Friday, October 31, 2014
"Understand, you senseless among the people; And you fools, when will you be wise?"
San Antonio -- Did you know Joe Straus has a Libertarian opponent?!?
Neither did we.
The Libertarian 'party' loves to (justifiably) complain about the two party system, but never does anything to become a credible alternative. While they run spoiler candidates in U.S. Senate races, they are woefully ignorant of the down ballot races that can serve as a foundation for future victories. State rep races are a perfect example of said down ballot races.
HD-121 would have been a fantastic place to start.
It's not a secret that the Tea Party can't stand the Republican incumbent. Almost 40% of Republican primary voters voted for the other guy. Yet what has the Libertarian party done to reach out to disaffected Republicans in a district that is clearly full of them?!?
[Sidenote: Ditto Byron Cook's race.]
Obviously, it's too late to do anything about it this cycle, but a credible Libertarian challenge to Straus could have captured interest around the state. It would have been a mutually beneficial outcome: the Tea Party would fet Straus out of the picture, the LP would have gotten their first state rep. But why take tangible steps toward an achievable goal when you can yammer on about Kathie Glass?!?
Thursday, October 30, 2014
"Therefore by their fruits you will know them."
Gee, wonder how she got to chair the alumni association?!?
Bush cronies unite!!! Read the whole thing here. Read Hutchinson's letters here.
Hutchison pulled strings for friends’ kids and grandkids at UTFormer U.S. senator Kay Bailey Hutchison sits on a committee tasked with finding the next president of the University of Texas, after Bill Powers submitted his resignation in July amid a scandal over favoritism shown to lawmakers in the admissions process.
If the university is seeking a president less susceptible to political influence than Powers, Hutchison makes an unlikely figure to consult, as she has been an avid string-puller for years.
A public records request turned up a dozen letters Hutchison sent directly to Powers in recent years, asking that he admit the children and grandchildren of her friends.
Two of the applicants had already been rejected, and Hutchison sought to have the decision reversed. All but one of the letters were written on U.S. Senate letterhead.
Hutchison remains influential in other ways, of course. She is president of UT’s alumni association, Texas Exes, which has waged a vigorous campaign in defense of Powers. As president of Texas Exes, she was one of eight people named to the search committee automatically, under the regents’ rules. There are seven others who were chosen by the board.
The dozen letters from Hutchison puts her in first place among others known to have interceded with Powers. Runners up include state House Speaker Joe Straus and two of his lieutenants, Reps. Dan Branch and Jim Pitts, each of whom has sent at least seven letters.
Or, as Hutchison added in a personal note to one of her “Dear Bill” letters, “I don’t know her personally, but she comes highly recommended by my friends.”
"For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life."
Nothing like quietly acting while folks are concentrating on early voting to bolster public confidence in your case:
Earlier today the Texas Ethics Commission gave itself broad new powers to dig into the finances of organizations critical of elected officials and to unconstitutionally expose donors to intimidation and harassment. And they are doing so in direct violation of Supreme Court rulings.Read the whole thing here.
Despite a gubernatorial veto last year, the opposition of two-thirds of the state senate and the majority of the House Republican caucus, the Texas Ethics Commission has moved forward with unconstitutional rules that they were specifically warned against implementing by six incoming state senators.
At today’s hearing, commissioners were warned by David Keating, a constitutional law expert who heads the Center for Competitive Politics, that this action defies current Supreme Court precedent.
Relying on their redefinition of the word “a,” the TEC is putting itself and the state on a collision course with costly lawsuits. That the TEC is now claiming this power was theirs all along should be enough to raise eyebrows. Legislation was introduced last legislative session to do what commissioners now say they had the power to do all along.
Put simply, the right of every Texan to support causes they believe in is under attack. Their privacy is being invaded, exposing them to harassment. The TEC is giving itself the power to silence voices of dissent through threat of legal intimidation at the hands of a state agency where citizens must prove themselves innocent.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
"While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage."
2 Peter 2:19
[Author's Note: View Part 1 here; Part 2 here.]
Episode 3 of Miriam Weeks' saga. In this installment, we learn more more about her background, coupled with her unconvincing 'no regrets' storyline. Before watching this video, understand that this is BY FAR the most graphic one in the series so far.
- "I have no idea who I'm going to be working with yet, I don't even know if it's a girl or guy."
