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TxDemocrats.org for the caption win

"And then he said he was running for president again."

Better than another rant blaming Nader.

Not by much, though.

Even agreeing with your facts, there's not a lot that can be done about electronic voting at this point. It's widespread, deemed trustworthy even by Democratic election officials (Dana Debeauvoir in Travis County -- Austin, TX -- is just one of many) and not going away anytime soon.

The Oregon model of everyone voting on a paper mailed ballot would be the best, but most states, blue ones and red ones, simply aren't going do it.

That ship has sailed.

It will be.

It's a gift for Harris County Democrats and statewides on the November ballot, as it boosts turnout in the city limits, but NOT in the red-as-a-baboon's-ass suburbs.

My take:


And Wayne's take.

... Equal Rights should NOT be a Democratic or a Republican issue. Sad though it is, the fight for HERO has become politicized, with most of the opposition’s coalition being Republican (again, not all but most). Because of this, a referendum will likely serve as a motivator for Democrats to vote in Houston and Harris County. It could even stand to boost turnout for Democratic candidates. Again as mentioned in the above, this is specifically the city of Houston, whose electorate has already proven that they vote on the Progressive side. This assumption could be wrong, but barring some smoking gun to move the issue, it’s not likely. Giving Houston’s Democrats another big reason to get out the vote is sure to have statewide implications.


Annise Parker and the HGLBT Caucus and progressive Houston Democratic voters have beaten this religious conservative African American/Republican coalition twice already, in 2011 (Gene Locke) and 2013 (Ben Hall). They will again.

In case you didn't know, Harris County is where some number between 1/5 and 1/4 of the entire state of Texas' Democratic votes are cast. It's a swing county, about 48-47 between Rs and Ds (Libs, Greens, indys and undervotes make up the remaining 5%. The winner is always the one who gets their voters to the polls).

It's the battleground. It holds the key to turning Texas blue.

Yes, we need every vote in Austin and Travis County, Dallas and Dallas County, and the RGV and we also need to erode some of the conservative advantages in Fort Worth, in East and West Texas, and in the suburbs and exurbs around the metros. But Houston can swing an election because of the density of the votes there. That is to say, IF GOTV happens according to plan (and effort). It happens in presidential election years... and it needs to start happening in midterm ones.

One hundred and twenty days to go to Election Day. About ninety to the end of the voter registration period (make sure your ID is proper). About a hundred days or so until early voting begins.

It is ON, folks. 2014 will be won or lost on the basis of what happens during this stretch run to the finish line. When someone says, 'nobody pays attention until after Labor Day', laugh loudly in their face. And go back to work.

Houston media helped spread lies about city's NDO

Houston media outlets helped spread misinformation about the city's newly enacted non-discrimination ordinance, parroting the talking points of anti-LGBT groups working to repeal the measure.

On May 28, the Houston City Council voted 11 to six to approve the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), which prohibits discrimination based on categories including race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Opponents of the ordinance, led by the Houston Area Pastors Council, immediately announced a repeal drive and have spent the month of June attempting to collect the 17,000 valid signatures needed to put the measure up for a vote in November.

Anti-LGBT activists, like Texas Values' Jonathan Saenz and Fox News' Mike Huckabee, focused particularly on the measure's protections for transgender people, asserting that the protections will make it easier for sexual predators to sneak into women's restrooms. That myth has been extensively debunked by independent experts in states and cities that have already adopted similar protections.

Many embedded links at source.


The locals will get an opportunity to redeem themselves in the fall, as it appears that God's Army of H-Town Homophobes has collected enough signatures to place a repeal initiative on the November ballot.

And that might just be a godsend for Harris County Dems, as it could goose turnout from liberals.

Who's going to be in Dallas in nine days?


I'm going as both delegate and media, with the SDEC kicking things off Thursday afternoon and the visit to the Sixth Floor Museum Sunday morning wrapping things up. In-between, a lot of caucuses and speeches will be consumed (along with small quantities of alcohol). In years past I remember informal DUer caucuses at local watering holes. The Bloggers Caucus has fallen by the wayside -- who reads blogs anymore? That's so 2006 -- but the politicos are picking up the slack.

"Beers and Bad Precedents":

Stonewall Dems/Texas Young Dems Blue After Party


Trey Martinez Fischer and the Spazmatics:

So... you in or out?

State rep. Chris Turner for Karin Johnason

Not a big deal, either.

Turner was Davis’ first choice to manage her bid, said someone close to the campaign, but was initially unavailable due to timing with the legislative session. Washington Democrats had been excited about Johanson, who they saw as an experienced hand who lent credibility to the campaign.

(The AAS article Google found was behind their paywall, so here are a couple of other stories that dig a little into the "why" of the switch.)

