Latinos For Texas Blog

2007-May-1

UPDATE: HB 626 passes

Despite wide-spread opposition, and a truly remarkable, even stunning, lack of evidence pointing to a need for its existence, HB 626 passed out of the house.

State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin) released a statement which sums it up nicely

“Let’s be clear about this: there is no voter impersonation problem or voter fraud epidemic in this state,” said Rep. Rodriguez. “This is part of a partisan disenfranchisement effort to keep seniors, minorities, and the poor from voting.  I voted against House Bill 626 to protect the voting rights of every Texan.”

From the federal level on down, there really is a systematic effort by Republicans to win elections by manipulating the process, since they cannot compete on the merits. And, it doesn’t hurt that they find it morally easy to scapegoat the already tenuously involved, and their low-information, lousy-moral-compassed minions just plod along according to their marching orders.

is it too cliche to remind people of the banality of evil?

2007-Apr-23

UPDATE: HB218 passes out of the House, HB 626 postponed

from BOR:

“House Bill 218, the voter ID bill, has passed the House 76 - 68. Luckily House Bill 626, requiring proof of citizenship, has been postponed until next Monday.”

derrrghhhh… Altho, as i understand it, there is no true Senate companion bill, and Senator Ellis has proclaimed he has the support needed to stop one in his side of the dome. Lets make sure no Dems get peeled away — and make sure your electeds know you are watching and remembering.

URGENT: Call today to stop the Voter Roadblock bills (HB 218 and Hb 626)

LATINOS FOR TEXAS CALL TO ACTION

Call your State Rep. and tell them to vote NO on HB218 and HB 626. http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/

I am sure you read loads of alarmist-sounding posts, but please pay attention and act today because there really is a coordinated Voter Suppression effort rolling through the Lege right now, this morning.

There are two bills in the Texas House (HB 218 and HB 626) which pretend to fight Voter ID fraud although it has been proven to NOT exist. The real plan of these bills is to reduce voting participation by throwing up roadblocks to Voter Registration and Voter Registration Drives, and essentially kick just about anyone who moves frequently (read: disproportionately poor, minority, seniors, and youth voters, base-hopping soldiers’ families), or who doesn’t remember to send away for a ‘certified’ copy of their birth certificate, passport or naturalization papers weeks ahead of the 30-days-before-an-election voter registration deadline.

On a recent conference call hosted by True Courage Action Network, a non-partisan non-profit, it was revealed that the minimum cost, even for voters who have been voting for 20 years but maybe move, or get married and change names, will be roughly $20 for the certified copy of a birth certificate. And, possibly as much as $90 if you are a naturalized citizen.

Call your State Rep. and tell them to vote NO on HB218 and HB 626. http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/

HB 626 requires proof of citizenship at the time of registration, in the form of certified copy of either your birth certificate, passport or naturalization papers, and because no one carries these around, and if they did no one in their right mind will hand a copy of these documents to a stranger to register to vote, effectively killing voter registration drives. HB 218 requires multiple forms of identification at the poll.

Learn More:
http://www.truecourageaction.net
http://www.tx.billhop.com/bills/80(R)/HB626/

2007-Mar-27

Act Today to Save Voter Registration!

Quick, do you have your proof of citizenship on you? Do you even know what counts as proof? Would you be carrying it on you when you head to a music festival, a parade, or immunization day?

Well, certain House Republicans know this, and in an effort to combat unsubstantiated and fabricated ‘voter ID fraud,’ the House Committee on Elections is moving on Wednesday to approve a bill which make it harder for people to become involved, or stay involved. These bills will do three things

  • Require proof of citizenship PLUS an additional ID just to register, at the time of registration.
  • Require even long-term voters to re-register after moving, WITH proof of citizenship — even if they have been dutiful voters for years and years.
  • Require two forms of ID at the poll.

