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Another Great Candidate Brunch in Kingwood

I’m the Emcee while Kevin McManis, Prez of KAD awaits my turn-over of the mic.

For another year, I had the honor of emceeing the Kingwood Area Democrats Spring Brunch and Candidate Meet-n-Greet. It’s probably the only time you’ll catch this lowly blogger at a country club, but I must say, the staff at Kingwood Country Club did a great job–great bacon!

Dems in the northern reaches of the county had the opportunity to shake hands with and listen to candidates for everything from Houston Mayor to Humble ISD trustee, and even a couple of 2016 candidates.

Candidates in attendance included:  Mayor – Sylvester Turner and Marty McVey; Council At Large 1 – Lane Lewis and Chris Oliver; Council At-Large 4 – Laurie Robinson, Larry Blackmon, and Amanda Edwards; Council At-Large 5 – Durrel Douglas and Philippe Nassif. For Humble ISD Pos. 7 – Nancy Morrison and Robert Scarfo; and Pos. 6 – Dr. Johnny O’Connor. For 2016, Judge Mike Engelhart who is seeking re-election; Steven Kirkland who will run for the 334th; and Joe Stephens, a Galena Park trustee running for JP Pct. 3.

Obviously, not all candidates showed, but as I told the crowd about the importance of Kingwood area Democratic votes to candidates’ bottom line at the end of election night, I also stated that decisions are made by those who show up. Like any group, voters enjoy retail politics and want to get to know their candidates. That said, the club does invite all candidates to visit KAD at their regular meetings since we’ve got seven months to go.

Some Highlights:

State Rep. Turner spoke a little bit about his work in the Texas Legislature, while also highlighting his years of leadership in various committees. Beyond his political work, he has also built businesses, such as a law practice and a title company. He gives credit to his hard-working employees for allowing him the time to serve in Austin. Marty McVey also highlighted his business experiences and how he would be able to bring that to the horseshoe to address issues like transportation and infrastructure.

Lane Lewis put on his Democratic Chairman hat to give a short update on the Party’s happenings. Needless to say, the Party is busy! Wearing his candidate hat, though, he concentrated some of his remarks on drainage as the evening before the rains caused his elderly parents’ home to flood.=Lewis stated that Houston needs someone who will advocate for the people on Council. He also hit on other issues regarding transportation and infrastructure. In fact, those seemed to be the issues of the day. Chris Oliver stated he wanted to bring his policy-making and budget-making experience on the HCC Board of Trustees to Council. He stated his experience in this regard would easily transfer to the tough decisions that need to be made on Council.

Larry Blackmon highlighted his experience as a teacher and in life. That he wanted to bring the peoples’ voice to Council. One issue he brought up was the need for Council to award contracts to the best bids, rather than the lowest bid as a means of ensuring a longer-lasting infrastructure. Laurie Robinson launched an impressive speech in which she spoke about her experiences about being called to action after Katrina. She led the way in finding housing for 16,000 folks who were at the Dome, and that when Ike hit, she was among those ensuring water and ice stations were available throughout the city. She also touched on her DC experience with helping write the Medicare prescription plan law. Finally, touching on her project management experience, Robinson feels she can utilize that experience to solve the city’s challenges. Amanda Edwards touched on her experiences in law school, New Orleans, and her return to Houston to a life of public service. A public finance lawyer, she stated she already helps to build cities and infrastructure and that that experience is needed on Council.

Philippe Nassif touched on his experience working in the nonprofit world, at the White House, and in the community. After stating that City Council needed a community organizer, his opponent Durrel Douglas agreed, and then provided his own experience with various community groups, such as TOP. While Nassif touched on his diverse background, Douglas offered his idea of a municipal ID for the undocumented to ensure people can come out of the shadows–at least locally. Both are running energetic campaigns with the hopes of unseating a over-funded right-wing incumbent Jack Christie.

I wish I could write more on all the candidates’ statements, but I was busy emceeing and not live-blogging or live-tweeting–or even taking notes. Still, I can’t say these candidates made my November decision any easier. I urge all to start paying attention now and not a few weeks before the election. So, stay connected to DC for the latest.

Check out the photos of the event here.

Thanks to the Kingwood Area Democrats for inviting me back. KAD will always be my second family and the Dem club which started up my local political involvement. Best of luck in 2015-2016.

Kingwood Area Democrats

 

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April 18: Kingwood Area Dems To Host Annual Candidate Brunch; DC to MC

As reported by the Kingwood Observer.

