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Perez endorsed by Hispanic caucus PAC for DNC chair

There is a DNC Forum in Houston on Saturday that I plan on attending. This is good news for Tom Perez http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/tom-perez-bold-pac-endorsement-hispanic-caucus-234065

Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez has been endorsed by BOLD PAC, the political arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, in the race for chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

“BOLD PAC is proud to endorse Tom Perez for DNC chair, who would become the first Latino leader of the Democratic Party if elected,” BOLD PAC chairman Rep. Tony Cárdenas said in a statement obtained first by POLITICO. “As America’s demographics change and investments in the Latino community become more important than ever, we need a leader who will fight back when progress is threatened, inspire our party’s big tent, and prepare the grassroots infrastructure to position Democrats to win in elections ahead.”

The endorsement comes a few hours ahead of the third of six forums that the seven candidates for DNC chair are participating in and with about a month away from the actual vote. Perez is running against Rep. Keith Ellison, South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Jaime Harrison, New Hampshire Democratic Party chairman Ray Buckley, Idaho Democratic Party executive director Sally Boynton Brown and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

“Tom will ensure that Latinos always have a seat at the table and a voice at the DNC. But more than that, he also has a long track record of ensuring everyone’s voice is heard and will undoubtedly continue this as DNC chair,” Cárdenas added.

More People Are Attending Womens Marches Than Attended All Tea Party Rallies Combined

This amuses me http://www.politicususa.com/2017/01/21/people-attending-womens-marches-attended-tea-party-rallies-combined.html



There are more people attending Women’s March On Washington events than attended all tea party rallies on their big Fox News supported day of action combined according to Nate Silver.

Heavy rains bring high water, flooding throughout Houston

Most businesses and schools are delaying opening http://www.chron.com/news/houston-weather/article/The-high-water-spots-to-avoid-when-it-rains-in-10864913.php

A flash flood warning was issued for parts of Harris County early Wednesday as a string of storms dumped rain on residents planning their morning commutes.
Rain fell at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour in portions of Harris and Fort Bend counties early Wednesday morning, and as storms continued to drench the county, a flood warning was issued for the Keegans Bayou area at US-59 in southwest Houston.High water was also reported on I-45 northbound and North Main.

There is a separate Women's march in Houston

I was thinking about driving down to the Austin March even though parking would be a problem. This is from an e-mail from the Harris County Democratic Party

I'm sure by now you've heard of the Women's March on Austin, which is a sister event to the Women's March taking place in Washington, D.C. Now, Houston women have joined forces; there will be a march held here in Houston on Saturday, January 21, 2017 for those in surrounding communities around the state that cannot, for whatever reason, make it to D.C.

We stand together in solidarity for the protection of women's rights, safety, health, families, and children, recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many women: immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, and survivors of sexual assault. Our communities are hurting and scared.

This march will send a bold message that women's rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us. Join the Houston Women's March today; RSVP below!
Houston Women's March

Saturday, January 21, 2017
12:00 PM-until
City Hall
901 Bagby
Houston, TX 77002

There is a women's March in Houston

I was thinking about driving down to the Austin March even though parking would be a problem. This is from an e-mail from the Harris County Democratic Party

I'm sure by now you've heard of the Women's March on Austin, which is a sister event to the Women's March taking place in Washington, D.C. Now, Houston women have joined forces; there will be a march held here in Houston on Saturday, January 21, 2017 for those in surrounding communities around the state that cannot, for whatever reason, make it to D.C.

We stand together in solidarity for the protection of women's rights, safety, health, families, and children, recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many women: immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, and survivors of sexual assault. Our communities are hurting and scared.
This march will send a bold message that women's rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us. Join the Houston Women's March today; RSVP below!
Houston Women's March
Saturday, January 21, 2017
12:00 PM-until
City Hall
901 Bagby
Houston, TX 77002

Black-ish Takes on Trump, Delivers the First Post-Obama Work of Art

Last night's episode was amazing http://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/recaps/black-ish-takes-on-trump-delivers-the-first-post-obama-work-of-art/ar-AAlMhnG

This "can't we all get along?" take would feel trite, even insulting in lesser hands. Because we can't get along. Donald Trump has made it clear that he will show no mercy to the so-called losers who voted for Hillary Clinton. Dave Chappelle's plea to "give Trump a chance" on SNL the week of the election was wrong. Black-ish knows this. This episode is not really a plea for people on either side of the aisle to come together; conservatives won't hear it because they aren't watching Black-ish. Trump once called the show "the height of racism." It's actually a call for people to the left of center to put aside their differences and unite to resist Trump, because things are only going to get worse once he's president and this is no time for infighting and finger-pointing.

The optimistic, big-hearted but clear-eyed way that it comes to this is what makes this episode special. Black-ish believes that love can trump hate. It's happy to meet its opponents halfway, if they'll give it the same respect. It continues to have hope in all of us, admitting we're down, but not out.

