Category Archives: Endorsements

Golfers Unite! for Mark Diaz for Judge

DosCentavos is already practicing and getting his swing perfected for the June 14th Golf Tournament in support of Mark Diaz for Judge, Harris County Criminal Court-at-Law #11.  Sign-up today and/or get some friends together and form a team. Here’s the information:

Radnofsky Responds To Abbott, Perry Defense of BP

Current Attorney General Greg Abbott and Current Texas Governor Rick Perry have been defending BP lately after the destructive oil spill that is endangering the Gulf Coast.  Democratic Candidate for Attorney General Barbara Ann Radnofsky had this response:

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced today at a press conference that BP has made “all the right actions and all the right comments” but that the Attorney General’s office would be watching to “ensure that BP’s action lives up to its current words.” Governor Rick Perry was quoted as saying of the oil spill: “From time to time there are going to be things that occur that are acts of God that cannot be prevented.”

Barbara Ann Radnofsky, 2010 Democratic nominee for Texas Attorney General,  responded: “Our state’s chief executives are tripping over themselves rationalizing BP’s actions.  The jury is out on whether BP has taken ‘all the right actions,’ as Mr. Abbott claims. BP certainly has not been accurate in its statements.”

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“BP was wrong in its environmental impact claims that it could handle a spill even larger than what’s occurring,” Radnofsky continued. “It’s bad lawyering for Texas’ chief legal officer to claim  that BP made ‘all the right actions and all the right comments’. Texans can expect that incorrect statement to appear in the defense of BP in future litigation.”

Texas needs B.A.R.!

Moseley Braun: A Different Kind of Senator

I have been following the Primary campaigns of two exceptional Democrats running for U.S. Senate, Kendrick Meek for Florida and Ken Lewis for North Carolina.  There is a real opportunity to diversify the U.S. Senate, something which former Senator Carol Moseley-Braun seems to agree in this op-ed.

I don’t usually get involved in Democratic primary contests, but this race was too important to stay on the sidelines.  In North Carolina we have three candidates vying for the Democratic nomination, but one stands out above the rest.  That candidate is Ken Lewis.

I have been impressed with Ken’s ability to connect with young voters, progressives, and African Americans, the same groups that drove Barack Obama to victory in North Carolina in 2008.  In an off-year election where Democratic voters are not showing high levels of engagement, Ken is the best candidate to inspire and turn out the coalition of voters that will be necessary to defeat Senator Burr in November.

But this primary election is about more than political calculation.

Ken Lewis represents a significant opportunity for the State of North Carolina and our country: The opportunity to change the U.S. Senate by changing the kind of Senators we send there.

Ken Lewis’ background is not like that of most U.S. Senators.  He worked as a janitor, bus driver and fast food employee to put himself through Duke University and then Harvard Law School.

In this down economy he would bring a unique set of skills to the Senate, having spent two decades helping businesses create jobs in nearly every industry in North Carolina.

At a time when Americans feel forgotten by political insiders, Ken would bring a unique set of experiences, deeply rooted in the community organizations and non-profit associations he has served.

As Senator, Ken will be responsive to the needs of North Carolinians.  He’ll serve the people of North Carolina because that’s what he’s done all his life.

But there is another factor as well that many are quick to dismiss.

When I first ran for the U.S. Senate in 1991, the Senate did not include any African-Americans.  The South has not elected an African-American to the U.S. Senate since 1874.  Today, there is only one sitting African-American Senator, and he will not return to the Senate next year.

How can we reach our full promise as Americans with a Senate that only reflects a narrow slice of our country—a Senate that does not include one single African-American Senator?

If we are serious about making the Senate a deliberative body that makes well-informed policy for the 21st century, then we must strive to include in the U.S. Senate a range of experiences and backgrounds that encompass those found in our country. No one could look at the U.S. Senate today and believe these requirements to be satisfied.

Ken Lewis will bring a unique background, a vital set of skills, and a fresh and optimistic perspective to the U.S. Senate. He also offers an historic opportunity to make our U.S. Senate a more representative, well-informed, and inclusive place.

Now is not the time to sit on the sidelines.  We have a chance to make history in North Carolina just as I made history in Illinois two decades ago.  This is our time. Ken is our candidate.  He’ll be our Senator, if we all do our part.

