Jamieson Mackay enters the race for CCISD Trustee

February 8, 2023

There isn’t a lot of information on the candidate but he has filed all the paperwork and is formally a candidate for CCISD Trustee. He is challenging incumbent Michelle Davis in District 2. The district map is below.

The white rich guys who funded the Texas Latino Conservative PAC

February 6, 2023

They think we are stupid. (and some are)

The Texas Latino Conservative PAC was created in 2020 and has spent a considerable amount of money to elect Republican MAGAts such as Jack Morman who lost his bid for Commissioner as well as Alexandra MAGAt Mealer who lost against Lina Hidalgo.

You would think that a PAC titled the Texas Latino Conservative PAC would be funded by conservative Latinos. If you thought that, you thought wrong. Very wrong.

According to reports filed with the Texas Ethics Commission the Texas Latino Conservative PAC raised $1,957,457. $977,705 was donated by Coalition Por Texas, nearly 50% (more on this PAC below). $1,812,000 was donated by just 8 individuals/PACs listed below. Most of the money raised was donated by rich white guys like Richard Weekley and Cary McNair. 93% of all donations were contributed by the following:

Coalition Por Texas$977,050
Richard Weekley$281,800
Cary McNair$163,000
Jan Duncan$105,000
Harlan Crow$100,000
Robert Rowling$100,000
Harris County Republican Party$65,000
Joseph Swinbank$30,000

Now the Coalition Por Texas was created in Jan 2022 with generous donations totaling $1,000,000 from 3 wealthy white guys and 1 PAC, Hillwood Development PAC, Robert Rowling, Richard Weekley, and Harlan Crow. In total Coalition Por Texas raised $2,550,000 from just 5 white guys and 1 PAC. Half of the donations went to the Latino Conservative PAC and the other donations went to Mexican MAGAt candidates across Texas.

Crow ,Harlan500,000.00
Crow ,Harlan250,000.00
Popolo ,Joseph50,000.00
Rees-Jones ,Trevor D.500,000.00
Rowling ,Robert250,000.00
Weekley ,Richard250,000.00
Weekley ,Richard250,000.00
Weekley ,Richard250,000.00
Hillwood Development Co250,000.00

Hispanics are getting played.

Who funded Jack Morman’s campaign?

February 6, 2023

Guess who?

Jack Morman lost his race for Harris County Commissioner against Commissioner Adrian Garcia. It seemed like he put his name on the ballot with little or no campaigning and was funded by a couple of individuals and PACs. From his last report filed on 10/31/22 just before the election it is clear who encouraged him to run, and lose.

According to his last filed report Morman raised $811,748. $200,000 came from 2 donors Alan Hassenflu and Richard Weekley who also donated to another loser, Alexandra MAGAt Mealer in her attempt to unseat Lina Hidalgo.

$228,000 came from the Houston Region Business Coalition which Hassenflu and Weekley donated to. $138,000 came from the C Club. $90,000 came from Conservatives for Law Enforcement, a PAC largely funded by local Senator Money Mayes Middleton. $38,000 came from Protect and Serve Texas and $12,000 came from the Texas Latino Conservative PAC. (This PAC will be discussed in a future post)

Together 8 donors/PACs contributed $716,000 or 88% of the total for this report. Morman lost. Thank goodness.

Raising Late Campaign Cash: Alexandra MAGAt Mealer

February 3, 2023

Losing candidate Alexandra MAGAt Mealer filed a campaign finance report on 1/12/23 with donations from her usual supporters.

Mealer raised $356,684, spent $621,482, and has a Cash on Hand of $188,512. Of the $356,684 74% came from just 11 donors. Her biggest donors are the usual, Mattress MAGAt Mac gave $72,000, Fertita Tillman gave $25,000, Robert Marling gave $50,000 as did Ira Mitzner.

Since my last report on 11/19 many of these individuals gave last day donations including another $72,000 by Mac, and $50,000 by Marling. In all, Mealer spent nearly $10 million in her losing effort for Harris County Judge. She has enough for a down payment on her legal fees to cover her frivolous election denying lawsuit. Here is the list of the top donors from her 1/12/23 report.

MAGAt Mattress Mac$72,000
Robert Marling$50,000
Ira Mitzner$50,000
Fertita Tillman$25,000
Carlos Deaidecoa$10,000
Jamie Frain$10,000
Executive Catering$10,000
Murray Bowden$10,000
Jack Modesett$10,000
David Modesett$10,000
Wayne Gross$10,000

Unpaid fines issued by theTexas Ethics Commission

February 1, 2023

The vast majority of sanctions issued by the Texas Ethics Commission end in a small fine, a slap on the wrist, and a promise from the candidate not to do it again. Rarely does the TEC issue a substantial fine. Rarely. Not never. Occasionally they give the candidate a specific amount of time to pay the fine before sending the sanction to the Texas Attorney General for collections.