The episode echoes the themes of the farewell speech that Barack Obama gave the night before it aired, where he said, "I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change - but in yours." In fact, it's sort of eerie how perfectly in sync they are, since the episode was finished before Obama said goodbye. That speech and this episode are totems to carry into the struggle to come.

I normally do not watch this show but a friend told me about this episode and I was surprised and pleased

Texas Attorney General Goes to Trial. As the Defendant.

From Juanita Jean http://juanitajean.com/texas-attorney-general-goes-to-trial-as-the-defendant/

Just hours ago, we learned that Paxton will go to trial on the state charges on May 1st. Jury selection will be in mid to late April. All this is right in the middle of the legislative session and when people are starting to file to run against him.

In the criminal case, Paxton faces three felony charges of breaking Texas securities law. If convicted, he could be sent to prison for five to 99 years.

Last year, Paxton exhausted his options in trying to put an end to the criminal case. The final blow came in October, when Texas’ highest criminal court declined to hear a Paxton appeal.


Miss Karma is in the green room filing her nails and considering her options. That makes me so happy.


The Democratic National Committee Announces Moderators, Additional Details for DNC Future Forum Seri

This is from an account for Clinton delegates to the National Convention concerning a series of forums for the candidates running for DNC chair. I looked and found a source citing the same material http://blog.4president.org/2016/2017/01/the-democratic-national-committee-announces-moderators-additional-details-for-dnc-future-forum-serie.html

WASHINGTON – Today, the Democratic National Committee announced moderators for the DNC’s Future Forum series, which will feature candidates for DNC Chair and other DNC offices.

The first DNC Future Forum, which will take place in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, January 14 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, will be moderated by Jon Ralston of the Nevada Independent.

The second DNC Future Forum, which will take place in Houston, Texas, on Saturday, January 28 at Texas Southern University Sawyer Auditorium will be moderated by Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune.

The third DNC Future Forum, which will take place in Detroit, Michigan, on Saturday, February 4 at Wayne State University Community Arts Auditorium, will be moderated by Ron Fournier of Crain’s Detroit Business.

The fourth DNC Future Forum, which will take place in Baltimore, Maryland, on Saturday, February 11 at the Baltimore Convention Center, will be moderated by April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks.

The DNC Future Forums will be full-day affairs and are expected to begin at 9 a.m. local time and end at approximately 6 p.m. local time. The first part of the day will feature presentations, success stories, and looking ahead to opportunities on the horizon. The second part of the day will feature three forums: one for Chair candidates, one for Vice Chair candidates, and one for Treasurer, Finance Chair, and Secretary candidates.

A detailed schedule for each DNC Future Forum will be released prior to each of the forums. The schedule will include a solicitation for media to RSVP to each specific forum.

The DNC Future Forums will be open to the press and the public and will be livestreamed for maximum audience participation.

The election of the DNC Chair, Vice Chairs, and other officers will be held during the DNC’s Spring Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, Thursday, February 23 – Sunday, February 26.
I had received an e-mail about the Houston event a while back from a DNC member

I plan to attend the Houston event

Federal judge: Pasadena deliberately worked to reduce voting clout of Latinos

Judge Rosenthal is republican judge and is very conservative. The city of Pasadena Texas gerrymandered the heck out of its districts to exclude Latino voters and this court not only ruled that these actions violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act but also found that these actions were intentional and bailed Pasadena Texas in under Section 3 of the Voting Rights Act http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/pasadena/news/article/Federal-judge-Pasadena-deliberately-worked-to-10840995.php

A federal judge in Houston dealt a major blow Friday to the City of Pasadena in a closely watched voting rights case, ruling that officials deliberately diluted the clout of Hispanic voters by revising the system for electing City Council members.

Chief U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal ordered Pasadena to revert to its previous use of single-member districts for the upcoming May elections and ruled the city would need pre-clearance from the Department of Justice for any future changes.

"In Pasadena, Texas, Latino voters ... do not have the same right to vote as their Anglo neighbors," Rosenthal concluded in the 113-page decision released late Friday.

Patricia Gonzales, one of the plaintiffs who filed the federal lawsuit, said fairness can be restored to the city election system.
"All right," she said, when informed of the ruling. "Now each section will be able to vote on who they want and their voices will be heard. I'm very pleased with the outcome."

The ruling could provide a key test of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in 2013 that gutted portions of the Voting Rights Act, legal experts said.

I have skimmed part of the 113 page opinion and there is material that may help in the Texas voter id case and the Texas redistricting case. http://www.maldef.org/assets/pdf/Patino_V_Pasadena_Memorandum_010617.pdf For example, in the Texas redistricting case, Greg Abbott has argued that it is okay to use gerrymandering for partisan purposes even this results in racial gerrymandering. The court rejected this concept:

Framing the reasons for enacting legislation in terms of enhancing partisanship rather than reducing or diluting minority votes is not persuasive on this record. Partisan goals can be a pretext for invidious intent behind legislation. See Veasey, 830 F.3d at 236, 241 n.30 (majority opinion) and 335–36 (Costa, J., dissenting). When, as here, the party in power stands to gain partisan advantage by diluting Latino votes, pursuing partisan advantage can—and here does—mean intending to dilute Latino votes.

