Thursday, January 10, 2019

Texas will loan you the money to build that wall!

By Faith Chatham - Jan. 10, 2019

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick sucked up to POTUS today. Instead of funding Texas schools, adequately funding teachers’ retirement,  giving tax relief to property owners, repairing crumbling roads and bridges, or easing the Lone Star State’s gridlock problems, Patrick offered to help out President Trump.  Congress refuses to appropriate money for the wall, so Patrick piped up and said: “Texas can do it. We’ll build that wall and you can pay us back!”
Texas has the highest maternal death rate and the highest infant mortality rate in the nation and refused to expand Medicaid because it would “cost too much.” But Abbott has no qualms about spending taxpayer money to place most of our law enforcement personnel on the border despite 1. It is not the state’s responsibility 2. Illegal entry at the border is low 3. There is less crime on the border than any where in the state.  Now the Lt. Governor offers to have Texas finance and build Trump’s pipedream -— er, scheme and mentions that “you’ll have to pay us back.” 

Yep. If Congress refuses to authorize funding for the wall, there is no way they will authorize paying a state which builds it. There are many problems: right of way for one. Many of the ranchers on the border have been on that property for generations. They aren’t going to hand over their land without a bigger than Alamo sized battle. Even the Catholic Church and animal rights and environmental groups are standing against it. 

Patrick is noted for creating wedge issues to fire up his base. Usually he finds those which will not infuriate the deficit hawks. Oh, well. This session will be interesting to watch. I plan to plant myself in the gallery and watch as Senator after Senator from both sides of the aisle brings up his offer to loan money out of the budget to the Federal Government without any assurance that there will ever be authorization for it to be repaid, while he argues against their bills because there isn’t money in the budget to fund them.
If the GOP thinks they had problems in Houston in 2018, take Harvey funds and transfer them to the wall and they’ll find out what electoral problems truly are.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Preparing for 2019

By Faith Chatham - January 1, 2019

It is 2019. What are the most important things to experience and accomplish this year? What must be done to for each of us to individually enjoy what we want to enjoy, and to accomplish what we want to accomplish?

For me, one thing on my to do list is cleaning the kitchen. I let things slide when I'm involved in causes or projects. The exterminators treated the apt. while I was in San Antonio. Everything is out of the cabinets. I've been running the dishwasher continuously since getting home. Each load of dishes placed in a recently cleaned cupboard shelf, each tray of silver arranged, instead of hastily flung into a drawer, moves me closer toward being ready to proceed with the new year. By the end of today, the kitchen and dining area will be probably be in better shape than it will probably be any other time in the coming year. Then I will move to bedroom closets. Hopefully within a week this rare obsession with orderliness will spill over into the studio.

I am not a tidy spic and span priority person. I live in creative, mental, research, literary, political and artistic worlds. When in those creative zones, I am oblivious to food, clocks, germs, clutter, sleep. So, whenever a rare spell of obsessive straightening and scrubbing overshadows me, I try to ride it as long, and as far, as it can be sustained, because it may be months before it enters my door again. The longer it remains outside, the harder it gets to find space to work inside.

This year there is lots of work to be done. I feel characters, images, causes, and projects pushing to get out.

There are relics here of people and causes I respect and value. I still have evidence of activism in Ready for Hillary and Hillary 2016 intermingled with 2018 buttons for Lupe, Kim, Terry, Gina, MJ, Vikki, Victoria, Shirley, Sheryl, Sylvia, Rhetta, Beverly, Ana Maria and others scattered about.

It is nice to see that the phrases on cards and posters have changed from messaging in 2014. Then we were trying to help Texans understand how few Dems, minorities, veterans and women Texans sent to Congress. We need to acknowledge the scope of a problem before we can inspire enough people to help change it. Now the messages are targeting getting specific Democrats, specific women, specific veterans, specific minorities elected to office.

