Political And Other Miscellany From A Stout Democrat In Dallas Texas.
"Politics is the only game for adults." --from Robert A. Heinlein's Double Star

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Applications Submitted For the 2016 Democratic Primary

(UPDATE: The applications listed below have now been signed as officially filed by the Dallas County Chair, Carol Donovan. The candidates listed below are now on the 2016 Primary ballot. The order people file in does not matter to their order on the primary ballot -- that is determined by a drawing in December after filing ends.)

The applications below were turned in on Tuesday, November 24:

As of 3:50 PM, Tuesday, November 24, 2015:

Toni Rose -- State Representative, District 110 (Incumbent)

As of 2:45 PM, Tuesday, November 24, 2015:

Yvonne Davis -- State Representative, District 111 (Incumbent)

As of 12:15 PM, Tuesday, November 24, 2015:

Helen Giddings -- State Representative, District 109 (Incumbent)

The applications below were turned in on Monday, November 23:

As of 2:10 PM, Monday, November 23, 2015:

Gracie Lewis -- Judge, Criminal Dist. Court No. 3 (Incumbent)

As of 12:10 PM, Monday, November 23, 2015:

Cedric W. Davis Sr. -- County Commissioner, Precinct 3

(Cedric Davis filing on November 23, with the DCDP donkey pinata.)

The application below was turned in on Friday, November 20:

As of 11:00 AM, Friday, November 20, 2015:

Laura Irvin -- State Representative, District 102

(Laura Irvin files for HD 102.)

The application below was turned in on Thursday, November 19:

As of 4:20 PM, Thursday, November 19, 2015:

Lupe Valdez -- Sheriff (Incumbent)

(Above, Sheriff Lupe Valdez filing for re-election Thursday, November 19.)

The application below was turned in on Tuesday, November 17:

As of 2 PM, Tuesday, November 17, 2015:

Micah B. Phillips -- County Commissioner, Precinct 3

The application below was turned in on Monday, November 16:

As of 7 PM, Monday, November 16, 2015:

Dr. Theresa Daniel -- County Commissioner, Precinct 1 (Incumbent)

(Above, Commissioner Dr. Theresa Daniel filing for re-election at the DCDP EC meeting Monday, November 16, with DCDP County Chair Carol Donovan and others.)

The application below was turned in on Monday, November 16:

As of 10:30 AM, Monday, November 16:

Rafael M. Anchia -- State Representative, District 103 (Incumbent)

The applications below were turned in on Saturday, November 14:

As of 9:50 AM, Saturday, November 14, 2015:

John Wiley Price -- County Commissioner, Precinct 3 (Incumbent)

Roberto Alonzo -- State Representative, District 104 (Incumbent)

Mae Jackson -- Constable, Precinct 1 (Unexpired term of Cleophas R. Steele Jr.)

Chika Anyiam -- Judge, Criminal Dist. Court No. 2 (the seat Judge Don Adams is not seeking reelection for)

Dwaine R. Caraway -- County Commissioner, Precinct 3

As of 10:30 AM, Saturday, November 14, 2015:

Tracey Gulley -- Constable, Precinct 1 (Unexpired term of Cleophas R. Steele Jr.)

As of 1:05 PM, Saturday, November 14, 2015:

Eddie Bernice Johnson -- U.S. House of Representatives, District 30 (Incumbent)

As of 1:27 PM, Saturday, November 14, 2015:

Eric V. Moye -- Judge, 14th Dist. Court (Incumbent)

Ken Molberg -- Judge, 95th Dist. Court (Incumbent)

As of 2:04 PM, Saturday, November 14, 2015:

Phyllis Lister Brown -- Judge, 162nd Dist. Court (Incumbent)

(Above: Judges Ken Molberg, Phyllis Lister Brown, and Eric Moye filing Nov. 14, 2015.)

As of 2:30 PM, Saturday, November 14, 2015:

Bennie E. Brown -- Dallas County Tax Assessor/Collector

Marty Jo Taylor -- Judge, 254th Dist. Court (Unexpired term of James Martin)

(Above, Bennie E. Brown and Marty Jo Taylor filing Nov. 14, 2015.)

As of 2:58 PM, Saturday, November 14, 2015:

Barbara Mallory Caraway -- U.S. House of Representatives, District 30

Friday, November 13, 2015

Some Small Comfort

As the attacks go on in Paris, there is this:
Harriet Alida Lye has written to the Guardian about being trapped inside a bookshop on the rue de la Bucherie:

We are safe in the Shakespeare & Co bookshop, with the windows blacked out. There are about 20 customers with us who’ve been sat here for hours calling home
If one just has to be trapped somewhere in Paris, this would have definitely been very high on my list.

Live Blogging Filing For the 2016 Primary Saturday Nov. 14

Tomorrow, Saturday, November 14, 2015, filing begins for public office for the 2016 Democratic Primary. I'll be there at the Dallas County Democratic Primary office at 4209 Parry at Fletcher before 9 AM, ready to notarize and receive applications. Internet willing, I'll post here on this blog the names of those who come in with their forms.

Please note that the filing does not become official until the County Chair signs them (which does not always happen the same day), since the Chair has to judge their facial validity. When several candidates turn in petitions to get on the ballot (as all the judicial candidates have to in Dallas County), those may take hours or even days to count. But to see who arrived on the first day of filing and turned their stuff in, check here starting tomorrow morning.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Very Old Grass Roots

Infrared Scans Show Possible Hidden Chamber in King Tut’s Tomb

Foolishly, they say this may be "the burial chamber of Queen Nefertiti", but the truth is obvious: this is where Joseph stored all that extra grain in the years of plenty. Ben Carson told us so!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Texas blog roundup for the week of October 26

The Texas Progressive Alliance is scouting out pumpkin patches as it brings you this week’s roundup.

