The sexist MAGAt of Houston City Council: Greg Travis District G

December 29, 2020

Just like Trump. 

Here are a couple of posts from Houston City Councilman Greg Travis. He speaks for himself. According to Wikipedia he teaches business law at the Houston Community College. Hopefully he will not next semester. The posts make me want to ask “What the fuck is wrong with you?”

Houston's very own civil rights leader: Michael Kubosh

April 25, 2020

There is so much wrong with what Houston City Councilman Michael Kubosh did yesterday by going to a restaurant which opened against the County’s executive order.

Let’s start with the rule of law. What the hell happened to the Republican Party that once claimed to be the king of the hill when it came to following the law, being tough on crime, and personal responsibility? Kubosh, as an elected official, openly defied a public health order and now that dog whistle tells his white wing followers that civil unrest is OK.

And lets end with Rosa Parks. Kubosh compared his hot dog fetish to Rosa Parks. From Click2Houston:

“Sometimes, civil disobedience is required to move things forward. That’s why we remember Rosa Parks.” Houston At-Large Council Member Michael Kubosh said.

I don’t remember Rosa Parks going to a restaurant to horse down a half dozen chili dogs. I don’t remember her looking for a TV camera. I don’t remember her encouraging constituents to openly defy an order that was put in place in order to protect the health of the citizens of the city. Parks refused to stand to protect her rights as an American and a human being. 
Kubosh, a sitting City Council member, sat his fat ass down to stuff his face, wipe his face, then put his face on TV to blow his dog whistle and declare himself the civil disobedience leader of Houston. 
In the words of the Harris County Judge: “It’s sad”.

Why are you running? Dawn Rogers for District Judge District 334

January 30, 2020

There are a number of challengers against well established incumbents especially in judicial races. Dawn Rogers is one who is challenging Judge Steven Kirkland. It makes you wonder: Why are you running?

There really is no reason Judge Kirkland should be challenged except for maybe one thing. Back in 2017 Judge Kirkland ruled against Landry’s Restaurant. The Houston Press wrote:

Landry’s must pay an animal welfare organization it sued for defamation $450,000 in sanctions, a Harris County District Judge ruled Wednesday, upon dismissing the case. Judge Steven Kirkland dismissed Landry’s suit with prejudice and wrote that the sanctions were necessary “to deter Plaintiffs from filing similar actions in the future.” Kirkland also ordered Landry’s to pay more than $170,000 in legal fees.

So this case cost Landry’s $620,000. Kirkland’s opponent raised $9,395 with $5,000 coming from Landy’s Restaurant PAC. Coincidence? Kirkland has served the community very well. Let’s keep him on the bench.

Candidate COH Raised Spent Loan
Judge Kirkland $105,141 $50,271 $23,846 $0
Dawn Rogers $2,865 $9,395 $10,715 $0

Raising Campaign Cash: Houston Elections Final

January 16, 2020

And here are the final numbers for the candidates who remembered to file their campaign finance reports. Leave it to Buzbee who campaigned on ending corruption to not file his reports by the due date. By the way, we still don’t know what happened to him in 1980. He has since filed spending $460,000 in the last period. Dolcefino has also just reported.

Another note, Willie Davis has a serious math problem showing $139,068 left over.

I’ll update as necessary.

CANDIDATE COH Raised Spent Loans
Sylvester Turner (inc) $293,503 $359,567 $780,735 $0
Tony Buzbee $63,531 $0 $460,888 $10,000,000
Position 1
Mike Knox (inc) $4,302 $6,900 $29,075 $0
Raj Salhotra $9,060 $24,010 $75,837 $0
Position 2
David Robinson (inc) $40,735 $11,625 $82,515 $0
Willie Davis $139,068 $4,000 $14,164 $0
Position 3
Michael Kubosh (inc) $94,540 $14,770 $31,570 $276,000
Janaeya Carmouche
Position 4
Anthony Dolcefino $0 $6,112 $12,590 $0
Letitia Plummer $11,068 $71,168 $83,491 $21,900
Position 5
Sallie Alcorn $16,374 $21,535 $76,313 $0
Eric Dick $75,000

Socialists running in the Democratic Primary

January 15, 2020

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is taking over for the LaRouche cult in infiltrating the Democratic Party. Unlike LaRouche DSA does not have much money and they are definitely less whacky but they are running candidates in the Democratic Primary.

