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Thoughts on Viernes (Early Vote Sabado Edition) 02222014

Dos Centavos:

You’ve got Thursday and Friday to vote early!

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Go forth and vote early!

During early voting you can vote at any polling location, which can be found here. Don’t know who’s on the ballot? Well, click here and find your very own sample ballot.  And did you know you need an acceptable ID to vote? Well, click here and find out what IDs are acceptable.

Vote JULIA MALDONADO for the 246th-Dem Primary

I may be helping her out on her campaign, but State Senator Sylvia Garcia, Democrats, Organized Labor, Colleagues and the Chron can’t be wrong.

The Rest of Team DC

U.S. Senate:  Undecided Between Alameel and Scherr
Congress, District 7 – James Cargas
Governor – Wendy Davis
Lt. Governor – Leticia Van de Putte (Unopposed, but yeah!)
Ag. Commissioner – Hugh Asa Fitzsimons
Railroad Commissioner – Steve Brown
113th District Judge – Steven Kirkland
246th District Judge – Julia Maldonado
280th District Judge – Barbara…

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The Latest in GOP Latino Outreach

As San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro told the world last week, Dan Patrick is the most anti-immigrant Republican out there. He’s probably the worst candidate when it comes to Latino outreach, too.

After finding out that one of my favorite bands, Intocable, didn’t win the Grammy for Best Mexican Regional Album last night, I started watching some of their old videos, among other Latin music videos. At every video, the same thing popped up:  “Dan Patrick Opposes In-State Tuition for Illegal Immigrants.”

Well, I already knew that and I agree with Mayor Castro. But if this is Patrick’s idea of Latino outreach, then he’s got some awful consultants out there. I took a pic of the screen last night in case Patrick changes course and begins to place his pop-ups on “Stormfront” videos, instead.

Even funnier is the fact that Intocable, from Zapata, TX, is known for some of their pro-immigrant reform songs and commentary. But at least the Latino electorate knows how Dan Patrick really feels about them.

Bishop Gene Robinson in Houston – October 3

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Poll: Latinos Reject Border-First Approach to CIR

Latino Decisions and Presente.org just released the results of a poll that measures how Latinos are feeling about this latest attempt at immigration reform. Needless to say, they aren’t feeling the enforcement/border-first approach being pushed by the Republicans with little defense from the Democrats. Of course, in all of this, no one seems to be asking how Latinos, much less immigrants, feel about all of this, right? I’m glad Presente.org is doing it.

The survey of 500 Latino registered voters asked opinions on a wide range of specific policy measures that have been debated in Congress and finds overall that 81% of Latino voters reject the notion of “border-security-first” approach. Instead, Latinos prefer to see a path to citizenship unfold simultaneously with any border security measures.  Further, Latinos are firmly opposed to increased Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) crackdowns against immigrants.  When asked if ICE should be asked to increase the number of immigrants detained 73% of Latino voters said no. When asked if ICE should be asked to increase the frequency of workplace raids 66% of Latino voters said no. Full topline results are posted here

So, one has to think that Chuck Schumer is complicit in this whole border-first strategy, and an article in Politico speaks to the division among Senate Democrats that hasn’t really boiled over, yet.

Sen. Chuck Schumer’s pitch to find 70-plus votes for a sweeping immigration overhaul is running into skeptics from his own party – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Majority Whip Dick Durbin.

The top two Senate Democrats believe that the push to win more GOP senators could significantly water down the measure, arguing their party should instead focus on the more achievable goal of securing the 60 votes needed to break an expected Republican filibuster. The Democratic leaders don’t believe they should make major concessions to conservatives — mainly on issues such as border security — in order to inflate the vote tally.

Schumer seems to think that inflated numbers will force the House Republicans to go along with a worsened bill. Meanwhile, Leader Reid and Dick Durbin fall more on the side of showing a little backbone and not allowing the Republicans to run over the Democrats, or in this case, immigrants.

Back to the poll, it would seem that Latinos are a-ok with LGBT immigrants being included in the bill.

In addition, 61% of Latino voters want to see LGBT family unification included in the immigration reform bill.  As the Williams Institute has noted, nearly 270,000 undocumented immigrant adults identify as LGBT and could be penalized and not allowed to sponsor their spouses for residency or citizenship under the current bill.

Family is family, obviously, and Senator Leahy filed his amendment today. Hopefully the evangelicals will get on board and not freak out. Still, it will be tough for the amendment to pass. But, let it  be heard that if it doesn’t pass, it will be because of homophobic members of Congress, and not Latinos.

And what about “Latino” Ted Cruz’s strategy of providing for legal status, but not citizenship?

