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, August 25, 2008

Nomination Week In Denver!

This week the Democratic National Convention will nominate Senator Barack Obama for President and Senator Joe Biden for Vice-President. Besides the usual broadcast and cable coverage, the Democratic Party says it "will offer live, gavel-to-gavel, streaming video coverage in HD at" (This requires the free Microsoft Silverlight platform, which that page has a link to download.)

The DNC also says it has credentialed 120 blogs to cover the events. Unfortunately, they would not give me a list of these. However, we do know of several local Democrats who will be posting from the Convention:
  • First, our own DCDP County Chair Darlene Ewing (from Senate District 2) will be putting up her own daily observations as a delegate at the DCDP website.
  • Erin Moore (from SD 16) is posting daily from her own site.
  • Jeff Strater (also from SD 16) is putting up his notes at his Denver Bound Blog.
  • Paul Tran (from SD 23) gives his take at his A Delegate's Adventure to Denver.
  • And Obama Dallas is hosting four more bloggers from the Convention.
None of these are among those "credentialed" bloggers, but between them all they may give you a good grass-roots view of the events, instead of the silliness and spin of the soap-selling pro media. [If you are a local blogger posting, or know of others who are, please email me to roundup AT dallasdemocrats DOT org, and I'll post links to them here at StoutDemBlog.]

UPDATE: Janice Schwarz wrote that she also has a convention blog up at Janice Schwarz to Denver.

Fall Campaigns Already Begun

It's the usual Big Three for local campaigns: Phone, Walk, and Mail. Various individual candidates and the Coordinated Campaign have been working through the summer, but after Labor Day (and two weeks of national Conventions) more people will be ready to pay attention, so all those efforts will be magnified. We'll have a Grand Opening of our Coordinated Campaign headquarters on September 6th, but we won't be waiting until then to hit the phone lines and the streets. Call your favorite candidate's campaign to help them, or call the party office (214-821-8331) and volunteer to help the whole ticket.

Obama Yard Signs And Bumper Stickers

While they last, the Dallas County Democratic Party office now has yard signs and stickers for Obama. The stickers are free, but we'd appreciate a $5 contribution for the signs. And no, these are just for Obama, but as soon as these are given out we'll reorder for Obama-Biden ones. We also have signs and stickers for several of our local candidates this year. If you can't get by the office, come to the DCDP's Watch Party on Thursday. (Or the Labor Day Picnic next Monday -- if any are still left by then.)

Watch Parties This Thursday!!

The emotional climax of each national Convention is the acceptance speech of the Presidential nominee on Thursday evening. This year Senator Obama will be speaking at a large stadium. Democrats are having several Watch Parties to celebrate this event. Read this list and pick one to attend. They're all free, with fun and friends.

Thursday, August 28:
  • OBAMA ACCEPTANCE SPEECH WATCH PARTIES Join Democrats across the county to see Sen. Barack Obama accept our party's nomination! Choose your party:
  • Dallas County Democratic Party Watch Party with tee-shirts and other Democratic paraphernalia for sale. Event free. (7 PM, Lakewood Theatre, 1825 Abrams Parkway, Dallas)
  • Stonewall Democrats of Dallas Watch Party Everyone invited. Happy hour prices, speeches by Stonewall-endorsed candidates and party leaders and great music and fun. Free. Contact: Jesse Garcia, President of Stonewall Democrats of Dallas, 214.500.7066. (7 - 11 PM, Round Up Saloon, 3912 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas)
  • Oak Cliff area watch party Sponsored by the Coalition of Black Democrats. All Democrats are invited! (6:30 PM, Clipso Sports Grill, 7303 S. Westmoreland, Dallas)
  • Love Field area watch party The Special K's Special T's/Texas Talent Thon dancers will provide pre-nomination speech entertainment. Snacks and drinks will also be provided. (7 PM, K. B. Polk Recreation Center, 6801 Roper St., Dallas)
  • Celebrating The Dream Watch Party $5 donation for charities located in the South Side community. (6 PM, The Palladium Ballroom, 1135 South Lamar St., Dallas)
  • north Oak Cliff area watch party (7:30 PM, Grill 4 Hundred, 400 West Davis St., Dallas)

Labor Day Picnic Next Monday!!

Since there won't be a Roundup next Monday, we'll remind you again now. Once again, the Dallas County Democratic Party and all of its local clubs and organizations will be hosting our free annual Labor Day Picnic. (Except that it's indoors where it's air conditioned, and it's potluck, so bring a dish if you can.) All those groups will be there and a whole slate of candidates, most with signs, stickers, and literature. This is one of our most fun events of the year. It starts at Noon on Monday; check below for details and a link to a map of the location.