This year, despite the harm wrought by Donald Trump and his enablers, we have victories to celebrate. On Jan. 3rd in DC over 100 women will be seated in the US House when the new Congress is sworn in.  I look forward to being in the gallery of the Texas Capitol Jan 8th to see friends seated as newly elected Senators and State Representatives. We've made progress. We have a long way to go. Now we have a few more warriors in place to watch the backs of the ethical and brave and to carry the torch in legislative relays.

I want 2019 to be more than just the year when we share our stories and say "Me Too!' I want it to be the year when those who enable or refuse to pursue and punish serial rapists are removed. This should be the year when instead of 1 out of 3 women and 1 out of 5 men being survivors, it becomes the year when the majority of perpetrators are stopped and prevented from every violating any boy or girl, man or woman every again. Instead of #METOO I want to see #ZeroTolerance.

I truly hope and pray that the Trump administration comes to a speedy, and abrupt end. We need to rid this nation, and our psyche, from the excesses, corruption and violation of that man and his henchmen and enablers. I hope both Trump and Pence are nothing more than a footnote by March of this year. We need to push the RESET button and begin anew. These are some of the things which are on my heart. They are goals and causes worth working for, worth enduring clutter and other inconveniences to accomplish jointly with others who care and sacrifice. Caring also means helping worthy people have the means to step forward to run for office and to win in 2020. Those of us who are older owe it to those who protected and nurtured us when we were young and to those who are younger and deserve to be nurtured and mentored.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Let's Push RESET

By Faith Chatham - December 31, 2018

The US Constitution does not specifically cover an illegal coup d'etat  presidency. However, it didn't cover women's suffrage, racial justice, or other necessary things. The reality is that America is experiencing a coup d'etat and illegal presidency. Normal order of succession does not apply because both Trump and Pence conspired with a foreign government to hijack the American electoral process. Both should be removed, and Hillary Clinton installed as President. Trump's appointments should be revoked. His policies erased, and we should push RESET, and go back to the policies/laws in place on Jan. 20,  2017, and move forward from there.

Instead of pussy footing around talking about conspiracy, we should be charging Trump, Pence, McConnell, and Ryan with Treason. Every member of Congress who accepted campaign donations from foreigners (especially Russian money laundered through the NRA) should be indicted and removed from office.

How much will we tolerate? Children in cages, children removed from their parents without due process, children tried without advocates or attorneys, children dying unnecessarily in US Custody, Corruption. Corruption, Corruption, removal of sanctions so that Russian can invade the Ukraine, leaving the Kurds in danger of genocide, allowing Soviet nuclear warheads to be installed in South America, abandonment of our most reliable allies, endangering Americans health by importing toxics products we banned decades ago because they were deadly (asbestos from Russian). shutting down the government at Christmas, removing critical heating assistance from the elderly during winter, pushing our nation's most vulnerable people off of  food assistance while lining the pockets of the most affluent, chasing more American jobs offshore, tanking the US economy.
WHERE DOES IT STOP?
HOW MUCH MORE?
HOW LONG?
Congressman Al Green filed articles of Impeachment in January 2017. He had it right. Now it is time to get this despot out of the White House and out of our lives.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Jan McDowell declares for 2020

