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  • Friday, March 05, 2010

    Houston/Harris County, TX Focus

    News from Houston/Harris County:

    Houston Judge Declares Texas Death Penalty Unconstitutional; State Plans to Appeal...and: More Details on Houston Judge Declaring Texas Death Penalty Unconstituional...Rather than appealing the decision, why doesn't Texas LISTEN to the judge and FIX THE PROBLEMS with the system. I know the Dallas DA is trying to fix the problems in his neck of the woods. I wish the whole state of Texas would listen to this Houston judge and the Dallas DA.

    Army Repeats A Bad Mistake...the army keeps hiring incompetent and corrupt companies like KBR (the company whose neglect led to repeated electrocutions of American soldiers in barracks they maintained)

    More interesting news about the vote in Harris County...the Harris County results in BOTH primaries seem to reflect what Howard Dean has been saying: it isn't that there's an anti-Democrat feeling in the country, but rather an anti-establishment/incumbent feeling which will affect Republicans as well as Democrats

    Rick Perry is Polling in Houston...and in the process spreading lies like a typical Republican. Why do Republicans lie so much? Because the truth contradicts their extremist beliefs

    Harris County owed millions by bond companies for bail skips

    Republican Negligence Wastes 3,000 Jobs in Texas


    BIODIESEL IN HARRIS COUNTY:

    Biodiesel is an American produced fuel that is cleaner than traditional diesel. Up to B20 (a 20% blend of biodiesel and traditional diesel) any diesel engine, car or truck, can run on it. Above B20, some older engines may have problems but newer diesel engines should be ok. Here are some gas stations selling biodiesel near Houston:

    ORourke Petroleum: 223 McCarty Street, Houston, TX 77029, 713-672-4500. Offers B20 (good in any diesel engine). CFN CARDLOCK ONLY

    hyperfuels.com: 12969 W Hardy Frontage Toll Rd, Houston, TX 77037, 877-447-7207. Offers B100 (good in newer diesel engines, older engines may have problems). Open 9 AM - 5 PM.

    Peachleaf Bio: 1611 Peachleaf St, Houston, TX 77039, 281-449-9500. Offers B99 (good in newer diesel engines, older engines may have problems). COOP SIGNUP NEEDED. Call for details. Open M-F 8-5.

    Houston Biodiesel: 723 N Drennan Street, Houston, TX 77003, 713-222-0832. Offers B100 (good in newer diesel engines, older engines may have problems). Open 9:30-6 M-F; WEEKENDS CALL

    American Greenfuels: 6421 Eppes St, Houston, TX 77087, 713-634-0033. Offers B99 (good in newer diesel engines, older engines may have problems). CALL FOR AVAILABILITY


    EVENTS:

    This comes from the Harris County Democratic Party: (selected events, they have more on their website)

    1960 Area Democrats Monthly Meeting
    Date: Monday March 8, 2010
    Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the second Monday.
    Type: Meeting (Public)
    Location: Doss Community Center, 2500 Frick Rd
    Street: 2500 Frick Rd
    City/State/Zip: Houston
    Phone: 281-583-1174
    Meets 2nd Monday¸ 7:00 PM at Doss Community Center¸ 2500 Frick Road. Frick is off Veterans Memorial HWY (Steubner Airline) about 5 miles S of FM 1960
    For more information contact Jack Carney, 281-583-1174.


    Harris County Democratic Party Brown Bag Lunch with Cris Feldman on Campaign Finance
    Date: Tuesday March 9, 2010
    Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: HCDP Headquarters, 1445 North Loop West, #110 (exit Ella Blvd.)
    The Brown Bag Lunch is a monthly event of the Harris County Democratic Party, held at our offices, 1445 North Loop West (exit Ella Blvd.) Come meet Fellow Democrats. You bring your lunch, we provide the soft drinks.

    Speaker: Cris Feldman, noted local attorney and expert on campaign finance issues, will discuss the impact on the Supreme Court's recent ruling on corporate campaign contributions.