THIS WILL EFFECTIVELY KILL VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVES!
CONTACT STATE REPS AND TELL THEM TO REJECT HB 218 and HB 626

CONTACT INFO:
PHONE NUMBERS

Opposing:

Rafael Anchía
Capitol: (512) 463-0746
District: (214) 943-6081

Lon Burnam
Capitol: (512) 463-0740
District: (817) 924-1997

Joe Farías
Capitol: (512) 463-0714

Favoring:
Leo Berman (Chair)
Capitol: (512) 463-0584
District: (903) 939-2400

Dwayne Bohac (Vice-Chair)
Capitol: (512) 463-0727
District: (713) 460-2800

Charlie Howard
Capitol: (512) 463-0710
District: (281) 565-9500

Undecided:
Kirk England
Capitol: (512) 463-0694
District: (972) 264-4231

FAX NUMBERS

Opposing:
Rafael Anchía
Capitol Fax: (512) 463-0738
District Fax (214) 920-9996

Lon Burnam
Capitol Fax: (512) 463-1075
District Fax (817) 924-6788

Favoring:
Leo Berman (Chair)
Capitol Fax: (512) 463-3217
District Fax (903) 939-2402

Dwayne Bohac (Vice-Chair)
Capitol Fax: (512) 463-0681
District Fax (713) 460-2822

Charlie Howard
Capitol Fax: (512) 463-0711
District Fax (281) 565-1579

Undecided:
Kirk England
Capitol Fax: (512) 463-1130
District Fax (972) 522-5918

EMAIL ADDRESSES

Opposing:
rafael.anchia@house.state.tx.us
lon.burnam@house.state.tx.us
joe.farias@house.state.tx.us

Favoring:
leo.berman@house.state.tx.us
dwayne.bohac@house.state.tx.us
charlie.howard@house.state.tx.us

Undecided
kirk.england@house.state.tx.us

2007-Jan-12

Rep. Eddie Rodriguez showing love for citizens, even the blogging sort

An excellent start to the Lege, from LFT-endorsed State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin), which not only allows, but, can it be true, actually encourages people to be more involved in politics, and the process.

Representative Eddie Rodriguez to propose amendment to support Bloggers

AUSTIN– Representative Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin) will propose an amendment to the house rules today that will give established Bloggers access to the House floor.

“With the rise of citizen journalism, it no longer makes sense to limit access to House business solely to the traditional press outlets,” said Representative Rodriguez.

Political blogs are some of the limited media that focus solely on reporting the happenings at the Capital and many of these Bloggers regularly break stories that show up in the traditional media.

Bloggers, as defined by this revised rule, produce original reporting and informed comment worthy of credentials. This amendment will allow increasingly popular non-traditional media, the privileges necessary to more effectively inform citizens on governmental issues.

“This kind of measure would encourage citizen participation in government and help demystify the system for the general public,” said Rodriguez.

2006-Dec-12

TX-23 Ciro Rodriguez results (in progress…)

Filed under: — site admin @ 8:15 pm

IT S GONNA BE SWEET!

from http://204.65.107.84/06decspcrun.htm

Unofficial Election Results As Of : December 12, 2006 08:08 PM
Henry Bonilla REP 14,167 45.90% 16,829 43.46%
Ciro D. Rodriguez DEM 16,700 54.10% 21,897 56.54%
————— —————
Total Votes Cast 30,867 38,726
Precincts Reported 99 of 267 Precincts 37.08%

Unofficial Election Results As Of : December 12, 2006 08:39 PM
CANDIDATE PARTY EARLY VOTES PERCENT TOTAL VOTES PERCENT
Henry Bonilla REP 14,419 46.05% 27,285 44.19%
Ciro D. Rodriguez DEM 16,896 53.95% 34,456 55.81%
————— —————
Total Votes Cast 31,315 61,741
Precincts Reported 198 of 267 Precincts 74.16%

2006-Nov-29

Republican Henry Bonilla profit from the war?

(This is some very interesting documentation about Republican Henry Bonilla, promoted from a comment below. - mario)

Bonilla-a war profiteer? Documentation says “yes”

by Larry Romo, Texas Demvets Chair

Researched by Larry Romo

Henry Bonilla + Alliant Techsystems Inc. Relationship

The Facts:
In early 2002, Bonilla bought through his spouse, tens of thousands of dollars in stock in defense contractor Alliant Techsystems Inc.