Case in point, Audia Jones. Audia is running for Harris County District Attorney. She is a member of DSA. Her husband is also a DSA member and was elected to the bench in 2018. As with the other DSA candidates she is running as a “progressive”, a very far left progressive. She is young and has some experience which is always good but we do not need to be coddling socialists in our party. Ever.

She is joined by another socialist, Sema Hernandez a long shot, inexperienced, candidate for United States Senate. And there are probably more. In fact the Texas Observer found 17 running in the 2018 elections with at least one winning right here in Houston.

DSA is the tea party of the left. They are the extreme. They are the unwanted lightning rod for the party. The word “socialist” scares the living crap out of independent voters. If DSA candidates want to run, run in your own party. Running a socialist in the Democratic Party is like passing gas in a crowded elevator.

It stinks.

Houston elections wrap-up 2019

December 16, 2019

Well that wasn’t fun, for some.

The Winners
Mayor Sylvester Turner
Chris Brown Controller

Amy Peck District A
(Delayed) District B
Abbie Kamin District C
Carolyn Evans-Shabazz District D
Dave Martin District E
Tiffany Thomas District F
Greg Davis District G
Karla Cisneros(*) District H
Robert Gallegos District I
Ed Pollard District J
Martha Castex-Tatum District K

Mike Knox At Large 1
David Robinson At Large 2
Mike Kubosh At Large 3
Leticia Plummer At Large 4
Sallie Alcorn At Large 5

The Losers
Tony Buzbee.

Buzbee lost and that was good for the city. Up till the day of the election Buzbee clearly showed he had no idea of how the City works or how to govern. To him is was about money, his money, and how he could buy a seat. He lost $13 Million. We won. District B is in the courts and will be decided at a later date. Two women joined the members of the At Large delegation. 8, maybe 9 out of 16 members of Council are women. Chris Brown returns as Controller.

Media Bias
Back in 1995 Wayne Dolcefino was an investigative reporter (sic) for KTRK-TV. He had a boner for Sylvester Turner when Turner first ran for Mayor. Dolcefino was eventually sued and lost for a story about insurance fraud and a jury awarded $5.5 Million. 

We ought to have an award for those in the media who chased stories that left them with egg on their faces. Fox26 would easily be in the running. They are becoming the FoxNews of Houston. This isn’t good. I used to work with a reporter at Fox26. He was fair and asked the tough questions. That was all I wanted or expected. Professional. Respectable. This is lacking at Fox26 now. 

Don’t be a a Dick law.
Eric Dick’s racist mailer cannot go unchallenged. He needs to suffer what ever consequences there may be. Unfortunately the Texas Ethics Commission does not have a rapid response process that would put Dick on notice. Instead a complaint takes months to resolve. We need a “Dont be a Dick” law.

Ed Pollard
Ed can be in the same boat as Dick. Claiming an elected official is endorsing you is dishonest and he should pay some consequences. I hope he does better as an elected official.

Before you run for office
Do yourself and us a favor, think before you jump into a race you know nothing about. We had way too many candidates who could not, would not, raise money and who have no business running for office. This isn’t a game.

Self Financing
There ought to be restrictions on self financing Buzbee put in $13 Million of his own money. Eric Dick put in $300,000. Money Mayes Middleton put in $2.5 Million for a House Race. The list can go on and on. This has to stop.

On to the primaries!

Raising/Spending campaign cash: COH Runoff elections

December 7, 2019

Buzbee put another $2.3 Million of his wealth into his campaign for a total of $12.3 Million.

Dolcefino raised $19,215 with $14,500 coming from PACs and 2 other donors. Kubosh still has a $276,000 loan. Plummer has a $21,900 outstanding loan, and Eric Dick has a $75,000 loan with another $65,205 spent out of his own pocket for this period.

