Latinos For Texas Blog

2008-May-29

Rick Noriega needs volunteers at the State Convention

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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-13

Austin Meetup, Tues May 20 7pm

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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-Jan-30

Hispanic Candidates “Meet Up” and Voter Registration Drive

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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-28

Xavier Becerra, and two Kennedys endorse Obama

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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…*’

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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

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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-30

Travis County Dem Chair race: Rosie Mendoza drops out

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I only ever met Rosie Mendoza when she graciously came to an LFT meetup to discuss (with Andy Brown and Fidel Acevedo) the visions for the Travis County Democratic Party Chair. She struck me as thoughtful and plenty seasoned in community work, with excellent references, if not a lot of direct political/election or coordinated campaign experience. Although i didn’t know her personally, I was glad to see someone who so obviously cared for the community throw her hat into the ring. Competition is healthy, and I think we will still have plenty with the two folks who remain: Fidel Acevedo and Andy Brown.

Straight from the press release:

From the Desk of Rosie Mendoza

October 30, 2007
Dear Mario,
Rosie Mendoza HeadshotTwo months ago when Chairman Chris Elliott announced he would not seek another term, I responded to the call of dozens of our most respected and committed Democratic elected officials to provide leadership and vision by considering the position of Travis County Democratic Chair.

I did so with a clear idea of what I could offer our Party as we move forward toward two of the most important election cycles of our lifetime.

That vision and confidence is based on over twenty-five years of leadership experience in our community as a small business owner, a mother, Democratic activist and as a volunteer leader of some of Austin’s most successful community organizations like SafePlace, the Travis County Hospital District and the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Without question, the best part of my twenty-five year journey has been meeting amazing people, like you, who are so dedicated to progressive causes and improving the quality of life for all our community. You are the heart, soul and blue ink behind Travis County. I have been truly honored and overwhelmed by the support and endorsements of my candidacy. Your kind words and generosity have touched me deeply.

That is why I wanted to be the first to inform you that after much deliberation, I have decided to withdraw as a candidate for Travis County Democratic Party Chair. This was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made, but I wholeheartedly believe that it is the right decision for the future of our Party.

In recent elections, there has not been a contested race for Chair of the TCDP but this year there are three declared candidates, including myself. The race has already caused divisions in a community that should be united as we move into the 2008 election year. Current developments put us on a course for a highly contested Democratic primary, plus a likely primary run-off in April. With that in mind, even conservative estimates show that we (the three candidates) will end up spending several hundred thousand dollars combined to win this campaign.

I cannot, in good conscience, contribute to a campaign that risks fracturing us on the eve of the most important election in our lifetime nor can I justify spending tens-of-thousands of dollars from donors for an intra-Party campaign while some of our incredible incumbent Democrats like Representatives Donna Howard and Valinda Bolton need every available dollar to win re-election over well-funded Republican opponents next Fall.

When families disagree (and we are family, bound by our shared values) we must consider the consequences of our actions. We must be prepared to place the success of our Party over the success of the individuals. Today, I am taking that individual first step, and I sincerely hope that the two remaining candidates - Andy Brown and Fidel Acevedo - will consider our shared vision and values before continuing toward a costly race in March.

The 2008 election presents enormous opportunities and challenges for Democrats across Texas. The next Chair must enter his/her term with the credibility to unify the Party, keep it on solid financial ground, clearly communicate our vision and values and substantially increase voter turnout in all the communities of our Democratic base. Then, and only then, Travis County can live up to its full potential as not just a blue oasis in a red state, but as a driving force behind statewide Democratic victories in 2008 and 2010!

While I am out of the race, I intend to stay involved. I am still concerned about the need for our Travis County Party to reach out to minority communities and to involve their members as voters, activists, staff members and party leaders. We must publicly set goals and measure the effectiveness of our efforts in mobilizing all of Travis County behind our vision of a more just and caring society.

Thank you so much for your guidance, encouragement and support, I look forward to working with you on our issues and for our Party for years to come.
Democratically Yours,
Rosie Mendoza Signature
Rosie Mendoza, CPA

P.S. Donations to my campaign will be refunded pro rata to donors or, at the option of the donor, donated to the Travis County Democratic Party.

P.P.S. Here is an immediate opportunity for involvement: Travis County Elections needs Spanish-speaking election clerks for the Tuesday, November 6 election. Pay is $9/hour. Please call 854-4996 if you can help.

2007-Sep-17

Meetup: Clean Elections, Travis County Democratic Chair candidates

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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

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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.

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