Todd Akin and Rape Culture in America


You know you’ve messed up on a thermonuclear level when someone on your side has this to say about you,

…this response to a question about abortion and rape from Republican Senate candidate in Missouri Todd Akin is close to being the most ignorant and damaging statement I’ve ever heard a politician utter.”

That was Rick Moran, conservative pundit extraordinaire. Continue reading

Undocumented Youth Break Ground for a Progressive Texas

In 2001, fearless undocumented students told their personal stories at the Texas Capitol. The goal was to pass HB 1403, a law that would allow them to attend college while paying in-state tuition rates. Their personal stories of triumph and hardships touched even the most far-right Republican: without a dry eye in the Capitol galleries, Texas became the first state to pass such a progressive law.

Daniel Candelaria Olvera speaks to at a Right to Dream Rally in front of the LBJ Library in May. (Photo: Justin Perez)

The undocumented youth movement has since reached new heights. More than 12 states have in-state tuition laws and on June 15th, tens of thousands of undocumented students breathed a sigh of relief with their first national policy victory. By now you’re probably aware that the Obama administration has stopped the deportation of undocumented youth. Beginning August 15th, young people that arrived to the US as children can apply for deferred action—a temporary legal status that allows them work authorization and protection from deportation. Without fear of deportation, undocumented activists will be able to take their work to new heights as they advocate for the passage of the Dream Act. Continue reading

Cheap Shots!

I absolutely love it when politicians do their own tweeting. It is an authentic way for our candidates and elected officials to interact with the people. However, they are what they Tweet.

State Senator Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, tweets out a lot of pictures.

Mayor Julian Castro, D-San Antonio, tweets out exciting updates.

State Representative Raul Torres, R-Corpus Christi, tweets out cheap shots against his opponent. For example, on Wednesday he tweeted:

Guess who is missing at VA dedication ceremony? My opponent, the Senator. Where he is? Sen. Lucio is here. #txlege #rgv

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Wusses: Shy Blue Dogs and Scared “RINOs”

Today Governor Ed Rendell had a signing at the LBJ Library to promote his book, A Nation of Wusses: How America’s Leaders Lost the Guts to Make Us Great.

Ed Rendell

Former Pennsylvania Governor and former DNC Chairman Ed Rendell reads the final lines from his book, A Nation of Wusses, at the LBJ Library on August 16, 2012. (Photo: Huey Fischer)

He had a blunt message: politicians on both sides of the aisle need to resume taking political risks by doing what they know to be right.

In his speech, he casually inserted a remark about the 2010 Blue Dog Democrats who lost their re-election bids. He said that these politicians made the mistake of running away or hiding from their votes, such as Obamacare. These Democrats caved into idea that if they simply did not talk about it, the voters would hopefully forgive and forget. Meanwhile, their TEA Party opponents used these votes to throw hard, repetitive punches. The choice was made easy for voters: support incumbents scared of negative backlash from their own constituents or support die-hard challengers who dared to hold genuine convictions, no matter how extreme.

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City Manager Ott Faces Scrutiny, Remains Best Option For Austin

Austin City Council will be reviewing City Manager Marc Ott’s performance record this upcoming Thursday.

This Thursday, Austin City Council will have their regularly scheduled opportunity to scrutinize, critique, and maybe even praise City Manager Marc Ott. The review process is not sliding by the way side; in fact, many opponents of the City manager are gearing up for the opportunity.

Ott, a transplant from Fort Worth, is an interesting case study in job satisfaction. Continue reading