Later In 2002, the House Appropriations Committee designated and Congress voted authorizing $1.25 billion dollars for Alliant Techsytems, Inc. to provide Army munitions, $94 million more than the Department of Defense requested.

That same year, the Alliant Techsystems, Inc. Employees Political Action Committee (PAC) contributed $1,000 to Bonilla’s congressional campaign, in addition to the $500 he received in 2001.

With his vote in 2002 as a congressman and as a member of the Appropriations Committee, Bonilla boosted the value of his own stock in Alliant Techsystems, Inc., a company that is receiving more defense appropriations as the war in Iraq continues, meaning higher stock values and more money for campaign contributions.

This conflict of interest is highly unethical for a public official. Bonilla used his position as a congressman to boost his family personal finances and his campaign.

Documentation:
Bonilla’s 2002 Personal Financial Disclosure: http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/pfd2002/N00005985_2002.pdf

Alliant Techsystems 2002 Fall Report: http://www.biz.uiowa.edu/Krause/Alliant_TechSystems_F02.pdf#search=’Alliant%20techsystems%20%20Defense%20appropriations’

Bonilla’s 2002 Campaign Contribution Report:
http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/can_give/2001_H2TX23058

2006-Nov-27

“HELLO, I AM CALLING TO HELP TEXANS ELECT ANOTHER DEMOCRAT TO CONGRESS…”

TrueBlueAction.com announces http://ciro.onlinephonebanking.com is up and running!

OnlinePhoneBanking the most efficient and effective way for folks anywhere in the state (or country) to help Democrat Ciro Rodriguez defeat Republican Henry Bonilla. The netroots worked hard for Ciro last time, and with this new tool, we can turn netroots passion into grassroots action!

Learn more about TX-23: Democrat Ciro Rodriguez v Republican Henry Bonilla

Make simple calls to voters in any precinct in TX-23 to identify Democrats for GOTV, from the comfort of your home, right now, using OnlinePhoneBanking’s tools. Choose any precinct, and if you want, choose any demographic in that precinct - women, men, seniors, youth, anyone, and more. TrueBlueAction provides tools, scripts and data, you provide the volunteer effort and the data that helps Democrats!

Click here to make calls at Ciro.OnlinePhoneBanking.com

2006-Aug-24

TrueBlueAction.com and Onlinephonebanking.com

As a bit toward explaining the recent slowdown in LFT blog posts, let me offer two clues:
TrueBlueAction.com and Onlinephonebanking.com which yours truly has been working many long hours developing, designing, programming along with the inimitable Glen Maxey and Hunter Ellinger.

With these tools, ‘every volunteer can phone, walk, register or GOTV their friends and neighbors in their precinct, local area or across the state’ and in just the last two weeks of soft-launch testing, hundreds of people from all over the state have contacted thousands of voters. We can ramp that up and contact 10, 25, 100,000 voters before election time?

so spread the word and thanks for helping!
mario

For those that didnt get or didnt read a recent Maxey blast:

I want to introduce you to a dynamic new online set of tools at www.TrueBlueAction.com

It is my hope that you’ll make use of the many tools you find at this innovative new site.

It has been created by a new political action committee, True Blue Action PAC, whose sole reason to exist is to make tools available to identify and turn out Democratic voters for candidates at all levels.

Chris Bell, Democratic nominee for Governor, has been instrumental in helping us get off the ground. His campaign understands the need for ALL Democrats running at all levels to assist in turning out voters for each other.

There is NO COST to use these tools. They are open, accessible and free. TrueBlueAction simply asks that you use them to work for Democratic issues and candidates.

Ever want a walk list, phone list, or other data for your street, precinct or area? Here it is!