By Faith Chatham - December 13, 2018
First there was one. Now there are 2 Texas Swing Congressional Districts.
Jan McDowell has managed to move the Texas 24th Congressional District from solid red to a toss-up in 4 years! Jan had no political experience and little support when she ran against Marchant in 2016. She showed up and told people face-to-face why she was running. She learned. She impressed people with her intelligence, reason, and what is commonly referred to in Texas as "common sense."
Jan is  not your typical extroverted egoistical political candidate. She is a CPA by profession. In 2018 in a three-way General Election she got 125,231 (47.54%) of the vote to GOP incumbent Marchant's 133,317 votes (50.61%) . In her previous run in 2016, she was unopposed in the Democratic Primary. In 2018 she had three male opponents in the Democratic Primary and avoided a run-off by securing 52.47% of the Democratic Primary votes (14,628 votes out of a total of 27,878 Democratic Primary voters). Turn-out wasn't all that stellar for the Republicans in District 24 in 2018 either. Despite a contested primary, only 40,735 Republicans voted and 25.59% of them voted against their GOP incumbent.
When we drill down and look at prior years, there has been a steady gain in the number of Democratic Primary in Texas’ US 24th District. In the 2014 Democratic Primary there were. 8,247 votes cast. That year 34,265 Republicans voted in the Primary. The Democratic nominee in 2014 in the 24th District was Patrick McGeherty who received 46,548 votes (32.31%) in the General Election to Marchant's 93,712 (75.04% of the  2014 General Election total vote cast).
In 2016 (McDowell's first race) she ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary and got 27,803 votes. Marchant ran unopposed in the Republican Primary and got 67,412 votes. He had a strong advantage: He was a multi-term Republican Incumbent running in a Congressional District gerrymandered to be a safe Republican District. He entered the General Election with twice as many voters identified who preferred his political party than his first-time Democratic opponent. He had money and she had very little.In a four-way General Election, McDowell with Green Party Kevin McCormick and Libertarian Mike Knolls reduced Marchant's 2018 General Election percentage to 56.18%. Jan gained 7.01% over the Democratic percentage of General Election votes cast in 2014.
2016 was a presidential year. There was increase of 61,842 more people who voted Democratic in the 2016 General Election in the district than who voted Democratic in the 2014 General Election. Republican turnout increased by 61,133 votes in the 2016 General Election over the number of voters for Marchant in the 2014 General Election. The increase in those voting Democratic between 2014 and 2016 was over double whereas the increase in Republican voters was about 25%.
In her second run, Jan McDowell entered with experience. She knew how to run a bare-bones campaign and how to stretch her campaign dollars. She had volunteers who were faithful and experienced. She knew the "lay of the land." Marchant got 21,528 fewer votes in the 2018 General Election than he got in 2016. Jan McDowell got 16,389 more votes in the 2018 General Election than she received in 2016. Only 8,086 more voters chose the multi-term incumbent Republican than voted for his Democratic challenger in the 2018 General Election. In a district which previously had been classified as SAFELY REPUBLICAN. Kenny Marchant only won with 50.61% of the vote in 2018.
The Cook's Political 2020 forecast announced that they are now classifying two Texas Congressional Districts as Swing or “Toss Up” for 2020. They have moved Texas' US 24th District for 2020 into the"Toss-up" category along with US 23. Jan McDowell and her supporters have transformed the 24th into Texas' second swing district for 2020. It is probable that the DNC, which relies heavily on Cook’s data, will classify it as a Red to Blue District. It is probable that this will make the 24th an entirely different ballpark in 2020. Before, Jan McDowell was not seen as a threat to the GOP controlled seat. Now they see blood in the water and will either circle around to replace Marchant in the Primary or to support him with massive outside support to protect the seat in the General.
Jan McDowell has announced that she is running for Congress in the 24th District again in 2020. She needs to begin building a war chest. She will need several hundred thousand dollars in her account in December 2019. She prefers individual contributions from small donors. This race is a good one for progressives to target. If we jump in and give a small amount monthly during the months leading up to when she files to run in December 2019, our contribution will probably be painless on our end but cumulatively, can make a significant difference in helping her position herself to fight a much harder fight than has ever been waged in the 24th.
Donations as small as $5, $10, or $25 a month given through ACT BLUE monthly for the next 24 months helps us equip Jan McDowell to fight off the Republican donors who want to hold onto the 24th District seat. She has demonstrated her ability to campaign and win the support of the voters in the district and she has demonstrated her ability to manage a campaign organization and to leverage the dollars donors give her. Let’s start now and target the 24th District by supporting Jan McDowell with a monthly contribution through ACT BLUE.
Checks can be mailed to
Jan McDowell for Congress
P.O. Box 110303
Carrollton, TX 75011

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Join the Alert Texas Citizen network

By Faith Chatham Nov. 11, 2018



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This network is for posting notices of hearings, plans for demonstrations, and background on issues before we approach governmental (and other officials) on issues.