A recent Fourth Circuit case, decided nine days after Veasey, helps make this clear. In North Carolina State Conference of NAACP v. McCrory, 831 F.3d at 204, the appellate court reversed a ruling that the record of how a North Carolina omnibus voting bill was enacted failed to show discriminatory intent. North Carolina argued that the evidence showed only partisanship, not racial animus. The appellate court ruled that using race and party affiliation as proxies for one another established discriminatory intent. “Using race as a proxy for party may be an effective way to win an election. But intentionally targeting a particular race’s access to the franchise because its members vote for a particular party, in a predictable manner, constitutes discriminatory purpose This is so even absent any evidence of race-based hatred and despite the obvious political dynamics.” Id. at 222–23. The same reasoning applies here. Indeed, Pasadena’s Director of Community Relations Richard Scott testified that in Pasadena, referring to “Republican” voters was a proxy for Anglo voters, and referring to “Democrat” or “Democratic” voters was a proxy for Latino. Bench Trial Tr. 4:240–42. Bianca Gracia, the Latina president of a Pasadena homeowners’ association and a Republican activist, also credibly testified that she understood campaign rhetoric about Pasadena “turning blue” as a reference to Latino political power.55

This will be my fun reading for the weekend.

Federal judge: Pasadena (TX) deliberately worked to reduce voting clout of Latinos

Judge Rosenthal is republican judge and is very conservative. The city of Pasadena Texas gerrymandered the heck out of its districts to exclude Latino voters and this court not only ruled that these actions violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act but also found that these actions were intentional and bailed Pasadena Texas in under Section 3 of the Voting Rights Act http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/pasadena/news/article/Federal-judge-Pasadena-deliberately-worked-to-10840995.php

A federal judge in Houston dealt a major blow Friday to the City of Pasadena in a closely watched voting rights case, ruling that officials deliberately diluted the clout of Hispanic voters by revising the system for electing City Council members.

Chief U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal ordered Pasadena to revert to its previous use of single-member districts for the upcoming May elections and ruled the city would need pre-clearance from the Department of Justice for any future changes.

"In Pasadena, Texas, Latino voters ... do not have the same right to vote as their Anglo neighbors," Rosenthal concluded in the 113-page decision released late Friday.

Patricia Gonzales, one of the plaintiffs who filed the federal lawsuit, said fairness can be restored to the city election system.
"All right," she said, when informed of the ruling. "Now each section will be able to vote on who they want and their voices will be heard. I'm very pleased with the outcome."

The ruling could provide a key test of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in 2013 that gutted portions of the Voting Rights Act, legal experts said.

I have skimmed part of the 113 page opinion and there is material that may help in the Texas voter id case and the Texas redistricting case. http://www.maldef.org/assets/pdf/Patino_V_Pasadena_Memorandum_010617.pdf For example, in the Texas redistricting case, Greg Abbott has argued that it is okay to use gerrymandering for partisan purposes even this results in racial gerrymandering. The court rejected this concept:

Framing the reasons for enacting legislation in terms of enhancing partisanship rather than reducing or diluting minority votes is not persuasive on this record. Partisan goals can be a pretext for invidious intent behind legislation. See Veasey, 830 F.3d at 236, 241 n.30 (majority opinion) and 335–36 (Costa, J., dissenting). When, as here, the party in power stands to gain partisan advantage by diluting Latino votes, pursuing partisan advantage can—and here does—mean intending to dilute Latino votes.

A recent Fourth Circuit case, decided nine days after Veasey, helps make this clear. In North Carolina State Conference of NAACP v. McCrory, 831 F.3d at 204, the appellate court reversed a ruling that the record of how a North Carolina omnibus voting bill was enacted failed to show discriminatory intent. North Carolina argued that the evidence showed only partisanship, not racial animus. The appellate court ruled that using race and party affiliation as proxies for one another established discriminatory intent. “Using race as a proxy for party may be an effective way to win an election. But intentionally targeting a particular race’s access to the franchise because its members vote for a particular party, in a predictable manner, constitutes discriminatory purpose This is so even absent any evidence of race-based hatred and despite the obvious political dynamics.” Id. at 222–23. The same reasoning applies here. Indeed, Pasadena’s Director of Community Relations Richard Scott testified that in Pasadena, referring to “Republican” voters was a proxy for Anglo voters, and referring to “Democrat” or “Democratic” voters was a proxy for Latino. Bench Trial Tr. 4:240–42. Bianca Gracia, the Latina president of a Pasadena homeowners’ association and a Republican activist, also credibly testified that she understood campaign rhetoric about Pasadena “turning blue” as a reference to Latino political power.55

This will be my fun reading for the weekend.
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