A lot of people in these so-called United States became politically active for the first time with the Occupy Movement. Vanessa Edwards Foster however, was not exactly a newbie. I remember hearing Foster say, when I first met her at Tranquillity Park, that the timing of Occupy Houston was fortuitous for her, since she was out of work at the time. She was much more of a regular at the encampment than I was.
Like several other Occupiers, Foster answered the call to Occupy the Ballot in 2012, running as a Green candidate for the US House in District TX-9. She received just under 1% in a four-way race without doing much visible campaigning.
It appears that the electoral bug has bitten Foster again: She is once again a candidate for the Congress, this time hoping to take Blake Farenthold's seat in TX-27. Or better yet, to throw out the seat he has occupied since 2011 and buy one he's never touched. Texas Leftist has her responses to the standard questionnaire.
The Texas Progressive Alliance reminds everyone that early voting for the primaries begins next week as it brings you this week's roundup.
In the interest of equal time, DBC reminds you that Progressives who don't identify with either the Democrats or the Republicans have the right and/or duty to avoid voting in the primaries. The precinct conventions for the Green and Libertarian Parties happen Tuesday evening, 13 March. County conventions are Saturday morning the 17th. Venues for both in Harris County are still to be determined.
Off the Kuff emphasizes that the bathroom bill issue isn't going away any time soon.
Stace provides some insight on the latest voter registration data from Harris County.
Socratic Gadfly notes that various activist groups can't get on the same endorsements page.
Neil at All People Have Value said it is okay not to give money to the rich. APHV is part of NeilAquino.com.
For all the press and hype which surrounds the leading Democratic candidates for Governor, Texas Leftist continues to wonder when the actual FUNDRAISING will show up. Less than a month from the primary, it’s past time to make some money moves!!
And here are some posts of interest from other Texas blogs.
G. Elliott Morris interprets the state of the polls.
Durrel Douglas finds lessons from the Astros for Democrats.
Juanita would like to know when Rep. Blake Farenthold is going to pay us taxpayers back for that sexual harassment settlement money.
Paradise in Hell collects a list of things Mike Pence was surprised to learn.
The TSTA Blog casts a wary eye on the latest anti-education campaign from Empower Texans.
Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!!
The Texas Progressive Alliance has a story it wants to tell you in this week's roundup, and it doesn't require a guarantee of immunity for that. In reference to the reference to this blog (toward the bottom), I did not subscribe to Cruz's weekly newsletter intentionally, but most likely because of a CREDO citizen letter. I stick with it for blogging purposes...and in case I decide to run again in 2018.
Off the Kuff looks at the Beto O'Rourke for Senate campaign and how it might be successful, and jobsanger also feels encouraged by O'Rourke's candidacy.
SocraticGadfly looks at Texas Senate Democrats all voting FOR Dan Patrick's budget, and the ugh "fear the police" bill from Whitmire-West, and for those who want to #resist, suggests another voting option.
A couple of somewhat dubious sources reported that Michael Flynn's offer to flip had Trump thinking about resigning the presidency. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs has lots of corn ready to pop just in case.
Neil at All People Have Value continues to attend weekly protests outside the Houston office of wrongdoing U.S. Senator from Texas John Cornyn. Never let up against Bannon/trump and all the wicked servants of Bannon/trump. APHV is part of NeilAquino.com.
Before leaving on a month-long fishing trip, CouldBeTrue at South Texas Chisme points to the McAllen Monitor's op-ed accusing Texas legislators of using religion to discriminate. That's not what Jesus would have done.
Lewisville ISD's handling of a sexual assault allegation by a student requires some improvement, editorializes the Lewisville Texan Journal.
Alex Kotch at Rewire reports on the political action committees of three law firms, one trade association, and eight other companies that signed the letter against SB 6 (the bathroom bill) that have given hundreds of thousands of dollars to the campaigns of Republican state senators who sponsored the bill.
And Texas Vox highlights Rep. Rafael Anchia's resolution committing the state to lead the way in ratifying an amendment to the US Constitution that overturns Citizens United.
More news of interest from across Texas, focusing on the legislative session ...
Texas Freedom Network takes note of SB522, which allows county clerks to exercise religious discrimination against virtually anyone.
Better Texas Blog reviews where we are in the state budget process, and Raise Your Hand Texas tells the truth about vouchers and school district costs.
Conservative state legislator Jason Villalba lines up with Equality Texas -- and not Dan Patrick -- on the bathroom bill, and Scott Braddock reminds us that where there is bigotry and hatred in Texas politics, there's Steve Hotze.
The Texas Election Law Blog answers your questions about the redistricting ruling, and Michael Li examines how CD35 could be changed by it.
Grits for Breakfast wonders if the Trump administration's pivot on the opioid crisis might spur Greg Abbott to change his position on 'Good Samaritan' legislation in the Lege, which he vetoed in 2015.
Maggie Gordon documents the efforts of Ted Cruz's constituents to find him doing his job, and DBC Green Blog reads some of Cruz's weekly email blasts and wonders why he subscribed to them in the first place.
Therese Odell has a Monday morning wrap-up of the Trumpcare debacle, and Paradise in Hell takes a guess at how low Dear Leader Trump's approval rating can go.
And Zachery Taylor has the Walmart crime report from March.
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