Luncheons for June, 2012


Tuesday, June 26th, 2012


Primary Run-off Races:  U.S. Senate and (nationally reported??) Constable Pct. 2!

Senate candidates: Rep. Paul Sadler and Grady Yarbrough

Constable Pct. 2 candidates: Incumbent Adan Ballesteros and challenger Michael Cargill

U.S. Senate – Not everyone predicted this match-up for the runoff, but here’s what we have — Sadler v. Yarbrough. We look forward to an interesting discussion at the Forum. With an acclaimed record from his time in the Texas House (1991-2003), Rep. Sadler was the early projected favorite in this race according to most observers. He received 35 percent of the vote, compared to 25.8 percent for Yarbrough.

Burnt Orange has said “Sadler v. Yarbrough is not contest at all …” Perhaps, but in the lower-than-low projected run-off vote, we should not ignore the similarity of Yarbrough’s name to Texas progressive icons. Sen. Ralph Yarborough and Don Yarborough (who almost defeated John Connally in 1962). Consider the case of the “other” Don Yarbrough. Primarily because of name confusion, he was elected to the Texas Supreme Court in 1976 — after claiming that God wanted him to run. He later left office and was convicted of bribery.

No one has accused retired educator Grady Yarbrough of any such misconduct. He is an East Texas native who has lived in San Antonio since 2000. According to the Houston Chronicle, Yarbrough “bristles” at the suggestion that he is capitalizing on a familiar surname.  He previously ran unsuccessfully as a Republican for Land Commissioner in 1986 and 1990, and as a Democrat for State Treasurer in 1994.

Constable, Precinct 2 – When’s the last time you saw national press coverage of a Travis County Precinct 2 Constable race? If you said “Never,” you’re correct — until this year. The New York Times reported (5/22/12) that Ron Paul devotee John Ramsey (a 21-year-old college student in Nacogdoches) successfully spent $560,000 promoting a Northern Kentucky Republican congressional candidate through Ramsey’s Super PAC, named Liberty for All.  According to the Times, Liberty for All’s “next candidate is Michael D. Cargill, a gay, black gun store owner running for constable in Travis County, Texas.”  The Times cited Ramsey’s statement that his PAC expects to have $10 million to spend this summer.  In short, this ain’t your usual Pct. 2 Constable race. The incumbent is Adan Ballesteros, who apparently has his work cut out for him.



Yarbrough: None



Spectacular Door Prizes:

1.    David Dewhurst’s autographed copy of the Beatles’ Paris recording tape of “Can’t Buy Me Love.”

2.    Ted Cruz, Whataya Mean, Only One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest?

3.    Red Wassenich, Nothing Before Something

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.  We now offer the option to pay online in advance for your lunch.  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 or 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.  Friday, June 22.

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.