    Houston Area Stonewall Democrats Monthly Meeting
    Date: Tuesday March 9, 2010
    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the second Tuesday.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: Harris County Democratic Party Headquarters, 1445 N. Loop W. , Suite 110 , Houston, TX 77008
    Stonewall Dems and their allies meet each month.

    For further info: email houstonareastonewalldemocrats@gmail.com or call 832-474-3926.
    visit our website:
    www.houstonareastonewalldemocrats.com

    Galleria Area Democrats Monthly Meeting
    Date: Tuesday March 9, 2010
    Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the second Tuesday.
    Type: Meeting (Public)
    Location: Los Tios Restaurant, 9527 Westheimer @ Tanglewilde
    Join Galleria Area Democrats at their monthly meeting at Los Tios Restaurant, 9527 Westheimer @ Tanglewilde, from 7-9 pm. Food and drink will be served before and during the meeting. Contact Janice Weiss for more information at 713-532-4418 or janicerosew@yahoo.com

    Bellaire Democrats Monthly Meeting
    Date: Tuesday March 9, 2010
    Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the second Tuesday.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: Check website for Meeting locations http://www.bellairedemocrats.org/
    The Bellaire Democrats meet the second Tuesday of the month EXECPT In: June, July, August, and December. Locations vary, check website for meeting locations http://www.bellairedemocrats.org/. For more info contact Margo Kendrick, President. Phone: 713-665-4409 Email: agabee@aol.com
    or Patrick Durio, Treasurer, Bellaire Democrats 832-423-4038.

    Bellaire Democrats Monthly Meeting
    Date: Tuesday March 9, 2010
    Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the second Tuesday.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: Check website for Meeting locations http://www.bellairedemocrats.org/
    The Bellaire Democrats meet the second Tuesday of the month EXECPT In: June, July, August, and December. Locations vary, check website for meeting locations http://www.bellairedemocrats.org/. For more info contact Margo Kendrick, President. Phone: 713-665-4409 Email: agabee@aol.com
    or Patrick Durio, Treasurer, Bellaire Democrats 832-423-4038.

    Spring Branch Young Democrats Meeting
    Date: Wednesday March 10, 2010
    Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Type: Meeting (Public)
    Location: HCC Northwest - Spring Branch Campus
    Street: 1010 W. Sam Houston Pkwy North
    City/State/Zip: Houston, TX 77043
    Phone: (713) 718-5700

    Bay Area New Democrats Monthly Meeting
    Date: Wednesday March 10, 2010
    Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the second Wednesday.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: Harris County Courthouse Bay Area Annex, 16603 Buccaneer, Houston 77062
    BAND meets at 7 pm every second Wed. of the month at the Harris County Courthouse Bay Area Annex at 16603 Buccaneer, Houston, 77062 in the second floor courtroom. The meeting begins at 7 pm with a guest speaker, the club business meeting follows. Contact Don Rhorer for more information at 281-488-5046 or email drhorer99@earthlink.net

    Houston Black American Democrats Meeting
    Date: Thursday March 11, 2010
    Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the second Thursday.
    Type: Meeting (Public)
    Location: Location: Judge Zinetta Burney's, Pct. 7, Position 2 Courtroom, 5300 Griggs Road, Houston Texas 77021
    Contact: Gabriel Hadnot 713-697-6732.
    gmhadnot@aol.com

    Battleground Democrats Monthly Meeting
    Date: Thursday March 11, 2010
    Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the second Thursday.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: Deer Park Community Center, 610 E. San Augustine, Deer Park, TX
    The Battleground Democrats meet the 2nd Thursday evening of each month at the Deer Park Coummunity Center located 610 E. San Augustine at 7:00 p.m. For more information contact Gene Hayman, President at ehayman@aol.com or 281-479-4579.

    Tejano Democrats Monthly Meeting
    Date: Thursday March 11, 2010
    Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the second Thursday.
    Type: Meeting (Public)
    Location: HCDP HQs, 1445 North Loop West, Ste 110
    Harris County Tejano Democrats meet every month on 2nd Thursday at 7pm. Visit our website at www.hctejanos.org.
    For more information, contact Sandra Puente(chair)email:HCTD01@aol.com 713-864-4700.

