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  • Saturday, February 06, 2010

    Austin/Travis County, TX Focus

    NEWS FROM AUSTIN:

    Austin Judge questions jailing of undocumented immigrants

    Energy Generation Plan Presented to Austin City Council


    Seven Austin Democratic Clubs Release Endorsements (from Burnt Orange Report)

    Below are the results; a key is located at the bottom to decode the club acronyms. Also to note, the Austin Tejano Democrats do not endorse in statewide races which is left to the statewide organization which supports White, Chavez-Thompson, Uribe and Gilbert.. Circle C Democrats do not endorse in the JP or County Commissioner races in which they are not located.


    Governor

    Bill White: BAD, CAAAD, CAPD, CCAD, CCYD, NETCO, TED

    Lt. Governor

    Ronnie Earle: BAD, CAAAD, CAPD, CCAD, TED (dual)
    Linda Chavez-Thompson: CCYD, NETCO, TED (dual)

    Ag Commissioner

    Hank Gilbert: BAD, CAAAD, CAPD, CCAD, CCYD, NETCO, TED

    Land Commissioner

    Hector Uribe: BAD, CAAAD, CAPD, CCAD, CCYD, NETCO, TED

    For the statewide candidates, I don't think there was ever a question that these informed Democrats were every going to endorse anyone other than White & Gilbert. In the two low information races, it's interesting that Hector Uribe also took a clean sweep while the Lt. Gov primary was a mixed bag. Chavez-Thompson may be the pick of statewide insiders, but Earle seems to be more comfortable choice for Austin voters which won't be surprising since he's an Austin boy.


    State Board of Education, District 5

    Rebecca Bell-Metereau: ATD, BAD, CAAAD, CAPD, CCAD, CCYD, NETCO, TED

    147th District Court

    Cliff Brown: ATD, BAD, CAAAD, CAPD, CCAD, CCYD, NETCO, TED

    201st District Court

    Amy Clark Meachum: ATD, BAD, CAAAD, CAPD, CCAD, CCYD, NETCO, TED

    299th District Court

    Mindy Montford: CAAAD, TED (dual)
    Karen Sage: ATD, BAD, CAPD, CCAD, CCYD, NETCO, TED (dual)

    331st District Court
    David Crain: ATD, BAD, CAAAD, CAPD, CCAD, CCYD, NETCO, TED

    County Court at Law #3
    John Lipscombe: BAD, CAAAD, CAPD, CCYD, NETCO, TED

    As we head farther down ballot, a couple of candidates are breathing easier tonight. Rebecca Bell-Metereau is going to feel better coming away with a clean sweep in order to help maximize her ability to avoid a runoff in her 4-way race in massive district with little money. Brown & Crain's clean sweeps are reassuring against last minute opponents. Sage won back some momentum in the 299th race (and won a runoff with Leonard Martinez in the ATD group) but it's likely that the 299th will be a runoff between Sage and Montford regardless.

    The big winner of the judicial races is John Lipscombe who was not expected to win an majority of endorsements tonight but swept the 5 that did endorse. Lipscombe tied among the Austin Tejano Democrats- a club that Seelig should have won outright. Circle C was split by a vote or two and doesn't endorse in those situations.


    Travis County Commissioner, Pct 4

    Margaret Gomez: BAD
    Raul Alvarez: ATD, CAAAD, CCYD, NETCO, TED

    In this race, CAPD issued no endorsement and Circle C did not have it on the ballot. This was a needed series of wins for Alvarez.


    Justice of the Peace, Pct 1
    Yvonne Williams: ATD, BAD, CAAAD, CAPD, NETCO, TED
    Daniel Bradford: CCYD

    Justice of the Peace, Pct 2
    Karin Crump: ATD, BAD, CAAAD, CAPD, CCYD, NETCO, TED

    Justice of the Peace, Pct 5
    Herb Evans: ATD, CAAAD, CAPD, CCYD, NETCO, TED

    Nothing unexpected here. BAD had no endorsement in JP5 because of a ballot error and may re-endorse later. Bradford failed to make much of a dent in the JP1 open seat even though this was the first time many people had actually heard from his opponent.

    One final note on this set of endorsements. One thing that is pretty clear is how efficient the Austin Democratic Machine can be. You can tell where it is engaged or disengaged. For instance, Shami can't buy off any of it and probably won't win a single endorsement in Austin anyways. The Machine doesn't care about the Lt. Governor's race and that was the most split race tonight. The Machine is fully lined up behind Cliff Brown & David Crain. It has blessed Amy Clark Meachum to steamroll over Jan Patterson and that is happening perfectly.

    The biggest test was County Court at Law #3 and tonight's results will give comfort to any wobbly players to go with Lipscombe. The Machine isn't in full agreement or engagement yet in the 299th District Court race because of the last minute array of candidates but will probably organize itself in the runoff. And in the JP races- the Machine recognizes that Williams is the chosen African American replacement for that district and while she's relatively unknown, she's got the nod of support. There are a couple of different machines in the Commissioner 4 race which are pulling in different directions (and without much direction).

