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hootIt is time for everyone to start contributing to our website.  What are you thinking?  Hootboard is our very own Sun City Democrats bulletin board.  You can add your thoughts and reply to the thoughts of others, without being filtered through the website editor.  You can write your own thoughts, link to something you found on the internet, or upload a document.  Click on the HootBoard tab to see what is going on.

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Dwaine Boydstun asks for campaign support

Dwaine Boydstun, President, IMPACT treasurer, Chair precinct 394
Dwaine Boydstun, President, IMPACT treasurer, Chair precinct 394

Dear Fellow Democrat,

I need your help to win my race for Georgetown City Council, Place 3.  Click here for donation form.

The inevitable growth Georgetown can anticipate over the foreseeable future will need strong leadership in many areas including transportation, jobs, workforce housing, and quality of life for all of our citizens.  Georgetown is on the cusp of becoming one of two cities: one that is vibrant, creative,  diverse and inclusive, or one that is exclusive and divided.  Which city will we choose?  That depends on who is making the decisions. I am excited about the possibility of serving the residents of this community.

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The Presidential Primaries Are Far From Over. Here’s Why.

democratic-primaryIt may seem like the end of the 2016 primary race is in sight. Iowa and New Hampshire have already voted; South Carolina and Nevada are right around the corner. But we’re still a long way from the finish line…

Here’s the bottom line: Even after Saturday’s South Carolina Republican primary and Nevada Democratic caucus, 96 percent of the Republican delegates and 88 percent of the Democratic delegates will still be up for grabs. It’s anybody’s race.

See the statistics in the Huffington Post by Janie Valencia and Alissa Scheller, February 19, 2016

Amid Year of Lethal Violence, Extremist Groups Expanded Ranks in 2015

I Hate ThemExtreme political rhetoric has helped fuel the rise of hate groups in the United States, and Texas Republicans Ted Cruz and Greg Abbott are partly to blame, the editor of a report on extremism says….The number of hate groups in the nation grew 14 percent last year — with Texas counting more than any other state, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center report.

Justice Scalia Left Undecided High-Stakes Cases That Could Change The Nation

chapman.0830 - 08/29/05 - A Supreme Court headed by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has questions for Chapman University Law School professor John Eastman as he and California Attorney General Bill Lockyer argue the 1905 ''Lochner v. State of New York'' case during a re-enactment Monday afternoon at Chapman University. (Credit: Mark Avery/Orange County Register/ZUMA Press)
Credit: Mark Avery/Orange County Register/ZUMA Press

It is not an overstatement that Justice Antonin Scalia’s sudden death Saturdayjolted the American political system — and raised the stakes of the 2016 presidentialelection like never before.

Amid the uncertainty, including the future of the Supreme Court itself, is the status of the 50-plus cases the court has heard or has yet to hear. Scalia no doubt had a hand in all of them — whether he voted to add them to the court’s docket, considered them at oral arguments, or was even in the process of writing an opinion for the majority.

Read the article in the Huffington Post by Christian Farias, February 14, 2016

Why I Have Switched from Bernie to Hillary

hilary-clinton-bernieI have been doing a lot of thinking lately about the presidential race. As a democratic socialist it seemed obvious to me that I would support Bernie Sanders in the Democratic race. I have followed his career, and supported him, since I first moved to Vermont in 1972. I was a member of the Liberty Union Party, for Pete’s sake, and Bernie’s success in Vermont politics coincided with the political and cultural changes we wanted to make as part of the “back to the land” movement that brought so many war-weary and politically alienated young people to Vermont as a place to learn and help create changes on a workable scale. But I have had an increasingly uncomfortable feeling as I watched the campaign unfold.

Read the editorial on the Daily Kos by jhannon, February 11, 2016

Here Comes Another Superdelegate Crisis

superdelegatesShortly after the New Hampshire primaries concluded, a great confusion arose among those who don’t have several hundred hours of free time to study the Byzantine way we decide presidential nominees. That confusion coalesced into a single question: Why, if Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton decisively in the Granite State’s primary, was the delegate count coming out of the state so close? Well, prepare to be reminded of an electoral bugaboo from yesteryear, with this concise explanation from Ben Kamisar at The Hill:   Sanders won 15 delegates with his 20-point victory Tuesday  while Clinton won nine. But Clinton came into the contest with the support of six superdelegates, who are state party insiders given the freedom to support any candidate they choose.

