The Internet – or, at least, my version of the Internet – has been apoplectic for the past couple of days over the Rick Perry indictment. People seem to swing to the far end of one side or another. Awesome, we got him! No, this is bullshit, it’s politically motivated! I have been, for the most part, silent (though I did “like” the awesome Richard Simmons pic that you see here, mostly just because it’s Richard Simmons). And it’s not… Read more »

Yep, I’m a blog slacker. But I have a good reason! I took the aforementioned trip to Albuquerque, and then took a trip to Colorado, which you can read about on my other blog, and then took a brief break back in Texas, during which I experienced some major ugliness courtesy of county party politics. The day after that ugliness, I headed out to Alabama to spend time in my hometown. I added it up and figured out that I’ve… Read more »

Short post: Sam Houston, who’s running for AG – and couldn’t have a better name, amirite? – visited the party office today to visit with Battleground Texas folks. So of course, I came up and took some photos. I wanted to stay longer and get some individual photos of him with my colleagues, but I had to get to the track and squeeze in some miles. So all I could shoot was the little stump speech he gave. So, take… Read more »

Today I was working at ye olde party office and got a phone call from a gentleman, and it’s been weighing on my mind. Today, of course, is the signup deadline for commie death panel insurance Obamacare and he was trying to arrange things for his father, who is 72 and was not able to sign up for an insurance plan. Why? Because he doesn’t make enough money to afford the premiums, and since our illustrious governor was pigheaded enough… Read more »

1. No, I’m not getting paid to do this. Sadly, Battleground Texas is not issuing me a paycheck. I’m just someone trying to make the state a better place. Hey, would you like to volunteer too? 2. I don’t have life-sized Obama tapestries in my home, but I do have shelves in my closet devoted solely to name tags and convention swag. 3. I actually have friends that are Republicans. And some of them (some!) are damn good people. We… Read more »

So, if you’re a Democrat in Texas, you should have been at your county or senatorial district convention this past weekend. I hope you were. I went to mine. I have the program to prove it. See? I’m not going to say much about it, other than that I became a delegate to this summer’s state convention. I served on the rules committee, which was an exercise in frustration. While I was in the committee meeting, I heard someone performing a… Read more »

OK, I will be the first to admit I don’t always bring my own bags to the grocery store. Sometimes they get left in the kitchen after I’m done unpacking groceries and I’m just too damn lazy to put them back in the car. But you know what? I might be a little more disciplined about it if I lived someplace like Austin, where forgetting your bags will cost you a hefty quarter per pop at HEB. Sure, I’d bitch,… Read more »

When I was chair of my former county’s Democratic party, way back in ye olde days of 2012, there came a primary. Remember the one, the primary that was supposed to be in March but then maybe it was going to be in April, and then a bunch of courtroom stuff happened, and it ended up being in late May? You remember the one. Anyway, as we were gearing up for that primary I hired a nice young man to… Read more »

The Texas Tribune has an interesting analysis today on the amount spent per vote by each Texas primary candidate. Some of the numbers aren’t surprising – Wendy Davis, for example, spent a hefty $9.66 per vote, but also came away with 78 percent of the Democratic vote for governor – while others are eye-popping. Like the figures for Republican Nghi T. Ho, who spent $17,000 on his campaign for HD 149 but came away with a measly 1,523 votes- $11.35… Read more »