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The Notion That The GOP Needs to Embrace People

An article in the Lubbock Avalanche Journal (by Enrique Rangel) caught my eye this weekend. It talked about the need for the Republican party to embrace minorities, and featured in the article was a complaining (again) Aaron Pena.

The article takes us back to Texas Monthly’s cover photo featuring Wendy Davis and the Castro brothers, which earned the Castros the insult of “wetback” from a bigot, to which Mayor Castro responded. Apparently, so did Aaron Pena.

So, Peña spoke up as loudly as he could.

“As conservatives grounded in principles of decency and respect for all people, it is our responsibility to openly denounce these sorts of demeaning statements,” he wrote in a letter to the editor published in the San Antonio Express-News.

“Our state is changing in many ways, demographically and otherwise,” Peña added. “If we are to move forward cohesively and productively as the great state we are, we must put these ugly vestiges of our past behind us.”

Given Republican attacks on women and the state budget, I’m haven’t seen the “decency and respect,” but as the immigration debate moves forward, it seems the vitriol is getting worse, thanks to Republican Steve King of Iowa and his “canteloupe” comments about DREAMers. Needless to say, it is even upsetting Republicans like Pena.

Over the years, King has also compared immigrants to dogs and proposed an electrified fence along the border with Mexico.

Back in Texas, Dallas tea party leader Ken Emanuelson said recently Republicans don’t want blacks to vote because they overwhelmingly support Democrats.

“Our party doesn’t need those people and we should denounce them as strongly as we can when they make or post those ugly comments,” Peña said.

Even another Republican Latino had something to say.

“The problem is that those at the top, the leaders, don’t know how to deal with these people (the bigots),” said former Rep. Raul Torres of Corpus Christi.

“They have failed us miserably, hoping the problem will go away.” Torres said of GOP leaders who say little or nothing when a racist remark triggers a public uproar.

Hell, although not racist in nature, but more “chicken-shittedness,” I had my issues with the Democrats who listened to a consultant who told them back in 2005 that the immigration issue would just go away and not to engage Republicans on it. That said, not much has changed, other than some cosmetic engagement and, now, a complete giveaway of the store (border militarization) during the negotiation over immigration reform to appease the Republicans–which has failed.

Bottom line, it will take a lot more than simply “being nice” to turn Latinos “red,” in vote and not in anger. Republican stances on education (K-12 and College), Obamacare, and jobs/economy are not very well liked by Latinos according to the latest Latino Decisions polling.

Much like it is said that Latinos are not monolithic (although Obama’s 71% in 2012 says much), they are also not a one-issue group of people, unless Republicans go negative on immigration (which then turns into anti-Latino rhetoric).

I had a relatively short conversation with a Republican Latina who attended the Gus Garcia Day celebration this weekend who tells me she is going to file to take on John Cornyn for U.S. Senate because of his stances on immigration. Other than telling her she faces a lonely road in the GOTea primary, since Latinos stay away from that primary a lot more often than from the Dem primary, it was difficult not to smirk. “Bless her heart,” I thought, but I reminded her of the fact that Latinos are not a one-issue people, and Republican primary voters are certainly not what you would call pro-Latino or pro-immigrant, given the kind  of stuff they come up with at their conventions.

Nonetheless, a run by her may be what it takes to convince Republicans to let go of the new-Jim Crow attitude they are portraying with their immigration stances, voter ID, etc. But she would still be a Latina Republican left to defend and convince Latinos on draconian budget cuts and everything else the GOP is trying to dismantle.

In other words, the name-calling is just one part of the reason Republicans aren’t earning the Latino vote.

 

 

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Foolin’ Folks…Sorta

There haven’t been many good April Fool jokes today. One of our Texas House Dem leaders, State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, sent out a good one.

Perry Embraces Medicaid Expansion–Funds for Education.”

After all the work that has been put in trying to convince the Gov and other Republicans that it is imperative that it be done, well, the joke of a Governor has continued with his opposition to Medicaid Expansion.