    Alief Democrats Monthly Meeting
    Date: Thursday March 11, 2010
    Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the second Thursday.
    Type: Meeting (Public)
    Location: Benny's Mexican Restaurant, Westheimer and Eldridge, Houston
    Monthly meeting of the Alief Democrats is changed to the second Thursday of each month. Come early ( 6:00 or 6:30 ) if you wish to eat early-great Mexican food. PLEASE NOTE! WE ARE NO LONGER MEETING ON SATURDAY MORNING. For more information e-mail lhatlen@aol.com or call 281 493 3107.

    TGIF Coffee Break at Harris County Democratic Party
    Date: Friday March 12, 2010
    Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Repeat: This event repeats every week.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: HCDP HQ 1445 N Loop W, ste 110, Houston 77008
    Stop by for coffee and conversation at the HCDP office on Friday from 9:30 to 11 am. Email martha@hcdp.org for more information.

    Greater Heights Democratic Club Monthly Meeting
    Date: Saturday March 13, 2010
    Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the second Saturday.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: Harris County Democratic Party Headquarters, 1445 North Loop West (East of IBEW Bldg.), Ste 110, Houston, TX 77008
    Please join the GHDC at the HCDP headquarters for our monthly meeting. Call 713-305-5468 or email kjhman12002@yahoo.com for further information. Visit our website at www.ghdc.org

    Neighborhood Democrats of Galveston Co. Meeting
    Date: Monday March 15, 2010
    Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the third Monday.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: Peppers Steak and Seafood, I-45 @ FM 518, League City
    Neighborhood Democrats of Galveston County will meet on the third Monday of each month (except Dec.), 7:00 PM, at Peppers Steak and Seafood on I 45 Northbound @ FM 518 in the Kroger shopping center. The street address is 220 Gulf Fwy. S., League City. If you wish to eat come early. No purchase necessary. The website is www.neighborhooddemocrats.org

    Contact H. J. (Jim) Brown, 832-415-4490 for information.

    Meyerland Area Democratic Club Meeting
    Date: Monday March 15, 2010
    Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the third Monday.
    Type: Club Event (Public)
    Location: El Ranchero Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, 5300 N. Braeswood
    For more information, contact Alan Guttman, President, at meydems@att.net or info@meydems.org, or go to website www.meydems.org.

    Fort Bend County Democratic Party
    Date: Monday March 15, 2010
    Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the third Monday.
    Type: Meeting (Public)
    Location: 500 Liberty, Richmond, Texas - Jane Long Building
    website: www.fbcdp.org

    Area 5 Democrats Meeting
    Date: Monday March 15, 2010
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the third Monday.
    Type: Club Event (Public)
    Location: USW Union Hall, 311 Pasadena Blvd., Pasadena, TX (formerly PACE Union Hall)
    For more information please contact Area 5 Chair: Jimmy Serrano at jfser@earthlink.net or (713)649-8838

    River Oaks Area Democratic (ROAD) Women Monthly Meeting
    Date: Tuesday March 16, 2010
    Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the third Tuesday.
    Type: Club Event (Public)
    Location: St. Stephens Church, West Alabama at Woodhead, Houston, Texas
    Join the legendary River Oaks Area Democratic (R.O.A.D.) Women at their monthly meeting every third Tuesday at St. Stephens Church, located at West Alabama and Woodhead. Social interaction, including refreshments, begins at 5:30 p.m. Meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. Contact roadway@roadwomen.com for more information.

    East End Democrats Monthly Meeting
    Date: Tuesday March 16, 2010
    Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the third Tuesday.
    Type: Meeting (Public)
    Location: 708 Telephone Rd., Houston,TX 77023
    East End Democrats, a Democratic club focusing on the area east of downtown, North of the Gulf Fwy, west of the East Loop and south of Buffalo Bayou, meets the third Tuesday of each month at bohemeo\'s, an art/coffee bar. bohemeo\'s is located just 2 miles south of downtown 708 Telephone Rd. inside the Tlaquepaque Plaza.Coming south on I 45 from DT, take the Cullen exit, turn left on to Cullen, go to Leeland, take a right. After crossing Lockwood take a right onto Tlaquepaque Plaza....go through the arch way and you\'re here!!!!If your coming north on I 45 take the Elgin/Lockwood exit, take a right on Lockwood, before you cross Leeland/Telephone, take a right into The Plaza...you\'ll know when you see the big pink outdoor stage!For more information e-mail judy.craft@gmail.com.