On this site, you’ll find some easy to use tools. Among them are:

a) Build a walk list to canvass your street or are

b) Print out pre-filled accurate Mail Ballot Applications for seniors, disabled, or those who’ll be out of town

c) Use the Online Phone Bank to call to ID voters, and GOTV during early voting and on election day to turn out the vote in your precinct or anywhere in Texas!

d) Email your friends across Texas voting reminders with their early voting locations

e) Build a list of voters you know (friends, co-workers, etc.) to “turn out to vote”. Get daily reminders whether they’ve voted early if you’re in a county that has electronic access to early voters.

f) Register new voters and make a retrievable list by entering them in this system so that they’ll get voting reminders.

g) And much, much more as we proceed and great volunteers add tools!

As we improve this site, we’ll send you updates of new tools that have been added. Thanks to the creative energy of lots of volunteers, we’re literally changing the way grassroots politics happens across Texas.

Give as feed back at admin@trueblueaction.com

There is now no excuse for someone not being able to help our Democratic candidates.

Every volunteer can phone, walk, register or GOTV their friends and neighbors in their local area or even across the state!

2006-Jul-5

Rick Bolanos has a few words to say

Filed under: — site admin @ 12:13 pm

Ami M. Sanchez, JD writes in to say:

Rick Bolanos needs your help! He’s running for Congress against Republican incumbant Henry Bonilla (*boo hiss*), and it would be great if the Latino community -our community- could stand behind him and help him show Bonilla that Latinos (or as Bonilla calls us “professional minorities”) WILL be heard.

Rick Bolanos has got a press realease on the SCOTUS decisions on his website: http://www.rickbolanosfortexas.com

Rick Bolano’s statement has some excellent points, and i like how he cuts to the quick:

It was morally reprehensible to violate the Voting Rights of those Hispanics in an obvious attempt to ensure Henry Bonilla’s re-election. The actions of those persons was a repugnant and shameful act that is indicative of the crisis of corruption…

This race has been perhaps overlooked or overshadowed among the netroots by Delay v Lampson (or should that be Delay v Leavenworth?) and Smith v Courage, Cuellar v Ciro, etc. Replacing Bonilla with Bolanos would definitely be an important victory.

Who can tell us more about Bolanos, his campaign, his outlook for victory?

2006-Jun-6

Texas Dem Party State Chair and the Executive Director should be a strong team

ok, i like you Alfred Stanley, so dont take this personal. BUT i have some disagreements with how your email to TDP Convention Delegates is presenting information, some of it small, but still telling, some of it larger, and questionable.

perhaps its just a misunderstanding, in which case, someone, Alfred or Boyd or Ruben if you are reading, please fill me in.

In an email the TDP delegates just received, Alfred calls Boyd, ‘our current chair’ but really, by law and more importantly by concept, he is the ‘interim chair’ and BECAUSE its already been debated, and i would be surprised if Alfred didnt see this debate on BOR, to keep calling him just Chair hardly seems a meaningless slip. I think someone wants folks to think Boyd, a good and hard-working fellow and all, IS the Chair, and that in just a few weeks he can properly claim credit to things outside his control, and that support for any other candidate is preventing Dem unity or is time-wasting or rock-the-boat-for-rocking’s sake — and its exactly that sort of game-playing with the rules that make people think Boyd is the establishment-machine back-room deal-making being foisted upon the Party.

Whomever wins Saturday’s vote will be Chair, and have the full support of folks like me and other delegates i am sure, but until then, its frankly a disservice to use that title now.

Also, Alfred’s email claims that we dont need Glen to be TDP chair because we have Ruben Hernandez as Executive Director. I have met Ruben, and i like him and am impressed and i hope he stays on as ED, but thats a red herring as to whether Glen or Boyd are better for the role of TDP Chair.

On to the specifics of why Ruben negates a need for Glen and how the ED prescribes a CHAIR role better suited to Boyd, Alfred writes “Ruben has hired the most diverse staff the Texas Democratic Party has ever had including two Hispanic field organizers, an African-American field organizer and an experienced, bilingual Deputy Communications Director whose top priority is Hispanic media and outreach. ”

Meanwhile Boyd has been claiming credit for these decision/actions both in person at the LFT meetup, and in his emails and direct-mail.

