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If You Don’t Give Eric Johnson a Chance, I have No Words for You

March 16, 2010
Anyone with a pulse can read this interview with incoming District 100 State Representative Eric Johnson and see that he has something special going for him. 
I guess where I differ than some is that I feel Eric would’ve won regardless of any indictment looming over the incumbent. I believe he would’ve won anyway.  
Eric was willing to work for your vote.  He and his wife were everywhere…from the MLK DART station, to East and Southeast Dallas, to West Dallas and beyond.  It will be good to see if he actually owns any clothing other than suits or campaign shirts, since that’s what it seems like he’s been wearing for the last nine months.
Equally important, when he spoke or wrote, he had ideas. He didn’t hide when questioned about his campaign, he admitted mistakes, and he kept working.  The voters of his district took notice; and that’s why he won.
This race speaks to one of the core issues in Dallas, and probably in other impoverished neighborhoods nationwide.  To me, there is a general lack of political mentorship in southern Dallas, of which the end result is incumbents who win time and again based on the fact that “they’re there” so to speak.  
What also results is entire neighborhoods that exist in a virtual tailspin of mediocrity, hamstrung by the lack of original ideas and political will to change things.  It’s almost like some entrenched politicians avoid new ideas as if it’s an indictment of their leadership.  It’s not.  That’s the equivalent of sticking with Windows Me when Vista has been around for years and Windows 7 has been released.
There are some exceptions, but for the most part I am correct. There are some political leaders that will shrug off what I wrote, and that’s fine.  There are exceptions in Dallas to what I’ve written in this piece. However, if it makes you upset, take someone under your wing and prove me wrong. We need positive, encouraging guidance to continue improving our communities in the future.  
Go forth Eric, do your best to bring your ideas to fruition and uplift District 100.
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Economic Recovery Workshop is Monday!

April 19, 2009

By now, you have heard about Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson‘s Roadmap to Recovery workshop.

“The Roadmap to Recovery” workshop will help North Texans access economic
recovery funding. The workshop is designed to bring together representatives of financial organizations and federal and state agencies, who will share information on ways for North Texans to access economic recovery funding.

Three panels of agency representatives will be followed by a question-and-answer session. I will be moderating one of the panels.

Date: Monday, April 20, 2009

Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: The Music Hall at Fair Park
909 1st Ave.
Dallas, TX 75210 (map)

Agencies that have confirmed that they will be represented include:

Internal Revenue Service
Taxpayer Advocate Service
Texas Department of Transportation
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. General Services Administration
U.S. Small Business Administration
U.S. Social Security Administration

Financial organizations that are sending representatives include Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Dallas and the Dallas Small Business Development Center. John Podvin, an attorney at Haynes and Boone, LLP, will speak about the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) and newly-created Public-Private Investment Program (PPIP).

To RSVP for the workshop:

please call Congresswoman Johnson’s office in Dallas at (214) 922-8885 or e-mail recovery.ebjohnson@mail.house.gov.

To submit a question to the panelists:

e-mail recovery.ebjohnson@mail.house.gov, specifying which agency or financial organization to which the question is directed.

Last Day to Register to Vote

October 9, 2007

Today is the last day to register to vote in next month’s election.

Here’s all the info you need to vote in Dallas:

*Explanation of each State of Texas Amendment on the Ballot (link)

*Check on your registration – You can view your ballot ahead of time (link)

*Check your registration by address – You can view your ballot ahead of time (link)

*List of all Elections (link)

*When and where to early vote (link)

*Demonstration of Touch Screen Voting Machine (Flash player required) (link)

*Services Available to Voters with Special Needs in Texas (link)

*League of Women Voters’ Online Voters Guide (link)

The Dream Starts Today

September 3, 2007

The Labor Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff time for the next year’s elections. Already, several people have announced their intentions to run for office.

Here is the official calendar from the State. Primary Election Day is March 4, 2008; it will be here before you know it.

Here are some challengers we already know about:

*Bill Keffer is trying to unseat Allen Vaught for State Rep in District 107. Vaught is in his first term, and I haven’t heard any complaints. You may remember that Vaught beat Keffer last year. HD 107 covers parts of Lakewood, Northeast Dallas, Lake Highlands, and East Dallas. They wouldn’t meet until the November election.

*Pete Schulte is Challenging Lupe Valdez for Sheriff in the Democratic Primary. Several republican hopefuls are lined up for the right to face the winner in November.

*Former Fort Worth City Councilwoman Wendy Davis is challenging Kim Brimer in Texas Senate District 10. She’s running as a democrat, and wouldn’t face Brimer until the November 2008 election.

There are various rumblings, but I haven’t heard of any other major announcements – drop me a line if you hear anything.

