Luncheons for August, 2012

Key Texas Legislative Races 2012: Analysis & Predictions

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Which legislative races look best for Texas Democrats this year? Where
should you and your personal Super PAC target your final few billion
dollars — or your Macanese Patacas, if you’re a Sheldon Adelson type? For
this program, we have two of the most knowledgeable political players
in Texas to provide their analyses and predictions. This is always an
interesting, important, fun program. So don’t gamble your patacas — invest
in good government and winnable races. Don’t miss this program.


Robert E. Jones – Executive Director of Annie’s List, which has played a key role in electing a dozen new women to the Texas Legislature. It has been named “Best PAC in Texas.” Robert is also an Adjunct Professor of political science at St. Edward’s University. Politics Magazine recently named him a “Rising Star” in national politics. He has rare insight and political acumen.

Russ Tidwell – Former State Representative Russ Tidwell represented District 49 with extraordinary talent, vision, and courage — for a few months. For two gazillion years since then, he’s been Director of Public Affairs of Texas Trial Lawyers Association. He’s older than Dog Canyon at Big Bend and no one in Texas
knows more about Democratic prospects this year than Russ.

Spectacular Door Prizes:
1. David Dewhurst, “I Am Not Now Nor Have I Ever Been No Stinkin’
2. Ted Cruz, “Yes You Are.”
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.  Thursday, August 9.

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.