Will this come up in Rick Perry's confirmation hearing-The Search for the Hidden Life of Rick Perry?
One of the persons who I have worked with at the Texas Democratic Party is a truly interesting person named Glen Maxey. Glen Maxey was the first openly gay member of the Texas legislature. Glen claims to have the record for the most naked voters registered between midnight and 6 AM and so far no one has dared to dispute this claim. Glen is a member of the DNC and was in charge of the Texas delegation at Philadelphia (he got my youngest a guest pass for the first night of the convention).
Back in 2011 when Rick Perry aka Governor Goodhair was running for the nomination, Glen researched the rumors about Goodhair being bisexual. There have been rumors about Goodhair being caught in bed with the male secretary of state back in 2004 and Kay Bailey Hutchinson attempted (poorly) to use these rumors against Goodhair in the 2010 GOP primary for governor. These rumors had no effect on the primary between KBH and Goodhair and Goodhair fell apart before these rumors were used in the 2016 race. My daughter is LGBT and I personally do not care about Goodhair's sleeping partners.
Just before the Oops comment in the GOP debate, Glen had come out with a book documenting Goodhair's "dates" with a number of gay prostitutes. https://www.amazon.com/Head-Figure-Search-Hidden-Perry/dp/1468025988/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483039707&sr=8-1&keywords=glen%20maxey%C2%A0&tag=viglink20248-20
One of my daughters is LGBT and I personally do not care about Goodhair's sleeping partners. I wonder if this book will come up in the confirmation hearings for Goodhair?
Glen is a true character, You cannot say that Texas politics are boring.
We need to eliminate caucuses. Sanders won most of his so-called victories in undemocratic caucus states. All of the faithless Democratic electors who voted against Hillary Clinton were from caucus states http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/12/21/1613028/-Abbreviated-Pundit-Round-up-Partisanship-rules-like-it-or-not-so-play-to-win
It was predictable that more electors flipped away from Hillary Clinton (7) than from Donald Trump (2). Republicans are more tribal, fall in line better and respond to threats better. But protest votes amount to nothing except removing the focus on Trump, so congratulations or something.
Know what the states that had HRC defectors have in common? They were caucus states. Look for rules to be rewritten to prevent that from happening in future. Was that the intent of the faithless electors? I doubt it. But youll have a lot of convincing to do if you think this exercise of not voting for Clinton did more good than harm.
We need to do away with caucuses for the next cycle
I love President Obama and I am proud that he is our POTUS http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/article/Houston-woman-wrote-to-thank-Obama-for-her-life-10796231.php?t=22fb1769ef438d9cbb
Last month, the Houston native decided to pen a letter telling him so, explaining how his signature health care law had allowed her to get a life-saving heart transplant in 2014.
"I tell everyone that you saved my life and I truly believe that," she wrote.
That, she thought, would be that.
Then last Friday she got a reply: "Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to share your moving story with me. It's clear you have faced tremendous challenges over the last few years, and I am glad to hear the Affordable Care Act helped you."
It was signed with the president's characteristic signature, with a giant B and a giant O.
It is tough living in Texas at times http://www.chron.com/news/politics/texas/article/Judge-weighs-blocking-fetal-burial-rules-10798661.php
In an at-times testy court hearing Thursday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks opted to grant a temporary restraining order against the new rules that were slated to kick in Monday, Dec. 19.
The new rules require that the remains from abortions and miscarriages be buried or cremated, regardless the length of gestation or the woman's wishes. Currently, the remains are treated as other medical waste and incinerated, buried or disposed of in a sanitary landfill or ground up and washed down a sanitary sewer.
The Center for Reproductive Rights, on behalf of several abortion providers, sued the state to block the rule, arguing that requiring health centers provide for the burial or cremation of fetal remains was intended to decrease access to abortion by driving up the cost.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has said the rule was intended as a public health measure to help prevent the spread of disease.
Sam Sparks is a good judge. This will be a long fight
Trump is a petty and small man http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/donald-trump-twitter-emoji-crooked-hillary-232647
Trump adviser Sean Spicer later denied the report, telling MSNBC that "the conference table was only so big."
But POLITICO's source said the social media company's exclusion from the much-publicized, feel-good confab in Trump Tower stemmed from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's role in rejecting the anti-Clinton emoji a rejection that brought public complaints from the president-elect's campaign.
Twitter was one of the few major U.S. tech companies not represented at Wednesday afternoon's Trump Tower meeting attended by, among others, Apple's Tim Cook, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, and Tesla's Elon Musk an omission all the more striking because of Trump's heavy dependence on the Twitter platform. With some 17.3 million followers of his account, the president-elect has made Twitter into the de facto press channel of his transition operation.
The degree of stupidity and vindictiveness represented by the exclusion of Twitter from this meeting was surprising even to me. Trump is a very small and sad man.
The contest for DNC chair will affect the direction of the party for the next two to four years. I have met and like Keith Ellison but I do not want him to be DNC chair and I am encouraged that Tom Perez is getting into this race. Ellison would be the wrong choice for DNC chair in my opinion and this opinion is shared by others http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/keith-ellison-democratic-dnc-232613
Ellison is not the front-runner, Ellison has no chance at all, said Tennessee committeeman William Owen, giving voice to that view. Im a Hillary person. Bill Clinton said, 'Ill be with you till the last dog dies,' and Im the last dog. I will not vote for Keith Ellison, I will not vote for a Bernie person. I think they cost Hillary the election, and now theyre going to live with Donald Trump. Donald Trump asks, 'What do you have to lose? Nothing, except life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
California committeewoman Susie Shannons take on Ellison, however, is more representative of the ascendant progressive wings view.
Ellison and a couple of the other leading contenders (including perhaps Tom Perez) are speaking to the Texas Democratic Party SDEC meeting on Saturday. http://juanitajean.com/heads-up-to-texas-friends/
Saturday, December 17th at the Sheraton (701 E. 11th) at 1:30. Announced candidates: Keith Ellison, Jaime Harrison, and Raymond Buckley
Texas has a good number of members on the DNC and so this could be an interesting meeting.
This was posted by Juanita Jean on facefook
- The State Democratic Executive Committee will meet at the TDP office (1106 Lavaca in Austin) at 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 17. The general session will be at the Sheraton (701 E. 11th) at 1:30. The general session had to be moved to a larger space, because all three of the announced candidates for Democratic National Committee Chair will be there: Keith Ellison, Jaime Harrison, and Raymond Buckley. All meetings are open to the public. Don and I hope to see you there!
I am very tempted to attend
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