- "When I was in 8th grade, I cut myself; I had a hand mirror and I punched it and took one of the shards and wrote 'FAT' in my thigh."
- "I'm a Porn Star, ex-Cutter, rape victim; that's a lot of baggage for one person to carry."
- "Now that I've done Porn, it's so much easier to detach emotions from sex...which I think is a good skill to have in life."
- Author's Note: NO, it's NOT.
- Spiritual but not religious.
"He frustrates the devices of the crafty,
So that their hands cannot carry out their plans."
Today's Statesman details the failure of Battleground Texas:
Despite talk of it being a historic election, Austinites are, so far, showing about the same interest in this year’s round of politics as they usually do. Early voting for the November election ends Friday. Twelve percent of Travis County voters had cast ballots by the end of Monday, almost exactly the same turnout as at this point in 2010, and within the range typically seen for a ballot headlined by a governor’s race, according to county election officials.It gets better:
The lower-than-expected turnout is happening in this deep-blue city despite a Democratic gubernatorial challenger who has energized the party base and an overhaul of the city government intended to engage a greater swath of Austin — not to mention nearly $1.4 billion worth of bonds to build an urban rail line and expand Austin Community College’s offerings.
Yet at this pace, only a modest 40 percent of voters will cast a ballot by the time the polls close on Election Day, according to election officials.
“It’s remarkable how closely (this year) has been tracking” with other gubernatorial elections, said Bruce Elfant, who oversees voter registration as Travis County’s tax assessor-collector. “I didn’t expect that. I thought turnout would be higher.”
Despite a first-day surge in statewide early voting across the state, reports have turnout flagging and now at about 10 percent, where it was at this point four years ago. (The early vote totals, in Travis County and statewide, don’t include absentee ballots.)
Early voting is an important benchmark because, if recent history is any guide, more than half the votes in Travis County will be cast by the time early voting ends. Elfant and other politicos had expected more people at the ballot box because Travis County signed up 4,000 deputy voter registrars and registered 65,000 new voters this election cycle, both unusually high for an election year not headlined by a presidential contest.
But the city moved its election this year to November. This was partly to expand the pool of people participating in city elections. That change was combined with a new, district-based election system that is supposed to empower whole areas of town where residents have felt disenfranchised.Heh, heh; our voters know!
Supporters of the switch argued it could draw new voters to the governor’s race, even people with virtually no record of civic engagement.
This has apparently not happened. As City Council candidates have campaigned, though, some have encountered voters who weren’t aware of the change. Some knocked the city for not conducting a more aggressive informational campaign, possibly with TV and radio advertisements.
Read the whole thing here.
"Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord,
But a just weight is His delight."
With hundreds of thousands of dollars at its disposal, Let's Go Austin's number one target to denounce seems to be, the Austin Tea Party. Let's Go Austin has run expensive newspaper ads, distributed massive amounts of mailers and even circulated a high dollar video telling Austinites, the Austin Tea Party is 1.) misleading them and 2.) is behind the campaign against Prop. 1. They even hired U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett to smear the Austin Tea Party, telling Austinites we were misleading them on the issue of light rail.Read the whole thing here.
This multithousand dollar PAC is spreading lies and deception and using the Austin Tea Party as their fall guy. They claim we are misleading the public on the light rail issue. Not true. But we have referred Austinites to http://norailtax.com/ to get the facts. By the way, Citizens Against Rail Taxes uses the same numbers as Let's Go Austin, just without the deception. Secondly, they claim that we are "behind" the campaign against Prop. 1. Not true. The Austin Tea Party is not involved with the planning and financing of the campaign against Prop. 1. We have spent ZERO dollars supporting the campaign and we have in no way been involved in planning or strategizing [sic] for the campaign.
So why is this almost half a million dollar PAC taking aim at the Austin Tea Party? Pure and simple, it's an act of desperation. They can't even justify their own facts so they have to deceive the public and demonize anyone who seeks the truth. Just think, with the half a million dollars Let's Go Austin is spending on deception (SEE VIDEO), we could have started to implemented "smart signal lights". Now there's a smart investment and common sense solution to traffic congestion.
"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan."
- Austin was affordable 26 years ago; it isn't now.
- A single mother should be able to afford to live here.
- Laura has "the drive, that spirit, to represent this district in the right, correct way it needs to be."
- District 4 has been "left behind" in infrastructure for 20 years.
- District 4 vulnerable to gentrification.