by Juanita Jean
from Juanita Jean's blog
I want to welcome you to Williamson County. It’s north of Austin and dangerously close to Waco.
It used to populist farm and ranch land until Del Webb built a Sun City there and imported a bunch of old gripey people. Then the whole place just went to hell. My good friend and long time customer Ellen in Texas (sometimes called EClaire) is a rancher in Williamson County and volunteers down at the Democratic headquarters.
Well, Williamson County is minus one constable because Constable Bobby Gutierrez retired. Constables are elected but Ole Bobby had just about all he could take and retired mid term. Constables serve civil papers. They are also licensed police offices in the state of Texas.
When we’re minus a constable in Texas, Commissioners Court gets to appoint one which is a damn shame because Commissioners Court in Texas is generally four good-ole-boys who couldn’t make a living in the real world so they got themselves elected to the public feed pen and spend the remainder of their days sitting around spending the county’s money and putting a few extra dollars in their own pockets. They are the single most powerful and the most corruptible elected job in the state of Texas.
Needless to say, they are owned by developers and people who want cushy overpaid non-bid county contracts. But, I’m getting off the topic here. You just say Commissioners Court, and I start shaking so badly that I could thread a sewing machine when it’s running.
So the Williamson County Commissioners begin the interview process for the new constable.
No wait, interview process is not the right word. The word I am looking for is … uh, hummm … oh yeah, freekin’ inquisition.
They interviewed five candidates. And the questions they asked those candidates during the interviews raised eyebrows.continue reading
by Jessica Luther
the Austinist April 17, 2013
Abbott is referring to a new political activism group called Battleground Texas that was launched earlier this year by Jeremy Bird, a former national field director for Obama's presidential campaign. Bird and his colleagues at Battleground Texas want to slowly transform the state of Texas from red to purple to blue. They want to make it a battleground state alongside Florida, Ohio, and Virginia.continue reading
Battleground Texas Free Breakfast
|Date:||June 1, 2013|
|Location:||Sun City Social Center Ballroom
2 Texas Drive, Georgetown, Texas
|Cost:||Free! But please feel free to bring a donation.|
Battleground Texas Leader Jeremy Bird
speaks with Stephen Colbert.
Bird was the wizard behind
Obamas successful 2012 re-election
This event will be headlined by two top-ranking officials with the Battleground Texas (BGTX) organization: Cliff Walker, Political Director, and Megan Klein, Regional Director for Central Texas. They will speak on the BGTXs sole mission and purpose of Turning Texas Blue.
Texas is the #1 State that the National Democratic Party is focusing on, among a Top Ten List of states that could and should have more Democratic voters turning out than Republican voters. So they are concentrating on getting both known and suspected Democrats, including millions of like-minded minorities, women and seniors, to become Registered Voters ASAP!
Theres more to know and more to get enthused about. But youll have to join us on Saturday, June 1 to see and hear it all, right from the lips of our Battleground Texas leaders.
Breakfast will consist of breakfast burritos, pastries, gluten-free pastries, watermelons filled with fruit, coffee and orange juice. Please join us!
Reposted from TheHill.com:
Texas, Congress go blue if immigration reform goes down
What did Hispanics do to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to deserve such punitive treatment from him on immigration? What did Texans do to Cruz and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) to deserve their deliberately keeping federal judgeship posts in Texas vacant for partisan reasons, as I stated in my last column?