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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:29 PM
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DU Exclusive -- Active DUer announces candidacy for Statewide Office
It is with great pleasure that I am able to advise all DUers that an active DUer is announcing candidacy for statewide office.


Jeff Weems is announcing his candidacy for Texas Railroad Commissioner.



The office, a partisan statewide position, has something of an archaic name and nothing to do with railroads but still has major relevance for vast interests in Texas.




The Texas Railroad Commission was formed in the 1890s to protect farmers from predatory pricing by the railroads. The Texas Legislature later gave the Commission additional regulatory responsibilities, primarily over trucking and oil and gas exploration and production. Over the years, the Commissions authority over railroads and trucking was reduced, and finally eliminated altogether in 2005.

The Texas Railroad Commission is currently responsible for:

Regulating oil and gas exploration and production;
Regulating pipeline (both natural gas and hazardous liquid) safety;
Regulating certain coal and uranium surface mining operations;
Setting rates for pipelines and for natural gas utilities;
Regulating natural gas utility safety measures; and
Creating and applying programs designed to promote the use of and market for Liquefied Petroleum (LP) or Propane gas.






Jeff's key focus on this campaign is committed to:

ensuring Texas vibrant energy industry, protecting Texas environment, giving consumers a voice at the commission, and restoring the good name and reputation of the Texas Railroad Commissioners.



Jeff's first policy position in announcing his campaign is to significantly reduce lobbyists ability to influence commission business.


I propose that Railroad Commissioners be treated like Supreme Court justices in other words, Texas Railroad Commissioners should be allowed to accept campaign contributions only for the period beginning 9 months before the primary election through a few months after the general election. In these times of energy uncertainty, Weems said, Texans must have confidence in the integrity of their commissioners decision-making, and that these decisions are not unduly influenced by campaign contributions. Weems added that this restriction should apply both to campaign contributions and to gifts from lobbyists.


Jeff's website is here: http://jeffweemsforcommissioner.com/contact /

You can send him an email here: jeff@jeffweemsforcommissioner.com

Today is also Jeff's Birthday!

Please join me in congratulating Jeff, send him a personal message and if you are able and inclined a contribution. He will now be posting under jeffweemsforRRC here at DU and is retiring his old name so that past postings here cannot be used by partisan opponents out of context. I can simply say that he had a very strong voice and his opinions were always very reasonable.
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DesertFlower Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:32 PM
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1. congratulations. nt
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:32 PM
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2. Happy Birthday Jeff and best of luck to you! K&R n.t
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AspenRose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:36 PM
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3. Woo Hoo! Go Jeff Go!
:woohoo:
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:37 PM
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4. Wishing you the happiest of birthday's and success in your run for office!! nt
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:38 PM
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5. Good luck Mr. Weems!
And a happy birthday to you as well!
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derby378 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:41 PM
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6. JEFF! When are you coming to Dallas?
Come on over sometime, man! We could schedule a DU get-together for DFW, which we're long overdue for. PM me!
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NoPasaran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:42 PM
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7. Happy Birthday Jeff!
:party:
And may 2010 be the year we win some statewides!
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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:50 PM
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8. K& R Go get'em! Happy Birthday!
:yourock:
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:55 PM
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9. Go Jeff!!!
:toast:
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Wetzelbill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:56 PM
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10. K and R
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barbtries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:57 PM
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11. happy birthday
good luck with the race.
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JaneLovesAll Donating Member (4 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:59 PM
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54. Congratulations
Congratulations and best of luck in the race!
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AuntPatsy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:00 PM
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12. happy birthday and good luck Jeff..we need more honest voices here in Texas..
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:18 PM
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13. kick
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:19 PM
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14. Go, Jeff!
:woohoo: :hi:
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:20 PM
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15. Good for you, Jeff Weems!
Happy birthday and Good Luck :party: :bounce:

Thanks, grant, for such a magnificent announcement~
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Maru Kitteh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:21 PM
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16. Good Luck Jeff! More of us should do the same! Wish I could vote for you!
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The Magistrate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:21 PM
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17. Best Of Fortune To Mr. Weems, Sir!
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:22 PM
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18. Great!
Definitely recommended.
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berni_mccoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:24 PM
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19. Go Jeff Go! Congrats!
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:24 PM
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20. Happy b'day Jeff
and damn it good luck... and will see about dropping a few bucks next month...

