Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Raising Campaign Cash: Senator Konni Burton

Konni Burton is in a good competitive fight for her seat in the Texas Senate. That is probably why the big guns have come out in her fundraising defense.

According to her latest financial reports Burton raised an impressive $1,055,000 over the last 3 months but look closer. $938,000 came from just 1 individual and 4 PACs. Dan Patrick contributed $40,000. Texans for Lawsuit Deform donated $333,000. Empower Texas $250,000. $40,000 from Texas Realtor PAC. And here is the kicker: $250,000 from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility PAC.

So Konni Burton raises 89% of her million dollars from 4 PACs including one that advocates for "Fiscal Responsibility". Yeah right. Its like taking money from a condom manufacturer for abstinence only policies. There is nothing fiscally responsible about funding your campaign with PAC money.

$1,036,400 comes from donations of $1000 or more, 98% of her entire fundraising. She also has an outstanding loan from her husband for a total of $240,000. Her loan totals $295,000.

Texas Congressman Brian Babin on NASA. Lost in space.

Texas Congressman Brian Babin has finally realized he is in a race to keep his job. He started a twitter account and he is posting on Facebook, even though he is factually incorrect. From his latest concerning NASA:

With the Russian Soyuz spacecraft grounded indefinitely and no other options available, American astronauts now have no way to get to the ISS.

And/Or DUH! Babin has been lost in space ever since being elected to Congress. He has neglected the agency until this year, touring NASA/JSC with others afraid of losing their jobs, like Ted Cruz. He has spent less time working for NASA than John Culberson whose district is in Katy. Under Babin's watch NASA/JSC lost a Shuttle as a museum piece. Major integration and test facilities were sent to other states. He has been working hard to take NASA's money and distribute it to others, others as in non-Texans.

The retirement of the Shuttle was under his party's watch. George Bush signed the bill, authored by then Republican Senator from Texas Kay Bailey Hutchinson. The agreement to ride with the Russians was their idea. Babin has supported it ever since. 

Until he found himself in a race for his job. As with all mishaps, the cause of the problem with the Russian vehicle must be found and corrected before another flight. Space flight is dangerous and should never be rushed. We knew those risks when President Bush signed the bill.

Besides shooting his mouth off, Babin has a $1 Trillion deficit to deal with. One that his party created. We really have no extra money for Space exploration.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Left with Egg on his face Texas Congressman Pete Olson

Texas Congressman Pete Olson CD22 isn't as conservative as one might think. Just because you have an R behind your name doesn't mean you are a Conservative. In the case of Pete Olson it means Conspiracy. Even the Houston Chronicle stated:

He has pandered to bizarre conspiracy theories on talk radio and inaccurately claimed that Pakistan was responsible for the terrorist attacks on 9/11 — it wasn’t.

But there is more. For instance....

No Prayers at Military Funerals
In 2011 Olson fell for the fake conspiracy concerning the National Cemetery not allowing prayers at a funeral for a veteran.  According to his press release:
"Recent media reports raising concerns with alleged censorship of certain words during funeral services at Houston National Cemetery are deeply troubling. 
Unfortunately his "media reports" came from breitbart and Michael Berry, the white wing radio host of Houston. It wasn't true. Olson went on to file various religious freedom legislation that died on the House floor.

Health care stunt
In his only town hall meeting held in LaMarque back in 2009, Olson was taped using a woman and her son as props in a failed attempt to warn about the Affordable Care Act. He described how the private insurance industry and private hospitals and private medical doctors turned down a treatment for her son. She eventually received the care (provided by government provided healthcare) but Olson went on to claim that under the government's Affordable Care Act, she would have been turned down.

Someone (me) with a camera yelled "THE GOVERNMENT DIDN'T TURN HER DOWN! THE PRIVATE SECTOR DID!". Olson looked like a deer caught in the head lights of a truck. His look of stupidity earned him a spot on Keith Olberman. 