The Kingwood Area Democrats (KAD) are pleased to announce that they are set to host their annual Candidate Meet-n-Greet & Brunch on Saturday, April 18, at 10 a.m., at the Kingwood Country Club.

The event serves as KAD’s annual fundraiser which covers the cost of organizing and engaging voters and activists in the Kingwood-Atascocita-Humble area.

Emceed by Houston political blogger Stace Medellín ofDosCentavos.net, the morning’s featured speaker will be 2014 candidate for Texas Comptroller Mike Collier.

The event is an opportunity to meet and hear from 2015 candidates for Houston mayor, city controller and city council, as well as elected officials.

For a $40 contribution, attendees will enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast. This, along with a morning of political fellowship with Democratic neighbors, will make for an energizing event as the 2015 city of Houston campaigns take shape.

“Kingwood voters are vital to any electoral victory,” stated KAD president, Kevin McManis, “So, we invite city of Houston candidates to meet and speak to a group of committed voters who take their duty to vote and engage voters very seriously.”

Attendees may purchase tickets or make a contribution at http://tinyurl.com/kadbrunch2015. Or for more information, contact Tony Morales at 832-593-3914.

Kingwood Country Club is located at 1700 Lake Kingwood Trail in Kingwood. For more information on KAD, visit   http://www.KingwoodAreaDemocrats.org.

Yes, Hillary Clinton has announced, but we’ve still got 2015 elections to work and enjoy. I’m looking forward to emceeing the event because it’ll be one of my first chances to listen to the candidates who want my vote. To be clear, DosCentavos has not made any endorsements in Mayoral, Controller, and At-Large races, so, I will be fair to all candidates who attend. Those who don’t attend, well, that’s another story.

Register to attend. The $40 will be worth it–I PROMISE!

4/26: Kingwood Area Dems to Host Brunch and Candidate Round-Up

My favorite club in the county, the Kingwood Area Democrats, are hosting their annual brunch and candidate round-up on Saturday, April 26 at 10AM at the Kingwood Country Club’s Magnolia Room (1700 Lake Kingwood Trail). The event is an annual fundraiser for the club to raise funds for Democratic organizing and awareness in the northeastern suburbs of Harris County.

TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE

For a $40 contribution, guests will get to listen to stump speeches from statewide, countywide, and judicial candidates while enjoying an amazing brunch. Guests can also participate in a silent auction of great Democratic stuff.

Statewide candidates include, Mike Collier for State Comptroller and Sam Houston for Texas Attorney General. Also speaking will be candidate for Congress District 2, Nick Letsos,  along with countywide candidates, such as Melissa Noriega for County School Trustee, Ann Bennett for County Clerk, Judge Steven Kirkland for District Judge #113, among others. On top of this, yours truly will be the Emcee!

Tickets are still available, so, get yours online today!

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Drones, Floating Bodies, and Border Security

Thanks to the good folks at Kingwood Area Democrats for featuring my lawyer-sister Toni Medellin and myself on the issue of immigration reform last night. While Toni provided some legal and legislative background, I did more of a political talk, while also delving a little deeper on the realities offered by Senate Bill 744. I can tell you this much, it wasn’t a talk in line with what Democrats in DC are selling the people of the US of A.

It seems like both political sides continue their individual mantras of support vs opposition. (I mean, just check out Rep. Weber’s description of immigrants in this video.) Dems and pro-migrant  folks (and John McCain) talk about the political ramifications of CIR if the GOP doesn’t support it, or the economic impact of CIR, with the hopes that the other side will have some surprise buy-in. Frankly, it has tired me out, especially when our political leaders say S.744 is “not perfect,” yet should be he law of the land. The reality is that S.744 is as imperfect as they come–all sections of it. My colleague Dr. Rey Guerra began a series yesterday where he will be breaking apart S.744.

I have yet to hear from any Democrat or national “pro-migrant” group that has bought into the worst of S.744, the $46 billion border surge, a good reason to support S.744, as is. I mean, besides the selling point that it’s the only way Republicans would support it. 68 votes in the Senate later and the House Republicans are showing how much they care, especially their leader, the Boehner. All this talk of bipartisanship as a result of the border surge is a grim reminder of the human realities of “border security.”

Even Rep. Michael McCaul found out the grim reality of “border security” when the body of a Honduran migrant floated by him on the Rio Grande during another one of his fact-finding missions.