“As TDP Chair, I’ve already hired staff to concentrate on Hispanic media and grassroots outreach and have also initiated meetings with activists to begin our campaign efforts for the November election.” - June 03 email from Boyd Richie

You cant have it both ways. If Ruben alone made those decisions, why is Boyd claiming credit and merit for them, and if it is in fact a joint decision, then of course it matters who makes up the team that leads to those decisions. If its a joint decision, or perhaps one that came from the Chair, the assertion that Ruben negates a need for a personality like Glen is spurious, and non-causal.

BUT more importantly, let me remind folks who forgot, or perhaps never knew, that the bilingual, hispanic, black, and anglo field staff are ordered, and paid for by Dean’s DNC. And those of us who went to the DNC Hispanic Summit in San Antonio last year will recall Dean’s direct statement that money will not come into to Texas until TDP staff reflects Texas, and that specifically until TDP hired some black and hispanic field staff.

It is a good decision, but it wasnt really Ruben’s, or Soechting, or Boyd, or Glen or me or you. I think probably Ruben would have made a similar decision because it is a good decision, as building the strongest team is the goal so that the strong decisions become the ordinary fare of the day.

So speaking of a team and each member’s role, the explicit conclusion of Alfred’s email that the presence of Ruben as ED means that the TDP Chair exists solely for “fund-raising and financial ability, communications and coalition-building skills, knowledge of the entire state and the administrative skills to support the fine work our new executive director is doing” is, to me and i think people like me, a partial picture, and a little bit of exactly what people say when they say “establishment.” Its more of the same, tweaked up and all, but its not likely to be enough, in my humble opinion. I mean, if it were, whats been going on the last dozen years? Does anyone claim the previous Chairs and staff were so out of touch that they couldnt see they just needed some tweaks. Of course they werent. They were and are hardworking and committed and caring, but (enjoy this metaphor) they seem to be deciding among the best driving routes from here to there — as there are many many routes in this big State– and in the meantime have forgotten you can also get there both by flying, and telephone.

i think reasonable people can disagree, but it certainly doesnt seem like a tweak is gonna break us through to the winning side. Glen’s responses that i have seen and read easily sail past Boyd’s toward my desire for big structural fundamental RE-definition of TDP Chair’s roles.

Having a politician/political consultant who has won CONTESTED races for himself and others, as the head of a political party is a really obvious (and sensible) decision! Choosing an atty who theoretically can tap other attys for funds is a short-sighted decision, in my estimation — especially now that ‘tort reform’ laws have dried up much of the trial lawyer’s long-vaunted funding.

comments, ideas??
mario

2006-Jun-1

So, what is the role of the TDP Chair?

Perhaps it too late, but it seems the first order should be to determine on what basis people are actually casting their votes for TDP Chair?

There seems to be some fundamentally different views of the Chair’s role:

  • Chairman of the board? (if so what board? SDEC?)
  • Executive Director?
  • CEO? COO? HR? MARKETING? or??
  • fundraiser-in-chief?
  • strategist-in-chief?(global or local or all?)
  • spokesperson-in-chief?
  • lead-field-organizer?
  • lead-inspirer?
  • lead-blockwalker?

all, none, just a few…?

Lets separate opinion from legal fact, if any.

So, perhaps there is some legal description of this (unpaid) job?

or legal proscription of what the Chair can and cannot do (regardless of what traditionally the chair does and doesnt do)?

what body, if any, governs the chair? does the legal language,if any, say they have to approve, allow, guide??

Once those facts are known, then let the discussion debates arguments roll on about what roles COULD be filled, and which are most important (and give some basis for why its important), and who is most likely to fill that bill.

so, who has some knowledge on the legal questions?

thanks
mario

(cross-posted at BOR)

2006-Apr-10

March on Monday, Vote onTuesday!

MARCH MONDAY APR 10!