    But that's our local democracy.

    ATD: Austin Tejano Democrats
    BAD: Black Austin Democrats
    CAAAD: Capital Area Asian American Democrats
    CAPD: Capital Area Progressive Democrats
    CCAD: Circle C Area Democrats
    CCYD: Capital City Young Democrats
    NETCO: Northeast Travis County Democrats
    TED: Texas Environmental Democrats (Austin)


    EVENTS:

    This comes from the Travis County Democratic Party:

    FEBRUARY 12, 2010: First day to apply for April 13th primary runoff election (if did not request runoff ballot on application for primary).

    FEBRUARY 16, 2010: First day of early voting for 2010 primary elections.

    Wednesday, February 17, 2010: A Conversation with Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio
    Julián Castro was elected Mayor of San Antonio on May 9, 2009. A 35-year-old San Antonio native, Mayor Castro is the youngest mayor of a Top 50 American city.

    Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 Time: 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Location: The Austin Club
    110 E. Ninth St., Austin, TX 78701 (map) Questions?: rsvp@texastribune.org or 512-716-8626 RSVP by: Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010 - 12 p.m.
    A reservation is required.

    Sunday, February 21 at 6:00pm: Precinct 338 will hold a Candidates' Forum
    Lake Hills’ Community Clubhouse, 3116 Edgewater Drive

    Directions: Take Bee Caves Rd. west, left on Cuernavaca Dr., bear left under arch and continue on Mecca Rd. to deadend, left on Edgewater Dr., Lakehills Association Clubhouse is on the left. We will make sure the gate remains open.

    Contact:Ann Patterson, Chairman

    Precinct 338-Cuernavaca/LakeHills

    512.263.5662

    mobile 512.971.0341

    alpatterson@austin.rr.com

    Tuesday, February 23, 5:30-7:30pm: Rebecca Bell-Metereau Fundraiser
    Threadgill’s World Headquarters
    301 W Riverside Dr Austin, TX 78704

    Suggested Contribution $35

    Sponsorships Available at $125, $250, $500, $750, $1,000

    Call 512-637-7260 or email Rebecca@VoteRebecca.com for more information

    Tuesday, February 25: Northeast Travis County Democrats Meeting
    7:00pm Meeting starts after the Early Vote Polls close PLACE: Travis County Community Center, 15822 Foothill Farms Loop, Pflugerville CONTACT: Dave Taylor at 844-1300 or mrdave9735@aol.com

    You are invited to join Northeast Travis County Democrats for their monthly meeting the last Tuesday of the month. The Community Center is located across FM 1825 from the Springhill Restaurant and behind the Lamb\'s Auto.

    FEBRUARY 26, 2010: Last day for early voting for 2010 primary elections.

    MARCH 2, 2010: 2010 Primary Election Day

    March 3, 2010: Capital City Young Democrats Meeting
    6 PM
    Capital City Young Democrats welcomes the young and the young at heart to join us for volunteering and social events. Each month, we have a regular meeting, a happy hour, and at least one social or volunteer event. We meet the first Wednesday of every month.
    George Washington Carver Branch of the Austin Public Library
    1161 Angelina Street, Austin, TX 78722, (512) 974-1010
    For more information, contact kimberlyhokanson@gmail.com

    Wednesday, March 10th: Celebrate the Re-election Campaign of Rep. Diana Maldonado
    You are invited to a post-primary celebration in support of the re-election campaign of Representative Diana Maldonado
    5:00-8:00 pm

    El Sol y La Luna, 600 East 6th Street

    Please join us at one of the following levels:

    Host Levels: (give or raise)

    Familia: $1,000

    Prima o Primo: $500

    Amiga o Amigo: $250

    Tickets: $20

    Students & Seniors: $10

    To RSVP, or for more information please contact: Laura@progressivecapitol.com or 512-465-2162


    BIODIESEL IN AUSTIN AREA

    Here are some biodiesel stations near Austin, TX. Biodiesel is less polluting and has a smaller carbon footprint than regular diesel, and is produced right here in the USA. Biodiesel can be used in almost any diesel engine. Up to B20 (a 20 percent blend) any diesel engine, whether car or 18 wheeler or whatever, can use it. Above B20 some older engines may have problems, but newer engines should be ok.

    DieselGreen Fuels: 5217 Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702, 512-247-3835. Offers B20 (good for any diesel engine) and B100 (OK for newer diesel engines). Open 9-5.

    El Sol Logistics: 1114 Regal Row, Austin, TX 78748, 512-563-8142. Offers B100 (OK for newer diesel engines). Open 9-5 M-F

    Oaxacan Tamaleo: 1634 Hwy 71, Cedar Creek, TX 78612, 512-289-9262. Offers B100 (OK for newer diesel engines). CLOSED MONDAYS

    Ecowise: 110 W. Elizabeth St. Austin, TX 78704, 512-326-4474. Offers B100 (OK for newer diesel engines). Open M-SU 10-7PM.

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