the difference that swings the Texas House back to the people, not the corrupt pay-to-play Republicans. If you can show support for this effort, we will see results soon!

Here is their release:

Democratic State Representatives
Jim Dunnam, Pete P. Gallego, Garnet Colem, Trey Martinez Fischer, Lon Burnam, Eddie Rodriguez, Mark Strama, Valinda Bolton

Invite You to Attend the
TexBlog PAC Inaugural Fundraiser
TONIGHT, September 24th, 2007
6:00 to 8:00 pm

At the home of
Kurt and Amy Clark Meachum
5103 Cedro Trail, Austin, Texas, 78731

For additional information, or to sponsor the event, call Christine Simmons at 512-292-3000. Contributions and sponsorships can be completed online :
http://www.actblue.com/page/texblogpac

Judge Jim Coronado Austin Fundraiser: Wed, Sept. 26

Filed under: — site admin @ 9:51 am

LFT proudly supported Judge Jim Coronado’s efforts last cycle, he is superbly qualified and a real standout in the community. If you can help, come on by:

Judge Jim Coronado kick-off fund-raiser and campaign roundup this Wednesday, Sept 26:

Thistle Cafe, 300 West Sixth Street
Wednesday, September 26, 5 - 7 PM
Suggested Donation: $50
(all contributions welcome! Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres & complimentary beverages)

Jim Coronado is currently Magistrate Judge of the Travis County Criminal District Courts, appointed unanimously by the criminal district judges in 1991. He has been a judge for more than 18 years and is a past president of the Austin/Travis County Bar Association. He is a candidate in the upcoming March 4, 2008 Democratic Primary for judge of the 427th District Court.

This criminal district court was created by an act of the 79th Legislature, came into existence in January of this year and was recently filled by gubernatorial appointment. The voters of Travis County will choose the next judge in the November 4, 2008 general election.

Sponsorships available
Trail Boss $2,500; Top Hand $1,000; Wrangler $500; Drover $250; Ranch Hand $125. (Checks may be brought to the event. On-line donations also accepted at http://www.judgejimcoronado.com/contrib.php)

2007-Sep-17

Meetup: Clean Elections, Travis County Democratic Chair candidates

Filed under: — site admin @ 12:24 pm

On the agenda:

True Courage Action Network’s Clean Elections Projects
Travis County Democratic Chair candidates.
The Cesar E. Chavez Statue Unveiling Ceremony (Oct. 9th).
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 7pm at Kerbey Lane Cafe, 2606 Guadalupe St.

True Courage Action Network’s Field Director Stewart Snider will present the TCAN Clean Elections project, a statewide initiative to educate voters and candidates about the role of public financing of elections. Its an idea whose time has come in Texas, but it won’t be easy, or quick. This should be an informative and engaging discussion. Background info: http://www.truecourageaction.net/tcans-clean-elections-project

The announced TCDP Chair candidates have been invited for a friendly getting to know you and your vision discussion. All three TCDP candidiates we know about, Fidel Acevedo, Andy Brown and Rosie Mendoza will be there. The TCDP is an important piece if the Democratic puzzle here in Austin, so this role can really shape the overall efficiency and effectiveness of both grassroots and top-down action. This is a great chance to ask the potential Chairs about their priorities, and what they plan to do — and not do — if they get elected.

And, don’t forget The Cesar E. Chavez Statue Unveiling Ceremony.
The Student Body, President William Powers Jr. and The University of Texas at Austin Community cordially invite you and all the students on your campus to THE UNVEILING OF THE CÉSAR E. CHÁVEZ SCULPTURE on the Main Mall, October 9, 2007 at 11 A.M.

Visit http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/cesarchavez/rsvp.php to RSVP today, or call the UT Austin Office of the Dean of Students at (512) 471-5017 or e-mail at: wbrune@mail.utexas.edu.!
As always, hope to see you, with a friend,

Your LFT Steering Committee Mario, Crystal, Lila, Michael, & Sabas
Latinos for Texas Steering Committee Latinos for Texas is the Texas chapter of Latinos for America.
http://www.LatinosforTexas.com

2007-Jul-25

Austinites: Have Coffee with Rick, Texas’ next Pro-Choice United States Senator

Filed under: — site admin @ 3:14 pm

Found at DraftRickNoriega.com, here is a chance to meet and greet Rick Noriega, one of the leading Democratic Senate candidates. I am a big fan of looking at experience, policy, previous votes and the like, but its always nice to meet the candidates, if you can. If any Watts in Austin events pop, send them our way!

Dear Friends,

We would like to invite you to join us for coffee on Friday, July 27th, 9:30 am in the side room at Enoteca, 1610 S. Congress Ave. to meet a friend of ours, who also happens to be the only pro-choice candidate for US Senate in Texas … Rick Noriega.
Rick breaks a lot of stereotypes - for starters, he’s a Hispanic Catholic who earned a 100% voting
record with NARAL Pro-Choice Texas.  He also reminds us that some politicians do more than talk, as he’s served a tour of duty in Afghanistan as a Lt. Col. in the National Guard, as well as heading the logistical operations at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center housing evacuees in the
wake of Hurricane Katrina.

We realize this is a late invitation, but felt it was important that Austin pro-choice leaders
got a chance to meet face to face with Rick.  So we hope you will join us for an informal coffee,
this Friday, July 27th, 9:30 am in the side room at Enoteca, 1610 S. Congress Ave.

Sincerely,

James Aldrete
Mandy Dealey
Heather Paffe
Sarah Wheat
Laurie Felker Jones
Sara Cleveland
Bree Buchanan

P.S. Please feel free to bring along a friend, and forward this invitation to others in
the choice community as well.  Look forward to seeing you.

2007-May-15

David Escamilla, Travis County Attorney Fundraiser, May 16th

Filed under: — site admin @ 7:48 am

Just passing along a little info. LFT and Escamilla worked closely, along with MAD, and Tejano Dems on the East Austin Initiative last election. He really stood up for under-served communities, while finding a way to bridge some pretty different viewpoints. There is no minimum contribution required, and Escamilla deserves support. Hope to see yall there!

Please join Travis County Attorney

David Escamilla

in support of his 2008 re-election campaign


Wednesday, May 16, 5 - 7 PM

Thistle Cafe
300 West Sixth Street, Austin

Hors d’oeuvres — Cash Bar
complimentary garage parking

Suggested Donation: $50
(All contributions welcome! There is no minimum!)

Sponsorships: $250, $500, $1,000, $2,500, $5,000

Contributions payable to “David Escamilla Campaign” may be brought to the event or mailed to:

David Escamilla Campaign
PO Box 5674
Austin, TX 78763-5674

For information: 512-474-4738

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