Read the article in the Huffington Post by Jason Linkins, February 11, 2016

A note from Wendy Davis

wendy-davis-1In just five days, early voting starts in the March 1 Democratic Primary.  While the rivalry for the Democratic Presidential nomination in Texas is capturing national attention, too many Texans do not realize our top executive office is in a three way contested race for the Texas Railroad Commission. Lon Burnam, the only life-long Democrat, and a 18-year veteran of the Texas House of Representatives, has my support and I urge you to join me in voting for him. If we don’t nominate Lon on March 1, we will face a costly runoff and lose three months that could otherwise be spent working for Democrats across the state heading into November.

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Why Bernie is beating Hillary

hilary-clinton-berniePresidential campaigns are about inspiration. Americans understand the limits of what a president can do and the problems of our gridlocked political system, but they want to hear from candidates who are going to at least try to push for big changes from the start. A campaign based on the promise of fighting and “getting things done” will continue to have trouble against a campaign about a set of powerful ideas, a “political revolution,” that makes sense to large portions of the American electorate.

Read the editorial on the CNN website by Julian Zelizer, February 11, 2016

The Bernie Sanders Phenomenon

hilary-clinton-bernieCan an unabashedly progressive presidential campaign actually win this November?

  • Question 1: Who is this Bernie character, and where does he come from, politically?
  • Question 2: Why does he think he’s the one to create the people’s movement to democratize America’s money and power?
  • Question 3: Is Bernie serious about actually winning, or is this a symbolic run to raise issues (or Gasp!–just an ego trip)?
  • Question 4: Yeah, but the GOP gang is howl-at-the-moon insane, so we need to win now. We’re told that Bernie’s too hot for moderate voters. Directly put: Can Bernie win?
  • Question 5: Okay, but even if he wins, how can he govern, since the Hell-No Numbskulls in Congress will block everything he’s proposing?

Read the editorial in the Hightower Lowdown by Jim Hightower, January 2016

Wilco Candidate news

TerryCookTerry Cook was endorsed by the Western Wilco Democratic Club on Wed night, Feb 3.

” Both my opponent and I had turned in answers to their written questions prior to the forum. Our answers were distributed to the audience, we then did our best impersonations of Carol Burnet’s Q&A for 45 minutes, then left the room for the discussions held by the club.”

There will be a Primary Night Watch Party on March 1 (both Terry Cook and Chad Chadwell  will be there as they will support whomever the voters choose).  This will be a WCDP sponsored event and the location is to be decided – may be Junior’s Ice House on Main St in Round Rock.

Old South Ball: the Real Story

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Billie Reaney at Old South Ball

by Billie Reaney, February 6, 2016

And so they came, to the Old South Ball dressed in the finery of the Antebellum South with ladies in elegant hoop-skirted frocks and men in top hats and tails. They came to dance the night away as they re-lived the 1860’s culture and society that never was. The event has caused discord within our community. Many insisted it was a benign representation of history. Others, myself included, felt that it preserved a distorted picture of the past; of myths about the Civil War and its causes and consequences. It perpetuated a fantasy, passed down the generations, that has been substituted for history.

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The Fight Between Sanders And Clinton Isn’t A Purity Test. It’s A Genuine Divide Over Gender And Corporate Power.

grassrootsThe primary battle between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton reflects the deepening divide between the two candidates and reflects a major rift within the Democratic Party.

Elizabeth Warren first opened this rift when she built herself into the second-most popular figure in the Democratic Party by railing against Democratic support for Wall Street. The primary struggle between Clinton and Sanders is now a referendum on the model of progress it has pursued since the late 1970s.

Read the editorial in the Huffington Post by Zach Carter, February 4, 2016

Iowa Caucus Deals Death Blow To The Establishment

mudDespite the seeming chaos of our current political campaign, where “the worst is full of passionate intensity,” we have to see this as a transition, not a permanent condition. ..  only a true dead-ender would be willing to gamble that 30 years from today we will live in a country where non-hispanic Whites make up the majority (the Brookings institution says they become a minority in 2044), where coal and oil are still the dominant power sources and that America is the dominant hegemon and Wall Street rules the economy.

Read the editorial in the Huffington Post by Jonathan Kaplin,  February 3, 2016

See also It Takes a Movement by Robert Reich, February 2, 2016

The U.S. at perpetual war

warIn his State of the Union addresses, Obama has proclaimed America “exceptional” and said the U.S. must “lead the world.” Clinton wrote in her book Hard Choices that “America remains the indispensable nation.”

It is this view that animates U.S. invasions, interventions, bombings and occupations of other countries. Under the pretense of protecting our national interest, the United States maintains some 800 military bases in other countries, costing taxpayers tens of billions of dollars annually. Often referred to as “enduring bases,” they enable us to mount attacks whenever and wherever our leaders see fit, whether with drones or manned aircraft.

Read the editorial in the Huffington Post by Marjorie Cohn, February 1, 2016