National Day of Action for Immigrant Justice
http://www.april10.org /

City: Amarillo
Date: 4/10
Time: 9:00AM
Location: Amarillo Civic Center
Event Details: Walk to City Hall, please try to wear a white shirt
Contact Name: Yazmin Flores
Contact Email: Yazminflrs@yahoo.com

City: Austin
Date: 4/10
Time: 11:00-2:00 and 4:00 at the Capitol
Location: University of Texas Campus from 11:00-2:00 and starting at the Capitol to the Governors Mansion onto Cornyn’s Office 4:00
Event Details: National Day of Action for Immigrant Justice - student walkout and march
Contact Name: Emily Timm, Ana Yanez-Correa, Cristina Tzintzun
Contact Phone: 512-300-8011 (Emily) or 512-441-9512 x 109 (Ana) or 512- 474-0007 x 106
Contact Email: acorrea@criminaljusticecoalition.org (Ana) or cristina@equaljusticecenter.org

City: Corpus Christi
Date: 4/10
Time: 6:00PM
Location: Memorial Coliseum
Event Details: The Corpus Christi March for Immigration with Dignity
Contact Name: Totsy Armadillo - LULAC
Contact Phone: 361-888-5154
Contact Email: lulaccouncil1@yahoo.com

City: El Paso
Date: 4/10
Time: 10:00AM (Sunland Park City Hall), 12:30PM (Chamizal), 4:00PM (Plaza de los Lagartos)
Location:Central El Paso location at 12:30PM, Chamizal National Memorial Park. For Southern New Mexico gather at 10:00AM at Sunland Park, NM City Hall
Event Details: March, demonstration and rally
Contact Name: Fernando Garcia
Contact Phone: 915-577-0724
Contact Email: bordernet2001@yahoo.com

City: Houston
Date: 4/10
Time: 1:00
Location: Guadalupe Plaza, corner of Jensen and Navigation
Event Details: April 10th Coalition - march and rally at 3:30
Contact Name: Angela Mejia - LCLAA
Contact Phone: 832-524-6158
Contact Email: mexxia5@sbcglobal.net

City: Houston
Date: 4/10
Time: 4:00PM
Location: Lee High School
Event Details:Protest Against HR 4437
Contact Name: Anita Wadhwa
Contact Email: aquamarinated@yahoo.com

City: Houston
Date: 4/10
Time: 7:00PM-8:30PM
Location: University of St. Thomas, Student Life Mall - 3800 Montrose, Blvd.
Event Details:Please join the UST community as we gather in payer and contemplation to pray for the dignity of the human person and justice for all.
Contact Name: Emiliano Herrera III
Contact Phone: 832-647-2001
Contact Email: herrerem@stthom.edu or ortizd@stthom.edu

City: San Antonio
Date: 4/10
Time: 5:00PM
Location: Milam Park
Event Details: TBD
Contact Name: Elisa Gonzalez and Claudia Sanchez
Contact Phone: 210-602-1533 (Elisa) or 210-355-4050 (Claudia)
Contact Email: egonzalez@seiutx.org (Elisa) or orzeta_divinity@yahoo.com (Claudia)

City: San Antonio
Date: 4/10
Time: 12:00PM walkout, 2:00PM student rally
Location: Campus of the University of Texas-San Antonio - walkout, Milam Park - student rally
Event Details: Student walkout and rally
Contact Name: Bonita, Cristina, Beth, Veronica - Siempre United
Contact Phone:210-269-5595 (Bonita), 210-391-0962 (Cristina), 210-391-0962 (Beth), 210-625-0994 (Veronica)
Contact Email: siempreunited@yahoo.com

City: Tyler
Date: 4/10
Time: 8:00AM-11:00AM
Location: Super 1 on 271
Event Details: March
Contact Name: Jose Sanchez - Day Without An Immigrant
Contact Phone: 903-758-8700
Contact Email: jose@attorneysanchez.com

VOTE TUESDAY APRIL 11

STATEWIDE INFO:
http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/county.shtml