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Soylent Brice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:31 PM
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21. cool! good luck to ya Mr. Jeff!
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:32 PM
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22. cool...and congrats!
the TRC runs the state of texas....
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 03:07 PM
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23. kick
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NYC_SKP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 03:09 PM
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24. Kick and Happy Birthday!
I'll be pulling for you during the campaign and look forward to your posts here at DU!!!

Happy Birthday! :party:

Go Get Them!!! :toast:

NYC_SKP
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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 03:12 PM
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25. Happy Birthday and best of luck to you!
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Glorfindel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 03:37 PM
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26. Hooray! What great good news
Thank you, Mr. Weems, for your courage and convictions. And happy birthday, too, fellow Virgo! :toast:
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cliffordu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:25 PM
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27. Congrats and Happy Birthday!!!!
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:40 PM
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51. Damn, I thought that was you.
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cliffordu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:50 PM
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52. Nah, I'm running for mental health czar.
:rofl:
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:54 PM
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61. and the nightmares begin
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cliffordu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:18 PM
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76. Electroshock on isle five, Electroshock on Isle five....Mrs grantcart,
Your puddle, er, I mean husband is ready for pick up.....those burns should heal in a couple of weeks....
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jeffweemsforRRC Donating Member (93 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:25 PM
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79. That's too funny!
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JimGinPA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:37 PM
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28. Congratulations, Good Luck & Happy Birthday
K&R
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jeffweemsforRRC Donating Member (93 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:37 PM
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85. As I recall, I sent you some signs last year!
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JimGinPA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 01:01 PM
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136. You Changed Your Username!
LOL! Yeah, I still have one in an upstairs window at home!
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ThomWV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:42 PM
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29. The Texas Railroad Commission was once one of the nation's really powerful institutions.
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:44 PM
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30. Really I had never heard of it before Jeff announced.
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jeffweemsforRRC Donating Member (93 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:17 PM
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75. OPEC was modeled off of the Texas Railroad Commission
In the early 1930's, the RRC would set allowable rates of production from the wells in the giant Texas oil fields. If the world oil price was collapsing, they would curtail production to maintain a marginally reasonable price. If the price got too high, they would do the opposite. These actions were challenged all the way to the US Supreme Court several times. The first couple of cases resulted in the striking down of some aspects of the commission's power, until a case later in the 1930's where the Supremes upheld the RRC's power. Soon therafter, Texas and other oil producing states formed the IOGCC (Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission), which was set up to coordinate policies. It used to.

Once peak US oil production passed in 1972, the RRC's power diminished greatly. But its importance to the Texas environment and Texas consumers looms larger than ever. Now is not the time for "hands off" regulation.
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Loki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:03 PM
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65. Jim Hightower
a Texas Democratic Activist ran for that office back in the late 70's I believe. Congratulations Jeff. Texas needs to return to the great history of our Democratic legislators. We will do this, one office at a time.
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ceile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:46 PM
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31. Congrats!!
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jeffweemsforRRC Donating Member (93 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:10 PM
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71. Thanks - look me up next time I am in town
My events will start becoming more public now.

Jeff
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RagAss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:50 PM
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32. Go Get 'em, Jeff !
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goclark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:23 PM
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33. Jeff you come highly recommended by grantcart
and that means you are terrific!

:patriot:
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:39 PM
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129. Don't hold that against him!
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goclark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 03:50 PM
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134. Jeff must be a winner! nt
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OneGrassRoot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 03:14 PM
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140. +1 :) n/t
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:44 PM
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34. Good luck, Jeff! nt
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Kajsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:45 PM
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35. Happy Birthday, Jeff!

:party:

And good luck with your campaign!

:)

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Wizard777 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:46 PM
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36. Congrats! VOTE WEEMS!
:applause: :headbang: :yourock: :headbang: :applause:
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ddeclue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:48 PM
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37. YOU WIN THE DU!!!


:applause:

What can we do to help?

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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:03 PM
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38. First thing is to get the word out- especially if you have any contact in Texas

If you can help he has an ActBlue account here: http://www.actblue.com/contribute/entity/22950
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Barack_America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:34 PM
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82. Jeff already won DU a while ago...
IMO.

