September 30, 2014

Austin American-Statesman Endorses Mike Collier for State Comptroller

Mike Collier Texas State Comproller

Mike Collier is best choice for comptroller Here is where the importance of the Texas comptroller of public accounts most publicly manifests itself: The comptroller is responsible for issuing the revenue estimates that lawmakers use to write the state’s two-year budgets. Thus, an accurate revenue forecast is paramount. Miss the mark, and education, transportation and public health and safety suffer. With that responsibility in mind, we think Democrat Mike Collier is the comptroller candidate best qualified to produce estimates that more accurately tell lawmakers how much money they have available to write the state’s budgets, and to lead the agency in other key ways. The deplorable revenue forecast issued ahead of the 2011 legislative session by the current comptroller, Republican Susan Combs, who’s retiring from politics, contributed to an unnecessary $5.4 billion cut to public education. Combs’ estimate — she was off by $11.3 billion, one of the worst misses in state history — motivated Collier … [Read more...]

Greg Abbott Lied when pressed by Wendy Davis in Texas Governor debate

Greg Abbott

Will all the Texas media call out the continued deception by Greg Abbott? He tries to win the Texas Governor’s race via lies and misinformation. It is imperative that we share the truth. Wendy Davis and other Democratic candidates do not have the money from wealthy plutocrats to bankroll them like the Republican candidates. Greg Abbott misinformation continues Greg Abbott Lied When pressed by Davis, Abbott lied about public school lawsuit In last night’s Rio Grande Valley debate, Wendy Davis directly challenged Greg Abbott to drop his legal fight to push $5 billion in funding cuts to Texas schools – cuts that a State District Court has already ruled against, saying that they’re unconstitutional and deny Texas kids an adequate education. Rather than simply disagreeing with Davis – or explaining why he supports those deep cuts – Greg Abbott coldly decided to lie. He claimed that a law passed in 2011 was forcing him to keep up his attack, forcing him to continue dragging 600 Texas school … [Read more...]

Fort Worth Star Telegram: 2014 elections: ‘That’s our Wendy’

Wendy Davis Greg Abbott

Fort Worth Star Telegram: 2014 elections: 'That's our Wendy' 2014 elections: 'That's our Wendy' [Fort Worth Star Telegram, Anna Tinsley, 9.19.14] FORT WORTH - Tori Adams started clapping as soon as she saw Wendy Davis appear on the television screen during the first gubernatorial debate Friday night. "I'm so excited," she said with a grin. Adams was among those in Davis' hometown cheering on their candidate of choice in this year's gubernatorial race, which pits Davis, a state senator, against Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. For Adams, Friday was a chance to watch a longtime friend - someone she has known since their daughters went to kindergarten together - follow her political path. "That's our Wendy," said Adams,who cochairs Davis' campaign finance committee and works with Annie's List, a Texas group that backs Democratic candidates. "She's relaxed, she knows her material. "That's my leader - someone I have seen develop in her journey to public service." Adams and … [Read more...]

Davis Gano El Debate, Abbott Confirma Que Seguirá Defendiendo Recortes a la Educación Publica

Wendy Davis Greg Abbott equal pay women

    Davis Gano El Debate, Abbott Confirma Que Seguirá Defendiendo Recortes a la Educación Publica Edinburg, TX - Director de comunicación de la campaña de Wendy Davis, Zac Petkanas publicó la siguiente declaración después del primer debate para gobernador de Texas. "Wendy Davis fue claramente victoriosa esta noche. Bajo presión de Davis, Greg Abbott confirmó que el seguirá bloqueando fondos para las escuelas públicas de Texas al igual a los derechos de víctimas de violencia sexual o incesto." … [Read more...]

President Obama’s Weekly Address: We Will Degrade and Destroy ISIL

President Obama ISIL

WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, the President reiterated his comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group ISIL. His plan brings together a campaign of targeted airstrikes, increased support for Iraqi and Kurdish forces already taking on terrorists, assistance from allies and partners, expanded efforts to train and equip the Syrian opposition, and ongoing humanitarian aid for those displaced by ISIL. The President expressed his immense appreciation for the military men and women who make these efforts possible, and reminded the world that America continues to lead and stand strong against terror. The President on ISIL / ISIS Remarks of President Barack Obama - Weekly Address The White House September 13, 2014 As Commander in Chief, my highest priority is the security of the American people.  And I’ve made it clear that those who threaten the United States will find no safe haven.  Thanks to our military and counterterrorism … [Read more...]