In 2022 the TEC issued 46 Final Orders of these only 5 have not paid the fine. Eric Dick was fined $30,000 along with a $6000 fine against Philip Bryant who was in cahoots with Dick. Doni Anthony was a candidate for Mayor and was found to have converted campaign funds to personal use by paying herself a salary. She has not paid the fine as of the latest records from TEC.

I’ve asked for a list of sanctions referred to the Attorney General for collection. More on that later.

Outstanding sworn complaint fines issued in 2021
SC#RespondentAmount unpaid
SC-31912186Eric Dick$30,000 
SC-31912187Philip Bryant$6,000 
SC-32009187, 32010205, 32011255, 32101103Matthew D. Wiggins$1,000 
SC-3210482Glen Johnson$2,500 
SC-3210491Doni Anthony$7,500 

Who is Aubrey Taylor Communications and why are Democrats donating to his publication?

February 1, 2023

Steven Hotze. The “Man of the Year”? Really?

Aubrey Taylor Communications has an address in Clear Lake off of NASA Rd 1. It seems to be a UPS store, a PO Box. I’ve never seen a hard copy of his publication. It seems more of a blog on Blogger without a URL like HoustonBusinessConnections.com which he claims to be associated with.

ATC claims to be:

“Houston Business Connections Newspaper© is a non-partisan politically focused news source that’s published by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications for the sole purpose of informing, empowering and imploring our readership to elect the “BEST” duly-qualified people to public office who value, respect, and appreciate our support!”

This non partisan news source that has made Steve Hotze the “Man of the Year”. Steven Hotze is the same guy who has been indicted for his role in a former cop holding a gun to an AC repairman because he thought he was carrying fraudulent mail in ballots in his truck. Hotze has been charged with one count of unlawful restraint and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He has since been sued by the AC repairman. You can read about this bizarre case at the Texas Tribune.

Hotze is a well known anti-gay community, “Christian”. He has led the effort to end the non discrimination ordinance in Houston and has opposed the Supreme Court’s ruling on same sex marriage.

Hotze recently held an Election Denying SausageFest, with My Pillow Guy, and other election denying conspiracy theorists. He has a PAC called Conservative Republicans of Texas.

The bottom line is that Aubrey Taylor is nothing close to being non partisan. No one can label Steven Hotze “Man of the Year” and claim to be non partisan. With this in mind why in the hell are Democrats donating to his publication/blog? Taylor puts out endorsements including for George Risner who was trapped by Commissioner Adrian Garcia and other republican candidates that shouldn’t run for any office. He has endorsed Democrats, some who have donated to his publication, others who probably didn’t ask for it.

Democrats shouldn’t be anyway near Aubrey Taylor Communications or Houston Business Connections News and they shouldn’t be giving this organization money.

Before you run for Houston City Council

January 30, 2023

The filing period to appear on the ballot for the City of Houston November election runs from July 22 – August 21.

Before you file to run for Mayor, City Council, or Controller do yourself, your family, and your friends a favor by investigating the office before running for the office. Here are a few tips and questions you might want to consider before signing up. I am sure a political consultant might want to add a few other tips to this list. 

Follow the law. Running for office requires you to follow the laws of the State governing elections such as filing timely financial reports disclosing donations and expenditures. Visit the Texas Ethics Commission website BEFORE you run, not after a complaint has been filed. A complaint could be very costly to you and your treasurer. Also visit the Campaign Finance webpage for the City of Houston at http://www.houstontx.gov/campaignfinance/

It’s not a game. Running for office is not a game. There is nothing cute about running. It is very, very, tough work for the candidate and your volunteers. The position has a direct impact on people’s lives whether it is timely trash collection, providing a safe neighborhood with our police and our fire fighters, or protecting our country from foreign and domestic threats. Don’t cheapen the office by running just for the sake of running and distracting from those who have a clear understanding of what they are doing and are qualified to run.

It will cost money. Lots of money. A run for a City Council at Large seat could cost a couple hundred thousand dollars. This will include money to run a successful campaign to target the needed number of voters to win. If you do not intend to raise the necessary amount of money needed, then do not run, Do the math before you sign. Understand what the campaign will need and how much this will cost and whether you can raise that amount. It’s not just about buying a boat load of signs.

What qualifications do you bring to the table? Our government allows anyone to put their name on the ballot but some shouldn’t. Ask yourself if you understand the position you are running for. Do you have qualifications or personal experience that would apply to this position? Do you understand the process used to pass legislation, and do you know the players behind the scenes? Have you been involved in your community that you want to represent?

How many votes do you need to win? This is a hard question and is never an exact science but you can determine, with analysis of the past elections, an idea of the number of votes needed to push you over the top. This number will drive your campaign strategy and fundraising efforts. If you can’t answer this question then you really shouldn’t run.