Does Carona Have Competition?

August 23, 2007

Does Carona Have Competition?

I’ve been hearing that Texas Senator John Carona will have a serious Democrat challenger in next year’s Senate Race for District 16 (map).

The only Democrat challenger he’s faced since he became senator in 1996 was the late Jan Erik Frederiksen in 2002, who pulled 34% of the vote in the general election.

John Carona has a ton of money, both personally and in the election coffers. Running as a Democrat in a district that includes the Park Cities and most of North Dallas will be a challenge for anyone, so I remain skeptical. Drop me a line or post a comment if you know of any rumored challengers to the throne.

March 23, 2007

How to Make Enemies and Influence No One

TxDOT’s high level of gall has reached new levels.

The Statesman blogs that the Houston Chronicle notes a high level of anger directed toward TxDot from Congress. Shouts to the Somervell County Salon for this one. Apparently, a letter this month from TxDOT’s executive director tells members of Congress that they will no longer support their individual road projects unless they obtain state and regional approval before pursuing federal funding.

The article notes that both sides of the aisle aren’t happy:

“Arrogant,” fumed Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Waco. “A letter like this is not a way to build relationships,” complained Rep. Gene Green, D-Houston.

Said Rep. Ted Poe, R-Humble: “TxDOT needs to understand the elected representatives make the decisions on what projects we do — not the bureaucrats.”

Keep it up, TxDot. You’re doing a great job, Brownie.

March 22, 2007

Townhall Meetings on Utility Costs

State Rep. Barbara Mallory Caraway (House District 110) is holding a series of town hall meetings on high electricity bills, the proposed sale of TXU Energy, and utility deregulation.

True to her word, Barbara is bringing the information to the people of her District while fighting for change in Austin.

The news story can be found here, along with the video clip with an audio interview (link).

For more information, call her District office at 214-941-4619 (Dallas) or 512-463-0664 (Austin).

Tonight, the first meeting was held at the Fruitdale Rec Center in Oak Cliff.

The remaining meetings are as follows:

Friday, March 23rd
6:00 pm
Thornton Elementary School
6011 Old Ox Road; Dallas, TX (map) – Singing Hills

Saturday, March 24
10:00 am
Paul Laurence Dunbar – Lancaster-Kiest Branch Library
2008 E. Kiest Blvd; Dallas, TX (map) – across from Oliver Wendell Holmes MS

Thursday, March 29
6:00 pm
Frederick Douglass Elementary School
226 N. Jim Miller Rd; Dallas, TX (map) – just north of Loop 12

Saturday, March 31st
10:00am
FCI Seagoville Training Center
2113 N. Highway 175; Seagoville, TX (map)

January 10, 2007

Dallas Progress at the Texas House

I went to Austin to celebrate the swearing in of Barbara Mallory Caraway for House District 110.

As we all know by now, Craddick won his bid to continue as Speaker of the House by a 121-27 vote.

While I give kudos to all 27 courageous voters, I really appreciate two reps: Barbara Mallory Caraway of Dallas and Borris Miles of Houston.

These two reps are brand new to the House. As you may know, both fought entrenched incumbents, and WON. I helped Barbara in her race and have rooted for Borris from afar.

Both are starting from zero and as new reps have no pull in the Lege. But yet they followed their campaign promises to not “go along to get along” even though they knew they would lose this battle. I’m sure there are other rookies that voted no, so I want to give them a special shout as well.

I don’t know what burned me up the most, water carriers like Will Hartnett (who killed any chance for Pitts to win with his amendment to temporarily withhold ballot stats), or the dems that sold out their districts to keep cushy chairmanships. Or the guy who compared delayed balloting records to the Alamo. Okay dude, whatever.

Here is the entire list of 27 courageous reps:

Roberto Alonzo, D-Dallas
Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth
Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio
Garnet Coleman, D-Houston
Yvonne Davis, D-Dallas
Jim Dunnam, D-Waco
Craig Eiland, D-Galveston
Juan Escobar, D-Kingsville
Joe Farias, D-San Antonio
Jessica Farrar, D-Houston
Pete Gallego, D-Alpine
Juan M. Garcia, D-Corpus Christi
Ana Hernandez, D-Houston
Abel Herrero, D-Corpus Christi
Terri Hodge, D-Dallas
David Leibowitz, D-San Antonio
Barbara Mallory Caraway, D-Dallas
Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio
Borris Miles, D-Houston
Paul Moreno, D-El Paso
Rick Noriega, D-Houston
Dora Olivo, D-Rosenberg
Solomon Ortiz Jr., D-Corpus Christi
Richard Raymond, D-Laredo
Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin
Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston
Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth