Paul Ryan: Energizing Texas Democrats

Paul Ryan vs. Joe “BFD” Biden. It may be 103° outside, but I ain’t sweating.

If Texas Democrats weren’t alert and ready to win in November already, then they are now. Paul Ryan is not simply bad for our country, he is bad for our state.

Mitt Romney and his Republican Party are only making it more clear than ever that they will not work for the people. He is embracing a man who is on a mission to gut Medicare. The 2,208,690 Texans on Medicare who “were provided with at least one new free preventative service or benefit” last year must be thrilled. This guy supports making the Bush era tax cuts for the wealthy permanent, while passing the burden onto the lower and middle classes. The 1 in 5 Texans living in poverty are going to love that. Continue reading

Do the Right Thing, Longhorns

Lucian Villaseñor is among 18 student protesters facing a virtual gag order after they were arrested for demanding that the University of Texas join an anti-sweatshop consortium - a reform the university president has just agreed to.

 

The University of Texas at Austin, the largest collegiate apparel provider in the world, has agreed to sign with the Workers Rights Consortium (WRC), a labor-rights monitoring group that works to end sweatshop conditions in the making of university apparel. We are currently affiliated with the Fair Labor Association, a fig-leaf masquerading as a watchdog institution which has done next to nothing to eliminate sweatshop labor conditions but has done much to revive the ailing image of massive corporations like Nike and Disney. The decision was the result of a nine-year campaign by student activists. Throughout negotiations with the university, administrators repeatedly insisted the matter “was closed.” Most recently, the logjam was broken by a sit-in at the office of UT President William Powers, during which 18 students were arrested. Three months later, while the majority of students are away for summer vacation, President Powers announced his decision to sign on the WRC. But this important milestone came just a few days after the 18 students arrested during the sit-in were offered a rotten plea agreement by the county attorney.

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Sadler’s Swordfighter

Dodson answers a call at his desk in the new Paul Sadler Headquarters on August 9, 2012. (Photo: Huey Fischer)

Things are changing in the Paul Sadler campaign. Today, he is opening a campaign headquarters in South Austin. Housed along with the Texas Democratic Party, his bid for the Senate is now gaining the support and structure that appeared to be lacking before the July 31 Runoff.

Y’all, the best part of the changes is the arrival of Doug Dodson, who got here Sunday night. Lately, I have been lingering around the TDP headquarters. From what I have eavesdropped by eating my egg and potato breakfast tacos in the room next door, this guy is pretty bad ass.

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