This is just icing on the cake!
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smubossirossi Donating Member (15 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:04 PM
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39. yea k&r!
this texan is excited!!
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jeffweemsforRRC Donating Member (93 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:08 PM
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70. Let me know where you are - we'll get in touch.
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:05 PM
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40. Yeah Jeff....Happy Day to you.
.
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tomm2thumbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:10 PM
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41. break a leg! congrats
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:12 PM
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42. Thank you for stepping up, and best wishes!
:toast:
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:13 PM
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43. cool
I shall mark him on my ballot.
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jeffweemsforRRC Donating Member (93 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:07 PM
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69. It would be an honor to represent you!
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svpadgham Donating Member (374 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:26 PM
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44. It'll be nice to see
The incumbent not running unopposed again.

I actually thought about doing it just to have another name on the ballot, but then I thought "Oh crap, what if I won?"
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:24 PM
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77. Sounds like the basis of a great movie script
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Iwillnevergiveup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:02 PM
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45. Good luck, Jeff
and thank you for stepping up and HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

K&R

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sonias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:09 PM
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46. I'll K&R this thread too
Congratulations on the race Jeff. We're of course thrilled you are running.

And another birthday wish to you again.

:party: :bounce: :woohoo: :bounce:

Sonia
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jeffweemsforRRC Donating Member (93 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:06 PM
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68. Sonia, you are a force of nature
Thanks for everything you do for us Texans!

2010 is going to surprise folks.
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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:24 PM
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47. Happy Birthday - and like your name, too!
good luck with the campaign.
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DUlover2909 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:28 PM
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48. I get to vote for him. Woo-hoo!
:dem:
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jeffweemsforRRC Donating Member (93 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:03 PM
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64. If you have the chance, go to my web site
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 09:26 PM by jeffweemsforRRC
I would love to get you and eveyrone else who can stand it involved. We have to take this state back before there's nothing left.

Jeff
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Flying Dream Blues Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:31 PM
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49. Happy Birthday and best of luck.
I'll be supporting you and just made a small donation.
Thanks!
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jeffweemsforRRC Donating Member (93 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:05 PM
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66. My newest BFF!
Seriously, in these tough times, I know how much every contribution means. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Jeff
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Moosepoop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:38 PM
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50. K&R and Congrats, Jeff!
I'd vote for you if I lived in Texas! :)
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:53 PM
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53. Excellent. nt
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The Hope Mobile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:17 PM
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55. Happy birthday and best wishes! nt
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AllyCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:19 PM
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56. Good for you Mr. Weems!
It's an honor to have you here
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jamesatemple Donating Member (176 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:19 PM
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57. Well, I'll declare! That's one of our "homeboys" runnin' for office.
Happy birthday, Jeff. I'm mighty pleased to support one our own. I'm pretty sure that you know or have met Jim Hightower who served as Ag Comissioner. He also came close to being the Railroad Commissioner of Texas and continues to stir up trouble as a journalist contributing to the Texas Observer.

Good luck!
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jeffweemsforRRC Donating Member (93 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:01 PM
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63. I gave a quick interview to the Observer's twin, the Texas Energy Journal
It stirred up the other side. It seems they don't like much criticism. Ha!
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SlingBlade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:28 PM
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58. You Go Jeff. Do us proud.
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Hawkeye-X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:41 PM
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59. Just for clarity (and if you wish to PM me)
what was Jeff's DU name?
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jeffweemsforRRC Donating Member (93 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:54 PM
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60. DU ROCKS THE HOUSE!
So, my darling bride and I have a nice relaxing dinner after an afternoon of fundraising calls and trial preparation. I stroll onto DU and find this! I am humbled - you folks are the backbone of what we all stand for - I have the easy job.


I don't know if you all know this - I am a trial lawyer - so it is easy for me to stand up in front of a bunch of people and tell them exactly what I think - in fact, I thrive on it.


Ya'll are the meat of this meat and potatoes dish. You keep all of us, candidates and elected officials, on the true and narrow. To see this outpouring of support is amazing. I am in the process of taking screen shots so I can remember this for a long long time.


If you want me to expand on any of my positions, I am glad to do so. The beauty of being a democrat is the conviction of your beliefs.