We are bombarded each news cycle. It is difficult to understand what is happening and what we can do and when to do it. This is a site for ACTION ALERT and INFORMATION. It is not a campaigning site. It is not a political discussion s
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Friday, October 26, 2018

Abbott's Political Appointee - Secretary of State Knew About Hart Voting Machine Malfunction and Refused to Do Anything About It!

By Faith Chatham - Oct. 26, 2018 (Quoted from Texas Dems Website)
Austin, TX— This evening, ABC13 Houston reported that the Texas Secretary of State and election administrators knew about voting machine malfunctions for years and refused to do anything about it.
The malfunction can lead to straight-ticket Democratic voters casting a ballot for Republican Sen. Ted Cruz if they don’t review and correct their ballot before pressing the red cast button.
Highlights:
  • Ft. Bend County Election Administrator John Oldham said, “he’s talked to the Secretary of State more than once about the problem. It has not been fixed aside from signs provided by the Secretary of State to warn voters to check their selections.”
  • “Sam Taylor, at the Texas Secretary of State’s office, tells 13 Investigates the problem is “user error” and not something their office could fix. Taylor suggests a vendor could or should handle any upgrades, but the state has not asked vendors to do so.Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
    “The first step in solving a problem is recognizing that you have one. And the Texas Secretary of State’s office has one. This is not a new problem, their office knew about potential flaws in their voting machines and chose to ignore them for years.
    “Instead of owning up to their mistake, Texas’ Republican government blamed voters and did nothing.
    “The Texas Democratic Party demands the Texas Secretary of State take responsibility for their failures and immediately take action to inform voters to double-check their ballots.”
    Actions the Texas Secretary of State could take right now to inform voters:
    • Launch a statewide public service announcement to inform voters on broadcast and cable television in multiple languages.
    • Launch a comprehensive voter information program in multiple languages through radio, digital, and print advertisements.
    • Train poll workers to verbally remind voters to double-check their ballot.
    • Post additional signs reminding voters to check their ballots before submitting.
    • Log all instances of machine malfunction. 

Under Abbott's watch Texas ranks high on the nation's states with the most people unemployed

By Faith Chatham - Oct. 26, 2018
As of June 2018, Texas ranks 21st highest (out of 51) in UNEMPLOYMENT. Under Abbott and the GOP controlled Texas Legislature, the annual growth in GDP (5 year increase) has not trickled down to the middle class. Growth in GDP can mask the overall wealth of the average Texan because GDP can reflect wealth which flows through Texas companies to out-of-state or international stock holders. EMPLOYMENT FIGURES reflects wealth actually in the accounts of residents which is available for housing, food, clothing, education, recreation. These are the expenditures which fuel the local economy. Under Abbott, higher percentage of Texans are unemployed than in 30 of the nation's other states. Since Texas is one of the states with the greatest population, 4% of Texans is a much greater number of unemployed people than in any of the other states with higher rates of unemployment.
BOTTOM LINE: Under Greg Abbott's watch, more people in Texas are unemployed than in most other places in the United States. The growth in wealth in Texas is channeled into the bank accounts of a relatively few people instead of being spread out throughout the population. Despite a 1.9% increase in job creation, the majority of new jobs are either not full-time or at pay rates high enough to rank as "living wage pay rates".

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Leaving it all out on the court!

By Faith Chatham - Oct. 21, 2018


I love how they fight for us with all they've got during session and then don't leave anything on the field during GOTV crunch time fighting to help other women win seats in the Texas Leg. 


Currently in the Texas Legislature:

AND SOME OF THOSE WOMEN INCUMBENTS  ARE REPUBLICANS).

That is 19% of the Texas House and 25.8% of the Texas Senate to represent women who make up 52% of the Texas Population.

In the US House and Senate Texas women are even more under represented. Here is a graphic which shows where we stand on the Federal side. We didn't gain a single seat in 2016!