    Katy Area Democrats Monthly Meeting
    Date: Tuesday March 16, 2010
    Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the third Tuesday.
    Type: Meeting (Public)
    Location: Chesterfield Club House, 1707 Briarchester (off Mason at Chesterwick).
    NEW MEETING LOCATION: Chesterfield Club House, 1707 Briarchester (off Mason at Chesterwick). 6:30 p.m. social.

    For more information please visit www.katydemocrats.net or contact Linda Sawyer, President at 281-455-8516.

    Oak Forest Area Democrats Meeting
    Date: Wednesday March 17, 2010
    Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the third Wednesday.
    Type: Club Event (Public)
    Location: Cazadores Mexican Restaurant 11031 Hwy 290 @W 34th
    Phone: 713-670-4348 www.oakforestdems.org
    Please note new location. Cazadores is in the Academy shopping center.

    Spring Democratic Club Meeting
    Date: Thursday March 18, 2010
    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the third Thursday.
    Type: Meeting (Public)
    Location: 4019 Rolling Terrace, Spring 77388
    Meeting will be at the home of BERNARD and SANDY SMITH, 4019 Rolling Terrace Drive, Spring, TX 77388.

    Social at 6:30 p.m., Meeting at 7:00 p.m.

    For more information, call Sue Mallott, 281-353-1192.

    TGIF Coffee Break at Harris County Democratic Party
    Date: Friday March 19, 2010
    Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Repeat: This event repeats every week.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: HCDP HQ 1445 N Loop W, ste 110, Houston 77008
    Stop by for coffee and conversation at the HCDP office on Friday from 9:30 to 11 am. Email martha@hcdp.org for more information.

    West Houston Democratic Club Monthly Meeting
    Date: Saturday March 20, 2010
    Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the third Saturday.
    Type: Meeting (Public)
    Location: Tracy Gee Community Center - 3599 Westcenter
    For more information please contact Jimmy Dunne, President of the West Houston Democratic Club, at jimmydunne@sbcglobal.net

    Texas Democratic Women in Harris County
    Date: Monday March 22, 2010
    Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the fourth Monday.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: HCDP HQ, 1445 N Loop W, Suite 110, Houston 77008
    The Texas Democratic Women of Harris County will meet at the HCDP headquarters at 6:30 pm. Contact Barbara Gardner for more information at bjgardner@tuckervaughan.com

    Harris County Young Democrats General Meeting
    Date: Tuesday March 23, 2010
    Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the fourth Tuesday.
    Type: Meeting (Public)
    Location: 1135 Oxford Hall, Houston TX 77008
    A group of young progressives (ages 14-40) from all walks of life who are unified in dedication to social justice. We meet monthly to discuss political issues and elections, as well as to volunteer for local campaigns and fundraise for local charities.

    Harris County Democratic Party Evening Brown Bag
    Date: Tuesday March 23, 2010
    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the fourth Tuesday.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: HCDP, 1445 North Loop West, Suite 110, Houston 77008
    Please join fellow democrats at their monthly evening Brown Bag Speaker Series, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at the HCDP HQ.

    Spring Branch Young Democrats Meeting
    Date: Wednesday March 24, 2010
    Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Type: Meeting (Public)
    Location: HCC Northwest - Spring Branch Campus
    Street: 1010 W. Sam Houston Pkwy North
    City/State/Zip: Houston, TX 77043
    Phone: (713) 718-5700
    For more information contact Dr. Veronica Reyna: veronica.reyna1@hccs.edu

    Spring Branch Democrats Monthly Meeting
    Date: Wednesday March 24, 2010
    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the fourth Wednesday.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: Unitarian Fellowship-Houston, 1504 Wirt Road, Houston 77055-4919, 1 block NORTH of NE corner of Wirt & Westview
    Join Spring Branch Democrats for their monthly meeting. The meet & greet begins at 6:30, & the meeting begins at 7:00.

