Friday, October 19, 2018

Guidelines issued for the Houston Trump rally.

The following set of guidelines have been issued for the upcoming rally for President Donald Trump:

  1. Arrive early. There will be long lines for security.
  2. Remember this is a family event. Your signs and t-shirts should reflect our commitment to family values.
  3. Do not bring confederate flags or nazi flags. If you do at the very least remove the pole. It will not be allowed into the event.
  4. No guns allowed either inside or outside of the venue.
  5. Do not threaten the media. Remember they have cameras.
  6. Women enter at your own risk.
  7. A small group of people will be asked to stand behind the stage. Please consider the offer or leave.
  8. No Mexicans (except for a few behind the stage)
  9. No Teachers
  10. No Muslims (except for a few behind the stage)
  11. No Federal employees including former FBI agents
  12. No Blacks (except for a few behind the stage)
  13. No Jews
  14. No non-Christians
Have fun. Enjoy the event and don't forget your high blood pressure meds.

I nailed it: Republicans announce they are coming for Social Security

This is like shooting fish in a barrel. 

By Tom Toles of the Washington Post
From a previous post:
So now with a newly created $1.5 Trillion hole in the budget created by the trump tax plan, look for massive cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Education, Environment Protection. 
The Republican Party has just announce their intentions of cutting so called "entitlements" the services and benefits Americans are entitled to receive because they have paid for them! They have called for cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid and you won't believe why they claim this is necessary. Here is Mitch McConnell:
"It’s disappointing, but it’s not a Republican problem," McConnell said of the deficit, which grew 17 percent to $779 billion in fiscal year 2018. McConnell explained to Bloomberg that "it’s a bipartisan problem: Unwillingness to address the real drivers of the debt by doing anything to adjust those programs to the demographics of America in the future." The deficit has increased 77 percent since McConnell became majority leader in 2015.
Yep. The tax cuts for the rich have created a $1 trillion deficit. This was expected. All economists predicted the cuts would benefit the top 1% and major stock holders. They predicted a huge deficit. And I predicted cuts to Social Security just like what happened here in Texas.
Creating a hole in the budget was all part of the republican plan because it would eventually justify massive cuts to education and services. Texas, by law, requires a balanced budget so what better way to cut education than to create a massive debt then blame the "out of control spending" by the public education community? And that is exactly what happened. Someone had to pay for the tax cuts for the business community so Education was hit by over $5 Billion in just the first year.
This was all part of the plan.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Loaning Campaign Cash: Texas State Rep Patrick Fallon

This is getting to be a pattern for republicans in Texas.

Much like Kathleen Wall's failed $6 Million attempt at buying a seat in Congress and David Mays Middleton's $2 million attempt to buy a seat in Austin, State Representative Patrick Fallon is trying his hand at spending his own money to win a Senate seat.

In his report filed before the primary Fallon has raised a whooping $2 Million but, once again, looking a bit closer that included $1.8 Million from his own pocket. He started with $217,000 and the only raised $2800. He currently still owes $1Million on his personal loan and has $135,000 cash on hand.

90% of all the money Fallon has raised has come from his own fortunes. Fallon, like trump, is rich and will use his money to get what he wants. He is also running on the same racist platform as trump. Fallon claims to be a "fiscal" conservative ready to spend his own money to buy his own seat at our table.

Maybe that is the only way republicans can win any more. Like Sid Miller maybe Texans don't want to give to people who are racists or who support racists.

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 and Dayna Steele

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.

Dayna Steele
The Houston Chronicle endorses Dayna Steele for Congress.
Steele has a contagious energy, impressive fundraising and undeniable communication skills that has some political observers looking at this typically deep-red district with renewed interest. She also has the ability to get Crosby and Etheridge to show up for campaign concerts, which has classic rock fans paying attention.

Justin Nelson
The Dallas Morning News Endorses Justin Nelson for Texas Attorney General.
Nelson, who also teaches law and clerked for former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, seems to have the energy and passion for upholding the rule of law. He promises to avoid Paxton's overreaching tendencies and focus on issues that most impact the lives of Texans. A top priority will be to reinvigorate the office's consumer fraud responsibilities. Another priority will be to use his position to guide redistricting with written opinions during the process, which he hopes will discourage blatantly political gerrymandering of Texas' state legislative districts. 

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."