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Tuesday: Julian Castro vs All Anti-Latino Republicans

The Mayor of San Antonio, Julian Castro, will be debating Dan Patrick on the issue of immigration on Tuesday, 4/15. Really, the good Mayor will be debating the entire Anti-Latino, anti-immigrant Republican Party since Dan Patrick represents the most divisive segment of Texas politics.

Frankly, I am of the opinion that this shouldn’t even be called a debate. Dan Patrick has never offered an ounce of fact in any immigration-related comment he has given. Instead, Dan Patrick has portrayed immigrants and Latinos as disease-carrying criminals who are invading Texas, which his base just loves to repeat. I expect some good facts from Mayor Castro, so, at least his side of the debate will be educative.

Mike Thomas with the SA Business Journal provides the details.

What began as a challenge over immigration policy posed on Twitter will culminate in a one-hour forum where the two politicians will discuss their views on immigration and border security at the Univision San Antonio studios. The discussion will be moderated by Evan Smith, editor-in-chief of the Texas Tribune, and will be streamed live on Univision41.com and TexasTribune.org beginning at 6 p.m.

I’ll be checking it out, for sure.

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Bloggers Talk on Politics Done Right

Politics `Done Right (Bloggers)

Thanks to Egberto Willies, I’ll be joining him, Kuff, Katherine from BOR, and Tiffany from Liberal America tonight on KPFT 90.1 for an episode of Politics Done Right.

Tune in Monday 9:00 PM on KPFT 90.1 FM (Houston Area)

Livestreamhttp://KPFT.org (Entire USA) – Podcasts: <here>

Call (713) 526-5738 to talk to me on air.

Have you ever wondered why when you watch CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC they are invariably featuring the same news? Have you ever wondered why most of the issues that have material effect on your life are never really covered? Have you noticed that the news of today is shallow and un-researched?

This is all by design. An uninformed, a misinformed, an ill-informed populace is one that can be controlled. The arbiters of our news domain are mostly discredited.

Luckily good reputable bloggers are starting to assert themselves. They are providing quality prescient news to their followers. They are making a difference. Going forward they must take the mantle if the reversal of a poorly informed citizenry is to occur.

The show will feature four bloggers that are making a difference in local, state, and national news. Katherine Haenschen of BurntOrangeReport.com, Stace Medellin of DosCentavos.net, Tiffany Willis of LiberalAmerica.org, and Charles Kuffner of OffTheKuff.com will discuss these issues. We will discuss why bloggers are important, why the traditional news media is discredited, and the crowd sourcing of news by citizens.

Give me a call at (713) 526-5738. That is 713-526-KPFT. Remember you can also send me a tweet to@egbertowillies. Let us engage. It is politics done right.

I’m looking forward to an interesting talk. What I say may end up shocking you!

DC Turns 9 in April

dc9That’s right, DosCentavos.net got its start sometime in April of 2005–nine years ago. Thanks to all of you who continue to visit–especially those who enjoyed the four-year old April Fools Joke I posted on the Facepage. Apparently, it just means I have a bunch of newer readers, which is always good.

Not much more to say, except that I need to get back on the horse and create a lot more material. This little funk of mine has definitely caused some writer’s block, although there is a lot to be said about a lot of things that many blogs out there aren’t saying–except our Texas bloggers since they’re always spot-on on the issues. Thanks to my fellow bloggers who continue to support and whom I support in any way I can. When you want real commentary on the latest issues, you need to rely on the folks of the Texas Progressive Alliance. Seriously.

Stay connected for the latest opinions and commentary on local, state, national, and even global issues, as well a cultura, musica y mas! We’ve got elections to win in November and that needs to be our focus if we are to get any positive legislation and public policy passed in the near future.

For now, here’s the very first op-ed I wrote in the Chron which really got DosCentavos started.

We’ve got a lot coming in the next few weeks!

 

 

 

 

Houston Politics: The War on Women and Wendy

Rey Guerra and I are back with another podcast of Houston Politics w/ Stace and Rey. In our latest episode, we have our first special guest of 2014, Yvonne Gutierrez, VP Public Affairs at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast.

Give it a listen as we navigate our way through Planned Parenthood and its services; Planned Parenthood’s work with the Affordable Care Act; The War on Women; the personal and vile attacks on Wendy Davis; and we even touch a bit on the Super Bowl and Richard Sherman.