Jeff Weems, your next Texas Railroad Commissioner


Pol. Adv. Paid for by Jeff Weems for Commissioner Campaign Fund, Lisa Acord Holzgrafe, Treasurer (to make sure I am in compliance)
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Rozlee Donating Member (821 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:00 PM
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62. Got three votes in our casa already just after reading this post
Now I'll call relatives and get name recognition going. Way to go, Jeff. We need politicians in Texas with IQs in the 3 digits.
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checks-n-balances Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:05 PM
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67. How cool is that!? His DU education will help him serve well
in whatever he does.

Best of luck to you, Jeff!!!
:yourock:
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merci_me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:13 PM
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72. I met Jeff and his son.............
a few months ago at the Houston Galleria Area Democrats meeting and am very proud to support him.

Another note, from the number of his posts, it looks like Jeff is a new DU member. He is not. He's a long time DUer, but recently changed his posting name reflect his candidacy when he posts.
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harkadog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:15 PM
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73. Good luck Jeff!
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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:16 PM
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74. Happy Birthday now kick ass
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JimWis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:24 PM
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78. Good luck. Congrats.
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Barack_America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:26 PM
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80. This is so exciting! I hoped it was you when I read the subject line...
...At it was!

Please do keep us updated on how to donate to your campaign. Do you have an actblue page yet?

My very best wishes to you and your family!

And, of course, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

:party:
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jeffweemsforRRC Donating Member (93 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:36 PM
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83. Act Blue is up and running
If and as you are able in these very tough times, all contributions are greatly appreciated.

http://www.actblue.com/contribute/entity/22950

Sorry that my pasting skills are somewhat lacking - but I can for dang sure regulate the energy industry in a reasonable and responsible manner!

Thanks again.

Jeff
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MrMickeysMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:33 PM
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81. PA salutes TX for your service...
I get to say this as someone who lived in San Antonio x 3 yrs!

:patriot:
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madmax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:37 PM
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84. Good Luck, Jeff k&r n/t
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Subdivisions Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:43 PM
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86. Another Texas voter here...Good luck Jeff ------->
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jeffweemsforRRC Donating Member (93 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:48 PM
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87. Thanks a bunch!
I need all the support I can get!
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Lagomorph Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:51 PM
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88. Good luck, Jeff.
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upi402 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:13 PM
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89. good luck Mr Weems! n/t
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WillYourVoteBCounted Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:19 PM
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90. Good luck
and happy birthday.
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jeffweemsforRRC Donating Member (93 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:23 PM
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91. Here is an example of what I am running against
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 10:26 PM by jeffweemsforRRC
In the 1950's, Exxon's predecessor in interest took some leases from a rancher in the mid-coastal bend in Texas. Because oil was known to be present, the royalty rate was hefty. Exxon drilled wells there and produced them for decades. Everyone made money. In the 1980's, Exxon approached the royalty owners requesting a royalty reduction to justify further operations. The royalty owners said no under the terms offerred.

Exxon proceeded to plug all of the wells on the lease, despite the request of the landowners/royalty owners who asked that the wells be left intact for another operator to come on board. The wells were plugged.

The new/other/alternative operator came on board, reviewing Exxon's plugging reports, and determining that it could reenter the wells rather quickly to reestablish production. New leases were executed. The new operator drilled into the old well bores only to find that the condition of the well bores was not as represented by Exxon in its sworn filings at the Railroad Commission. Old drill bits, perforating tools, and shredded casing were reported in each well bore reentered by the new operator. After over a decade in the courts, where relief was denied eventually on technical grounds, certain parties in Texas (among whom are, amazingly, the Republican Commissioner of the General Land Office) have begun demanding that the Railroad Commissioners do their job and call for public hearings to determine if Exxon indeed filed false reports at the commission (which, if true, could result in millions in fines). The Railroad Commissioners' response to date:

--Crickets--

That is not the way to operate an agency constitutionally structured as a consumer/little guy protection outfit. Hold the hearings. This isn't that hard, folks. Even if they get around to doing it now, it begs the question: Why did you wait so long? Was it the heat?

I appreciate you listening to me.

jeff
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:09 PM
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100. Looking forward to learning about the office and your opponents.
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Tx4obama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:37 PM
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92. Happy Birthday and Good Luck, I'll vote for ya. n/t
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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:41 PM
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93. Happy Birthday, Jeff!
And congratulations on choosing to fight the good fight for all of us - all the best to you!!!

