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It is not a good idea to locate a voting center in a police station or branch office

Excuse my frustration. My county is adopting countywide voting which means that on election day a voter can vote at any voting location in the county and not just at their local precinct. I have been an election judge a couple of times each cycle and it is painful to tell someone five minutes before polls close that they are at the wrong location. This plan eliminates that problem.

We had a meeting to discuss locations for polling center and two GOP mayors of small towns really wanted polling locations/voting centers in their local police stations. My county party chair and I went nuts on this suggestion and hurt their feelings. We also had an argument that if it was okay to have a polling location at a supermarket where white people shop, then it was also okay to have a voting center at an other supermarket where less well off people shopped.

It was a frustrating meeting

How Bernie Sanders running for president helps Hillary Clinton

I found this article to be interesting http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/04/bernie_sanders_running_for_president_helps_hillary_clinton_the_vermont_senator.html

If this continues to be the Vermont senator’s approach, Sanders will be more of a help to Clinton’s presidential chances than he will be to his own.

The first bonus that Sanders provides for Clinton, say her supporters, is that he becomes a foil. One of Clinton’s Democratic allies in Congress explained that with a country that prefers general election candidates closer to the middle, Sanders will always offer proof that Clinton is not really that far left. He does for Clinton what Howard Dean did for John Kerry in 2004.....

In 2012 Rep. Ron Paul and Mitt Romney had a symbiotic relationship in the Republican campaign. Paul elevated his own profile and gave his voters an outlet, but he never pointed out the yawning gaps between what he claimed to believe so deeply and the positions of the man who was on his way to being the party’s inevitable nominee. It’s way too early to see if Sanders will play the same role for Clinton, but it has started out that way.

Sanders is such a long shot that those who share his views might be OK with the consolation prize of imitation from Clinton. But if her move to the left is simply rhetorical, she can shed that rhetoric in the general election as candidates often do. This would be another reason for Sanders to press his case with more definition.

In 2014, Kerry did look very moderate compared to Howard Dean and Ron Paul did in effect work with Romney in 2012. I really think that having Sanders in the race will help HRC and get rid of the talking point that the primary process is a coronation. I remember the Ron Paul/Mitt Romney relationship in 2012 (Paul is from near my neck of the woods) and the two never directly attacked the other. Paul got increased exposure for his positions and Romney was made to look more reasonable.

Anyone doing the online Jeopardy tryout?

There is an online test at 8 PM CDT tonight.

Why it is critical that HRC wins in 2016

Texas Democratic Party is already ready to support Hillary

There is a great deal of support for Hillary Clinton in the Texas Demcoratic Party.

The party is hoping that Julian Castro will be the VP nominee and that this ticket will make Texas some what purple.

Thank you very much for the hearts

Three people gave me hearts and I want to thank them for this nice gesture

Partisan versus non-partisan voter protection

I am running my county party's voter protection boiler room on Tuesday and will be meeting this morning with the Harris County Democratic Party team for their shakedown. I am biased toward to partisan voter protection versus non-partisan voter protection. Working with your party, one can do more to protect the vote than with a non-partisan group.

1. The single best way to protect the vote is to be an election worker inside the polls. As an election worker, you can make sure that the procedures and the law is followed. I serve as an election judge once or twice a cycle just to make sure that I know how the procedures work. My youngest child is the head election judge for our precinct and my future son in law is an alternative judge for another tough precinct. They can do more inside the polling location than you can as a poll monitor. The party gets to appoint or nominate election workers and non-partisan groups do not have this right.

2 The next best thing that you can do to protect the vote is to be a poll watcher. Only candidates and political parties get to appoint poll watchers in most states. As a poll watcher, you are inside the polling place and can report violations directly to the local or regional boiler rooms. My poll watchers will have access to an incident reporting system that will send reports to the central voter protection boiler room so that we can get actions taken in real time

3. Candidates and political parties have automatic standing to bring a lawsuit. Non-partisan groups have a harder time bringing a lawsuit because of the standing issues. The Texas Democratic Party will have lawyers standing by in Austin and other key areas with draft petitions ready and there will be no issue of having standing to sue.

4. Poll monitors have to stand outside the electioneering zone in most states and it is harder to monitor what is going on.

I have good friends at big firms who do the non-partisan voter protection. I simply do not think that these efforts are as effective as partisan voter protection.

Democrats see signs of change for Fort Bend

We are making progress in my county. http://tablet.olivesoftware.com/Olive/Tablet/HoustonChronicle/SharedArticle.aspx?href=HHC%2F2014%2F10%2F26&id=Ar03501

Political analysts still place Fort Bend solidly in the GOP column, but say the margin of victory in county elections could gauge the local GOP’s health and the odds of Democrats keeping their promise to turn Texas blue.

To Donald Bankston, the Fort Bend Democratic chairman, it’s inevitable that his party will regain dominance.

“There’s been a seismic shift in the demographics,” he said. “If this was a highly voting county, this county would be reliably Democratic.”

U.S. Census figures show the share of the population that is non-Hispanic white went from 54 percent in 1990 to 36 percent in 2013. As Latino, African-American and Asian voters tend to lean liberal, Bankston hopes they will turn out at the polls as reliably as whites do, giving his party a fighting chance.

BTW, Fort Bend County chair is known on this board by some as Bubba or Mr. Juanita Jean. The key thing is that the Fort Bend County Democrats are focusing on voters who voted in 2012 but who did not vote in 2010

Bankston said his team is targeting the estimated 40,000 voters who supported Obama in 2012, but who did not vote in the 2010 midterm elections.

“It’s not rocket science,” he said. “We are limited in time, people and money, so we have to effectively focus on who is most likely to be an effective voter.”

It is going to be an interesting election

Houston Area DUers-Congressman Al Green rally and march against Voter Suppression

Congressman Al Green is having a rally and march against voter suppression efforts and the rulings of the Roberts court tomorrow, October 25, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 8686 Kirby Drive, Houston, Tx 77054 (next to NRG Park). There will be a march at 12:30 to an early voting polling location.

My family and I plan to attend. Congressman Green spoke to the Fort Bend Democrats on Saturday and he is very passionate about this issue.

Please come out and we can have a mini-DU meet up.

Texas Democratic Party Voter Id Assistant Program-How to help voters without voter ids

I am volunteering with the Texas Democratic Party and the DNC Voter Expansion Project on a project called the voter id assistant program where the TDP is training people to help voters obtain the needed voter id to vote. You can volunteer for this project at this address http://act.txdemocrats.org/page/s/texas-voter-expansion-project

If you know anyone who needs help getting an id, call the Texas Democratic Party Hotline 1-844-TXVOTES (1-844-898-6837) or e-mail voterid@txdemocrats.org We are also coordinating with Battleground Texas on voter protection issues.

If you can get a voter to go to their local county clerk's office during business hours, any voter who was born in Texas can get a birth certificate from any county clerk's office for $2 or $3 and use that birth certificate to get an Election Identification Certificate with two other pieces of id such as a voter registration card.

We need to help as many people as possible vote. If you e-mail the above address or call the hot line you will find help. Again, I am working on this project and I plan to help as many people as possible to get ids.

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