Sunday, December 8, 2013

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Tx Lt. Gov. Race in Democratic Primary Gives Texas a Choice Between Two Strong Texas Leaders: Alvarado and Van de Putte are candidiates to Watch

Alvarado Spoke in Lubbock:
Alvarado to Austin: All we want is our fair share

Alvarado will face Leticia Van De Putte in primary



Alvarado to Austin: All we want is our fair share | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Maria Luisa Alvarado says she is ready to flip Austin on its head and be the politician who represents the people's interests.
“I bring a message from the people: All we want is our fair share,” she said.
Alvarado is a Democratic candidate for the lieutenant governor’s job held by Republican David Dewhurst since 2003. Dewhurst faces three other Republican candidates for his party’s nomination in the March 4 primary. Alvarado's visit came the same day State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, announced her candidacy for lieutenant governor.
“It’s taken a lot of cooperation to bring Ms. Alvarado here today,” said Kenny Ketner, Lubbock County Democratic Party chairman.
Alvarado spoke to a small group of people at the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union No. 629 at 20th Street and Avenue J on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 23.
“She was a nominee in 2006,” said Fidel Acevedo, outreach coordinator for the campaign. “We were there with her then, we’re there with her now and we’re going to carry her to another nominee position.”
The retired Air Force master sergeant ran for lieutenant governor in 2006 and for the U.S. House in 2012 for Texas’ 35th district. She was defeated in the 2012 primary.
Alvarado said she is running another grassroots campaign and will not accept endorsements from corporations on this run either. The only support from organizations she has accepted has come from unions, she said.
“But the choice was this: ‘Do we go ahead and buy into special interest now and compromise already or do we stay with the people?’” Alvarado said. “And that’s what we did.”
She came to the union hall without a prepared speech and instead challenged the audience to have a conversation with her.
Questions ranged from voter ID laws to undocumented residents.
When asked about immigration issues, Alvarado said she recently attended a conference on the subject. She said many of the immigrants told her they were hard-working people who couldn’t understand why they couldn’t get a driver’s license.
“I’m listening to all these folks, and I’m also listening to the panel,” Alvarado said. “And basically, they’re all saying we’d like to help you, but there’s these things called laws.”
Alvarado doesn’t believe this is true. Texas would have a law on the books that allows undocumented residents to get driver’s licenses if Gov. Rick Perry hadn’t vetoed the legislation, she said.
“This is all in mind of one set of individuals that have a certain perspective about immigration,” Alvarado said.
The San Antonio resident said undocumented residents contribute to the nation's economy and want to make the country better.
“They live here. We can’t ignore them,” she said. “We can’t send them back.”
Alvarado said undocumented residents who spoke at the conference she attended were passionate people with good values. She said they were the kind of people she would want to represent her.
“Imagine what they would do if they started voting,” Alvarado said.
Immigration reform is needed, Alvarado said, and it’s been on Congress’ desk for a number of years. Leaders need to look at immigration reform from a positive stance.
“They’ve just sort of put Band-Aid over Band-Aid, and to really do a good job, it really requires knowing about all the people out there,” she said.
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Watch this Blog - 2013 will be an exciting election cycle

By Faith Chatham - Arlington, TX - Nov. 21, 2013

I write when I have something to say. From 2011-present I didn't blog a lot. It was usually about the air, water or an EPA hearing. It was usually more germane to "About Air and Water" or "DFW Regional Concerned Citizens" of "Preventable Pipeline Hazards" so it went on those blogs. Even though a lot happened with insurance and healthcare,  my own hospitalizations and surgeries prevented me from covering those issues. But this is a new year. It's a new election cycle.

It is obvious that 2013 is off to an OUTSTANDING start. From the moment Senator Wendy Davis rocketed into the minds of people around the world standing in the Texas Senate in her pink running shoes, it has been obvious that this is definitely not a "business as usual, boring old election cycle."

More Democrats have declared for office in Tarrant County, especially in Districts in Arlington, than I have witnessed since Ronald Reagan took office! The caliber of expertise and credentials and campaigning skill displayed among most of the first-time candidates impresses me. The Republican Primary is also lively. Tea Party candidates are challenging Republican Incumbents. Non- Tea Party Republicans are challenging Tea Party incumbents. A lot of races this year are worth watching.

Some of my favorite candidates from previous election cycles have already declared their intention to run again. Maria Luisa Alvarado, 2006 Democratic Nominee for Lt. Governor is already campaigning hard. She launched her campaign website ONE TEXAS FOR ALL.NET.

 Sen. Leticia Van de Putte has announced for Lt. Governor. For the first time in the history of the Texas Democratic Party, two strong Texas women who are both proven leaders will b. e going head-to-head, each presenting her case as to why she is the best choice for Texans as Lt. Governor. I'm enthusiastic about this race. I expect both women to expand the base of people voting Democratic with their campaigns.

Dale Henry has decided to try again to show Texas voters why they should elect a person with his knowledge and expertise in preventing Oil and Gas spills and water contamination to the Texas Rail Road Commission instead of the people that Republicans have chosen to fill those slots for decades. Each time Mr. Henry has run, he has educated Texans on the industry and the importance of sensible regulation to prevent water depletion and /or contamination.

Reclaiming the Texas Turf and Grassroots News U Can Use are two blogs where we'll be covering some of these very interesting races. There are a lot of other progressive political blogs in Texas. Perry Dorrell's Brains and  Eggs is one of my personal favorites.  David Van Os blogs as Notes from a Texas Patriot.

When it comes to issues, there are a number of excellent environmental writers. Texas Sharon remains among the best with BlueDaze.  Here in the Barnett Shale, there are a number of citizens who have turned activist and are communicating by blogs. Some of the best include:  Westchester GasetteFishCreek MonitorFort Worth CanDo,   Dallas Drilling Blog, Dallas Residents At Risk Fort Worth Follies.

On transportation, there is the Texas Democratic Pork Barrel Caucus which is a private facebook group which Texans who vote in the Democratic Primaries can ask to  join. Out of San Antonio there is a "non partisan" pac lead by Republican Terry Hall called Texas Turf. In addition to some of Texas's "Innovative financing -leveraged toll projects proving to be unprofitable and projected to go "belly up" by the summer of 2014, there are other interesting developments with Texas Roads. The wear and tear from gas production vehicular traffic has worn out a number of Texas' Farm to Market Roads. TxDOT proposes to widen them and to convert paved roads to unpaved roads.  The folks who live on those roads and have to drive long ways to shop and go to work and to the doctor and to school are "none too pleased" to say the very least at the prospect of their roads being converted to a gravel like asphalt composite because the state has mis-managed the funds they charged the gas drillers and/or transferred those dollars to other uses rather than maintaining existing roads. We'll cover that in more depth later.

Join us and KEEP WATCHING! It's already off to an exciting year.