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.
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 →
Let’s face it. We are broke. Republicans and their super PACs are going to out fundraise Texas Democrats this year. That limits our candidates’ ability to meet Texans across the state, put up yard signs, buy tv and radio ads, hire staff and so much more.
Yet, there is no excuse for our leaders to doddle around and not the fullest advantage of the free stuff: SOCIAL MEDIA. Facebook and Twitter have virtually unlimited potential and few constraints. They are powerful communications tools that allow candidates to interact with constituents in the numbers that cannot be achieved through the typical block walk, phone bank, and stump speech. Continue reading →