How much money will it take to win? The number of votes you need to win will drive your fundraising efforts. As said above, running for office is not a game and it costs money. You will be on the phone for hours a day raising campaign cash in order to achieve that winning number.

Who is your financial base? Who will you be depending upon to achieve your financial goals in order to achieve that winning number of votes?

Who is your volunteer base? Who will be there to make phone calls for you or block walk in the hot sun? Do you have a base of supporters or do you intend to file and expect your political clubs to drop what they are doing and support you? A campaign will strain your relationships with family and friends. It’s a grueling undertaking requiring a considerable amount of dedication and support. You should have buy in from your family and those you expect to support you before you sign up.

Good luck and thank you for running or deciding not to.

Clear Lake’s State Representative files bills to limit voting of seniors and military

January 26, 2023

Let’s just call it what it is. Cheating. And stupid. Voting by mail is secure and is used exclusively by many states. It is also used by many senior and military personal serving overseas.

From a press release by Bay Area Democratic Movement:

CONTACT: Sam Alix, President

Jan. 24, 2023, Houston—The Bay Area Democratic Movement (BADM) condemns the proposal by Republican State Representative Dennis Paul to further restrict voting in Texas.

“This is voter suppression, clear and simple,” said BADM President Sam Alix. “While Democrats work to make it easier for every Texan to cast their ballot, Texas Republicans are following the national right-wing agenda and scheming to make it harder.”

The bill, H.B. 1180, would cut off four days from the time voters may request a ballot to vote by mail, and one day off the time to count ballots, among other restrictions.
Texas already ranks as one of the worst states for voting, according to the Election Law Journal, which wrote, “many of the new laws are unnecessary, lack substance and create confusion, concluding they place cumbersome responsibilities on election workers and local election officials while also confusing voters and even discouraging voter turnout.”

Representative Paul’s bill follows the MAGA voter suppression agenda based on Donald Trump’s myth of voter fraud. This past year alone, Republicans have pushed more than 400 voter suppression bills across the country in order to make it harder for Black and Hispanic voters, senior citizens, and college students to cast their ballots.
“Instead of working on issues Texans care about, like lowering our home insurance and electricity rates, and making our children safe from gun violence, Dennis Paul is trying to make it harder to vote him out of office,” said BADM community advocate, John Cobarruvias.

Bay Area Democratic Movement (BADM) is a Democratic club located in Texas House District 129. During the November 2022 election campaign, BADM volunteers contacted about 15,000 voters, staffed a local Democratic headquarters, hosted an Early Vote rally, and devoted over 300 hours to a candidate endorsement process. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of most months and are open to the public. More information can be found at bayareademocraticmovement.org.    # # #

The real cost of contact lenses.

January 24, 2023

Last year I bought 8 boxes of contact lenses for about $110.00. They lasted me two years since I only use one lens in the right eye. This year I was pricing the cost of 8 boxes of Acuvue for Astigmatism. The cost is now over $200. Most of the online companies advertise a low price of about $110.00 for 8 boxes plus another $160 for “insurance, fees, and/or processing”. It’s hard to imagine what kind of fees and insurance cost more than the actual price of the lenses but that is where we are.

Here is a list of companies and their prices. Some actually fold in their fees into the cost.

Vendoradvertised pricefeesReal price
Web Eye Care$115.92$112.44$228.36
EZ Contacts$239.60$0.00$239.60
Contact Lense King$111.92$135.84$260.71
Glasses USA$111.92$160.00$278.96
Discount Contacts$303.92$0.00$303.92
AC Lens$303.92$0.00$303.92

Who is running for CCISD Trustee in 2023?

January 23, 2023

You can check who is running for CCISD Trustee by visiting the Elections page on the CCISD website. This site includes campaign finance reports and other required documentation.

In 2023 two seats are up for election, District 2 held by Trustee Michelle Davis, and District 3 held by Trustee Arturo Sanchez. Both have filed for reelection.

I do not know much about Michelle Davis except for the fact that she nominated Scott Bowen for President, Vice President, and Secretary after the election of 2021. He lost all three. I think that speaks volumes. Arturo Sanchez is one of those elected officials who does the work of the district for the parents, teachers, and students without a lot of fanfare. He is a good choice.

I am waiting for the Qanon candidate to surface. This person will be heavily financed by the Republican Party with tens of thousands of dollars in advertisements, signs, and mailers. Look for the title of “Conservative” in their literature. That is a telltale sign of being part of the Scot Bowen Klan. I expect our State Senator Money Mayes Middleton to put some of his own money into this race. Over the last few elections we had two unqualified candidates run for CCISD, Christine Parizo who lost by 25 points, and Misty Dawson who lost by just 40 votes. That race required a recount which she lost and then sued the winner in a frivolous lawsuit that was eventually withdrawn.

Until then check the CCISD website to see who is running!

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