CANDIDATE COH Raised Spent Loans
Sylvester Turner (inc) $597,624 $1,741,906 $1,722,625 $0
Tony Buzbee $524,420 $0 $3,076,360 $2,300,000
Position 1
Mike Knox (inc) $16,073 $69,710 $50 $0
Raj Salhotra $64,150 $128,672 $121,736 $0
Position 2
David Robinson (inc) $189,649 $111,280 $199,791 $0
Willie Davis $19,816 $127,725 $10,367 $0
Position 3
Michael Kubosh (inc) $113,500 $72,215 $69,164 $276,000
Janaeya Carmouche $5,812 $17,570 $11,757 $0
Position 4
Anthony Dolcefino $6,478 $19,215 $17,482 $0
Letitia Plummer $12,443 $41,915 $44,501 $21,900
Position 5
Sallie Alcorn $49,463 $195,105 $154,757 $0
Eric Dick $2,545 $720 $65,205 $75,000

#DishonestDick strikes again.

December 6, 2019

Eric Dick is a republican and he is representing the party very well, just like Buzbee.

Once again Eric Dick has sent another round of his misleading campaign mailer. As with the last one, it features pictures of President Obama, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Ann Bennett, and other local Black elected officials. On the back is a list of endorsements from a group called “Harris County Black Democratic News” a group, if it exists, is not associated with the Harris County Democratic Party.

The mailer implies Eric Dick is being endorsed by these Black elected officials. They have not. And these mailers are being sent to the Black community. If it isn’t illegal, it is extremely dishonest.

The mailer has a new return address of 17484 Northwest Freeway, which is assigned to Minuteman Press. The previous mailer used the address of 1918 Freeman Houston Texas 77009 and owned by Philip Bryant, a personal friend and client of Eric Dick.

And once again, there is no required “Political ad paid for by” disclaimer, a clear violation of the Texas Ethics Commission laws. The fine could be as high as $4000. According to Title 15 Section 255.001:

A person may not knowingly use, cause or permit to be used, or continue to use any published, distributed, or broadcast political advertising containing express advocacy that the person knows does not include the disclosure required by Subsection (a).

Unfortunately complaints to the Texas Ethics Commission, the DAs office, the County Attorney’s office, or the Texas Bar will not stop Dishonest Dick’s mailers until months after the election. By then the damage has been done.

There ought to be a law.

Yet another lie by Toni Buzbee

December 5, 2019

He really is just like Trump. He just can’t stop lying.

In a recent push card claiming to support the Houston Fire Fighters Buzbee claims “The mayor ignored voters and sued the firefighters”. This is not true. According to Houston Public Media:

The Houston Police Officers’ Union (HPOU) has filed a lawsuit against both the City of Houston and the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association, in an effort to block implementation of a charter amendment granting firefighters pay parity with police officers of equivalent rank. Houston voters approved the amendment, also known as Proposition B, earlier this month.

The Police Dept wanted the Proposition to be ruled unconstitutional, and it was. According to the Texas Constitution the pay increases must follow certain procedures and not simply putting a pay increase on the ballot without allocating funding for it. (Talk to your City Council Member about this. I did.)

The article goes on to say 

Earlier this week, Houston City Council voted to hire the law firm of Norton Rose Fulbright, as a first step in filing its own suit to block the charter amendment.

This is the city, not the Mayor as Tony wants you to believe. Do yourself a favor. Ask your elected officials how the city could pay for a 29% increase in Fire Fighters pay. Most will be honest about the lack of funds but the desire to increase pay in a sustainable manner.

Buzbee on the other hand will probably just lie to you. It worked for trump.

More on Dick and the Harris County Democratic News

December 1, 2019

OK. I’m officially obsessed.

Recently an organization called the Harris County Democratic News released a mailer with pictures of Black elected officials such as President Obama, State Representative Senfronia Thompson, and others with the back endorsing people of color except for one, Eric Dick. Some have wondered who paid for this mailer and maybe I found out that it is only one person, the white one.

According to the City of Houston website, there is only 1 contributor to the Harris County Democratic News and that is Eric Dick for a total of $8500. The address of this news is 1918 Freeman Houston Texas 77009 and owned by Philip Bryant. The HCDN is not registered with the Texas Ethics Commission.

This is definitely strange since there is no political disclaimer so filing an ethics complaint will be challenging.

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