Nobel Peace Prize
Pete Olson was one of a few Congressman including conspiracy darling Louie Gohmert and Brian Babin and a dozen of The Who the Hell are You club to nominate Donald Trump for a Nobel Peace Prize for his photo op with Kim Jun Un. Even his photo op was a disaster.

Honoring James O'Keefe III
Olson was on the floor of our House introducing a resolution to honor Jame O'Keefe. O'Keefe secretly recorded actions by ACORN, an organization dedicated to helping low income people. O'Keefe's video was later found to be heavily doctored and false. According to his press release:
Rep. Pete Olson today introduced a resolution in honor of Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe III for their diligent investigative journalism exposing the fraudulent and potentially illegal activities of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now or ACORN.
O'Keefe was eventually sued, issued an apology, and paid a settlement leaving Pete Olson with egg on his face. 

Space Shuttle
And while Olson was busy chasing conspiracy theories his district lost out on a Space Shuttle berth at Space Center Houston. If there was one place a Shuttle should have been placed as a museum piece, it was here in Houston. Once again Olson failed leaving egg on our face.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Raising Campaign Cash: Stan Stanart

Not much to see here folks.

Stan Stanart the Harris County Clerk is the guy who can't seem to do the one job he was assigned, that is to run the elections in the 3rd largest county in the country efficiently. He can't seem to raise money either.

In his last report he has raised about $26,000 from 17 individuals, but $17,000 came from just 5 individuals who are out of the county. This includes $5000 from Colorado and another $5000 from Kathleen Wall, the lady who spent $6 Million of her own money in a losing effort to win a seat in Congress.

And that is it. Not a lot to be smiling about. #FireStanStanart

Raising Campaign Cash: Ruben Villarreal HD 144

Looks like Ruben Villarreal running for State Representative in House District 144 has been abandoned by Texans for Lawsuit Reform.

Villarreal's financial report for the last reporting period isn't very impressive. As stated in my last post:
$22,500 out of the $24,850 raised came from 3 PACS, $20,000 from Texans for Lawsuit Reform a front group for businesses in Texas, $1500 from the Hispanic Republican PAC, and $1000 from the State Farm PAC. Only $2350 came from individuals.
This time around he has only raised $4475 from 5 individuals and one builder PAC for $1500. TLR didn't contribute. Neither did the Republican Hispanic organization. It looks like they are cutting their losses. He still has a $13,000 outstanding loan and he has only $6200 cash on hand. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Spending Campaign Cash: David Mayes Middleton

For someone who isn't running much of a campaign David Mayes Middleton running for State Representative in Galveston is spending a boatload of money.

During this last reporting period Middleton spent $182,000 with $33,000 coming out of his own pocket (again) for donations to various organizations. He spent $63,000 on salaries (in just 3 months for 11 people), $51,000 on "campaign services", $39,000 on "Consulting", $40,000 on advertising, and $3000 was spent on "Overhead" for electricity and utilities.

Middleton must not care too much about spending campaign cash. Why would he if most of it is his own?

See Buying a State Representative seat: David Mayes Middleton

Buying a State Representative seat: David Mayes Middleton

This is just plain sick.

David Middleton is running for a State Representative seat in Austin representing the Galveston area. As I have stated before:

According to his latest report Middleton has raised over $1.7 Million with $1.5 coming from his own pocket, 87% of his entire fundraising efforts. He paid $1.7Million to win in the Republican primary.

His latest filings claims he has raised about $248,000 during the period ending in Oct. That is a very good haul for a State Representative campaign. But the $248,000 includes $225,000 from his own pocket! Once again Middleton is buying his seat in Austin. He has since written off all of his $1.7 million loans.

