Luncheons for June, 2011

The Legislative Recap: How much damage? What successes?

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

The Regular Session was as bizarre as any in recent memory. And unfortunately, at this writing, the Special Session is still underway. Atrocious proposals have proliferated, and too many have passed. But Democrats achieved some surprising successes. What’s the final tally? And what will it mean for the 2012 elections?

One strange development from the past Session is that under the currently proposed redistricting plan, Sen. Judith Zaffirini’s district will be extended into Travis County. Rational observers might question combining Laredo and Austin into one district, but there’s no question that Sen. Zaffirini has compiled an extraordinary recordin the Senate since she was first elected in 1987. We’re lucky to haveher agree to share her insights and expertise with the Forum.

Rep. Eddie Rodriguez also has had a super-busy Session and will share his fascinating perspective from serving on the powerful Calendars Committee.

This will be a great Forum. If you are squeamish about hearing talesof  legislative craziness, please self-medicate before attending — but don’t miss it!

Speakers: State Sen. Judith Zaffirini & State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez

Super-Spectacular Door Prizes:

1. The pelt of a coyote shot by Rick Perry while fasting and praying (not sure which one was doing which).

2. Obama bumper stickers.

3. Jim Harrington’s book: “Wrestling with Free Speech, Religious Freedom, and Democracy in Turkey.”

New Reservation Policy Alert: Please note our new policy on canceling reservations.  As a result of recent last-minute cancellations and no-shows, we will have to start charging for persons who make a reservation but do not attend.  The Forum still has to pay for those lunches, and at times we’ve had to absorb over $150 in costs for non-attendees who made reservations.  If you cancel at least 24 hours before the meeting, there will be no charge.  We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your cooperation.

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 5:00 P.M. ON 5:00 P.M. ON MONDAY, JUNE 20. Seating to this event will definitely 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.