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Houston woman wrote to thank Obama for her life; He wrote her back

I love President Obama and I am proud that he is our POTUS http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/article/Houston-woman-wrote-to-thank-Obama-for-her-life-10796231.php?t=22fb1769ef438d9cbb

Anne Bunting liked to tell friends that President Barack Obama saved her life.

Last month, the Houston native decided to pen a letter telling him so, explaining how his signature health care law had allowed her to get a life-saving heart transplant in 2014.

"I tell everyone that you saved my life and I truly believe that," she wrote.

That, she thought, would be that.

Then last Friday she got a reply: "Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to share your moving story with me. It's clear you have faced tremendous challenges over the last few years, and I am glad to hear the Affordable Care Act helped you."

It was signed with the president's characteristic signature, with a giant B and a giant O.

Judge temporarily blocks fetal burial rules

It is tough living in Texas at times http://www.chron.com/news/politics/texas/article/Judge-weighs-blocking-fetal-burial-rules-10798661.php

AUSTIN -- A federal judge on Thursday blocked Texas from implementing a controversial new rule requiring the burial or cremation of fetal remains following abortions or miscarriages.

In an at-times testy court hearing Thursday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks opted to grant a temporary restraining order against the new rules that were slated to kick in Monday, Dec. 19.

The new rules require that the remains from abortions and miscarriages be buried or cremated, regardless the length of gestation or the woman's wishes. Currently, the remains are treated as other medical waste and incinerated, buried or disposed of in a sanitary landfill or ground up and washed down a sanitary sewer.

The Center for Reproductive Rights, on behalf of several abortion providers, sued the state to block the rule, arguing that requiring health centers provide for the burial or cremation of fetal remains was intended to decrease access to abortion by driving up the cost.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has said the rule was intended as a public health measure to help prevent the spread of disease.

Sam Sparks is a good judge. This will be a long fight

Source: Twitter cut out of Trump tech meeting over failed emoji deal

Trump is a petty and small man http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/donald-trump-twitter-emoji-crooked-hillary-232647

Twitter was told it was "bounced" from Wednesday's meeting between tech executives and President-elect Donald Trump in retribution for refusing during the campaign to allow an emoji version of the hashtag #CrookedHillary, according to a source close to the situation.

Trump adviser Sean Spicer later denied the report, telling MSNBC that "the conference table was only so big."

But POLITICO's source said the social media company's exclusion from the much-publicized, feel-good confab in Trump Tower stemmed from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's role in rejecting the anti-Clinton emoji — a rejection that brought public complaints from the president-elect's campaign.

Twitter was one of the few major U.S. tech companies not represented at Wednesday afternoon's Trump Tower meeting attended by, among others, Apple's Tim Cook, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, and Tesla's Elon Musk — an omission all the more striking because of Trump's heavy dependence on the Twitter platform. With some 17.3 million followers of his account, the president-elect has made Twitter into the de facto press channel of his transition operation.

The degree of stupidity and vindictiveness represented by the exclusion of Twitter from this meeting was surprising even to me. Trump is a very small and sad man.

Ellison no lock for DNC chair

The contest for DNC chair will affect the direction of the party for the next two to four years. I have met and like Keith Ellison but I do not want him to be DNC chair and I am encouraged that Tom Perez is getting into this race. Ellison would be the wrong choice for DNC chair in my opinion and this opinion is shared by others http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/keith-ellison-democratic-dnc-232613

One reason is that the shadow of the contentious presidential primary continues to hang over the party, and some DNC members view the Minnesota congressman as part of the faction that delivered a mortal wound to Clinton, despite his best efforts to convince them otherwise.

“Ellison is not the front-runner, Ellison has no chance at all,”
said Tennessee committeeman William Owen, giving voice to that view. “I’m a Hillary person. Bill Clinton said, 'I’ll be with you till the last dog dies,' and I’m the last dog. I will not vote for Keith Ellison, I will not vote for a Bernie person. I think they cost Hillary the election, and now they’re going to live with Donald Trump. Donald Trump asks, 'What do you have to lose?’ Nothing, except life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

California committeewoman Susie Shannon’s take on Ellison, however, is more representative of the ascendant progressive wing’s view.

Ellison and a couple of the other leading contenders (including perhaps Tom Perez) are speaking to the Texas Democratic Party SDEC meeting on Saturday. http://juanitajean.com/heads-up-to-texas-friends/

All three of the announced candidates for new Democratic National Committee Chair will be in Austin this Saturday at 1:30 at the State Democratic Executive Committee meeting to speak. The meeting is open to the public and while questions and speeches from the floor are not allowed (or we’d be there for a month), you will be able to meet the candidates and hear them speak. Most Texas Democratic National Committee members will also be there. They are the ones who vote on the new chair and this is your opportunity to lobby them for your favorite candidate.

Saturday, December 17th at the Sheraton (701 E. 11th) at 1:30. Announced candidates: Keith Ellison, Jaime Harrison, and Raymond Buckley

Texas has a good number of members on the DNC and so this could be an interesting meeting.

Texas SDEC will have all three announced candidates for DNC Chair speaking on Dec 17

This was posted by Juanita Jean on facefook

- The State Democratic Executive Committee will meet at the TDP office (1106 Lavaca in Austin) at 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 17. The general session will be at the Sheraton (701 E. 11th) at 1:30. The general session had to be moved to a larger space, because all three of the announced candidates for Democratic National Committee Chair will be there: Keith Ellison, Jaime Harrison, and Raymond Buckley. All meetings are open to the public. Don and I hope to see you there!

I am very tempted to attend

Dressing rooms | The Briefing

I have seen this ad on MSNBC the last couple of mornings-General Allen | Hillary Clinton

This is a very strong ad

San Antonio/Bexar County voters-they have the wrong voter id signs up

The signs up at the early voting locations in Bexar county are wrong. The Clinton campaign and the Bexar County Democratic Party are working on fixing this.

If you have issues call 1-844-TXVOTES

RNC Asks Members to Avoid Poll Watching, Other ‘Ballot Security’ Activities

The RNC is under a consent decree that restricts the RNC from certain activities. The RNC is now getting worried that Trump's poll watcher program will violate that consent decree http://www.wsj.com/articles/rnc-asks-members-to-avoid-poll-watching-other-ballot-security-activities-1476925215

WASHINGTON—The Republican National Committee asked members to avoid election-related “ballot security” activities, such as poll watching in their capacity as Republican Party officers, citing a decades-old court settlement restricting such activities by national GOP officials.

As part of a 1982 settlement in a lawsuit brought by Democrats, the RNC agreed to curb its efforts to monitor and challenge voter eligibility at the polls, especially in districts where the racial or ethnic composition of the electorate could be a factor in the outcome.

RNC general counsel John Ryder wrote to members on Wednesday to “remind you of the restrictions placed on the RNC by the consent decree.”

The RNC membership is made up of 168 state party representatives, three from each state and territory.

Trump's planned poll watcher activity will violate this decree unless Trump trains his poll watchers and these poll watchers resist their inclination to suppress the vote. Neither of these events are likely

Progress is on the ballot | Hillary Clinton

I love this video

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