Please show your support by making a contribution to Ken’s campaign today.

Carol Moseley Braun is the first and only African-American woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate. She served as U.S. ambassador to New Zealand from 1999-2001.

Lewis has a strong statement in support of comprehensive immigration reform, and Meek recently blasted the recent bill signed into law in Arizona. We need strong Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate who truly represent our American values as Democrats, and Lewis and Meek should be on our Democratic priority list to support.

Celebrate Joe’s 55th Birthday!

Happy Birthday to Joe Montemayor, Democratic candidate for State Representative – District 127.  Joe doesn’t need socks or ties for his birthday, he needs your contribution to take on the politics of obstruction and fear.

Friends,

On April 13, the Republicans decided that Dan Huberty should be our opponent in November.  What they don’t seem to realize is that we have known who our opponent is all along–the same old politics of Rick Perry, Joe Crabb and the Tea Party.

Right before they went to the polls, both Republicans in the run-off sold their souls to the Tea Party, promising to make this election an all-out attack on President Obama.  I say, Enough!

The people of District 127 deserve a representative in Austin who fights for them and not for a short-sighted political agenda that will set us back decades.  And they deserve a representative who is committed to finding the resources to fully fund our schools, to make college affordable, to ensure our small businesses are in a position to create jobs, and to ensure that the children of Texas have access to basic health care services.

I am committed to campaigning from now until November; in fact, I have never stopped since 2008.  Your contribution to my campaign will provide us the opportunity to reach the thousands of Democrats and independents we will need to win in November.  We can do this!


Let’s Celebrate Joe’s 55th Birthday! Contribute $5, $55, $555 or anything in between to help send Joe to Austin.


Thank you for your continued support. See you on the trail!

Democratically yours,

Joe Montemayor
Democrat for Texas House-District 127

Joe Montemayor is a product of Houston’s Denver Harbor. After high school, he served in the U.S. Navy for four years then embarked on a stellar 25 year career in what is now the Department of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  During his tenure at ICE, Joe also served as Vice President and Shop Steward for the American Federation of Government Employees. He has lived in District 127 for over 15 years, now residing in Crosby, TX with his wife of 29 years Noemi.  Joe and Noemi have three adult children and five grandchildren.

There’s Hostility and then…

A group calling itself Harris County 2010 sent out a pretty weak e-mail yesterday regarding the GOPs lack of Latinos on their ballot.  In the process, they took credit for the Democrats having more.  Well, after the run-off, not so much.

Despite Bettencourt’s claims, here are the facts. Of the 15 Hispanic Republican candidates facing one or more non-Hispanic opponents, only one was victorious. On the Democratic side there were 19 races with same criteria, in which seven Hispanic Democrats won and three are on the ballot in today’s runoff.  Even more telling is the number of races where a Hispanic candidate ran without opponents or against another Hispanic – only five on the Republican side and 21 on the Democratic ballot, more than quadruple the number the Republicans had.

First of all, the silliness:  They included precinct chairs.  Sure, they are elected officials, but c’mon!  How about in the meat of the ballot for November? Precinct Chairs are not on the ballot in November, remember?

Who’s Latino? And apparently, the Democrats are just fine with surname, rather than actual identity as a couple of the names listed do no identify as Latinos.

Thirdly, it looks like ALL of the surnamed and identity Latinos lost yesterday.

Finally, they list Hector Uribe and Linda Chavez-Thompson who actually lost in Harris County.

So, what was the purpose of this message?  After yesterday, that message is moot.  And really, Bettencourt wasn’t all that wrong, unfortunately.

It didn’t help that the Latino surnamed and identified folks didn’t even get the support of the elected officials, the GLBT, and other popular groups.

So, c’mon.  If we are going to win in November, and if we are going to bring out the Latino vote, we need to do a lot better than this.

Republicans are hostile toward Latinos by shear policy pronouncements. Say that, Harris County 2010.  Don’t play with numbers that just don’t compute.

No, The Tea Party Ain’t Racist!

Group Response:  YES IT IS!!!

“Illegals everywhere today! So many spics makes me feel like a speck. Grrr. Wheres my gun!?” said the March 21 posting on the site managed by the group’s founder, Sonny Thomas.

