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#StaceSlate Goes 5-2; Houston Elects Turner

Thanks to not picking in a couple of races, I went 5-2 with my City of Houston run-off picks. Congratulations to Sylvester Turner, Chris Brown, David Robinson, Amanda Edwards, and Mike Laster, AKA The StaceSlate. Of course, I am saddened to lose my own CM Nguyen–but not by much. And about my friend, Jason Cisneroz, I will say that he’s not done yet.

Here are a few thoughts that came to mind as the vote was coming in:

21.36%:  Turnout was sad, to say the least. It is safe to say that if over 700K other Houstonians really cared about their city (other than standing in line for hours at Krispy Kreme or spending the time to find a matching arm cast for their #99 jerseys), we’d have some major wins on election night. I don’t know what the solution is, but while a few non-voters may have issues with those in the running, at some point one just has to chalk it up to laziness and lack of caring. Or as my favorite t-shirt states:  Los Pendejos No Votan.

And Then There Was One: Latinos are now left with one Latino on the Council table–Robert Gallegos. As I half-jokingly, half-seriously told someone close to Gallegos, he’s also reppin’ us brown folks on the west side of town. Some will say we shouldn’t break things down by race or ethnicity, but I say those folks miss the mark with their hopes for some sort of utopia. No one understands a community better than someone who has had close to similar experiences–at times it may be socioeconomic circumstances, other times it may be due to similar negative experiences at the hands of right wingers. Of course, sometimes, ethnic representation isn’t all it is cracked up to be, and to this, I thank Amanda Edwards for handing Right-Wing Roy Morales an embarrassing loss. Ultimately, representation is also about standing and defending against what is wrong in the world, so, we have a responsibility to elect the right people. It would just be nice if we could elect a few brown people; especially citywide. Hint-Hint:  2019 At-Large seats!

2016: Whether it was the city elections or the coming Democratic Primary, I’ve heard (and read) friends of mine bemoan competitive races. There were folks upset we had Turner, Garcia, McVey, and the other guy who called himself a Dem but endorsed the right-winger in the run-off, but it made for great discussion (for those listening). It’d be nice to coalesce behind one candidate early-on, but that’s not what democracy is all about. Besides, we all want there to be a coalescing behind “our” candidate. The 2016 primary will have some competitive races, and already I’m getting friend requests and follows from some of the competitors. And that’s the way it should be, if we’re really into that democracy thing. Sure, it might get negative, ugly, we may see law firms trying to buy candidates, and churches violating the separation of church and state (which I hold dear) by endorsing candidates, but until we decide to really fix things, then complaining about competitive elections because we like a particular candidate and not the other doesn’t help democracy. Actually, none of the aforementioned stuff helps democracy and is a reason some people may not vote, but that’s for another discussion–if we really want to have it.

Congrats to the winners; serve us well.

 

 

 

 

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Turner Earns Key Endorsements

turnerAfter receiving the endorsement of former opponent Adrian Garcia, as well as the collective nod of local Latino elected officials, another former opponent, Steve Costello, announced that he, too, will support Sylvester Turner for Mayor.

“Sylvester and I agree that ReBuild Houston is a good baseline infrastructure program that can and must be improved to meet the needs and expectations of Houstonians,” said Costello.  “We agree that our police force needs to be increased to match the city’s growth and growing needs, and that we must get back to community-based policing so officers are connected to our neighborhoods’ challenges and successes.”

“After leaving office in January, my focus will be on finding a path forward to position Houston for its next steps in mass transportation,” said Costello.  “Sylvester Turner is the best candidate to connect all of Houston through multi-modal transportation, and I look forward to working with him on critical transportation issues like commuter rail.”

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Credit: Turner Campaign

Among the Latino elected officials endorsing Turner are:  HISD Trustee Juliet Stipeche, CM Robert Gallegos, CM Ed Gonzalez, State Senator Sylvia Garcia, State Reps. Ana Hernandez, Armando Walle, Jessica Farrar, and Carol Alvarado, and Constable Chris Diaz.

Thus far, the most notable post-first-round endorsement is that of former Sheriff Adrian Garcia, who came in at third place in the race.  No doubt that these lighting fast endorsements from former foes with slightly varying platforms and views are evidence that Houston can come together to elect a “mayor for all.”

Stay tuned for more Run-Off news. Run-off is December 12.

Thoughts on Viernes…08012014

Happy August!

Let’s hope the temps begin to cool. (Eye roll)

Why Wait?

With the GOP playing their usual game of hate and delay, the ball is in President Obama’s court. Rumor is he’ll sign some sort of executive order in another month or so. Why wait? If the GOP is having their usual freak out with each other, and there are a few Democrats who are being their usual chicken-shitted selves on immigration, there isn’t an opportunity like today to sign an executive order that halts deportations and expands DACA to family members, while addressing the need for lawyers and resources for child refugees and not just more judges. And I do mean today. Unfortunately, the only thing President Obama spoke of today was being in agreement with 80% of the GOP bill, and that it had gotten more extreme since yesterday. Sign the order, Mr. President!

They Aren’t Waiting in Houston

We’ve known for a while that State Rep. Sylvester Turner is running for Houston Mayor and he’s been busy visiting Democratic and neighborhood clubs. In other words, making contact with the activists. Turner was recently appointed to chair a state committee to oversee the effectiveness of Rick Perry’s border surge, and let me tell you, he shined at a recent meeting by questioning the need for national guard troops on the public’s dime given the decrease in border crossings and border-area crime rates that are relatively low. Of course, we heard what State Rep. Bonnen had to say about teaching Katrina evacuees versus Latino immigrant kids using a nasty word. Anyway…

We also heard that the local Hispanic Chamber head, Dr. Laura Murillo, announced her intent to run for Mayor. Other names include CMs Pennington and Costello, and former CM Chris Bell. Who else? Well, anyway, the hardest of the hard-core voters will want to know about partisan voting records and positions on city policies, and let’s face it, there are a few contentious ones–HERO, Employee Unions, Fire contracts, just to name some. So, expect to see candidates trying to get ahead of each other early to solidify a base. Then again, this early, they should be trying to get beyond the base. Run-offs are hell!

For now, we have some Democrats to elect in 2014, so, I’ll also be watching which 2015 prospects help our slate.

No Refugees for Dallas, But They Have a Leader

Well, given the decrease in child border crossings and more shelter beds opening up, it looks like Dallas will not be hosting some of the child refugees. The good thing that came out of this is that Democrats have a leader “con ganas” who, at least in my eyes, positioned himself for a statewide seat in the future. Unlike other Dems who give great speeches on all the other issues, Judge Clay Jenkins didn’t fumble on this temporary crisis.

Great Quote from #LVP

“The presence of these outside independent militia groups does nothing to secure the border; it only creates an unsafe situation for law enforcement officials that are protecting our communities. Unfortunately, the vile rhetoric of my opponent inspires misguided efforts.” ~ Senator Leticia Van de Putte

Music Break ~ The New Single from the legendary Johnny Hernandez – Le Escribo Al Amor (Paz Mundial-2014-Stronghold Records)