BEXAR COUNTY:
http://www.co.bexar.tx.us/webap ps/html/elstrinq01.asp

DALLAS COUNTY:
http://www.dalcoelections.org/

HARRIS COUNTY:
http://www.harrisvotes.org/

TRAVIS COUNTY:
http://www.traviscountytax.org/displayEDSearch.do?vtype=d

WEBB COUNTY:
http://webbcounty.com/

Volunteer on Tuesday for:

* Valinda Bolton Campaign
website: http://www.ValindaBolton.com
email: info@ValindaBolton.com
phone: Elizabeth Hartman 512-773-0804

* Barbara Ann Radnofsky Campaign
1770 St. James Place, Suite 606A
Houston, Texas
website: http://www.radnofsky.com/
email: Shellee OBrien, volunteers@radnofsky.com
phone: 713-858-6256

Thanks for being involved!

2006-Mar-22

“Paper ballots - not vapor ballots!”

Sonia coins a great phrase!

I think it sums up pretty well the trust we can have in proving our representative democracy is just that: representative.

and Sonia rounds up the press stories dealing with debated and contested TX 2006 primaries, which, and i am sure you appreciate the irony, cannot really be debated or contested while we have no meaningful way to recount.

check her diary at BOR.

2006-Mar-2

Glen Maxey is running for Tx Dem State Party Chair

At last night’s DFT meetup in Austin, I had the great pleasure of introducing Ciro Rodriguez, who revved up the crowd with some good digs at Delay, the Medicare ‘Pinata of Perks’ for Big Pharmacy, and about the widespread support and resources that have breathed a new energy into his campaign. (Full Report next post…)

Another announcement likewise brought a new energy into a different race:
Glen Maxey, former State Rep, Coordinated-campaigns organizer, and father of CHIP, announced he is running for State Party Chair of the Texas Democratic Party. This is big news, and great news because Glen not only understands what needs to be done, has experience doing it, he understands what can be done, and better, he understands there are people all across that state who, with some tools and techniques, will do it themselves, for themselves, better than anyone could do it for them.

Glen lays it out, in English and in Spanish, for All of Texas to find out more.

Read it or listen to the podcasts(en inglés y en español) at www.maxeyforchair.com

It all depends on you, and it all starts with going to your precinct caucus Tuesday March 7th, 7:15pm at your official precinct polling location. Even if you voted early, go to your precinct caucus, Tuesday March 7th, 7:15pm and sign in, then sign up to be a delegate to your county convention. Its simple and might take you as little as 15 minutes.

Detailed English instructions for a precinct caucus are available at MaxeyForChair.com, Spanish instructions will be available soon.

Do you think this is a good move? Do you have questions about the process? Lets compare candidates, tell us what you know in the comments!

2006-Feb-8

Holy Cow indeed: Rick Bolanos v Bonilla

Filed under: — site admin @ 10:48 am

Lifted right from SAAPACblog
on which Esther tells us:

Holy Cow!!! We have a bonafide candidate running against Slick Henry Bonilla in the 23rd District! His name is Rick Bolanos and it looks like we’re going to have quite a ride.

Could it be, Cuellar and Bonilla with credible challengers?? If i didnt have an alternate life, i would LOVE to engage a debate, with genuine discussion on the views of these folks! Here is some more info, lifted from SAAPAC, via DailyKos:

Rick and his three brothers all served in VietNam at the same time, the only four brothers to do so. LBJ recognized them for their service as did the Texas Lege in the recent session. Active in both Democratic and veterans affairs, Rick is a strong candidate to take on former news talking head and DeLay rubberstamp Henry Bonilla.

and some original ‘research,’ his site:
http://www.rickbolanosfortexas.com/

enjoy.

2005-Aug-10

Introducing a Friend

Filed under: — LaGirlFriday @ 10:41 am

I met Anthony at SVREP’s Latino Academy last summer. Check out his new blog DC9 - Politics, campaigns and more… when you get a chance.

Anthony loves numbers, and as a native of El Paso who spent a lot of time organizing in Texas and Colorado, has a unique take on politics.

A post covering the DNC Hispanic summit is here.

2005-Jan-13

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