    Spring Branch Dems meets the 4th Wednesday of each month.
    NOTE: Meeting location may sometimes vary – please check website (www.springbranchdemocrats.com) for location.

    Contact crow_2004vote@hotmail.com or www.springbranchdemocrats.com, or call Anne at 713-467-9020 or Ann at (713) 468-5121.

    Oil Patch Democrats Monthly Meeting
    Date: Thursday March 25, 2010
    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the last Thursday.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: 1445 North Loop West, Ste 110, Houston 77008
    Contact Jim Rine at 281-414-1386 or John Preston at 713-659-6444 for more information.

    Northwest Crossing Area Democrats Club Meeting
    Date: Thursday March 25, 2010
    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the last Thursday.
    Type: Club Event (Public)
    Location: Don Jose Mexican Restaurant, 5305 Antoine @ Pinemont
    Meet & Greet 6:30pm, Meeting 7-8pm.
    For Information: contact Secretary Pat Schoellkopf @ (713) 466-8200 or (713) 466-0008 or President / Chairperson – Bob Schoellkopf, Phone: (713) 682-3853, bobschoellkopf@yahoo.com

    TGIF Coffee Break at Harris County Democratic Party
    Date: Friday March 26, 2010
    Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Repeat: This event repeats every week.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: HCDP HQ 1445 N Loop W, ste 110, Houston 77008
    Stop by for coffee and conversation at the HCDP office on Friday from 9:30 to 11 am. Email martha@hcdp.org for more information.

    Harris County Young Democrats Happy Hour
    Date: Friday March 26, 2010
    Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the last Friday.
    Type: Happy Hour (Public)
    Location: Ernie's on Banks, 1010 Banks St. @ Montrose, Houston, TX
    Come and meet fellow Young Democrats at our monthly Happy Hour Social. Be sure to bring a friend, or two, or three even! For more info, please contact Conrad at hcyd.webmaster@gmail.com.

    Sharpstown Democrats Club Monthly Meeting
    Date: Saturday March 27, 2010
    Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the last Saturday.
    Type: Club Event (Public)
    Location: Bayland Park Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet
    Join the Sharpstown Democrats for their monthly meeting every 4th Saturday of the month at the Bayland Park Community Center located at 6400 Bissonnet, Houston, Texas. Contact Joyce Akins for info at 713-270-1318 or joyce_akins@hotmail.com.

    Texas Democratic Women of Fort Bend County Meeting
    Date: Wednesday March 31, 2010
    Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the last Wednesday.
    Type: Meeting (Public)
    Location: First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway, Sugarland, TX
    We meet the last Wednesday of each month. For more information e-mail Monica Garcia: TDWFB@aol.com.

    Harris County Democratic Lawyers Association Monthly Meeting
    Date: Thursday April 1, 2010
    Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the first Thursday.
    Type: Meeting (Public)
    Location: Birraporettis' Restaurant, 500 Louisiana@Prairie

    Cy-Fair Area Democratic Club
    Date: Thursday April 1, 2010
    Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the first Thursday.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: Bear Creek Community Center, 3055 Bear Creek Dr., Houston, Tx
    Street: 3055 Bear Creek Drive
    City/State/Zip: Houston, TX 77084
    Join Cy-Fair Area Democrats on the first Thursday of every month. 6:30 p.m.--Meet and Greet; the program begins at 7:00 p.m. Most meetings wrap before 8:30 p.m. The meetings are held at Bear Creek Community Center, 3055 Bear Creek Dr, Houston, TX 77084. For further information contact John Brewer at cyfairdems@gmail.com or john.brewer1023@att.net or call
    281-794-5208.

    TGIF Coffee Break at Harris County Democratic Party
    Date: Friday April 2, 2010
    Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Repeat: This event repeats every week.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: HCDP HQ 1445 N Loop W, ste 110, Houston 77008
    Stop by for coffee and conversation at the HCDP office on Friday from 9:30 to 11 am. Email martha@hcdp.org for more information.

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