Off the Kuff looked at early voting trends for 2015.

Socratic Gadfly told people who had not yet been to the polls to vote No to 6 of 7 on the constitutional amendments propositions.

Libby Shaw at Texas Kaos and contributing to Daily Kos explores the devastation to women’s health care options in Texas, compliments of the state’s far right Republican policies. The Texas GOP & Its Unforgiving War on Women.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme is horrified at the Republicans use of state power to abuse Planned Parenthood, their patients, their employees, their associates and the people of Texas.

All of the political mail, door hangers, and assorted communication from the upcoming election for 2015 was photographed, discussed, and then recycled by PDiddie at Brains and Eggs.

Realizing the value of everyday life, which when asserted against the elite and insider absence of values of the establishments of both major parties is a possible starting point for an uprising or people’s movement, Neil at All People Have Value took two pictures of traffic in Houston.


And here are some posts of interest from other Texas blogs.

Better Texas Blog analyzes State Propositions 1 and 7.

Streetsblog advocates against Prop 7.

The Current reports on the signs that Rep. Diego Bernal is providing local businesses who do not want to allow open carry on their premises.

Fascist Dyke Motors voted and feels good about it.

Texas Watch provides five things to know when filing a wildfire insurance claim.

Bekah McNeel vents her shame and outrage at being fooled by Volkswagon.

The Texas Election Law Blog answers your questions about homeless voting.

Now Watch The Vultures Gather

Today I got a recorded phone call from my Congresswoman, Eddie Bernice Johnson. It asked for support for "one last term". So she'll run again next year, then everyone and their canine will go for her seat in 2018. Let's hope that at least one will be half as good as she has been.

Impending Hotfoot

8 times Obama said there would be no ground troops or no combat mission in Syria

No, Obama wouldn't lie. I can only assume he will order them in wearing sandals, instead of boots. Maybe they'll be cooler in the anteroom to hell.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Slanting Away

The same story, two different headlines.

The Houston Chronicle: Wendy Davis hires Harry Reid’s former communications director

The Dallas News: Wendy Davis scrambles to fix campaign problems with additions to her team

In case there remained any slight doubt about the objectivity and neutrality of the Belo boys. When Jefferson said he would prefer newspapers without a government to the opposite, he was not thinking about THAT newspaper.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Very Scary

It was bad enough the year we nominated Gene Kelly for Senator, and the year we nominated the wrong Yarbrough for Supreme Court. Nominating a LaRoucheite would be even worse in a year there are hopes of a serious statewide slate getting traction. If Kesha Rogers is even in a runoff, we are in trouble, even if it's not with one of the ex-Republicans running. Hold your breath and spread the word.

Texas Progressive Alliance Weekly Blog Roundup 140224

The Texas Progressive Alliance thinks Ted Nugent is an appropriate spokesman for the modern Republican Party of Texas as it brings you this week's roundup.

Off the Kuff analyzes the turnout issue for Democrats in 2014.

WCNews at Eye on Williamson on the Round Rock members of the Lege reporting to the local business lobby, while leaving out the issues that matter most to the people in their districts, in Schwertner, Gonzales, & Dale Go To The Chamber.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme is appalled at Texas Republicans holding a faux hearing on women's health care. Give it up. Republicans have waged a real war against women and their health care. You're not fooling anyone.

It's Ted Nugent's (Texas Republican) party, and we just have to live with it, noted the Texas Observer -- and excerpted by PDiddie at Brains and Eggs. But there were also problemas grandes para Dan Patrick last week.

Texpatriate endorses John Whitmire in the Democratic primary for State Senate District 15.


And here are some posts of interest from other Texas blogs.

Robert Rivard argues that cities and counties are left trying to solve the problems caused by a generation of indifference from Texas' state leadership.

Lone Star Q provides video of Wendy Davis discussing her support of same sex marriage to the San Antonio Express-News editorial board.

Concerned Citizens warns about the animus hiding behind religious exemptions.

Better Texas explains why a higher minimum wage is good for Texans.

Grits for Breakfast highlights the modern equivalent to the Dallas Buyers Club.

Nonsequiteuse gets to the heart of the Nugent/Abbott affair.

Greg Wythe continues his in-depth look at how the voter ID law was enforced in the 2013 election in Harris County.

Burkablog celebrates what would have been Barbara Jordan's 78th birthday.

Chris Quintero witnessed and videotaped two Austin Police Department officers detain and arrest a female jogger for jaywalking and not immediately identifying herself (see here for more).

Friday, February 14, 2014

Though The Heavens Fall

This is the sort of thing that makes you wish you could be a Judge at least long enough to do things like this. From U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen, declaring yesterday that the Virginia laws against same-sex marriage were unConstitutional and void:
Almost one hundred and fifty four years ago, as Abraham Lincoln approached the cataclysmic rending of our nation over a struggle for other freedoms, a rending that would take his life and the lives of hundreds of thousands of others, he wrote these words: "It can not have failed to strike you that these men ask for just ... the same thing — fairness, and fairness only. This, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have."

The men and women, and the children too, whose voices join in noble harmony with Plaintiffs today, also ask for fairness, and fairness only. This, so far as it is in this Court's power, they and all others shall have.