Here’s the URL:

http://houstonpolitics.buzzsprout.com/15824/146700-houston-politics-the-war-on-women-and-wendy

Enjoy!

Texas Bloggers Pick Wendy Davis as Texan of the Year

wendyMy favorite Texas bloggers, the Texas Progressive Alliance, of which I’m a card-carrying member, voted to name Texas Senator Wendy Davis as our Texan of the Year. Of course, Senator Davis is vying to become the Democratic Party’s nominee for Texas Governor for 2014. She has served her senate district well, has been an effective campaigner and victorious in a red-leaning district, and has made a national name for herself, especially on issues of education and women’s reproductive rights. She has the right stuff to win statewide and this blogger is definitely supporting her.

AUSTIN—The Texas Progressive Alliance, the nation’s largest state-based association of online and netroots activists, today named State Senator Wendy Davis recipient of its Texan of the Year Award for 2013.

            “Senator Davis’ actions this year made her a clear choice. Our vote was unanimous,” said Vince Leibowitz, Chair of the Alliance. Leibowitz said Senator Davis’ June filibuster of Senate Bill 5 on behalf of Texas women and the preservation of reproductive rights was a courageous action that served to galvanize and energize Texas Democrats. “Senator Davis’ courage to stand up and block this outrageous legislation helped raise awareness in Texas of the assault on a woman’s right to choose that our legislature has waged for the last decade, as well as the extraordinary measures right-wing Republicans in Texas will take both to trample the rights of women and their own colleagues in government,” Leibowitz continued.

            Not only did Davis’ actions draw national attention to Texas, but her filibuster and subsequent campaign for Texas Governor have galvanized Texas Democrats. “We have not seen this kind of excitement for a non-presidential election in Texas in many years. We see Democrats are energized, organized, and ready to take back our state for the people. To a great extent, we have Senator Davis and her courageous actions to thank for this; she served as a unifying figure for our party to rally around, and her actions will both strenghten the party in the long run and serve to expand our base,” said Charles Kuffner, Vice Chair of the Alliance.

            Previous Texan of the Year recipients are: Carolyn Boyle of Texas Parent PAC (2006); Texas House Democratic Leaders State Reps. Jim Dunnam, Garnet F. Coleman, and Pete Gallego (2007); the Harris County Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign (2008); Houston Mayor Annise Parker (2009); Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns (2010); and the protesters of the Tar Sands Blockade (2012). There was no award given in 2011.

Mayoral Halloween Tips – 2013

This is from Mayor Parker and the folks at City of Houston:

“Halloween is a time for children of all ages to have a good time with family and friends,” said Mayor Parker. “It can also be dangerous for our young goblins, ghosts and ghouls who are excited and maybe not paying close attention to their own safety. We want trick-or-treating to be fun and safe for everyone.”

The mayor, HPD and HFD offer the following safety tips:

  • Always go in a group. Don’t let young children walk alone. For older children, make sure you know where they are going and that they are with a supervised group with a responsible adult.
  • Be cautious of strangers; never go into a stranger’s house or accept a ride from a stranger.
  • Only approach houses where the outside lights are on as a signal of welcome.
  • If you feel threatened or in danger while trick or treating you can go to any Houston fire or police station.
  • Have children wear light colored or reflective costumes and don’t let them wear masks that obstruct their vision. Face painting is safer than a mask. Add reflective tape to your child’s costume if it isn’t already reflective. Also make sure their costumes fit and won’t cause them to trip or fall. Costumes should be flame retardant. Carry a flashlight or glow stick so you can be seen.
  • Children should wait until they get home to eat candy. Parents should examine the candy for possible tampering; if it looks suspicious, is not wrapped or is loosely wrapped, get rid of it.
  • Motorists need to be extra cautious and watch out for trick-or-treaters – especially after dark.
  • Illuminate pumpkins with small flashlights or battery operated candles instead of real candles. If using candles, keep them away from curtains and combustible items, including decorations. They should not be placed along walkways where costumes might brush against them.

The HPD Juvenile Division and patrol officers have been busy this week checking the residences of registered sex offenders. Not all sex offenders are barred from contact with children, but officers are making sure that those that are meet the conditions of their parole or probation and are not giving out candy.

HFD reminds us that the end of Daylight Savings Time this weekend is a good time to make sure the battery in your smoke detector is working. There are now smoke detectors on the market with batteries that will last up to 10 years.

