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tbyg52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 01:45 PM
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Report on TX-22 town hall 8/22

I'm very grateful to the people with the signs - they were shown all over the Houston news.

I tried to go, but stupidly went to the wrong school because I thought I knew just where it was but had the names mixed up. There was *no* parking space left when I got to the right school about five minutes after it had started. Dear Representative Olson held it in a middle school, where there was limited parking since none of the students drive....! And since school starts Monday, I bet there were a lot of teachers there working (and taking up parking places), too. He's having the next one at an *elementary* school! I want to go, so I guess I'll plan on arriving an hour early.....

I understand the video shows Olson going ballistic - haven't loaded it yet on my dialup.
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sonias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 02:54 PM
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1. Thanks for the report and link to the blog post
Dittoheads on the march! Filtered questions and applause for the current "death panel" system. They love things just the way they are.

Olsen said some nonsense like taxing pre-existing conditions! He's an idiot.

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CoolOnion Donating Member (860 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 05:04 PM
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2. Good for the insurrection!
We need to keep the heat on, even knowing they won't vote with us.
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sonias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:44 PM
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3. A Small-town Texas Town Hall
This isn't about CD22 but I thought I would add it as another report about a Texas Town Hall in Marfa. If you have a DailyKos account give him a recommend!

DailyKos 8/23/09
A Small-town Texas Town Hall
by Dan Gallo

When I moved to Texas from New Mexico nearly eight years ago, my friend Doc Potter, a college professor in Santa Fe, sent me an email suffused with horror. "Dont you know those people are the worst kind of backwards?" he asked. "Racists, sexists, Republicans, neanderthals! Youll be a couple of hours away from Crawford, for Christs sake!"

"I aint scared," I said, and meant it. I worked for the National Park Service at the time and had transferred to Big Bend National Park in far West Texas, in a ruggedly handsome desert county the size of Rhode Island consisting of more cows than peopleonly about 10,000 bipeds inhabit the area. Most of those people had family living in Brewster County since before the turn of the Twentieth Century. Most have guns, pickup trucks, tobacco plugs, drawls, boots and hats, and most can deliver a calf or weld a busted bull rack when called upon to do so. But there were also others, I reasoned. A neo-hippie hamlet on the border, a highfalutin art colony blossoming in Marfa, an influx of retirees and twenty-somethings from the outside world.

I was proud last November, if a little surprised, that Brewster County went blue. There are plenty of Confederate flag-flyers and jaw-droppingly knuckle-dragging bumper stickers here, not to mention the sly prejudices half-articulated in the barns and shops of my towns respected citizens. Sometimes theyre more than hinted at.

As my precincts Democratic Party chair, I got a call last week about the upcoming town hall meeting about healthcare, featuring Representative Ciro Rodriguez (D-TX 23). "We need as many Democrats as we can get to be there," I was told. "Be prepared for some noise, though." I couldnt make the first half of the meeting and by the time I got to the abysmal Mexican restaurant where it was being held, it had gone beyond standing room only, the crowd spilling out into the entry way and the patio, people jammed in to every nook and cranny, some sitting on the floor.



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