 More than three-quarters oppose the option of providing legal status only without a path to citizenship, and a majority oppose excessive fines on undocumented immigrants.  A resounding 86% say the appropriate waiting period to apply for citizenship if 5 years.

So, Republicans, especially their whiny Latino in the room, continue to be disconnected from Latinos on immigration reform. If anything, both Republicans and Democrats have been effective at keeping the worst of the bill out of the ears of Latinos, since a majority didn’t know about the $6.5 billion border boon for contractors. And if Democrats don’t shape up and fight against enforcement-heavy initiatives, it seems no political party will gain much, especially trust, from Latinos (and I don’t mean the future citizens).

Want to find out where Latinos stand? Click on the link and read the results carefully.

DC Reviews: David Lee Garza Presents… ~ Just Friends

DavidLeeGarza.JustFriendsRecently, David Lee Garza added a new vocalist to what is now called DLG U–the “university” which has given the Tejano music industry some of the best vocalists in all of Latin music. Juaquin Cura is a young gun that is already hitting it out of the park in live performances. DLG has put him on his new CD, Just Friends, but he has also invited an all-star line-up to show-off their chops al estilo de DLG and Los Musicales–all rancheras that will keep one on the dance floor.

I must admit, I had to re-play the first track a few times before listening to the rest of the production. Adalberto Gallegos leads off with the Fabulosos Cuatro classic, No Me Trates Asi, and his distinctive vocals just made me click “replay” several times. The musical styling is puro Musicales and sets the foundation for the rest of the production.

The iron-throated Jessy Serrata is up next with Amorcito del Alma, while Joe Posada hits a home-run with Eres Todo Mi Ser, which also includes a smooth solo from the saxmaster. El Hermano Farias–David Farias–gives us the tried and true, Ya Pa’ Que, which I hadn’t heard since Carlos Guzman recorded it in ’82. The next student of DLG U, Joaquin Cura, also gives it a go with Ella Sabe, with Los Musicales’ signature sound. Cura has a lot of potential to be “the” new voice in the industry.

Recently, producer Bob Gallarza discovered a new vocalist who gained a lot of radio play with an old classic, Amorcito Corazon. On the DLG CD, Gabriel Olvera pumps out another standard, Mi Cariñito. If you’re a Pedro Infante fan, then you’ll enjoy this one. La Voz de Oro, David Marez, also gets a turn with Me Bastas, which matches his style more than DLG’s, but the acordeon and the faint bajo sexto in the background keeps the track smooth and danceable.

DLG has a bit of a reunion with one of his graduates, Marcos Orozco. Orozco belts out Soy Del Amor Un Sonador. And El Borrado de Eagle Pass, Gary Hobbs, shows some first class crooning with the classic, La Barca. And if all of these vocalists weren’t enough, the world-famous Jon Ramirez (in the morning) from KXTN in San Antonio debuts on The Radio Guy. I was quite impressed with his vocals on this ranchera, actually, and it looks like he has some intro music for his radio show. Eddie Perez’s Tu Tienes La Culpa is a good addition to the CD–a little different from his West Side Horns music, but definitely a great delivery.

Of course, DLG cannot go wrong by adding an acordeon polka instrumental, Tony’s Favorites, which showcases his musicians, not to mention his acordeon.

There is no doubt that this is quite the collection of music with some of the best Tejano crooners in the business. And there’s no doubt DLG will be asked, “why not this guy, or this female vocalist?” So, let’s push him for a volume 2. For now, I’m back to over-playing this production during my drives around town, especially Track #1.

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Re-posting to celebrate “Siente El Amor”‘s reaching #7 on the Billboard charts! Congrats!

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Los Palominos are back with a new production on Houston’s Urbana Records, Siente El Amor. Produced by La Mafia founder Armando Lichtenberger, this newest release from the Arriola brothers of Uvalde, TX is strong and puro Palominos.

The formula for Los Palominos has not changed much since their founding–strong vocal harmonies, some great melodies on the acordeon, and an excellent rhythm section. Together, they’ve put out some of the most memorable tunes. And this CD will have some equally memorable ones.

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DC Reviews ~ The Mavericks – In Time

Those who follow me on Facebook know I have The Mavericks on heavy rotation with my YouTube reposts, so, it is known that the anticipation of the arrival of The Mavericks’ In Time was wearing me out. A quick trip to Target at 9AM this morning and there it was! Already on replay #5, I can honestly say that I don’t foresee any future boredom–it is that good!

Back in July, I reviewed their extended play CD, so we know how good that one was and the five tracks from the EP are included on In Time, but the nine newer tracks are just as amazing. Kudos to Valory Music Company for supporting The Mavericks–good choice!