So he only raised $23,000 for the period ending in Oct, about as much as Sid Miller raised. Let's face it Middleton is rich. Filthy rich. He has enough money to donate almost $2 Million of his own money to win a seat in Austin. $2 Million is an insane amount for a State Representative race. Completely insane

Middleton is buying his seat in our government. This is what is wrong with politics today coupled with dark money, PACs,  and allowing unlimited contributions from anyone. The amount of money he is spending is filthy.

Ain't that rich?

Raising Campaign Cash: Sid Miller

OUCH! Sid Miller is all hat and no cash.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller cant raise money. Currently he has $52,000 which includes a $350,000 loan. He only raised $24,000 in this period and he still owes $195,000 towards the loan.

Miller only has 13 donors and 2 pledges of $15,000 including $10,000 from Drayton McClane, former owner of the Houston Astros. His total loans dating back to 2012 $750,000 came from 3 individuals, Brad Allen, Richard Redalen, and Trammell Crow. Allen is a nursery owner in Stephanville he loaned Miller $400,000. Miller’s campaign treasurer is Ted Nugent. Yes. Ted Nugent. I'm not kidding. Miller has come under fire for his lax reporting. According to the Dallas Morning News:
In November, The Dallas Morning News revealed that Miller lent himself $10,000 at an interest rate of 10 percent when he was running for the House in 2000. When Miller lost his seat 12 years later, he repaid himself more than $31,000 due to interest accrued.

In contrast his opponent Kim Olson has raised over $125,000 in the same period from over 1000 donors.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Dear @TedCruz. They said Kick not Kiss his ass.

My exact thoughts. If Ted Cruz won't stand up for his own family, why would he stand up for your? After someone calls your wife a dog face, you don't kiss his ass, you KICK his ass. Someone didn't give Ted that memo.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Endorsement Watch 2018 Justin Nelson

Endorsements from various newspapers are starting to trickle in. I'll update each time one is published. Be the first to know when I post by signing up to receive posts as they are posted. Look for the "Follow My Posts by Email" on the left and enter your address.

Justin Nelson
The Houston Chronicle Endorses Justin Nelson for Texas Attorney General. 

Besides the fact that our current AG has 3 felony indictments and conflict of interests galore the Chronicle states:

Valedictorian of his class at Columbia Law, Nelson is an adjunct professor at the University of Texas Law School and partner at the Susman Godfrey law firm in Houston. He clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and founded One Nation One Vote, a nonprofit dedicated to ending gerrymandering. During his endorsement meeting with the Chronicle editorial board, Nelson said he would use the attorney general’s office to continue fighting against the partisan gerrymandering that lets politicians pick their voters, rather than the other way around.

Kim Olson

The Houston Chronicle endorses Kim Olson for Texas Agriculture Commissioner

The Chronicle joins the Dallas Morning News.

What voting for Olson will do is return a sense of dignity to the chief office for Texas farmers and ranchers. She will run the office much like Republican former agriculture commissioner Susan Combs, with a focus on the issues. She plans to work with the Legislature in preparation for the department's upcoming sunset review in 2020, address rural needs like broadband access and also grow the languishing Go Texan buy-local program.

Sri Preston Kulkarni

The Houston Chronicle endorses Are Preston Kulkarni for Congress CD22

First-time candidate Sri Preston Kulkarni, 40, wowed the editorial board with his knowledge, eloquence and robust resume that included time working in the U.S. Senate and 14 years as a State Department foreign service officer that took him all over the globe. That experience only emphasized to Kulkarni the value of American ideals, he told the editorial board, which sit at the core of his campaign. He’s running an optimistic, forward-looking effort that aims to combat the tribalism ripping apart our nation with a renewed sense of decency. That’s also why he’s not accepting corporate donations.

Besides English, the product of Houston schools speaks Spanish, Hindi, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Hebrew. This polyglot skill comes in handy when running in this fast-growing, incredibly diverse district, which includes most of Brazoria County and Fort Bend Counties, including Sugar Land.

Diane Trautman:

The Houston Chronicle endorses Diane Trautman for Harris County Clerk.