Johanson took credit for the decision in a farewell email.

“A few weeks ago I suggested to Sen. Davis that she reach out to Rep. Chris Turner to lead the campaign to election day. Chris has managed tough Texas races and as member of the Texas House is respected across the state for his smarts and common sense,” Johanson wrote in an email to the campaign staff, which was forwarded to msnbc by the campaign. “I am proud of what we have all built in this campaign…We have raised more money, have more donors (133,600) and have more volunteers (18,222) than any candidate ever in Texas. We have raised more money than any non-incumbent candidate for Governor in the country. We are organizing voters in every region of the state.”

Though Johanson was a D.C.-based consultant who helped get Tammy Baldwin elected in Wisconsin and spent decades working Democratic politics and with EMILY’s List, Turner is a seasoned Texas consultant and Democratic state representative.


The real reason she decided to leave, IMHO.

Recently the Davis campaign got into a bit of a spat with the Democratic Governors Association after Johanson criticized the organization for not listing the Texas gubernatorial race as a top targets for Democrats in the 2014 cycle.

"The uninformed opinions of a Washington, DC desk jockey who's never stepped foot in Texas couldn't be less relevant to what's actually happening on the ground," Johanson said.

In response the DGA communications director Danny Kanner said that Texas is a historically difficult state for Democrats to win statewide.

"Governor Shumlin stated the obvious fact that Texas has historically been a tough state for Democrats, but that -- because we have a strong candidate -- we are hopeful about our chances this year," Kanner said.


The DGA isn't going to send millions of dollars to Texas for Wendy -- probably the opposite in fact, as has traditonally been the case -- but they do need not to be dismissive of the Davis campaign... and Johanson shouldn't have kicked them in the shins when they were.

Anyway, tempest in a teapot... seas are calming.

The poll numbers simply reveal the historical baseline for the Republican advantage here: 8 to 10 to 12 to 14 points, depending on the personalities involved. We're coming off an election just a couple of weeks ago where 1% of registered voters cast a ballot in the D primary runoff. Three times as many voted Republican, but that's still not saying much. Obviously this is what BGTX is working hard to change.

Too early for any declarative statements about the races until Texans start paying more attention.

Abbott 44 Davis 32

In the latest TexTrib poll.


Rest of the statewide executive office races hold to the historical trend (Dems trail Republicans by 8-10 points).

It's going to be a long hot summer for Battleground Texas.

The subjugation of women

has to include limiting their sexual options to whatever men decide is right for them. If a woman without a husband gets pregnant, she is not allowed to have an abortion. But certain male-dominated conservative political caucuses (I can't call 'em a party) don't want to pay for her birth control, either -- the easiest, most effective, least morally conflicted option.

So once they have accomplished those two things, the last thing that is left to them -- the men, the ones in control -- is for them to say, "No sex for you". Or more precisely, only heterosexual sex, sanctioned by the church, for the purposes of procreation... the only kind they actually approve of. For women, not themselves.

The "violence prevention" rationales have gained more popularity in the wake of Elliott Rodger, and going further back, to Muslims promised scores of virgins on the afterlife. The "If these young men could just get laid on a semi-regular basis, they'd put down their weapons" sort of premise.

Not a whole lot of personal responsibility in that line of testosterone-poisoned thinking.

I thought the WaPo couldn't get any misogynistic after George Will, but I was wrong. Bezos is driving that bus right off a cliff.

We couldn't tell the difference between

BSE and the plain old, run of the mill Tea Party crazy. Until it was too late.

(I can be mean to 'em; I have to live with 'em)

Bad move on Alameel's part.

Given the sensitivities involved, some analysts question why Alameel has chosen to breathe new life into the story by threatening a libel suit, particularly given the high legal threshold public figures must meet to prove slander.

"I can make no sense whatsoever of Alameel's attempt at smearing his opponent for using (court) filed sexual harassment-related information -- whatever their outcome," said veteran Texas Democratic strategist Daniel McClung. "There is not a chance in hell that subject would not be revisited in a U.S. Senate campaign, and using one's own resources to assure it remains in the public eye is not what I would consider a wise political tactic."

The re-airing of the women's 2003 lawsuit also comes at a delicate time for the Texas Democratic Party, which has staked its comeback hopes on mobilizing women and minorities. Alameel will be on the same Democratic ticket in November as gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis, who endorsed him in the primary against Rogers.


A foolish, pointless threat of a lawsuit over his own settlement of sexual harrassment claims. Undercuts the entire Democratic strategy. Alameel is not just getting bad vice from someone, he's taking it.

Democrats struck out this cycle with the two US Senate runoff candidates. Don't blame me; I voted for Maxey Scherr.
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