One track that has been the band’s 2nd song at concerts lately is the rockabilly-tinged Lies, which with some excellent guitars and a strong, soaring beat, will be a favorite. Lead vocalist Raul Malo wastes no time in showing off his range in the ballad In Another’s Arms. It’s haunting drum beats and piano are complimented by a break that highlights a beautiful string arrangement. Fall Apart is a fun and danceable break-up song, if you can believe that. The soaring chorus, horn section, and acordeon solo from San Antonio’s Michael Guerra will keep you humming–even after the first five listens.

All Over Again offers a recognizable Mavericks rhythm, but now with a very noticeable acordeon. There’s no doubt, as the LA Times keeps pointing out, that the Cuban crooner and the band cross genres and even add a dash of Tex-Mex. Malo belts out the ballad, Please Heart Forgive Me, in fine fashion, but As Long As There’s Loving Tonight and Dance In The Moonlight will rev you right back up.

And as the LA Times points out, the 8-minute epic that is (Call Me) When You Get to Heaven is powerful and displays all of the musicians talents, but it is the background vocals of the McCrary Sisters which adds a level of gospel to the tune that is much appreciated. As the tune ends, and even though it is lengthy, you still want more.

One of the tunes off of the EP is re-done in Español, Ven Hacia Mi (Come Unto Me). The tune just reminds me of how Malo pokes fun at some of the folks who are mesmerized by his Spanish-language songs. “I don’t know what he’s saying, but it sounds so romantic.” Thankfully, this tune delivers the right message.

The reunion was a long time in coming, but In Time is definitely a celebration of 20 years of flawless music.  One test of recorded material is a bands ability to reproduce it live. I’ve seen Raul, Eddie, Paul, Roberto, Jerry Dale, Michael, Elio and the various horn players perform some of these tunes live and they definitely deliver just as good live than in the studio. Now it’s your turn to deliver for them and purchase this CD!

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Dem Women Holiday Party–A Blast!

So, I, along with my sisters, attended the Holiday Party put on by the local Democratic Women’s clubs and, as always, it was a blast. Held at Planned Parenthood, the highlight for me was listening to two great speeches from SD-6 candidates Sylvia Garcia and Carol Alvarado. Each, in their own way, has been at the front lines fending off the Republican War on Women, so, the fact that there are two Latinas with a strong record of supporting a Woman’s right to choose in the running to represent a predominantly Latino seat is a pretty exciting thing.

Good music by Carli Mosier and the band; great food and desserts; and some amazing libations were the icing on the cake. And yes, there was cake!

Grier Rewarded…

But for what? Should Houston ISD be giving money out like it’s going out of style? One thing is rebuilding high schools for kids–that’s an investment in the future. But a $115K salary bonus, part of it for being “satisfactory”? His tenure wasn’t even up until 2014! Anyway, my good friend Juliet Stipeche voted against it and she is to be commended for taking a stand. Unfortunately, my own trustee voted for the giveaway. Anyone ready to run against him?

Musica Break – Los Texmaniacs w/ Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos

DCs Election Day Notes

10:30 AM

Yes, there are lines most everywhere. Don’t leave! Vote! And know your rights!

 

7:30AM Report

Mark Twain is Still A Polling Location

Before 7AM, I received an e-mail informing me that the Mark Twain Elementary School polling location had signs telling folks to vote elsewhere. DON’T! The Ann Johnson Campaign was on the spot and called the County to confirm that if you vote at Mark Twain, vote at Mark Twain.

It’s a sad tactic, but that is the world in which we live. Fight back by voting! And if you vote at Mark Twain, VOTE ANN JOHNSON for HD-134.

Rides to the Polls in HD-150 (Spring/Klein/Tomball)

If you’re on the northern edges of Harris County, chances are you want to rid yourself of Riddle and Vote Brad Neal for HD-150. Well, just saw this note from my friend and Neal campaign chief Ashley:

If you live in the Spring/Klein/Tomball area and need a ride to the polls let us know! We have drivers willing to take you starting around 8:30. Send me a message her or email me at ashley@votebradneal.com.

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From UH-Downtown’s Student Government President Ivan Sanchez:

Houston, TX – In response to student voter turn-out at an all time low, students of the University of Houston-Downtown resolve to empower themselves to get out and vote. UH-D students vow to unite to play a critical role in the November elections as we pledge to walk to vote on November 1st. UH-D students are not your typical student, we are the parents, we are the part time/full time working professionals that go the extra mile to get our education – and we will lead by example our community in demonstrating our philosophy of being politically active.

Who:  University of Houston-Downtown Students & supporters
What: Students will walk to vote and exercise their voice
When:  November 1, 2012
Rally: 1pm-2pm
Walk to vote:  2:00pm
Where:  University of Houston Downtown South Deck to 1001 Preston, 77002 (3 blocks away from UHD)
Guests:  Mayor…

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