Don’t Stall Democracy, Governor

The battle to replace the late Sen. Mario Gallegos (D-Houston) is fully underway. Rep. Carol Alvarado and former Commissioner Sylvia Garcia have been fundraising, blockwalking, volunteering, picking up endorsements and so much more. A runoff is expected with multiple candidates throwing their hat in the ring, including Republican RW Bray. There is only one thing missing from this race… an election day.

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What’s Your Democratic Dream Ticket 2014?

The Texas Democratic Party’s Executive Committee (SDEC) will be meeting informally on December 8, 2012 to discuss and outline a game plan for the 2014 election cycle. In addition to fundraising and strategic goals for each region, early candidate recruitment is going to be essential if Democrats hope to find a viable path towards victory.

Republicans have already announced their bids for statewide offices. Greg Abbott seems to be interested in the Governor’s Mansion. Todd Staples has his website up and running for Lt. Governor. George P. Bush is now doing some statewide fundraising in his not-yet-declared bid for land commissioner. Continue reading

Young Texans Legislative Caucus Formed

Students at The University of Texas wait in line to vote on Election Day, 2012. (Photo: Huey Rey Fischer)

This morning, State Rep. Eric Johnson announced intentions to launch of the Young Texans Legislative Caucus (YTLC). This caucus will highlight issues of concern to students and young professionals under the age of 40 during the 83rd Session.

This is an excellent opportunity for student groups, such as Invest in Texas, to amplify their voice at the Capitol. With issues such as tuition regulation, guns on campus, admissions policies, in-state tuition for the undocumented, and others involving higher education, it is comforting to know that young people have one more avenue to communicate with members.

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South East Houston Juggernaut Sylvia Garcia Joins The SD-6 Race

Among the communities of South East Houston she once represented, Sylvia Garcia has become synonymous with quality of life projects like the Sylvan Beach Restoration Project and Project STARS corridor improvement initiative.

Many speculated it. Few denied it. And today, former Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia declared it.

Sylvia Garcia, a juggernaut of South East Houston politics, will be running for the open Senate District 6 seat left open after the loss of long time Houston East End politician Senator Mario Gallegos.

Even all the way up in Austin we at The Texas Monitor have been patiently awaiting Garcia’s announcement. Especially after yesterday’s announcement by State Representative Carol Alvarado that she too would be seeking to refill Gallegos’ Seat.

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