Instead, we encourage voters to support his challenger, Diane Trautman. A current at-large board member at the Harris County Department of Education, Trautman has managerial experience in the public and private sector and a doctorate from Sam Houston State University with a dissertation on women's leadership styles. Meeting with the editorial board, she offered a litany of ideas for improving those frustratingly slow election night returns, including better training and a more transparent process. She also has a passion for creating countywide voting centers so that people don't have to cast their ballots at specific — and often inconvenient — precincts on Election Day.

Diane's opponent, Stan Stanart is one of the most partisan hacks in an elected office that should not be partisan hack. He runs the voting process in Harris County and has not done a very good job of it. He was swept into office in the tea bagger revolution back in 2010. He is a true supporter of a racist that is now president therefore he should be disqualified from serving in office.

Kim Olson:
Dallas Morning News endorses Kim Olson for Texas Agriculture Commissioner.
Olson's knowledge of what Texas farmers and ranchers need and her track record of strong leadership make her the better choice for voters. Olson, 60, of Mineral Wells, has a wide range of experiences to apply to a job that not only works to protect Texas crops, but also administers the National School Lunch program and regulates fuel pumps.

Monday, October 01, 2018

Tales from Phone Banking: Houston Texans

Tales from phone banking:

Me: Hello can I speak to Mr. Smith?
Smith: This is he. What can I do for you? (Cheering in the background)
Me: I'm a volunteer with the Harris County Democrat.......
Smith: I aint gonna talk no damn politics! Da football game is on!
Me: Who is winning?
Smith: Texans but only by 7 points!
Me: They have the best talent with the worst record!
Smith: You telling me? Uh...what is this about?
Me: I am calling about your Vote By Mail application
Smith: Well if you call me ONE MORE DAMN TIME I will not vote for you! Who are you with?
Me: Ted Cruz for Senate.
Smith: Click 


Me: Hello may I speak to Mr. Smith?

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Phone banking 101. Can you hear me now?

Once in a while you must get off your ass and sit on your ass to make a couple hours of phone calls to potential voters. Every contact in a close races makes a difference. When you and 9 of your friends get together, it makes 10X a difference. So here is a Phone Bank 101 for those interested in helping:

Follow your lead. As always, take the following guide as just a guide. Your campaign manager will adjust who you call, when, and what to say. They are in control of the campaign.

Use your inside voice: Remember you have others making calls who need to hear and not be distracted.

Do not use a speaker phone. Again, no one can hear if you are screaming into a speaker phone.

Invest in headphones. Consider buying a pair of headphones for your cell phone or soft phone on your computer. Not only is the voice quality better,  they also shield you from those using their speaker phones.

Use a soft phone. At our call center we converted our computers and laptops into phones with an application like Xlite. When calling using Virtual Phone Bank all you have to do is click on the phone number and Xlite makes the call. It is easy to get into a rhythm. The headphones coupled with a soft phone is a great low cost setup with excellent quality.

Don't argue. Once in a while you will get a hostile individual who will start with something like "I aint gonna vote fer a dag gum socialist......". Just say "Have a great day!" then hang up. Or just hang up. Then tell your other phone bankers to get a quick laugh. It happens. Laugh about it and then mark it in your database.

Adjust the script as necessary. Read the script then modify as necessary. Adjust the script so you are talking naturally. Sometimes the phone bank leader may be a bit long winded and the script doesn't fit your personality. Adjust it. Start calling. And as always run the mods by your lead.

Have reference material available. Have or know your candidates position or other information such as location of early voting, times of early voting, or other material close by to reference.

Have fun. When you have fun, everyone else has fun. Your voice carries on to your caller.

And as always....thanks for helping!

Brett Kavanaugh" Just wait till I sit on the SCOTUS. Payback is a bitch

Brett Kavanaugh has been listed as another UFO. Unfit For Office.

