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  • Friday, May 28, 2010

    Austin/Travis County, TX Focus

    Phonebanking for Bill White

    Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. & Saturday/Sunday 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    We are calling voters all day, everyday to tell them about Bill White. Even if you can volunteer for an hour a week, your effort can make a difference. Come by the office anytime or schedule a shift by emailing volunteeraustin@billwhitefortexas.com or giving us a call at 512-810-6790.


    NEWS FROM AUSTIN:

    Statement by Rebecca Bell-Metereau for State Board of Education District 5:



    Chalk Mountain Foundation Looking for People To Go to Austin for TCEQ Meeting

    Thoughts on the Sunset Commission's hearing on the TX Dept of Insurance

    Karin Crump Picks Up Public Safety Endorsements

    Texas Board of Education: Plagiarism and Payback


    EVENTS:

    This comes from the Travis County Democratic Party:

    Capital City Young Democrats
    Wed, June 2, 6pm – 8pm
    George Washington Carver Branch of the Austin Public Library, 1161 Angelina Street, Austin, TX 78722, (512) 974-1010

    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

    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.

    Travis Democratic Party Needs Volunteers!
    Friday, June 4 9:30am
    505 W 12th Street Austin, TX 78701
    TDP Needs Volunteers! Content: When: June 1-4 9:30am-8pm Where: TDP office, 505 W 12th Street Please help the TDP cut ribbons, organize rule books and help with other important state convention prep. Please call Tammy at the TDP at 477-9800 to volunteer.

    NHPO Think Tank Breakfast
    Sat, June 5, 9:00am – 10:30am
    Dario's Mexican Restaurant, 1800 E 6th Austin, TX 78702
    Think Tank Breakfast The Effect and Consequences of Arizona's Immigration Law. Presentation by MALDEF: Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund June 5, 2010 9:00-10:30am at Dario's Mexican Restaurant 1800 E 6th Street NHPO Members $12, Future Members $17 Limited Space Available Please RSVP to reserve your seat NHPOaustin@gmail.com or 512-662-0249

    Austin Pride Parade 2010
    Sat, June 5, 8:30pm – 9:30pm
    Long Center
    Join the Travis County Democratic Party as we march in the Parade. Contact the office at 477-7500 and let us know you are interested. Parade begins at Long Center and ends at the Block Party on 4th Street. Parade begins at 8:30 pm. Marchers should report by 7:30pm

    South Austin Democrats Meeting
    Tue, June 8, 6pm – 7pm
    Casa Garcia Restaurant, 1000 S Lamar
    The honorees of the Yeller Dawg Awards will be announced at this meeting of the South Austin Democrats—6:00pm on June 8 at Casa Garcia Restaurant, 1000 S. Lamar.)

    West Austin Democrats Meeting
    Wed, June 9, 6:45pm – 7:45pm
    Howson Branch Library
    Wednesday, June 9, 2010; 6:45 p.m. Regular monthly meeting, Howson Branch Library, 2500 Exposition Blvd. For information, contact Janet Hamilton - 469-9894, janethamilton@aya.yale.edu

    Capital Area Democratic Women Monthly Meeting
    Thu Jun 10 11:30am – Thu Jun 10 1pm (Monthly at 11:30am on the second Thursday)
    Monthly at 11:30am on the second Thursday

    Kurt Kuhn and Austin Judicial candidates are welcome to explain the ins and outs of the Texas judicial system.

    Nuevo Leon 1501 E 6th St

    Networking 11:30 Lunch 12:00

    Atticus Circle Young Professionals Happy Hour
    Thu, June 10, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
    Shangri'La 1016 East 6th Street
    Come learn about the Atticus Circle and how you can be involved in their organization. The happy hour is free for everyone but donations are greatly appreciated.