YEP, THAT IS RIGHT. 2016 and 2018 have identical statistics. We did not gain one seat in 2016.


Therefore, we must vote in 2018 like our lives depend on it BECAUSE IT REALLY DOES!

On the Federal side,  Texas has two Democratic US Congresswomen (Eddie Bernice Johnson and Sheila Jackson Lee) and one Republican (Kay Granger) out of 36 members of Congress and two senators. 

When we go to court, there are probably going to be Republican men hearing our cases.

Gals,we have to stop putting these men in charge of everything without sending enough women to temper what cliff's they decided to drive us over!

Looking at the importance of the campaigns of Lupe Valdez, Kim Olson and Joi Chevalier this year:
Electing Lupe, Kim and Joi would put women into 
4 out of 9 of the statewide non-judicial offices.

Electing one would give women a 22% representation,
Electing two of the three will raise it to a 33% representation.
Electing all three (if the current Railroad commissioner is re-elected) will give 52% of Texas' population 44% representation on our non-judicial statewide offices.






I applaud Rep. Celia Israel, Gina Hinojosa and Donna Howard for putting everything they have out there to make this happen. They are traveling the state helping other women GOTV in towns outside their district. Lupe, Kim and Joi are traveling over 4,700 miles in 10 days during this last GOTV crunch to meet citizens in 50 towns!

Each of us needs to stop being shy about talking to neighbors and strangers about how important this election is. 

If you need an icebreaker, use a PINK WAVE Button.


EARLY VOTING STARTS MONDAY, OCT. 22 
and runs through NOV. 2nd. 

ELECTION DAY IS NOV. 6th.

We should do what Willie says: 
If we don't like the clowns we elected
then when election day rolls around again,
VOTE 'EM OUT!

It's here girls!
Let's VOTE GOOD WOMEN IN 
and GET THE BAD GUYS OUT!

The Political Take Over of Texas

By Faith Chatham - Oct. 21, 2018
THE POLITICAL TAKE OVER OF TEXAS spilled over into an alliance between those who financed the hit ads in the 2002-2006 election cycles which led to redistricting (gerrymandering) in Texas which solidified Republican control of the state wide offices and judiciary and solid Republican pro gun majorities in both the Texas Legislature and Texas' US delegation to Congress Gregg Abbott has strong ties to the gun advocate groups who fronted as the Law Enforcement Alliance to run hit ads against his Democratic Opponent in the 2002 Attorney General's race.
That has morphed into a take-over of the NRA by right wing political operatives with an agenda much more far-reaching than gun safety. Despite solid evidence that the NRA aligned itself with Russian government sponsored gun rights money interest who funneled (money laundered) millions of Russian rubles into the US Presidential and many US Congressional races in 2016, Greg Abbott refuses to distance himself from the corrupted (actually treasonous) NRA!
This year in Texas there is a sane, gun totting actual law enforcement professional challenging Greg Abbott for Governor. Lupe Valdez is much more closely aligned with the original mission of the NRA (when it actually used membership dues to educate people on gun safety and to get gun owners to lock up their weapons to keep them out of the hands of children) than Greg Abbott, whose entanglement with the NRA is most probably tied to his addiction to their generous monetary support of him.
Valdez does not have her hands and never has had her hands in the pockets of the NRA or any gun lobby like Greg Abbotf does (and has since 2002). She is always armed and supports gun ownership but unlike Greg Abbott, sees gun violence as a problem which must be address by strict background checks, keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill and those with histories of violence.
Valdez says: "People who do not settle their disputes without violence have no business being armed." Abbott says everyone has the right to buy any arm they want. Valdez (a retired Captain of a US National Guard Tank Battalion) says: "Some guns are designed for military use - to kill as many people as possible as quickly as possible. They have no business in civilian use on our streets."
Texans have a clear choice this year. It is between a sane, solid "unbought and unbossed" former law enforcement administrator and an opportunist who uses sound bites to create the illusion which are contrary to what he actually does or promotes.
We need a governor who will face the tough realities of Texas instead of the "pay to play" Abbott whose appointees are usually his campaign donors or former lobbyists who are agents of his campaign donors. Lupe Valdez is the sane choice for Texans this year for Governor.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Who do you trust? Her or Him?