President Obama Addresses the Nation on the ISIS / ISIL Threat

President Obama ISIS ISIL

President Obama Addresses the Nation on the ISIS / ISIL Threat My fellow Americans — tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL. As commander-in-chief, my highest priority is the security of the American people. Over the last several years, we have consistently taken the fight to terrorists who threaten our country. We took out Osama bin Laden and much of al Qaeda's leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We've targeted al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen, and recently eliminated the top commander of its affiliate in Somalia. We've done so while bringing more than 140,000 American troops home from Iraq, and drawing down our forces in Afghanistan, where our combat mission will end later this year. Thanks to our military and counterterrorism professionals, America is safer. Still, we continue to face a terrorist threat. We cannot erase every trace of evil from the world, and small … [Read more...]

Wendy Davis interviewed on The Rachel Maddow Show

Wendy Davis Rachel Maddow

Wendy Davis says she feels very good about her chances to be Texas Governor Wendy Davis appeared on the Rachel Maddow show last night to promote her new book “Forgetting to Be Afraid: A Memoir”. One of the first questions Rachel Maddow asked her was of she could win. “I feel very good about my chances,” Wendy Davis said. “And I think its because there are people all over our state that feel that their values have not been reflected. And what’s been going on in the failed leadership we’ve seen in the last decade or so. And we have built an energy and an enthusiasm like nothing I have ever seen in our state.” Rachel Maddow then asked why Texas’ civic participation rate was so low. It’s the lowest in the country, and I attribute it to a couple of things,” Wendy Davis said. “One, we haven’t had a really hotly, general contested, race in Texas since Anne Richards lost in 1994 and we also aren’t in play in presidential elections. And so over time, when you are not having general election conversations with … [Read more...]

Wendy Davis interviewed on HuffPost Live (VIDEO)

Wendy Davis HuffPost Live Alyona Minkovski

Wendy Davis on HuffPost Live Wendy Davis visited the studios of HuffPost Live to promote her new book “Forgetting to Be Afraid: A Memoir”. She also talked about her gubernatorial campaign to become Governor of Texas. The interview covered several  issues. Wendy Davis said she wrote the book with the expectation that it would be helpful and inspiring for those that read it. When asked about those that question the timing of the release of the book, she simply discounted it having any political implications. Wendy Davis reminded the host Alyona Minkovski that her fight in Congress did not begin with her epic filibuster. She has been a fighter for Texans since her entry into the Texas Legislature. Alyona Minkovski tried to get Wendy Davis to align herself with President Obama in a concrete manner. Wendy Davis did not bite. She stuck to policy and made the listener infer which is a smart thing for a Texas politician to do ithn order to deflect the hostile local media. Wendy Davis further discussed some of … [Read more...]

James Cargas better US Representative than John Culberson

James Cargas, 7th Congressional District Candidate

Democrat James Cargas is running for Texas 7th District US Representative. The incumbent  is Tea Party Republican John Culberson. James Cargas is an attorney and an energy expert who says he is committed to seeing all of Houston’s economy thrive. He says he believes that “Houston Can Do Better” with a congressman who will put Houston before party politics. James Cargas Interview The Houston Chronicle endorsed James Cargas stating that he was 'tailor-made to represent the district'. He states the following at his website. Energy Attorney for the Energy Corridor Over the past twenty years, I have developed an understanding of the complexity of energy and environmental policies from having worked at: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission The Clinton White House at the President’s Council on Sustainable Development Gov. Bill Richardson’s U.S. Department of Energy The North American Energy Standards Board A major interstate pipeline company and drilling service company. I am currently the … [Read more...]

Railroad Commissioner Candidate Steve Brown speaks at 2014 Harris Democrats County Conference

Steve Brown Railroad commissioner candidate

Railroad Commissioner Candidate Steve Brown spoke at the 2014 Harris Democrats County Conference. Steve Brown is an energetic and very profound speaker that understands how to bind gut, policy, and reality, "It cracks me up that so many of the experts, so many of the pundits say we cannot win in 2014," said Steve Brown. "They say that the task of winning this race is so insurmountable -- that Democrats are just given a cursory look. No one is taking it seriously. We know  those pundits have a stellar track record of getting things right, like how they pick Todd Akin to be the Senator. They even picked Perry to win in 2012 before he had his little moment." Steve Brown then implied that the reason the Republican statewide candidates are refusing to debate is that they are concerned about their own little moments that would likely occur if Texans heard them speak. Steve Brown said the opportunity to win this cycle is real, legitimate, and can happen. Steve Brown then went on to decimate the notion that … [Read more...]