His face says it all. His temperament was on display and his thoughts were too. Newspapers and various organizations are calling for him to withdraw his nomination. Kavanaugh came off as unfit to sit on the highest court of the United States. He took partisan snipes at, of all people, Hillary Clinton, claiming she is leading a vast left wing conspiracy. He cried. He yelled. He snarled. He acted like someone who should not sit on the court, or on the sidelines of a girls soccer team.

It was almost as if he had a message to Americans:

"You think I don't have the temperament? Just wait. When I am confirmed and sitting on the highest court of the nation....I will be voting on healthcare affecting your family. I will be voting on women's rights to manage their own bodies. I will be voting on rights of minorities to vote and to live in peace. I will be voting on public schools and teachers rights. I will be voting on workers rights. I will be voting on putting young brown children in cages and banning refugees based upon their religion. You think I don't have the temperament to sit on the Supreme Court? Just wait. I will show all of you what temperament is all about for the next 30 f***ing years. Pay back is a bitch. Bitch."

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Movie Review: Fahrenheit 11/9

Democrats, do yourself a favor and watch Fahrenheit 11/9 on 11/7. Until then, donate the $7.00 ticket price to a candidate and take the 2 hours you would have spent watching it and phone bank or block walk for your favorite candidate. In the end you will be doing everyone a favor. Including yourself.

Republicans, do us a favor and go watch what you did to this country by supporting trump.

I don't like Michael Moore. He tends to exaggerate, hijack issues, blame everyone else, and offer up facts based upon incorrect timelines. He didn't disappoint with Fahrenheit 11/9. If you need encouragement to go block walk or phone bank or volunteer to do something for the candidate of your choice, go watch the first 10 minutes. It documents the last hours of election night. It hurts. A lot.

Moore goes on to blame the media for making money off the horrible situation we are now in while he is making money off the horrible situation we are now in. It's vintage Moore. He hijacks the teacher strikes across the country and the March for our Lives movement, although I have a hard time faulting for him since the more attention they get the better. In typical fashion Moore blames "the establishment" and claims, incorrectly, that Bernie Sanders was robbed by framing his message around eye catching film editing. Moore has an agenda. His movie serves him well.

He concentrates on the Flint Michigan water crisis claiming, incorrectly, President Obama didn't declare an emergency for the area. He also claims the army used Flint Michigan for "target practice" implying live ammo was used. It wasn't but he uses cleverly edited clips of night time drills and trains carrying tanks, even though tanks were not used.

As I said, I don't like Michael Moore. If you are inclined to watch this, do so after the election. Until then, get off your ass so we can fix the horrible situation we are now in.

Conservative TX State Senator Charles Schwertner joins dick pic club

What is it with Republicans sending dick pics? Texas State Senator Charles Schwertner website claims he is a "physician, family man, and life-long conservative." yet he may have just joined Congressman Joe Barton in the republic party dick pic club. The University of Texas is investigating and may ban him from the campus.  From FoxNews: (yes....even Fox News is reporting this)

Schwertner allegedly texted the student, “I just really want to f--- you,”  and sent her a photo of what appeared to be his genitals in the shower. The image does not show his face, officials said, and the student never responded to the message.

Gross. Ew. Ewww. EWWWWWW!

Oh my gosh what the hell is going on with the republic party? Joe Barton resigned in disgrace after sending dick pics leaving a Congressional seat he held for decades suddenly open. You would have thought a physician, family man, and life-long conservative would have been smart enough to expose himself in person instead of sending a text. What ever happened to the age old sexy phone call, or meeting in the cloak room, or grabbing them by the p****?

Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert had this to say about Schwertner: "I can't help but wonder when I see you looking there, with a little smirk, how many times did you look so innocent into your wife's eye and lie to her about your dick pic"

Ok. He didn't say that towards Schwertner, but he could have. Lt Governor Dan Patrick had this to say: "Holy f***! What the living hell was he thinking? It's sad I have to tell my own Senators to not send dick pics! Do it in person!"

