Latinos For Texas Blog

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.

2007-Jul-20

The greater agent of change: George Bush’s Administration or terrorists?

So, several years ago i read a question (i think it was in a paul krugman article) which i have quoted many times: ‘How do you know when you are five years out from the French revolution? or 5 months? or 5 days?’ or something quite close to that. its interesting to ponder what people (from random workers to executives, from the un-engaged citizen to the high-powered politicos) were doing, noting, thinking while others worked their levers of power, and grabbed what they could get — old ways be damned.

Like the frog and the boiling water, its easy to let things slide a little, thinking, well of course i dont trust them but they arent really crazy, certainly they understand people wont tolerate much more of that, these lunatics in suits arent really doing what the other lunatics in tinfoil are ranting about.

Well, the Washington post has an article about George Bush’s administration finally declaring itself truly out of the reach of Congressional wishes, deciding, with help of disgrace-to-texas AG AG, that the ‘executive privilege’ is really ‘executive branch privilege’ and, better yet, can be applied to folks who no longer are part of the executive branch. They have placed themselves above the law, in every meaningful way, although i admit, they have, in an evil-genius way, created a legal ‘opinion’ for that, too.

Some choice quotes:

Bush administration officials unveiled a bold new assertion of executive authority yesterday in the dispute over the firing of nine U.S. attorneys, saying that the Justice Department will never be allowed to pursue contempt charges initiated by Congress against White House officials once the president has invoked executive privilege.

David B. Rifkin, who worked in the Justice Department and White House counsel’s office under presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, praised the position and said it is consistent with the idea of a “unitary executive.” In practical terms, he said, “U.S. attorneys are emanations of a president’s will.” And in constitutional terms, he said, “the president has decided, by virtue of invoking executive privilege, that is the correct policy for the entire executive branch.”

Mark J. Rozell, a professor of public policy at George Mason University who has written a book on executive-privilege issues, called the administration’s stance “astonishing.”

“That’s a breathtakingly broad view of the president’s role in this system of separation of powers,” Rozell said. “What this statement is saying is the president’s claim of executive privilege trumps all.”

Is this a bold enough maneuver to shake loose the Republicans who voted again for this man and his minions? Already the Rs in congress have begun to understand, whether for political survival or perhaps for genuine reasons of principles, that George Bush’s Administration is a far greater threat to the continuation of American culture as we have come to know and love it, warts and all, than the foreign terrorists.

I wonder if citizens who chose this path realize they would generate TWO great threats to American democracy? Will this be enough to turn them, at the State level as well, to understanding that the Republican party, whatever it once might have claimed to stand for, is the vehicle for dismantling the constitution and our culture?

I will continue to hope that, as the miami sound machine sang, so presciently, so long ago: The hubris is gonna getcha, the hubris is gonna get ya…

2007-Jul-19

The voice of Austin…

Santos writes in to share that the edition of La Voz de Austen. is available online in pdf, and for several of Austin’s communities. The July issue covers the “many unanswered questions from the [death of] David Morales”, checks in on Johnston High’s future, and of course, “La Guerra en Irak” and more.

Check out the community info at http://www.lavoznewspapers.com.

2007-Jul-16

Tuesday Meetup, 7pm, Kerbey Lane (Guadalupe)

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Tanned, rested, and ready…

Ahh, the slow days of summer. We hope everyone is finding time to relax and recharge. The political season never quite leaves us, but it is good to take a break now and again. But, it also good to get together for some beers and some discussion on what is shaping up to be an exciting primary for the US Senate.

So, lets get together, Tuesday, 7pm at Kerbey Lane at 2606 Guadalupe and hear what people think about Rep. Rick Noriega (http://www.draftricknoriega.com) and Mikal Watts (http://www.wattsforsenate.com) and how we might lay the groundwork for organizing our communities so we present our strongest candidate against the weak, and relatively unliked, John ‘Box Turtle’ Cornyn.

Also, bring your ideas for an East Austin Initiative Summit. Last election cycle we pledged to not wait, and not let others wait, until its election month for action and resources to focus on what is usually called East Austin, but really means Hispanic and African-American Austin. Now is the time to plant some seeds, so lets talk some strategy to a better harvest (to drag that metaphor allll the way out ; ).

As always, hope to see you, with a friend,

Your LFT Steering Committee Mario, Crystal, Lila, Michael, & Sabas

2007-Jul-11

Noriega Postpones Exploratory Committee Announcement

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Noriega Postpones Exploratory Committee Announcement

Upon the Passing of Lady Bird Johnson (1912-2007)

(HOUSTON, TX) — Representative Rick Noriega issued the following statement this afternoon:

‘Melissa and I were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Lady Bird Johnson this afternoon. She represented the best of Texas – larger-than-life, open-hearted, confident, idealistic. Millions of her fellow Americans were touched by her kindness and her warmth. In her calm, positive way, she worked to beautify America and to improve the lives of all its citizens, especially children. Her legacy will survive and enrich Texas and this nation through the ages.’

Out of respect for her passing, Representative Noriega has postponed the announcement of the formation of his U.S. Senate exploratory committee until Monday morning, July 16, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. CDT. The announcement is still scheduled for the Heroes of the Alamo monument near the south steps of the Texas Capitol Building.

WHO: State Representative and Lieutenant Colonel Rick Noriega
WHAT: Announcement of creation of the Rick Noriega for Texas Exploratory Committee for the U.S. Senate
WHEN: Monday, July 16, 2007, 11:00 a.m. CDT
WHERE: Heroes of the Alamo Monument on the Great Walk
South Side of the Texas Capitol Building
1200 N. Congress Avenue, Austin
WEBSITE: http://www.ricknoriega.com

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