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

Some Dems Must Pick Up the Social Media Slack, #justsaying

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

SDEC: Focus on Fort Worth

Just a quick note, the non-urban/rural caucus will be meeting at one downstairs in the restroom… I mean the restaurant!

-Mary González, TDP Hispanic Outreach Director

The State Democratic Executive Committee met today at the Hilton Fort Worth to launch its committees and begin the groundwork for victory in November.

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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