“My colleagues and I saw first hand the tragedies of this border and the loss of life when we saw a body floating just a few minutes ago on this river,” McCaul said. “And that is a sad fact of this border.”

Instead of backing away from “border security,” McCaul chooses to double-down.

His measure describes a list of metrics that homeland security officials would have to report to Congress, which would be used to determine what sort of resources work and what is needed where.

“Fencing alone is not going to solve this problem, it’s got to be a comprehensive strategy, a variety of assets whether they be fixed towers, mobile towers, (Defense Department) assets from Afghanistan, aviation assets to see on the ground what’s happening,” McCaul said. “Only by doing that can we really calculate with metrics if we’re being successful.”

The record number of bodies found in all border sectors is an indication that “border security” kills. Again, I’m reminded of my friend Roberto Lovato’s article, “Breathing in Our Dead…” about his trip to the Pima County Morgue’s freezer.

In the fight to end border militarization and what activists in Tucson and other border states call the “border overkill” at the heart of comprehensive immigration reform, nothing in Tucson or anywhere else matches the persuasive power of the smells emanating from the stiff, dehydrated and decomposing dreams stored in white body bags…

Perhaps McCaul and his colleagues on both sides of the aisle should pay a visit to Pima County, AZ and take a whiff of the effects of that which they so adamantly want and support.

It can’t be that those “non-lethal” weaponized drones Del Bosque at the Texas Observer tells us about are the only answer.

Although the Republicans are very much practicing the art of delay and kill when it comes to immigration reform, this recess is an opportunity for immigration activists to lobby their members of Congress against border overkill and militarization, and perhaps a better path to citizenship. The horror which Chuck Schumer has created in pushing Corker-Hoeven can still be fixed if our elected officials would just show an ounce of leadership, rather than political expediency.

Kingwood Area Dems Brunch Fundraiser

It’s that time again. Another Kingwood Area Democrats Brunch should be on your calendar right now!

True, after almost two decades of existence out in Kingwood, one still hears the occasional question:  “There are Democrats in Kingwood?”  And nowadays, they get a resounding “YES!” from its  members, who also enjoy attending events inside the Beltway. The folks out in Kingwood, Atascocita, and Humble are always working hard, and let’s face it, when you have candidates-turned-officeholders like Diane Trautman proving they serve our entire county well, well, something good is definitely going on in the ‘burbs.

The Kingwood Country Club’s Pavilion will be the site of another KAD Brunch and Candidate Meet & Greet on April 20, 2013 at 9:30 A.M. Candidates for Houston City Council, Humble ISD, and Harris County officeholders get a great opportunity to meet some Democratic stalwarts from north of the Beltway.

Here are the particulars:

A $40 per person donation will not only provide supporters one of the best brunches in the area, it will also provide you the opportunity to meet and speak to such invited VIPs as, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, Gilberto Hinojosa – Chairman of the Texas Democratic Party, Diane Trautman – Harris County Board of Trustees; Lane Lewis – Harris County Chairman, Lone Star Trustee candidates, Humble ISD Board candidates, Houston City Council officeholders and candidates, and various district judges, officeholders and 2013 candidates. Serving as Master of Ceremonies will be Stace Medellín, blogger, political consultant, activist, and the founder of Dos Centavos.

If you cannot attend, consider making a donation to help students attend. Student sponsorships are only $22.

Serving Northeast Harris County for over nineteen years, the Kingwood Area Democrats are preparing for the upcoming, crucial elections in 2014 & 2016 when we elect more Democrats in Texas and support for this event will ensure that grassroots efforts will be in full-force in the area.

Remember if you RSVP here you still need to purchase your ticket by: making a check payable to “Kingwood Area Democrats” in the amount of $40.00 and indicate “Brunch” in memo section, $22.00 for a student sponsorship. Mail your check to: Pamela Spivey, KAD Treas., 3607 Sweetgum Hill Ln., Kingwood, TX 77345.

You may also pay online, for your convenience.

Don’t forget to invite your spouse, neighbor or a friend. This has always been a great event! Looking forward to another great year!

And as KAD tells you, yes, I’m the emcee and will try to be funny, witty, and just a good ol’ Democrat. I may even wear my cowboy hat and boots, so, you can’t miss it. Plus, it goes to a great Democratic cause–winning in 2014!

Oh yeah, attend, and you’ll have a shot at buying some great silent auction items, including this Toni Medellin Original.