Monday, September 1:
  • Dallas County Democratic Party LABOR DAY PICNIC In true Democratic spirit, we are providing fried chicken and requesting you to bring your favorite casserole, side dish, salad or dessert. Free admission and parking. Inside & Air Conditioned. Mingle with your elected officials & 2008 candidates. DCDP Paraphernalia for SALE! (Noon to 4 PM, Catholic Czech Club, 4930 Military Parkway, Dallas)
  • Rockwall County Democratic Party Labor Day Picnic Bring Your Own Box Lunch. Please come with blankets and chairs. (6 -10 PM, Community Center at Harry Myers Park, 815 E. Washington, Rockwall)


It's Monday. Do you know what the Texas Progressive Alliance blogs and bloggers have been up to this week? Well, our weekly round-up will tell you. This week's round-up was compiled by Vince from Capitol Annex.

refinish69 explains why Travis County and Texas doesn't need another Keel at Doing My Part For The Left.

Two White guys in Houston want each others' jobs. Former Gov. Mark might run for for mayor, and current Mayor Bill may run for governor. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs has the Frick-and-Frack report.

Prepare yourself for a shock when you visit Bluedaze and see the BILLIONS in handouts given to Big Oil. TXsharon shows how these handouts, paid with our taxes, enable Big Oil to buy influence, work against our best interest, blatantly ignore laws and keep the US dependent on hydrocarbons rather than moving forward.

Mayor McSleaze at McBlogger wonders why, if Washington is broken as McThuselah's campaign says, McThuselah himself hasn't done something to fix it since he's been there more than, you know, 25 years.

The major media outlets may be arguing about whether experience, the war or the economy is the most important issue in this year's presidential election, but jobsanger says there is only one issue that matters, and it's not any of those three.

The Texas Cloverleaf exposes the plan by Congressman Michael Burgess and the Bush DOT to make I-35 from Dallas to Denton a toll road!

BossKitty at TruthHugger is concerned about WATER and what our fearless leaders plan to do about it: "Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink."

Justin at AAA-Fund Blog wonders when Houston will find good leadership – in government, in corporations looking for good PR, anywhere – for recycling.

Off the Kuff criticizes State Sen. Dan Patrick and State Rep. Frank Corte for their request for a ruling from AG Greg Abbott that the Lege can require cities to enforce federal immigration laws.

Texas Liberal says that he is not a bridge builder.

Before she took off for the DNC convention in Denver, and the Big Tent, Texas Kaos frontpager SCCS took a look at the state of the Central Texas Congressional races.

The rich get Visas while the poor were asked to self-deport notes CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme.

WCNews at Eye On Williamson posts about Perry, Dewhurst, and Craddick's new toll road plan, Texas GOP Leaders Want To Use Public Pension Funds To Build Corporate Toll Roads.

Vince from Capitol Annex takes a look at Republican State Representative candidate Van Brookshire's stupid press release about immigration and the incorrect facts he based it on.

North Texas Liberal shares a stunning tribute to Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, penned by a great friend of the late congresswoman.

Monday, August 18, 2008


It's Monday, and that means it is time again for another edition of the Texas Progressive Alliance's weekly round-up.

To kick the week off right, the TPA is unveiling its newly redesigned website where you can connect with the Alliance and our member bloggers via Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, DFA, Party Builder, Ning and other social networking tools.

Mike Thomas of Rhetoric & Rhythm looks at a week's worth of opinion columns from the San Antonio Express-News and determines there is a nearly three-to-one imbalance of conservative/Republican columns compared to liberal/Democratic ones.

On Bluedaze, TXsharon busts the myths that Natural Gas is cleaner, that shale drilling will make us safer, and that Domestic Drilling can make us Energy Independent.

There was no attempt of a citizens' arrest of Karl Rove while he visited Houston last week, raising money for Texas House Republicans. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs hoped it would happen, to no avail.

WhosPlayin is concerned about operators wanting to drill for gas in Lewisville's urban forest area near Central Park.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme wonders why sexual assault equates to perjury -- wink, wink -- if you're a person of power in Texas.

WCNews at Eye On Williamson posts on HD-52 Democratic candidate Diana Maldonado's opponent Bryan Daniel sharing his campaign office with a local charity, IRS Complaint Filed Against Round Rock Charity.