Of course, that didn’t stop the good folks at TOP and Progress Texas from making a fool out of the naysayers. As reported by our friends at Progress Texas.

This morning, volunteers with Progress Texas and the Texas Organizing Project rallied outside Governor Perry’s office demanding he expand Medicaid in Texas to cover hard working Texans. Perry hosted a 10 minute long “roundtable” discussion – where no members of the public were invited – and a joint press conference on Medicaid expansion with Senators John Cornyn & Ted Cruz, along with other Texas Tea Party members. Texans came from across the state to make it known that we need health care, and we need it now.

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The protest only finished a couple hours ago and we’ve already been mentioned by Politico, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Dallas Morning News, and the Houston Chronicle. We were so loud, members of the press inside could barely hear what the Governor and Senators Cruz & Cornyn were saying!

Good job!

Our friends at Burnt Orange Report, specifically Katherine, had a really good one that, when I shared it on Facebook, had many of my friends asking, “Is this really a joke or is it true?”

State Rep Debbie Riddle Introduces Statewide Ban On Breakfast Tacos

Considering her Facebook diatribes against the federal free lunch program, well, it wouldn’t surprise me if she labeled “terror tacos” an immediate threat.

So, BOR gets the award for the best one because it kept people guessing.

RIDDLE RESPONDS:  Guano Loco Taco Act

The bill would mandate culinary background checks for would-be taco vendors who attempt to pass off low quality tacos as gourmet, boutique, Tex-Mex cuisine of a higher order, effectively, closing the current food trailer/truck loophole. These charlatans must be stopped. They have hoodwinked the public for far too long and now face the wrath of the Texas Legislature.

We must secure the quality of the Texas breakfast taco. Then, and only then, can we hope to preserve the integrity of this Texas morning ritual.

In that case, I intend to endorse her in 2014.

NCLR Says Cliff Outcome Good for Latinos

Bigoted Chron Commenters Go Nuts

Janet Murguia from the National Council of La Raza, which the media calls “La Raza” to rile up the right-wing racists, spoke out today in favor of the fiscal cliff outcome which brought both parties together.

“We applaud the White House and Congress for working together to deliver a fair approach to reducing our deficit that doesn’t come at the expense of vulnerable, working and middle-class families,” said Janet Murguía, CEO of the National Council of La Raza.

Murguía hailed the deal, which won the backing of Texas Republican Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn and all nine Texas congressional Democrats, as a balanced approach to repair the nation’s fiscal health.

“The overall tax plan passed today is a strong first step toward ensuring that the burden of deficit reduction is shared more fairly, without jeopardizing the health of our economy and the financial security of Latinos and other vulnerable communities,” she said.

Taking a look at the comments, it seems like several heads exploded while commenting. The racism from supporters of the big losers, the Tea Party, speaks for itself. If the Republicans want Latinos votes, then they need to shape up and throw out the Tea Party rhetoric and be a little nicer. Doubtful, but they can always try.

Anyway, the battle isn’t over. Wrangling over spending cuts is coming up, and while the Democrats will take the scalpel approach, the Republicans are hard at work washing themselves to create the bath water with which to attempt to throw the baby. The people, the voters, must remain vigilant and responsive now that a new Congress takes over tomorrow.

Cargas Gets Nod From Medical and Science Leaders (CD-07)

The following statement was released by 40 renowned scientists and physicians seeking a new direction in Congress.  They have found that new direction in James Cargas, the challenger in Congressional District 7.

Cargas has been a long-time advocate of returning federal science funding to levels similar to that of the Clinton Administration as a way to support our Texas Medical Center and keep good knowledge-based jobs in Houston.  Sustainable funding of research will also allow America to regain its lead in science and innovation, and develop new medicines, new treatments, and new medical technologies.  The endorsements have been primarily in response to Cargas releasing his plan.

Even more scientists, researchers and physicians and members of the medical center community have shown their support of James Cargas through an on-line petition. 