:fistbump:
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jeffweemsforRRC Donating Member (93 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:53 PM
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95. A Nance Greggs rec!
I am deeply honored!

Thanks - as I mentioned above, common decency shouldn't be all that hard -- should it?

Jeff
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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:02 AM
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102. As I am honoured to know you, Good Sir ...
... now go and do us proud!
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:47 PM
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94. rec 127 and Happy Birthday and best of luck. nt
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jeffweemsforRRC Donating Member (93 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:54 PM
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96. Thanks - I like all the Edward Kennedy avitars!
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:59 PM
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98. Some day America will truly appreciate Teddy. nt
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Dystopian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:57 PM
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97. Go Jeff!
Happy Birthday!
Best wishes!

Keep on!
peace~
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BobTheSubgenius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:09 PM
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99. The VERY best of luck to you!
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Lugnut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:40 PM
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101. Congrats and happy birthday!
Good luck on your campaign!
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NecklyTyler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:05 AM
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103. GO JEFF
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Ken Burch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 06:03 AM
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104. Good luck to Jeff
BTW...didn't Jim Hightower once serve on the Railroad Commission?
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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 06:58 AM
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105. You Go Jeff !!! - K & R !!!
:woohoo:

:patriot:

:kick:
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BonnieJW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:45 AM
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106. Congratulations and good wishes for success.
I am in awe of any Democrat who has the courage to run for any office in Texas. Actually, I have great respect for any Democrat who has the courage to LIVE in Texas.
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:44 AM
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107. You got my vote! nt
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serbbral Donating Member (26 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:46 AM
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108. Jeff!
Congratulations! Good Luck!
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Lochloosa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:53 AM
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109. Happy Birthday. You have my support and now you have my money.
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jeffweemsforRRC Donating Member (93 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:54 AM
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122. Thanks (you'll get a better thank you soon)
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Lochloosa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:42 PM
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132. Put it to good use.
Give 'em Hell
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DKRC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:54 AM
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110. Good luck Jeff!
:kick:
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TuxedoKat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 09:05 AM
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111. Congratulations
good luck and Happy Birthday too!!!
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earcandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 09:37 AM
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112. Good luck.
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Reeta77 Donating Member (103 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:02 AM
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113. Congrats & Happy B-day! When do you make it to Houston? n/t
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jeffweemsforRRC Donating Member (93 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:53 AM
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121. I live in Houston
I try to go to as many local events as I can. I hope to see you at one soon!
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hamsterjill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:27 AM
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114. Awesome!
Here in Texas, we need all the Democrats we can get!!!

Happy Birthday - may your year be filled with success!!!
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zoff Donating Member (302 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:30 AM
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115. A DUer in public office! YAY!
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kentuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:34 AM
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116. If you need any advice....
let us know. :-)
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:33 AM
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124. well if he actually is going to listen to us

then we have to reconsider our support :D
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:36 AM
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117. Congratulations Jeff!
Good luck, & happy belated birthday! :toast:
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Uzybone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:36 AM
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118. Congrats, good luck and we'll be voting for ya
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:37 AM
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119. good news. Kick
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CherokeeDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:37 AM
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120. Great News...
We need good people in elected office and I am glad that you have decided to run. Good luck in this election and in the future.

Happy Birthday!
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asdjrocky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:55 AM
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123. So cool.
Glad I got here in time to rec this!
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Maraya1969 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:39 AM
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125. YEAH!!! Congratulations!
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Joey Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:52 AM
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126. God Luck Jeff! nt
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psychmommy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:10 PM
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127. run jeff run
happy birthday. good luck with your candidacy.
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demwing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:38 PM
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128. Give 'em hell buddy!
and remember DU when you eventually work your way up to Governor!
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:02 PM
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130. Happy birthday and best of luck.
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RDANGELO Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:06 PM
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131. Good Luck n/t
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:44 PM
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133. Kick
:kick:
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:58 PM
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135. Thank you for the kick
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NYC_SKP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-19-09 10:15 PM
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137. Kickety
We need all the good men and women in office we can possibly get...

:patriot:
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 03:00 PM
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138. ..
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 03:07 PM
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139. K&R n/t
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southerncrone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-24-09 06:52 PM
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141. Happy Belated Birthday, Jeff! And Good Luck! WEEMS 4 TX TRC!
:thumbsup:
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