Off the Kuff takes a look at the possible effect Libertarian candidates may have on some close State House races.

Texas Liberal uses the ancient epic Gilgamesh to discuss reactions to vulnerability and innocence in both the ancient and modern world.

McBlogger takes a look at the latest Republican fundraising pitch and finds that it's only appealing only to the same geriatric patients who are McThuselah's base. And those elephants are very tacky.

This week jobsanger is outraged by an Arkansas city that's trashing the Constitution and a small Texas country school that's allowing teachers to carry guns.

refinish69 awards the Infamous Cheese Tray Awards over at Doing My Part For The Left.

Mean Rachel supports Obama but argues against Maureen Dowd's assertion that Hillary Clinton's appearance in Denver will "dampen the dreams of our daughters."

Libby Shaw puts the pieces together for us over at TexasKos in his dairy Military Contractors Charge U.S. Taxpayers $85 Billion. Not only are we NOT saving money by outsourcing military support functions, we are pissing off people worldwide. Worst of all? Eisenhower's worst fear has come to pass, the MIC is real , alive and in control....

Justin at Asian American Action Fund Blog marvels at the coming Charlie Wilson Chair at UT, which will become the first Pakistan Studies chair in the nation.

Vince at Capitol Annex takes a look at a scandal that links State Sen. John Carona (D-Dallas) to a condo development in Houston that is falling apart.

Don't forget to check out other TPA member blogs for the latest news on Texas and national politics: The Agonist, Asian American Action Fund, B & B, Bay Area Houston, Beginning to Wonder, BlueBloggin, Bluedaze, Brains & Eggs, Burnt Orange Report, Capitol Annex, The Caucus Blog, Common Sense, Dallas South Blog, Dig Deeper Texas, Doing My Part For The Left, Dos Centavos, Easter Lemming Liberal News, Eye on Williamson, Feet To Fire, Grassroots News U Can Use, Half Empty, In The Pink Texas, jobsanger, Latina Lista, Lubbock Left, Marc's Miscellany, McBlogger, Mean Rachel, MindSpeak, MOMocrats, Musings, North Texas Liberal, Off The Kuff, Para Justicia y Libertad, The Red State, Rhetoric & Rhythm, Same Blog, Different Day, South Texas Chisme, StoutDemBlog, The Texas Blue, The Texas Clover Leaf, Texas Education, Texas Kaos, Texas Liberal, Texas Truth Serum, There... Already, Three Wise Men, TruthHugger, Who'sPlayin'?, and Xpatriated Texan.

Sandra VuLe Profiled On Channel 8 News

Democratic attorney Sandra VuLe, running for the open State Representative seat for district 112, has been featured on WFAA-TV as one of its candidate profiles for this election. If you turn on JavaScript in your browser, and sit through an ad first, you can watch it at this page, which also has a transcript of the short piece. Note how her Republican opponent demonstrates again her own party's cluelessness, denouncing Sandra as a "liberal". Apparently that is defined by them as anyone who supports public schools.

The VuLe campaign has also released a YouTube video of their own about how she was inspired by the American dream. You can watch it online at Burnt Orange Report.

Monday, August 11, 2008

The Man Who Ended The Darkness

Still, with 1,800 miles of line to build, the job seemed -- to families very eager for electricity -- to be taking a very long time. After the lines had been extended to their farms, and the farms were wired, they waited with wires hanging from the ceiling and bare bulbs at the end, for the lines to be energized. ...

But then one evening in November, 1939, the Smiths were returning from Johnson City ... and as they neared their farmhouse, something was different.

"Oh my God," her mother cried. "The house is on fire!"

But as they got closer, they saw the light wasn't fire. "No, Mama," Evelyn said. "The lights are on."

They were on all over the Hill Country. "And all over the Hill Country," Stella Gliddon says, "people began to name their kids for Lyndon Johnson."

--from Robert A. Caro, The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Path To Power
Help Us Celebrate LBJ's 100th Birthday!!

The Dallas County Democratic Party
Invites you to attend our


Celebrating the late Lyndon B. Johnson

America's Last Great President From Texas

Thursday, August 21, 2008
6 PM
Café Rembrandt
Inside The Brewery Building
703 McKinney Ave (at 1-35E and Woodall
Rodgers Fwy), Dallas

Tickets are $50.00
Seating is limited so RSVP today.

RSVP at, by calling 214.821.8331, or purchase tickets online at this page.