Turner said the comments upset her because she and Thomas have a 6-year-old son who is part Hispanic.

“Basically, it’s like he’s saying he hates his son,” Turner said.

Yes, folks, these are the same folks that HD-127’s Dan Huberty and Susan Curling bowed down to the other day.

Whether it is Huberty or Curling, Joe Montemayor seems to be taking on Rick Perry, Joe Crabb and the Tea Party.

Go Joe!

VOTE in the RUN-OFF TODAY!!!

Today is the day to make your voice heard on the final Democratic Line-Up for November.

Find your personal voting location (and a copy of your very own sample ballot) here.

The DC Endorsements:

Julia Maldonado – 308th Family District Court.  A proven attorney for over a decade, Julia is an in the trenches type of lawyer, always fighting for the families she represents.  She’s strong, decisive, and will add some much needed diversity to the court.  Julia earned the nod from 3rd place finisher Porfirio Diaz, and she has the support of countless community organizations.

Lee Arellano – 270th Civil District Court.  With almost 30 years of experience, one would think that qualifies him. In reality, it’s a lot more about the fight a lawyer has than the years he has put in.  Lee Arellano has paid his dues as an attorney and mediator, and as a activist helping others get elected.  He deserves your vote and support.

Jim Peacock – 234th Civil District Court.  I think Jim is just as qualified as his opponent, Tanner Garth. Jim has been a tireless fighter for his clients and he has also fought the good fight on some pertinent civil rights cases. I think he deserves your consideration. Above all else, Jim has the judicial temperament to serve all who enter the court.

Deborah Wright – 311th Family District Court.  Continuing on the need for diversity and women on the court, I believe Wright has what it takes to be an effective judge.

It has been a long road for these candidates, and I must say that Julia Maldonado has been the hardest working candidate, whether it’s been rounding up volunteers or driving around at all hours putting up her own signs, she has shown Democrats what it takes to win in November.  She has definitely been a relationship-builder.

Stay tuned to updates throughout election day.

VOTE! Early Voting is NOW!

…and lasts thru Friday, 7AM to 7PM.  No weekend voting, just this week and then election day on April 13th.

Early Voting Locations here.

The DC Run-Off Endorsements:

Julia Maldonado – 308th Family District Court.  A proven attorney for over a decade, Julia is an in the trenches type of lawyer, always fighting for the families she represents.  She’s strong, decisive, and will add some much needed diversity to the court.  Julia earned the nod from 3rd place finisher Porfirio Diaz, and she has the support of countless community organizations.

Lee Arellano – 270th Civil District Court.  With almost 30 years of experience, one would think that qualifies him. In reality, it’s a lot more about the fight a lawyer has than the years he has put in.  Lee Arellano has paid his dues as an attorney and mediator, and as a activist helping others get elected.  He deserves your vote and support.

Jim Peacock – 234th Civil District Court.  I think Jim is just as qualified as his opponent, Tanner Garth. Jim has been a tireless fighter for his clients and he has also fought the good fight on some pertinent civil rights cases. I think he deserves your consideration. Above all else, Jim has the judicial temperament to serve all who enter the court.

Deborah Wright – 311th Family District Court.  Continuing on the need for diversity and women on the court, I believe Wright has what it takes to be an effective judge.

Ultimately, I have decided to support the most qualified, but more importantly, I have decided not to take orders from a law-firm led “Coalition”.

Whenever a law firm puts up hundreds of thousands of dollars to support a slate of candidates in the name of “elected officials” who put up all of $25 each into this “elected official” PAC, I believe our democracy and our courts are at risk.  And our courts should not be for sale!

Let the voters decide!

Join Me at Julia’s Fundraiser–Tonight!

A Fundraising Reception for Julia Maldonado

Date: Thursday, March 25, 2010
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: Ruby Tequilas Midtown
Street: 2616 Louisiana St.
City/Town: Houston, TX
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You are invited to a fundraising reception honoring Julia Maldonado, candidate for the 308th Family District Court.

Support the Democrat who is qualified, has the life experience, and the judicial temperament to effectively serve the families of Harris County.

Suggested Minimum Contribution: $25

Host Levels:    $1000    $500    $250    $100

RSVP:  Julia@JuliaForJudge.com  or  Call 713-575-8944

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