    Travis County Democratic Party 2010 Coordinated Campaign Kick-Off
    Sat, June 12, 2pm – 5pm
    605 W 13th Street Austin, TX 78701
    TCDP 2010 Coordinated Campaign Kick-Off When: Saturday, June 12th, 2:00-5:00 p.m. Where: Coordinated Campaign HQ, 605 W. 13th Street, Austin, TX Why: To elect every Democrat on the ballot! RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=120841177948236

    BILL WHITE FOR TEXAS HOUSE PARTY
    WhenSun, June 13, 4pm – 7pm
    WhereCambridge Towers, 18th and Lavaca Streets
    DescriptionWHAT BILL WHITE FOR TEXAS HOUSE PARTY WHERE, CAMBRIDGE TOWERS, 18TH AND LAVACA, AUSTIN, TX. 78701. WHEN SUNDAY 13 JUNE 4 TO 7 PM WHY ELECT BILL WHITE GOVERNOR OF TEXAS

    Central Texas Democratic Forum
    Fri, June 18, 11:45am – 1:00pm
    Austin Bar Association 816 Congress Suite 700
    Central Texas Democratic Forum Event Notice Date: Friday, June 18, 2010 Time: 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Location: Austin Bar Association 816 Congress Avenue, Suite 700 Program: “Oil Spills, Acts of God, Snakes, and Other Environmental Issues in the 2010 Election and Beyond” Speakers: Eva Hernandez (Sierra Club) and Jim Marston (Environmental Defense) Environmental issues may play a key role in the 2010 elections in Texas. The issues include: (1) Rick Perry is rushing to build a dozen coal plants in Texas. We would import more coal from Dick Cheney’s Wyoming and further damage our state’s air and water and health—instead of relying on our abundant natural gas, wind, and solar energy to protect the environment and human health and to create green jobs. (2) The BP/Halliburton oil spill in the Gulf appears likely to cause perhaps unprecedented environmental damage, raising questions about current offshore drilling safety and future offshore drilling plans. (3) Perry proposes to make Texas the dumping ground and burial site for radioactive waste from 36 states. A major beneficiary would be a private company, Waste Control Specialists, owned by Harold Simmons, one of Perry’s biggest campaign contributors. (4) And of course that plague of snakes last February (in the winter??) in the Estates Above Lost Creek so frightened our timid Governor that he felt the need to carry a laser-sighted .380 Ruger pistol in his belt while jogging, resulting in the needless death of a 30-pound song dog. Eva Hernandez is the Texas Field Organizing Manager of Sierra Club. She is dynamic, a brilliant organizer, and many consider her a likely future choice to head Sierra Club—the largest environmental organization in the world. Jim Marston heads Environmental Defense in Texas, and is unquestionably one of the leading environmental voices in America. He has been instrumental in shaping the national dialogue on these issues, negotiating the advances in California, treaties with Mexico, and the new auto industry standards. And he fears no snake. Super-Spectacular Door Prizes: 1. A Field Guide to Texas Snakes & The Best Laser-sighted Pistols for Jogging Through Your Gated/Walled Residential Area. 2. Red Wassenich’s book, Keep Austin Weird –the best-selling book in the history of Austin, except of course for Summa Theologica. 3. A pair of Avia “Oil-Resistant Shoes”—the perfect gift for your next trip to beaches along any Gulf Coast state. Cost: lunch is $15.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members Parking: 816 Congress Avenue/IBC Bank parking garage. Enter the parking garage on 9th Street, between Colorado and Congress. Bring your ticket to the receptionist on the 7th floor and you will be given a coupon to use to exit the garage at no charge. Reservation required: To reserve your seat, email jerben@herring-irwin.com or cherring@herring-irwin.com or call Chuck Herring or Judy Erben at 320-0665. Please tell us if you intend to bring a non-member guest and if you have any special dietary concerns. PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS BY 10:00 A.M. ON THURSDAY, JUNE 17. Seating to this event will be limited. About the Forum: The Forum meets monthly for lunch to hear Democratic speakers. Membership is $120/yr. Non-members may attend, but members have priority and receive discount prices for lunches.

    Capital City Young Democrats
    Wed, July 7, 6pm – 8pm
    George Washington Carver Branch of the Austin Public Library, 1161 Angelina Street, Austin, TX 78722, (512) 974-1010

    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

    West Austin Democrats Potluck and Party
    Wed, July 14, 6pm – 7pm
    2114 Indian Trail Austin, TX 78703
    Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 6:00 p.m. Potluck and party, 2114 Indian Trail, Austin 78703 For information contact Janet Hamilton - 469-9894 janethamilton@aya.yale.edu


    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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