Ok. He didn't say that either.

#NobodyLikesTedCruz. Even other Republicans

From an op-ed in the Houston Chronicle written by a former Republican consultant who worked on the campaigns of Senator John McCain and George W. Bush:

Texas is too big, too diverse and too great a state to be the continual launching pad for a senator who, six years into office, can boast of no major accomplishment other than having exactly one friend: Utah Republican Mike Lee. Cruz’s relationships are transactional and in the service of his personal mission. Cruz, like too many Texas Republicans these days, would sacrifice what is best about the Lone Star State — low unemployment, a leader in science and technology, a massive economic engine — on the altar of tribalism.

Ted's got a likability problem. He has a trustworthy problem. You never know which side he is on except for the PACs that support him. If he wouldn't defend his own wife or father, how can anyone believe he will defend theirs? Cruz is in it to win it for Cruz and only Cruz. Even Republicans are finally figuring this out.

There is not much more that could be added. It's clear. #NobodyLikesTedCruz and #NobodyTrustsTedCruz

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Status of Debates in Texas. Remember the Alamo?

For a state that worship the heroes of the Alamo and claims to be "Tough as Texas" we sure do have a lot of Republicans tucking tail not willing to debate their opponents. Here is the status of debates in Texas:

  • Texas CD36: Republican Brian Babin refuses to debate his Democratic challenger, Dayna Steele.
  • Texas CD22: Republican Pete Olson refuses to debate his Democratic challenger, Sri Preston Kulkarni.
  • Texas CD14: Republican Randy Weber refuses to debate his Democratic challenger, Adrienne Bell
  • Texas Governor: Governor Abbott has agreed to 1 debate with his Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez.
  • Texas Lt Gov: Republican Dan Patrick refuses to debate his Democratic challenger Mike Collier.
  • Texas Attorney General: Republican Ken Paxton refuses to debate his Democratic challenger Justin Nelson.
  • Texas Ag Commissioner: Republican Sid Miller refuses to debate his Democratic challenger Kim Olson.
  • Texas Land Commissioner: Republican George P. Bush refuses to debate hs Democratic challenger Miguel Suazo
  • Texas HD129: Republican Dennis Paul refuses to debate his Democratic challenger, Alex Karjekar.
Wow. Republicans forgot the Alamo.

Unfit for office: TX Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller

Sid Miller has become the clown rodeo of the Texas Republic Party. He does not deserve to be an elected official much less a human being.

CAUTION: This non-endorsement contains curse words. Rated M, L, V, D

Eugene from Preacher
Sid Miller is an asshole. A giant Texas sized asshole. It doesn't take a mental giant to understand why. Even the Dallas Morning News, who endorsed his opponent, agreed. They didn't call Miller an asshole but I bet they wanted to. Like the asshole Miller is, he refused to interview with the DMN. And like the coward he is, Miller has also refused to debate his opponent.

There are so many reasons that disqualify Miller from serving a doggie treat to a dog or serving as an elected official in Texas. Texas Republicans used to have a sense of honor, dignity,  and decency but that has been slowly eroded and culminated into the party of trump. Like trump, Miller resorts to name calling, race baiting, and using language that would embarrass anyone's mother, except for republicans. That is who he is. Mini-Trump. An asshole.

Miller has used his social media to make awful comments about his constituents, not the white ones, but any non-Christian or Hispanics, Muslims, and women. He referred to a woman candidate using the C word. Usually calling a woman the C word results in getting fired from your job and a boot so far up your ass your breath will smell like Desenex for a month and a Sunday. Instead his actions qualified Miller for a position on the trump cabinet and a symbol of the Texas Republic Party.

Sid Miller has become a perfect symbol of the new Texas Republic Party. He is a Texas sized asshole of a human being who should never be allowed to hold an elected position.

This non-endorsement is rated D for drug use. You have to be on drugs to vote for this asshole.