Don’t Think of an Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate

dont-think-of-an-elephantThere is a trend these days to think of our tagline as REAL john-lenon-realitydemocracy, REAL justice, REAL etc.  The trouble is, as John Lennon said,  Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.  So many people simply  believe what they are told. Reality is in the eye of the believer.

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Bernie Sanders Explains To Democrats Why They Lose Elections

bernie-sandersArticle by Samantha Lachman, the Huffington Post, Aug 28, 2015

WASHINGTON — In his first-ever speech before the Democratic National Committee on Friday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) criticized the party’s approach to elections, saying Democrats wouldn’t win in 2016 if they failed to generate enthusiasm and resorted instead to “politics as usual.”

“Let me be very clear,” said Sanders, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination and caucuses with Democrats in the Senate. “In my view, Democrats will not retain the White House, will not regain the Senate, will not gain the House and will not be successful in dozens of governor’s races unless we run a campaign which generates excitement and momentum and which produces a huge voter turnout.”

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Texas Supreme Court to again hear that state is shortchanging schools

EducationArticle in The Dallas Morning News,  September 1, 2015

AUSTIN — Shut out by lawmakers in their efforts to overhaul the state’s troubled education funding system, more than 600 school districts are now pinning their hopes for relief on the Texas Supreme Court.

The high court will hear arguments on the volatile issue of school finance Tuesday, once again taking up the question of whether the current funding system is unfair and inadequate.

Read article at the Dallas Morning News website

Sun City Democrats Discussion Group

DiscussionGraphicSun City Democrats Discussion Group meeting, Wednesday, September 9, 2015,  Jarrell Room, Cowan Creek Amenities Center, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Speaker: Terry Cook;   Topic : Texas: The Non-Voting State, What Can We Do About That?

Terry is the WCDP Events Chair as well as being a Williamson and Travis County Deputy Voter Registrar. She Calls herself an all-around activist. She is a North Carolina native, a Colorado transplant, and a ten-year Texas resident. She challenges to come for the facts, come for the antidotes and come for the inspiration.

Group leader:  Ron Yeck 512 868 4466 (home) 512 639 1418 (cell)

Annie’s List Campaign Training 101

ClassroomSaturday, September 12, 9am – 5pm

Live Oak Unitarian Church, 3315 El Salido Pkwy, Cedar Park

  • The course will be conducted by Annie’s List, an exceptional state-wide political organization founded to elect progressive women in Texas.  Their Campaign 101 course, however, is open to anyone (male or female) interested in running for office, running a campaign, or volunteering for a campaign.
  • Course topics include: (a) Making the decision to run for office, (b) developing a campaign plan, (c) messaging, (d) fundraising, (e) best practices for running a field operation.
  • Course fee: $25.00.  Scholarships are available.
  • All classes will be conducted by campaign professionals.
  • To register for the course and/or to get contact information about scholarships,
    click here.

A return to corruption of the past

This article is by Christian Harrison at The Williamson County Sun, April 29, 2015

Our legislature is seeking to strip the Public Integrity Unit in Austin of jurisdiction to investigate allegations of corruption by state officials and create a special privilege—only for state officials—to be examined and prosecuted only in their home counties. This disastrous proposal forgets our history in Texas of public corruption and why the Public Integrity Unit in Austin was set up over three decades ago. Let me remind you of that sordid past from Texas history…

Read this article at  The Williamson County Sun, April 29, 2015