Event: 2nd Annual GOLDEN Dinner and Dance

 

 

 

 

Another event DosCentavos.net is proud to support. Click on the image to purchase your tickets! Kudos to Danita Gallegos and her crew for putting on this event again.golden

 

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9/30 Event: Breaking Glass Ceilings

From our friends at the Meyerland Democrats:

Please join us for a VERY special event “Breaking Glass Ceilings: Eleanor to Hillary and Beyond” with Historian and Author Dr. Allida Black

When: September 30 at 7:00 pm

Where: High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
4701 Dickson
Houston TX 77007

Allida Black will give us a in depth look at how the Office of the First Lady has helped alter the course of the nation in the 20th and 21st centuries for the better. Such first ladies as Eleanor Roosevelt, Lady Bird Johnson, Betty Ford, Barbara Bush and Hillary Clinton will be highlighted.

Allida Black is featured on CSPAN, PBS and the History Channel. She is a world renowned historian and author of many books, including “The First Ladies of the United States” and is appearing in the current CSPAN series “The First Ladies.”

She also is the chair of a nationwide effort to elect the first female president in 2016, Hillary Clinton. The effort is called Ready for Hillary, a SuperPAC with James Carville and Jeremy Bird whose goal is to craft a nantional grassroots network organized for a Clinton run.

E-mail your questions for Allida toinfo@meydems.org

Book signing to follow from Brazos Books.

RSVP Required – Click HERE

Make a First Lady Themed Contribution HERE

PBS In Performance at the White House – September 16

It’s that time of year again, as you’ve probably noticed from today’s Diez y Seis (or is it dieciseis?) event posts. And here’s another one, this one is PBS’ In Performance at the White House in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. The one-hour show will be live streamed at WhiteHouse.gov on Monday, 16th of September at 7pm, but the show itself will be on PBS on October 8th.

This year’s line-up has some familiar names.

The evening will feature artists Natalie Cole, Lila Downs, Gloria Estefan, Raul Malo, Ricky Martin, Prince Royce, Arturo Sandoval, Romeo Santos, Alejandro Sanz and Marco Antonio Solís. (Program subject to change.) The one-hour television special is part of the long-running In Performance at the White House series, now in its 36th year.

Note to PBS:  Since the program is subject to change, I would suggest at least ONE Tex-Mex band, in this case, Los Texmaniacs. And maybe the little Mariachi dude from the Spurs games. Just sayin’.

But I am glad to see Raul Malo on the list.

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Event: Meyerland Dems to Feature VRA Discussion, MALDEF

My great neighbors at the Meyerland Area Democrats have announced that they will hold yet another informative meeting. The war on the Voting Rights Act is definitely in progress and MALDEF is among the groups defending against those who would deny American citizens the basic right of voting.

Here are the details of the event. I hope to see you there! Click on the link to RSVP.

Meyerland Area Dems:

Our August 19th meeting will feature Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund Counsel Celina Moreno. Special guest State Sen. Sylvia Garcia will also appear to give a brief overlay of the war on voting rights in Texas (should special session matters dictate she may not make it).

Moreno will discuss the most critical issue facing minorities and all of us in Texas: the right to vote. She will explain the current landmark court case MALDEF is part of in federal court in San Antonio. This lawsuit seeks to remedy the maps from redistricting which currently deprive minority voting strength. She will explain the new landscape for the Voting Rights Act, as the Roberts court has struck down the heart of this essential law, and what MALDEF is doing to protect voters. Most importantly Moreno will inform us of new tools we will be able to use to stop disenfranchisement.

Attorney Celina Moreno analyzes legislation and advocates for the protection and promotion of Latino civil rights in the areas of political access, education, immigration, employment and access to justice for that Region. Ms. Moreno has testified in numerous state legislative hearings on issues ranging from public school finance reform to immigrant rights. Prior to joining MALDEF, Ms. Moreno served as an attorney and Equal Justice Works Fellow at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA), where she directed the organization’s School-to-Prison Pipeline Project, seeking to obstruct the forces channeling students from schools into the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems.

Celina Moreno received a Bachelor’s of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, a law degree from the University of Houston, and a Master’s of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts PROMPTLY at 7 p.m. There is no charge to attend, but attendees pay for their own food and drinks. We meet at Fadi’s Grill, 4738 Beechnut Houston Tx 77096!

See all you of you there,
Art Pronin
Pres, Meyerland Area Dems