Statement by Houston Scientists and Physicians in Support of James Cargas

Voters must decide: Should we continue to defund our nation’s scientific and biomedical research programs, or should we restore the longstanding policies that have been an economic success and made Houston a world leader in science and biotechnology?

Our endorsement of James Cargas for Congressional District 7 is based on a simple choice: Houston deserves someone that will protect and strengthen vital research funding.

Throughout their crusade to “starve the beast” and reduce the size of government, Congressional Tea Party extremists, including John Culberson, have cut funding for scientific and medical research. A few “earmarks” to pet projects do not make up for the jobs or millions lost. Federal grants are awarded based on tough peer review; they are not handouts to political favorites. We have witnessed the disastrous consequences of highly rated research projects going unfunded and labs getting closed.

By failing to even allow for inflation adjustments to federal funding, the Tea Party puts their ideological goals ahead of common-sense policies that save lives, create jobs and support the economy. In Texas, every $1.00 spent on research generates $2.49 in economic development – including good knowledge-based jobs.

James Cargas understands all this. Cargas’ proposal is to restore funding to the previous Clinton administration levels and increase funding by 7.5 percent annually thereafter. This proposal will get the Texas Medical Center off life support, reverse the layoffs, and allow it to maintain its world-class status. Therefore, we as Houston scientists and physicians, strongly support James Cargas. Please be sure to vote.

Signed,
Dr. Michael S. Beauchamp, Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy
Dr. Eric Bershad, Assistant Professor of Neurology
Dr. Melissa Bondy, Professor of Epidemiology
Dr. William Brinkley, Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Dr. Suncica Canic, Professor of Mathematics
Dr. Charles Cleeland, Professor of Cancer Research
Dr. Steven Cox, Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics
Dr. Robert Curl, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Professor of Natural Sciences Emeritus
Dr. J. David Dickman, Professor of Neuroscience
Dr. Manolis Doxastakis, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Dr. William Doyon, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
Dr. Fabrizio Gabbiani, Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Dr. Andy Groves, Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Dr. Joanna Jankowsky, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
Dr. Kresimir Josic, Associate Professor of Mathematics
Dr. Ioannis Kakadiaris, Professor of Computer Science
Dr. Weiji Ma, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
Dr. Mirjana Maletic-Savatic, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Stephen McCauley, Assistant Professor
Dr. Nicholas Mitsiades, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Molecular and Cellular Biology
Dr. Mary Newsome, Assistant Professor
Dr. William Ott, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Dr. Emmanuel Papadakis, Associate Professor of Mathematics
Dr. Claudia Pedroza, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Robert Raphael, Associate Professor of Bioengineering
Dr. Peter Saggau, Professor of Neuroscience
Dr. David Shine, Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Dr. Harel Shouval, Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy
Dr. Stelios M. Smirnakis, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Neurology
Dr. Jose Suarez, Professor of Neurology
Dr. Andreas Tolias, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
Dr. Kimberley Tolias, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
Dr. Nikos Tsekos, Associate Professor of Computer Science
Dr. Eroboghene E. Ubogu, Associate Professor of Neurology
Dr. Chethan P. Venkatasubba Rao, Assistant Professor of Neurology
Dr. Xin Shelley Wang, Associate Professor of Cancer Medicine
Dr. Elisabeth Wilde, Assistant Professor
Dr. Anthony Wright, Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy
Dr. Marwan Yared, Professor of Pathology
Dr. Jokubas Ziburkus, Assistant Professor of Biology and Biochemistry

Houston Deserves Better!

James Cargas offers substantial public service experience. He has served in the U.S. House of Representatives as a deputy press secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as a law clerk, Clinton White House as an aide, and U.S. Department of Energy under Secretary Bill Richardson as a political appointee. He is currently the Senior Assistant City Attorney for Energy for the City of Houston. James and his wife, Dr. Dorina Papageorgiou, a neuroscientist are members of the Greek Orthodox Annunciation Cathedral.

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