Luncheons for January, 2013

2013 Legislative Session: Texas Dystopia, Tea Party Style?

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

The 2011 Session was bad, but the new Lege will have an even larger Tea Party contingent. What could possibly go wrong? Could anything not go wrong? Is this what the Mayan calendar meant for the end of the world? Seriously, we’ll have some excellent Lege prognosticators to give us a preview — including Heather Busby from NARAL Texas, David Weinberg from the Texas League of Conservation Voters and more.


David Weinberg, Executive Director of the Texas League of Conservation Voters –David will focus on environmental legislation.

Heather Busby, Executive Director NARAL Texas – Heather will discuss women’s health care and reproductive rights.

Ryan Valentine, Deputy Director of the Texas Freedom Network – Ryan will discuss education issues and their legislative watch efforts.

Allen Weeks, Advisory Committee Chair for Save Texas Schools – Allen will discuss education funding and legislative issues.

Spectacular Door Prizes:

1. Obama victory memorabilia

2. Joe Strauss, Is Sine Die Here Yet?

3. Rick Perry, New Texas: $10,000 College Degrees & Free Guns For All.

“New (now Old) 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. ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 2013.

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.