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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Texas blog roundup for the week of January 25

The Texas Progressive Alliance hopes everyone stays safe in the snow as it brings you this week’s roundup.

Off the Kuff interviewed Harris County Sheriff candidates Ed Gonzalez and Jeff Stauber.

SocraticGadfly questions the mainstream media narrative that the GOP presidential race is down to a Trump-Cruz two person event with this analysis and has a follow-up skewering of the Trump-Palin fun coming.

State Sen. Rodney Ellis, state Rep. Garnet Coleman, three current and one former Houston city councilmen all want to take the place of the recently-departed Harris County Commissioner El Franco Lee on the November ballot. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs has the latest on the most highly contested 2016 race that you won’t be eligible to vote for.

Of course the frackers are big GOP donors. CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme knows that the Texas Republicans don’t work for you. They work for their rich buddies.

Neil at All People Have Value took a Martin Luther King Day picture of two different types of birds sharing space in peace. We could learn from these birds


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

Keep Austin Wonky interviews Texas House candidate Huey Rey Fischer.

The Current advertises a movie screening to raise money for the Texas Civil Rights Project.

Texans for Public Justice filed a complaint with the FEC against Ted Cruz for his failure to report those Goldman Sachs and Citibank loans from 2012.

Anastasia Hansen tells you things you may not have known about Houston’s bus system.

Progress Texas documents four decades of Texas abortion laws.

  • Texas Progressive Alliance taps Denton’s “fracktivists” Texans of the Year

  • Wendy Davis is our Texan of the Year

  • Tar Sands Protesters Are Texas Progressive Alliance 2012 Texans Of The Year
  • Saturday, November 14, 2015

    Applications Submitted For the 2016 Democratic Primary


    The drawing for ballot order in contested races in the 2016 Democratic primary was held December 16. Those numbers are now posted on the DCDP website and the candidates in primary contests are listed in primary ballot order on the Secretary of State's website.


    Marilynn Mayse having just drawn ballot position number 1 in her three-way race for Judge, Criminal Dist. Court No. 2 (the seat Judge Don Adams is not seeking reelection for).

    NOTE: For the first time in decades (perhaps since all State Representatives in Dallas County were elected at-large before single-member districts started in 1972) the Dallas County Democratic Party has filed candidates in EVERY STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT IN DALLAS COUNTY.

    Filing ended at 6 PM on Monday, December 14. The final list is posted at http://dallasdemocrats.org/elections/380.html

    The applications listed below have now all 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 held on December 16 after filing ends.


    (Rhetta Andrews Bowers filing on Monday for State Representative District 113.)

    The applications below were turned in on Monday, December 14:

    As of 5:58 PM:

    Dominique Collins -- Judge, Criminal Dist. Court 4 (Incumbent)


    (Judge Dominique Collins filing for reelection Monday.)


    Sandra Crenshaw -- State Representative District 110

    Brandon J. Vance -- U.S. House of Representatives, District 30


    (Brandon Vance filing Monday for US House District 30.)



    Jim Burke -- State Representative Disstrict 114

    As of 5:30 PM:

    Terry Meza -- State Representative District 105

    Ryan Minyard -- County Commissioner, Precinct 1

    Hector Wilson -- Constable, Precinct 1 (Unexpired term of Cleophas R. Steele Jr.)

    Carol Donovan -- Dallas County Democratic Party County Chair



    As of 1:00 PM, Monday, December 14:

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


    (Nancy Kennedy files for Judge Monday in Criminal District Court 2.)

    Joe Farkus -- State Representative District 108

    Jack Blackshear -- State Representative District 112

    Norma Jean Scarso -- Dallas County Tax Assessor/Collector

    Kristen Smith -- Dallas County Tax Assessor/Collector



    As of 12:20 PM, Monday, December 14:

    Bruce Parrott -- Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2, Place 1 (Unexpired term)



    As of 10:10 AM, Monday, December 14:

    Rhetta Andrews Bowers -- State Representative District 113




    The applications below were turned in on Saturday, December 12:

    As of 4:50 PM, Saturday, December 12, 2015:

    Regoberto Cortez -- County Commissioner, Precinct 1


    (Regoberto Cortez with family filing for County Commissioner Pct. 1 on Saturday.)



    As of 3:30 PM, Saturday, December 12, 2015:

    Latonya D. Shavers -- Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2, Place 1 (Unexpired term)


    (Latonya Shavers filing Saturday for Justice of the Peace 2 - 1.)



    As of 2:12 PM, Saturday, December 12, 2015:

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



    The applications below were turned in on Wednesday, December 9:

    As of 12:30 PM, Wednesday, December 9, 2015:

    John R. Ames -- Dallas County Tax Assessor/Collector (Incumbent)


    (Tax Assessor/Collector John R. Ames files for re-election Wednesday.)


    As of 10:20 AM, Wednesday, December 9, 2015:

    Curtis E. Traylor -- Constable, Precinct 1 (Unexpired term of Cleophas R. Steele Jr.)



    The application below was turned in on Tuesday, December 8:

    As of 1 PM, Tuesday, December 8, 2015:

    Dorotha M. Ocker -- State Representative District 115


    (Dorotha Ocker filing for State Representative 115 Tuesday.)



    The application below was turned in on Monday, December 7:

    As of 10:40 AM, Monday, December 7, 2015:

    Eric Johnson -- State Representative District 100 (Incumbent)


    (State Representative Eric Johnson of district 100 filing for re-election Monday.)



    The application below was turned in on Tuesday, December 1:

    As of 12:20 PM, Tuesday, December 1, 2015:

    Darlene Ewing -- Judge, 254th Dist. Court (Unexpired term of James Martin)


    (Former Dallas County Democratic Chair Darlene Ewing filing Tuesday for Judge of the 254th Family District Court.)



    The application below was turned in on Monday, November 30:

    As of 3 PM, Monday, November 30, 2015:

    Victoria Neave -- State Representative, District 107


    (Victoria Neave with her parents at her filing for State Representative 107 on Monday.)



    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 Elenora Brown -- Dallas County Tax Assessor/Collector

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

    (Above, Bennie Elenora 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.

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    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.

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    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).