By Faith Chatham — Oct. 20, 2018
Article 4: Section 7 of the Texas Constitution names the Governor as COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF MILITARY FORCES. "He shall be Commander-in-Chief of the military forces of the State, except when they are called into actual service of the United States.  He shall have power to call forth the militia to execute the laws of the State, to suppress insurrections, and to repel invasions."
Lupe Valdez - Retired Military officer served as Captain in the US National Guard leading a tank battalion. She also has 17 years of  Federal Service as a civilian in addition to being the former Sheriff of Dallas County. 
She was :
  • Inspector for the General Services Administration (GSA)
  • Senior Federal Agent, working undercover in Latin America on drug interdiction and money laundering.
Valdez was elected Sheriff of Dallas County in 2004 and re-elected three times:
  • She was the first Democrat to be elected county wide in Dallas County in decades.
  • The only woman or person of color ever to serve as Sheriff of Dallas County.
  • She was re-elected 3 times before retiring in Dec. 2017 to run for Governor of Texas.
Valdez inherited a department which was out of compliance for jail overcrowding, being understaffed and unsanitary. She had to persuade the County Commissioners and citizens  to appropriate funds and seek grants necessary for substantial improvements at the jail. She was not able to solve all of the problems immediately, but once she got the jail into compliance, she kept it that way.She implemented community policing, placing people of color and women in supervisory roles, and redeployed officers so that they more closely represented the people in the neighborhoods. She told her officers: "The first time someone meets you shouldn't be when you are arresting them. Get out there and meet people doing community service."
Valdez says: "Most people in the jail have not been convicted of anything. Even those who have should be treated with respect."
Valdez is accustomed to standing out in the crowd. She was the only Latina Sheriff in the USA and oversaw the 7th largest Sheriff's department in the USA.


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Photo from LupeValdez.com
The daughter of migrant farm workers, Lupe Valdez worked three jobs to pay her way through college. She prioritizes education and seeks to give all people in Texas a pathway upward. "I am where I am because this state gave me the opportunity to get an education, to work and to serve. I want everyone to have the opportunities that I've had." She say that "I've got mine, too bad about yours!" is an attitude that too many elected official have which for sake of the people of this state should to stop!


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Most of Lupe Valdez’ adult life has been in uniform. She enlisted in the US National Guard as a young woman, and rose to the rank of Captain over a mostly male tank battalion before entering Federal Service.
Photo from LupeValdez.com

Valdez faces incumbent Greg Abbott in the General Election. Abbott has a war chest, rich with special interest money acquired during decades as a state official, which is 51 times bigger than Valdez's.  Abbott continues to raise money and is channeling millions into the campaign coffers of other Republicans (especially those allied with Donald Trump and the Freedom Caucus.
Abbott, a darling of the gun lobby, and Valdez disagree on gun laws. Valdez, who is always armed and has been continually in a profession where being armed is requirement, favors concealed carry. Unlike Abbott, who rose to power through the support of the gun lobby, Valdez sees gun violence as a threat to civil society. Abbott seeks no restraints on gun ownership.
Shootings in schools have the attention of both candidates. Abbott held a highly publicized town hall on School Violence after a recent massacre at a central Texas school. His solution is arming teachers, a proposal very unpopular with most classroom teachers who have concerns about being able to secure a firearm in a classroom of children or teenagers.
Valdez opposes arming teachers.
She says: “We must provide security for the schools. It is the teachers job to teach and our job to keep them safe.” Valdez is emphatic: “Those who cannot settle disputes without violence, have no business carrying a gun.”  
Long before the NRA endorsed Abbott for Governor, he forged an alliance with the gun lobby.
Abbott’s history with the gun lobby dates back to 2002  when the gun lobby used a law enforcement front group to quietly help elect Abbott as Texas attorney general. Frank Smyth wrote in 2017: Back then, Democrats still held a majority in the Texas state house and in the Texas delegation to Congress. It was a time when the gun lobby was learning how to reach out to other right-leaning groups, forging alliances that predated both the Tea Party and the Trump campaign. It was the beginning of a redistricting or “gerrymandering” process that has since helped bring the Republican party in Texas and other states to unprecedented political power.

