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

Monday, November 13, 2006


Texas State Senate tradition calls for the President Pro-Tempore to be sworn in as Governor for a Day, a 50-year-old practice that gives the member an opportunity to showcase Texans from his or her district. Perhaps the most memorable instance of this so far was on June 10, 1972, when future Congresswoman and two-time keynoter of the Democratic National Convention Barbara Jordan took the oath. (You can see her inaugural program at this page.) This is one of the few remaining bipartisan things done in Austin; last year's honoree was Republican Florence Shapiro of Plano. This time the one-day chief executive will be Democratic Senator Royce West of Dallas.

As is typical of these occasions, events begin with an Inaugural Parade on Congress Avenue in Austin, starting at 9 AM. The Inaugural Ceremony itself will be from Noon to 1 PM in the Texas Senate chamber. From 1 to 3 there will a Receiving Line (and photos with Governor West) in the Governor's Reception Room, along with an Inaugural Luncheon and entertainment on the Capitol grounds. From 7:30 to midnight the Governor's Gala will be held at the Hilton Austin Hotel. (Ticketed events may already be sold out; for more information, call 512-463-0123.)

Senator West holds the seat formerly occupied by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and the late State Supreme Court Justice Oscar Mauzy. You can read his Senate biography at this page, and find links to more details about his inaugural day at this page. This is a deserved honor for a man not just Democrats, but all Texans, should be very proud of.

Perhaps most important of all is this "Memo to Every Democrat", beginning: "Dear Everyone Who Thinks They Singled-Handedly Won the Last Election".

And remember, there are still two Congressional runoffs, due to court redistricting in Texas, and to the bizarre election system in Louisiana. There is only one Democrat running in the Texas contest: former Congressman Ciro Rodriguez. In Louisiana, against the cash-taking incumbent, the party has firmly endorsed State Representative Karen Carter.


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