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But ever since he ran for his first Texas legislative seat more than twenty years ago, Abbott has been a steady advocate for expanding Texans’ access to guns. He has earned a 100 percent approval rating from the National Rifle Association, and is proud of it.
Valdez is also an advocate for private gun ownership, however, unlike Abbott, she has no ties to the gun lobby. She favors stronger background checks, keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, domestic abusers and other persons with a history of violence.
She says that ‘some weapons are designed for military combat, designed to kill as many people as possible as quickly as possible. Those weapons have no business on our streets.’ 
Valdez lives simply and her campaign reflects her down-to-earth basic lifestyle. She has driven herself, usually with one staffer, from town to town in her pickup truck this year, being on the road constantly since January when she declared for Governor.


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Valdez greets citizens at a campaign stop in Round Rock, Texas Friday afternoon, Oct. 20, 2018.              Photo by Linda Brooks

Now she has embarked on a 4700 mile but trip for to make almost 50 campaign stops in ten days this month. She is on bus with other statewide Democratic Nominees (Mike Collier for Lt. Gov,., Kim Olson for Agriculture Commissioner, Joi Chevalier for Comptroller, Justin Nelson for Attorney General and other). When that ends, she will head out again to  meet citizens in other towns where they live. They are keeping in touch with supporters through the twitter hashtag: #FairShotTour
Some view Valdez’s campaign with wistful nostalgia. A daughter of San Antonio, this is the Tri-centennial celebration year of the founding of Lupe’s home town.  One of her campaign buttons reflects her historic race as the first Latina woman to run for Governor in the history of Texas. A win in 2018 for this San Antonio native would is seen by many as another millestone to celebrate for the Alamo City. It is also the anniversary of Democratic women being granted the right to vote in the Texas Primary.  She is the first Latina to win the nomination for Governor in the history of Texas. In the state’s history, only two women have been governor. Ann Richards was the only one who was not the first lady who assumed office after her husband.


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Valdez is a native of San Antonio and is running for Governor during the Tri-centennial year of her birthplace.

The polls reflect Abbott’s stronger name recognition and financial might. However, Valdez has always been viewed as an underdog who had little or no chance of winning, yet she has never lost an election. The Dallas Morning New always discounted her, sometimes vehemently opposing her, but the majority of voters have always chosen her. She was shocked when she won her first race as Sheriff and honored all three times she was re-elected.
She was seen as one of the least likely to win of the 9 candidates for Governor in 2018 Democratic Primary, yet came within 2 points of avoiding a run-off. She beat the son of former Governor Mark White, a candidate whose income from his tech businesses gave him many more financial resources than Vadez in the run-off, after coming in first against 8 men in the Primary..
She has not gotten as much press as Beto O’Rourak and did not start the campaign with a Congressional war chest. However, she resonates with “ordinary people” she meets on the campaign trail because she comes from a Texas “working stock” family and understand what it means to not have health insurance when a family member is ill or how hard it is to struggle to work multiple jobs to provide for your family or to pay you way through college. She is a problem solver who looks for ways to improve things for the people she meets.  She is plain spoken, down-to-earth, and compassionate. She is a problem-solver who focuses on making things better for the people she meets.

Whatever the outcome November 6th, she has elevated the public rhetoric from the divisive pettiness of Abbott’s previous campaign, shifting the focus to public school finance reform, affordable health care, solving the state’s maternal and infant mortality crisis which is more dire than in any other part of the developed world, and giving all citizens a fair shot at providing for their families. She balances the need to protect our borders with our responsibility to be humane and not separate children from their parents or unfairly vilify border communities which have lower crime statistics than many communities in the state’s interior as “crime ridden communities.” 

Lupe Valdez, as governor, would be a breath of fresh air in a state whose legislative agenda has stalled on wedge issue bathroom bills and drastic cuts to public school financing. Lupe Valdez brings strength and common sense to every office she holds. Unlike Abbott who pushed through Campus Carry legislation during a time when school shooting was escalating, Valdez is the voice for balance — respecting the rights of law abiding citizens while calling for policies to curtail the proliferation of arms in the hands of criminals, the mentally ill and those with histories of violence.

As importantly, she would put an end to Abbott’s practice of “Pay to Play Politics” where most political appointees are campaign donors or their agents. 
To donate to Valdez's campaign: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/lupetx

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Ruby Woolridge ends US TX 6 Primary with more cash on hand than her Run-off opponent and the Republican front-runner

By Faith Chatham - May 19, 2018

Despite  campaign rhetoric about which Democratic US 6 Run-off candidate having a financial campaign advantage to face the Republican Nominee for the open seat US TX 6 Congressional seat vacated by Joe Barton, F.E.C. reports show otherwise.  True, Jana Sanchez raised more funds than Ruby Woolridge, but into the Run-off/General Election, it does not appear that Sanchez has a financial advantage over Woolridge.

To be competitive in the General Election, a candidate needs to raise enough money in the primary to enter the General Election on as level a playing field with the Republican Party's nominee financially as possible. This is determined by the cash on hand of the candidates following the Primary.
Sanchez raised more and spent more during the General Election than Ruby Woolridge. However, entering the Run-off/General Election, Woolridge has more cash on hand than either Sanchez or the presumed Republican Nominee Ron Wright.

Sanchez spent $220,338.03 to get 10, 880 Democratic Primary votes;
Woolridge spent $51,248.47 to get 10,895 Democratic Primary votes.

Sanchez spent 4 times the dollars to get 15 less votes than Woolridge.
On her May 2nd FEC report, Sanchez reported  $7,212 less cash on hand than Woolridge. 
Woolridge.
Republican front runner Ron Wright  reported having $1,670 less cash on hand than Democratic front-runner Woolridge

May 2nd Sanchez reported having $43,297.79 cash on hand;
Woolridge reported having $50,509.89 cash on hand
Republican front-runner Ron Wright reported having $48,839.59 cash on hand.

Ron Wright spent $172,770.09 during the Republican Primary to get 20,750 votes.

There were 45,960 votes cast in the Republican Primary and 29,487 votes cast in the Democratic Primary. 
Wright spent $8.32 per vote; 
Woolridge spent $4.70 per vote; 
Sanchez spent $20.25 per vote.
Source: F.E.C. May 2nd 2018 Candidate’s Campaign Reports and Texas S.O.S. March Primary Election Returns.

Assessment: Even though Sanchez raised more money during the primary, she does not enter the General Election with a financial advantage over Woolridge
Woolridge ran a tighter, more frugal campaign than Sanchez. 
It cost Sanchez four times what it cost Woolridge to draw a voter to the polls.
Republican front-runner Ron Wright enters the General Election with less cash on hand than Woolridge. 
Wright  spent almost twice per voter of  what it cost Woolridge to draw a voter to the polls.
He holds the party brand advantage in US TX 6 where 16,473 more Republicans than Democrats voted in the US TX 6 2016 primary than Democrats. 

Democratic Primary Run-off: _
Ruby Woolridge got 36.95% of the Democratic Primary vote and faces Jana Sanchez (36.90%) in the May 22nd Democratic Primary Run-off.
Ron Wright got 45.15%  of the Republican Primary vote and faces J.K. "Jake" Ellzey (21.76%) Tuesday, March 22nd in the Republican Primary Run-off.